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.

I've visited 44 countries/territories:
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Vatican City State, Wales

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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno August 2nd 2020

I had been coping well during the Covid pandemic but, after 5 months of being stuck at home with only being able to pop out for essential or exercise activities, I was starting to get fed up. The lockdown restrictions had started to ease, and the hospitality industry had starting to open back up albeit with extreme restrictions. My stepdaughter, Sienna, eagerly wanted to visit her friend in North Wales and stay with her for a while, so I suggested that I drive her and the rest of us go and stay in a B&B nearby, as even with strong restrictions, a change of scenery is much needed. We decide to stop off at the Sunflower Maze, not too far from Liverpool, as we head up. Fiona had seen a celebrity visit there on social media ... read more
It feels like summer
Llandudno Pier
The Queen of Hearts

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath January 11th 2020

I wanted our 3-year anniversary to be special and after hearing some good reviews about a 5-star hotel in Bath I decided to look it up and discovered through my hotel bookings I could save almost a 100 hundred a night on a room. We had originally decided to go away on our actually anniversary at the end of last year but had to cancel the booking on the day due to Fiona's older two kids having a stomach bug and subsequently we were able to rebook 2 weeks later. The reason I wanted to go to bath was because I had seen this hotel called Mcdonald Bath Spa where some of my work colleagues had stay recently and thought we could also go to the Thermae Bath Spa but unfortunately learn it is closed when ... read more
Cheers to a relaxation
OPA Meze Restaurant
Tea with Mr. Darcy

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Looe July 27th 2019

We've been longing to go abroad and do that beach holiday somewhere in Europe but decide with having a 5-month-old it will be easier to stay closer to home. We want a beach holiday in England and so decide Cornwall to be the best place to visit, as we are pretty sure we'd manage a beach day or two even if it rains the whole time, as Cornwall is known for its mild climate and stunning beaches. It's the start of the school summer holidays and so accommodation prices triple and Cornwall is an expensive place to visit at this time of year. We also have the dilemma of my small Volkswagen Golf trying to fit the five of us with all the baby stuff, so we reserve a 7-seater people carrier. We manage to reserve ... read more
Kids crabbing
Tencreek Caravan Park
Me kayaking

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester April 23rd 2019

Miguel's last day but luckily his flight isn't until early evening, so we we have time to visit nearby Winchester. This city used to be the old capital of England before eventually London gaining the title, which later became the capital of the United Kingdom. The city of Winchester has a lot of history, dating back to the Iron Age around 150BC. The city structure changed a lot when under Roman rule and this saw expansion; however, the city's stature came when Alfred 'The Great' became ruler of the West Saxons as he and his brother defeated the Danish Vikings at the Battle of Ashdown and he became King of Wessex and established Winchester as his capital. I've written about Winchester previously in the Hosting Stefano blog, if you would like to read more about Winchester's ... read more
View from Westgate Museum
City Mill
The Great Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff April 21st 2019

Miguel really wanted to tick off Wales on his country list and so we decided to include a visit to the capital with an overnight stay so that our trip wasn't too rushed, particularly with having Jovie with us, who is only 2 months old. It would be possible to do a day trip to Cardiff from where we live as it would be just over a 2 hour drive. We planned our itinerary well so that on the way to Wales we could stop off and spend some time in the beautiful Roman city known as Bath. For anyone unfamiliar with the city called Bath, it is famous for its Roman bath that you can still visit today. The city is beautiful with Georgian architecture. I've visited many times recently and never get bored of ... read more
The Circus
Pierhead building at night
Selfie with the Welsh Dragon and castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Lulworth Cove April 20th 2019

We set off early to make the most out of our daytrip to Dorset. We get down to Durdle Door in good time, arriving at around 9:15am. We actually got down a little earlier than expected as luckily the roads were clear. I've been to Durdle Door many times, but never this early. It is actually worth getting down at this time as there are hardly any people around and given it is an Easter weekend with good weather you know it will get packed here later on. It is Jovie's first time ever seeing the sea, so whilst we are parked up overlooking the coast I hold her up so she can see the sea, as she probably wont see it when we are walking around with her in the baby carrier. Durdle Door is ... read more
Group Durdle Door pic
Miguel with Corfe Castle
The beach they filmed Yellow

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury April 19th 2019

Miguel has brought some treats with him from Argentina for us and so I'm super happy to try dulce de leche spread on my toast from breakfast. For anyone who has never tried this, it's like a milky caramel taste. We also have a box of Alfajores, which we look forward to eating later on in the week. Our trip today is a short drive of some 20 to 25 mins down the A303, so we left the house a bit later and enjoyed a slight lay-in. Forgetting that it is Easter half term, we end up stuck in traffic on the A303 and a 25 min journey turned into a 1 hour trip. Today's itinerary is a trip to Stonehenge and then a visit to the nearby city of Salisbury. By the time we reach ... read more
Jovie taking a nap in the cafe
The Great Bustard
Family picture with Salisbury cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor April 18th 2019

Miguel had been saving to come to Europe for quite some time and eventually saved enough and found a place to live in Germany. Miguel asked if he could come visit and stay with us in England via his relocation to Germany. I was happy at the thought of seeing him again and pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity to spend time exploring places in the UK he hadn't seen yet, as he has only been to London previously. I meet Miguel through Couchsurfing and we met once in-person almost 3 years ago in his hometown in Argentina (see Miguel's hometown). Fiona and I welcomed our daughter into the world in February, we named her Jovie, which is short for Jovial (If you've seen the Christmas movie Elf, you'll know where we got ... read more
The Long Walk Gate of Windsor Castle
Changing of the Guard
St George's Chapel

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 14th 2018

Our friend Kym for her 30th birthday wanted to do a day trip to Dublin. Rather than do a day trip, Fiona and I would have preferred to have gone for a long weekend, but with moving house the following Friday, we decide a day trip is better as we need time to pack before our big house move. It's funny the other two times I've been to Dublin have been day trips as well, but only work related. To make the most out of our day trip meant catching an early flight out of Heathrow. Our plane journey is a short 1 hour flight. When we get to Dublin, it is still early in the morning. We buy energy drinks to wake up and then grab a bus and before long we have arrived into ... read more
the Old Library
 St Patrick's Cathedral
Dublin Castle

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




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