48 hours in paris

So here’s the thing about visiting Paris from London, the Eurostar has made it so convenient that going for a long weekend seems like the most sensible of ideas… in fact it would be rude not to when you can reach the city of lights faster than you can get to Exeter!

The only problem then is trying to nail down your itinerary. You could easily spend a week in Paris and not see all of the museums, cathedrals and districts that are recommended… so if you’re on a time constraint and want to see a bit of everything I’ve picked out a few of my favourite activities and sights (don’t say I never gave you anything!)

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bled slovenia

If you’re planning a trip to Slovenia it’s most likely that Bled is already on your itinerary… after all it’s the subject of most of the associated google images and its lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

It’s not all about the lake (it’s mostly about the lake) but there are a couple of other points of interest worth checking out if you’re making a trip to Bled and also some yummy food you MUST try that the region is famous for.  Follow my step-by-step itinerary for the perfect day.

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slovenia for adventurers

Slovenia is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean… a country with a beauty to rival Switzerland or Austria but with nowhere near the same amount of tourists.  It is however, undoubtedly becoming more popular as a short-break European destination and this is only likely to continue as more and more people discover its many delights, most notably the natural landscapes and the opportunities for outdoors activities that will lead you to best see and appreciate them.

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tromso city guide

Did you know that one of my favourite places I’ve visited is a tiny little place in the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway. Yes, on first glance Tromso might not seem worth a specific visit, but it’s actually full of surreal and wonderful activities that you can’t do anywhere else: ride a cable car in the midnight sun; visit the world’s northernmost cathedral; see Amundsen’s flag that marked him as the first person to reach the South Pole; and if you’re lucky spot the Northern Lights. Tromso is full of magic.

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highlights of norway

According to the UN World Happiness Report Norway has toppled Denmark from it’s no #1 position as the Happiest Place in the World… which surely makes it better time than any to visit and see what all the fuss is about!

During the summer of 2016 we were planning an epic tour of Scandinavia in 2 weeks but after realising just how much we wanted to see in Norway alone, we decided to spend the entire time there and put the remainder of the Scandinavian countries on the backburner. It was when we were looking at trips to see the fjords that we came across, and considered, a bunch of “Norway in a Nutshell” tours, that whipped you around the best bits in the limited time we had. Ultimately it was the price tag and lack of flexible itineraries that lead to us organising our own Norway tour… it saved us a ton of money (which is vital as Norway is hugely expensive), left us to do exactly what we wanted and was extremely easy!

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2017 travel plans

Hey folks!  It’s been a while since I updated you all on what’s currently going on and my plans for this year… in fact I probably haven’t really checked in since I got back from Australia. As you probably gathered I went to Cape Town at Christmas and since then I’ve been at home in London doing the everyday grind (groan) but I finally got my act into gear and booked some adventures for the next couple of months that I’ll share with you now.

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