are a perfect way to forget your troubles at home, and explore new places.
When travelling, I mainly only ever take carryon luggage, and the limited amount
of liquids that the airlines allow you.
Last week I
went to Portugal, only taking hand luggage. Now normally this wouldn’t be a
problem if it was a normal city break but as you have to take sun lotion with
you as buying it out there is really expensive, hand luggage limits you with
what you can take.
The suitcase I use is fairly new
and was a birthday gift. (You know you’re getting old when you get excited
about asking for a new suitcase for your birthday). The brand is…
The best decision I ever made was getting a 4 wheeled suitcase. When travelling
and carrying your luggage I tend to have my phone in hand, getting directions
or taking pictures. Having 4 wheels lets you carry other things a lot easier.
As I knew the weather was going
to be really nice and warm, I wasn’t worried about packing many clothes and it will
be too hot to wear anything fashionable. One trip I learnt from my mum is to
roll my clothes, they take it up less space which yes means extra room for more
or your suitcase will be less heavy. Recently I saw a Facebook video or a women
rolling all her clothes and underwear, and then putting them into sandwich bags
(clear bags you put your liquids in) and I was amazed. I’m travelling to Sweden
in a few week and will definitely be testing out this trick.
I also tend to wear the bulkiest
clothes on the plane, and carry a jacket.
I always tend to wear the shoes
that take up the most room on the plane. The advantage of going on a summer
trip, is that you don’t have to take heavy/bulky shoes. I wore a pair of
trainers on the plane, and then I packed sandals for the evening and a pair of
flip flops for the pool/beach. I always tend to take trainers with me, as I
tend to go off the beaten track as they call it. But I also burn my feet every
time, so I tend to keep them out of the sun.
Liquids / toiletries
For me when only taking hand
luggage, organising my liquids is the hardest part. If you are struggling with
what you can take, I will always check the airlines website on their rules and
regulations. When traveling to Morocco, it stated that I could have 12 100ml liquids.
When arriving, they would not let me through security as all 12 liquids were in
2 clear bags and I had to throw stuff away, so ALWAYS check the website. If I’m
feeling lazy, I will buy the travel sized products from Boots/Superdrug which
they normally have on offer, but Primark have the travel bag for £1 which comes
with around 6 bottles of different sizes and shapes which is great. I know a
lot of people put some of their liquid make up in the clear bags but tend not
too as it takes u a lot of bag usage, but if they ask then of course I will.
When travelling to Benidorm last
year, I bought a hand fan and it has literally travelled with me everywhere
since. I also like to pack a book, hair accessories and some jewellery. I
always pack the extra in the net zipped part so nothing gets broken or tangled
up on my clothes.
always have a disposable camera and my instax with me. If I tend to be
documenting my travels, I will also pack a tripod (I have a gorilla pod which I
would highly recommend). This will always be packed in the zipped part of the suitcase
also, so nothing gets damaged during transport.
Money / travel documents
When you exchange money, they
always give you the little plastic pouch with your newly exchanged money in. I
will also keep my passport, any GBP and anything that I want to keep safe in
that pouch. When I get back home, the pouch usually has all my Polaroid’s and
other random bits in that I wanted to not get damaged/lost.
2x Stripe crop vest
2x pairs of denim shorts
Wearing – Dungarees & Band T-shirt
Wearing – Vans
Eye Solution (contacts)
My partner then have the SPF in his (he doesn’t take a lot).
A little taste of Luz, Portugal will be up very soon! Keep your eyes peeled.
always have big adventures, saving for the little ones can be just as hard.
really bad with money when growing up, even in university when I would receive
a very large amount every 3 months, I would blow it things that I don’t remember
and I have nothing to show for it.
out, and having my own financial responsibilities I have learnt to manage how
to prioritize bills and savings. Although, someone times I do slip up. (Especially
in the summer months).
saving money for travel, for me the biggest tip is knowing where you’re
going/what you’re saving for. I find it so much easier saving £300 a month if I
know that it’s being spend on flights or accommodation. Create a breakdown of
how much everything is going to cost you from flights to daily food budget.
here, but SOMETIMES I do dip into the savings I put away but that doesn’t mean I
still don’t save. I tend to find that throughout the summer months I spend a
lot more which is probably the case for everyone.
post, I mentioned that I spend a lot more in the summer months. Living in
Wales, you only get around a weeks’ worth of nice weather so you kind of have
to make the most of it. Spending money on alcohol, going to see that band or
taking a quick trip to get some ice-cream. They all add up.
away was my thing when I was in university. I loved it and yes I used to make a
lot of money. In recent months with moving and sorting out my life, I have a
lot of stuff and clothes that I don’t use/wear. I am currently using Depop,
which has grown significantly within the last few years. I also did a car boot
sale not so long ago, and the stupidest of things that I was just going to
at this one. I don’t eat out half as much as I used to. Ever since learning
more about cooking and trying new things, I like to cook in bulk and freeze the
extras for a rainy day. When it comes to work lunch, meal prep is your friend. Instagram
& Pinterest are great for inspirations and recipes.
have Netflix and Spotify, I split the costs with family members and have
multiple accounts so the price is cheaper for everyone. Just before summer
started I cancelled my gym membership and started running which is of course,
free. Although it was only £20 a month, that £20 goes straight into my savings
account on top of whatever else I put in each month. I did have magazine subscriptions
and other things too which I cancelled and to be honest, I don’t miss them at
option for me, I would jump at the chance. I miss living home a lot, as I don’t
get to see my family that often. Although living at home was not free for me,
it would still be a lot cheaper that what I’m paying now living in the city. I
also feel like parents will be very strict with you also and help you save for
those things that you want. And who doesn’t love getting their washing done for
out there for saving money for travel. I’m still learning and I still have
slips, but that’s just life.
you want something enough, you’ll make it happen.
tips and tricks do you guys have? Anything you think I can benefit from?
