Why I will Never Ride an Elephant… Again

Riding elephants is one the most popular tourist activities in Asia but are you aware of the inhumane conditions they are kept in, the horrific way that are treated or how painful it is for them?

I can’t, however, begin to write a post preaching about the treatment of elephants within the tourist industry and the reasons you should never ride one without first addressing the fact that I have done it myself.

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Christmas in Edinburgh

I’ve never missed a plane before and after six hours in Heathrow airport I don’t think I ever will again.

It was the first weekend of December and one of my besties and I had decided to kick off the Christmas celebrations in style with a trip to Edinburgh.

We were heading to the Christmas markets which we had heard very good things about (it was revealed as the UK’s favourite this year!) but also to explore Scotland’s capital city having never been before.

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Exploring Family History in Sligo

Have you ever watched the show Long Lost Family? Well, recently it has felt like we are on it, except for the fact that Davina McCall hasn’t been there to introduce us.

Over the last couple of years our family, on my dad’s side, has grown significantly. Unfortunately we never got to know our grandparents and therefore had lost touch with any extended family, until now.

It all started last year when we went to Cork to meet his mum’s side of the family and continued this year meeting his dad’s family in Sligo.

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Oh, we’re going to Ibiza…

This year one of my favourites turned 30 and to celebrate we did something I have wanted to do since I was a teenager – we partied on the beautiful, sunny island of Ibiza.

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A Spooky Tour of Burghley House

Image via Burghley House Facebook page.

The long, dark, tree-lined driveway led us down to the house, a large silhouette against the night sky, covered in a blanket of mist – setting the scene as we arrived for the spooky tour ahead.

Burghley is a 16th century house, its history dates right back to 1555 when it was built and designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. During October Burghley House opens its doors to take you on a spooky tour, enabling you to discover some of its more grisly and gruesome past… if you are brave enough!

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