The exams are finished, the celebrations are over, my Oxford room stripped bare for the last time – and now I’m counting down the days until I leave for China with Katy on Saturday. It’s the first big trip abroad I’ve done in years and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re starting off in Beijing for two weeks, taking some Mandarin lessons in the mornings and planning to explore the city in the afternoons (if we can survive the heat and smog – judging from the last few days in London I’m not too great at dealing with the heat!). (more…)

Turkey in ten days

Tomorrow morning I’m going to Turkey for ten days with my family. I’m excited because the last time I was in Turkey was only two years ago and I really enjoyed it; that trip had a fairly strong Classical focus as we travelled for a month down the Western Coast from Istanbul visiting many fantastic ancient Greek sites along the way such as Troy, Ephesus and Aphrodisias. This time we’re on a shorter timetable so our trip will have three stops. (more…)

Visit Bulgaria!

Have you ever been to often-forgotten Bulgaria? If not, I highly recommend a trip.

It’s a beautiful country, with pretty much everything on offer you could ask for: long golden Black Sea beaches, interesting cobbled towns, peaceful monastery retreats, rugged mountains for climbing, Thracian and Classical ruins for exploring, great food, places to swim, welcoming people – and what’s more, it’s Europe’s cheapest destination…

I went for a month in August 2012, but below is our round itinerary for a 3-week trip. Why not consider it for your next travel to Europe? (more…)