Travel


I remember sitting in a meeting, before I'd even started University, listening to my future lecturer talk about life to come as a student. After listening to the obligatory chat about student safety and course content, my ears pricked at the mere mention of International travel. At the ripe age of 19, the furthest I had ever been was France, and my feet and I had never made it past the northern edge. Roscoff and Le Touquet were the limit of my wanderlust, but on hearing about the opportunity to travel and study abroad, I was ready to put my name down. I'd never even been on a plane. Fast forward two years and I found myself with a giant suitcase packed for six months in Alicante, on the Southern tip of Spain. I knew less than basic Spanish but I had a guide book and I liked Sangria - I felt like I could take on the world.

I made the most of any spare time I had, and managed to visit Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza, and I loved every single minute. I feel like the whole 'Gap Year' experience passed me by, I came to travel a little too late to plan it, and before I knew it I was in the world of work, so I have made the most of holidays and travelled as much as possible.

The opportunity came up to contribute to the Travel pages of Compass Magazine, and I jumped at the chance - travel writing is incredibly creative, and I relish every challenge to transport my dearest readers into my world and experiences. Up-coming travel articles include a piece on Geneva for Hampshire Life Magazine, and a New York travel review for Surrey Life magazine.

Geneva - This time tomorrow you could be...

Gorging on cheese and chocolate in Geneva

Friends and family thought that Geneva was a strange choice for a weekend break, but as I walked down the Rue de Mont Blanc I could see the snow-capped mountains and Lake Geneva appearing in front of me, and I couldn't think of a single reason to agree with them. In just over an hour from Southampton airport ...

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Amsterdam - An enriching excursion

The cultural city of Amsterdam is the perfect destination for a long weekend as Laura Lewis found out on her recent tour

Taking refuge from the pouring rain over a couple of hot chocolates and some delicious pastries in Rene's Croissanterie, my husband and I giggled at the irony, as before we arrived, the sunshine had reportedly been glorious. Stepping off the early flight from Southampton made this trip ...

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Jamaica - Laid back lovin'

There could not be a better place to spend your honeymoon than the beautiful island of Jamaica. Laura Lewis explains why

Glancing at my new husband, I saw a look of pure serenity on his sun-kissed face. Forcing my eyelids open again, I watched bronzed bodies floating around in the warm, turquoise seas below while a couple tucked into a freshly cooked batch of jerk chicken on the beach. Sultry beats ...

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