A Weekend in Cambridge

This year I turned 28. I know, I know, I don’t look it – I definitely don’t feel it either. But, alas I am.

So, to celebrate / commiserate turning yet another year old, Dan I headed to Cambridge for the weekend. Since moving to Peterborough, Cambridge is only 40 minutes from me and having never visited before, I have now taken 2 day trips there to do a little exploring. It is the most beautiful city, so I was very excited when Dan told me this is where we would be spending my birthday weekend.

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I Left My Heart On Maya Bay

Thailand 3In the summer of 2009, between finishing my second year of university and starting my third, I spent 6 weeks in Thailand with two of my best uni buddies.

I had never been travelling before and I can genuinely say it was 6 of the best weeks of my life.

Whilst we were there we met several people who taught English in Bangkok during the week and spent each weekend on a different island. Heaven! Due to the low cost of living, they could experience absolute luxury come Friday, on a shoestring budget – staying in beach huts, eating massaman curry and drinking their weight in Chang beer and Sangsom buckets, all for less than the price of a single night out in England.

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Flying over Henley in a Big Balloon

Balloon 3If flying over England in a hot air balloon is on your bucket list then it is one thing you should definitely get ticked off this year. (or next, depending on what the weather decides to do!)

As this was something on my boyfriends list I decided to get it for him for his birthday last June so we could tick it off together. Although I realise I probably peaked a bit early with my first present, and a pair of novelty socks aren’t going to seem quite as exciting this year!

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The Life of a London Commuter

ItVisit London Application‘s the best of both worlds I was told. Living in the countryside outside our capital city and working in it, and this may be the case if it wasn’t for the commute in between!

The job that began my commuting life I primarily got through creating a tube map for a presentation of a day in London. I explained how quickly and easily the tube could get you from place to place to make the most of your day. Little did I know as I made it I would soon come to realise that things completely change when go from just a user of the tube to a commuter on the tube.

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Situated between the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Thailand; this country offers everything: breath-taking scenery, gorgeous sandy beaches, warm, crystal clear waters, friendly locals and mouth-watering delicacies – all within the price range of the budget conscious traveller.

Thailand has become one of the top destinations for travellers as it offers culture and nightlife, within enchanting natural surroundings. One thing is for certain, how ever long you stay you will never get bored.

Your Thailand experience starts off in the vibrant city of Bangkok, which offers modernity alongside tradition. The Khao San Road is a key place for travellers as it offers cheap hostels, buzzing bars where you can party the night away, and designer clothes, at very reasonable prices. The Thai people love a bit of bartering, so don’t be afraid to try and get the price down.  But if it is culture you are after Bangkok also offers museums and temples aplenty, including the awe-inspiring GrandPalace. Thai food is some of the best in the world. To experience it at its very best visit local family run restaurants – for the real Thai experience and the finest food, at £1 a meal, you can’t go wrong.

Travelling around Thailand is incredibly cheap and easy. There are many over night buses and sleeper trains, so you can save on a night’s accommodation, whilst also saving precious travel time.

To get away from the hustle and bustle of busy Bangkok, why not visit the Issan region, the poorest and arguably most authentic area remaining in Thailand. Very few tourists venture here, but it is well worth it, for a visit to the Khao Yai national park. Here you can trek amongst the thick, rich rainforest with the chance to see wild animals such as monkeys and elephants in their natural habitat.

Why not take an educational trip to the quiet town of Kanchanaburi, where you can visit the bridge over the River Kwai, one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Or take a day trip, and have the once in a life time experience of riding elephants, for the mere price of £20. The cheapest hostels start at £2 a night per person, and you really get your moneys worth here, where you can gently rock to sleep in floating huts on the River Kwai.

Head down South to visit the many beautiful islands which Thailand has to offer. One not to miss is Ko Phi Phi, a party island that also offers peace and tranquillity. You cannot leave this island without spending a night on Maya Bay, the setting of the film ‘The Beach’.  It is an un-missable experience. After all the day tourists leave, a small group of you are left. Spend the evening drinking and singing with the local Thai men, then night swim amongst the glowing plankton, wake up to the sun rising and an early morning swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay.

If you want to experience absolute luxury on a shoe-string budget then Thailand is the place for you. It will be an unforgettable experience.