How To Not Get Ripped Off on a Gondola in Venice

How To Not Get Ripped Off on a Gondola in Venice

Contrary to popular belief, the price of a Gondola ride in Venice is governed by law. Even more unknown, is the fact that this price is for the boat hire and not per person. So How Much is a Gondola Ride? It’s €80 for 30 minutes in the daytime, and €100 night time rate (after 7pm). What many don’t realise is that this is the cost for the ENTIRE boat, and with space for six people, rounding up your friends could…

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Four Bizarre Facts You Should Know About Venice

Four Bizarre Facts You Should Know About Venice

Say Venice and you’ll likely start singing ‘Just One Cornetto’ in your head. But there’s a hidden side to Venice that you may not be aware of – some are just damn right strange! So here’s four facts about Venice you really ought to know. 1. They Invented Hair Dyeing You see that wooden frame atop that apartment, would you believe me if I told you that’s where hair dyeing was invented? Originally these terrace-like structures were built above the…

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How to Stargaze in Bristol without Going Outside – the UK’s Only Planetarium

How to Stargaze in Bristol without Going Outside – the UK’s Only Planetarium

While I can’t call myself an astronomer, and my imagination doesn’t stretch far enough to work out the constellations, I have New York’s Natural History Museum – more specifically their Planetarium – for my obsession with the night sky. So when I learned that not only did the UK have its own planetarium, but that it was located in Bristol’s Millennium Square, I knew I had to visit. Chances are, you’ve walked past the huge silver ball a few times,…

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How to Enjoy Flower Power in Bristol Without Piriteze

How to Enjoy Flower Power in Bristol Without Piriteze

I may not suffer with Hayfever myself, but I’ve seen plenty of people that do who take Skepta’s ‘Sunglasses at Night’ a little to literally – and yes I digress, because I really just wanted to talk about Bristol’s new bar – The Florist UK. See there was a point to that opening paragraph – I’ll admit it was a little shitty – but hey! It IS somewhere you can hang out in Summer among the flowers without the Hayfever…

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Why are there so many churches in Venice?

Why are there so many churches in Venice?

When strolling around Venice, it’s hard not to notice the immense amount of bridges and churches on what seems like every corner. And every street seems to bear ‘Campo’ in its name. But it all becomes clear when we learn that the first inhabitants of Venice came after the Romans solved the solution to fresh drinking water. Since there were no bridges, each ‘square’ that you see today will have been a grassy area. Each square will have been an…

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Should You Stay at Venice Backpackers Hostel?

Should You Stay at Venice Backpackers Hostel?

As Italy was going to be my first solo trip, it made sense to frequent hostels rather than a hotel room – as tempting as a double bed to myself would be! My research turned up Venice Backpackers House as a cheap Venice hostel – and the reviews seemed fairly ok! When I first arrived at Venice Backpackers Hostel I was scared out of my wits! I’d created this notion in my head that hostels would be crawling with cockroaches…

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Five Reasons You Need to Visit Bath Immediately

Five Reasons You Need to Visit Bath Immediately

The oolitic limestone, its close proximity to Bristol and its historical interests places Bath in my top ten of England’s Cities. And if you haven’t been, here are five reasons why you should bump it to the top of your English bucket list. Sally Lunn’s Bath Bunn Not a riddle, but a world famous tea house, and one of the oldest houses in the centre of Bath. The Sally Lunn Bun is best described as ‘ part bun, part bread, part…

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How to Get Millennial Savings on Worldwide Flights for just £12

How to Get Millennial Savings on Worldwide Flights for just £12

So I’m nearing 27. I can’t get a VOXI card. I can’t get a railcard. And despite the fact that I still request Easter Eggs, I’m definitely considered an adult. Thankfully the folks at STA Travel have given us millennials the perfect excuse not to grow up, with their IYTC Youth Discount Card. Aimed at individuals aged 12 – 30 years and who aren’t full-time students, this card offers exclusive discounts on worldwide flights, discounted hostels and more. What’s more! It…

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5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

Say China and you immediately think of counterfeit products, over-popularisation and communism. But despite its sometimes questionable methods, China is home to areas of outstanding natural beauty, beautiful culture and fabulous wildlife. So if it isn’t on your bucket list, here’s why it should be. 1. It has Pandas. Pandas in Chengdu with The Dragon Trip 2. It has a Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Warriors with The Dragon Trip in Xi’an 3. It’s home to one of the new 7…

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Do you need an adventure?

Do you need an adventure?

Imagine standing on the edge of a 40ft cliff, wishing to break some bones to avoid returning to a mindless job. That was Laura Kennington – a British adventurer who went from Pub Quizmaster to Pub Storyteller. Sound vaguely familiar? If you’re on your umpteenth cup of tea, wistfully browsing Instagram during your sixth hour of procrastination, then let Laura Kennington’s inspirational tale be your pivotal moment of change, as Sarah Outen MBE was to her. False Pretences Laura’s tale…

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