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This mammoth 4 days in Moscow itinerary (and city guide in general) must be the first time I've ever started writing up a blog post the second I get home.

Having spent an incredible 2 weeks in Russia and absolutely LOVING it, I'm now ready to convince everyone I know that they have to go there, especially to Moscow. I'm typing really quickly because I want to get the words out and start sharing my recommendations on what I think must be my new favourite destination. That's high praise, BTW.

Read on for my personal recommendations on what to do, see and eat in the incredible Russian capital.

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Here are some of the best and easiest day trips from Edinburgh using public transport only - no hiring cars and sitting in traffic involved! Edinburgh is one of my all-time cities and there is SO much to do there from eating/drinking, to history and culture, to exploring specific parts of town like Dean Village/Stockbridge or the beautiful hidden gems like Circus Lane. But it's also a perfect city base for getting out and about on day trips to see even more of Scotland.

For this post, I've teamed up with some travel blogging friends to bring you a quick selection of day trips from Edinburgh that we've all tried and tested. This list isn't in any order or anything, and it's by no means exhaustive. But it's a good place to start if you're looking into what you can easily get to via public transport from Edinburgh. I've tried to include a decent variety of city, coast, mountains, towns and sights.

Get the kettle on (it would be rude not to also have a shortbread to get into the Scottish mood) and get planning...

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The picture-perfect town of Rockport is on Cape Ann, a headland/promontory at the top of Massachusetts Bay. I didn't really know what to expect from it but it was just beautiful - a total gem. There are loads of colourful wooden buildings, independent shops, fresh seafood and magnificent sea views from sandy beaches.

Don't let the name 'Rockport' put you off if you're a UK visitor. Those horrendous shoes of the same name that were really popular with people being hard in the 90s were 100% nowhere to be seen. 

So here are some things to do in Rockport, as well as what to eat and how to get there from Boston on the train...

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It's taken me forever to write up this 5 days in Boston itinerary because there's so much to include. I should add that I definitely mean Boston, MA, USA - not the local one here in the UK. I think you'd struggle to spend 5 days there... Anyway, this was my first time visiting the USA (more on that here) and we went to Boston as the second half of our trip, having spent one week in San Francisco before it.Neither of us tend to drive and SF and Boston both have public transport, so that's the main reason I picked them for my first trip to the USA.So here’s what I got up to over 5 days in Boston - a bit of an itinerary, featuring everything I did/saw/ate each day (with emphasis on the eating, as usual). I hope it’ll be handy as a general travel guide for anyone else’s first time there or for anyone planning up to 5 days in Boston and feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to do…

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Here's a quick Tokyo itinerary for 3 days. To be honest, I'd recommend more than 3 days in Tokyo if you really want to explore Japan's buzzing, bustling capital. But if you're on a time limit, there's plenty you can cram in. I've been visiting friends in Tokyo for several years now and feel like I know the city quite well - until I go back the next time and Tokyo's madness takes over. Every time, I find more new things going on that I'd never discovered before.

I've discovered that you can't ever get to grips with Tokyo and won't scratch the surface in 3 days, 5 days or even 2 weeks. It's a city to be loved but never fully understood and I'm fine with that. So I've written this 3-day itinerary, which doesn't cover even a fraction of what there is to do but has a decent balance of exploring, culture, fun and food. It goes off the beaten track a bit but still includes plenty of the big hits. 

So settle down with a glass of sake and get planning your 3-day Tokyo itinerary...

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If you're planning a weekend away or if you're local and looking for new places to visit in Manchester, this might be handy for you. After years of research (read: eating and drinking too much), I've put together a bit of a city guide featuring all my local haunts that I regularly tell my friends to go to. It seemed daft to have so many travel posts about more far-flung destinations and absolutely nothing about Manchester, the city I know best. So here it is...

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Here are 18 of (in my opinion) the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway when you don't want to venture further afield. And as well as sharing my own favourite UK city breaks, I thought I’d rope in some other travel bloggers as well so that I could cover more of the country and include tips on UK cities that I've never visited or have visited but don't know well enough to write about in any detail.I asked around and some fellow travel bloggers obliged me with their own UK city break ideas, which I've included below after my ones.

You'll notice that London is not listed. Before anyone asks why, it's because a) I don't like it, b) it's already been done to death online and c) I wanted to write about great UK cities that don't get as much attention.

So, get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one…

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Here's my Ljubljana to Zagreb train trip itinerary, featuring the best things to see in both these amazing cities and how to travel between them. You could do this itinerary either way. I chose to start off in Ljubljana because it worked better for our flights. But you could easily do Zagreb to Ljubljana too. Just flip reverse it, much like Blazin' Squad (that noughties cultural reference will be lost on most of my readers, but I'm going with it).

I'd recommend spending slightly more time in Ljubljana than Zagreb. Although I enjoyed both cities, Ljubljana was an absolute fairytale place and I completely fell in love with it.

Anyway. Here's my suggested itinerary for seeing both these gorgeous cities within 7 days, including how to do the stunning Ljubljana to Zagreb train journey between them...

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If you're spending a week in Madeira, there are so many things you can do on the island that it can be a nightmare picking which ones to add to your plan and in what order. I've put together this one-week Madeira itinerary based on what I've done on past trips (there have been a lot of them and I secretly like to think of myself as some sort of Madeira expert) to help you decide.

Madeira is totally doable without a car, so if like me you don't drive, you're going to be pleased with how decent the bus system is for seeing plenty of the island. For the bits that are harder to achieve by bus, there are plenty of minibus private tours, but more on that later..

Anyway, here are my tips for how to use your days to explore Funchal and further afield, where to eat and drink and various stuff to do on each day if you're spending a whole week in Madeira...

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Here's a few tips for what to pack for a winter city break. Winter is a tricky one to pack for because big thick clothing takes up SO much room in your suitcase. You can't afford to make any mistakes with your packing list or you'll end up going over the old baggage allowance. Winter outfit choices are also a pain because you don't want your holiday ruined by feeling cold all the time when you're out and about in the day. I find I end up wrapping up much more than I do when I'm at home because usually I'm just going from the house to the train to the office, not wandering round loads outside so not feeling the cold as much. On holiday, especially a city break, you're outside pretty much all day.

Anyway, like I've said in my other seasonal packing guides, if this helps even one other woman staring at her 'floordrobe' and wanting to burn it all the night before going away, I'll feel I’ve done some kind of heroic good deed.

Anyway, settle down with a hot chocolate or other winter-themed drink of choice, because here are my winter packing tips...

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