Crete - Top 7 Excursions

Crete - Top 7 Excursions

Being the largest of the Greek Islands means that it is packed full of things to do. Especially if, like me, you visit for a week.

I took a trip here in July with my mumma as we both fancied sun, good food and activities to keep us entertained. I’m not the biggest fan of chilling by a pool for hours on end, if you can’t tell already, I need to be on the move exploring.

Naturally, there is a great deal of exploring to be done in Crete. Rugged landscapes, isolated islands, ancient myths and the prettiest marinas. You’d need a lot more than a week to truly explore Crete but the following suggestions will help you on your way.

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Must See Guide to Iceland

Must See Guide to Iceland

I get asked many times what are the top things to do and see in Iceland on your first visit. As Iceland is very popular and offers a plethora of experiences I have created a quick List to help you plan your trip and hit all the major sites and attractions in Reykjavik and beyond. 

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Japan Dream Itinerary - How to spend 3 weeks in Japan

Japan Dream Itinerary - How to spend 3 weeks in Japan

Japan has to be a top bucket list or dream destination right?

For most of us it’s a long flight away, on the pricey side, needing 3 weeks of your attention - it’s a lot to commit too. Hence why is remains a dream I guess.

Heading to Japan has been 25 years in the making for me, yet I have still never been. I thought how can I make this a reality - write out a 3 week itinerary to Japan of course! Spending hours researching, finding tour operators and incredible hotels and experiences has made me more committed to going. I thought as I only share where I’ve been, every adventure starts with research so why not share what I have found so far? In case, this is your dream location to, you will have an itinerary that hits all the sweet spots.

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3 days in Porto Itinerary

3 days in Porto Itinerary

If you want a city break that’s sole focus is it’s delicious food and wine, colourful and bright architecture, warm sunny days and makes you feel happy and relaxed; Porto is for you.

For some reason everyone tends to favour a trip to Lisbon over Porto, which is crazy as I definitely feel that Porto has the upper hand. Any place that’s named after the wine it produces is surely a winning destination! Am I right?

I visited Porto for 3 days in May with my besties and had one hell of an epic trip. May have put on a few pounds and my liver was furious but trust me it’s all worth it.

Read on for a detailed 3 day itinerary to Porto, with a few nuggets of information on where to stay and essentials for your own epic Porto visit.

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How to spend 2 days in Edinburgh, Scotland

How to spend 2 days in Edinburgh, Scotland

Do you only have two days in Edinburgh? You want to maximise your weekend but don’t want to miss out the Must See Attractions and are struggling to create the perfect two day itinerary? No problem, this blog post is the answer. I have visited Edinburgh for two days and saw the major highlights of the city as well as having time to enjoy food, drink and shopping. Follow my 2 day itinerary for a successful weekend break.

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Three days in Rome | Your Must-See Guide

Three days in Rome | Your Must-See Guide

I have a degree in History and Ancient History so clearly I tend to gravitate toward historical Sites. Rome is literally the Holy Grail for History Lovers but there is way too much to fit in. Crazy, I know.

I have created a three day Itinerary which I have personally tried and tested twice before with two different groups of people and we managed to do all of the following sites/areas with time to spare. Warning: if you have what I like to call a Moody Michael who hates walking...prepare for them to be very moody indeed. There's a lot of walking required but it is worth it.

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4 ways to practice Daily Gratitude

4 ways to practice Daily Gratitude

Question. How often do you look around you and appreciate all you have?

Do you ever think to yourself “I am grateful for everything I have”? Or do you focus on all the things missing?

Life throws so much at us that can bring us down and we forget about all the great things we have around us. Practising gratitude has scientifically proven positive benefits to our wellbeing and mindset.

Everyday I set aside time to be in the moment and feel blessed for all that comes to me. Below are my top 4 practices for daily gratitude that are easy to start TODAY. Get your Gratitude on!

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Top 5 Christmas Weekend Breaks in Europe

Top 5 Christmas Weekend Breaks in Europe

Christmas is by far the best time of year and our European friends get it spot on with their Christmas markets. Every year I book a trip for some Yuletide fun. If you like Mulled Wine, delicious pastries, handcrafted Christmas decorations and freezing your asses off; here are my top European Christmas Markets to visit. 

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Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market

I have a confession. Although I have lived in England for 28 years, I have never set foot on Scottish soil! Phew, it feels better to get that out the way, but now I can say, I have popped my Scottish cherry and it felt wonderful.

I have so much to write and show you from my Edinburgh trip so I thought I would start festive. Everyone loves a Christmas Market right? I know I do. Here is a short guide to fully engage your Christmas Cheer. 

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Travel Guide | Salem, MA

Travel Guide | Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts is a bewitching coastal town, filled with history, diversity, great food and of course magic! I have been fortunate to visit twice, and I can hands down say it is one of my favourite places in the world. I fell in love with this charming town within 15 minutes. It's friendly, welcoming, quirky, homely, pretty, and above all different. Sorry to sound cliche but it generally does have something for everyone. 

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Things to do in the Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

Things to do in the Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Royal Forest of Dean is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of the UK and I am blessed to call it home. If you are looking for a break with spectacular views, encounters with wildlife, fun on water and a good old country pub; the Forest of Dean will meet your every desire.  

There are so many activities to get stuck into and with the local area being breathtakingly beautiful, you will love every minute. There are lots of things to do in the Forest of Dean that it can be hard to narrow it down so I have curated my favourite places to visit here in the Forest of Dean. 

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Ljubljana | The Ultimate City Guide

Ljubljana | The Ultimate City Guide

In the past few years Slovenia has started to slip into travel bucket lists around the world. It's capital city, Ljubljana (Lub-lee-ann-uh) is a perfect European city break with fusions of Central European and Mediterranean influences, chilled vibes, beautiful wine and beer, the cutest Cafes and delicious food. 

In this guide, you will learn how to get around, places to stay, top things to do, best restaurants as well as shopping recommendations. 

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Where to stay in Rome | Affordable Luxury Hotels

Where to stay in Rome | Affordable Luxury Hotels

Finding accommodation in Rome is no mean feat with so many to choose from and ranging in prices, where do you even begin to look? Never mind book anything! Hotels in Rome are diverse and depending on location can be very expensive. Do you want a boutique hotel with a rooftop terrace or a cute 3 star hotel in central Rome? Anything goes in the Eternal City. 

Before thinking of the hotel itself, I find it is easier to choose the neighbourhood that suits your style, taste and price range. In this guide I have split my recommendations into 5 neighbourhoods, focusing on 3 - 5 star hotels in Rome suited for different budgets and of course with the emphasis on affordable luxury. 

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Review | Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam Hotel

Review | Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam Hotel

The Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam is a 5 star, ideally located, force to be reckoned with US Boutique hotel in Central Amsterdam. With 274 deluxe rooms as well as 15 rooms in original 17th Century Townhouses the Kimpton really does have tons of character and charm.

I've had my eye on the Kimpton De Witt since last year as I loved the modern and botanical style plus the location looked ideal for a first visit, so naturally it was my first choice. As I live for affordable luxury, I took one look at the pictures and knew I didn't care about the price as I wanted to experience this gorgeous boutique hotel for you, the readers (not for myself of course).

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