A travel blog with a splash of lifestyle

Monday, 5 December 2016

WHAT TO BUY PEOPLE WHO LOVE TRAVELLING - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


As I stated in my previous Christmas-themed post, I thought it might be a good idea to create a gift guide of my own - one for travellers. Many because not many bloggers or YouTubers actually create guides like this - most of which are just themed as his, her, mum, dad etc. Which again there is absolutely nothing wrong with those and I find them to be absolutely fabulous come Christmas time! But, I wish to add some more variety to the selection so if anyone on the inter webs is searching around for a travel themed gift guide…hello I am here! I’ve mostly included things that I would like to receive, as I really enjoy receiving gifts that are useful for travelling. As much as I love beauty and skincare products like any other girl, I adore receiving useful items over pamper/novelty items. But just because I would like to receive these gifts it does not mean that they are all tailored to young females! I’ve got a mixed selection right down below. Happy gifting!
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

HOW TO ACE PRESENT BUYING - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


I may be known for mainly writing about travel, but I am not going to restrict what I want to write about on this blog, and I have written a few personal posts on this blog before. So today I am writing a Christmas Gift Guide! But slightly different to the ones you would usually find on blogs. Not that Christmas Gift Guides that are already out there are bad and useless - they are quite the opposite! It is just that there are loads out there, and personally, I would rather offer some advice on the gift buying process as a whole. I've linked my favourite gift guides below though as they can be very helpful and inspiring. However, writing a gift guide for people who enjoy travelling has been on my mind too, so maybe you'll see that in the coming week or so...But for now, let's get down to how to buy a present for anyone!

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Monday, 28 November 2016

BEING A BOSS AT BEATING JETLAG


Definition of jetlag - something that is out there purely to be a nuisance and mess up your system. Well not the dictionary definition but close enough! For those new to going to timezones 3 hours different to their own, jetlag is something that is probably going to cause you a lot of trouble. However, as proud as this sounds, I've gotten a grip on jetlag, I'm actually ace at beating it - and I've been to timezones with differences of 8-11 hours. Even when I was younger I was always much better than my family at adjusting. So here are my tips, some of which were just natural to me and some I have gained over time as I've gotten older

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Monday, 21 November 2016

MAKING A TRIP TO SCANDINAVIA AFFORDABLE - TWO NIGHTS IN OSLO


I still remember my trip to Oslo as if it were yesterday, but in fact, my trip there was over a year ago! It was my 2nd trip abroad that I had organised myself and back then I worked significantly fewer hours and I had only just got off of the pre-18 minimum wage - all in all, I didn't have much cash and not much experience travelling abroad alone. However, the trip was a massive success! My point? Many people tell me that they'll never visit Scandinavia as it's far too expensive and as it's not as easy as visiting other European countries. I beg to differ. The only issue was the exchange rate, we do not get many pounds to Scandinavian currencies, however, I still was able to afford a good trip here not living like a peasant and the trip was super easy! So where do I recommend to start? Oslo, the capital of Norway.
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Monday, 14 November 2016

MY FAVOURITE CREATORS - YOUTUBE EDITION


Hello, so this is a post I have really wanted to write in quite a while! Of course, when it comes to creating content online, we always want to share our knowledge, creativity, and skills with others. However, when I read and watch the content of others online, I won't just stick to one person, I view a wide range YouTube accounts. This is because it's a lovely form of entertainment and good way of getting information - and variety is always very good and helpful! Which is why I thought I would dedicate a whole post today to my favourite creators. I follow a wide range of people for different reasons who produce differing content. Some have huge followings, others smaller, however, one thing is for sure - they all are wonderful people and produce quite brilliant stuff, many of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting! Although I have featured a few British UK-based creators, many of the creators I have featured are from all around the world which help you find a wide variety of different people, as I know most of you who read are from the UK <3
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Monday, 7 November 2016

VISITING TOKYO ON A BUDGET - IS IT DOABLE AND COMFORTABLE?


