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Welcome to Shane’s Travel Blog

I setup Shane’s Travel Blog because I really enjoy traveling. I have many stories and reviews of Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions, Trips and much more from around the world. Originally I had many of these on my other site, but I decided to take the travel blog back on to my main website.

I’ll be posting some new Travel blog posts in the coming months ; hotel and restaurant reviews, pictures, hopefully a few videos, travel tips and more from my travels in Ireland and abroad.


My Travel Blog Posts

The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

This is a B&B review of the Hampton’s Kaikoura luxury B&B in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Kaikoura was the first stop after visiting the very friendly city of Christchurch. We spotted The Hampton’s Kaikoura on the app which is one of my first-calls when booking accommodation online.

La Frontiere, Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne, New Zealand

If you intend visiting Gisborne when in New Zealand then I highly recommend La Frontiere Gisborne, a luxurious modern self-contained studio, set on an avocado orchard and farmland, and is about 5 mins drive to Gisborne city centre. This was one...

Bishopstrow House – Hotel Review

Back in 2015, I booked a 3 night stay at Bishopstrow House as a touch of luxury following 4 days at the Pop-Up Hotel at the Glastonbury Festival. (This post was moved from to it's new home here on This luxury hotel...

PopUp Hotel Glastonbury – Luxury Glamping at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival Glamping Accommodation The Pop-Up Hotel, Glastonbury Festival We went to the Glastonbury Festival 2013 but went with one thing in mind … we were not slumming it, we had luxury glamping in mind. We found the Pop-up Hotel online and saw...

Inside Loftus Hall. The Loftus Hall Tour – Visit Irelands Most Haunted House

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe that the devil himself visited Loftus Hall? Did you know the Devil exited through the roof of Loftus hall and that hole in the roof cannot be repaired? Loftus Hall - Ireland's Most Haunted House If not, (or even if...

The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa – Hotel Review

A while back I went to the UK and stayed at the The Oxfordshire Hotel and Spa, which as you guessed is situated in the heart of Oxfordshire (so it's not just a clever name) The Oxfordshire Hotel, Golf Hotel and Spa The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa is...

Travel Packing Checklist | What To Pack for Holiday & Vacation – Pack like a Pro

Packing for vacation? Take a look at this travel packing list so you pack the important items for your vacation or holiday. The holiday and vacation packing checklist is all you need, whether this is your first vacation or you’re a seasoned globetrotter....

Hotel Review of Elysees Mermoz Hotel, 30 Rue Jean Mermoz, Paris

There seems to be a Joe Bonamassa theme about some of our hotel visits and this one is another. This time we were going to the Paris concert in April 2012 and booked the Hôtel Élysées-Mermoz or Elysees Mermoz Hotel based on good scores and...

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square – Christchurch, New Zealand Hotel Review

Having flown 12 hours from Hong Kong to Sydney in business class with Cathay Pacific, we arrived at Sydney airport for an unavoidable 8 hour layover before flying to Christchurch. Unfortunately our flight was delayed by about 90 minutes and we didn’t...

Novotel Century Hong Kong – Hotel Review of the Novotel Century Hong Kong

Novotel Century Hong Kong Hotel Review The Novotel Century Hong Kong is a hotel we stayed in back in 2010 en-route to New Zealand. We decided to return in 2014 based on our past stay there and again this year in December 2017 when we visited for a 7 day...

Hotel on Davenport, Hotel Review – Tauranga, New Zealand

Hotel on Davenport was booked as our 2nd last stop in New Zealand. The area around Tauranga is wonderful and we should have spent a bit more time here and also around Mount Maunganui which is very scenic. We arrived at the Hotel around 4pm on a Saturday....

Avon Valley Railway, Steam Railway near Bristol – Attraction Review

While you are in Bristol there are a good selection of destinations and attractions you can reach. One of these is the Avon Valley Railway located at Bitton. The Avon Valley Railway is a 3 mile long heritage railway based at Bitton station in South...

Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Hotel Review

The Fairmont Hotel Singapore is ideally located in a central part of town, only 15 minutes walk from the bustling Clarke Quay. It’s central location means that it is situated very close to all major entertainment and shopping districts, plus, there is even a multi-storey shopping mall within the Fairmont Hotel complex.

A Day in London – Travel Guide


Top things to do in Stockholm, Sweden

Things to do in Stockholm, Sweden I visited Stockholm in October 2016, it was my first time there and there are some highlights you should not miss. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is part of a Baltic archipelago which has about 24,000 islands. Stockholm itself only...

Intercontinental Yorkville, Toronto, Canada Hotel Review

The Intercontinental Yorkville was a hotel I had chosen via TripAdvisor for it’s good hotel reviews, and it did not disappoint. Intercontinental Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario The Intercontinental Yorkville has an excellent location and on arrival enjoyed a...

Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London – Hotel Review

Every year I head to London with Friends and have done so for the past few years, with 2015 being the 5th year. Initially we stayed in budget hotels and quickly found that for a few extra pound per night we could stay in a very nice and comfortable hotel....

How to Keep Your Belongings Safe at airport security checks

In the past few years I have experienced two separate incidents of items going missing at airport security checks. Basically, people stealing things from they security trays. The items went missing somewhere between the entrance of the X-Ray machine and...

Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Cheddar, Somerset – Review

While you are in Bristol there are a good selection of destinations and attractions you can reach. One of these is the Cheddar Gorge, only 40 minutes south of Bristol. If you are coming from Bristol, take the A38 then A371 and B3135. It is early found and...

Premier Inn, Dartford – Hotel Review : Kent Hotel Review

Having booked tickets to see the excellent Derren Brown in Concert at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre, I was looking for a nice hotel to stay during my visit. The Premier Inn Dartford was a great choice. On arrival at the Premier Inn Dartford we were welcomed...

Travel Blog Timeline

2010 New Zealand

2011 New Zealand

2012 Canada

2013 Glastonbury & UK

2014 New Zealand

2015 Glastonbury & UK

2016 Glastonbury & UK, Sweden

2017 UK, Bulgaria, Hong Kong

2018 UK

About My Travel Blog Reviews

You might notice that my reviews are fairly positive, basically because I am not going to post reviews of places I didn’t like. All the reviews here are of places which I have personally been and they are my honest opinions based on the time spent at these locations.

These are my honest opinions of places I have visited. I have not been compensated for reviews, and my opinions remain my own. I really enjoy sharing my travels and experiences but none of my travels are sponsored – therefore it is 100% independent. If I’m not happy with somewhere I have visited it just won’t end up here … this blog has the best of the best locations only. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy my travel blog.

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