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I don’t know at what stage things changed, but these days booking a holiday isn’t just deciding where to go and getting the cheapest flights.

It’s a military mission.

Gone are the days where we’d book a week in Croatia and just see what happened. Now, we have a complete logistical nightmare trying to map every minute of every day to get the most out of our time away.

The decision to go to Disneyland turned into two weeks in Florida, a mini 3-night road trip, and two more day trips out of town.

Middle East

24 Hours in Dubai – How to Have a Whirlwind Adventure

I’m not know for doing things by halves…never have been. 

So when we knew we would be flying to South Africa for a friends’ wedding, and that the flight would likely include a layover, we were already looking for ways to extend that into a mini-trip. 

Between Doha and Dubai, we chose Dubai, simple because we know a lot of people who have been there before and had heard good things. 

Extended our 2-hour layover to 24 hours was one of the best, most exhausting and exhilarating decision we’ve ever made. I have never felt so tired in my life. 

Florida

The Literary Suburbs of Key West

This article originally appeared in Hayo Magazine

When my Lee suggested visiting Key West on our Florida holiday, I wasn’t all that excited. I mean, I hadn’t really heard of the place and didn’t know what was there.

It was only when I discovered its literary heritage, did I get excited. If you’re a book lover, I’d say this one of the most amazing places you can visit. Key West just oozes literary love affairs, starting with Hemingway. His house is in a prime location (and it’s massive!); the man had taste. It’s also fairly cheap to visit; a measly $13 entry and this includes an optional tour from one of the Hemingway house experts.

Sweden

My City Guide: Stockholm in 48 Hours

This year, my Dad got married in Germany and so we decided to really make the most of our time abroad with a multi-city trip by train. As a result, we ended up touring one of the most beautifully rural places in the world: Scandinavia. 

After stretching our legs and testing the water in Copenhagen – you can get my Copenhagen city guide here – our journey continued into Stockholm. Travelling by train through Scandinavia is perhaps one of the easiest and cost-effective travel experiences I’ve ever had. Copenhagen to Stockholm was fairly straightforward and consisted of a train to Copenhagen airport, a train to Malmö where passports were checked, and then a straight train to Stockholm itself. It’s quite a long journey, with about 6 hours of travelling in total, but the trains were pretty comfortable – as comfortable as trains can be – with free Wi-Fi and an onboard café – their toilets weren’t too bad either. 

Denmark

My City Guide: Copenhagen in 24 Hours

Copenhagen is one of those places that you always say ‘oh it would be nice to go there’ but it never really makes it any further up on your list of priorities. To me, most of the Scandinavian countries sit in the same boat, so this summer, I decided to tackle three countries in 8 days. 

Rather than fly into the beautiful city – which may have seemed like the logical way to travel – I travelled by train from Germany. This in itself was an amazing experience. A few hours on the train, followed by a short ferry ride from Puttgarden to Rødbyhavn and then another couple of hours on a different train – although the ferry ride was due to some sort of technical difficulty, because apparently the train actually goes over the water…on its own ferry.

Denmark Norway Sweden

Travelogue: My Time in Scandinavia

This article originally appeared on the blog Be for Beauty but has been updated here.

My dad got married this summer which was amazing. And so we decided to make the most of the opportunity of being abroad and embarked on an 8-day Scandinvaian tour to visit some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Scandinavian stop #1: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a rich culture and one that is – I feel – often dismissed when it comes to travelling Europe. Generally speaking, people favour the hotter, more affordable destinations in Spain and Portugal. So this summer I decided to take on the challenge of touring Scandinavia, and my first stop was Copenhagen. 

UK

My Experience at the Foyles Discovery Day

Many of you will know already that writing is my first love – it always has been and always will be. The more I travel, the more I want to document these adventures which allows me to combine my two greatest passions.

On Saturday, I travelled to London to take part in Foyles Discovery Day where I was able to pitch the novel I’ve been working on to a literary agent from Curtis Brown or Conville and Walsh, followed by a mini Q&A session with another agent.

For me, this is the height of excitement – and a real test of skill.

I decided to be extra prepared, so I put together the synopsis of my novel, printed out the first page and packed my bag the night before so I was all ready to go. Being me, I was secretly looking forward to the train journey, the ability to sit down and crack on with stuff I’d been meaning to do for a while, or continue reading the irresistible A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon – a great read I highly recommend.

Croatia

Croatia: The Hidden Beauty of the Coast

This article originally appeared in Hayo Magazine

The Istrian coast is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. With Croatia’s uncertain history, it seems almost impossible that the country could harbour something so stunning. Rovinj, Poreć and Pula define the coastline and share a rich history – and this is where we were.

We stepped off the boat onto the Rovinj dock and cast our eyes towards the old town on the water. The pastel pinks and yellows of the buildings stood in stark contrast to the bright blue water.

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I don’t know where this week has gone! But thankfully we have a chilled weekend where I’m going to sit back and let the world go by 🥰
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PHOTO: our amazing trip to Dubai wouldn’t have been complete without this stop at the Lost Chambers Aquarium in the @atlantisthepalm hotel. It was super peaceful and I could have easily stayed there all day. (Link I’m my bio about our 24 hour whirlwind stop in Dubai if you’re looking for ideas.)
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Just because someone’s smiling, doesn’t mean they’re okay.
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It took me a while to choose a photo for today and I actually thought I wouldn’t share at all, but in the end I thought this was a good one because we’re both smiling.
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But just because someone’s smiling, doesn’t mean they’re okay.
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Some of you will know it’s been a difficult few months for me, I’d probably say this year has been hard on my mental health and whilst you can see me smiling in this photo, you don’t see the crying episodes and the upset and the turmoil that happens and spirals out of control until I literally don’t know what to do and feel like there’s no way out.
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It’s awful being trapped inside your own head, whether it’s anxiety or depression or one of the many other mental health issues out there.
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But there are so many charities and services available to help and reaching out is just the first - and often the hardest - step.
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Personally, I’ve started a course with iTalk, a great NHS service that helps you find balance again. I used them a few years ago when I was diagnosed with anxiety and they were really helpful, understanding, compassionate, supportive.
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So here’s to raising awareness of mental health, to talking about it openly, for admitting it’s okay to not be okay.
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At the end of the day, mental health is important, without it, we lose our sense of self.
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  • So how was your weekend?
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We took the train up to London to go see the Oakland Raiders vs Chicago Bears. And had the best time...although it wasn’t easy 🙈
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Lee is on crutches at the moment after his ACL surgery and so getting around on the tube was hard work..
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We stayed in Stratford which proved to be a great location for meeting up with friends on Saturday and having a casual wander round (let’s face it, London activities weren’t really an option for us...)
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However, I did manage to lose my credit card 🤦‍♀️ forget to pack the case for my contacts, didn’t pack my glasses and almost forgot Lee’s coat(!) which meant we had to get his mum out of bed super early, run to our place and deliver the coat to the station with minutes to spare before our train left.
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I’ve always been a huge advocate of the train system in the UK, I’ve been using it religiously for years but this was the first time I really struggled. Not only did we have a bus replacement service on the way up that was just plain awkward, there was rubbish access to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It might be a fancy new stadium but it definitely didn’t have the transport links and we really suffered because of it, irrelevant of the fact that Lee was in crutches.
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All the trains were rammed on the way in and then it took us pretty much two hours to do the 25 minute journey back because there were just so many people. And I get that it’s difficult with so many people but still...
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Despite that, we did have a great time. I got a crash course in NFL and am now dying for our next American adventure 🙌
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