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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Heaven on Earth Waiting to Be Discovered

Red currant fields and square-shaped houses resembling toy blocks slowly disappearing in the distance, an occasional fruit merchant perched by the roadside… If you’re entering Bosnia and Herzegovina through its Croatian border with Dubrovnik, there isn’t much that will prepare you for its beauty. The country’s charm catches you off guard. As soon as your heart sinks at the sight of bullet marks still visible in some buildings or at the concrete walls of housing estates marking the war and post war-period, Bosnia and Herzegovina surprises you with a sight so stunning that it makes you look twice, wishing that you wouldn’t have to leave. Emerald rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills overlooking the country’s many lakes, the ottoman heritage which makes you feel as if you suddenly found yourself in Turkey… Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mosaic of natural beauty and fascinating culture. The best thing about it? It’s still very much a road less travelled amongst Europe’s popular routes which means that you can have a piece of this green paradise (almost) all to yourself. Without further ado, let’s find …

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Split in One Day: Things to Do & See

Split, perched quietly on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, might’ve not been built in a day but as it turns out, it can be pretty much seen in a day. While you won’t be able to experience everything the city has to offer in just a day, luckily Split is small enough to let you explore its most charming sites without feeling rushed. I visited Split two days ago en route to Bosnia, and I was surprised how much I got to see in just under 7 hours. I’m not one to rush through, hectically ticking things off my list, so all these sites can be seen at a perfectly slow pace, an hour long lunch, dinner and a coffee stop included. Let’s jump straight into it! THE OLD TOWN Don’t let the tacky tourist shops, travel agencies and fast food stands cramped together by the ferry docks and the bus station bring your spirits down – once you flee the madness (and the smell of burnt pizza), you’ll find yourself  at the pretty marina lined up with palm trees and flowers. From …

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Why You Should Pack Your Bags and Travel to Lisbon

I’ve recently got back from a trip to Lisbon and I think I’m in love! The city is not only just as charming as everyone makes it out to be; it has a fascinating contemporary edge, the result of a brilliant mix between the creativity of the local fashion scene and the ever-so-expressive youth culture.  Lisbon is a historical city with a youthful spirit where one moment you’re listening to fado, and the next, browsing through concept stores and sipping organic lemonade at some of Europe’s most hipster spots.  Are you ready to pack your bags? You should be! The cityscape Lisbon is a unique city. Spread across seven hills overlooking the ocean, its landscape is mapped out by curvy, steep streets,  lined up with quaint houses with ochre-orange rooftops, at the bottom of which the iconic yellow trams cheerfully swing by. Yes, it really is as idyllic as it sounds! To fully appreciate just how picture-perfect Lisbon is (excuse the cliché but it’s fully justifiable), make sure to visit the viewpoints. My favourites were Miradouro das Portas do Sol in Alfama, Miradouro de São Pedro de …

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Five Unmissable Japanese Experiences

From Tokyo’s dizzying skyscrapes and head-spinning nightlife to the stunning temples of Kyoto, you’ll never be short of things to do in Japan. It’s been my childhood dream to visit this beautiful country (I’m sure those of you who grew up watching Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball can relate!) and when it finally came true, it left me craving for more! It’s impossible to experience everything that Japan has to offer in one trip, so I put together a list of some of the most exciting Japanese experiences to get you started. 1. Visit Mnt Fuji duirng the Shibazakura Festival Your trip to Mnt Fuji won’t be complete if you don’t visit during the Shibazakura Festival when thousands of pink shibazakura flowers blossom at the foot of the mountain. This is the time when the area magically transforms into a fairy-tale like oasis – pick a clear day for your visit to guarantee great views of Mnt Fuji, towering majestically over the flowers. The flowers bloom between mid April till the end of May. 2. Stay at a traditional hotel Staying …