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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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Thursday, 1 June 2017

SWITCHING OFF WHILST TRAVELLING - MY THOUGHTS


Often when I’ve gone travelling in the past, I’m met with two reactions when it comes to posting to social media whilst away. Those who read my blog, and family and friends who are interested in what I get up to enjoy my posts, whilst others will sit proclaiming that I clearly cannot be having fun whilst away if I am sat on my phone and snapping. It’s not just me exclusively who I see be ‘bashed’ for posting, often on social-media I will see people ranting about people constantly uploading and being glued to their phones whilst abroad. So what’s my take?
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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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Thursday, 23 March 2017

TWENTY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES BEFORE TWENTY


Hello everyone! So today is my twentieth birthday…a birthday I personally did not want. Why? I wanted to be a teenager forever essentially, but alas we do have to grow old *cries*. However, I am so excited for what’s ahead in my life but also happy for what’s happened. So today’s post is all about twenty things I have seen in the world before 20 (since of course this is a travel blog) Of course I’ve seen more than 20 things as most people have, but I’ve just picked my personal favourites... so lets begin!
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Monday, 20 March 2017

TAKING BREAKS AND COUNTING BLESSINGS


Hello again, I write far too many of these posts, apologising for not blogging or being present online. But, to be honest, should I or anyone else for that matter feel guilty? Long story short a lot has happened in my personal life recently and I guess it's just sent me over the edge.
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

WHY JAPAN?


The amount of times I have been asked that short question...

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Monday, 20 February 2017

HOW TO CHILL OUT IN KRAKOW, POLAND


After visiting Warsaw, Gdansk and Sopot, I finally made it to Krakow. Which is rather strange as Krakow is the most popular Polish city for tourists and definitely a good way to start. It’s raved about nonstop and whenever I told people I had never been to Krakow, they seemed shocked! So this January I finally got to give this beautiful city a visit.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

VISITING THE WINTER WONDERLAND OF ZAKOPANE, POLAND


So this January, I decided to book a trip away. With two and a half weeks off, I had to take advantage of the opportunity to go away for a winter break. Of course, as many of you know, my travel bucketlist is quite long, and there are so many places I wish to see. When my friend Vicky and I came together and realised we wanted a cheap but lovely wintery break away, but also a city break, Krakow and the South of Poland sprung to mind. I’m a big fan of travelling Poland and I’m always dying to see more of the country whenever I can, and so after much googling and talking to people I discovered Zakopane. Once I’d researched the logistics and cost, there was no way I wasn’t coming here. 
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Thursday, 2 February 2017

HIKING MORSKIE OKO, POLAND


When researching my trip to Zakopane, I came across stunning photos of the Lake Morskie Oko. Being a great lover of mountains, walking, and stunning views, I knew I really wanted to give the whole thing a go. However, there were very few posts in English about Lake Morskie Oko and nothing regarding how to get there. But with much dedication, I worked how to get there and had an amazing day.  
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

SPENDING AN AFTERNOON IN EDINBURGH


Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK and I really believe it is so underrated, and as a result of half of my family being Scottish, I get to visit Edinburgh quite frequently and am no newbie to the city. I recently got to visit again in November for a last minute trip to see family, on this occasion I only spent a few hours in the city before catching a train back to London. However, this is how I spent my afternoon and I feel as though for newcomers to Edinburgh, these spots are lovely for a relaxed wintery afternoon, especially if you've had enough of Edinburgh Castle and bagpipes on the Royal Mile. Plus most of the things I am mentioning are very friendly for your purse!
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Monday, 16 January 2017

TACKLING EXAMS - STUDY AND DE-STRESSING TIPS


Exams, pretty sure they were invented by satan, pretty sure I'm the worst human on the planet when it comes to facing them. When approaching exam periods, whether it was GCSE, A-Level or more recently University, my anxiety levels go through the roof. Naturally it is a time to be anxious, however I would be faced with panic attacks I would never normally get, an inability to eat and constant shakes that I couldn't...well...shake off (no pun intended!). Now I'm not saying exams are the hardest things for people to do, as for some they find other tasks such as coursework much much harder. Plus it's certainly no life or death situation. However, for many including myself, the idea of not knowing what's coming and the fact that your grades and thus your qualification lies upon one to three hours of regurgitating knowledge in a silent hall terrifies us. However, compared to A-Level, I am much more composed this year - most of my stress and anxiety this time is down to lack of time to revise as a result of excess hours at work! This meaning I think I'm actually starting to get the hang of this exam thing - bit of a pain though since my final exams ever will be this summer...
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

HELLO 2017


Why hello 2017, and hello blog, it's been a while...
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