A few thoughts on Dark Tourism

Dark tourism wasn’t something I had ever really given much thought to until I was trying to decide whether or not to visit Auschwitz whilst I was in Poland. It’s a phrase that I have some difficulties with, particularly given the negative coverage that dark tourism often receives in the media, which makes me reluctant to classify myself as a ‘dark tourist’. However when I think back over some of the places that I’ve visited, I have definitely been to some prominent dark tourist sights.

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A few things I’d like to get out of 2019…

In addition to what I’ve learned from the previous year, it’s time for my short round-up of hopes and aims for the year ahead. 2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year. They say you’re meant to live your life to the full in your twenties, and as I soon see in 25, I think I can say pretty confidently that that’s what I’m doing.

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A few things I’ve learned from 2018…

2018 was always going to have a lot to live up to. 2017 had involved changing job, moving city and an awful lot of travel. It finished with our incredible trip to New Zealand, and getting engaged, so I was skeptical from the beginning about how 2018 was going to live up to the previous year. 

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A short break in Kraków

Kraków isn’t somewhere I’d always dreamed of going to, and it hadn’t been one of my first considerations when I started to think about a Christmas market city break in December. However I noticed a few places were offering deals to go there. Curiosity piqued, I soon realised I could get there myself much cheaper (always look around!), there were direct flights from Bristol, and it came recommended by various friends. Suddenly I had a plan! Recently returned, I feel like I’m recommending the city to everyone I see. It was a great place for a short break, and I’d happily go back (although maybe when the weather’s a bit warmer…). Here’s my guide to a short city break in Kraków.

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Rangitoto Island: Our Final Day in New Zealand

It’s over a year since I left New Zealand and I have no idea where the time has gone. In some respects it feels like only yesterday that we were backpacking around the two islands and seeing some incredible sights, but it also feels like a lifetime ago. There’s still one very special story from my time in New Zealand that I haven’t shared yet, and so here it is just over one year on.

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