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Winging It: Manchester, UK

Oasis, Coronation Street, the Warehouse Project – these must be the reasons the New York Times has earmarked Manchester as a destination to visit in 2015. Oh

Outdoor swimming in New York: an alternative tour of NYC's five boroughs

New York City is home to more than 50 outdoor swimming pools that are free to use during summer. We take a dip into one in each of NYC's five boroughs in a single day

The Great American City Break: An alternative guide

Think you know the USA? As in, REALLY know it? We’ve rounded up some new spins on classic US getaways, plus some alternatives that you may not have discovered yet

Double Trouble: The Best Twin Centre Trips

Double the holiday, double the fun. Why go to just one place when you can have two in the same trip? We pick out the top twin-centre breaks – prepare to take your holiday to the next level…

Winging It: Halifax, Nova Scotia

No, not the bank you know from that chirpy bloke on the telly. Not the Yorkshire town, either. We're talking about the Canadian city – packed with culture, seafood, and really polite people

The Tourist: Edgar Allan Poe Burlesque

Cathy Adams stumbles across a Pernod-fuelled, cross-dressing, macabre burlesque show one night in NYC. Lesson to be learned: the path to a gothic revival is not

Best alternative American sights for 2018

Already seen the States' main sights and want to check out something new? Try these. Here are some of America's best under-the-radar attractions for 2018

Best alternative waterside city breaks for 2018

Looking for an adventurous holiday with seaside and beautiful beaches? Look no further than these three sandy stormers

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Ronan J O'Shea

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Ronan J O'Shea is an Irish writer and journalist born and raised in London, and has written for titles including Escapism, Foodism, National Geographic Traveller, The Independent, New York Post, easyJet Traveller, Headspace, Talkspace, LADbible, Travel Weekly, bInspired and Oryx.

This confused national identity influenced his wanderlust, and he lived in the Czech Republic for many years. He worked as a TEFL teacher in Prague, which remains, objectively speaking*, the best city in the world. He wrote a book the experience which he's going to publish at some point this year when his housemate Gary does the illustration and he figures out how to use Kindle Create. It's about bread, loss and coffee and is objectively brilliant.**

His travel writing has taken him from chilly winds in the Faroe Islands to vineyards in South Australia for Foodism and Escapism. He has also covered remote Alphonse Island in the Seychelles where he met a giant tortoise named George and accidentally hooked a shark while fishing. The shark won. Aside from the Faroe Islands and Australia, he has written about Hvar, Ireland and Abu Dhabi for Escapism. Through sheer coincidence, he was commissioned to travel to his ancestral home in 2016 to the Skellig Islands, which were featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the new one, which he would rather forget. He is going to try to milk the connection again in 2018.

Along with travel, he now writes about mental health, the environment and lifestyle, and runs a blog called The Anxious Travel Writer, where he reports on his angst-riddled travels around the globe. His work can be found here and here. He had to get two websites because one had swearing and stuff.


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*It might not be.

  

City Guide: York, England

As well as being one of Yorkshire’s prettiest cities, York reputedly has a different pub for every day of the year. And if you don’t like pubs, there’s plenty more to see and do…