February 1, 2015

A Burnley weekend with a Lancashire twist

A Burnley weekend with a Lancashire twist

If you think of a ‘girlie weekend-away’ where do you imagine going? Maybe a luxury spa break in a country house hotel? Or a city break with lots of shopping and eating out? Possibly a quick jaunt off to a foreign capital or sunkissed beach? What I bet you won’t think of is a couple […]

January 19, 2015

What is cultural tourism?

What is cultural tourism?

What is cultural tourism? Cultural tourism (or culture tourism) A subset of tourism concerned with a country or region’s culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life.      Wikipedia In the past, announcing an interest in ‘cultural […]

January 13, 2015

Celebrating in luxurious style at Hall Hills Cottages, Cumbria

Celebrating in luxurious style at Hall Hills Cottages, Cumbria

It was the morning after the night before, and everyone was looking surprisingly chipper. Breakfast was on the table and people were helping themselves to bacon and eggs, cereal, toast, coffee and juice – with an aspirin or two for those feeling a tad fragile. My son and his girlfriend were playing a game of […]

January 7, 2015

Heavenly hummingbirds at Mashpi in Ecuador

Hummingbirds of Mashpi Ecuador - poster

It’s the sound of whirring wings that you notice first. In front of the wooden observation shelter are pagoda-shaped ‘feeding stations’, filled with sugar water. Hundreds of jewel-feathered hummingbirds zoom off and onto the ledges to sip at this sweet treat. Mashpi rainforest bio-reserve has over 20 different species of these delightful birds and eco-expert guide […]

January 1, 2015

New Year Reflections: highs (and a few lows) of quirky travel blogging

New Year Reflections: highs (and a few lows) of quirky travel blogging

It’s raining in Carnforth. Yes, it’s New Year’s Day, the fireworks are over and it’s tipping down, it’s bucketing, it’s raining cats and dogs, it’s p*****g down, there’s a heavy shower, downpour, rainstorm … take your pick from our well-endowed English language. It’s been raining since early morning, in stair-rods. There’s no wind and the […]

December 30, 2014

The joy of winning …

Caribbean Tourism Organization Journalism Award for Best Blog Feature - The Quirky Traveller

When I was about eight years old I won the Egg and Spoon race. I only won because I ran so slowly the white ceramic egg precariously balanced on a large stainless steel dessert spoon had no chance of falling off. Those of you for whom winning in sport or other endeavours is, or was, […]

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Hi, I’m Zoë; welcome to my quirky world…

QUIRKY TRAVEL is about seeing the world from a different angle, looking at things from all sides, finding the unusual, the interesting, the fascinating. It’s about quality combined with classiness, it’s about being curious about everything and wanting to know more…

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