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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23rd September 2021 by While I'm Young

5 unique places to stay in Devon

Are you planning a romantic getaway in Devon and you’re looking for something a bit different to the usual hotels and B&Bs? There are a lot of one-of-a-kind accommodation options in the area! Unique hideaways, a holiday letting agency focusing on unique places to stay in hidden corners across the UK, has some excellent accommodations...

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3rd September 2021 by While I'm Young

Best places to eat & drink in Sunderland

One of the things I love most about Sunderland is that it’s possible to dine out on the cheap. Some of the best restaurants in Sunderland aren’t at all expensive, but they don’t compromise on quality. In the past year or so, Mackems have seen huge investment in the city’s culinary scene with new foodie havens opening their doors at a pace even I, the hungriest girl in the world, am struggling to keep up with. I constantly have a list of new places to eat and drink in Sunderland that I...

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9th August 2021 by While I'm Young

The best places to stay in Cornwall

Cornwall’s pristine beaches, picturesque towns and mouthwatering pasties make it a popular destination for both UK staycations and tourists from further afield. With more and more of us opting to holiday in England, I’ve teamed up with Classic Cottages to bring you this guide to the best areas to stay in Cornwall – whatever kind of trip you’re planning....

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2nd August 2021 by While I'm Young

Top things to do in York, England

We travelled from Sunderland with National Express and spent a delightful day sightseeing in York and indulging in some good food and drinks. It was mum’s first visit, so I was keen to make sure she got to see all of York’s tourist attractions. I’ve visited the grand old city many times before, so I’ve put together this guide to the top things to see in York to help you plan your own trip....

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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....