Happy birthday, Pack The Suitcases! You’re one today. Here are some travel blogging tips I’ve learnt over the past year since we gave birth to you…
We decided to explore the coastline with a day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghaj Tuffieha. For some reason, there’s a myth that Malta only has rocky beaches. It does, but it has a fair few sandy ones too. We’re not fussy about what terrain beaches are – we don’t sunbathe or swim. But it’s always good to see a bit of variation. This area has a lovely walk/hike you can do and we were frustrated with how busy Valletta was, so it was ideal to get off the beaten track. And after a chilly few days in Valletta and Mdina, we got lucky with the weather this day: an added bonus that made for some pretty photographs… if I do say so myself.
After six years of practice, we think we’ve just about nailed this planning a holiday malarkey. Sitting down with our laptop and a few guidebooks to get planning is almost as exciting as the trip itself. So here are our top 10 travel planning tips to save time and money and to avoid stress (and getting hungry-angry…).
Our day trip to Mdina, Malta was a highlight of our time there. A tiny walled city and former capital, Mdina is often known as ‘the silent city’. It really lives up to this name if you return to it at night when it’s eerily quiet and the streetlamps are your only company in the deserted streets.
We spent our first day in Malta exploring Valletta and Birgu, one of the Three Cities, just wandering round to get a taste for the place and taking a ridiculous amount of photos. Valletta – a honey-coloured fortress city full of Baroque architecture – is the capital of Malta. The Three Cities is an area of, unsurprisingly, three cities built in very close proximity to each other around the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities is just over the water from Valletta so it’s ideal to see both in a day – we only went to Birgu, but you could easily do the other two as well.
Japan’s trains are a cut above anywhere else in the world. No one in Japan has ever been reduced to tears by the words ‘rail replacement bus service.’ Because of this, they’ve become quite a cult thing to obsess over and Japan is an absolute goldmine of brilliant and hilarious train-based stuff. I knew I’d have to write up my top things to do in Japan for railfans, and I’ve not even scratched the surface yet.