North America

The 6 best beaches in Cancun worth exploring

Where are the best beaches in Cancun? Well, surprisingly, this is a question that most tourists who travel to Mexico do NOT ask! Cancun is an all-inclusive lover's paradise. It is one of the biggest enclave tourism destinations in the world. Cancun is filled with...

A tourists’ guide to visiting Uxmal

We visited Uxmal during our two week Mexico road trip and LOVED it! I was surprised to see that there wasn't much information online about this fantastic archeological site though... so U thought I should put a stop to that and to tell you everything I learnt during my visit! In this post I will tell you what Uxmal is (and why you should visit), what sites there are to see at Uxmal and the best...

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Canada with a Baby and a Baby Bump

This summer we visited Canada with baby Isla who was 18 months. I was also 3 months pregnant. There are so many restrictions on the places that you can visit when you have a growing baby bump (see my post ‘where can’t I travel when pregnant’), along with many destinations that are not particularly suitable for an over-active toddler… so choosing where to spend our summer was a challenge, but we...

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What is a cenote and why should you visit one (or lots)?

Nature creates some fascinating and beautiful things around the world, and cenotes are one of them: you can jump, swim, snorkel and dive in them, but what is a cenote? And why should you visit one? Read on to find out all about these natural gems… What is a cenote? A cenote is a type of pit or sinkhole created by the collapse of limestone bedrock, exposing the groundwater underneath. They are...

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Calakmul: Tips for visiting Mexico’s hidden Mayan ruins

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably planning - or at least thinking of - visiting Calakmul. It’s no mean feat, and a big trip to plan so without further ado, here are some top tips for visiting Mexico’s hidden Mayan ruins… What is Calakmul? First of all, what is Calakmul? In short Calakmul, meaning City of the Two Adjacent Pyramids, are some Mayan ruins in Campeche, Mexico. The...

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The best cenotes in Yucatan [with a handy MAP]

The best cenotes in Yucatan are a well kept secret. In fact, many tourists who travel to Mexico don't even know what a cenote is! Visiting these marvels of nature was a highlight of my two weeks in Mexico and I recommend that they are added to any travel itinerary that is in this part of the world. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a popular holiday destination. It has Maya ruins, stunning...

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Mexico road trip: A 2 week itinerary

When my husband and I decided that we were going to embark on a Mexico road trip, I was SUPER excited! We had found an amazing deal on flights with Skyscanner flying via Miami, which was another place that we had never visited before, so we snapped them up straight away! We hadn't however, given much thought to exactly WHERE in Mexico we wanted to travel... So I grabbed my Lonely Planet guide...

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California with kids

Travelling in California with kids. My husband and I love travelling. Together, we've been to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Croatia, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, Ireland and Egypt. Some of these countries we stayed in for months and others for days. We explored some of them by bus and others by boat, sleeping under the stars at night...

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Costa Rica with a Baby

When I was planning our first adventure as a threesome I was nervous about where might or might not be appropriate to take a four-month-old baby. Is it too hot? Too cold? Too many mosquitos? Is it a Malaria area? What is the hygiene like? The list of concerns seemed never-ending! Eventually we decided on Costa Rica after having read extensively about how Matt and Jenn, who blog over at Two Weeks...

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Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Spring vacation: What is it + why do we have it?

Spring vacation, also known as spring break, is a popular phenomenon in the USA. But for those of us who are based elsewhere in the world, it is often an unknown concept. In fact, for many of us, it is something that we see only in the movies or on our favourite TV...

10 must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK

There are many must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Whether you are exploring the UK from overseas or looking for the perfect staycation, there are plenty of rural tourism destinations to keep you busy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this...

The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society...