The only city in the world I have yet been able to call my second home. Typically I love my suburban home and find busy cities a bit overwhelming. Tokyo, however, is the exception to this rule. I've always felt immensely comfortable coming to Tokyo and happy! However, in an effort to squeeze in a third trip to Japan within the same year, I opted for much cheaper accommodation than I was used to, and scaled back my spending habits: less expensive restaurants, less shopping, less expensive attractions. When I was used to staying in 5* hotels or large spacious apartments, would a tiny hotel room be enough? When I was used to eating wherever I fancied, buying all the adorable things I saw and enjoying everything Tokyo had to offer, would I still be happy? Could people who aren't as enamoured with Japan as I am, be able to cope if they really want to afford to go? Well...
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

WHEN TRAVELLING IS NOT PERFECT - PREPARATION AND EXPECTATIONS


Scrolling through social media and coming across various people's travel experiences, we sit back often in awe at how wonderful they look. The beautiful pictures, the relaxing and all of the adventure - it's very easy to get jealous and catch feelings of wanderlust! Although I'm guilty myself,  I pride myself in knowing I create many wonderful travel experiences for myself and I'm aware that a few people like what I do. But, it's certainly not plain sailing. So let's have some honesty, travelling isn't something that is always easy, smooth and pleasant. Things can and will go wrong...
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Monday, 17 October 2016

A GUIDE TO TOKYO - MY FAVOURITE SPOTS


Finally, after a year of this blog and three trips to Tokyo, I am finally writing a trip guide! Yes it took me long enough, but admittedly, despite adoring the city the first time, I was far from being an expert on what's worth doing and what's not. Even going three times doesn't award me the title of 'Tokyo expert', however, I certainly know quite a bit about Tokyo now...the best indicator: I know the Tokyo metro/JR system just as much as the London underground now ;) So my favourite things to do in Tokyo are featured right below! Whether it's your first time or if you've been a few times I hope something below peaks your interest.
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

HOW TO SAVE YOUR PENNIES AND GO TRAVELLING


As you've seen before on the blog, I have posted a couple of times tips regarding how to travel as cheap and easy as possible. This is because many who do not believe that they can travel, actually can despite the circumstances. Of course, I completely understand some people often struggle with money and even day-to-day living costs can be a struggle, which is why I and others should be extremely grateful if we are ever given the opportunity to travel. Rule of thumb to differentiate: essentially if you can afford to have a social life and buy yourself things, you can probably can afford to travel. However, for those of you who just cannot seem to get enough money together but aren't too far away from booking a trip, here are my tips and advice.
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Monday, 10 October 2016

36 HOURS IN BEIJING (72 HOUR VISA-FREE TRANSIT)


I didn't actually pay to enter China...yes you heard that right, I did not have to pay for a visa or pay an extortionate amount to fly in, all shall be explained.
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Thursday, 6 October 2016

HOW TO RELAX AND UNWIND TO GET SOME GOOD REST


Sleep, one of the most important things we need to do, yet somehow we all seem to put it off. But why do we do this? I know for a fact having a good sleep feels amazing, especially when it's long and good quality. That lovely snug cosy feeling before you drift off, followed by waking up in the morning feeling energised and refreshed <3 Yes...I totally just made you want to hop into bed didn't I? But struggling to switch off is usually what confronts us and prevents us from doing so. If you're much like myself; and struggle to sleep as you would rather be doing something productive, here is what I like to do on those nights when I want and need my sleep...
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Monday, 3 October 2016

RETURNING TO BLOGGING WITH A TOKYO VLOG AND A GIVEAWAY


Hello, sorry for the mini-hiatus, as some of you are aware I have been travelling quite a lot the past month! Nevada, California, Beijing and Tokyo. Immediately following all of that I've enrolled for my second year of university and Japanese classes! Meaning I haven't been able to chug out post after post as I usually do - I am so very sorry! Fortunately I am back into a routine for 12 weeks so you can look forward to posts again :)
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Thursday, 8 September 2016

WHY THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY OF ANGELS HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER - UNDERRATED SPOTS OUTSIDE LA


