The Tried & Tested: TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, Brisbane

If Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s hippest arts and entertainment district, then TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel is its coolest choice for accommodation. Located in the heart of The Valley (as the locals call it), TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel manages to combine street-art, hipster-style with a luxury hotel feel. Read on to find out about my two-night stay at Brisbane’s most arty hotel… Continue reading

Bay of Naples

Five Things to do in Naples (As Well as Trying the World’s Best Pizza!)

Everyone warned me about going to Naples. “It’s dirty” they said, “You’ll get mugged!” one horrified Sardinian exclaimed before I left for the mainland on the 13-hour night ferry from Cagliari (getting mugged would, in fact, end up happening in Milan, and not Naples…where my disgustingly smelly Nike trainers were untied from my backpack on the metro!) but despite its reputation, I absolutely fell in love with the city…and found that there are so many great things to do in Naples! Continue reading

Turtles in Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast

10 Photos Which Prove There’s More to Hervey Bay Than Fraser Island

If you ask your average East-Coast backpacker about Hervey Bay, chances are they’ll say they stayed there on the way to Fraser Island…and that will be about all they can tell you…

For most people, the town is a pit-stop on the way to the world’s largest sand island – a place to sleep the night before (and shower the day after!) one of the three-day camping packages, or to stock up on food before a self-drive tour of the island. If you ask them to describe Hervey Bay itself, they are likely to say it’s a quiet town, with not much to do… Continue reading

Discover Five of Italy’s Most Beautiful Destinations

Anyone who has visited Italy in the past will need little convincing of its beauty, but for those who haven’t been, this is a country that definitely lives up to all of the hype.

From some of the best beaches in the world to incredible works of art, stunning architecture and jaw-dropping landscapes, here are five of Italy’s most beautiful destinations: Continue reading

One Week in Brisbane

In hindsight, one week in Brisbane was probably a little too long. I’d booked it as a sort of buffer – so that I could have some downtime after travelling from Scotland, and to give myself a couple of days to sleep off the jetlag and another couple of days to explore the city before I moved on to the Sunshine Coast. Continue reading