When the outtakes are better than the video you're making 😂
I've been meaning to start a new series for a while, where I share the kinds of stories I don't usually tell. Essentially, this is an excuse for me to practice the kind of writing I love, without worrying about whether it fits in with a brand message or if anyone will actually read it.
I want my blog to show the side of #travel that I fell in love with - the random connections, the kindnesses of strangers, and the silly moments that come from navigating strange lands. These little fleeting moments or beautiful memories don't always fit in with the "top tens" or guide posts that bring my blog traffic, and they rarely fit in with the brief that a press trip sponsor gives me. But I still want to tell them - so I figure from now on, I'll make time to do so.
Because what’s the point of being a writer with no boss or editor or agent, if you can’t write exactly what you want to every once in a while?
My Trek family 💖 heading home today and my hearts breaking a tiny bit to be leaving such an amazing bunch. Reunion next year yeah?!
I know I say this a lot, but this really has been one of the most incredible trips of my life. Some trips are good because of the landscapes, or the amazing stuff you do - but the best trips are good because of the people you meet. And honestly these are some of the most lovely, fun, incredible people I've ever had the good fortune to travel with. I'm gonna miss the breakfast bants, the tent related innuendos, the bus ride singalongs, the campfire confessions, and most of all our two fabulous guides Heather and Will. They totally made the trip for me!
So much love for this crew. Now I'm just gonna hide in the back of the bus and refuse to go home 😂 You can't make me leave!
📸 by Fordtography
I've had no WiFi or signal for the past couple of days whole we've been camping in Wells Gray Provincial Park 🇨🇦 it has been so nice to just switch off and hang out with the other folks on the trip without constantly checking my phone (I know, I know, bad blogger 😂)
It was all about the waterfalls in Wells Gray! Spent a lovely couple of days hiking through stunning landscapes, gazing at incredible waterfalls, and hanging out at our cowboy ranch campsite 🤠 Even cooked dinner for 14 people one night over a camping stove... so many new things on this trip. I have SO many photos to share, but right now I'm gonna go back to gazing out the window at gorgeous BC 😍
#ITrekHere #ExploreCanada #HelloBC
One more quick pic from my helicopter trip yesterday, courtesy of Fordtography 😍 I honestly can't tell you how much that experience meant to me. I welled up as we flew over the mountains!! It's a long time since an experience moved me to tears, but I can't express how much it meant to me. It was just such an incredibly special experience... I feel so flipping lucky to be here 💖 #ITrekHere
Oh my GOSSSSSHHHHHH yesterday was so flipping AWESOME 🤩😍🇨🇦 We took a helicopter ride over the Rockies in Travel Alberta and I just can't even tell you how good it was!
First time EVER in a helicopter and a massive bucket list tick for me! So so so good 💖 Thanks Rockies Heli Canada for one of the most amazing experiences of my life!
A few snappy snaps from the first two days of our Trek America Travel trip in CANADA BABY 🍁😄
A cheeky hike up Tunnel Mountain yesterday, camping in Banff National Park, and canoeing on Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park today. Its been pretty flipping epic so far 😄 can't wait to see more of this glorious country! Stay tuuuned for more pics!
It's #WorldOceansDay today and to celebrate - I'd like to remind you all that you can get 15% off a Water-to-Go filter bottle with my discount code, ELUX15 🎉
Plastic waste is one of the biggest threats to our oceans, and there are loads of simple steps you can take to help reduce it. Like using your own BPA fee bottle instead of buying bottled water!
The Water-to-Go bottle is fab because it filters water from ANY non-salt water source. So you can take it travelling with you and fill up from even the dodgiest looking tap in Asia 😁
A few highlights from my stay Cap Maison Resort & Spa in St Lucia 🇱🇨...
Currently I'm sitting in a pool of jetlag feeling like my brain's about to explode and acting pretty sorry for myself 😂 Just trying to edit photos and process the memories from a seriously indulgent trip!
Cooking lessons with the head chef and with an awesome local family, cocktail making classes, a market tour, chocolate making, waterfalls, an active volcano, and SO much more. It was a busy few days but also one of the most relaxing trips I've had in a while - that island life is catching I guess 😍
Spent the morning learning to cook traditional style Creole food in a family home in St Lucia...
Pesky little brother making us all giggle, hearty mutton stew bubbling over a coal fire out back, LOTS of great food, and some 80% proof rum to help wash it all down 😂 Definitely one of the best experiences I've had on this island 😍🇱🇨
Thanks Cap Maison Resort & Spa for organising!
This week I'm staying at the gorgeous Cap Maison Resort & Spa in St Lucia 🇱🇨 and its just the most stunning hotel! This is my first time in the Caribbean and I feel like I'm starting off right 😍
BOOM! Another month over, another monthly round-up full of my inane chatter 😂 Come check it out!!!
NEW! My 3 Day Itinerary for Singapore
Focusing on three incredibly different sides to the country... history and tradition, modern culture, and nature. All in three days!
Massive thank you to Norwegian and VisitSingapore for their help on this. Also to Naumi Hotels for hosting us, and WOK 'n' STROLL-Culinary Adventures in Singapore for a fab food tour!
NEW! A Baltic Cruise on the Regal Princess ⚓
My full, in-depth write up of our ten day trip with Princess Cruises through Scandinavia and Russia 😍 Featuring a full review of the ship (or at least - of all the parts I saw and tried 🛳️) as well as a glimpse into what cruising is like, and why this itinerary is perfect for cruisers of all ages!
Have you been on a cruise before? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one!