Los Angeles, a city that attracts many travellers and holiday-goers alike. Not only is it a wonderful destination, but to put it bluntly, it's just so cool? Cities such as New York always have always had their own character and style, but Los Angeles has always been the cooler cousin. From Hollywood to Beverly Hills. From Santa Monica to Venice Beach, everything about Los Angeles screams trendy, and geographically Southern California is pretty beautiful. However, enough about all of the things that are on everyone's bucket lists. Although your 'typical' LA spots are must-sees and raise excitement in you, there are also many wonderful places just outside the city that often get no attention. Furthermore, even your 'typical' destinations have small 'hidden gems' nestled in them, but sometimes we just do not make the effort to explore further. So here is my little list of places you should stop by if you're ever in the City of Angels.
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Saturday, 3 September 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD START TRAVELLING 'LOCALLY'


One of the thrills that many people gain from travelling, is discovery and an unfamiliar environment. However, it's not that alone that helps people enjoy it, but nice and pleasant places too fill you with happiness. For instance, we all love the idea of strolling through picturesque streets in various places throughout the world and gazing at beautiful scenes of nature. Popping into local cafes, travelling via public transport you're not used to using, and simply wandering. To get this amazing experience, we have to pay large sums of money to get and stay in these places. But, what if I told you lots of lovely places may be on your doorstep? Am I saying that going to local places is better than going abroad? Most of the time of course not! But when money or time is limited, visiting places nearer to your home may actually help curb feelings of wanderlust and you may discover new things.
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Friday, 2 September 2016

CHIA NATURALLY HEALTHY HITCHIN - A LOCAL HIDDEN GEM


So the other day I waltzed into Hitchin, a local market town just a few miles away from where I live. The reason? To spend time with one of my closest friends but...with a change of scenery. Although she was used to going to Hitchin, I wasn't, so it was quite exciting for myself! I wrote a blog post here all about travelling locally and how it can help curb feelings of wanderlust. One thing that we did in Hitchin was eating at Chia. It's full name being 'Chia: Naturally Healthy'. It was a cafe situated close to Hitchin's main square and near the beautiful St Mary's church. We made it a brunch since we wanted our lay-in but didn't want to hang around until lunchtime to eat, and the rest is history.
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

FUN IN VEGAS FOR UNDER 21s - WHY CASINOS AND CLUBBING AREN'T EVERYTHING


I'm a huge lover of this city, having gone four times I feel as though I really know Vegas pretty well. However, people often say how could I love and know this city well? I'm only 19 years old and have previously only visited as a child or in my early teens. I clearly cannot know it very well. Yes, they are probably right to an extent, I cannot talk much for the clubbing and casino scene. Even those who can happily drink and gamble in the UK at 18, cannot gamble here until they are 21. However, by experiencing Vegas from a young age, I certainly do know a lot about all the other things it has to offer! So, for those of you of similar age to me or even younger, here is a little post all about how Vegas can be a wonderful destination for you - casinos and clubbing really aren't everything.

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Monday, 8 August 2016

HEDGEHOGS ARE DISAPPEARING FROM OUR COUNTRY, CAN YOU HELP?


To all of you lovely people who live in the United Kingdom, I'm sure you're all aware of our lovely animals, one of them being the hedgehog. They're spiky, adorable, everyone welcomes them to their garden as free slug killers and we're proud to say they are one of our most recognised national animals. However, did you know that hedgehogs are disappearing at an alarming rate?  We've already lost over a third of hedgehogs in the last ten years alone, leaving us with under a million left. In the 1960s there were around 30 million, I'm sure that puts it into perspective.
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Friday, 5 August 2016

7 STEPS TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT

These adorable signs in Oslo knew what was up!
Healthy lifestyle
This is really important. Of course people have different views and opinions on how to live their lives, but in my opinion, a healthy body is a good way to start improving yourself. And no, being healthy does not equal being slim, it's all about what's healthy for your body. By keeping active and eating well your body will thank you. Your energy levels will increase, your stamina will increase, your overall appearance will improve. In addition, your immune function will be much better, and mentally you will feel more positive. By having a body that functions well, means you brain functions well also - it's no cure for a bad mood or mental disorders, but it certainly helps <3
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH EASE WHILST LIVING THE STUDENT LIFE


