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My Year in Travel

By on Dec 24, 2014 in Features | 1 comment

Thailand Tribulations: Mosquitoes, Monkeys and Motorbikes

By on Dec 1, 2014 in Asia, Travel | 2 comments

Today’s post comes from Delia, a dear friend I met while judging an English competition in deepest, darkest Surrey, as you do. She has a wicked sense of humour and a fear of anything remotely rural (so the Surrey countryside was rather a challenge). Her latest adventures in Thailand make for a hysterical read. Enjoy! Last year I spent three weeks in Bangkok and got bitten by mosquitoes seventy times. Somehow, I still didn’t get Dengue Fever. It was with some reluctance then that I returned to Bangkok this year. I’d seen the film Final Destination and I knew how these things worked. I was pretty sure that there was a Dengue-riddled mosquito waiting for me at the airport. A mosquito that knew I should have been infected last year and was determined not to let me escape twice. However much I covered up, it would hone in on that tiny part of me that wasn’t soaked in DEET. As it...

On Two Legs in the Peak District

By on Nov 4, 2014 in Europe, Travel | 4 comments

Buffeted by a blustery wind, I took in the burnished autumnal hues of the Peak District. A frisson of warmth in the last few days had painted the countryside, and the pockets of trees splashed russet, gold and auburn among the green pastures of the hills. The picturesque village of Castleton, built in grey Derbyshire stone, was dappled with sunlight and shadows as clouds drifted across the sky. I couldn’t imagine a place I’d rather be on a crisp, sunny, November day than at the top of Mam Tor. Mam Tor means Mother Hill; she’s also known as Shivering Mountain. Apparently, the name’s due to some landslips that caused this peak to tremble, but it seems apt for different reasons when you reach the summit and the wind whips wildly around you. Whatever you call her, she’s a majestic feature of the Peak District, with the high, wild Dark Peak in one direction,...

The Story of Starry-Eyed Travels

By on Dec 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

It’s just a few days to Christmas; the presents are wrapped, the preparations are almost done. It’s time to take a breath, calm the already fraying nerves and reflect on the year gone by. So I thought I’d take a moment to write a Christmas message to you. Considering where I was this time last year, it’s hard to believe everything that’s happened in the intervening months. Starry-Eyed Travels didn’t exist – it was not even a twinkle. But last Christmas, I was, in a roundabout way, given the gift of a year. One year, to do absolutely anything I wanted with my life. More than anything, I wanted to be a writer and I wanted to travel. The logical step seemed to be travel-writing, so in January, I ventured a couple of articles to Kash at Europe Budget Guide and Margo at the Travel Belles. I fired off those emails in a tentative, nervous tone and...

25 Things I Wish I’d Known about South America

By on Oct 1, 2011 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Now that I’ve finished my four-month adventure, I’ve had a few moments to reflect on some of the things I’ve learnt about travel in South America. If you’re planning to go, you might just want to bear some of these in mind – enjoy!       1. That ‘winter’ means everything from 30 degree heat and bone-dry weather to temperatures below zero, to fog and rain. 2. That overland border crossings can be the most mystical, fun or downright chaotic moments of the trip. 3. That you need to carry toilet roll and hand sanitizer at all times. 4.That heating and hot water, even where nights are frosty, are novelty items 5. That Peru is the most amazing, vast and diverse country, with people who are far too kind and experiences which are far too wonderful, meaning that you never want to leave. 6. That there are dangers, but if you are sensible...

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