Life is in the detail

Follow a local around tourist traps, they always know the short cuts around the crowd and where to stop for food.

Molly - Original Traveller

Molly Kinnaird

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Portugal and Finland.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Be in Japan during blossom season
  • Attend La Tomatina in Valencia
  • Take part in the rollerblading marathon in Berlin and the Baikal Ice Marathon
  • See the Mongol Derby

Best Moments

  • My time on the Andaman Islands spent diving with turtles, tuna and manta rays, living off fresh fish and literally disappearing from the face of the earth (my parents would say this is their worst travel memory of me!)
  • Husky sledging in Finnish Lapland
  • Horse riding at sunset on Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  • A weekend surprising a friend in Paris, which was spent eating a hideous amount of pastry and drinking a copious amount of wine

Toughest Travel Moment

Hiking up Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala, no gear and no idea we had finished all our snacks by midday, with 24 hours to go. The views at the top were 100% worth it, but we had not factored in the fact we would be unable to move for three days after.

Weirdest Travel Moment

Falling asleep on an Indian sleeper train after sharing a chapati or two with an Indian family on the bottom bunk. They must have decided there was not room for all of them on one bed, so the children had scuttled up and slept at the foot of mine.

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Alhambra, Granada

Cities, Coastline, and Central AndalucĂ­a: Part II of My Trip to Southern Spain

Seville is not the only city of spectacle in this corner of Spain, and a road trip around Southern Spain is definitely not to be sniffed at. Cordoba (best visited during the 'Battle of the Flowers') and Granada (of Alhambra fame) make for a wonderful combination of Southern Spain's…

an empty beach in Tenerife from above

Good Grief Tenerife! Overcoming Outdated Preconceptions

Getting a reputation for something you didn't do is unfair - I hope many of us would agree. In the same essence, reputations are often quick to catch and even harder to shake.

santorini cliff, Greece

A Grecian Odyssey Part Two: Island Hopping

Islomaniac - the name given to someone obsessed with being on an island - a term that I can certainly resonate with after spending a week island-hopping around the Greek Cyclades in the Aegean Sea.

vikos george greece

A Grecian Odyssey Part 1: Epirus and Meteora

"Have you been to Greece before?" My charming guide, George, asked as I trudged after him down a path leading away from Meteora's well-trodden tracks. "Oh yes, some of the Greek Islands!" I exclaimed, and before I could tell him where exactly, he had sighed in a way that signalled it was an…

Finland

Exploring Finnish Lapland

Few things peak at the grand old age of 99, I certainly will not. Even fewer things pack a punch at 99. Finnish Lapland however is looking pretty marvellous and with temperatures of -20 over the winter it is only for the punchy.

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