Throwback: Athens 2011

Is it really 6 YEARS since I came back from Greece!? Read the second travel post I ever wrote, originally published in my old hunting grounds: Nobodysaknowitall. As with my throwback to Beijing, please bear in mind that this was written by a naive and inexperienced 17-year-old – just looking at the giant suitcase is making me blush!

April 14th, 2011

Finally, I travelled to those sites I have been reading about! Although I didn’t get to do a full tour of Greece, given the small amount of cash I had, I think I did pretty well. Not as much of a culture shock a Beijing, but an eye-opening experience nonetheless. Continue reading “Throwback: Athens 2011”

Guest Post for TEFL Org UK

“Classical Studies graduate turned EFL teacher” reads my Linkedin Bio. A whole 4 years ago I completed my 130 hour combined TEFL course with TEFL Org UK. At the time I didn’t expect it to have shaped my career the way it has, but given the wealth of job opportunities that have been made available to me it has been hard not to get sucked into the ever expanding world of teaching English as a foreign language EFL.

One of those jobs was working as a Language Assistant in Spain. Although the job didn’t necessarily require it, my TEFL course undoubtedly made me a better assistant, so when TEFL Org UK asked me to write about my experience I was happy to put together a post for them.  Continue reading “Guest Post for TEFL Org UK”

Life as an Au Pair ~ When to Leave and How to Do so.

A month and a half after I began my life as an Au Pair, I left my host family. By the new year two of my closest amigas did the same, and the Facebook Groups were rife with others following our footsteps. Here I write about my experience leaving and my advice for those of you wanting to do the same. Continue reading “Life as an Au Pair ~ When to Leave and How to Do so.”

REVIEW: Prague Alternative Tour

When I travelled Eastern Europe last year, I did not have enough money to splash out on excursions and tours. But having spent probably 80% of my time in Prague cooped up in my hostel, I thought there just had to be more to the city than a Gothic clock and another square. So I decided to treat myself and blow a whole £16 on the Prague Alternative Tour, and boy was it worth every penny…
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“How Much Does it Cost to Backpack Eastern Europe?” (GBP)

This time last year I was half way through my second interrail adventure, around Eastern Europe. I left the UK with only  €500 in cash to last me the first 3 weeks – hostels and food included. Come pay day I had an extra few hundred to spend for the last leg of the trip, but also had to relocate to Madrid straight after… I must say I was rather nervous – I hadn’t done a trip that long since Peru in 2013, and my budget back then was over 3 times the amount! With interrail passes and flights included, the whole trip came to around £1200 each. Here’s a rundown of the measures we took to keep costs down, and the sacrifices that were made along the way.

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