Claire Jopson

British travel blogger

One half of the travel blogging duo, Twins That Travel.

Why Hamburg Is The Perfect City Break

We finished our bike ride at the Blankense harbour: the Rivera of Hamburg. Sitting down with a cold Astra beer and a plate of freshly fried fish, I looked out over the water that surrounded us: a continuous feature of this city.
19/05/2017 13:40 BST

The Seven Deadly Sins of Instagram

When curated well, Instagram can be a brilliant way to promote your blog and gain a large readership. Done badly, and it will turn into yet another platform that waters down your brand and creates, at best, a fickle following. Instagram is demanding. It requires careful attention and love: there's no 'scheduling in' option here whilst you disappear for a week.
08/08/2016 12:26 BST

The Truth of Travelling with a Sibling

For most, travelling with your siblings is something only endured when you're younger: an experience limited to annual family holidays in Spain; brutal fights in the back of a car during a claustrophobic road trip around France; or trying to drown each other in a swimming pool somewhere in Europe.
03/08/2016 13:46 BST

Ten Travel Hacks to Change the Way You Travel

As somewhat nervous travellers, we're always looking for tips on how to reduce the stress of travel. Over the years, we've honed our travelling skills to make life on the road relatively simple. Below are the ten travel hacks that have changed the way we travel
01/08/2016 15:57 BST

Lessons in Travel Blogging

Blogging is all about ensuring you are connecting with people in a way that they find interesting and of course, that they enjoy. If you can get that right, then you're set. Forget for a moment the pressure to be working with brands, or PR companies, and instead focus on your relationship with your followers.
19/07/2016 14:21 BST

What Does Brexit Mean for Travellers?

Frustratingly, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what's going to happen because the UK has not yet worked out when or how it will extricate itself from the EU. That's going to be dealt with in probably testy negotiations between the Brits and some affronted Europeans. And the process could easily drag on for years.
18/07/2016 15:41 BST

Twenty Lessons I Learned in My Twenties

Remember when you used to make your Mum hide around the corner whilst she waited to collect you from the cinema? Now, she's the friend you go to the cinema with. Oh, how times have changed.
18/03/2016 15:27 GMT

The Seven Rules of Instagram

That fuzzy, murky photo of your roast dinner would never find its way into your brand book, so why would you put it onto the world's fastest growing social media platform? Keep it professional, with an inspiring twist and you're onto a winner.
13/03/2016 20:47 GMT

Five Tips for Mindful Travel

As travellers always seeking those little moments of appreciation, we noticed that we regularly pack a few small things, to help coax out those instances of calm. Here are just a few, that help us pause, stop and take a moment to appreciate the adventure we are on.
13/01/2016 11:32 GMT

So You Don't Want to Travel Full-Time?

Fast-forward a number of years and we both find ourselves working in the charity sector. It's a satisfying feeling looking back at the last eight years or so, having worked numerous jobs to get us to the point we're now at.
04/01/2016 17:02 GMT

Adventures with Anxiety

Anxiety, you see, doesn't care if you're taking a holiday. It's not something you can leave at home; like your hairbrush or that second bottle of after-sun lotion. Anxiety wouldn't want to miss out. With new countries, new towns and cities, and of course, air travel, comes a wealth of new dangers, threats and uncertainties. Anxiety is in its element.
23/12/2015 11:09 GMT

Instagram: Truth and Lies

When we're posting those iconic 'plane wing' photographs, we're simultaneously dying inside. We hate flying. Relaxed, confident travellers, we are not. Our travel bags usually consist of Kalms, Immodium, Gaviscon and Asprin (or in Laura's case, straight up Valium).
22/12/2015 10:57 GMT