Cotswold House Hotel & Spa Cottage Stay, Chipping Campden

Through our blog, Ellie & I had previously done various collaborations with the company that owns Cotswold House, Chipping Campden. When we recently booked ourselves in again, this time as paying customers, we got upgraded from a basic double room to a luxury cottage. (The pictures in this post are not aligned with the text.) BASIC DOUBLE ROOMS VS. COTTAGE STAY AT COTSWOLD HOUSE, CHIPPING CAMPDEN The basic double rooms are usually between £100 and £235 per night. On quite another level, the luxurious cottages, called ‘suites’ at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, start from £375 and go up to about £550. Unless you manage to get your hands on one of the discounts or cash rewards (usually 10 to 20%) advertised every now and then on their website.     1st & 3rd pic: front of CHH&S, middle: our cottage BEST PRICE MATCH AT COTSWOLD HOUSE, CHIPPING CAMPDEN Very […]

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Fisherman’s Trail – Four Days of Hiking in Beautiful Southern Portugal

A month ago, my buddy Pete from The Man Who Hiked The World, was invited by Ricardo Estêvão from Vicentina Travel to check out their self-guided, four-day Fisherman’s Trail package. CHIPPING IN After Pete’s plus-one had had to bail out from the Fisherman’s Trail on very short notice, Pete asked roughly two dozen friends of his if they wanted to join him instead. Fortunately, they all had to decline because of conflicting commitments. This meant that I got a chance to join him on the trip. Throughout the trip it was one of our running gags that I had been so far down the list. Of course, I made sure that Pete got a good run for his money, too, banter-wise. Pete and I have only known each other for a short while. We met on an organised group hiking weekend in the Peak District with GO London end of […]

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One Month in Papua New Guinea (1998)

The year was 1998, and – originally from Germany – I had just taken part in a one-year master program in international relations and development at UQ in Brizzie, ready to get some work experience under my belt. The Contract One of my fellow students at uni was the head of the trade union congress of Papua New Guinea. He got me in touch with one of the development NGOs in Port Moresby, PNG’s capital. That NGO happened to support his organisation. I applied and got a one-month job as a paid consultant. Over the next few weeks I had spoken with the local head of the NGO a few times over the phone. Nonetheless, I was still quite nervous when I arrived in Port Moresby. I had done my research, but there was not much to be found on the internet about Papua New Guinea back then.   I […]

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Travel Advice Bhutan

Please do not rely on this piece. I did not spend days researching this, and also, things change all the time. I do hope it will get you started and hopefully you’ll enjoy the read. The advice covers mostly the standard route from Paro to Trongsa. The situation in the rest of the country differs. The best news first: Bhutan is quite possibly the most beautiful country you will ever visit. It is also extremely safe. Its hospitality industry, which is exclusively focused on low-impact, high-value tourism, is well-established, highly regulated/supervised, and professional. Welcome to the land of the Thunder Dragon We left very much with the impression that everyone, the government as well as all citizens, have a strong interest in making your stay as pleasant as possible, and they will make an effort to make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Some of the local laws […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART II

This is the second and final part of our group collaboration. Enjoy. My favourite holiday destination in my home country: Bath, England, UK – by Janina from Stromfield Adventures To find it on Google Maps, click here. Living a stone’s throw away from Gatwick has distinct advantages but recently we have been making an effort to ignore that in a bid to explore more of our local surroundings – and we’ve been delighted with what we have found.  We had always heard good things about Bath but until the summer 2019 I had never managed to make it and to see how much it has to offer.  Although the Roman baths are, quite rightly, a main attraction it is full of other interesting sights to see and countryside to explore. All photos in this section (c) Visit Bath A B&B stay, all-inclusive (altar, etc.) We landed on our feet by […]

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