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Villa Anouk – A Magical Sanctuary in the Heart of Morocco

A short drive from the coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco, where raw authenticity mixes with colonial charm, set amongst olive groves and countryside roads, nests Villa Anouk. My boyfriend and I arrived there on a warm January afternoon. We were driving up the rocky piste leading to the villa when I got a quick glimpse of its honey-coloured silhouette peeking through the trees. It was some time between then and the moment the driver pulled by the flower-adorned fountain at the entrance when I knew I was at no ordinary hotel.  It took me quite some time to think of the best way to describe Villa Anouk until I’ve realised that, to me, it remained more of a feeling than a place –  a sentiment that I share towards few hotels. So, let’s start with that feeling. Imagine a place where time passes slowly, wrapped up in a serenity so harmoniously perfect that it makes you want to hold each moment in the palm of your hand, just so you can gaze at it in a …

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Rail Travel Made Easy: Easter Adventure in Warwick

When I left my adopted Florentine home and moved to London a year and a half ago, there was one thing I told myself I’d do more of and that was rail travel. For someone like me who loves spontaneous adventures (and continuously refuses to take driving lessons), travelling by train is a no-brainer, especially when you’re based in London where endless travel opportunities await at every station. Sadly, the problem with making promises to yourself is that they often end up forgotten, and over a year passed by with me flying in and out of the country, failing to explore my own backyard. Then, a few weeks back, just as I was brainstorming trip ideas for the Easter Holidays, an email from Trainline landed in my inbox and my enthusiasm for rail travel returned in full swing! With Easter trip planning still fresh in my mind, I jumped at the opportunity to venture out of London in the search of a perfect day trip destination to try out mobile tickets with Trainline. With lots of …

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Springtime in Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Hot Springs and More!

I bit into my immaculately presented crepe from Takeshita Dori’s popular Marion Crepes and looked around in delighted amazement. Harajuku, Japan’s pop culture mecca and the capital of all things kawaii, from cat-shaped doughnuts to the head-turning outfits of the famous Harajuku girls, bursts with electric energy. It was hard to believe that just a few hours ago I was sitting on tatami matt of a centuries old temple, knees to the floor, sipping matcha to the soft sound of sozu.  It’s moments like this, somewhere between dreams and reality, that encapsulate the spirit of Japan.  From the head-spinning maze of neon-drenched streets of Tokyo to the centuries old temples in Kyoto, Japan effortlessly blends ancient traditions with its ultra modern identity, making it a fascinating country to visit. With the spring fast approaching and sakura blossoms ready to turn the whole country a shade of pink, there hasn’t been a more perfect time to plan your Japanese adventure. If you want to explore the electric mix of the old and the new first hand and don’t mind spending extra …

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Join me on the most unique Trans-Siberian adventure yet!

The cat’s finally out of the bag! I’ve teamed up with United Tours Russia to put together one of the most unique and exciting travel projects I’ve been a part of – and you’re the first one to find out all about it! If you like the sound of setting off on one of the greatest journeys on Earth while venturing into the world of self-development, keep reading! Since its creation, A Girl Who Travels has been more than just a platform where I write about beautiful destinations – to me, the most wonderful part of travel is the journey –  not just the one that takes you to far away places but the journey you take within yourself. I see travel as an incredible self-development tool which changed my life in ways I never thought possible, from working 9-5 to becoming my own boss and creating a life filled with passion and a deep sense of purpose. It’s been my goal to show you how travel and following your passion can transform your life, and while sharing my thoughts and …

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Join in the Arctic Adventure and Northern Lights Bonanza in Tromsø

For those of your who have been following me on Instagram,  my love for Scandinavia will come as no surprise. Can you blame me? Who wouldn’t dream of watching the Northern Lights sparkle across the arctic sky or husky sledging through fjordic landscapes, where rugged mountains and glassy lakes stretch for miles and miles…If this wasn’t enough to make me want to visit, Scandinavians completely upped the hotel game with igloo and ice hotels dotted all around the region. Can I jump on the plane already?! Needless to say, when Best Served Scandinavia told me about their special offer on a Northern Lights trip to Tromsø,  one of the world’s most isolated and, by the sound of it, quite possibly one of the most enchanting destinations, I just knew I had to share it with you. Without further ado, here’s the deal. 400km North of the arctic circle, scenically tucked in between Norwegian fjords and snow-capped mountains, sits the island town of Tromsø, the northernmost city in the world – and the very centre of the northern aurora zone. …

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The French Riviera in the heart of Marylebone

