Tips from a Madrileña

EMILY JONES gives her top tips on how to have the perfect weekend in Madrid. We can definitely tell she’s a foodie! 1. Sangria This has to be at the top of the list. Sangria is my all time favourite drink and if you’re going to Spain it is a must. The best sangria in […]

Why moving to Spain was definitely a challenge…

BY EMILY JONES Moving to Spain was definitely a challenge, but unlike the other people I met, I arrived in Madrid with a basic grasp of Spanish. I studied the language at GCSE and tried to take it as an A-level, however, after only three months I dropped the class because I felt it was […]

Living in Spain: Expectation Vs Reality

BY EMILY JONES Expectation – Sunshine and sangria every day Reality – It was February so no sunshine until April and it was cold wet and grey. Expectation – People would be super impressed with my Spanish Reality – As soon as I open my mouth people just talk to me in English and don’t […]

Why I didn’t do a gap year

I think a gap year is a great idea… if you have the money. You have to take an entire year out and funding that year isn’t going to be the easiest job in the world, so why not go about it another way? I’ve got a few alternatives for you! BY EMILY JONES Study […]

Travel Tattoos – everything you need to know

Nearly everyone you meet while travelling either has travel tattoos or wants them. I’ve got two so far and I’m saving up for a third. So what’s my advice when trying to pick your first tattoo? BY EMILY JONES 1. Meaning For me, I would only want something inked on my body if it has […]

Why working festivals is the best thing you can do with your summer on a budget

Why would you work a festival rather than pay to attend? The answer seems obvious, because it’s cheaper right? Well actually I’m headed to my favourite festival in a few months and I can afford to buy a ticket but I’d rather work as a part of the team. BY EMILY JONES Being festival crew […]

Why my solo trip on a quick city break to Copenhagen gave me the best day ever

One of the best days of my life was when I went travelling alone for the first time. I impulsively booked a two-day trip to Copenhagen, a part of Europe I had always wanted to see. BY EMILY JONES I arrived on a Thursday night and headed straight to my hostel. My Danish friend, Emilia, […]

Mamma Mia holiday with dolphins

Emily, 21, Shropshire, England “So for my Mum’s 50th birthday, we decided to go on a family holiday to the Greek island, Skiathos. Why Skiathos you say? Well from this particular Greek island you can take a boat tour of all of the main beaches used to shoot the film Mamma Mia. Since this is […]

ITALY VLOG TRAILER

One of the For Real Travel team has just visited Italy for a week, seeing some world-famous tourist sights in Rome, Florence and Pisa… This 30 second city guide trailer shows just a small portion of what Olivia got up to – FULL Italy vlog coming soon!