The Commonwealth Games – not just about the sport

The Commonwealth Games – not just about the sport

As I walk along the beach, the cool sand softly cushioning my feet there is suddenly an eruption of noise. Just off the shoreline are 2 boats releasing an abundance of fireworks into the night sky. As impressive as any display that I’ve seen it marks the culmination of a spectacular couple of weeks of sport, the Commonwealth Games.

How to Survive your Layover in Singapore Airport

How to Survive your Layover in Singapore Airport

So you’re about to fly off on your next adventure but you’re dreading that long layover in Singapore airport. Fear not! For Singapore is the best (in my humble opinion) airport to transit in ever. I recently spent a whole 14 hours pent up in this place on my way over to Australia from the UK. Not only did I not get bored but it also significantly reduced the overall effects of jetlag once I did land in Oz. So…

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The Trafford Centre: 7 Reasons Why You Have to Visit

The Trafford Centre: 7 Reasons Why You Have to Visit

Hey Rachel, why the hell are you chatting to us about a shopping centre? What’s that got to do with anything else on here? You’re right. On the face of it, why would I even bother talking to you shopping? Well, my friends, that is because the Trafford Centre is not just any shopping centre.

Chester Zoo, Your Ultimate Guide to an Awesome Day Out

Chester Zoo, Your Ultimate Guide to an Awesome Day Out

Just an hour’s drive west of Manchester you will find Britain’s best zoo (as named by TripAdvisor 2017), Chester Zoo. Home to over 21,000 animals spread across 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens there really is something for everyone.

5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s day in the UK just around the corner (Sunday 11th March in case you were wondering – click here for other countries) the frantic rush of children up and down the country trying to decide how they are going to thank their mums (or equivalent) for putting up with them has officially begun. What if this year you didn’t opt for the traditional card and flowers/chocolate/ favourite perfume etc option?

Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

A short drive from Manchester, Rivington Pike sits at the most westerly point of Winter Hill on the West Pennine Moors. A popular walk throughout the year, this place has played a key part in the UK’s communication past. Think back to a time when the internet and phones and electricity didn’t exist. This made the whole keeping in contact and passing urgent messages like ‘we are under attack send help’

Dunham Massey: Top 5 Things to See and Do

Dunham Massey: Top 5 Things to See and Do

There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester but sometimes you just need to get out of the city only you need to inspiration. Well, that’s where I come in. A native Mancunian, let me show you some of my favourite local haunts to get your adventure juices going. Situated to the south of Manchester in the borough of Trafford but once part of the prestigious county of Cheshire lies Dunham Massey Park. Now a national trust site, the name…

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Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

What do you want to do when you grow up? It’s that question. The one that you seem to be frequently asked from the moment that you can comprehend it. For me, the answers changed over the years

Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

I can see for miles from here. In the distance, jutting up from the horizon are the sharp, spiky, silhouettes of the city skyscrapers. They are few and dot the horizon reminding me of the closeness of the city.

An Inspiration: Lost but not Forgotten

An Inspiration: Lost but not Forgotten

Inspiration comes in many forms. From stories both true and made up, to the beauty of the natural world and its inhabitants, it so often means something different to each of us. Yet we all happen upon it every once in a while. Somedays I find inspiration to write in every corner of the day whereas other times it seems to evade my grasp. Then there’s those people. You know the ones that make you want to be a better…

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