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    A day at Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff

    Although I have always have a serious urge to travel, these
    past few weeks I have been itching to get away and to also get some
    inspirations and content for you guys!

    So last Sunday (it was supposed to have been Saturday, but
    gin happened the night before) I went a on a solo mini adventure to Dyffryn

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    How To Book a Gals/Group Holiday.

    This doesn’t just have to be a gals holiday, it can be
    applied to booking any other adventure but I came across these little tips and
    tricks whilst booking a holiday with my friends.
    The main things you need to think about when booking a
    holiday with a group of people are these factors;

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    17 Things You Need to Know Before Visitng Cardiff.

    We are not English – We may speak the English language here
    in South Wales, but we are not English. Whenever I travel abroad, and I say I’m
    from Wales, people always think it’s part of England. It’s not.
    Match Days – If you a rugby fan, then Match Days are for
    you. Cardiff is the host for six nations, Heineken cup & world cup. But if
    you don’t like big crowds, rowdy people then stay well away from the town

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    Beating the Winter Blues with Travel

    I hate winter. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love the build up to
    Christmas when its starting to get a little cold and the excitement for
    all the alcohol that I’m going to drink over the Christmas/new year
    period is building. But I dislike getting to work when it’s pitch black and finishing when its pitch black.

    Once it hits January 1st, it really
    affects my mental health. I seriously think I suffer with SAD and spend
    around 80% of my life on Skyscanner.

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    Travel // 16 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Stockholm, Sweden

    1. Stockholm Arlanda airport is fancy. Fancy as in plants
    everywhere, shiny shiny floors, it just puts most airports that I’ve been to,
    to shame.

    2. Be prepared to spend a lot of money, Stockholm is very
    expensive. We bought 2 half baguettes, a bottle of coke and a bottle of water
    and it came to £38. £38!!!!

    3. It’s cold. Although I went at the end of the summer so I
    would have thought it would be slightly chilly. No, it was freezing. As soon as
    we walked out of the airport the Baltic blast hit us in the face so take warm

    Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Stockholm, Sweden

    4. It’s not all cashless. Before I went, I read too many blog
    posts about how you don’t need to take cash because nowhere accepts cash. That is not true. Yeah, the bigger
    restaurants such as Wagammas and Upper Crust, DON’T. But mostly everywhere else
    did. We didn’t take much cash with us because we were advised not too (but
    drama with the money we were given as it was out of date meant that we only had
    around £50 in cash anyway) but we managed to pay for most things on card and go
    to the cashpoint if need be. Obviously check with your bank provider to make
    sure you’re aware of any charges.

    5.  read before going to Sweden that alcohol is very expensive
    and you can only buy it in special supermarkets called Systembolaget. And yup, that’s
    right. I had one glass of wine and it cost £7.81. Yup.

    6. Uber is cheap. When we arrived at the airport, we were a
    little confused about how to get to our accommodation via public transport (we
    had, had a long day). Having read that taxis are unregulated so can charge
    whatever they want, we didn’t want to get one of those, so I checked Uber. The
    journey took 1 hour and it cost us £54. Now, living in Cardiff and getting home
    after a night out would cost me around £7 for a 5/10 minute journey. Madness.

    7. The rumours are true. There are beautiful tall, blonde haired blue eyed girls everywhere. Also hunks. Hunks everywhere.

    8. The metro / Tube was the best form of transport for us.
    Although we do tend to walk everywhere, but as we were staying just outside the
    centre we got the metro into where we needed to go. You could literally just
    hop on and hop off anywhere, which for me is the best way to explore.

    Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Stockholm, Sweden9. At the airport we were advised that we could buy a Travel
    Card/pass for £15 each and that would last for 72 hours and the time would
    start from the first time you use it. I would 100% recommend this card to
    anyone that visits Sweden. It can be used on the Metro and buses. It was
    brilliant and well worth the money.

    10. You have to go to Wayne’s Coffee. Its like starbucks, one of every corner. But seriously, I had this Spinach, Feta Pasty thing and it was amazing. So amazing, that I went back to the next day and the day after that. But enough about Wayne and his awsome feta pasty

    11. Stockholm is basically made up of islands that’s all
    connected by bridges. Sounds beautiful right? It is! You can
    walk/taxi/boat/metro from one to another.

    12. Everyone speaks English. Although it is nice to pick up the important
    words from the places I travel too, it does make my life so much easier when English
    is spoken.

    13. There is Wi-Fi everywhere. Although its 2017 and having no
    data when travelling out of the UK is no more, it’s always nice when there’s Wi-Fi.

    14. Did you know that Sweden has its own Royal family? Nope, me
    neither and they do and the kind lives at the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan so be
    sure to check it out!

    15. The delicacy in Sweden for me is Meatballs (IKEA RULES!) so I
    was so disappointed with the lack of meatballs. And I was also disappointed in
    how expensive is it to eat. I am a growing women, and I need a lot of food.

    16. If you like Amsterdam for its Bikes and lack of public
    transport in the built up areas then you will love Stockholm. There are bikes everywhere,
    cute ones with little baskets on to put your dogs in. 

    This is the second in the series of the ‘Things You Need to Know Before You go to’
    Have you been to Stockholm? And is there anything you would of like to known before you went?


