Interview with Driftwood Journals Founder – Ben Holbrook

I met Ben Holbrook when I was working in London. He loves Barcelona probably more than I do and I have watched and seen how his blog – Driftwood Journals, has grown from over 200 Facebook Likes to over 2000. I love his site and therefore wanted to ask him how he grew Driftwood Journals and if he could share some tips with us. All the photos in this post are Ben’s – great aren’t they?

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Sydney in the Spring – Fun Things to Do

The warm weather in Sydney is back. Although it does not get too cold , I am always pleased when spring time arrives as the city becomes move alive and there are so many things to see and do.


Every Saturday night in September and October, there are fireworks taking place at Darling Harbour.  The best part is that it is free and there are not half as many crowds as there are on New Year’s Eve.

Darling Harbour

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Berlin on a Budget – See More for Less in Germany

Berlin is one of my favorite cities, although I only go here in the warmer months. During the winter, in the run up to Christmas it is home to some of the biggest Christmas markets. Berlin is one of the cheapest cities I have been to in Europe, eating a main meal can cost as little as 4 Euros and beer is also reasonable. You can spend a whole weekend here without breaking your budget. I already wrote about a hostel I recommend staying and a few other cheap things to do in a former post. I have since discovered more as you read below:


This was a short walk from my hotel room and is square in the center of the Mitte district of Berlin. It is home to the Fernsehutum (TV Tower) and since the German reunification many of the other buildings have been renovated with a big shopping mall as well as other restaurants and bars. Alexanderplatz is also where you can catch the S-Bahn and U-Bahn as well as many buses, making it a very busy transport hub

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A Weekend in Budapest – What to See and Where to Stay

I went to Budapest for a wedding in the summer and it was great. I had been here before but was on my own so had a very different experience. Budapest is a relatively cheap place to visit for the weekend. I would recommend taking 400 – 500 Euros for 4 days as a couple or 200 Euros as a single person.


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