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    2014 Recap: A Year of Travel

    It’s 2015! Happy New Year! Early January seems like the perfect time to reflect on what an amazing year 2014 was. In December I did an Instagram advent calendar photo series where I shared a photo from 2014 each day until Christmas. This inspired [Read More]
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    5 Cool Things to do in Belgrade

    I spent three great days in Belgrade, Serbia on my month long blitz of the Balkans, earlier this year. It was potentially the place in Europe where I acted least like a tourist. Serbia was never on my original itinerary for the Balkans, but a last [Read More]
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    Sky High Adventure: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

    Cappadocia is well known around the world as a bucket list destination and one of the best places to do a hot air balloon ride. The combination of excellent flying conditions and the unbelievable, surrealist landscape merge to make this a once in a [Read More]
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    Kos Three Island Tour Day Trip

    This year the Hayes Clan met up for the first family holiday in over a decade. me and the rest of the Hayes Clan It came about in a weird fashion, my sister got herself a pretty sweet job in Greece on the little island of Kos. My dad has a holiday [Read More]
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    Ohrid and its Beautiful Lake

    Lake Ohrid is one of the most beautiful places I visited during my month travelling the Balkans. All the fellow travellers I met on my trip, who had already been to Macedonia, said it was the one place you had to go while visiting the FYROM. From [Read More]
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How Not to Crew on a Yacht

Volunteering to crew on a yacht seemed like such a romantic notion. Go on a voyage around the Pacific for months. Explore remote islands, meet indigenous people and sail the [Read More]

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    6 Ways to Act Like a Local in Istanbul

    January 14, 2015 // 4 Comments

    There’s something special about Istanbul that draws you in. Whether it’s the shining blue expanse of the Bosphorus snaking through the city. Or the fact it has [Read More]

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Hiya! I'm Gemma and this is a blog about my travels around the world.
I've been travelling for over 5 years now since I left my home of Scotland in 2009 and became sort of a permanent nomad.
I'm currently on a bit of a mission to see as many places and get as many stamps in my passport as possible. I've now visited over 30 countries with many more in the works for 2015.
Here you can read about my travels around the world. I'm particularly passionate about long term and budget travel.
You'll also find stories from the places I've visited and some tips I've picked up along the way.
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