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    My Favourite Travel Apps

    When travelling I tend to rely on my phone
    heavily for not getting lost/planning my itinerary and there has been many
    times that an app has saved me. So through my travels I have made a note of the
    apps/website that I use.

    My Favourite Travel Apps

    Scanner (free) –
    Out of all the apps
    mentioned this is probably my most used one. If you have never used it before,
    it basically lets you search for flights from many airline companies, so you
    can see which one fits your needs and which one is the cheapest. They also have
    a really good feature, which you can search anytime/anywhere. So if you’re
    stuck for inspiration or on a budget. Check it out!

    AirBNB (free) – After using AirBnB for
    the first time a few years ago for a trip to London, I haven’t gone back to
    hotels since. The freedom you get with AirBnB is very appealing and suits my
    needs. I like to travel on a budget, so staying in a flat/house where there is
    a kitchen, helps me budget a lot. Every time I’ve stayed in a place, I have
    booked the entire place but in a few weeks, I will be staying in just a room
    with the host being there too. Not sure how I feel about it, but it does tend
    to be a lot cheaper, so I want to test it out.

    Translate (free) –
    Google Translate does not
    have the best feedback. I have heard a lot of bad things, but I have heard a
    lot of good things. I was in a foreign country and was having difficulty
    communicating, so I researched some apps that would be good for on the go.
    Google Translate lets you take a photo of what you want to translate, lets you
    speak and also lets you write. Although the translation may not be accurate if
    kind of gives you an understanding of what you’re looking for. I personally
    like the camera option, as this is great for sign posts, menus, maps and
    basically anything.

    Uber (free) – If you haven’t heard of
    Uber by now, have you been living under a rock? My personal experience with
    Uber is a bit…meh BUT that’s because Uber in my home city Cardiff is really
    expensive, because the demand is very high and there aren’t enough drivers. It
    recently got rolled out here so it’s still pretty new, so hopefully things will
    smooth out. Anyway, I have used Uber in London, and also in Amsterdam and they
    were both great and really cheap. If you’re stuck with public transport and don’t
    want to pay a fortune for a taxi, then Uber is your guy.

    Tonight (free) –
    Hostel tonight is great
    if you’re unsure on where you’re going to be on a day to day basis. Basically
    the apps finds all the hotels in your area that have rooms available for that
    night at a discounted price. So if you decide to hop to another city/location
    and have nowhere to stay then this app is for you.

    Deliveroo (free) – I’m not sure how many
    cities has the Deliveroo option, but I do know the majority of the U.K does,
    Amsterdam and Spain. Deliveroo acts as a taxi service for your food, and by
    that I mean you don’t ring up your local take away and get them to deliver it.
    You use their app, pick from the high end restaurants like Wagamamas, KFC,
    Pizza Express and many, many, many more and delivers it right to your door. It’s
    great. If you’re in a city and don’t fancy going out/don’t know where you’re
    going its really good. The only downside is that you have to pay by card and
    not cash.

    XE (free) – I use XE Currency not
    just when I’m travelling but also when I’m home. Whether that be for research
    for a planned adventure or buying things online from non UK stores. This app is
    great for accurate and up to date conversions, more importantly it works when
    you don’t have signal or on aeroplane mode.

    EasyJet (free) – Although I mainly book flights through Sky Scanner, if a flight is
    cheap/perfect time and the airline is EasyJet I will also ways book through the
    EasyJet app. The app acts as your boarding pass, you can check in and you can purchase
    your seats on there. It’s great! Sometimes I worry too much about where my
    passport is, so it’s nice not having to carry around a boarding pass too.

    Wriggle (free) – For me this is a new app,
    and I have only used this once in Bristol. For some, you won’t be able to use
    Wriggle but if you’re based in Cardiff, Bristol or Brighton then I would definitely
    recommend. Unlike Deliveroo, this app acts as a kind of groupon but for
    restaurants. It will have offers on there, for example 2x chai lattes & 2 x
    chocolate brownies for £6.95 instead of £10.50. The offers will only be on
    there for a certain amount of time (couple of hours), so you have to get in
    quick and are updates regularly. What I like most about it, is that it has all
    the little quirky and (sometimes) new places on there that I have never been to
    or heard of.

    Citymapper (free) – This is a new
    one for me. I had watched a video from Raya (rayawashere) and she mentioned this
    app so I downloaded it. During my recent trip to Sweden, we had just landed at
    the airport and as we had been awake for many, many hours we were pretty tired,
    so instead of faffing about with transport we decided to see if we could get an
    uber/taxi. I love this app, it’s great for knowing how to get from A to B in any
    form of transport and how much it’s going to cost. You can also book an Uber
    through it (which is what I did). This app has now been moved in my ‘Travel’
    folder on my phone to number 2. BUT there is a limitation on the app…it’s not
    in every city. I know they have London, Brussels, Manchester, Paris, Berlin,
    Milan and many more on there so check it out! If they don’t have the city your
    looking for you can also vote for it, and more than likely they will add it.


    Been (free) – This app is great to note down where you’ve been.
    It shows you on a map basis and it also tells you how much of the world you
    have seen and you can narrow it down to, World, Europe, Asia, North America,
    South America, Oceania, Antarctica and Africa.

    My Favourite Travel Apps
    What are your favouite apps?
    I’d love to discover some more!
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