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The Art of Haggling (and when not to do it)

By on Sep 30, 2012 in Travel Tips | 7 comments

  Wherever I am in the world, one of my favourite pastimes is browsing the local markets, whether it’s a flea market in London, a souk in Morocco, or a small stall in Bolivia. Markets give you a real flavour of local culture, there is always a buzz of energy and so much to stir your senses. The culture of haggling is almost synonymous with markets, and it can make the whole shopping experience come alive in a quick repartee. However, it is practised differently in different countries and cultures, and being aware of local practices can make a big difference.   In the souks of Marrakesh, haggling is an art form. It is an expected, almost obligatory part of the transaction and is to be entered into with aplomb. The first price proposed by the seller is a deliberately inflated one; it is up to you as the buyer to push it down to a more realistic level. It’s...

Travel Inspiration

By on Mar 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The people at EasyJet Holidays have launched an Inspiration Initiative, asking bloggers who, what, where and when inspired them to travel. Having read the fabulous posts by Kate of A Brit Abroad and Arianwen of Beyond Blighty on this topic, and looking forward to reading many more, I’m joining in with the fun. Inspiration is the very thing which fuels Starry-Eyed Travels, after all. Who My Great Great Aunt, who lived until she was 98, didn’t begin travelling until after she had retired, but she more than made up for lost time. She went off on her own to Australia to find long lost family, cannily spent the winter months in Southern Spain and cruised the length of Britain’s rivers. Her fearless attitude and and boundless enthusiasm certainly inspired me. Mixed with other relatives’ tales of escaping from Malaysia, falling in love in Germany and sailing the seven...

Geometric

By on Jan 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Anabela Salvador George came up with the creative title ‘Geometric‘ for Riccardo’s photo, so that becomes the theme for this week.   asjadjakjdbak akjdajdfla     Do you have a great Geometric image? Then send it to katy(at)starryeyedtravels.com by Thursday 19th January and we might feature it as the next Photo of the Week!  ...

Photo of the Week

By on Jan 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

Riccardo Di Capua’s striking image is our Photo of the Week, but can you think of a 1-word title for it? The most fitting, creative or inspiring title will become our theme next week, so get your thinking caps on!  

Travel Memories

By on Mar 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Every now and again, it’s good to take stock and reflect on things. On the brink of an as-yet-unbooked but planned out 4-5 month adventure in South America, this seems like as good a time as any to look back on the travels I’ve already been on. It’s also a time to be realistic, my head is full of dreams and ideals that I need to get my feet back on the ground and remember what it is really like when things don’t entirely go to plan. Here are three snapshots of my travel past – not the most dazzling or exciting moments perhaps, but just ones that, for one reason or another, stick in my mind. Jemaa el-Fnaa 18 years old, my first trip abroad as a ‘grown-up’, without parents or other responsible adults, was to Marrakesh. While most of my friends opted for summer breaks in Ibiza, Xante or other party destinations, I persuaded one of my closest...

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