America, california, Travel

Don’t go to Napa, go here!! Wine Tasting in Lodi California

You know that moment when you think you're going on a wine tasting tour, but in hindsight you realise you basically went on a classier than average bar crawl!? Well, that's what hit me the morning after my pal and her mum took me on a tour of Lodi's wineries in California. Especially at approximately… Continue reading Don’t go to Napa, go here!! Wine Tasting in Lodi California

America, New York, Travel

Where to Eat in NYC: Tavern on the Green, Central Park

I'll start by saying that there's a Tavern on the Green in Crawley near where I'm from, and it's a bit of a dive. No offence, Tavern on the Green. I used to sing there every once in a while with my band, and an over-eager and over-intoxicated member of the crowd once fell on… Continue reading Where to Eat in NYC: Tavern on the Green, Central Park

America, california, Oregon, Travel

The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

It was midnight in Sacramento train station, and I had just discovered that my train was delayed by at least an hour. UGH. I tried to sneakily work out who was waiting to board the train and who was just trying to get a night's rest and a bit of warmth on the wooden benches.… Continue reading The Coast Starlight from Sacramento to Portland (Shooters, Snow and Very Strange Folk)

America, Arizona, Travel

What to Do in Tucson, Arizona

Although it was purely by chance that we ended up in the city of Tucson (the chance of a very cheap and cheerful flight that got us one step closer to ultimately reaching New Orleans), this city just about charmed me to pieces I tell ya! This was in part due to the friendliness of… Continue reading What to Do in Tucson, Arizona

America, Arizona, Travel

The Journey to Tucson

Up until we reached Arizona, our time in the United States had seemed like a rather touristy affair. We'd spent three weeks in LA, San Francisco and Las Vegas, and even San Diego with its more laid-back attitude to life had a bit of a polished sheen to it. Knowing that we wanted to reach… Continue reading The Journey to Tucson

America, Nevada, Travel

Getting Stuck in Vegas (or, Adventures at the Tod Motor Motel)

After staying for three days at The Excalibur, which FYI is a gigantic and fantastically tacky castle-themed hotel and casino at one end of the South Las Vegas Boulevard, the plan was to venture in the vague direction of the Grand Canyon and continue from there, moving onwards across America in a joyous semi-pioneering fashion.… Continue reading Getting Stuck in Vegas (or, Adventures at the Tod Motor Motel)

America, Nevada, Travel

How to Live it Up in Vegas (Even If You’re Not a High-Roller) 

Las Vegas is both hilarious and insanely amazing...GOOD. LORD!  If I had to write a tag line for this city it would be 'like Disneyland for gamblers and alcoholics.' And although I wouldn't describe myself as either of those it was to my own astonishment that I was fully in my element when we arrived… Continue reading How to Live it Up in Vegas (Even If You’re Not a High-Roller) 

America, california, Travel

A casual review of the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

After a very brief stay in the HI Downtown San Francisco branch, we decided it was about time we upped sticks and moved on...to a different, cheaper hostel, in the very same city. Also part of the Hostelling International family, because as we had payed for membership we decided we might as well make use… Continue reading A casual review of the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf