Samantha Sparrow

1,144 Added | 7 Magazines | 3 Likes | 2 Following | 55 Followers | @SamRSparrow | Travel writer and blogger, curious about the world and forever seeking adventure.

Reasons to Choose a Luxury Villa Over a Hotel Room

Villa Lamyai is located in the sought after North East part of Koh Samui, on the private gated and secure Samui Summit Estate. This exclusive gated …

Luxury Lifestyle

Four Stunning Waterfalls: Auckland to KeriKeri, New Zealand

Driving north from Auckland, it took only minor detours to see incredible waterfalls. It didn’t take long to remind us that New Zealand landscape is …

Why I just don't care whether I'm a traveller or a tourist

I never took a gap year. I never even did that summer inter-railing around Europe that appears to be a right of passage for those in their late …

Travel

Exploring Yorkshire + music festivals with Rhianna Bowe | The Travelust Podcast

This week I’m having a good old chinwag with Rhianna, a blogger, instagrammer and online lass from rhiannaolivia.com. Hailing from Yorkshire, we chat …

Music Festivals

New Zealand Itinerary: Auckland to Cape Reinga

The top of New Zealand is too often overlooked by tourists, as there are so many amazing places to visit in this country. However, an Auckland to …

5 Tips To Break Your Overpacking Habit

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in the position of having packed a bit too much on a previous trip. Whether it’s backup shoes or an …

Clothing

My throwback to Sydney (and why I want to visit as an adult)

When I was 11, I went on the biggest adventure my childish mind could ever fathom. I hadn’t travelled too much as a child (unless you count many …

Australia

Dream Vacation Spots for Lottery Winners – It Could Be You!

It’s a dream we’ve all fantasized about from time to time. A big lottery win, and millions in the bank!<p>Once the mortgage has been paid off, you’ve …

Burj Al Arab

Things You Need to Know About Staying in Casino Hotels

Whether you’re a frequent traveler, heading overseas with your family, or planning a trip for the first time, Casino hotels have started popping up …

Hospitality

How to spend a magical long weekend in Marrakech

As the taxi driver drew up to our hotel in the early evening light, I glanced out of my window and caught my breath, hard in my throat. The taxi …

European Travel

An Introductory Travel Guide to Santorini

<b>Authored by Andrew Wise</b><p>I first stepped foot on Santorini for my honeymoon. I had promised my wife the most romantic destination on earth, and all …

European Travel

What to do when the travel has to stop

I’ve been extremely lucky these past few months and years – I’ve had the freedom to travel pretty much when I liked, where I liked. My work gives me …

European Travel

9 BEST APPS FOR BOOKING A CHEAP, ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL

Below are a list of user-friendly apps that will help you save time, money and your sanity next time you travel! Before your next adventure, give …

Pet and House Sitting: Get Free Accommodation in New Zealand

New Zealand is beautiful, but expensive to visit. Auckland is my home, and I love it here. Visitors flock in daily and are greeted with seemingly …

New Zealand

10 Picturesque Towns In Northern France To Explore

<i>Featured header image by verrier.claude.</i><p>France isn’t a country that has incredible cities and towns in short supply. In fact, it’s almost unheard of …

European Travel

An essential guide to the Eden Project, Cornwall

There is so much to see and do in Cornwall, with it’s surf culture, incredible beaches and delicious places to eat and drink. But for my money, one …

South-east Asia

Bilbao Travel Guide: The Quirky Basque City

I had wanted to visit Bilbao since I had been living in Spain. I’ve had a fascination with the Basque Country for a while.<p>However, for one thing, or …

European Travel

5 Ways to Make Your Romantic Getaway Unforgettable and Affordable

You’ve decided that the two of you need some time away. You may have already renewed your vows and committed to each other. You’ve even gone so far …

Appalachian Trail

One Perfect Day In Málaga, Costa Del Sol - Full Itinerary - While I'm Young

Málaga is a city that has mastered the art of self-reinvention, having transformed from a sleepy port to the biggest cultural hub in southern Spain …

European Travel

6 things to do in Alfama – Lisbon's oldest district

Being Lisbon’s oldest district (having survived great 1755 Lisbon earthquake), Alfama has much heritage and beauty to share amongst it’s winding back …

European Travel

Wellbeing on the road + solo travel with Ellie Quinn | The Travelust Podcast

On the podcast today I’m talking to Ellie from thewanderingquinn.com, who always seems to be away in an exciting destination and takes every single …

Self-improvement

A year as a travel blogger – some reflections

It’s been just over a year since I unleashed this space on the world. I’ve been blogging for almost two decades in various guises, right from the …

Writing

10 Secrets to Having a Kick Ass Time at Edinburgh Castle (or my insanely dull Edinburgh Castle Guide)

July 15, 2017<p>Why should I even read this Edinburgh Castle Guide?<p>I know lame, not another “secret” Edinburgh Castle guide. But I am writing this guide …

Travel Planning Resources - A Getting Started Guide

Whether you’re headed out on a weekend road trip or a year-long around the world adventure, you need to start the planning process somewhere. Over …

Airplanes

The ultimate foodies guide to Manchester

My love of food is long documented on this blog – I’ve already written so many food and drink guides to my favourite cities, and eaten so many …

New Year's Day

On the foodie trail in Catalonia – The Barcelona Taste Tour

I’ve always found it extremely hard to find authentic Spanish cuisine in the UK, and whilst we have a handful of Spanish chains, I’ve always known …

Spain

Your Search for the Top Honeymoon Destinations Ends Here

Weddings are a wonderful time of celebration, and should be one of the most unforgettable events of your life. But if there’s one event more …

Iceland Travel Tips - What You Need To Know Before You Go!

The land of fire and ice is on <i>practically</i> everyone’s travel list and with all the cheap flights through Wow Air and other short haul European …

5 Ways To Survive When Traveling In Rougher Countries

Most people follow the Banana Pancake Trail when setting off on their adventures. In other words, they follow the same routes millions of travelers …

Discover the Amazing Sites Near San Ignacio Mini in Misiones Argentina

Sightseeing in San Ignacio in Misiones, Argentina<p>After our two-day visit exploring both the Brazilian and Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, we wanted …