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Losing My Grandmother In London

Tweet I’ve had some pretty bad luck throughout my year of travels, but I’m not the only one. On my first trip to London, I went with my mom, sister and grandmother. It was a gift for my sixteenth birthday. My Meme is an intrepid traveler herself, having seen every continent, so she makes it […]

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The Art of the Day Trip

TweetThere’s not always enough time to devote a full stay at a given destination, which is where the day trip comes into play. Throughout my travels, if I’ve found myself with an extra day, I’ll take the train to another city to wander around. It allows me to see something new without having to deviate […]

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London’s Other Westminster

TweetSammi and I had spent the last week running all over London, exploring Bath and networking like my life depended on it at the World Travel Market. First thing in the morning we went to Spitalfields Market and on our way back stumbled upon Westminster Cathedral, the other Westminster. Westminster Cathedral is the largest Catholic church in […]

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Riding Emirates Air Line London

TweetNo, I’m not talking about the airline, but the air (space) line, London’s newest Docklands attraction. On the last day of World Travel Market back in November, I snuck my sister Sammi into the convention to see what all the fuss was about. Once our day was over, we took the Emirates Air Line on […]

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Photo Essay: Christmas in London

Tweet This time last year I was admiring the Christmas decorations Down Under and saying goodbye to my home in Sydney. I had never experienced a hot December, but I hope it won’t be my last. Last month, however, I was in chilly London for World Travel Market and the city had already caught the […]

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London Like a Local

Tweet Can you tell London is my favorite city? This was my fourth trip to London and although I was there primarily for World Travel Market, I wanted to see the city through the eyes of a resident, rather than my usual tourist self. Here are my tips for seeing London like a local. Accommodation […]

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Hostel Review: Palmers Lodge Hostel

Tweet I realized that I’ve never actually reviewed my all-time, favorite hostel, Palmers Lodge in London, England. Every time I go to London, which is becoming much more frequent these days, I stay at the Swiss Cottage location, a former mansion. On my first visit, for New Years in 2008, I stayed with my sister […]

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Best Free and Cheap Things to Do in London

Tweet In honor of the upcoming London Olympics, I’m reliving my past three trips to the city. While it can be fairly expensive to visit London, especially during big events like the Olympics and this year’s Jubilee and Royal Wedding, there are a few ways to cut costs. There are plenty of options for free […]

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Hanging with Harry

Tweet As some of you may have seen on Twitter, my arrival in London coincided with the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. This was super exciting, especially since my very first trip to London in summer 2004 was when Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came out. I […]

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Just Touched Down in Londontown

Tweet As you may have read in “Making a Living,” I flew to London last weekend for a job interview. I didn’t have a whole lot of time (only 4 days) or money (still saving for Australia), so I had to keep it as cheap as possible. I stayed at my beloved Palmer’s Lodge Hostel in […]

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