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Polly Allen

Journalist and Blogger

Polly is a freelance journalist who writes about culture, lifestyle, travel and fashion, in between scouring charity shops and listening to far too much music made before she was born. She also blogs about travel at The Travelling Calavera.

Dublin on a Budget: Make Your Euro Go Further

Many tourists wrongly assume Dublin is beyond their budget, but I don't agree. I've just returned from a break in the 'fair city', giddy on its atmosphere but not facing the sharp shock of a hefty bill. Here's how I did it.
26/10/2015 12:20 GMT

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Picks for 2015

Until someone actually invents the Time-Turner from <em>Harry Potter</em> or even the time-stopping watch from <em>Bernard's Watch</em>, choosing what to see at the <a href="https://www.edfringe.com/" target="_hplink">Edinburgh Festival Fringe</a> is always going to be a bit of a headache.
14/08/2015 11:39 BST

London's Quirkiest Summer Events and Exhibitions

Summer in London is all about lazing in parks with an ice cream, heading to festivals and trying to avoid packed Tube journeys where you end up far too close to a perspiring commuter's armpit. It's also full of good opportunities to cool off in an unusual exhibition, finally visit a museum you've never been to, or try out an event you wouldn't normally consider.
29/06/2015 14:00 BST

First Time at the Fringe? A Rookie's Guide to the Edinburgh Festival

The programme's already been released, the comedians have long had their promotional photos ready, and now the countdown to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival well and truly begins. 2013 will be my fifth year as a punter and I've already scoured the listings to seek out some early ideas for what to see when I visit.
17/07/2013 12:13 BST

Anti-Valentine's Day Escapes

With the cheese-fest that is Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to get your exit strategy in place. For whatever reason (you're recently heart-broken, perpetually single and cynical, or you just happen to have taste), here are the places where you're most likely to be left untroubled by lovebirds.
27/01/2013 23:20 GMT

Top Travel Destinations for 2013

It's time to look at the in-demand places for 2013, from the Spanish district that's had a serious re-brand to the city that travel bloggers across the world will be raving about.
02/01/2013 17:37 GMT