Victoria's Voyage

Finally, the day has come – but also gone again in a flash. Longleat is somewhere I’ve wished to visit for many years after first seeing it featured on BBC documentary...

Some people come to England from overseas to see this iconic landmark, and yet in all my 28 years of living here, today marked my first ever visit to the mighty...

Here I was at the beginning of the year, contemplating travel post-brexit. Who would ever have known back then that this would be the least of my issues? So far this...

It’s roughly 5am and I’m woken with a start. Bang! Bang! A whistling wind soars and screeches, whipping through the room. Bang, bang. The glass bedroom door is still banging against...

First on day 3’s agenda was crossing the river for a visit to Prague Castle – and finally, we actually got the tram successfully. Third time’s a charm, right? Prague Castle...

Day 2 in Prague started out with waking to dazzling sunlight and clear skies – the perfect backdrop for a new day of adventures. Beginning in a museum that actually caught...

I’m in Prague! How exciting! But before all of that, I need to introduce you all to someone very special, so without further ado, meet Bunny. My traveller bunny and I...

Newcastle, home of the geordie in a region of England close to my heart. I’ve been trying to plan a trip to the North East for a while, ever since I...

Ending yesterday’s adventure in Königswinter, I cleaned off a few vodkas and Jagers in a cool Irish bar I found whilst once again escaping the wrath of the Christmas market. My...

Word of advice: Cologne on a Saturday night at Christmas is mental – and not in a good way. Surviving a mere hour before giving in, I retired at a record...

Cologne, a thriving German city with plenty to offer for Christmas. Arriving by train from Brussels Thursday afternoon I promptly attempted to locate my next hostel in an effort to find...

I’ve bought a lot of it, but can I replicate it? Am I any good at making it myself? Well, it turns out the answer to that question is no, but...

Departing Brussels for the day, I took the train a short way north to the iconic Bruges, said to be especially beautiful and well known as a popular tourist destination. You...

What do you do when you lose your job just before Christmas? Do you stay home, save money and look for a new job or do you embrace the freedom while...

Well, what can you say about the vibrant city of Istanbul? From the open green spaces showing off grand mosques to the tight and bustling shopping streets surrounding the Grand Bazaar,...

The sunrise was pretty on Thursday morning. No balloons as they depart from further away, but a nice start to the day regardless. Sitting out watching the sun come up, scarf...

Well, what a day. Despite only being this morning, the hot balloons seem to have passed ages ago. The amount of different sights and activities we’ve taken on in these short...

Yesterday was the day – the day I’d meet my new travel crew and depart by bus to the magical land that is Cappadocia. As usual, I was a bundle of...

It’s my last international trip of 2019, and I hope to end on a high. So far this year I’ve partied at Fallas festival in Valencia, traversed the Norwegian fjords on...

29/07/19 It was another dreary morning, but time was of the essence and let’s face it, we were used to it by now anyway. We headed first for the Great Market...

29/07/19 When I booked to come to Budapest during summertime with an aim of visiting the thermal baths, a part of me thought I was crazy. Why would I want to...

28/07/19 We woke up yesterday after a very restful night to an included buffet breakfast, with a wonderful variety of fruits, breads, meats, cheeses and all the salad you could ever...

27/07/19 I’ve come full circle to where my grown up travelling all started. I’m back in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. After a long journey of cancelled trains due to the...

We’ve passed through Sweden a few times on this trip, but Stockholm is the first destination we’ve actually stopped at. It’s also the last leg of my adventure. Sad times. Arriving...

Oh God, no, I don’t dare, can I do it? “Just do it!” And, with that I’m in, in and accomplished… Since departing Oslo on Wednesday, I’ve spent the last few...

Driving across Sweden, and following a typical Swedish lunch in none other than IKEA, we finally arrived in Norway’s capital, Oslo. Despite being exhausted, I took the opportunity to explore our...

Looking back on Saturday, we fitted a lot in considering we were still in Germany in the morning. It was pretty much the same procedure as the beginning of any Contiki...

I don’t know why I still always get that lurching sickness feeling when heading off to a new country; you’d think I’d be used to it by now. But even so,...

18/03/19 I’m not going to lie. Arriving in Barcelona yesterday I was shattered, shattered and sweating like mad. Before booking this trip, I had a full on itinerary of things I...

17/03/19 Snap, snap, crackle, bang, BANG. This is the sound of Valencia this weekend. As poppers pop and fireworks ignite down random side alleys, the smell of smoke sails through the...

15/03/19 People say that travel is about the journey, rather than the destination, and in a way I get that after the eventful morning I’ve had. As I sit writing this,...

I try not to let out a scream as I shoot over the Thai jungle, the wind rushing through the ends of my hair as I focus on when I need...

My Contiki group have gone for a cooking class I didn’t want to be a part of, so instead I’ve just visited the beautiful madness that is the Chiang Mai weekend...

Erawan Falls was first on our list for today. It’s just a shame so many of us were feeling so hungover from our crazy night out at a funky little bar...

Finally it was the day everyone had been waiting for, the day of the visit to the elephant sanctuary. After a relaxing morning on the river rafts, we took off to...

Driving down the winding rural track, my anticipation was building. I was about to spend the night stranded on a river with no electricity – No lights, no plug sockets, no...

Yesterday I had my first real introduction to Bangkok, taking a klong (canal) tour and visiting Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. This place is incredible, the intricacies...

I haven’t slept yet, and while not much has happened, so much has happened. I did it; I made it to Thailand, despite having an injured foot and a broken suitcase....

26/07/2018 When my alarm sounded this morning, I cursed myself. Why had I thought this was a good idea? When my travel companion Rachel had suggested it I was all ears,...

25/07/2018 The idea of a holiday is usually a rather thrilling one, but when you arrive and it’s nothing like you expected, you can start to wonder what you were thinking,...

29/04/2018 Plans to hang out by the canals were derailed yesterday thanks to unfortunate bad weather. Almost as soon as we’d taken the above photo, the heavens opened, forcing us to...

28/04/2018 On Thursday, I set off with a bunch of strangers on the long road trip over to Amsterdam. As suspected, my nerves were for nothing and the meeting people aspect...

25/04/2018 Getting on the train this afternoon, everything suddenly became very real. Having enjoyed my first Contiki adventure so much, I didn’t think I’d have so much to think about on...

Our visit may have been fleeting, but Dublin truly is a beautiful city. We started our last night out Livin’ on a Prayer as we sipped on two for one Woo...

I can now officially say from experience, a night out in Dublin is phenomenal. The Temple Bar area is busy and expensive (an average of €8ish for a drink) but as...

4 years ago today I was on my way to Paris from London. Now, it’s Manchester to Dublin. Work was a slow one yesterday, hours spent staring at the clock, five...

25/08/17 Last day and we stayed local, opting to explore some of the forest areas around Strontian. After a hearty breakfast of pancakes and jam, we set out to the nearby...

24/08/17 Today was a wet one, so we opted for something a little different. We’ve passed by the nearby town of Fort William plenty of times on our travels, but never...

23/08/17 Today’s title sounds a little like it could be an Animal Ark book or something, but it’s rather apt. We had another slow morning, deciding to embrace the unusually good...

22/08/17 Today saw us embracing an early start so my brother and his girlfriend could catch the train home. We took in the views along the way, despite the lashing rain,...