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Thank you for reading the Ad-lib Traveller blog.

Please note that I have now moved to a new domain, where you can continue to read my stories, advice and suggestions for all things travel related! Be sure to add the new URL to your bookmarks and to re-follow where possible to get the latest updates.

Hope to see you there soon – Colleen.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Blog


Photo essay: Jamaica Zoo, Lacovia, St. Elizabeth

Family at Jamaica ZooDespite my various trips to Jamaica I had never visited Jamaica Zoo. In fact, it’s actually a relatively new attraction to Jamaica, located close to YS Falls.

At the time of my visit in March 2013, the zoo was quite empty. In fact, my family and I arrived so early in the day that we were the only guests at the zoo, although after a long drive from Portland we were glad to be out of the car and able to finally start our sightseeing in this part of the island before heading to beach.
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Jamaica


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A night with friends at Nazaks, London

For a weekday evening in London my friend and I decided to stay local in Camden and try a restaurant that was new to both of us – Nazaks. This local Indian restaurant met our girly catch-up requirements:

  • Mid-range pricing (the restaurant is available on the Tastecard promotion)
  • Good reviews for food reviews (it scores very well on Tripadvisor)
  • Decent cocktail menu; Nazaks allows you to bring your own alcohol (we took 2 bottled of wine) into the restaurant which was a good alternative for us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Five reasons to visit Brooklyn, New York

I was fortunate to have my first visit to the big apple earlier this year with the joint fortune of it being my first solo trip! My accommodation was in Clinton Hill, so I enjoyed exploring the city and seeing so much in my limited time there. With just two days to explore, I maximised my exploration of Brooklyn with a promise to see the rest on a return visit.

Brooklyn in particular is somewhere that I was excited to see; it’s best described as easygoing, diverse and artistic without being over the top.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog


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Photo essay of Portobello Road Market, London

imageI love a good market, whether it’s just for a browse or (usually) to enjoy food and other treats of the marketplace, hence making an effort to visit those of home – like Borough Market – and abroad.

On Saturdays, the Notting Hill area of London becomes home to Portobello Road Market, a popular street market renown for its second-hand clothes and antiques and a popular choice for visitors to London.

The main market day for antiques is Saturday but there are also fruit and vegetable stalls that trade throughout the week. These are the origins of the market, a fresh-food market followed by antique dealers in the mid 19th century. It is now the largest antiques market in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 23, 2013 in United Kingdom (UK)


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Tips for sourcing last-minute accommodation

Accommodation is one of the biggest fixed costs of travelling regardless of your tastes. Fact is, nobody wants to pay a fortune for a roof over their head and reducing this cost can save you a lot of money on the total cost of your trip. Short of finding a cheap flight, inexpensive lodging can massively impact your budget.

If you’re still planning a trip overseas this summer but haven’t booked just yet, there are some tips for shaving the cost of your accommodation. Travel during the holidays is never cheap, but it is still possible to getaway and stay in comfort for less. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Blog


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