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Finding a balance between budget travel and the good things in life.

Travel Diaries – Venice

Gap Year Days 64 – 70 Our visit to Venice is a little muddled. Some advice – if you want to stay in Venice in June, don’t try to book only a week or so out. Unless of course you...

Travel Diaries – Lake Como

Gap Year Days 61 – 64 We were excited to get to the Lake Como region. There are so many beautiful photographs of the lake and surrounding area on the internet and this was one of the...

A Visit to the Borromean Islands

The Borromean Islands are located in the middle of Lake Maggiore, to the north of Milan in Italy. They are made up of the three islands Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori (also called Isola Superiore) and...

Travel Diaries – Milan

Gap Year Days 57 – 61 Milan was one of those places where we messed around a little with the accommodation. Not because we couldn’t get any this time, but because there were two cheap...

Travel Diaries – Bologna

Gap Year Days 54 – 57 Bologna! The first thing I think about is spaghetti bolognese! That most delicious and simple of pasta dishes, that everyone at home has a special recipe for. Has it got...

June 2017 Summary

At the end of each month I am going to send out a summary of the highlights of the month. I will tell you about any travel bargains I’ve found and update you on our plans for upcoming trips and...

Things to do in Lucca

Lucca is a small Tuscan city often overlooked by visitors to the area in favour of nearby Florence or Pisa. It is best known for it’s city walls, which are still a prominent feature today, or...

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