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A summer escape with the family to Oxford Castle unlocked

As part of a summer holiday staycation I visited Oxford Castle Unlocked for a day out with my sister and two nieces, both aged 8. We were keen to make the most of a day in Oxford and this opportunity to explore the history of the castle.

Built in 1071 by Richard d’Orilly, a Norman baron and close ally of William the Conqueror, Oxford Castle has had a constant presence in key historic moments of Oxford’s evolution. Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century the remaining buildings had become Oxford’s local prison. This later became HM Prison Oxford, which closed in 1996. Continue reading A summer escape with the family to Oxford Castle unlocked

Pay and go with Telaway for your next trip to the USA

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While using your UK issued mobile phone in the USA is easy, it’s not always cheap. If you need to be in contact with home at an affordable rate, it’s worth considering the purchase of  a local SIM card.

On my recent visit to the USA, Telaway offered me a solution that allowed me an unlimited phone, text and data allowance for the duration of the trip.

While there’s some up-front cost to pay for the SIM card from Telaway, using a local SIM card is liberating, allowing to you to use your phone whenever and wherever you like without any obligation to wait for a good WiFi connection or to pay an extortionate rate for a phone call.  Continue reading Pay and go with Telaway for your next trip to the USA

GATE8 Cabin Max luggage for the no-fuss traveller

During 2013 and early 2014, I was fortunate to be involved in the planning and eventual testing of a prototype of the latest addition to the GATE8 luggage range, the Cabin Max lightweight carry-on hand luggage.

GATE8 self-identifies as a company founded by a British IT consultant that got tired of wasting time in airport queues and spending money on excess baggage fees on business trips. He set about designing a solution that met the hand baggage requirements of all airlines, accommodated crease-free garment storage and stored laptops safely and conveniently. So was born the GATE8’er. Continue reading GATE8 Cabin Max luggage for the no-fuss traveller

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