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About David Whitley

David Whitley is a shameless country-ticker, irrepressible novelty seeker and full-time freelance travel journalist. He writes for newspapers, magazines and websites across the world, and vents his spleen at grumpytraveller.com. He is almost magnetically attracted to bizarre museums, quirky hotels and odd tours. Last year he managed to go to a Beatles theme hotel, the Eurovision Song Contest Final and Chernobyl in the same month. He also thinks he's the only person to have ever gone to San Marino and St Kitts on consecutive days.

East Berlin’s Top 10 Things to Do

Many of Berlin’s most interesting attractions are in the eastern part of the city or around where the wall used to run. And we’ve picked out 10 of the best things to see and do in Berlin…

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July 20, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Top 5 Excursions from Johannesburg

Whether it’s watching wildlife from a safari truck or an elephant, discovering where mankind originated or getting to grips with South Africa culture, there’s plenty to do in the regions around South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. Here are 5 of my favourite day trips and excursions from Johannesburg.

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June 21, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Highlights of Zurich, Switzerland

Fraumunster

Sure, the amply-gutted men in suits exist, but Zurich is considerably more lively than most would give it credit for. It hosts one of the world’s biggest street parties every August, and that’s a full on techno-blaring assault rather than a tame family affair. By the lakefront, the wooden chairs of the beachside bars are […]

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April 2, 2012 by | Comments Off on Highlights of Zurich, Switzerland

7 Highlights of Krakow, Poland

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Here are our top picks for a visit to Krakow, Poland.

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March 14, 2012 by | Comments Off on 7 Highlights of Krakow, Poland

Top Outdoor Attractions in Puerto Rico

Iguana

David Whitley goes kayaking at night – and picks out four other options for travellers who wish to get out and explore Puerto Rico.

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February 29, 2012 by | Comments Off on Top Outdoor Attractions in Puerto Rico

[PHOTOS] Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Grand Canyon

It’s funny how you can have a really skewed idea of what things look like before you actually see them. For example, I expected the Sydney Opera House to be much bigger than it is, the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be out on its own rather than part of a complex and Prague Castle […]

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February 21, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

5 Unexpected Highlights of Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Night Cruise

In many ways, Budapest is a perfect city break destination. Like many perennial favourites, it is pretty – there are numerous spots for the postcard shot – but there’s also plenty to do. The city has two distinctive characters, split by the River Danube. On the western bank there is staid, leafy and traditional Buda. […]

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February 7, 2012 by | Comments Off on 5 Unexpected Highlights of Budapest, Hungary

The Best of Seattle and Washington State

Fish stall at Pike Place Market

Before I arrived in Seattle, the sum total of my knowledge about the city amounted to a handful of stereotypes. Plucking words at random, I could give you Starbucks, Microsoft and Nirvana. What I wasn’t expecting was a truly endearing city that ticks the right boxes on almost every level. It’s a chilled out, dressed-down […]

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December 2, 2011 by | Comments Off on The Best of Seattle and Washington State

Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

Exterior of the Sixth Floor Museum

To say that this wasn’t what I expected from Dallas would be an understatement. Downstairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, I’m met with a room that contains a glass wall and door. It is full, pretty much floor to ceiling, with golden balloons.

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September 23, 2011 by | Comments Off on Balloons, Bars, and Ballistics in Dallas

A Day Trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto

Maid of the Mist at the American Falls

I suspect that even Chuck Norris would quiver a little at the sight of Niagara Falls. I’m sure many turn up thinking they’re about to see one of the highest waterfalls in the world, but that’s a mistake. The Falls at Niagara aren’t particularly lofty, but they sure are powerful. It’s the force and volume […]

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September 15, 2011 by | Comments Off on A Day Trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto