A travelless summer?
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
11M ago
August will mark 10 years since my second lads’ holiday (in Magaluf, pictured), which was also my second lads’ holiday of summer 2013. Time flies! If, like me, you’re British and from the UK, then you’ll almost certainly associate the months of July and August with the phrase “summer holidays.” Each year, kids across the country break up in July and don’t return to school until late August or early September. They get six or seven weeks during the warmest period of the year, usually filled with friends, family outings, long nights and the feeling that it all will never end. Living on this mis ..read more
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11 things every first-time solo traveller needs to know
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
At the end of 2021 I took a trip to Central America, travelling through five countries including El Salvador (pictured) Taking a solo travel tip can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. Not only can you go where you want, when you want, and completely work off your own schedule, but leaving your comfort zone and stepping out alone can be a massive learning experience. I took my first solo trip in 2016 when I headed to Copenhagen where I had a pillow fight, partied in a supermarket and headed across the Øresund Bridge to Malmo in Sweden. It was something I had wanted to do ..read more
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5 city breaks to take with the girls
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
To celebrate International Women’s Day this week, we’re sharing some of our favourite city break destinations to take with the girls. New York City I bought plenty at Woodbury Common back when I visited in 2017! Visit classic sights including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, or take a stroll along the High Line and through Central Park. Head to Broadway for a show or maybe take a cultural excursion down to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field to get caught up in the all-American tradition of a baseball game. New York is also a popular wintertime des ..read more
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Why Easter is the best time of year to travel
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
At the start of an Easter trip that saw me travel to five countries. Here I am at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman on my birthday back in 2019 - the day before Easter If you walk around the supermarket today, you’re likely to see shelves filled to the brim with chocolate eggs – whether it’s the traditional larger ones in big boxes, or the mini version by Cadbury’s. In truth, this isn’t a scene that’s just been introduced this week. Here in the United Kingdom it’s become customary in recent years to see the Christmas decorations come down and be immediately replaced by an Easter extr ..read more
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Writing a blog post in 10 minutes or less
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
Thailand was amazing, but there’s definitely some jealousy when we now see the Instagram stories of those still travelling. Today, I’m challenging myself to write a blog post in 10 minutes or less – and that even includes this very first paragraph. Even if I’ve not finished it, I’ll cease typing once my stopwatch has hit 10:00:00 because I’ve decided that those are the rules. I’m not even sure what exactly to talk about, but I think that I should acknowledge the topic that’s always at hand on this website – travel. It’s now been just over a month since me and my mates returned from three-and ..read more
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Does ChatGPT spell the end for travel writing?
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
Could the coffee shop office even be under threat from artificial intelligence? Unless you don’t use the internet or you’ve been living under a rock, then you will at least be familiar with the name ChatGPT. ChatGPT is the web’s newest toy, has taken the online world by storm and, to put it in simple terms, is a chatbot. When you ask ChatGPT what it does, it gives the following response: “I am ChatGPT, a large language model created by OpenAI. I’m designed to understand and respond to natural language questions and prompts from users. “I was trained on a massive dataset of text from the inter ..read more
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What has happened to this travel blog?
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
If you want to know how seriously I’ve taken blogging and this travel blog over the past four years, then consider that I’m writing this very piece on my iPhone’s Notes app as I get the train into town to watch the Super Bowl. It’s late on a Sunday evening and I’m actually only writing this piece to extend my streak of positing every week on my website since I started it back in November 2015. This year Travelling Tom will turn eight years old and if I leave it in its current state, then approximately half of its lifespan will have been spent with little more effort than the weekly post - whe ..read more
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VIDEO: This is the worst attraction in Europe
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
It had been a struggle to get to Belgium, as our train from Paris had been cancelled due to a power fault on the lines north of the French capital. But after a lengthier bus journey, we arrived at our five-star hotel in the centre of Brussels and were ready for some exploring. A touristy day would lie ahead with top attractions such as the Atomium, Grand Place and the Parlamentarium on the agenda, and we also made a stop by Mini-Europe – home of the worst attraction in Europe. You can watch the video below, and if you would like to support the channel, then head on over and subscribe to Trave ..read more
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VIDEO: What visiting Mona Lisa is REALLY like
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
It was our final full day in Paris before heading north to Brussels, and we wanted to make the most out of it. In addition to seeing iconic French attractions such as Notre-Dame and Sacré-Cœur, we headed to The Louvre Museum, home to famous artwork including the most valuable painting of all time, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. After some trouble getting in due to a confusing queuing system (even though we had tickets to access The Louvre at a specific time), we headed inside and explored the exhibits. But the main reason we were there was to see the holy grail of artwork, and we were joined ..read more
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VIDEO: Going to the Stade de France the week after 2022 UEFA Champions League Final
Travelling Tom
by Tom Woods
1y ago
On 28 May 2022, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 to win the Champions League in Paris. But the big occasion in the French capital was marred by troubles outside of the ground, with police unable to provide safe passage for fans as they attempted to enter the stadium. Kick-off was delayed by almost 40 minutes, and the chaos that ensued pre-game was put down to a combination of poor organisation by the authorities and attempts by locals to attend without a ticket. The Stade de France is in a neighbourhood of Paris called Saint-Denis – considered to be one of the country’s most dangerous areas ..read more
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