How many places have you been to which scared you a little? To be fair, getting scared on your travels isn’t something which appeals to everyone.
However, if you want to add a frisson of excitement to your next trip then I can definitely recommend La Paz in Bolivia for the following reasons.
When I first moved to London I had no idea that it was so easy to get to so many cracking places on a day trip from there. Once I realised how many options were open to me I spent most weekends heading out to destinations like the following ones.
I travelled on train to Windsor and I seem to remember it taking about an hour, although it appears that there is now a fast train that only takes 30 minutes to get out there. It is a lovely little town which is dominated by the giant castle. If you like to stretch your legs then Windsor Great Park is an amazing place and seemed to be bizarrely deserted every time I went there. It is a lovely, green park which appears to stretch on forever. Another good idea is to cross the bridge to Eton and soak up the atmosphere there. I liked going to Windsor on Sundays for a relaxing stroll and would definitely recommend it.
We all know the feeling of packing a suitcase for a holiday and agonising over what to take. It can be a frustrating experience, can’t it?
Are those fluorescent yellow Bermuda shorts going to be a hit on the beach, will you really use your hair straighteners over there and is all of that sun cream really necessary for a week? These are some of the classic questions we all ask ourselves before a holiday but what about the money issue?
The old approach of taking a mixture of cash and traveller’s cheques is no longer the best idea for many people. With most of us now owning at least one credit card it is now worth considering what the benefits are to taking one of these cards away on holiday.
It was with a good deal of trepidation that I first set foot in Northern Ireland. Having grown up in the UK during the 80s the images I associated with this part of the country were of balaclavas and tanks. I’m sure that the region’s past reputation puts a lot off people travelling here but the bad days are over and the fact I ended up staying for a year shows how highly I rate the place.
Isn’t it weird to sit at home and read about a place while wondering what it would be like to really be there?
This happened to me last week when I did a bit of research on Iquique in Chile. I don’t like to know much about a place before I travel but since I was going with my little girl I decided that finding out a bit of information before heading off might not be a bad idea. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve stumbled around a place for a couple of hours trying to work out where all the hotels are and why the only people I can see live in cardboard boxes.
So there I was looking at the screen and trying to imagine what a “warm beach town” beside the sea with a “cold desert climate” would be like. Would it be like a scene from Ice Cold in Alex? Would there be camels on the beach next to the sun loungers?