Sleeping in the Negev Desert: Mati and Roni’s Guesthouse

When I’m picking a travel destination, it’s the sights that draw me there, whether that is nature, history or famous landmarks. However, what I tend to remember, is the culture, the feeling and most importantly, the people I meet. When I picked Mitzpe Ramon in Israel’s Negev Desert as a destination, I was seeking out…

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Jerusalem Highlights

  Israel had always been a place of intrigue for me, and not always for good reasons. This tiny country is often in the news, and I wanted to understand the political issues but my curiosity also came from what I had heard about the nature and landscapes. However, Jerusalem specifically had never been on my…

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Hebron Dual Narrative Tour

Well the first day of my trip certainly threw me in at the deep end when it came to learning about the tensions between Israel and Palestine. I hadn’t arrived at my hostel until 2am the night before, after a surprisingly easy time going through passport control, after what I had heard. But despite only…

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‘Twas the night before Israel

My out of office is on, I’ve deleted the app for my work emails off of my phone, my bags are packed and holiday is imminent. In the morning, I’ll be jumping on a plane to Israel, to spend 2 weeks exploring the country, along with as much of Palestine as I can squeeze in.…

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Eating and Drinking in Porto

After my recent post on my  Top 5 things to do in Porto, I wanted to share my thoughts on the best places to eat and drink while you’re exploring city. Three weeks on from my trip, I am thinking very fondly of morning coffees in little cafes and sumptuous lunches with wine at bargain…

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Top 5 things to do in Porto

Every city has its own personality, its own rhythms, its own beating heart that keeps it distinctly unique. Often this je ne sais quoi is impossible to articulate. It’s just something you feel. A culmination of the locals, the visitors, the culture, the customs, the architecture, the traffic, the things there are to do, even…

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Looking back: An Arctic Adventure

It’s Friday night and I’m curled up in my toasty warm flat, listening to the wind and rain outside. Despite the imperfect weather, I’d rather be outside. It has been 2 weeks since my wonderful wild camping weekend in the Cotswolds, and as the memory slowly fades, I’m reflecting on some of the best times…

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Preparing for your trip

This time next week, I’ll be packing my bags for my trip to Porto! I have never been to Portugal before, and I have heard such positive things about this city, so it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about. Usually, I’m more of a mountain fiend than a city slicker when…

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Walk Wild Weekend

They say that in life, the magic happens when you’re out of your comfort zone. I am sure this is true –  sleeping up a Cotswolds hill in the sub-zero January winter was anything but comfortable, but it has sparked something in me that I can’t ignore. I spent the weekend on a trip led…

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Mental health and adventure

Last week, I was in a bit of a dark and difficult place. My mental health has been a struggle for many years, and while it is usually well managed with medication, a change in dosage combined with external triggers caused a bit of a nasty blip in what had been quite a stable period.…

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