What happens when your dream destination turns sour?

Travel Feels

What happens when your dream destination turns sour?

You’ve saved up hard for your trip. You’ve longed to visit this place which you’ve seen only on postcards, in books and on the tv. You are ready and waiting for all your expectations to be met and so much more. You excitedly pack, you read your battered guide book from cover to cover and shout from the social media rooftops that you are FINALLY off to the destination of your dreams.

Except it’s not.

You arrive, and suddenly everything feels flat. That first breath in your dream destination is a little sour and the vibrant pictures in your imagination are suddenly replaced with faded, scratchy memories which make your heart hurt with disappointment.

But what do you actually do about it?

This has, sadly happened to me twice in two very different locations. Here’s my story, and how I overcame the crushing disappointment when my dreams weren’t realised.

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The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Czech Republic

The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Beer is big business in Prague. Of course if you knew about its stag party reputation you’d know this already, and if you just thought Prague was a romantic capital city with a very famous bridge it might surprise you. However, although beer (and specifically Urquell, Prague’s cheap as chips pilsner) is big business, lurking underneath that is a pretty awesome craft beer and micro-brewery culture waiting to be explored.

We set about visiting three of the finest on a brewery tour of Prague organised by with Discover Prague and learnt a huge amount about the micro-brewery scene with our Brew Master Gary. We drank a lot too, but it was all in the name of fact finding, right?

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What travel means to me

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What travel means to me

Since I was a small child I have been endlessly curious about the world around me. I was always that kid with my nose in books, excited to find out more about all the things and places I knew nothing about. I had a big book full of the Kings and Queens of England and Scotland and I devoured it several times, page after page, memorising each story and desperately wanting to visit all the castles and places mentioned inside.

I grew up on a diet of caravan holidays on the South Coast, along the Dorset seaside clambering around cliff tops and creating castles of my own in the sand, but I wanted more. My Uncle was a traveller, and every time he sent me a doll in national dress from his current location (my favourite was the flamenco dancer from Spain), I wanted to know more about these places that seemed so far away to me. If the internet had existed then, I know I would have been furiously googling, my eyes taking in every last drop of information I could find.

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Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Poland

Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Krakow was another of my 2016 adventures, and it was an unexpected gem of a destination and definitely high up of my list of places to travel to again. I was recommended by a friend to visit, and it was so budget friendly that I combined it with my trip to Prague, via a bumpy sleeper train.

If you are looking for an extremely friendly city to visit, that has both good food and vodka, and so much interesting culture and history to explore, Krakow is your destination. As with many Eastern European cities, there is a lot of WWII historical places to see, a thriving Jewish community and the most beautiful architecture and buildings you’ll ever experience.

What are we waiting for?! Let’s jump straight in.

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How to fit a life of travel around a full time job

Travel Tips

How to fit a life of travel around a full time job

The wonderful Sophie Cliff and I joked recently that if there were such a job as “professional city breaker”, we’d really like to interview for it.

It’s not like I don’t love my job. I do. And I have flexible bosses, a generous holiday allowance and a decent enough salary to be able to take trips every now and then. But it doesn’t stop me wondering how I can possibly see all I want to see within the confines of a full time job.

I’m making a pretty good stab of it at the moment, and thought I’d share my top trips for satisfying wanderlust when you have a full time job.

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