Author: A Girl Who Travels

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How to Invite Positivity and Happiness Into Your Space: My Collab with Desenio

One of the most wonderful things about travel is how much it teaches us about ourselves. Taking a break from your everyday routine and the usual distractions – the 7am alarm, the panic of the morning rush, is a perfect way to re-connect, gain a sense of distance, and remember what makes you happy. Even more importantly, it gives you the chance to remember how you want to feel. Chasing the feeling rather than a goal is the most natural way of not just finding your life’s calling, but pushing yourself towards what lights you up, and living a more meaningful, fulfilling life. Careful planning helps you move forward – listening to your feelings and taking small, daily steps to bring them into life will transform your reality. There a few things that make me happier than waking up to blue skies or strolling barefoot on the beach – to me, it’s not just about enjoying the moment – it’s about the feeling of freedom and awoken curiosity that come with it. Having set base …

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Feast on London at The Ritz: The Ultimate Dinner Indulgence

Call me a hedonist, but we all deserve to spoil ourselves once in a while. In fact, I’m a huge believer that adding a bit of quality ‘me time’ to your daily routine is an essential part of self-love. And there’s nothing that says self-love quite like amazing food! I love catching up with friends over a meal – it’s such a great way to slow down time and enjoy the moment, something that’s easy to forget when you live in a busy city like London. Sometimes, a luxury is just that – sharing a meal with the people who matter the most. But if we can add a bit of fanfare to the occasion then it’s a win-win! Having moved to London two and a half years ago, I soon learned that dining out (or grabbing one too many cheeky glasses of prosecco) can quickly add up to a small fortune, but there are many ways we can all enjoy a bit of affordable luxury in the capital. Bookatable’s Feast on London, which I’ve been …

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Soul Cleansing by the Ocean: My Experience at Watergate Bay Hotel

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I declared October the month of self-care. Not in a hedonistic, self-pleasure seeking way, but rather one deriving from a sudden realisation, or a reminder rather, that self-love is where it all begins. I love to travel, inspire, and be a good friend but you can’t pour from an empty cup. As mine began dangerously nearing the bottom, I decided to fill it with love, care and kindness.   I took up yoga and meditation. Filled up my bedroom with crystals, plants, candles and books written by incredible women. As winter inevitably drew nearer, bringing gushes of rain and grey clouds over my East London home, I was determined to surround myself with light, even on the days when I didn’t quite feel like letting it in. Above all, however, I chose to begin every day by asking myself a simple yet potentially life-changing question: What is the kindest thing that I can do for myself today? It so happened that one particularly grey and uninspiring …

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Girls Getaway in Bath: Spa, Afternoon tea, Jane Austen and More

Our trip began at Paddington Station. Armed with much-needed coffee and smiling excitedly, bearing the usual signs of a girly trip away, my friend and I boarded the GWR train as the platform began filling up with the bustle of a morning rush – the smell of takeaway coffee, hurried footsteps and rushed conversations.   Just a few hours later we were in a taxi driving through quite a different world. One where Georgian townhouses hoover over the river banks as canal boats lazily pass by; where tea parlours and vintage jewellery stores line up the streets the same way they used to back in the 18th century, and airy squares complete with pretty parks add to the overall small town charm. Bath is a perfect place for a trip away. Famous for its natural hot springs (the only ones in the UK) and gorgeous 18th century architecture, the city has been the ultimate spa destination for hundreds of years, but there was one more reason behind our visit – Jane Austen’s bicentenary. UK’s most …

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The Best Photography Spots in Florence, Italy

I’ve recently got back from a trip to Florence where I used to live for nearly two years. The winding streets, gorgeous architecture and the amazing food culture stole my heart to a point where a three-day trip in 2013 ended up in me packing my bags and moving to the Tuscan capital.   What followed were quite possibly the two most charming years of my life. Waking up to the sound of church bells echoing across Piazza Santa Croce where my apartment neighboured a building once owned by Michelangelo’s family; coffee dates turning into wine-filled lunches, gorgeous sunsets over Ponte Vecchio… it was nothing short of magical, or at least it certainly seemed like it when I look at my Fiorentino life from a perspective. Returning to Florence after nearly two years away felt a bit like slipping on an old glove, the feeling of familiarity warm and comforting. But there was something else…a bittersweet strike of nostalgia hiding in every corner of Centro Storico. Being back was the perfect excuse to re-discover some of my favourite spots and, as I figured …

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A Caribbean Adventure with Sperry: Fighting Plastic Pollution & a Giveaway

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Caribbean? The delightful, yet slightly cliche, sight of white-sand beaches stretching for miles and palm trees gently swaying in the wind was the first thought that popped into my head when an email from Sperry, inviting me on a sailing adventure in Antigua, appeared in my inbox.   Turns out the reality is quite different – and it was thanks to Sperry that I learnt to look beyond the beautiful landscapes and see what’s on the inside – a plastic pollution issue that’s slowly eating up the beauty of our oceans, and of our planet. My American readers are no doubt familiar with Sperry –  the boat shoes and sea-inspired clothing brand with 82 years of marine tradition, delivering the promise of ocean adventure and discovery. Their close connection to the sea and dedication to ocean conservation led Sperry to team up with Pangaea sailing programme, run by Emily Penn, in a bid to bring attention to the plastic pollution issue affecting our oceans. …

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The Most Instagrammable London Spots to Visit This Spring

I can’t think of a more perfect time to visit London than the spring, when the city cheerfully waves goodbye to winter gloom as the streets become covered with cherry blossom. From Hyde Park to zone nine, London suddenly turns into a cherry tree oasis, and with days finally getting longer and filled with sunshine, you’ll have little reason to stay inside. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I have a rather soft spot for London’s cafe scene. In a city where new places pop up on every corner faster than you can say ‘coffee’, it’s hard to keep up but fear not – I’ve taken it upon myself to discover London’s most gorgeous cafes and equally glorious spots for your spring walk. After all, what better way to embrace the spring and the cherry blossom season than with a beetroot latte in hand, taking in the sights of London’s most Instagrammable spots? LONDON’S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFES PEGGY PORSCHEN The epitome of all things Instagrammable, Peggy Porschen is one of my favourite …

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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 …