The Benefits of Learning a Language

The benefits of learning a language

About 40% of the world’s population are monolingual. And that’s genuinely one of the scariest statistics I’ve ever heard. With so many people only speaking one language, how can we expect to understand and be understood by each other? I’ll admit I used to be one of those people that relied on my mum’s rusty[…]

Unusual things to do in London

Unusual things to do in London

London is one of the coolest cities in the world, and usually one of the first stops on a UK itinerary. But it didn’t get that reputation because of its major tourist attractions, oh no! What makes London special is the sheer amount of things you can do off the beaten track, whether that involves eating,[…]

Home from home: the importance of good accommodation

Good accommodation

Picture the scene. You’ve just rocked up to your accommodation after an 18 hour journey. Your bags feel heavier than ever, you’ve not slept for nearly 30 hours, your armpits stink, you’re sweating profusely, you can’t feel your feet, your hair is greasy, your head hurts and you’ve got the worst halitosis imaginable. Now- where[…]

Living in the Lap of Luxury

I like to think that I’m not very picky. Give me cotton sheets over silk, custard over creme brûlée, or cava over champagne and I’ll be just as happy. And, until last weekend, I would have chosen a trip abroad over a staycation in a heartbeat. Yet, last weekend changed all of that. It was only my[…]

My Big Fat American Road Trip

My Big Fat American Road Trip: Route 66

Way back in 2009, I landed in Los Angeles ready for an adventure. I was nervous, but with 3 USA stamps already in my passport, the country felt strangely familiar. In fact, I had even visited Los Angeles before, but this time, there was one key difference. I was on my own… …Well, kind of.[…]

A Right Royal Weekend in Kent

Rochester Castle

I love surprises. Especially surprises that involve going somewhere. So when Tim told me to pack my bags and get in the car for a weekend away, I couldn’t wait. Being a bit of a fan of historic cities and mediaeval history, he had organised a trip to Kent which is just full of castles,[…]

Dos and Don’ts for a long weekend in Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is just one of those places everyone has to go to one day. It’s got so much going for it – great food, attractive people, beautiful sights, all topped off with a laid back, cultural vibe you only get in Europe. But with so much to do and see, where do you start? Here[…]

Around the World… in Cocktails!

Around the World... in Cocktails!

For my birthday this year I’ve decided to celebrate in the best way possible. On a round the world trip! But this isn’t just any kind of round the world trip. I’m doing it all from the comfort of my home in the company of my friends. The world is coming to us… via cocktails![…]

Nervous Flyer Tips

How to travel in South Africa: public transport

The truth is, I’m a bit of a nervous flyer. Tips to cope with flight anxiety have helped me learnt to control my fear of flying, but it’s taken me a while to get there and to start looking forward to my next flight! In this post, I’ll share some of the tips, advice and[…]