Why is it when people discover where/how much I have travelled in a singular year they gasp in shock? First of all, I don't even travel that much, nor do I go to extremely 'exotic' destinations, maybe only a little bit more than the average person. Second of all, why is there this huge assumption that if you are a student travel is out of your reach?
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

THOUGHTS FROM MY FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY


Wow that went quick, I'm already halfway through my summer off from university and I'll be a second year student at the end of September - I still feel like a baby in this new world :')

However after a year, I've gathered my own thoughts and opinions and want to shed some light on how I feel and how there are so many stereotypes and 'expectations' that do not need to be followed.
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Friday, 22 July 2016

POKEMON GO - STOP BEING BITTER, THIS GAME IS GREAT

If you haven't realised, I adore Pikachu - not that he is the best in a team, but, from the anime and my childhood I have become Pikachu trash...
Who would have thought this one game would have stirred up so much excitement and simultaneously so much chaos. Ever since the trailer was released for it last year, people have been eagerly awaiting its release. Even once it was released in the states, everyone else throughout the world had to still wait! Fortunately, the UK got the game fairly quickly (although I downloaded it via a US iTunes account early anyway) and I got dug right in!
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

DITCH THE CITY AND CATCH YOUR BREATH FOR THE DAY - VISITING SOPOT


When visiting Gdansk, we had the pleasure of knowing somebody who lived in Sopot. As a consequence, we of course hopped on a train and visited. What did we expect? A cute small seaside town a little bit like Brighton in the UK? Well yes, it was a little bit like that, however, it did exceed out expectations and was stunning. The area is evidently more wealthy than Gdansk with a lot more greenery and nature. Living here would be wonderful. Although it was your 'typical seaside town' the architecture was gorgeous and when you're in a city it's lovely to have a break away for a while. However, here I am basically going to explain how easy it is to get here from Gdansk (assuming you're going to go there as why not?! I've already explained why its amazing and super affordable here). I also want to encourage you to do your research before you go away on other trips, just so you have the opportunity to visit other lesser-known locations nearby to famous cities. This is because, honestly, you could really be missing out.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

TOMBO SOUTH KENSINGTON - A JAPANESE CULTURE LOVER'S DREAM


South Kensington, an area of London infamous for its class. However, it is also well known for its gorgeous independent eateries. One of these being 'Tombo'.

I was given the pleasure of being able to catch their 'pop up' in Liberty earlier last month, I was hooked on their matcha from that moment on. Ever since then I was scouring for chances to give their South Kensington cafe a go. After Hyper Japan Festival at Olympia, time had to be killed before my train home...well I guess I made it here after all.
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Monday, 18 July 2016

MY TRAVEL 'BUCKETLIST'


I tend to shy away from bucketlists...purely because most of the time people feel as though putting their words to paper means what they want to do will happen - without actually taking any action. I'm all about actions not words. But obviously, there are many places throughout the world that I want to visit that are permanently stuck in the back of my mind.
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER - HEALTHY LIVING THE EASY WAY


As some of you are aware from social media and in person, I am have become a lot more interested in 'healthy living'. I know so many people have mixed opinions on how you should live your life. You'll see the motos on Facebook of 'real women have curves', 'shut up about the gym and eat some cake!' 'chocolate is a plant so it is salad' you get the picture. These are just some negative opinions about 'healthy living'. However you also get all of the body promotion on the other end of the scale, people shoving 'diet' or 'health' products down your throat, companies such as Protein World fat shaming, and the overall presentation of the female body and lifestyle all over the media. These two extremes are so damaging. The first as it is extremely condescending to those of us who have got up, worked and gotten better bodies (not just talking appearance here) and now we are apparently 'obsessed', 'not physically desirable anymore' and 'not real women'. Same goes for the other side, you MUST obsess over your lifestyle to be good, you NEED to take this and buy this and you SHOULD REALLY look like all the models in magazines. It's getting ridiculous this 'war' over the way we live our lives. People should respect opinions either way.
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

