Author: A Girl Who Travels

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norwar Best Served Scandinavia

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. …

Maldives Club Med Kani

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 …

William AXA Global Adventure

How to Make Your Travel Dreams a Reality With AXA

Travelling has always been a passion of mine, however, being able to turn it into a lifestyle where every month brings an exciting dose of new experiences and the road no longer represents the unknown but becomes home, has for a long time seemed like a dream. When, a couple of years back, I left my 9-5 and began working freelance that dream became a reality which, at times, still doesn’t feel quite real. I can’t help but look back at 2015 and smile. From celebrating the Carnival in Venice, becoming friends with some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever had the chance to meet at TBEX Spain and Thailand, exploring the Balkans and flying halfway across the world to Bali to eventually decide to follow my heart and move to London, 2015 has been quite a ride. While I’ve worked extremely hard to sustain my travel lifestyle, I realise that not everyone is willing, or in the position, to take the same risks as I have. This is precisely why, when approached by …

the melita house hotel review, london

London Calling: The Melita Review

Set in the heart of Pimlico in London’s Westminster where the perfectly manicured Victorian townhouses surround equally polished streets, The Melita may seem like an odd choice for a budget traveller and yet, with rates starting at £88 for a single and £118 for a double room in October, this gorgeous hotel stands out amongst its three star competitors.   Quintessentially British, I loved arriving at The Melita’s front door to be greeted by an immaculately white entryway supported by two pillars proudly adorned with British flags – I believe that the devil’s in the details when it comes to accommodation and the Melita got it spot on! I spent two nights at the hotel’s newly refurbished superior room which was a definite highlight of my stay. Offering a much more exclusive feel that the standard rooms, the double was relatively small but very comfortable  – I was certainly happy to see the large bed with heavenly comfortable pillows after getting off my early morning flight! The building housing The Melita dates back to the …

William Goodenough Collage accommodation review

Experiencing Uni Life in London: University Rooms Review

What does Harry Potter, an accommodation provider and one of London’s most upmarket districts have in common? More than you might think as it turns out!   Being a relentless traveller that I am, country hopping every few weeks, means that I’m always on the lookout for fun, unique ways to travel. This doesn’t just mean finding flight deals or researching the latest hot spots, but also jazzing it up a bit in the accommodation department. When, years ago, I discovered AirBnB I thought I hit the jackpot but it so happens that there’s a new cool kid in town…University Rooms! I discovered them when researching London accommodation back in September, my goal being booking a place somewhere nice and comfortable, without suffering a heart attack at the sight of the bill. This is when University Rooms came in. A unique (and may I add, rather economical) bed and breakfast alternative to hotels, they provide accommodation at university colleges and student residences in 75 cities worldwide, filling rooms which would otherwise stay empty. Genius! With …

Clink78 review, Clink Hostels London

Experience Clink78, London’s Most Unique Hostel

I think we all know the struggle of travelling to a place like London all too well… It’s an amazing experience but comes, quite literally, at a price. If, like me, you’re hesitant to spend your life’s savings on London accommodation then I have a solution for you – Clink78!   This 200 year old courtroom turned hostel located conveniently by the bustling Kings Cross combines Victorian decor with a fun, youthful vibe, but there’s a twist: aside from offering private, single-sex and mixed facilities, Clink78 gives you the chance to bring your experience a step further and sleep in authentic prison cells (don’t worry, they’ve all been refurbished to add much needed colour and warmth)! Perfect for sharing with your partner in crime, you’ll be in a great company too  – Clink78 is where the Clash were famously fined. Before I go into describing my experience in more detail, let me be honest with you: I’ve never been a fan of hostels –  as much as I love to travel, the idea of sharing a, possibly dingy and drabby, …

Best places to see in Northumberland, England

England’s Most Beautiful and Underrated Gem That You’re Missing Out On

What is the first place that comes to mind when you think of England? London has long been considered the quintessentially  British destination and for a good reason, but what if I told you that there’s a place just a few hours train ride away, where medieval castles are scattered along the rugged coast, the cool wind carries the smell of the sea and tiny islands are filled with scenery and history straight out of a romantic novel?   Northumberland in North East England is quite possibly the most underrated region in the country. Wild-spirited and unapologetically beautiful in its raw simplicity, its value doesn’t end at picture-perfect landscapes. The North East is known to be one of the cheapest regions in England and offers fabulous value for money compared to the typical tourist destinations like London or Cambridge in the South. Another benefit? It lies on the border Scotland with an easy access to Edinburgh, the region’s most magical city! My backyard during the 6 years I’ve spent living in the UK, I was absolutely delighted to …