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Weekend Breaks: 48 Hours in Hull

Hull: How to spend in a weekend in the City of Culture Hull (or Kingston-Upon-Hull as its officially known) is full of surprises. It was once voted the UK’s “ Crappest Town”, Hull stepped into the limelight in 2017 as the second UK City of Culture (a title that it will hold until 2021). With […]

5 of the best Rock Bars in the United Kingdom

“It’s only Rock n Roll, but I like it” – the Rolling Stones It’s after midnight. You’ve just seen the greatest gig of your life and you’re not quite ready to call it a night. What you need right now are darkened smoke filled rooms, loud rock n roll, several shots of Jäger, and carpet […]

Long Haul Flights: The Bad and the Hilarious – Learning the hard way

The last couple of posts have been about how to get the best out of flying economy and kicking jet lag in the ass. The tips I’ve picked up over the years have simply been from finding out the hard way. So I thought I’d share a couple of stories with you about the worst […]

Walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part three)

The final stretch. In the final two stages of the Hadrian’s Wall path the wall almost completely disappears, both days however are defined by two things : 1. The (at times) overpowering stench of animal manure and 2. The wee marauding beasties that hover in packs of millions. Day 5 / Brampton to Carlisle Starting […]

Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part two)

THE MIDDLE SECTION. UNDULATING AND BEAUTIFUL. Day 3 / Chollerford to Haltwhistle The term undulating sounds quite pleasant doesn’t it? In reality this oft-described undulating section is punishing. Miles of hills, after miles, after miles. However, hills aside this section does boast some of the most spectacular scenery on the path (including some massive sections […]

Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part One)

HADRIAN’S WALL PATH: 84 MILES, 5.5 DAYS, ROMAN FORTS & A WHOLE LOT OF COUNTRYSIDE Hadrian’s Wall lies in the border country between Scotland and England, built on the orders of Emperor Hadrian in AD122 it marked the northern limits of his empire. It is the first National Trail (in the UK) to follow the […]

Hadrian’s Wall Path – Tally Ho!

Tomorrow, I embark on my first big solo multi day “walk”, starting with a casual 115 Kilometre (83 miles in the old money) saunter of Hadrians Wall between Wallsend (Newcastle- upon- Tyne-) to Bowness-on-Solway over 5-6 days – aiming for 20-25kms a day. The planning I’ve done for this walk, let’s be honest has been […]

Packing for a Holiday: How not to do it (advice from a serial overpacker)

Packing for a Holiday without overpacking My name is Mel, and I’m a serial overpacker 🙋‍♀️ Seriously, if there was a 12 step program for overpackers I’d be the first to sign up. Anyone that has ever travelled with me can attest to my desire to pack a stupid amount of crap with me on […]

Melbourne: Where to have a bloody good night out!

Full Disclosure: I grew up in Melbourne and spent the majority of my 20’s lurking in dark bars watching bands and knocking back pints of Geelong Bitter – so my idea of a good night out may not be shared by many people. But here are some suggestions if you find yourself in Melbourne (in […]