As Melanie drove her red Audi A5 Coupe into the gravel car park, her empty grey eyes scanned the hotel’s gothic façade. Copper coloured ivy covered its walls. Oversized table lamps emitted a warm, welcoming glow from richly draped windows as dusk began to settle on the autumnal countryside. The hotel seemed the perfect, Read More

“I’ve never seen a waterfall.”  Twenty-year-old Manon casually mentions while we wait in the queue. “What? Never?” I question in astonishment. “Well Belgium isn’t exactly known for its waterfalls, is It.” she defends with a laugh. “A fair point.”  I concede, picturing Belgium’s flat terrain in my mind. I need a moment to process this. , Read More

Dear Diary I can’t believe it is just over a year ago since I launched the Barehotelier! I was flying over Goose Bay Newfoundland on my way to Belize in Central America at the time via Houston Texas and was nervous about the trip. Really nervous!! Recent events had left me fragile, had stripped me of, Read More

It was bubbly Lou from England who first told me about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. “Some of it is really sad and some of it is really funny. It’s hard to explain but you must visit it!” She said as she ate lemon basil ice cream from one of her visits to, Read More

I learnt to snorkel in 2015 I’m a typical Brit – I can’t swim!  I tried snorkeling on my Backpacking trip around Australia in 1982 with my friend Wendy.  It was on a coral beach somewhere in Queensland.  It was a complete disaster!  I couldn’t breath under water! The “flippers” turned me upside down and, Read More

If you are planning to do some travelling in your later years you wouldn’t be blamed for dismissing the thought of staying in hostels with a shudder. The very word probably conjures up grim images and memories of your gap year or summer Eurail trip a lifetime ago, sleeping rough in train stations and, Read More