Faraway Files #152

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When you go on a city break, do you plan everything down to the tiniest detail or do you like to get the feel of a place when you arrive – get to know it by spending time walking its streets, talking to the locals and just visiting those sights that take your fancy?

I’m a bit of both. I’ll always do some planning. I look at guidebooks, read a couple of blog posts and try to work out which places I need to book in advance. But I don’t like to be too strict in my plans. I would never want to plan a trip down to the minutest detail as I’m a firm believer that it’s often the chance discoveries that can be the highlight of a trip. I’ve found that being open to possibilities can lead us to discover some wonderful place that we hadn’t read about.

What about you? Are you a planner or more of a chance discoverer?

Thanks to everybody who linked up to last week’s Faraway Files. Erin’s favourites were:

Guide to Vienna with Kids by The Little Adventurer

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Relaxing Hot Springs Near Denver by Insider Families

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Things to do in Turin with Kids by Smudged Postcard

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Welcome to Faraway Files, the travel link up hosted by Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

This is the place to link up your travel posts every Thursday. Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, to make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to places we’ve never considered before or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We love our link up and the supportive community we’ve created. If you join in, please reciprocate and comment on the hosts’ posts as well as any others that take your eye. If we see a pattern of people not joining in, we have decided that it’s fairest to all of us to remove the links of those posters.

So let’s inspire and share each other’s posts. We’ll try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works:

    • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post you’re linking up (code below) or link back to the hosts.
    • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World. This week’s link up is right here.
    • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all of the marked hosts’ posts and at least one other.
    • Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand and @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers.
    • Check out our Faraway Files Facebook page too.
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  1. 6th February 2020 / 3:44 pm

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

    • Clare Thomson
      22nd February 2020 / 6:12 pm

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for joining us.

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