• Hike in Antigua

    Hiking as a Solo Traveller in Antigua I read a really interesting article today, in the Wanderlust Magazine.  The article featured hiking in Antigua.  A hike in Antigua!  This is something I hadn’t really thought about doing before as walking isn’t really my thing, but I read on … The article focussed on an interesting, local, Rastafarian gentleman named Vorn Johnson, who accompanied them on their hike.  Vorn told fascinating stories along the way about legends, local life as well as ‘jumbies’ and his close encounter with one! Jumbies I needed to look that word up!  For those of you like me, a jumbie is a West Indian evil spirit…

  • All Inclusive Holidays in Antigua

    Solo Traveller Holidays As a solo traveller, in my opinion, all inclusive holidays are great.  They can be excellent to head to if you are travelling alone and exploring somewhere new for the first time. The resorts offer everything you need without having to leave, if this is your preference.  Going on holiday on your own, in itself, is a big step but without a doubt will boost your self-esteem.  So if on arriving at your destination you don’t have the confidence to go off resort yet, then don’t.  Don’t rush it, wait until you are ready.  It may be a couple of days after settling in or it may…

  • Where is Antigua? And Other FAQ

    When people know I am visiting Antigua, they very often ask me the same questions.  Here are the answers to a few FAQ… Where is Antigua? Antigua is one of the Leeward islands in the West Indies, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  It is the largest island that forms part of the country, Antigua & Barbuda. Antigua Map The island is made up of 6 Parishes, the capital being St John’s.  The majority of the hotel resorts are located in the St John’s, St Mary and St Paul’s parishes. Weather Reported to be the sunniest of the islands in the Caribbean, the temperatures remain consistently warm.…

  • Solo Travel – Was it worth it?

    Solo Travel – Antigua and Australia Solo travel to Antigua and Australia,  was it worth it?  These are the two countries I have visited so far as a solo traveller and my answer is yes. Here are my top 4 reasons why… I have learnt more about myself.  When I have travelled with  someone, there has to be a lot of compromise.  The compromise could be with things you do, places you visit and where you eat etc.  When I travelled to Antigua alone in July, some days I did nothing but lay on a sun lounger and read a book uninterrupted.  Lazy right?  But I never realised how enjoyable…

  • Breakfast in Manly

    Jetlag waking me up at 1:30am left me plenty of time to build up an appetite and think about where to go for my breakfast in Manly.  I passed some time watching the sunrise and then explored. Breakfast in Manly along the Beachfront Along the beachfront there were many places offering breakfast. I stayed at The Sebel Manly Beach.  Breakfast at adjoining Manly Wine was available and could be charged to my room.  It looked good and popular, as did Bluewater, Sugar Lounge and Hemingways which overlooked the beach.   To be honest, all of them would have been suitable for a solo traveller. Many people in Manly exercise along…

  • The Sebel Manly Beach – Hotel & Apartments

    The Sebel Manly Beach The Sebel Manly Beach, one of the Manly Hotels with a perfect beachfront location.  It has been open for 55 years and  apparently guests here have included Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Elton John. The Buildings There are 2 buildings, the main one, the North Tower, is attached to a wine bar, Manly Wine and a Greek Restaurant, Terracotta Ouzeria.  I stayed in the other building, South Towers, in a single studio on the fourth floor.  The studio had a balcony with table and chairs and partial sea views.  My air conditioned room was spacious with a large, comfy bed.  The living area had a sofa, coffee…

  • Malaysia Airlines – London to Sydney

    Malaysia Airline Prices Booking flights early can make a massive difference to prices.  At the time of booking, Malaysia Airlines offered extremely competitive business class flights from London to Sydney via Kuala Lumpur.  Flights in mid September, booking five months in advance, cost around £1700.   Two months later, prices had almost doubled. Check-In with Malaysia Airlines Check-in was straightforward with professional, friendly and efficient staff members. The Business Lounge Access to the business lounge is included in the price of the ticket.  This is a relaxing way to start the long journey, with comfortable seating, magazines and complimentary food and drink. Inflight Entertainment Inflight entertainment offered an excellent choice of…

  • Solo Female Travel – Is it Lonely?

    Solo Female Travel Latest statistics indicate that solo female travel is on the rise and not just amongst those who are single.  People in relationships are also enjoying spending time alone.  Solo female travel is not lonely and boring, it is actually liberating and very enjoyable.  However there are are a few ways of dealing with lonely moments that may arise…

  • Solo Travel Reviews … and the winners are…

    Antigua Hotels – Solo Travel Reviews I have 2 favourite Antigua hotels following this trip and I can’t wait to return to both of them.  Read my solo travel reviews to see why I preferred them … Starfish Jolly Beach Resort The all inclusive option, was appealing because it was less expensive to stay here.  Free wifi was fully available in the courtyard area.  The food was good quality and varied. The evening entertainment was enjoyable, something different every evening.  The area it was in, together with the large bar, made it very comfortable being there alone.  My room was large and comfortable and had a safe which was free…

  • Halcyon Cove by Rex – Last few days

    Halcyon Cove by Rex In the last few days here at the hotel Halcyon Cove by Rex, I stayed around the resort. The seating areas with umbrellas on the beach were taken fast and I wanted some shade therefore, the pool area was my preference.  Plenty of sunbeds can be found here but mosquitos were a real problem around 4pm, I was bitten a lot even with repellant!!  The pool isn’t huge but it’s pleasant.  In July it wasn’t too busy as it is off-peak season.  I imagine it can become quite crowded during peak season though. Warri Pier Watching the sunset was stunning from the beach area and if…