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Reflecting on a year of travel – 2013

As the new year approaches, I chose to reflect on 2013 and my year in travel. It’s certainly been my busiest yet, from New York to Brazil, Lisbon to Jamaica, my trips have been as varied and spontaneous as ever to fit into an ever-busy schedule.

2013 started with a new year break to Paris, seeing the sights of the city accompanied by a stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles. Shortly afterwards, a city break to Berlin was enjoyed by my partner and I courtesy of Expedia. We experienced bitterly cold temperatures and contrasting experiences from Sachsenhausen concentration camp to a street art tour with fantastic accommodation provided by Eurostars Hotel. Continue reading Reflecting on a year of travel – 2013

My (Almost) First Cruise on Carnival Sunshine, Marseille

Formerly known as the Carnival Destiny, the Carnival Sunshine is part of the fleet owned by Carnival Cruises with a passenger capacity for over 3,000 people. Measuring over 892 ft long and with the potential for more than 1,000 crew, it’s a combination of relaxation, enjoyment and ultimately fun!

The Carnival Destiny went into dry dock in Trieste, Italy in 2013 where it was refitted and renamed Carnival Sunshine. The refit has cost an estimated US$155million – the most expensive refit that has even been undertaken by Carnival. Continue reading My (Almost) First Cruise on Carnival Sunshine, Marseille

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – thank you!

I was pleased to learn that I have recently been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Kay from TravellerSoul76, a self-described world traveller, serial expat, translator, ESL Teacher and photographer – quite a list I think you’ll agree! Many thanks to Kay for the nomination which I gladly accept. You can view her blog post here. Continue reading Very Inspiring Blogger Award – thank you!

My growing travel list for 2013; what’s on your itinerary?

I’ve been reflecting on the year of travel that was 2012. It’s officially behind us and gosh, it was a busy one.

From changing jobs to founding The Ad-lib Traveller, discovering new getaways to learning more about those close to me,  it’s been an exciting learning curve that has enlightened me at every step of the way. I’ve enjoyed group travel in Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand, trips with my partner to destinations like Budapest as well as dates in and around our home city of London to places like Banana Tree and Wong Kei’s. Not only this, but I’ve also shared company with friends at places like Caribbean Scene Royale and other trips like taking my younger sister on her first city break to Dublin. I’ve also been fortunate enough to help out with the London 2012 Olympics – a once in a lifetime opportunity that was again a fun experience.

It’s been an amazing year and has continued to go from strength to strength; I’ve appreciated and enjoyed every trip that has come my way and there is so much more to come – which brings me into this blog post. Whilst reflecting on 2012, I’ve been busy setting out a growing list of travel plans for 2013 – get a sneaky preview of the first quarter of the year outlined below.

Continue reading My growing travel list for 2013; what’s on your itinerary?

An open letter from the Ad-lib Traveller #byExpedia

UPDATE: Sincere thanks to Expedia UK and readers of the Ad-lib Traveller for casting your votes and providing this opportunity for me to visit Berlin, Germany.

Dear Readers,

As visitors to the Ad-lib Traveller blog, I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed the content that you have read so far and look forward to sharing much more with you all. With my passion for travel constantly growing, every now and then a little help to get to the destination is needed – and that’s where you come in. Continue reading An open letter from the Ad-lib Traveller #byExpedia

Cameroon – Tourism development in action at World Travel Market, London

Cameroon’s Ministry of Tourism at WTM

During World Travel Market 2012, I was lucky to be invited to attend a press conference arranged by Wonder* Communications on behalf of Cameroon’s Ministry of Tourism.

Now, not only was this an intimate way to meet people that are equally interested in the country, but it was a fantastic learning experience about an up and coming destination that is working hard to gain our support. There’s no better way to learn than from the people that know the land, and are well placed to share their passion with new-comers like myself.

With a group of around 60 attendees and a well-run question and answer session, there was plenty of opportunity to identify the potential for the country and hear first-hand about the challenges that the country in West Central Africa is working hard to overcome. Continue reading Cameroon – Tourism development in action at World Travel Market, London