Changing the Guards in Athens – Evzones and Monty Python

changing the guards in Athens

On my first day in Athens, I happened to time my walk past the Hellenic Parliament to coincide perfectly with changing the guards. In Athens, this is done in front of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's also done with a little bit more style, and dare I say it, eccentric flair than may be seen at other similar ceremonies. Clearly, I couldn't let go of a chance to be cheeky so early on during my time in Athens for TBEX, so I whipped out the camera as quick as I could! Changing the Guards in Athens Before I go on, I should perhaps mention that I was witnessing the regular hourly changing … [Read more...]

Packing for TBEX Athens and a Ryanair Rant

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So, it's just a few days before TBEX Athens, and most of my packing is done. I can't wait to get over there, and I've been looking forwards to it for quite a few months now. With this in mind, this brief blog update is going to leave the bicycle touring theme to one side for a while. Instead, I will tell you what TBEX is and what I hope to achieve in Athens. I might also have a little Ryanair rant as well! TBEX Athens 2014 TBEX is a travel bloggers conference which is held twice a year, with one event usually in North America, and one in Europe. This year, the European event is being … [Read more...]

Get Ready For Winter Cycling

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Although we've been blessed with a glorious summer, the daylight hours are getting shorter, and so it's time to get ready for winter cycling. It doesn't matter if you are on a bicycle tour, are a weekend warrior cyclist, or one of the millions of people who cycle to work everyday. These tips on how to get ready for winter cycling apply to all. Get Ready for Winter Cycling Firstly, start checking your bike over. In particular, make sure your brakes are in good working order. They might need tightening, or new brake pads fitting. The brake cables may be frayed, or even worse, a wheel rim … [Read more...]

Creating a Media Kit

creating a media kit

Creating a media kit was something that I had put on the back burner for a while. The reason for this, was that I made the decision to spend a year redesigning and re-positioning my blog into the bicycle touring niche. As such, it seemed pointless to create a media kit until that process was completed. Once the direction of my travel blog was firmly set though, the time seemed right to start working on the kit. What is a Media Kit? So, what is a media kit you might ask. Basically, it is a way of showing potential partners and sponsors what I am about, and how we might work together. By … [Read more...]

Cycling Quotes

cycling quotes life is like riding a bicycle to keep your balance you must keep moving

The aim of putting together these cycling quotes is twofold. Firstly, I hope that they will inspire people to cycle more. Secondly, that they might perhaps start some reflections on life in general. Indeed the act of cycling has often been thought of as a metaphor for life. To me, it's more than that though, especially when it comes to bicycle touring. There is an almost Zen-like quality to bicycle touring, where the journey by bike is just as important, if not more so, than the destination. There is space to clear your head. Time enough to get back that healthy balance of mind and body the … [Read more...]

Stanforth Kibo – Bicycle Touring with Style

Stanforth Kibo

Recently, I was loaned a Stanforth Kibo bicycle to test out. Over the last few weeks, I have taken it on a number of rides in order to see what I think to it. Whilst I am not quite ready to give it a full review yet (that blog post will be in a weeks time), here are some general thoughts. The Stanforth Kibo It goes without saying that the Stanforth Kibo has a distinctive look to it. Clearly, this is either going to appeal to people or it won't. In terms of marketing, this is perhaps a double edge sword (not that I am a marketing expert!). The negative side, is that if you don't like what … [Read more...]

Current Status – Need to Blog More!

Stanforth Kibo

This last week or so has been quite a busy one for me. With lots going on at my current place of work, as well as at home, it hasn't left me much time to write for Daves Travel Pages. A brief update is probably in order. So, rather than write an article about bicycle touring, this is what I have been up to! It goes without saying that bicycles were involved somewhere along the line. For the past few weeks, I have been trying out the Stanforth Kibo which has been loaned to me. I've clocked up a few miles now, and whilst I am not ready to write a complete review yet, I'm getting there. I … [Read more...]

Business Cards for TBEX Athens 2014

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I can now strike off getting some new business cards for TBEX Athens 2014 from my to-do list. There is just over a month to go until I visit the Athens travel bloggers conference in October, and they arrived today. Having attended last years European event in Dublin, I know that taking along a good supply of business cards is one of the most important things to do. They provide a quick, simple, and professional way for attendees to swap details with one another, and make networking that much easier. Why I Needed New Business Cards for TBEX Athens 2014 I did, in fact, have quite a few … [Read more...]

Stanforth Kibo Bicycle – A Loaned Bike to Test

Stanforth Kibo bicycle

A few days ago, a Stanforth Kibo bicycle arrived for me to test out. It's the first bike that's ever been loaned to me to test, proving you're never too old to experience something for the first time! It came about after Simon, the owner of Stanforth, had gotten in touch via Twitter in June. He asked if I would like to test one out, and naturally I jumped at the task. I am all for playing with new toys! I've got the Stanforth Kibo Bicycle for 3 or 4 weeks, and during that time, I hope to test it out under a variety of circumstances. It will go to work and back with me on my daily commute, … [Read more...]

Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 2

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This is the second part of my Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers mini-series. If you would like to have a look at part 1, click here - Android Apps for Travel. Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 2 Tripadvisor City Guides - Of all the Android apps ¬†for travel that I have tried over the last year, the Tripadvisor City Guides have really stood out. There is a guide available for the major cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Central and South America, and the Middle East and Africa, with more being added. Once downloaded onto your Android device, you … [Read more...]