Can This Request Get You a Room Upgrade for Free?

Have you ever been given a room upgrade for FREE? We have…but it wasn’t by making this request that apparently can give you more space for the same amount of money. First of all, what is the request? ‘Please may I have a corner room?’ Apparently, in a lot of hotels, the corner rooms offer…

Travel Blog Q&A with TL Travel

We were delighted to be contacted by TL Travel, who interviewed us recently regarding our blog. Here is the Q&A, and you can read the whole article here! TL TRAVEL: Have you always been interested in travel writing, or is this something that came about after you began your travels? DANIEL: My interest in travel started very young….

You Need to Read These 3 Books to Inspire your Next Adventure!

Where does inspiration for travel come from? Sometimes we are inspired by a photograph, the price of a plane ticket (that one more than often for us!), or it could even be a work of fiction. I (Rachel) have just finished reading The Miniaturist (recommended, by the way – click here to read more about it),…

Could the Perfect Shot Ruin your Perfect Trip?

Ah travelling with a photographer. There are pros and cons. On one hand, you have incredible photographs that you can enjoy for years after an adventure, and on the other, you can end up standing around for hours waiting for your photographing friend to get that ideal shot. You may have noticed that we don’t…

A Snapshot of…Plovdiv 

Vibrant green spring leaves hang overhead and the scent of jasmine wafts gently by in Plovdiv’s old town. We’re here in April and it is fair to say that spring has sprung. Traditionally Bulgarians will exchange red and white threads woven into bracelets during martenitsa. These are worn until the first stork or blossoming tree…

When Airbnb Goes Wrong…

We’ve written previously about a sightly dodgy AirBnB experience in Barcelona. I’m now sitting outside a pre booked apartmebt in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. We are sat on the floor, with the host’s phone turned off, and a lovely local beer beating at the gates of my second penile sphincter. What to do when your host doesn’t…

Tips for Starting Your Travel Blog

We started our travel blog in May 2017, after a glorious visit to Lake Garda, Italy. It was something that we have been discussing for many years, but the beauty of Lake Garda compelled us to finally sit down and tell our stories. Since then, we have learnt some important lessons about blogging, but most…

Dealing with Culture Shock

Culture shock can be an issue for even the most seasoned of travellers. We all have our ideals, our attitudes and our individual creature comforts. So, when you enter a totally new environment where these aspects of what make you who you are aren’t there, you are thrown into disarray. It can be difficult to…