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Freelance Digital Marketer by day. I travel, shop and eat as much as I can, and write about it all here.
2019-10-15 17:18
Last month, I was lucky enough to spend five days in Wallonia, Belgium, exploring everything the region has to offer. We started and ended our trip with a few days in the quirky, cool city&h&hell…Read More
Scuba Diving In The Great Barrier Reef
2019-04-03 16:17
Are you for Scube-ergh? If you’ve seen the film Along Came Polly, we’re a lot like Ruben and Polly. He is very risk-adverse, whereas I’m probably too laid back. Having sai… Read More
The Great Ocean Road
2019-04-02 15:15
We woke early and excitable on our second morning in Melbourne, for our pick-up. We were going on an adventure along the Great Ocean Road.   Our lovely tour guide from Bunyip Tours dro… Read More
3 Days In Melbourne On A Budget
2019-03-29 11:41
Melbourne stands out as one of the places we most felt connected to on our whole trip. We instantly felt right at home here. Perhaps it was the victorian red brick architecture, and the tra… Read More
36 Hours In Sydney (on A Budget)
2019-02-03 06:49
Ahh Sydney… I’ve longed to visit this city for as long as I can remember.  As I wandered around the Opera House at midnight when we first arrived, I thought about why it&r&helli…Read More
Bangkok
2019-02-03 04:46
Bangkok was our final stop in Asia for us (if you don’t count a 9 hour layover in Singapore). We really, really enjoyed our time there, and both of us felt like we could happily&helli&helli…Read More
Angkor Wat
2019-02-02 07:31
Leaving Coconut Beach on the 23rd of December, we spent the Christmas period in a beautiful retreat just outside of Phnom Penh, doing yoga, drinking lots of green juice, and with our phones… Read More
Coconut Beach, Koh Rong
2019-02-02 04:53
I have found a perfect little paradise that you must visit some day. It’s on the popular Cambodian island Koh Rong, but it’s a million miles away from being a busy party beach… Read More
Kampot
2019-02-02 04:27
Arriving in Kampot after a torturous overnight bus from Ho Chi Minh was a blessed relief. This calm little place has its own charm, and we had a relaxing couple of days. It’s one of&h&helli…Read More
7 Tips For Shopping On Your Travels
2019-01-02 10:31
Granted shopping is not high on the agenda for any backpacker, but if like me you’re travelling sans backpack, and you’re partial to a bargain, you may want to read on. Below ar… Read More
Ho Chi Minh
2019-01-01 10:22
I LOVE HO CHI MINH. I really do. We had the best few days in this city, that had a totally different vibe to Hanoi if you ask me. But I’m jumping way ahead. We… View Full Post… Read More
Hanoi
2018-12-27 04:10
Arriving in Hanoi from Chiang Mai was a bit like getting slapped across the face with a wet fish. When we had told people our plans, they has said things like ‘Oh you think it’s… Read More
Bonsai Cruise, Ho Chi Minh
2018-12-20 03:17
For our last evening in Ho Chi Minh, we were invited on-board the Bonsai Legacy Cruise with the promise of a delicious dinner and two hours of immersive entertainment, showcasing local cult… Read More
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai
2018-12-17 08:49
On our last full day in Chiangmai, we did something very special, that I have wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. We went to an Elephant Sanctuary. I’ve never seen elephants… Read More
Halong Bay
2018-12-16 08:10
Last week, we escaped the intense heat and busyness of Hanoi for a two day, one night cruise to Halong Bay with Bhaya Cruises. Halong Bay is considered to be one of the world’s g… Read More
Samlor Tour, Chiang Mai
2018-12-11 03:58
In Thailand, everywhere you go you’ll hear ‘Tuk Tuk’ tweeted at you as you walk by. Yes they’re fun every now and then, and of course get you where you’re head… Read More
2018-12-08 13:57
Coming from the sleepy Koh Jum to hectic Chiang Mai felt like a harsh change of pace (little did we know what awaited us in Hanoi, but that’s another story…). We flew from Krab… Read More
Krabi, Ko Lanta And Koh Jum
2018-12-08 05:21
So we’re here! 2.5 weeks in and loving life on the road. Granted we’re still getting to grips with managing our time well enough to actually get some work done and not just have… Read More
How To Plan A California Road Trip
2018-10-09 12:44
  A California Road Trip makes for an absolutely epic holiday. Ahh the romance of drifting along the Route 1 highway, just like in the movies. But there is so much more to this state&h&helli…Read More
Santa Barbara
2018-09-28 18:39
On our way back up the coast, we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for a couple of nights. Not really knowing what to expect, we fell hook line and sinker for this city with… View Ful… Read More
2018-09-21 19:17
After a wonderful few days of being at one with nature in Yosemite, we set off for La La Land. Arriving just in time for the lunchtime gridlock traffic on Sunset, we finally made it…… Read More
Yosemite National Park
2018-09-17 19:20
After a long, winding (and extremely car sick) drive, we arrived in Yosemite. This is the place I’ve been dreaming of ever since I last visited with my family, ten years ago. I must h… Read More
2018-09-16 07:30
After a busy few days of exploring everything San Francisco had to offer, our friends who moved to Oakland around 25 years ago, took us on a trip to a very special place.    &hell&helli…Read More
