sophieannetaylor

A travel blog with a splash of lifestyle

Friday, 17 November 2017

HOKKAIDO, JAPAN - IT'S NOT JUST FOR WINTER


Hokkaido, it's a place that many people associate with skiing, snow festivals and the extreme cold. Being the most northerly island and prefecture of Japan, it is indeed the coldest. Many tourists put off visiting Hokkaido in the summer, as they believe wintertime is the perfect time to visit. Don't get me wrong, for winter sports and skiing it probably is one of the best places in Japan, and the snow festival in Sapporo is a must see in your lifetime. However, I would encourage people to visit during the summer. Why? You get to see Hokkaido for what it is truly like when there are no touristy events happening, moreover, it is much more comfortable walking around with 20c heat than -5c!
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

HOW TO TAKE GOOD TRAVEL PHOTOS


So usually one of the biggest compliments I receive on my blog and Instagram is regarding my photography, so I thought I'd make a little basic guide on how to take good travel photos. Now just to add a lil' disclaimer... I am no photographer and I am very much an amateur (and I cannot take flatlays to save my life!), but here are some tips on how to take lovely photos whilst abroad that you'll want to print.
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

GUIDE TO BOOKING A TRIP TO JAPAN


Japan, it's a place where if someone mentions it in the same room as me, everyone will suddenly turn their heads and look at me...yes I am that person and that is my strange obsession. My Dad took me to Japan for the first time for my 18th Birthday after years of begging and begging (FYI that was the best gift I had ever received). I became enthralled with the place and in the two years since, I've visited another three times. It's taken copious amounts of overtime and saving money to go again and again, but to think we live in an age where it is possible to travel to the other side of the world with ease, I always must remind myself how I am so incredibly lucky.

Now, there are many around me who, although may not be obsessed with the country (although some  I bet are) also wish to visit and I would thoroughly recommend them to do so. I was met with lovely comments and direct messages on Instagram about my most recent trip. However, I'm always met with 'it's too expensive' 'I don't know where to go' 'it would be too hard to plan without a tour'. So here I have compiled a more updated guide to getting yourself to Japan!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

HYDRA - UNDERRATED GREEK ISLAND BEAUTY


Whilst in Athens, I knew I really wanted to see more of Greece besides the capital city. But with the infamous islands of Santorini and Mykonos being too far to reach, and searching for a quiet place to relax, Hydra ticked both of those boxes and I was in my element gallivanting around here.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

A GUIDE TO ATHENS


Until being encouraged to visit Athens by one of my friends, myself and many others have tended to gloss over this Greek city. With the financial crisis and the refugee crisis, Athens has received quite a battering! However, believe it or not, the city is still thriving and it's waiting for people like you and me to go explore! Let's just say I had an absolutely fabulous time and this city ultimately surprised me in the best of ways.
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

HOW TO BAG A TRIP ABROAD FOR £35 - YES IT IS POSSIBLE


Now, I know what many of you reading are thinking, either that is impossible or you'll be slumming your trip on someone's sofa. Well no actually, travelling is not as expensive as people believe it to be. With many people still being glued to travel agents and package deals, it's understandable that many would believe travelling to be expensive, especially if they have never booked a trip themselves independently. But in all honesty, it was only until recently I have worked out how to make a trip that cheap. Before I was able to bag a two-night city break in a 4-star/5-star hotel for £100 a person, but by discovering Airbnb and booking flights further in advance, that cost can be brought down to a whopping £35. So how can you bag flights and accommodation that cheap, well look no further (and I'll try to keep the post brief)...
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Monday, 5 June 2017

TRAVELLING HAND LUGGAGE ONLY - CABIN ZERO REVIEW


As many of you who are regular readers know, although I never skimp on quality, I am quite the budget traveller. I will always opt for the cheapest airline available to get to my destination and 9/10 times it will be a budget airline which will charge to check in luggage. Meaning I am quite the hand luggage only gal! Usually, for short city breaks I would bring along a small wheely case, but if travelling on public transport a lot and having to walk from place to place with luggage, especially in countries with bumpy pavements, it really is impractical. Which is why Cabin Zero's offering of a suitcase on my back was pretty appealing!
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