MY TOP 5 SKINCARE HOLY GRAILS



Recently I've had a major rehaul of how I live my life. What I mean is that I have been actively changing many things to ensure that I am as healthy as possible! This is because at the beginning of the year I caught the dreadful virus called Glandular Fever and if I am being completely honest I have not completely recovered 5 months later </3, my immune system is well and truly broken. However from changing my eating habits, my approach to exercise and ensuring I do not do too much (which I am honestly really bad at!) my body has thanked me and I have seen a great improvement in my energy levels. But yes, if I give myself 0 days off and travel all the time I immediately get ill (like I am at the moment...) but on the whole I have been so much better!
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Friday, 1 July 2016

TAKE A CITY BREAK TO THE BALTIC - MY 50 HOURS IN GDANSK


If you've been following my posts recently you will totally know about how much I gush on about Poland. A country full of hidden gems that can be visted for a small price. Before I leave university I would certainly love to see LOADS of the country and visit as many cities as possible. However I can now happily say I have ticked off three Polish cities the past five months - Warsaw, Gdansk and Sopot (which I will write about eventually too). Here I'm essentially going to rave on about how amazing Gdansk is and why you need to go, it actually surpassed my expectations! Compared to Warsaw, this place was just stunning.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE MALTA YOUR DESTINATION FOR SOME SUNSHINE


When I tell people I adore Malta, I am always met with people who either strongly agree or disagree with my view of the country. This is generally because it is a well known holiday destination for sun and beach holidays. Of course, everyone has their own preferences. Some people love the attraction of Benidorm in Spain due to the British-like infrastructure and the gorgeous beaches. However, others may prefer the allure of Greek islands such as Mykonos which are more famous for remaining true to their roots. 
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HOW MOISTURE SURGE SAVED MY TEMPERAMENTAL COMBINATION SKIN



I didn't think I would ever lean towards blogging about skincare and other beauty related things but this was one thing that I just had to mention! When thinking about buying this I was torn, as there were so many good reviews but none tailored to oily skin. So hopefully if you now search on google for a blog review of this product for oily skin, somebody will be saved! ;D
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Monday, 6 June 2016

WHY POLAND SHOULD BE ON YOUR TRAVEL LIST (FEATURING MY TRIP TO WARSAW)


Ah travelling, its something that I and many others simply adore to do. Being able to do it as frequently as possible but also being able to pick out great and interesting places can be difficult when travelling costs a lot of money. Being a student who can only work part time on top of university, I cannot exactly rake in huge amounts of money, however I work my very hardest and try and travel at least every other month :) Balancing out big long haul trips with a few short haul European trips is generally the way I go to make travelling interesting but affordable. However even Europe can begin to cost a lot of money once you have purchased flights. Also how many times have you and people you know been to Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona? They are very common destinations for people to travel to for a taste of culture, and although they are all amazing places you should try and visit in your lifetime, what frequent traveller hasn't been there? Furthermore due to their huge popularity, higher costs often accompany visiting those cities. This is why Eastern Europe has begun to steal my heart and I have begun with Poland.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

HOW TO DO TOKYO AND JAPAN CHEAP AND EASILY (PLUS GENERAL CHEAP TRAVEL TIPS)



Okay so on first glance this post may seem a bit odd, since I'm restricting this to Tokyo and Japan. I haven't blogged much and haven't done so in ages but I feel like many will appreciate this. This is because over the past 9 months (basically since I first visited Japan) I have had lots of people ask me about how I went about it and did it cheaply (considering I only work part time on minimum wage). Of course some will read that and think 'why are people asking you that?' which I also am wondering as nobody has ever stopped and asked about any of my other trips. Also its not like I have a huge social media following or anything. But I have had friends, family, people at work and a few people on social media ask me in person and over message about how to go to Japan. So here it is, the basics to visiting THE best country in the world and being able to do so when you're young, lack huge funds and don't want anything too scary :)
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