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Bergamo – Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Until a month ago I had never heard of the picturesque mountain town of Bergamo, just 30 miles north of Milan. This cosy and cultural walled city at the foothills of the alps is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Too often people land at it’s airport to quickly leave for the fashion and food capital of Italy, Milan. From the streets of the Citta Bassa, the new town square, you can see the towers, domes and walls of the historic Citta Alta, the old fortified town nestled up on the mountains within ancient venetian walls. You can get from the airport to the city centre on a local bus which costs just two euros a ticket. Get off at the funicular railway stop and ride the small cable car up the mountain to make your way through the city gates into the winding streets of the old town. For people who have been to Venice, Bergamo will feel very similar, if you replace the canals with lush green scenery. The buildings are colourful, historic …

Minimalist Packing: Capsule Travel and Holiday Wardrobe

Since the arrival of cheap and cheerful flights, I can now travel abroad for less than I would pay for a train to Nottingham from York. This does however mean that in order to bag the advertised cost, you need to be able to travel with just cabin baggage and not be fussy about your seat. I am happy to go with both of those requirements if it means I can hop over to Croatia for a weekend for £40. Therefore over the last five years I have got very good at packing minimally with a capsule travel wardrobe to ensure that I have everything I need for a trip, without incurring extra baggage costs. I have had quite a few people ask me what I pack for a short trip away (usually seven days or less) in my carry on, and therefore as I am imminently about to hop on a plane to go to Switzerland, I thought it was perfect timing for a post! What I wear to fly (short to mid haul) …

Insider: The Best Bars In York

Few cities can rival York for character and hidden gems located within the compact cobbled streets inside the Historic City Walls. The city is alive year round, and is filled with incredible things to see and do. Notably, plenty of unique and welcoming bars, pubs and bistros with famous menus, interesting cocktails and local Yorkshire ales. As a York resident and self-professed lover of the city, I want to share with you my favourite places to unwind and enjoy a drink or two over nibbles with friends. Living minimally has reset my priorities and ensured that I spend my time making memories, and doing the things I love most. Therefore I frequently visit the places in the list below to share good times with friends and family! So in no particular order, the best bars in York are: Pairings Wine Bar  Pairings Wine Bar on Castlegate in York is my favourite new discovery, and you’ll regularly find me perched on a bench in here on a Friday enjoying a light and refreshing wine flight. The two …

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

Dubrovnik Travel Guide: An Luxury City Retreat

The first thing you notice when you arrive in Dubrovnik’s old town are the colours. Turquoise blues of the Adriatic, and the rich orange of the stone buildings encased by the impressive city walls. You know instantly that you have happened upon somewhere unique, incredible and that you will never forget. When to go We travelled in June, and found that the timing was perfect. The temperature was ideal, the sea warm enough to swim and the crowds were manageable. I had previously read that late July through to the end of August should be avoided if possible as the prices increase and the tourist levels boom. How to get there We flew with British Airways from London for a return super saver price of just £40 each. I would wholly recommend BA for their comfortable cabins, complimentary refreshments onboard and great service. However you can also fly with many other operators from other parts of the UK for great prices. What to see Inside the city walls, you will find a huge number of …

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Travel More Spend Less – How To Book A Budget Break

Going away no longer needs to be a luxury or expensive if you are looking in the right places and saving your pennies elsewhere. Around a year and a half ago I started blogging about my trips and holidays as friends would often ask me, where’s the best place to stay, or who did you fly there with? Although I have shared many a post on individual adventures and getaways, I haven’t actually written anything about how I go about finding a holiday to go on and the process around that. So here are my top tips for ensuring you get to adventure and explore as much as possible this year, or next year if you are a bit of a planner! Destination, destination, destination One of the things which often trips people up when they are looking for a fun filled and frugal short break is that they tend to go into the process with a destination in mind. I would advise you to try and be as open minded as possible and instead …