So here we are 2020. The year the world stood still. On the 23rd of March the UK went into lockdown, flights were cancelled, bars were closed, and a few days later I published the first few pages of a website focused entirely on things we weren't allowed to do anymore. Was this a sensible time to start such a venture? probably not.
All I can say in my defence is I had been thinking about doing this for years, and had already started putting stuff together long before lockdown was announced, so it felt like if I stopped I might never start again.
https://www.drinkinthesights.com/ is all about the cities I've visited, the sights I've seen, and the bars I've drank in. It's a site devoted to enjoying the very best a city has to offer. I'm one of those people who enjoys planning holidays almost as much as I enjoy going on them. I read blogs, watch YouTube guides, and scour TripAdvisor and Viator for ideas on how to make the most of my time on holiday.
I never quite found the right guide for me though. TripAdvisor is great for getting a vague idea of what not to miss, but the reviews are vague and often completely unhelpful. Most blogs meanwhile seem to spend more time talking about the blogger than the location. Sure they're often very personable and informative, but I don't honestly care who they met or how they forgot to pack a spare pair of pants. That was their trip, I want to plan my own. And I always pack the right amount of pants.
This is why I've tried to keep myself out of the site. I'll occasionally express an opinion, go off on a bit of a tangent, or even the occasional rant, I might even try to inject the odd bit of humour. You may not find it funny, but I'll have still tried.
The guides I write are about the cities, their history, their sights, and their bars, I'm just the narrator, not the main protagonist. Everyone is different, and will experience a city differently. Maybe your flight will take off late souring your mood, or maybe you'll just have the wrong bit of space cake in Amsterdam, resulting in you spending half the holiday worried your friends are going tie you up in the red light district and leave you to fend for yourself. On the other hand maybe you'll meet the girl or boy of your dreams and have the time of your life. But if any of those things happened to me I'd probably leave it out of my guides. That was my trip (see what I did there) it wont necessarily be yours.
I should also say none of my photos will ever be edited, other than maybe a little bit of cropping here and there. Why would they be? I'm trying to present you with the city as it is, warts and all. There's nothing worse seeing highlighted, photoshopped, touched up photos of someone else's holiday and wondering why when you went the sea wasn't that blue, the grass wasn't that green, and you don't look that good in your swimsuit. I'd rather just take my photo and let the city do the talking.
At the point of writing this blog I've done 24 City Guides, 8 Best Bars Guides, and guides on Travelling with Health Issues, and Booking and Saving Money on Your Holiday. I still have to write about Vienna, Seville and Brussels but then I'm stuck until after lockdown. So it's time to start blogging. The majority of these blogs will be travel or beer related, but every now and again I might go a little off piece. This will also be where I put any offers or promotions I find rather than having to rewrite entire pieces to fit them in.
I do hope you find the site useful and informative, and I really hope we can all start travelling again soon.