Alan Atkinson

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Alan Atkinson

I'm a passionate traveller and very content when exploring different places. I love to experience new cultures, as well as getting the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world. My life changed somewhat in 2019 when I became a daddy and my priority has changed but my desire to travel very much remains.

I have a fascination with Latin America; this is because of the beautiful scenery, fantastic wildlife, different types of cultures and history. I even learnt some Spanish to help when exploring these countries.

TravelBlog has allowed me to share my stories with friends, family and fellow bloggers. I am always happy to hear from like-minded people and willing to share or talk about my experiences. If you're ever in England and visiting the Hampshire area, do give me a shout and perhaps I can be your tour guide.

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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids June 29th 2018

Since Fiona was unable to get us more than one night at the Monk Haven Manor, she managed to get a couple of nights at Ty Boia B&B in St. Davids. St David's is about 24 miles north from where we've been staying. It is well known for being the UK's smallest city and It's still situated along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. St David's is pretty with quaint streets bustled with cafes, restaurants, pubs, boutiques and art galleries. The reason this tiny borough is classed as a city and not a town is due to history. Back in the 16th century, a town with a cathedral was considered a city by the English Crown. The link was abolished in 1888, but Queen Elizabeth II granted St Davids city status again in 1994 in recognition of its ... read more
Sunset over Whitesands Beach
Ice Cream :P
Fish & Chips with a view

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Ishmaels June 28th 2018

Upon a recommendation from some girls on my China trip, I had stated to my partner that I really would like to visit Skomer Island to see the Puffin birds. To my surprise, she had paid for a short break to Wales to visit Skomer Island and St David's as a birthday treat. This was for 10 minutes the BEST birthday present ever, until she then surprised me again to tell me that we are going to have a baby together and that I am going to be a Daddy. Skomer Island was recommended to me by two Scottish girls on my recent trip to China as being one of the best places to see the Puffins in the British Isles. The reason it is known to be one of the best is due an increasing ... read more
Monk Haven Beach
Welcome to Skomer Island
Cinnabar Moths

Asia » China » Beijing March 29th 2018

We arrive in Beijing late afternoon and check-in at our final hotel of the tour. The tour ends after two nights and I've decided to spend 1 additional night here before heading home. In the evening, we visit the Red Theatre, to see The Legend of Kungfu show. This is my favourite show I've seen in China. There is no speaking, just Kungfu with acrobatics. The show is an infusion of modern dance with traditional Chinese martial arts, but has a storyline, as this boy follows his dreams of becoming a Kungfu master. Next day We head into Tiananmen Square, known as 'the square of the gate of heavenly palace' a vast open concrete expansion to the modern city of Beijing. Around the square are several buildings such as the Great Hall of the People, National ... read more
Chinese flags
Forbidden City
Oriental pavilion @ The Forbidden City

Asia » China » The Great Wall March 28th 2018

We take the bullet train from Xi'an to Beijing, a journey that will take approximately 4.5 to 5 hours. I am excited to experience what a bullet train feels like. In some ways, it feels like being on an aeroplane, as the seats have brochures and magazines in the back pockets and there are small TV screens in the aisle, and you are constantly being offered refreshments. I can't help but keep an eye on the max speed we are going as one of the screens in the carriage shows the current speed and I note a top speed of 306km/hr (approximately 190 mph). Once we arrive in Beijing, we gather together and take a private bus to a remote area of The Great Wall of China, known as Jinshanling's Great Wall. This mountainous area is ... read more
Very scenic views
Jumping on a Great Wall
Eroded path

Asia » China » Shaanxi » Xi'an March 26th 2018

We arrive early morning in Xi'an after having travelled from Shanghai on an overnight sleeper train. Once we find our hotel to check-in and freshen up, our tour guide takes us for a walk into the the centre of Xi'an via a stop-off for a quick breakfast and coffee. Xi'an is a very large city in China and famous for it's Terracotta Warriors as well as its ancient city wall. As we get close to the centre we can immediately spot the Xi'an Drummer Tower and Bell Tower of Xi'an. These two towers are symbols of the city; erected in 1380 at the time of the Ming dynasty. The Xi'an Drum Tower got its name from having drums inside and you can see the drum museum inside for a small fee. The Bell Tower of Xi'an, ... read more
Nan breads being sold in Muslim Quarter
Ancient Wall
Lanterns in the trees

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Xitang March 25th 2018

An early start as we get onboard a small private bus from outside our hotel to take us to Xitang, which is situated some 80kms from Shanghai. It is important that we get the most out of our day as we need to be back in Shanghai for early evening time to get an overnight train to Xi'an. We understand from our tour guide that Xitang is an ancient Chinese water town and very picturesque. Upon arriving at Xitang, we get into smaller groups, put on a life jacket and get on a Wupeng (Chinese type gondola boat). The boat ride down is very pleasant as we go under many small bridges that connect the footpaths over the rivers. This water town crosses 9 rivers and was built in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. ... read more
Beautiful gate bridge
Enjoying that Spring air
Long sleeper train

Asia » China » Shanghai March 21st 2018

After a short 2.5 hour flight, I had arrived in Shanghai. It's starting to get dark and I find myself queuing for ages to get a taxi to take me to my hotel. I am so grateful to Elaine for writing the address of my hotel on a big sheet of paper in Shanghainese, the local dialect, as I now find myself in a country where they speak literally no English. Upon arriving at my hotel, I find the reception staff speak a little English. I notice my internet on my phone has become very restricted in which applications and internet search engines I am allowed to use in this communist country. Elaine has very kindly brought me this Hong Kong sim card that I can use in China and it literally lets me use all ... read more
Hanging out with Spiderman
Minnie & Mickey Mouse
Tron ride

Asia » Hong Kong March 17th 2018

Planning for this trip ended up being a little rushed to my liking as I wasn't entirely sure where in Asia I wanted to go and it was also dependent on whether I got a bonus at work so I had enough spending money for the trip. Usually I plan my trips well in advance but with decisions around selling my home and buying a new one I knew that I needed to get this trip in quickly. I was torn between Thailand and China as the two countries high on my list for Asia. I decided most people tend to go to Thailand so I thought I'd be different and go visit China. My haste decision planning not going in my favour as I find out that I need a visa for China; all the ... read more
Small narrow trams
I need "good luck"
Yummy eclairs

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome February 5th 2018

Before meeting Fiona I had started to save up for my next big adventure. We have talked about buying a house together, taking on her two kids and potentially having a child together. Once all this happens, big travel adventures will be limited. I have travelled and seen quite a bit of Latin America and North America but Asia is somewhere I really wanted to go whilst the opportunity was still there. Whenever I talk to people about travel, most people travel to Asia so I always feel I don't have much to talk about on this continent as my focus has always been Latin America. I talk to Fiona and ask if she'll be ok if I travel to Asia alone because I feel if I don't do this trip I'll have regrets and would ... read more
Parakeet
Castel Sant'Angelo
Pantheon

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Krak√≥w August 13th 2017

Two short getaway breaks in the UK together and one mini caravan holiday in Norfolk with Fiona's two children and my Mum and Stepdad, Fiona and I were eager to travel to a country we both hadn't been to before. There were many European cities on the list but we narrowed it down to Krakow. I had seen many travel articles with stunning pictures of Krakow and some friends recently visiting it had put it high on my bucket-list. Our trip didn't start off too well as our plane was showing delays of 20 mins so I assumed we had a bit more time before we needed to board the plane. Turns out we didn't as I was about to pop into a shop before we headed towards the boarding gate and just looked at the ... read more
Gallery of Polish Art
Panoramic view
Wieliczka Salt Mine




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