With plenty of budget airlines flying to Berlin, the German capital is an ideal cheap getaway. But what's the point in saving pennies on the flight and bunking down in a hostel if you have to spend a fortune on things to do while you're there? Save your money for currywurst and check out these … Continue reading Budget Berlin – free things to do in the German capital
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I spent this summer working on a camp for children in Ontario. They learned so much about friendship, adventure, and pushing themselves to the limit. Here's what I learned: It is perfectly acceptable not to shower every day. You went in the lake? That counts. It rained? That counts. You fell over 14 times trying … Continue reading 15 things you learn working on a summer camp in Canada
Macedonia had never been high on my list of places to see. In fact, it had never even made the list. But when an American friend visited the country late last year, I couldn’t wait to book my flight to Skopje - and boy did it surprise me. Skopje city centre has a host of museums … Continue reading Why Skopje doesn’t deserve to be overlooked
I'd suffered a close family bereavement the day before a work trip to Italy. I think I just went into autopilot. Numb from grief and desperate not to be surrounded by reminders of my loss for fear of being overcome by it, I decided to still go. I was teaching English in northern Italy and … Continue reading My unexpected happy place
This is the second part of a column I wrote for the Lowestoft Journal on returning home from a refugee camp after three months of service. I’m back in Suffolk now, and although I’m pleased to be home, I often find my thoughts wandering to camp. Since I’ve been home people have been asking me … Continue reading Tales from a refugee camp (Part 2)
Last year, I spent three months volunteering on a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece. This is the first of two columns I wrote for The Lowestoft Journal, my local paper, about my experience. I’ve been volunteering at Kara Tepe refugee camp for six weeks now, and it has quickly begun to feel like a small … Continue reading Tales from a refugee camp (Part 1)
Confession time: I’m a terrible traveller. Really. I get homesick, I forget everything I’ve learnt by the time my suitcase is unpacked and I make a beeline for McDonalds wherever possible (sidenote: the Teriyaki McBurger in Japan is amazing). I’m also quite prone to travel-related disasters. Late last year, I spent a week in Macedonia and … Continue reading Hello, my name’s Polly and I’m awful at travelling