Taking on the Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters in Sussex has been on my to-do list for a long time. Advantages include: It’s an easy day trip from London It gets some fresh coastal air pumped into those lungs The scenery is knock-out every step of the way It’s well serviced by buses along the way if you decide toContinue reading “Taking on the Seven Sisters”

Croaking at Croagh Patrick

I’m embarrassed to admit that until this Christmas, I’d never successfully climbed Croagh Patrick in Mayo. This is despite the fact that my family has a house almost at the foot of the mountain. I had tried and failed in a particularly unfit state several years ago. After the gluttony of Christmas, I felt thisContinue reading “Croaking at Croagh Patrick”

How not to be a giant loner when travelling alone

I have always thought of myself as a sociable person but when I went to Argentina by myself for three months earlier this year, I learnt that making instantaneous friends is not as easy as I thought it would be. Before I left, everyone had assured me that I would meet like-minded travellers and thatContinue reading “How not to be a giant loner when travelling alone”

Sunny Stockholm

I recently went to Stockholm with some friends and the trip involved several ‘firsts’ for me, including: 1) AirBnB: I had never stayed in this type of accommodation before. Airbnb.com website that connects people visiting a city to locals who have space in their apartment/house. Great news- we didn’t die! The apartment was centrally locatedContinue reading “Sunny Stockholm”

Bath Travel Feature

I have a terrible confession. I’ve seen the films but I haven’t read the books. That said, as I squeezed myself into a corset at the Fashion museum in Bath, I was able to relate to Jane Austen. No wonder she wrote such scathing criticisms of society- she couldn’t breathe most of the time. HadContinue reading “Bath Travel Feature”

Weekend in Oxford

I went to Oxford for the first time this weekend. I feel I should dispel some common misconceptions; 1) A wand-wielding Daniel Radcliffe will not jump out at you even though you continually expect it 2) Oxford college is not one campus but instead is made up of colleges and accommodation that are dotted throughoutContinue reading “Weekend in Oxford”

Why worried parents mustn’t let tragic accidents stop the great gap-year adventure

Irish Independent When tragedies occur, such as the appalling bus crash in Ecuador which killed four young English students and their tour leader, it is only natural for parents to attach a stigma to the country where it happened and try to deter their child from travelling there. Alas, fatal accidents happen the world overContinue reading “Why worried parents mustn’t let tragic accidents stop the great gap-year adventure”

Japan: How we unlocked the mysteries of the orient

Irish Independent: ROWENA CROWLEY When you find yourself travelling on a silent carriage of a high-speed train where you daren’t eat or show your shoulders in public, then you know you can only be in Japan. I was travelling with three friends, one of whom had been living there for more than a year, so we wereContinue reading “Japan: How we unlocked the mysteries of the orient”

Maya magic

Irish Independent  With a no-frills budget and no itinerary, Rowena Crowley set off with six friends to see Central America in six weeks I don’t think anyone travelling to Central America for the first time really knows what to expect. Six friends and I set off on a six-week adventure into this land of mysteryContinue reading “Maya magic”

Peaking in Patagonia

Irish Independent Though not known for her love of the great outdoors, the beauty of Argentina’s Patagonia region had Rowena Crowley climbing mountains, traversing glaciers and, somehow, playing bingo on a bus It was only when we had skidded down the mountain, making full use of all limbs, that we saw the ‘Peligroso’ sign whichContinue reading “Peaking in Patagonia”