Those of you dreaming of indulging in the glamour of the French Riviera and London’s buzzing city life will no longer have to choose between the two. In a bold and oh so chic move, The Mandeville Hotel has recently collaborated with Maison Christian Lacroix, bringing the feel of the famous coastline to the fifth floor of their Marylebone hotel. The launch of their stunning new rooms, true to Lacroix’ flamboyant style, transformed the hotel into a true couture treat. I was lucky to be a part of the experience, as I enjoyed a rather glamorous staycation at the Jewel Box room, a part of the Riviera Rooms collection. With each of the four rooms designed to tell a different story, from the tropical feel of Jardin Exotique accentuated with Julian Chichester’s furniture to the glamorously sultry Midnight Blue, Jewel Box makes you feel as if you quite literally walked inside a jewellery box. This comes as no surprise as the room decor was inspired by Grace Kelly’s famously stolen Cartier jewels. From bejewelled bedding …

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From the Sands of Abu Dhabi to The Maldivian Paradise: My Trip With Club Med

~ ABU DHABI My feet collapsed into the sand as I was slowly climbing the dunes of the Abu Dhabi Desert, the white fabric of our guide’s gandurah fluttering in the wind ahead of me. The sun was about to set, hovering over the horizon and casting orange shadows on the sand. Once I’ve reached the top, my long dress twisting around my ankles, there was hardly any sound except for the soft camel calling coming from afar. The desert stretched for miles and it almost felt like being trapped inside an hourglass. I smiled and looked back waving at my fellow travellers, Lorena and Rafaela, as they made their way up the dune. Just like me and a bunch of European and South African bloggers, they joined Club Med and Etihad Airways on an adventure that was about to take us from the sun seethed Emirates to the Maldives. We gazed over the horizon, gradually getting swollen by darkness as the tip of the sun began its descent behind the dunes. It was hard to …

Rosebery Hotel Newcastle, Jesmond

Magic in The Heart of Newcastle: The Rosebery Hotel Review

Gorgeously intimate and hidden away on a quiet street in residential Jesmond, just a short walk from Newcastle Upon Tyne’s most charming park, Jesmond Dene, The Rosebery Hotel is a gem that will transform your stay in the North East into a fairy tale-like perfection.   With its shabby-chic meets-baroque decor, the boutique hotel was designed to impress and with over 100 years of history of looking after guests, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. You’ll be charmed from the moment you the walk through the hyacinths-filled front garden, where dainty fairy lights hang off the tree branches, inviting you in. The hallway, ornamented with up-cycled vintage pieces and decor straight out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland, leads to the reception and a dining room-turned bedroom at the front. I gasped when my boyfriend and I were first shown to our room – from crystal chandeliers and stunning Venetian mirrors hanging above the roll top bath, their reflection caught in a mirrored vanity complete with a set of toiletries to the vintage French bed, every detail of …

Kahanda Kanda Pool side, sri lanka

Discover Sri Lanka, the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. Competition time!

White-sand beaches stretching along the coast speckled with palm trees, waking up to the sound of the sea and the smell of salt in your hair, the taste of magic and adventure filling up the air as you’re strolling through the emerald-green tea plantations perched on the gently curved hills… Sri Lanka’s reputation as a travel destination may be slightly overshadowed by the neighbouring India, but that’s precisely where its magic lies. A road less travelled amongst spiritual seekers flocking to India , Sri Lanka’s culture and natural beauty are guaranteed to charm you.   My sentiment towards the pearl-shaped island is particularly strong, as Sri Lanka is one of the countries I visited on my first big solo adventure that sparked my love for travel. In 2010, I quit my perfectly stable office job, reduced all my belongings to a couple of boxes that I put away in storage, packed my bags and headed off on a five month trip to South and South East Asia to experience the taste of freedom and adventure that …

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Love and Rock’n’Roll Under The Italian Sun: My Trip to Pantelleria

Set amongst the blue waters of the Mediterranean, with sun-drenched Sicily to the North and Tunisian coast to the South, the tiny, windblown island of Pantelleria is one of the very few South European isles still untouched by mass tourism. Raw and unapologetically beautiful, Pantelleria’s charm doesn’t come in an all-inclusive-package typical for the popular islands, but rather, encourages you to jump in the car and embrace adventure awaiting amongst the twisted roads, filled with the smell of fennel carried by the ever-present sirocco. Be it exploring the rugged coast with hot springs, emerald grottoes and fumaroles speckled across its shores, wine-tasting at the island’s many vineyards or indulging in the fabulous cuisine, Pantelleria has a lot to offer.  Nick-named  ‘the black pearl of Mediterranean’, a reference to the dark volcanic rock erupting from the ground, the island is accessible by a small plane which departs daily from Palermo, its slim silhouette cutting through the skies being the only disturbance to the quiet island life. Perhaps it was the island’s exclusivity, the reason that turned …