Amsterdam

Why Ticket Touts Made Me Plan a Trip to Amsterdam

Back before I was @charliedistracted, my online name was @charlienin. For years, I used my love of the band Nine Inch Nails to define who I was on social media, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it…

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London

The Beginner’s Guide of Where to Eat in Kings Cross, London

Previously just a dingy area of London to catch a train, I never thought I’d write about where to eat in Kings Cross – but over the last couple of years, the variety of options have made it one of…

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Ostend

How to Spend a Day in Ostend – Belgium’s Largest Coastal Town

You’ve been drawn in by the amazing street art, but now you need to know what to do in Ostend beyond discovering amazing murals. Just 15 minutes on the train from Bruges, Ostend is dwarfed in notoriety by its famous…

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Milan

How to Spend a Weekend in Milan, Italy

Wondering what to do in Milan when you have no interest in high fashion, football or art? I found researching what to do in Milan super stressful. I’m more Primark over Prada, 100% very much NOT interested in football (or…

Lake Pukaki

What is Flexible Luxury?

The way I travel has changed a lot over the last couple of years. When I first started writing about my adventures across the globe, I could easily class myself as a budget traveller because nine times out of ten…

Gatwick Airport

A Room With A View of the Runway at Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

There are people I know who love airports, claiming them to be like giant service stations full of food and entertainment. I couldn’t agree less. I power my way through them, earphones in (even if I’m travelling with somebody else), despairing…

London

Dinner at Mac and Wild, Fitzrovia – A Taste of Scotland in London

Do you remember that sketch from Goodness Gracious Me about ‘going out for an English’? It played on the stereotypes we all play into when we ‘go’ for any regional cuisine in a restaurant but that nobody ever sits in…

Ostend

Exploring The Crystal Ship: Europe’s Biggest Street Art Festival

Stepping out of my hotel on my first morning in Ostend, Belgium’s largest coastal town, my eyes eagerly scanned every wall, window and plant pot, knowing I was in the epicentre of one of Europe’s biggest street art festivals. Far…

London

How to Bring Hotel Luxury to Your Bank Holiday at Home

Oh, Bank Holiday! Every time one rolls around, I’m more thankful than ever for the respite from the daily grind of office life. What have we done to deserve this random day off?! Yet, it surprises people to hear that…