“Every time you post something online you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.”
The one plot in the book that I did connect with, was that Penny the main character suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. As a girl growing up with social anxiety but never realising that’s actually what it was and feeling really alone and different, I connected with Penny as I knew exactly how she was feeling. I felt like this could of been explained a little better and not just glossed over.
All in all the plot was good, but a little sloppy at times. I’m still debating whether I want to read the follow on books. I think there are 2 more? But if I do, you shall know.
Walking through the Souks, we were hounded by some of the gentleman on the stalls making crude comments but I guess you just have to ignore that and stick together.
Once we were done, we got a taxi back to the centre, where there was a shopping centre and resturants and had a wander around until the shuttle bus would come and collect us.
This was our last day in Marrakech, so as the previous 2 days were very busy we decided to have another pool day and get in some tanning time and take full advantage of the all inclusive and free alcohol. This was the day that I burnt, and I am still rocking some questionable tan lines.
8 POINTERS IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRAVEL TO MARRAKECH, MOROCCO.
“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”
DarkPlaces is an unsettling but slow book. Libby Day, is the main character and her
family was butchered when she was just 8 years old and she survived. But why?
Did her brother Ben Day actually do it?
is very open about her dark side and the way she has dealt with her past. When
I read books, I like to connect to a character, but with this one I didn’t
connect to any and even though I loathed Libby for the way she used her tragedy
as an advantage in life, I did end up feeling sorry for her through out.
giving any spoilers, this
book was very unsettling and did live up to its title. But I feel it was very
slow and I understand the reason it was slow but for me, I found myself
skipping pages as I just thought they were unnecessary. I had this ending
in head, that Libby was in fact the killer and Ben was covering up for her.
Which would be have been a huge curve ball and I was a little dissapointed when I
was wrong haha.
a dark story that makes you feel a little uneasy then I would recommend. I have another book by Gillian that is on my shelf waiting to be read, Sharp Objects. Watch this space.
1. Kitten Café Kattencafe Kopjes Amsterdam
Ok, so by cheese tasting I mean, walking around the beautiful streets and going into the many cheese shops that you pass and just taking a few samples. All of the shops have lots and lots of cheese samples and although most of them have the same you do come across a few different ones.
The only museum of it’s kind in the world, the first ever museum of florescent art. Go and experience ‘participatory art’, you won’t be disappointed.
€5 (including 15 page booklet, children under 12 go free)
4. Ice skating
Ice skating in Amsterdamon the canals is super romantic and very special as it doesn’t happen every year (depending on the weather) but fortunately there are 2 locations where you can 100% ice skate. The first and biggest is Jaap Eden and the other and most common is ICE*Amsterdam which is situation right opposite the IAMSTERDAM sign.
The roof the Science Museum NEMO is the highest city square in the Netherlands. Although I went in the winter and it was slightly cold but the views were incredible and we stayed there so we could catch the sunset which for me, was the highlight of my trip. In the summer they have open air exhibitions and all year round there is a café which some impressive water features. When I return in the summer, this is first on my list to re visit.
When wandering the streets of Amsterdam, and noticing how many bikes and cyclists there are roaming the city it can get very daunting and make you not want to rent one but take the plunge and do it. Make sure you following the instructions the vendor may have given you and always lock your bike up properly. There are plenty of rental shops around, you wont have trouble finding them.
7. Sex museum
Although the Sex Museum isn’t what I was expecting it to be (although I have no idea what I was expecting) its still worth the visit to see the funny and quirky things if you’re not prudish. And with it only being a couple of minutes walk from the train station its hard to say no.
If you want a slightly different view of the city then you are in luck as there are free ferry’s. The ferry is situated behind the back of the train station on the River IJ (pronounced EYE) and it will take you to Noord (North). You can just walk on (bikes and scooters are also allowed) and take in all the sights. There are 2 different ferries. One take you to Buiksloterweg (short ferry) which runs every 10 minutes, the other takes you to NDSM (long ferry) and runs every 30 minutes.
After seeing this on a travel blog, I knew this is something we had to do. It sounds really lame but for the price its definitely worth it. So when you go into the building is just looks like a normal restaurant/bar but downstairs is transformed into a 3D glow in the dark paradise. As soon as you put on the glasses everything looks completely different, even the Golf Clubs. A bit of advice, as its 3D trying to hit the ball of a darker surface is harder than is looks. Just be aware that because we were a group of 8, we had to split into 2 teams.
As it was a birthday in the group whilst we were out in The Netherlands, this was booked as a surprise for one the nights. I know this only runs at a certain time within the year which is November 30th – January 21st But for the price was €9.50 each and we were on the boat for at least an hour. Architects, artists and designers from all over the world bring their light artworks and installations alive every year. Even if you weren’t too bothered about seeing these fantastic installations the boat ride is perfect for sight seeing and travelling around the canals. We went when the sun had just set, so it was dark but not too dark and it was amazing. By the time to tour had ended it was very dark and the installations looked amazing.