While I'm Young

Dannielle Lily is a VERY well travelled 20-something from the Isle of Man. Her blog, While I'm Young is primarily aimed at young female (often solo) travellers, although her future husband is a frequent travel companion. Dannielle was awarded Travel Influencer of the Year 2018 - a well deserved trophy. We can't recommend her blog highly enough!

While I'm Young

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4th June 2021 by While I'm Young

Walking Simonside Hills in Northumberland

The name of Simonside Hills may have come from ‘seaman’s sight’, because the craggy peaks can be seen from the North East coastline. The area has some mythical attachments – the ‘Duergar’ are dwarfs who live in its nooks and crannies! These magical creatures are thought to symbolise the mighty strength of nature....

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2nd June 2021 by While I'm Young

Things to do In Durham: City, countryside & coast

Durham has everything you could want from a short break; including five star hotels, a spectacular coastline, acres of lush landscapes and a host of cultural attractions. With the coast, country and city all in one county, you’ll never be lost for things to do in Durham – and I can promise you that after long months of lockdown, Durham is worth the wait....

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19th January 2021 by While I'm Young

Why Thailand is the ultimate backpacking destination

After ten weeks of bussing all over New Zealand’s South Island and exploring the East coast of Australia, my travel pal and I touched down in Thailand. Our time in the first two countries had been replete with epic hikes, jaw-dropping natural landscapes and a whole lot of goon (Byron Bay oi oi!), but it was only on my first day in Thailand that I had my first real dose of culture shock....

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14th January 2021 by While I'm Young

Best gastro pubs in London – Top places to eat & drink

London is world-renowned for its culture, art and history. Wherever you go in this city, there’s sure to be a story behind it. And London’s pub food is no different. Because London is such a cosmopolitan city, you can find cuisines from almost anywhere in the world. Whether it’s flavourful street food or Michelin-starred tidbits, tastiness is all around in England’s vibrant capital city. ...

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1st December 2020 by While I'm Young

Best places to go in the Lake District

The English Lake District’s breathtaking scenery makes it popular with holidaymakers keen to indulge their love of active adventures. Whether you’re into hiking trips, cosy cottage breaks or romantic getaways, this is a part of England that ticks all the boxes....

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14th January 2021 by While I'm Young

10 best places to eat in Lafayette, Louisiana’s cajun heartland

I’ve always said that the best way to experience a destination’s culture is to taste it, and my trip to Lafayette to experience Mardi Gras at the heart of Cajun Country was pleasantly full of belly-busting gastronomical experiences. Now that my guide to the best things to do in Lafayette, LA is live, I just had to share a foodie post all about some of the best things to eat in Lafayette, Louisiana and the surrounding area....

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14th January 2021 by While I'm Young

15 fun things to do in and around Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is the hub city of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country on the American southern Gulf Coast. A cocktail of European, Caribbean and African influences bestow a unique charm on the destination. Lafayette is like nowhere I’ve ever been before and it made me want to see more of the south – when travel is back to whatever shade of normal we can salvage, that is....

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14th January 2021 by While I'm Young

Experiencing Cajun Mardi Gras in South Louisiana

I’ve yet to experience the N’awlins version, but my trip to Lafayette during Mardi Gras was a whole lot of good, clean fun. I visited during ‘Deep Gras’, the booze-and-gumbo-fuelled period that kicks off when Acadiana’s residents get out of work on the Friday, and ends on ‘Fat Tuesday’. By Ash Wednesday, only a smattering of coloured beads swaying from the trees around town prove Mardi Gras ever happened....

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30th October 2020 by While I'm Young

One day in Bath

Bath’s architecture and heritage have always piqued my interest. Reminiscent of my beloved Edinburgh in its size and stature, the Somerset city is dripping in history. A centre of wellbeing since Roman times, Bath is still known today for having the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. There are whispers of antiquity everywhere you look, from the ancient abbey to the grand Georgian homes towering over cobbled streets....

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30th October 2020 by While I'm Young

How to have a brilliant day trip in Brighton

Colourful, alternative and packed with young people: Brighton quickly became my new favourite UK city when I visited a few weeks back. While Brighton’s attractions are numerous and diverse, one of the best things to do in Brighton is simply to take an aimless walk around the city and soak up the atmosphere, which vibrates with a contagious energy....

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14th January 2021 by While I'm Young

The best days out in Lincolnshire

It may not get much Instagram fanfare, but there are some wonderful days out in Lincolnshire for couples and families. The scenic Wolds are the jewel in the county’s crown and while the area has always been popular among walkers, in 2020 it’s gaining a name with formerly indoorsy Brits who have been forced to forego foreign holidays for socially distanced escapes in the UK....

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20th January 2021 by While I'm Young

Visiting the Lake District: What to know before you go

If you’re visiting the Lake District this year, you should be prepared – the Cumbrian destination has soared in popularity with British tourists and things have changed a bit! I did a three day road trip around the Lake District in a campervan loaned from All Seasons Leisure recently and I wanted to share my tips for visiting the Lake District. We made a few silly mistakes and noticed some changes to the area since our last visit, so I’ve outlined what you should and shouldn’t do when...