The villages (most hilltop) dotted around the Dordogne are visually striking La Roque-Gageac and Domme are both listed as 'the most beautiful villages in France' and it's instantly obvious why.
I have also been mistaken for a prostitute while travelling alone. Five times. All at locations I haven't needed my passport to get to. Once was at Corley services on the M6. Another was in Wales. My headshot doesn't give much away, so if you want to know what a Welsh prostitute looks like, you'll have to Google Image me.
I'm not going to pontificate on the evils of technology because I'm even getting bored of myself going on about that. If people want to bubble-wrap themselves against the dangers and difficulties that make travelling such a beautiful thing then I say let them. I'll stick to the old fashioned way, one hand outstretched, a beer in the other and I'll probably start with something like "Hi".
There's something to be said for the Italians - they do it bloody well. And by "it", I mean everything; food, wine, football, and as I found out recently on a trip to Tuscany, incredible beach resorts.
Leopards are beautiful, elegant creatures. One of the "big five" in the feline family, leopards survive in the wild through their ability to camouflage and blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. Unlike its sisters, the white lion and the cheetah, the leopard is very hard to find on safari despite being abundant in numbers.
Between the rolling vineyards and aqua seas of the Cote d'Azur, perched just below the picturesque village of Ramatuelle, you'll find La Reserve - the chic wellness retreat of St Tropez. Walking through the sliding glass doors with panoramic views of the Mediterranean beyond feels like entering a sleek private member's retreat...
It's been an extraordinary experience; difficult, hot, cold, lonely, funny, emotional and mentally and physically exhausting in a way I couldn't have imagined. But crucially also hugely rewarding, not just for myself, but also in the raising of the money for Walking With The Wounded, which I hope will only increase (£18k to date). And, thankfully, only truly scary once or twice...
So whilst you do not need a gap yaah, a grand in the bank or a rich relative in every corner of the globe to travel the world, you do need the guts and drive to take your chance. Perhaps the question is not why young people should travel, but rather, why not?
Pintxos aside, we were delighted to discover that Bilbao is a foodie's paradise, with five Michelin-starred restaurants and dozens more in the surrounding Basque Country. In fact the area can boast more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in Europe.
My Mum started finding her travel feet after my brother and I had grown up. One day she plans to drive as far as she can in an SUV with the dog which I think is pretty bad ass. You can never miss the boat with travelling and I'm glad she taught me that.
Myanmar opened up to tourism recently. I felt lucky to have experienced the splendour of the place so freshly unveiled. It was rather like witnessing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis with tremulous legs, quivering with beauty and fragility, taking its first few steps into the wider world.
On a Friday morning, after already enjoying two days in Edinburgh, we headed to The Indigo hotel, centrally located in the New Town area right near Calton Hill and the Edinburgh Playhouse, where we were looking forward to staying for the night.
Sure, there's a particular thrill and a whole bunch of lessons which are unique to travelling but every type of journey is worthwhile and has something special to offer. Some of the most life changing journeys can unfold in your own back yard and these types of journeys should not be devalued.
Tourism took a hit in Thailand last year after the May 22 military coup, but despite the media's penchant for focusing on the negative, visitor numbers are already on the rise and with the exception a few areas, Thailand is as safe for tourists as it's ever been.
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A couple of days ago I found a job in an Irish bar in Portland. It's a chain with sites also in San Francisco and Seattle. I fully grasp the full extent of how archetypal I am in my choice of establishments. Just what the world needs - another Irish waitress in another Irish/American bar.