Agnes Riley's Blog (20)

From Gettysburg to Hastings: Re-enactments and Living History

For some people, history is a thing of the past, over and done with. But for others, history is something through which we can get in touch with our roots and learn something about ourselves and those who came before us. Throughout the world, there are many groups who strive to bring history to the masses, through re-enactment of specific events - such as battles - or…

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Added by Agnes Riley on October 3, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Key Strategies for Easy Packing

The most challenging aspect of travelling is packing. Forget about language barrier, cultural differences or anything else. Packing is where the real struggle lies. If you're like me and you can never get a suitcase to close however much you try, here are some invaluable tips to help you through one of life's greatest challenges: how to pack a…

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Added by Agnes Riley on September 16, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

No Man (Or Woman) Is An Island: Tips For the Solo Traveller

Travelling alone can be the best thing in the world. You get to set your own pace, decide your own destinations, the things you want to see, and you don't have to please anyone else but yourself. It may be true that some things in life are better shared, but there's also much to be said for the pleasure of being on your own every now and then. Here are some things you should…

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Added by Agnes Riley on September 12, 2015 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Local Idiosyncrasies: Driving Around The World

Driving seems like a straightforward enough business. You get behind the wheel, turn on the car, and then proceed to go places. Most driving laws, while varying slightly from place to place, are no more than common sense, and most people will have no difficulty driving in countries other than their own. However, there are some obscure (and some not so much) corners of legislation where common sense goes to die. Here are some of the world's most bizarre driving…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 6, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Keeping Children Entertained On The Road

Travelling with children can be a great experience for the whole family, but it can also be an exhausting experience for everyone involved. Children are more prone to boredom than adults (or at the very least are more vocal about it), so having a game plan to keep them entertained is of the utmost importance for the sanity of everyone in the car. Here are a few tips to keep…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 1, 2014 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Travel Photography: The World Through A Camera

Photography has done a great deal to change the way we document and share our travels. Back in the 18th and 19th century, when the Grand Tour was in vogue, travel journals were all the rage. Nowadays, a picture is worth a thousand words, and it's increasingly easier to snap a shot. Film cameras are a relic of the past, decreasing even further the costs associated with…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 20, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Mix Tape: Songs For A Road Trip

Road trips the perfect travel format as far as I'm concerned. They give you flexibility and a glorious sense of independence and freedom. Whether you're driving across America like someone out of a Kerouac novel or touring Europe, driving is the way to go. But no road trip is ever complete without a matching soundtrack. A mix CD is the heart and soul of any half decent road trip. Here are some songs that need to be in…

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Added by Agnes Riley on August 7, 2012 at 9:27am — 3 Comments

Tips For Driving In Ireland

For travellers bound for the Emerald Isle, picking up a car hire in Ireland can be a great way to explore, particularly if you wish to go out into the countryside and not be confined to a single location. Now, driving in Ireland can seem like a no brainer. After all, how different can it possibly…

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Added by Agnes Riley on August 1, 2012 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

How Technology Can Help Your Travels

This is a brave new world, the one we're living in. The digital age has arrived, and it is here to stay. New technology is present in almost every aspect of our lives, and it can prove a great help even during your travels. Here are some ways in which you can use technology to make your life a little easier when you're travelling.

1. Scan…

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Added by Agnes Riley on July 23, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Necessary Supplies For A Road Trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun and a great way to travel with flexibility and convenience. But they can also quickly turn into a never-ending string of "are we there yet" enquires. When planning your road trip, there's a number of things you should include in your packing list in order to ensure…

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Added by Agnes Riley on July 6, 2012 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Tips For Driving In Spain

Spain is one of Europe's most popular destinations, receiving thousands upon thousands of tourists every year. Some people like it so much that they actually decide to stay, and statistics show that foreign residents are something like 10% of the population.

Driving in Spain doesn't present too many difficulties, but there are several things drivers…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 28, 2012 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Road Safety When Travelling

When travelling, it's always important to take every necessary precaution in order to ensure your safety and that of family. Driving is no exception. Whether your touring the Costal del Sol, or visiting the colourful city of Cape Town, here are some tips to stay…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 26, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Your Packing Checklist For The Perfect Holiday

Anyone who's ever travelled anywhere is aware of a little thing called Murphy's Law of Travelling. Murphy's Law of Travelling states that the longer the distance you have to travel, the higher the likelihood you'll forget to pack something essential. It works like clockwork. The best way to avoid it? Make lists, stick to the lists, double-check the lists, and…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 15, 2012 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Parking In Lisbon: A Survival Guide

If you have ever driven to any main European city, you should be well aware of all the dangers facing the unaware driver. Not the least of which that you often can't find parking without pulling a Faustus (and even then, no guarantees...). Lisbon is no…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 8, 2012 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

Tips For Travelling On A Budget

Back before the industrial revolution, travelling was a perk that only the elite could afford, a luxury denied to most of the population, who even if they could afford the journey itself - which they couldn't - couldn't afford to stay away from work for that long. Nowadays, travel is relatively easy, but it still never hurts to find ways to cut the costs of our…

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Added by Agnes Riley on June 4, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Tips For Surviving A Day In A Theme Park

What best way to enjoy a fabulous family holiday than by taking everyone to a theme park? With something for everyone, no matter the age, theme parks are the be all and end all of family entertainment. In order to make the most of your theme park holidays and help your family time run smoothly, here are some tips.

The sun is trying to kill you - Well,…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 30, 2012 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Portugal: Understanding Road Tolls

There have recently been some changes to the way toll roads work in Portugal, with roads that were previously toll-free suddenly becoming paid. Travellers headed for Portugal will come across three different types of roads: national roads, highways and SCUTs.

National roads have no tolls and they're tolerably well-maintained, particularly stretches of…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 23, 2012 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Clichéd Photography: The Statues in Our Shots

One of the great things about travelling is that you're taking part in a shared heritage, not only with the locals in the places you visit, but also with other travellers. When coming across other tourists on our journeys - perfect strangers though they may be - there's a sense of bonding that transcends nationality and language. One way in which this shared bond is…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 Things 'Sherlock' Taught Me About Travel

Sherlock Holmes was such a beloved character even during Arthur Conan Doyle's life that when the author - sick and tired of his creation - tried to kill him off, the public outcry was of so epic a magnitude that Conan Doyle had no other choice but to bring the detective back from the dead. It is, therefore, not surprising, that over half…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 15, 2012 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

Heritage Tourism: Shipwrecks

For centuries, humanity has been awe in the ocean. It was a source of sustenance, a road for trade and for the discoveries of new worlds, the last frontier. If it's true that life began in the sea, then that does much to explain our ages-long love affair with the ocean. In older times, the sea was also a place of countless dangers, where sea monsters roamed the waters and the…

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Added by Agnes Riley on May 13, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

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