Barcelona-first impressions take two

Hola Chicos its Barcelona time.

I have been in Barcelona now for three days, I will write a little guide on what to do whilst here shortly but wanted to give some initial thoughts.

Personally Barcelona is one of my favourite European cities. I have been finding it hard however to quantify why! On paper Barcelona in itself doesn’t have anything particularly unique, don’t get me wrong there are plenty of amazing sights but nothing that truly stands out. The people again are amazing but there are a couple of countries that I prefer. So I have come to the conclusion its the combination of the ethos, the cool architecture, the glorious food and chilled people.

So how best to experience Barcelona?

Daytime: Go to a high point like Parc de Montjuic find something in the distance that looks interesting and head in that direction. Barcelona is great city to get lost in and as you never know what’s round the corner.

Night time: Its all about food and fiesta. Two tips here don’t go to dinner before 9pm as places you would want to go e.g places local go to will be empty and make sure to strike up a conversation with locals to find all the best spots.

Deciding whether backpacking is right for you?

As readers of my blog know in the past I always travelled very conservative at highend hotels, big suitcases with friends/family. I would have never considered backpacking was right for me, now I can’t imagine travelling any other way.

I came across this great article from the Partying Traveller which is worth a read for those considering different ways of travelling.

Over the past three years, I’ve been to over thirty countries, but it was only recently that I started backpacking. I was in Colombia on my first solo travel trip where I was tagging along with some backpacker friends I made and I decided that my mini suitcase was going to have to go. In […]

via Is Backpacking Right For You? — The Partying Traveler

For those in doubt dive in as you may surprise yourself.

Montreal-is it Canada?

As most people know Canada is a federation, with a very interesting history worth researching. The reason I mention this is because Quebec, Montreal feels like a completely different Country. This goes beyond the language to the architecture, culture and even the design of the city. Having said that I equally loved my time in Montreal.


In my opinion Montreal can only be truly experienced through a bike ride around Du Mount Royal Park, along the docks of the St Lawrence river and around oldtown.

There are some great guides online, however the locals are very friendly so ask. These were a few of my favourite spots:
– Notre-Dame Basililica at night (Picture above)
– The view from Chalet Du Mont-Royal
– Eating Poutine at Poutineville
– Shopping at Mile End

How did you find Montreal? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

The darkside of solotravel-is it for you?

So despite the dramatic title I am a massive fan of solotraveling. Currently one month into a 12 month journey.  There are alot of great blogs/articles on the merits of solotravel- I particularly like The Wandering Broski blog: so follow him. However this article is dedicated to reasons you shouldn’t solotravel.

Solotravel is what it says on the tin. You are traveling on your own, making all the decisions, doing activites on your own, eating/drinking on your own etc. The point I am making is you may meet people on your journey to have a meal/do an activity with etc but primarily you will be on your own.

So is it for me? In my opinion if you answer any of these questions no, you should consider is solotraveling for me.

Would you go for a meal on your own where you currently live? Can you adapt without help if something goes wrong? Would you introduce yourself to a stranger? You don’t get sick when traveling? You would do an activity on your own where you live? You like to learn about new places and cultures? You can do basic cooking if needed?

If the answer to all these questions is yes then start that solotravel journey. If you had a No try doing the action in question as you may surprise yourself.

Useful solo traveller article-enjoy

I’m equally comfortable traveling solo or with others. What I like best about traveling alone is that I can follow my own path. I’ve done it for awhile now, so I’m pretty comforta…

Source: Holiday for one? Tips for traveling solo.

Travel apps… part 1

Over the last few weeks I have had a number of people recommend great Apps for traveling, so I wanted to share.

Walkster… one I have talked about in previous posts. If you are in London on a budget it gives you walking routes around this amazing city with some key facts and history. I loved the Belgrave Mews tour.

Osprey packsizer…for people who understand nothing about finding the right backpack (me) this is one for you. I personally went for an Osprey but you can use the App then try and find a cheaper model. Just remember if you are traveling for a while a good backpack is a must.

Hoppa…recommended by Carissa my lovely travel advisor. Great App for getting your transfers booked.

Sky Scanner… want to find the best priced flight? then use this App. Really easy to use and I got some great deals.

Travelers please recommend your favourite Apps, I will need all the help I can get. Today I will leave you with a technology inspired quote.

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.”-Arthur M. Schlesinger

Calling New Zealanders

I have made a final decision. The first stage of my adventure will be lovely New Zealand.

The Plan (please note I am only doing the northern island on this visit-queue shock! GASP!).

Starting in Auckland, up to the Bay of Islands, down to Hamiliton, east to Hahei then Rotorua. Followed by Mt Mauganui, Whaktane, Gisbourne and then Napier. Inwards to Taupo and down to Wellington. Then up to New Plymouth and Waitomo Caves, with a final stop at Raglan.

Any areas I have missed? would love to hear your experiences. I will leave you all with a Maori proverb that made a lot of sense to me.

“Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain”


Pack that backpack

This summer, my boyfriend and I decided to embark on a crazy, travel adventure! We decided on Europe as our destination, where the goal was to see and experience as much as we possibly could over the months while we were there. We had both been to Europe before, so we knew of the many narrow, cobblestone roads […]

via How To Pack For Backpacking — Indulge Without Bulge

Backpacks…who knew

So as my journey continues I am leaning towards travel to help refind myself. Regardless of what path I ulimately choose I have set myself the target to reduce my possessions to one backpack, yes one!

So my good friend and I went to find that one backpack that would become my life. I now have a new found respect for backpackers. You need to think about the size, the curvature of your back, hip support, rain protection, side compartments, areas for damp clothes etc. Despite all of these considerations I had great fun learning and hopefully found the one backpack for my next journey.

I will leave you all with a quote

” There are a lot of stories out there, waiting for you to live them.”