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Villa Anouk, Essaouira - A Girl Who Travels

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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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 …

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 …

The Reality of Being a Digital Nomad

The Reality of Being a Digital Nomad

We’ve all seen it – a photo of a an exotic beach, softened through an Instagram filter with an inspirational quote in italics over it. In the photo, a girl with her laptop, working away from a hammock as the sun begins to set. Isn’t that what being a digital nomad is all about? Yes and no. That’s the glamorous part that we happily flaunt in people’s faces on social media, but the behind the scenes isn’t always quite as poetic. So here it is, the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a digital nomad! Your life revolves around the continuous and never-ending search for wifi And not just so you can upload a photo of your breakfast on Instagram – since you’re not working from an office and your clients are most likely based abroad, the only way you  can get in touch with them is over the Internet! This means panic attacks whenever the connection decides to die in the middle of an important Skype call, and that your choice of accommodation, cafes and restaurants is no longer based on your personal preference …

Best travel websites February 2015

Best Travel Websites: February Favourites

After a great response to my January post about Must-have Websites and Apps for Digital Nomads, I figured, why not turn it into a monthly series? I’m always searching the Internet for new, fun ways to travel and I’d love to share my finds with you! Here is a February roundup of the travel sites that I’ve been loving and finding helpful. Like a Local Guide I discovered this site while looking up non-touristy things to do on my upcoming trip to Lisbon. I love exploring news places through the eyes of the locals (in fact, ‘travelling like a local’ is becoming a fast-growing travel trend), and this site offers just that! With Like a Local Guide you can discover hidden spots and local hangouts while avoiding the tourist traps. Currently, the site covers 51 cities. The content is created by locals who lived in each place for years and really know their stuff! Travel Dudes Travel Dudes is marketed as the first social media travel platform. It’s basically a place where travellers and locals share their tips and experiences through photo stories. I really like …

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Travel Trend Report: Emerging Ski Destinations

Let’s talk travel trends! What does 2015 have in store for us? I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek into Booking.com’s recent survey of the world’s most popular ski destinations for this year and I thought it would be rude not to share! With winter still in full swing, it’s not too late to hit the slopes so if you need creative ideas for your next ski trip, keep reading. While European resorts are ranking top globally (no surprises there), with Les Menuires in Rhône-Alpes, France named the most lusted for resort, the survey has identified a significant shift towards more unusual skiing destinations. As it turns out, you don’t just walk the unbeaten path – you can now ski it too! Without further ado, here are the most unique ski destinations for 2015 from Booking.com’s list of top 20 resorts: Pyeongchang , Gangwon-Do, South Korea South Korea isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when we think about skiing, and yet, it turns out it should be! Ranked number 3 on the top ski destinations list, the resort …

Best apps and websites for digital nomads

Must-have Apps and Websites for Digital Nomads

I always love finding new ways of making my digital nomad lifestyle easier and more time-efficient. And yes, you guessed it, there’s an app for that! Since sharing is caring, I’ve put together a monthly roundup of apps and websites perfect for digital nomads and travellers, which I discovered or started using in January. If you like this post and would like me to turn it into a monthly series, please comment below! WEBSITES 1.Trip Fiction (Free) With this website you can search for and buy location-based novels. Be sure to use it before your next big trip – as the creators of Trip Fiction note, literature helps understand a place on a much more intimate level than a book guide! 2. Desks Near Me  (Free) Perfect for digital nomads who are tired of working from home (or the beach), Desks Near Me helps you find work space in your area, sometimes for as little as €14  a day. I came across this site through Nomadic Notes – thanks James! 3. Workfrom  (Free) If you prefer working from a …

Movies that Will make You want to Travel

Eight Movies That Will Inspire You to Travel

Whether you’re planning a trip or looking for travel inspiration, these films will inspire you to pack your bags and go on an adventure. Grab your popcorn and wanderlust away! INTO THE WILD (2007) Location: South Dakota to Alaska Plot: Christopher McCandless , son of wealthy parents graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness. VICKY, CRISTINA, BARCELONA (2008) Location: Barcelona, Spain Plot: Americans Vicky and Cristina arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend’s Barcelona home. Visiting an art gallery, they meet seductive painter Juan Antonio, who invites them for a weekend of food, art and sex. Sparks really ignite when his fiery former lover arrives on the scene, making for a very crowded house. WILD (2014) Location: Pacific Crest Trail, USA Plot: Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into …

How to become a digital nomad and travel the world, quit 9-5

How to Become a Digital Nomad and Travel the World Forever

Digital nomad has recently become a bit of a buzzword. It refers to a location-independent person who combines work with travel using digital technology. Digital nomads are usually freelancers, contractors and business owners whose work doesn’t bound them to one location. They can basically work from anywhere in the world. Keep reading to find out how to become one! Working in digital offers some of the best opportunities for remote work. Since all your projects are based online, you can work from anywhere, as long as you have wifi access! A dream come true for travel lovers? Absolutely. I’ve been working freelance as an SEO specialist and living the life of a digital nomad for 3 years. I’m not always on the move as I like having a base in between my trips but more often than not, I’m on the road and my work is travelling with me. As I’m typing this, I’m sat on the top floor of a medieval convent-turned library in the historical centre of Florence, Italy. It’s a crisp, winter morning; the sky is …

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Why Every Woman Should Travel Solo

Have you been wanting to travel solo but keep coming up with excuses not to? It’s not an exaggeration to say that solo travel is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences, and it would be a great shame to let it slip without even trying. With the New Year coming up, you couldn’t ask for a better time to  make a few changes in your life and try something new. Here’s why I think every woman should travel solo and how solo travel can help you become a stronger, more self-assured and loving person. Redesign Yourself Arriving at a new place where no one knows you, where you’re free from the influence of your friends, your family’s expectations and your usual day-to-day schedule, gives you the perfect chance to truly concentrate on yourself. Sometimes we lose ourselves, living the life we never really wanted just because someone, somewhere along the way told us that it would be good for us. Ask yourself: what is it that you really want? What would you do if you didn’t …