(Book)mark! A round-up of the world’s most unusual bookshops

A few days ago, I wrote about two of my favourite bookshops: Atlantis Books on the island of Santorini, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris. This has since inspired me to do a bit more research into the worldwide 'indie bookshop scene' and I thought I would share some of the coolest links I came across: This slideshow features Flavorwire's pick of the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world, most ...

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Atlantis Books, Santorini: Literary Heaven on Greek Island Paradise

  I've decided to take a break from chronicling my trip preparations to tell you about a little gem I recently discovered in Ia (or Oia), one of the townlets on the island of Santorini, Greece.   The southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, Santorini is rightly famous for its volcanic cliffs and views of its sea-filled caldera, its beach resorts, spectacular sunsets, and its locally-produced white wines (well, a little ...

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Choosing RTW itinerary and flights

What road(s) to travel? Choosing your RTW itinerary and flights

It was a struggle, but I got there in the end: months' worth of research, ever-changing (travel) fantasies, and £2,665 later, I am the proud and slightly bemused owner of a 16-segment round-the-world ticket that will be taking me to 14 countries over 5 continents. I have written about my epic strife with Oneworld booking agents here, and about my difficulties in picking where to go in this post, but how ...

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Movies about travel

Wanderlust Culture: 22 Films to Send You (Back)packing

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Amazon.co.uk WidgetsWhen you're planning a round-the-world trip for months, it can be difficult to keep the momentum going: there are times when the stress and sheer busy-ness of it all take over the excitement, and - particularly if you're still working a full-time job -, other times when you just slip back into your old routine and completely forget that you're about to put on your backpack and wave ...

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Planning for long-term travel

I’m late, I’m late, I’m late…

The White Rabbit's frantic cry is sounding a little too appropriate at the moment, as the clock is ticking away while I am NOT (ticking) nearly enough items off my rather overwhelming to-do list... I'm hoping that writing things down and committing them to this blog will help me focus and actually make some headway (or maybe this is really just one more form of procrastination?!). So here goes a recap ...

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