Faraway Files #13

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 Home is where the heart is

Hello from Melbourne, Australia where I am spending a few more days before heading back to London. Although I love travelling and exploring the world I am also a homebody who in truth is happiest when close to family and my amazing crew of friends. I am so excited that some of them are coming to Europe for a visit this year and we have been excitedly researching and planning our great new adventures.

2017 will be the year of sharing travel experiences in Italy, the Greek Islands, Paris and the Christmas markets with family and friends. Many of the ideas for the trips we are taking have come from this wonderful community and I am so grateful for that.


Thanks to all the wonderful posts from last week’s Faraway Files we have even more inspiration to draw on. My favourites from last week were:

Market day in Provence from Vaucluse Dreamer. I am a market obsessive and I think French markets are possibly the best. Make sure you read this post to find out why these markets continue to draw hundreds of loyal shoppers every week.

Different Shores spoke to my other obsession – Italy! Her post on the secret hill towns near the border with France had me itching to get back to Italy and explore

I was so excited to read Lillian’s account of Hogmanay in Edinburgh. I have been wanting to experience that festival for some time and I have missed Lillian’s writing as she took a break after moving from Paris to Scotland.


This week I’m sharing some ideas on why you should consider hiring a local tour guide  booking a local tour on your travels. Actually 10 reasons why hiring a local tour guide rather than relying on independent travel is a good idea. The post is jam packed full of local tour ideas from food tours (of course) to bike and cultural tours. I hope you enjoy reading.

food tour of floating market

Thanks to Clare for hosting again this week while I sip on cocktails with my Aussie friends. You are a true friend too!


About Faraway Files

Faraway Files is a weekly travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.


How it works

✪ The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl Around the World.

✪ This week Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles hosts the link up so head over to her Faraway Files post to join in. Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge available on Suitcases and Sandcastles to your blog or link back to the hosts.

✪ Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.

✪ Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @UntoldMorsels, @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers

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3 Comments

  1. Clare Thomson
    12th January 2017 / 1:41 PM

    Thank you my lovely. Just read your great post about your amazing Australian crew of friends and I can assure you that I’m one of the big wine lovers too – although sorry to be missing those cocktails!

  2. 12th January 2017 / 4:34 PM

    Enjoy Melbourne! I’ll be in Sydney in a few weeks and cannot wait, I’m so excited.

    • 13th January 2017 / 3:46 AM

      Ah Kat, there is something so easy and breezy about our homeland that makes my heart ache to leave. It’s just a shame it takes so long to get anywhere. Have a wonderful time in Sydney and have a drink at the Opera Bar for me

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