Three Days in Portland Oregon

Three Days in Portland Oregon

I arrived into Portland on the Coast Starlight Amtrak train, having left Sacramento the night before, chugging through the snow-capped mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon until we finally pulled into Portland's Amtrak station in a haze of drizzling rain. I was spending three days in Portland as a solo traveller, and wanted to [...]

Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

The first time I visited Barcelona was at the height of Summer about five years ago, and despite the fact that it was chockablock with people, I still fell in love with the city. The architecture is like something from another planet, the sun was shining, and the Catalan way of life is just as [...]

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

What some people don't realise is that when you're a crew member of a ship you're technically not getting paid to travel the world; you're getting paid to work, and the travel is a side bonus. On the day in question that we arrived in Lisbon, sailing down the river to be greeted with beautiful [...]

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

I touched down in New York City some time around 9am on a March morning, feeling rather frazzled after a sleepless flight spent sitting behind two babies who were clearly not big flying fans. The sun was shining and the air was rather on the crisp side, and combined they really helped to sharpen my [...]

Food, Glorious Food! 10 Places to Eat in NYC (That I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for my pals)

Food, Glorious Food! 10 Places to Eat in NYC (That I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for my pals)

Let's face it guys, New York is the city that never sleeps, and as such there are thousands and thousands of options for food across the island of Manhattan, let alone further afield into the outskirts of the city. Whilst this is no 'definitive guide'- I've visited NYC a few times, but by no means [...]