Mindful Massage
2018-08-01 19:08
I’ve had a wonderfully zen start to my day. I was invited along to The Spa at The Midland to experience their new Mindful Massage treatment. I love to meditate (well…I love to… Read More
Learning How To Drive
2018-07-30 13:51
I’m taking a mini hiatus from my California Road Trip blog posts (I have loads coming up!) to talk about something a little different today… Today, I’m celebrating. … Read More
Exploring San Francisco
2018-07-05 09:45
We kicked off our California road trip in San Francisco. Arriving early evening (thanks to the 2.5 hour queue to get through security) we stayed our first night right in the thick of it all… Read More
Notting Hill Pastels
2018-06-17 22:15
  I’m back from a whirlwind two weeks, road-tripping around California. Whilst I’m still battling the jet lag, the washing and trying to import all the photos from my FIVE… Read More
A Weekend In Hamburg
2018-05-27 21:54
Ever since our trip to Berlin last year, I’ve wanted to explore more of Germany. I’ve heard the lakes in the south are spectacular, but the northern city of Hamburg has been rec… Read More
The Sunday Edit Returns + Life Updates
2018-04-22 08:00
So this series of bi-weekly blog posts I announced a few months back never really happened did it? Oops, must try harder. I’m kicking it off again with a little life update and a load… Read More
Navy Cords
2018-04-09 20:12
  I’ve been on the hunt for an alternative to wearing jeans everyday, and these high waisted cords are the answer.        Corduroy has been everywhere through… Read More
Spring High Street Haul
2018-03-14 18:30
 I’ve done another video for my new YouTube channel. This time a spring high street haul, showing you some really nice pieces I’ve bought lately and have been loving.&nb&helli…Read More
Granada, Spain
2018-03-13 19:43
  Our little weekend escape to Granada was just what the doctor ordered. 45 minutes of wifi a day, no phone signal, no make-up, no worries. We went for long walks then came home and&he&helli…Read More
Alhambra, Spain
2018-03-05 21:09
A couple of weekends ago, Marc and I headed out to rural southern Spain to visit his parents and their owner, Mollie, for a few days of walking, eating and relaxing. Marc’s mum recent… Read More
Lemon Polenta Cake
2018-03-04 13:30
  This Lemon Polenta Cake is what I bake for every birthday, every dinner party, celebration or bake sale. It is beyond simple, my recipe never fails, and the pleasantly grainy texture… Read More
Cape Town Travel Vlog
2018-02-13 22:20
  My first foray into YouTubing *GULP. So I’ve been umming and ahhing about making YouTube videos of my travels for quite some time now. Just before we went to Cape Town, I decid… Read More
Franschhoek And The Wine Tram
2018-02-12 15:59
  I’ve just got back from an incredible trip in Cape Town. I’ve got loads of photos and even a travel video to share with you (my first foray into YouTube eek). For now tho… Read More
The Sunday Edit
2018-01-21 11:07
I’ve been thinking for a while now about doing a Sunday blog post series where I can collate all of my recommendations and links to interesting articles I’ve read, podcast episo… Read More
7 Films To Watch Now | 2018
2018-01-19 13:06
  In an attempt to rest my liver, I’ve banished G&T’s from my diet and instead have enjoyed binging on some utterly brilliant films of late. My January weekends have so… Read More
BooHoo FIT
2018-01-17 22:55
Last week, I joined the lovely ladies from Boohoo to celebrate the launch of the new FIT range. The collection features functional but highly stylish athleisure wear. Nice enough to we… Read More
Travel List 2018
2018-01-12 11:33
Being a travel blogger, finding new places to lust after is forever high up on my agenda. I wrote a travel bucket list a couple of years ago, which gave me a good excuse to… View Ful… Read More
Christmas Cocktails
2017-12-22 10:30
  Happiness is… Christmas Day morning, surrounded by my family. All of us in cosy PJ’s, trying to help my mum (but inevitably getting in the way) in the kitchen, snacking… Read More
The Ultimate Christmas Snack Board
2017-12-20 10:12
  I came across these insane ‘Christmas Cheeseboards’ on Pinterest last year and being the greedy guts that I am, have been dying to give it a go myself ever since. Boxing… Read More
It’s Christmas Time…
2017-11-27 19:13
  Bucks fizz breakfasts, lounging around in pyjamas until midday, numerous visits to the cheeseboard and lunch with the in-laws. Comfort is king this time of year, and elasticated wais… Read More
Christmas Gift Guide For Him
2017-11-21 13:39
Choosing really good gifts for guys is no easy task. I struggle every year to think of something more exciting than socks (although inevitably this gift guide contains two pairs of very nic… Read More
Christmas Gift Guide
2017-11-17 14:34
  Holidays are coming… Some of us (myself included) prefer to tackle all Christmas gift buying from the sofa with a glass of wine in hand, whilst others brave the crowds and mak… Read More
Food Assembly + Thai Pumpkin Curry Recipe
2017-11-14 19:10
I think I’ve mentioned recently in another post that Marc and I have been eating a lot less meat over the last six months, and trying to up our vegetable intake (case in point, this&h&helli…Read More

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