Trsteno Arboretum: The Palace Gardens of the Red Keep

Hands up who knows what an arboretum is. I don’t know about you, but all I’m hearing right now is a whole bunch of crickets and maybe the faint echo of tumbleweed drifting past in the wind. An arboterum, for those of you who don’t know, is, according to Oxford Dictionaries, a botanical garden devoted to trees. Although, for the sake of fluffing this piece up a bit, let’s take a look at this bloody fantastic description provided by the Free Dictionary: A place where an extensive variety of woody plants are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes I guess…

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10 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Dubrovnik

For one minute and 40 seconds let us all silently imagine the Game of Thrones theme song is playing. Or for anyone dedicated enough, open up your multimedia player of choice and play that tune. Ready? GO!  One minute and forty seconds later… Are we back? Good. Excellent. Game of Thrones. It’s exciting isn’t it? All that murder and fire and incest and sex and naked people and not naked people and ugly people and pretty people and horses! What’s not to love? Apart from the unbearably long wait between books/seasons, of course. I’d even go so far as to…

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Travel Ain’t Easy: 4 Travel Bloggers Tell Us Why

This time last year (looking at my calendar it might actually be exactly a year to this very date!) I was riding along in the passenger seat of my friend’s super fancy car in India, going about 1000mph and trying to ignore the sound of the horn honking for no good reason every 2.5 seconds. That’s not even an exaggeration. It was crazy. We could have been the only ones on the road within a 20 mile radius and he would still be honking like there’s no tomorrow. How else are other cars going to know I’m coming? Hm, I…

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An Insider’s Guide to Travel Insurance

I wasn’t ever going to write this post. Not because I didn’t think it’d be useful because yeah, it’s more useful than a pair of swimming trunks in Fiji, but because I didn’t want it to ever get back to any of my ex-colleagues and them sit there all red in the face thinking something along the lines of “who the hell does she think she is?! She’s no expert on the matter!” And they’d be right. I’m not an expert on the matter, and for the sake of my own sanity, please do bear that in mind when you’re…

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Dealing with Loss: 2 Months On

Death is a funny thing. Except it’s not. It’s not funny at all, and whoever first said it has a warped sense of humour. Yeah, I know, they probably meant funny peculiar as opposed to funny ha-ha, but I don’t care. It’s still a stupid way of describing it. Because death is not funny. Death is a cloud. A big, black cloud. It creeps up on you little by little. Sometimes you notice it, sometimes it springs up out of nowhere. In both cases by the time the cloud makes its presence known, it’s too late. You can’t do anything…

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