What sort of traveller are you, what’s your travel style?  There are many different ways to approach travel. Some people take time off work to travel full time, and others travel around their work commitments. Some people do it on a tiny budget, and others go all lavish. And some just decide that travelling full time indefinitely is the way to go. So which is better? I’ve personally done travelling around my work and on a budget. As well as the take a year off and travel slow approach, which required sticking to a budget to ensure the money lasted the full year. More recently I have been able to go a little more luxe at times, which I fit around work. I haven’t yet taken the step to travel full time indefinitely, I do have a job that could lend itself to that lifestyle, but at the moment it’s not…

With my fortieth birthday edging closer, I was feeling a little apprehensive. While I do believe that age is but a number it is something else to deal with that number getting so… big!  In contrast to turning thirty, though, I took turning forty like a pro.  That might have a direct correlation to the fact I had decided to treat myself to a birthday trip to Santorini to celebrate.  When you don’t want to deal with the number of candles on your cake, just run away to Santorini! Easy! My birthday is in October, which is when the tourist season is coming to an end.  Travelling in the off-season is a great way to travel.  Prices are cheaper, in this case, the sun wasn’t as hot (might not be a bonus for everyone but it is for quickly burnt me), plus the real kicker is less fellow tourists to contend with. Oh, don’t get me wrong…

Emilia-Romagna a region of Italy that sits just north of Tuscany was next on my to-do list.  It was 2013, and I was relishing a year off work and the joy of slow travel.  Given how much I love food, I was super excited to be visiting the region considered to have the best food in Italy.  I mean it’s Italy all the food is good, but Emilia-Romagna is a foodies dream! You would be forgiven for assuming I am exaggerating when I say “the best pasta in the world”. But I am not.  I measure all other pasta in my life against this one!  And sadly for me, all other pasta fails to live up to my memories of the pumpkin tortelloni in a sage and butter sauce I enjoyed one summer day in Ferrara, Italy. Ferrara We had just spent a few days in Venice and were eager to…