UK

An Adventure? Alpaca my bags! – Alpaca walking in Hampshire

It’s no secret I’m an animal lover.

So when Lee asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I had a bucketlist adventure waiting.

Alpacas have become super popular in recent years. Alpaca farms are popping up everywhere and it seems that people just can’t get enough of them…and I totally know why. I mean look at that face:

We decided to book with a local farm called Hensting Alpacas. They’re a small, family-run farm I’ve been following on Facebook for a while and so it was about time we coughed up the pennies to support them.

Nevada

My Favourite Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip

Helloooo Vegas! The excitement I had for this trip was really off the charts. We’d been planning for months, had booked activities, bought tickets and had an itinerary like no other (coming soon!)

Having never been to the glitz and glamour that is Vegas, my mind was literally blown by just how much there is to take in.

Driving down the strip on our first day had me mesmerised.

Whether you’re planning a trip or have been before, here’s a list of my favourite hotels on the strip.

UK

11 Cool Things to Do in Cardiff

My mum’s lived on the outskirts of Cardiff now for about ten years. It’s not anywhere I’d ever considered visiting before but it does make for a great day out. And now, whenever we do visit, popping into Cardiff has become one of our go-to activities.

The Welsh capital is a marvel with so much to do, so much to see and so much rich culture. I love visiting. And it’s actually a really easy city to navigate; whether you’re choosing to go in by train, drive or use their bus system, I’ve never had any issues.

So if Cardiff is a place you want to go, here’s some cool activities you can do.

California

My City Guide: 72 Hours in Los Angeles

When Lee suggested we go to Vegas, I finally relented on the basis that a) he’d been pestering me for at least two years and b) we just HAD to go to Disneyland. When was I ever going to be in that part of the States again? Plus, we love a mini road trip on holiday. 

Not only did we decide to do Disney, but we also decided to stay in LA for a few days and really make the most of our time there. 

Travel Tips

My Go-To Tools for Planning a Travel Adventure

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.

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  • Happy Friday! What have you got planned for the weekend?
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I’m going to be putting together my NYC blog so any questions you have, whack them in the comments below👇 and I’ll answer them as best I can.
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To keep you going, here’s a top tip for visiting in January: not only does it get really cold, it gets really unpredictable weather-wise. Make sure you have shoes with good soles because once it starts to snow, it gets super slippy when you’re out and about. —
PHOTO: yep, I’m on a submarine...bet you didn’t know there was a submarine in Manhattan, right? 😉 More to come...
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  • Thanks New York! It was a blast! And utterly exhausting...ever tried walking 68 miles in 5 days while sightseeing and ticking off 4 pages of things to do 🤦‍♀️😂 boy do my feet hurt...
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I’ve got so many great stories to tell you, top tips for exploring The Big Apple and a list of all the things we did...all coming soon.
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But for now, here’s a chilled out pic from the Top of the Rock, one of my favourite things we did. It definitely does have the best view.
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  • Pulling together my Vegas itinerary post at the moment and it’s reminded me of the incredible scenery at The Valley of Fire.
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Have you ever been somewhere where you’ve felt so overwhelmed by nature, so in awe of its hidden gems and wished you could stay forever? This has got to be one of those for me...
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Happy Tuesday by the way. Been up since 5, in the office since 6.45 and writing since 7.15 💪 —
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We spent pretty much the whole weekend planning and prepping for our upcoming NYC trip 😆
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PHOTO: from our last trip to the USA...the amazing display in the Bellagio foyer —
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We’re going to be packing for our next adventure over the weekend and getting things sorted. For now though, gonna have a chilled Friday with a movie 🎥 🍿 —
PHOTO: not we’re going but couldn’t believe I haven’t shared any #sevenmagicmountain pics from #vegas —
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  • What’s your favourite animal?
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I tend to change my mind depending on how I feel but I do love elephants, especially after I saw them in South Africa 😍
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I was planning on sharing a hotel review from our trip to Jamaica but have just discovered I’ve lost a whole load of photos 😭 I may be able to salvage some from our photo book but have pretty much lost everything else and I have no idea how this has happened 🤷‍♀️
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In the hunt for the missing photos, discovered my hard drive has 300 folders of photos that contain about 34,000 photos 🙀😳 that’s a lot of photos!
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However, I did discover this gem which I just love. It’s the composition between the wing mirror of the truck that makes me feel like it’s so magical ❤️
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