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About George

Hi, I’m George! I combine a passion for writing with a yearning for travel to bring flavours from all over the world to your page.

Writing has always been my hobby and it became my profession in 2017. Through school and sixth form, my knack for words got me through my exams and landed me a place at the University of Manchester. There, I studied for a 2.1 in English Language. Afterwards, I relocated to Kyiv, Ukraine where I spent the best five years of my life. I gained new experiences that could feed my written creativity, and it was here that I really fell in love with my words.

The travel bug bit me and it left a huge itch to scratch. I’ve travelled across Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, a little bit of the Caucasus, and South and Central America. Scotland and the North Sea Isles are next on my list.

When I’m not travelling, dreaming about travelling, or writing about it, I’m riding my bike, cooking, or watching, coaching, or playing footy.

Working at Panache Cruises

I work in the Marketing team, crafting content to get cruisers onboard with some of the beautiful experiences we offer. Emails, blog posts, brochures - you name it and I’ll be writing it. I love working in an environment where my colleagues share the same passion for travelling as me. Waking up in the morning and having a new place to discover and write about is all the motivation I need. 

Favourite Destination

A single travel highlight is difficult to decide. 

On one hand, it could be the fusion of Central Asian and European vibes in Georgia, the Gateway to the East. Tbilisi for the best khachapuri, Khapeti for the best wine, and Borjomi for the best landscapes. I’ll never forget how stunning the bus journey from Tbilisi to Borjomi was. On the other hand, it could be the wild diversity of Peru with sandy beaches, vacant deserts, vast rainforests, and epic mountains. I’ll take this chance to brag that I’ve hiked the 5-day Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu… without a guide or donkey.

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Destination Immersion: 7 Bucket List Azamara Excursions

Azamara’s shore excursions are where their famous destination immersion really comes into focus. We’ve put together a taster of Azamara shore excursions from every corner of the world...

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Tropics & Exotics: Oceania Cruises to Visit New Ports of Call in 2023, 2024

With more than 150 itineraries, featuring 123 cruises with overnight stays and 70 Grand Voyages spanning the globe, there’s a lot of choice for your Tropics & Exotics cruise with Oceania Cruises. Fear not, we’ve dissected the collection and had a good look inside. We’ve chosen the newest destinations for each corner of the Tropics & Exotics Collection and placed them under the spotlight…

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5 Reasons to Visit French Polynesia

Needle in a haystack, search the South Pacific for long enough and you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. French Polynesia, in the blueness of its lagoons, the ferocity of its volcanic mountains, and the charm of its local population could, and should, be your next cruise destination. This article explores exactly the reasons why...

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What's Hot for Luxury Cruising in 2023?

This article explores the prevailing trends for luxury cruising in 2023. It promises to be an exciting year for a burgeoning industry, and this article explores which cruise categories, which destinations, which cruise lines, and what cruise lines are doing for the environment in the coming year...

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What is a Christmas Cruise like?

A time for self-indulgence, pampering, and doing whatever you want at a speed that suits you. An opportunity to spend time with your favourite people, purely focused on good wholesome fun. Christmas or a cruise? Same vibe, same energy. Now imagine a Christmas cruise...

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Mediterranean Intrigue Aboard Oceania's Riviera

Connoisseur Diane was lucky enough to be invited aboard Oceania’s Riviera ship. Setting sail from Civitavecchia in Rome, the Riviera would make a few stops before finally docking at Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In this piece, Diane takes us around the ship's facilities, gives us a taste for The Finest Cuisine at Sea, and talks us through her excursionary adventures...

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Here's a selection of some George Rowlands's fantastic video guides.