sophieannetaylor

A travel blog with a splash of lifestyle

Friday, 19 May 2017

WHY I LOVE JAPAN: LESSER KNOWN PLACES TO VISIT (GUEST POST)


Hello! Today I will be sharing a guest post from fellow travel blogger Rhiannon from Rhiannon Travels! Of course as many of you know I adore making friends with likeminded people online and fortunately blogging and social media such as Instagram can be absolutely fabulous for that! Rhiannon is from Australia and has travelled to many places, her native country, the USA, and of course Japan! In fact that’s how we got in touch in the first place! I was in awe of all of her gorgeous snaps on Instagram from her month long trip, and lets just say I was oozing with jealousy! So we’ve been talking since and decided to guest post on each other’s blogs! Her post today is all about why she too loves Japan and all of the lovely off the beaten path spots she found! (As you know, I’m all for finding hidden gems!) I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

MISTAKES & BAD TIMES - THEY HAPPEN


Everybody makes mistakes and goes through bad times, it’s a given. If you believe some people around you do not when you naturally compare your life to others, either they are really good at hiding it, or simply their ‘bad time’ or ‘mistake’ has not come yet. Either way it really common and all of us will experience these negative times. I personally have had many of these moments in life, however, I’m writing this post not mainly as result of myself but because many who are close to me have been either struggling mentally and/or have made what they believe are ‘mistakes’ very recently. So if you reading this are going through a tough time, let me just say, it's going to be okay. I've witnessed it all firsthand from the perspective of a supporter, but have also experienced some negativity and mistake making myself.  
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Monday, 8 May 2017

A CLOUDY NIGHT IN LUXEMBOURG


As many of you would know from my Instagram, I recently travelled to Europa-Park in Germany. However, we travelled by car meaning it would take around 11 hours to get there, so we broke up the journey by staying in Luxembourg. I'd been to the city and the country as a whole before, and I had a wonderful time! The whole country is really worth exploring (and fairly easy as it is very small!) and the city is very pleasant. However, I wouldn't recommend much more than a day for the city, as it is very small and there is not a long list of things to see. However, below is a brief little guide where I've illustrated what I liked doing, what I recommend to do, and where to eat and stay! I will be blogging about the highlight of this road trip, Europapark in Germany soon!
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

SNAP GE 2017 - WHY YOU SHOULD CARE & WHAT TO DO


I was always dubious about writing about politics on my blog. I always saw my own blog as an escape from some of the not-so-pleasant things in life, despite the fact I adored fellow bloggers raising and talking about important issues. I guess in a way I was uncomfortable talking about controversial things, although in person and on social media I'm okay with it, articulating myself properly and in a good way just felt so difficult. So I left it, and thought my blog clearly isn't made for that sort of thing. However, as I am writing this, a new general election has been announced. In the wake of Brexit, and an unelected PM, it was decided that one was required to push on. Although you and I may have varying views about this, one thing is certain, we need to act.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

SO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL? A BRUTALLY HONEST GUIDE TO TRAVELLING FREQUENTLY


Now I've written a couple of posts like this one in the past, how to save money, how to book trips easily etc to ensure that you can travel as much as possible. However, even so, I still have people approaching me dumbfounded as to how I can travel as much as I do. Just a little disclaimer, I do not travel all the time, I sometimes go a couple of months without going abroad, however, I will acknowledge I do travel a little bit more than the average person around me. Plus being a student only earning minimum wage, it does appear to be a pretty impossible situation. However, it is possible, and no before anyone says anything, it is not student loan (I wish!). My student loan does not even cover all of my expenses. Which is why if many of you are considering that option as you have the cash to spare, don't. It's not meant for travelling, nor is it sustainable (one day you won't be receiving that loan!)
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

MY FAVOURITE CITY IN EUROPE - WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT GDANSK


Ah Gdansk, I remember when I visited for the first time last June. It was my second time in Poland, and after having an amazing time in Warsaw (although it was freezing) I couldn't wait to touch down at Lech Walesa airport. Why? It was a small city full of history, full of amazing food and beautiful sights. It ticked all the boxes. Plus I'm always a fan of cheap destinations to visit being a student on a low wage of course!
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Monday, 3 April 2017

WINTER BREAK AT THE NEW YORK HOTEL DISNEYLAND PARIS


So my sister wanted to go away with me in February, you never would have guessed where she picked? Of course...Disneyland. In an ideal world, she would love to return to Disneyland Anaheim but living near London and not being blessed with countless amounts of money, a local trip was what we got! This time we were lucky enough to enjoy a 'full on' Disney experience, for quite a low cost. By booking a trip with a cancellation policy, we knew we would be going, but by checking for deals on a weekly basis leading up to the trip, we got the tickets, accommodation, and full board plan for an extremely low price! I've mentioned this on my tip posts before: It is really important to get the best deal possible, why be lazy and not compare prices when you can and possibly save hundreds! Anyway back to our trip...that we paid very little for...
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