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Do We Really Need Technology to Travel?

Sometimes it amazes me how much we rely on technology. The amount of travellers I meet who can't escape the clutches of their smartphones or laptops in the common rooms of hostels; the amount of people who don't get lost in new cities anymore because they've already downloaded the right map. In 2007, I went […]

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26 At 26: Birthday Resolutions for a New Year

This week, I turned 26. It's an age I've never been particularly concerned about before, but when it was pointed out to me that 26 is actually much nearer to 30 than I'd first realised, a tiny bit of panic set in. Where the hell did all that time go?! I'm very happy with what […]

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Palafrugell Spain hotel

Stranded and Starving in a Four Star Hotel

When the TBEX conference and its accompanying blog trips finally ended, a part of me was dreading what came next. For most of September I’d enjoyed glamorous parties on beaches and in castles, star catering from the best restaurants, and more wine than my liver knew what to do with. Surely I wasn’t being forced […]

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Girona Spain Chef Xavier Arrey cooking class food market

Langoustines and Polylinguists: Turning Up the Heat in Girona

I’m ashamed to say that when I think of a Spaniard, I immediately think of the Mediterranean machismo type in a stretchy speedo, slinking around the sun drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol. And yet, two days after the TBEX conference was over, I found myself in a Catalan food market watching a head chef kissing a fish on its icy nose…

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Takeaways from TBEX

We stood, panting slightly, looking out over the pristine valley. Far off in the distance, I could just make out Girona’s cathedral spire, nestled in amongst the tree tops. “Just breathe it in. Peace, quiet…” An all too familiar beeping sound interrupted the silence. “…and Whatsapp.” Behind me, three different phones were pulled swiftly from […]

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