All posts tagged: Travel

Watergtae Bay hotel review, cornwall

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

walks of Italy Tuscany tour review

Exploring Tuscany with Walks of Italy: My Experience

I’ve been living in Florence for a year and a half and yet, there are still many places in Tuscany that I haven’t got around visiting. It therefore comes as no surprise that when the lovely team from the Walks of Italy invited me to join them on their Tuscany tour, I jumped at the opportunity.   It wasn’t until a couple of days before the trip when the potential horror that I’ve always associated with organised tours kicked in. With the eyes of my imagination, I saw myself surrounded by a group of tourists armed with selfie sticks, marching one by one behind the tour leader holding a flagpole – an all too familiar sight in Florence. Well, I’m pleased to tell you that I was completely and utterly wrong! So wrong in fact that if you happen to be visiting Tuscany this summer but are short on time and don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car and figuring out your way through the Tuscan roads, I wholeheartedly recommend going on an adventure …

Gloria Atanmo, The Blog Abroad

A Day in the Life of Gloria Atanmo from The Blog Abroad

Travel is about adventure and no one does adventuring quite like Gloria Atanmo, the creative powerhouse behind The Blog Abroad where she writes about her journey as a solo female traveller in Barcelona, Spain. I had the pleasure to meet the ever so bubbly and contentiously positive Gloria at TBEX Spain and I can assure you that her blog is the perfect reflection of her character – witty, funny and inspiring wanderlust! The 25 year old, who describes herself as an adventure junkie not actively seeking treatment, is currently working on her first book about the unequivocal education of travel, risks, and hustle, due to be released in the summer 2015. Let’s find out more about Gloria and see where her love for travel will be taking her this year. What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying here ? My bed, and forever. Ha! So I’m in Barcelona and absolutely love it here, but I just recently decided my Spanish chapter will be coming to a close. I can’t say an …