Monday, November 19, 2012

A Weekend In Seoul Part 3...human frogs, zombies and a whole lot of padlocks

Love Padlocks in Namsan Park
The next day, following a hunt for a Halloween costume and a tasty octopus lunch in Gangnam (with all the hype about the song, it had to be done), we headed back to get ready for an evening on the river….dressed as Batman and a zombie bride. Laura, truly went to town on her costume and following some fantastic looks from the guests and staff at the hotel, our reluctant taxi driver, sped through the streets of Seoul for our river cruise. Full of expats but a welcome relief to have no language problems for the evening, the cruise was full of some incredible costumes and after being chased onto land by a sexually charged Catwoman our adventures headed from the Han River to the streets of Haebangchon helpfully guided by the frog, cowboy and V (V for Vendetta).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Weekend In Seoul Part 2...fearless ajummas, mountain kittens and Soju...

One of the beautiful temples in the heart of
Bukhansan National Park
The next morning was foggy as I made the subway trip to Dobongsan station in the north of Seoul. I had been assured I would be able to find my way from the subway station to the start of the trail I was after in Bukhansan National Park, I just had to ‘follow the hikers’. I had spotted a few on the train but at 9am as I ventured out of the station, there they were, the swarms of visitors I had been warned of. It could easily put you off, but as a fast walker and with a series of trails from the Dobongsan start to enjoy, it got much quieter and is definitely a trek worth doing. 

TOP TIP: make sure you visit Bukhansan on a week day and early in the day to avoid the crowds.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Weekend In Seoul Part 1...lost in translation...

I was lucky enough to enjoy an extra long weekend recently and of course, me being me, I took this as a sign to get away to yet another global destination. With a friend teaching in Korea, a country famous for its food, industry, history and scenery, where better than open my eyes to yet another culture.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul - etravelsense
Tranquil gardens of the Gyeongbokgung Palace
Singapore had been my last stop in Asia for the opening of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, a city where a language barrier was no real issue. Korea on the other hand, is somewhat different. They are crying out for English teachers and is now expected in the school syllabus but I found that many of the older generation spoke only a limited amount of English. Although my language skills are limited to that of European languages, I did try learning a few key phrases in Korean but all of which were redundant once I was overwhelmed in this grand city.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Enjoying Dublin this Halloween

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There aren’t too many cities that love this festive Halloween season but Dublin is going all out to celebrate. Over the season, the capital city will be hosting a number of events for both locals and visitors to the city. Check out my list below of the top activities to do in Dublin this Halloween:

Haunted City Tours – City walking tour company, Hidden Dublin Walks are hosting a number of haunted walking tours in Dublin throughout the Halloween period. Explore the cobbled streets and learn all about the gruesome history of the city, with tales of witches, the supernatural and the Gates of Hell, one of Dublin’s strangest attractions. Ireland is steeped in history with many folklore tales to entice.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Just two weeks until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Just two weeks to go and Abu Dhabi is getting ready for the exciting Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Sunday 4th November will see drivers, racing teams, locals and international visitors heading to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi to experience the thrill of the Formula 1. Tickets are still available for the three days of fun and excitement which also includes the after-race concerts, whose artists this year include Kylie Minogue, Nickelback and Eminem.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kenya's fight for tourism

Kenya has long been known for its incredible wildlife and beautiful scenery. From the lush forest near Mount Kenya, to the wide open plains of the Maasai Mara and to the stunning beach resorts scattered along the coastline, Kenya is a place of diverse cultures and scenes. Known as the financial capital of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya’s magnificent capital city has regularly been a melting pot of locals and expats, particularly with the United Nations being located in the North of the city. Nairobi has also been a stopover for many tourists before heading out to one of the country’s 59 national parks and reserves, each with its own unique character.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to avoid putting on weight on holiday

We all do it. Whether we go and see family who fill us up with rich treats and roast dinners or we do no exercise but eat banquet after banquet of buffet dinners, putting on holiday weight is inevitable. Or is it? I for one, when in front of a buffet, will make the most of it. And I mean make the MOST of it. Two helpings for starters, a plate for mains, oh go on then, another plate as it was so tasty. And dessert? Well I can’t quite manage but I will anyway and I decide that one helping isn’t enough, so two pieces of cheesecake with ice-cream and some fruit (this helps me feel better about eating so much), it is. Feeling full to the point where I

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Emirates and Qantas announce 10 year agreement

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The aviation industry can certainly be quite volatile at times. Whilst many airlines are offering services with a continuously high load factor and producing year after year of profits, others have seen a real downturn in the industry and are making deeply concerning losses. Qantas is one such airline that has been struggling, particularly with its international route network. In July this year, Qantas announced that during the Australian financial year to June 2012, the airline’s international division had made a loss of $450m AUD. As with any

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Try a local Muay Thai lesson on a stopover in Bangkok

The lively and cultural country of Thailand lies in the south-east of Asia. A country with a huge diversity of people, lifestyles, scenery and much more. People are visiting this stunning country in droves for both luxury and budget beach holidays and short stopovers with flights to Bangkok now starting at £535 per person including taxes. It’s also a starting point for many who are looking to explore other countries and areas of Asia. One thing that Thailand is very famous for, however, is Thai Boxing, also known as Muay Thai and Thai kickboxing.

Friday, August 24, 2012

World Airline Awards

Skytrax is the world’s largest airline review website and each year hosts their annual Airline Awards.

This year held at the Farnborough Airshow, one of the world’s biggest airshows, the Airline Awards celebrated a number of outstanding awards for service in the airline industry.

Qatar Airways took the top spot as the world’s best airline with others who made it into the top ten including Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Malaysia Airlines. The world’s Best First Class award went to

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to keep your cheap break, cheap

Most of us try to find a cheap getaway, a short break that fits our minuscule budget or a cheap holiday in the sun, but do you also notice that it never happens and you never find it right under budget?

We all live to our means and that transfers to other areas of our lives. If you were to get a payrise, no doubt you will spend more everyday essentials and socializing and not much on saving. Am I right?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What can we expect in the future for air travel?

With the prospect of smaller seats on the Airbus A320 aircraft to accommodate two larger seats in each row of larger passengers, the question rears its head time and time again. How will we be travelling in years to come?

At the recent Farnborough airshow, Richard Branson announced plans to make sending satellites into space, much more affordable. This on top of the fact that thousands of people have already signed up to Virgin Galactic’s

Monday, July 30, 2012

Top 5 things to do in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia is an up and coming country and its capital Addis Ababa is a thriving tourist and commercial hub. With airlines such as Emirates now offering flights to Addis Ababa, exploring this African city couldn’t be easier. Here are our top five things to do in Addis Ababa.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Choose the right hostel in Bangkok

Bangkok has become one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and it’s easy to see why. A colourful culture, tasty food, friendly locals and a grand history to match but whilst some come here and splash out on five-star hotels, many arrive as part of their backpacking round the world travels. Stories from Thailand, and particularly Khao San Road in Bangkok can be very interesting,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Thai cooking from the heart of Bangkok

What better way to enjoy the famous Thai cuisine, than by learning to cook it yourself. And where better to learn how to cook it? That’s right. The magnificent country of Thailand, located in South East Asia has for years been a magnet for tourists looking for culture, sun, fun and much more. One of the growing trends for tourists whilst in Thailand is to learn how to cook Thai food and there are