England – Castles of the North East: Bamburgh

If you happen to find yourself in the North East England without a set plan for a couple of days, I would highly encourage you to use at least one of those days for visiting one of the many castles to be found here. You are sure to be spoilt for choice, so I wouldn’t…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Harajuku

Before visiting Harajuku, I had this preconceived notion of what the area was going to be like – I expected outlandish Harajuku girls with crazy hair and makeup everywhere! Little did I know that the district was going to welcome me with a huge forest-like park, where you practically forget you’re in the middle of…

Spain – Tarragona

Located less than an hour and a half from Barcelona by train, Tarragona is one of those places that most people don’t think to visit unless someone tells them about it or are brought there by chance. I fall into the latter group (I ended up in Tarragona on a business trip), and am hoping…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Akihabara

Akihabara is probably what most people have in mind when you say Tokyo: colourful high rise buildings, anime, high tech gadgets and an overall sense of outlandishness surrounding you. It would be a shame to think that these stereotypes are all there is to the city, as Tokyo is probably one of the most multi-dimensional…

Czech Republic – Trebon

When it comes to tourism in the Czech Republic, few visitors venture past Prague, at most they pay a visit to Brno or Cesky Krumlov. It’s a great shame as there are plenty of beautiful towns with rich history where you won’t see a fellow traveller in sight. I have just returned from Třeboň, a…

Japan Series – Tokyo: Asakusa

The Asakusa district is a bustling yet charming area filled with market-style shops and a home to the popular temple Senso-ji. It’s easy to find – simply hop on the Asakusa Line on the underground and get off at the Asakusa station. Shopping District The neighbourhood is vibrant and colourful, great for a stroll if…

Italy – Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a somewhat hidden gem in Liguria, north west of Italy. While tourists are certainly present in the area, it’s still not widely known in spite of being nothing short of heaven on earth. Cinque Terre consists of five colourful villages tucked away in the lush and hilly coastline surrounded by water of…

Japan Series – Travel within Japan

I’m by no means an expert, but these tips may come in handy if you intend to travel to Japan. 1. Japan Rail Pass Get it. We pondered over whether this was worth it and were trying to calculate how much each of our trips would cost individually, but the rail pass is invaluable. The…

Czech Republic – Five-petalled Rose Celebrations

While I currently live in the north of UK, I grew up in the south of Czech Republic and always love returning to the region. If you are planning on visiting the Czech Republic, this time of the year is a particularly good time to head to the south of the country. The Five-petalled Rose…

Japan Series – Japanese Hospitality

I was fortunate enough to visit Japan this cherry blossom season (late March/early April) and I’m hoping to share some tips and impressions of the of places I’ve seen. However, before I get into that, I would like to talk about the most lasting experience of the my trip; Japanese hospitality. It may sound as…