Author - Abbi

Short term apartment rental in London

Often when you travel, accommodation can take up the bulk of your costs. So much so, that people are looking for alternative places, and ways of maximising their stay in a location. Although the need for hotels, will never vanish; there appears to be more of a demand for short term rentals, or holiday homes; a home away from home.   This past weekend, I became...

5* luxury for under Β£50 per night at the Grand Aston, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I’ve never quite understood the rating system given to hotels. In particular, why could one fancy looking hotel be a 4* and another at a similar price be 5*? Β Do the 5* hotels have a string quartet in the lobby, whilst 4* have music over a speaker? On top of this, it never really bothered me that much, as a budget backpacker, my general budget per night was...

Celebrating New Years Eve in London 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of those events, that everyone gets psyched up about, and often spends way too much money on! As you wave goodbye to another year, and come into the next, many people have hopes, dreams and aspirations. Many will join a gym, or promise to keep in contact with friends and family more often, swear less, or even drink less (Dry January anyone...

Crossing borders: England to Northern Ireland with the Travelling Snowman

Since the beginning of this blog, and my subsequent travels, I have not spent a Christmas at home in three years. My last Christmas was in 2011; prior to travelling to New Zealand. This year, I am home, with my family and friends, and it is lovely. About four years ago, the UK had some of the largest dumping of snow in years, and as usual, the country was not...

One day in Austria: Christmas in Vienna

Vienna, Austria; even the name sounds delectable, romantic, and down right beautiful, and it really was. I recently had a bit of a Viennese Whirl, with a day trip, where I spent 8 hours, admiring the beautiful architecture, drinking mulled wine and shopping in Christmas markets, getting a bit lost (as is standard in my travelling life), and riding on one of the...

Backpacking in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia; the name hardly conjures up visions of beauty, and is certainly not somewhere many people tend to visit, unless inter railing around Europe. However, this past week, Bratislava was were I choose to spend a few days backpacking with my youngest sister. Cheap flights with the dubious airline Ryanair got us there on time, on one of those painfully...

Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Halong bay inland

During my time in Mui Ne, I met another backpacker called Jerry, from the Czech Republic. We inevitably got in to talking about where he had been and where he was going, over dinner in Hoi An. He mentioned that on his way to Hanoi, he was stopping off Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh?! Where the heck is Ninh Binh, I asked. A few hours south of Hanoi, he replied. Jerry told me...

Where are you travelling to? Conversations with a backpacker

Picture the scene; you’ve just arrived off a long bus, train, boat or plane ride. You get to your hostel, and check in to your dorm room. If there aren’t any people around, you head down to the common area, to find your fellow backpackers. You meet some, get a drink and begin talking. Conversations generally go like this. “Hey, I am (insert...

Bangkok to Koh Tao by train

Long bus rides, and journeys have long been a theme, in my travelling life; why fly and get there in an hour, when you can get on a tuk tuk, two buses, a train and a boat instead? Plus, it is way better for the environment, and makes for a great story. After meeting my sister in Bangkok, we revised our travel plans a few times, but decided to get out of the big city...

On the rooftop of Thailand at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

  When I think of tall buildings in Bangkok, I think of that fancy bar, overlooking the city, which is frequently visited by to tourists thanks to its feature in the Hangover II. That bar is called the Sky Bar, and although it is the World’s highest open air bar, and looks like it has incredible views (I didn’t actually visit). It has a strict dress...

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