Sam Blurton

A Student Guide to Middle Eastern Travel

The Middle East has always been a rather hot region. Historically and meteorologically speaking. Without delving too deep into the matter of politics, the Middle East has an odd capacity to both affront and captivate the Western psyche. Whatever criticism this ‘near Orient’ is subjected to (justified or not) and...
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Posted Feb. 20, 2017

The Conscious Traveller: The Ethics of AirBnB

AirBnB is big. Travel Industry Analyst Skift statistics have put AirBnB’s value at somewhere close to $30 billion. To put this in context, it is worth 30 percent more than Hilton, the world’s largest hotel company. With over 2,000,000 listings worldwide, and many of them in locations ‘traditional hotels’ would...
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Posted Jan. 25, 2017

A City in a Day: Venice

Taking on a city in a day is no mean feat. Between carving out a comprehensive itinerary, mastering public transport, and banking on fair weather (ahem, London), only seasoned travellers will know how to get the most out of their 24 hours. Though it’s not high on the list of...
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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Coach Class: Surviving the Long-Haul Coach Journey

There’s something magical about the long-haul bus journey. The colourful characters, the rolling scenery outside, the chance for a well-earned nap… Did I say magical? Oh, forgive me, I meant horrific. I’m sure (as I am sorry) that this article comes a bit late for those who descended on Edinburgh...
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Posted Sep. 10, 2016