Check out this amazing contest for your chance to win an unforgettable exclusive trip to Spain! I adore #VisitSpain as you know - and this amazing prize looks absolutely out of this world!
NEW! Part Two of my full-length video all about the Maharajas' Express
This is just the teaser so click through to watch the full video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wYG_DhWy7qM
A silly, behind-the-scenes look at our #IndiaBlogTrain trip. With some seriously bad dancing, a few silly moments, and some giggles with XameliaX at the erotic-carving-covered Khajuraho temple complex!
Also starring Annika from @The Midnight Blue Elephant, Brent the Good Things Guy, and Jayne from @Girl Tweets World
Just editing my second India video (FINALLY) and came across this utter utter gem that sadly won't make the final cut!
XameliaX and The Midnight Blue Elephant discussing the difference between concubines and mistresses 😂
Check out my latest freelance post for Avanti - all about one of my favourite parts of England!
NEW! My review of the food scene on board the Regal Princess!
If you were worried about getting bored of eating in the same place every night on a cruise ship - let me show you how wrong you are! There were so many dining options to choose from on the Regal Princess I couldn't even make it to all of them in 11 days 😂
NEW! Highlights of St Petersburg with Princess Cruises ❤️
I'm so excited to bring you the first post from my recent cruise🛳️ round Scandinavia and Russia - all about beautiful St Petersburg. This was definitely my cruise highlight and I've rammed the post full of all my favourite photos from the two days we spent there 😍 So come check it out and discover St Petersburg with me!
Have you visited Russia? What did you think of it?
This is my new favourite advert 😂 NZ has been on my wish list forever, need to.make it happen! #getnzonthemap
NEW POST - 50 Unique Things to do in Weymouth and Portland
I've been working on this one for WEEKS and I'm so excited to finally bring you this mahooooosive guide to my hometown. This is everything you need to see, eat, and do in #Weymouth - from quirky festivals to epic seafood, and everything in between.
Any weymouth locals out there? Let me know if you think I missed something!
Thanks for the images VisitEngland and We Are Weymouth UK ❤️😘
Annnnd goodbye Regal Princess 👋😘
Tallinn 🇪🇪 ~ St Petersburg 🇷🇺 ~ Helsinki 🇫🇮 ~ Stockholm 🇸🇪 ~ Copenhagen 🇩🇰 ~ Oslo 🇳🇴
It's been a pretty epic 11 days ❤️ My favourite stop was probably St Petersburg, which was amazing, although Stockholm is definitely a strong contender! I'm genuinely shattered now so need to go home and process all my thoughts/photos/memories before I turn them into blog posts. For now here's a random list of some of my trip highlights...
Watching the ballet in Russia 🇷🇺
The bar staff at Club 6 on the Regal Princess (especially Peter and Prakash) 🥂
Meeting Phillip Schofield in Oslo this morning 😂
Riding a bike around Copenhagen 🚲
The creme brulee in Symphony dining room (which I had 4 times in 11 days) 😋
Our awesome waiter Edgar (absolute ledg)
Sitting in the hot tub watching the baltic sea glide by
Hanging out with an amazing group of bloggers exploring some brand new countries ❤️
Such a sunny day in Copenhagen today. Its our penultimate stop and we made the most of the sunshine with a lovely bike tour ☀🚲 Saw the mermaid, swung by the queen's palace, and stopped for cake in Tivoli Gardens. Bit of a mad rush to cover everything - but it's such a pretty city. I'll definitely be back!
First photo by Maketimetoseetheworld (big old nose by me 😂)!
So if I ever release an album I think I've got the cover sleeve sorted 😂 just mucking about with my self timer on the balcony trying to capture sunset and managed to get about 80+ truly awful photos of myself, and one album cover!
It's been such a lush day at sea on the Regal Princess ❤️ massive breakfast, cheeky sunbathe, massages in the spa, looooong old hot tub sesh on the top deck, and a super sexy steak dinner at the Crown Grill. I really could get used to all this indulgence 😄
Today the Regal Princess docked in St Petersburg, which is definitely the stop I was most excited about 😍
Spent the day exploring some of the city's most opulent buildings... so much gold and marble! I definitely felt underdressed in the Hermitage museum and the Yusupov Palace 😂 So pretty!
The first few days on board the Regal Princess have been pretty flipping awesome 💙
First stop was Tallinn today and it was absolutely gorgeous 😍 Look at all those blue skies! Loved exploring the Old Town and poking around the trendy shops in the Kalamaja district. And last night's formal night on board was fab - I feel like I hardly ever get dressed up so it was fun to make an effort for a change 😂
Tomorrow we arrive in St Petersburg and I'm so excited to explore a tiny bit of Russia for the next two days. Bring it on!
See ya - I'm running away to sea 😍🧜♀️🎴⚓🛳️
I'm about to head off on an EPIC watery adventure with Princess Cruises and a few of my favourite blogger pals. We're heading to Russia and Scandinavia and it's going to be amazing. Stay tuned!
NEW! My Surprise Trip with ATO-Tours Ltd.
What it's like to book a trip with NO IDEA where you're destination is! I headed to #Dusseldorf with my sister - and it was a total surprise. This is how I found the experience!
NEW! My April Travel Round Up
Everything I got up to in the last month - with three trips and four countries, it's been a bit of a mad one! These are all my highlights from the last few weeks 😁
Couple more photos from an awesome few days in Langkawi with Wanderlust Chloe ❤️
Why you should reconsider before telling bloggers (or anyone else successful) how lucky they are!
Just landed back in the UK after an epic week in Singapore and Langkawi ❤️
Currently state = near-fatal jetlag 😂
One day when I'm more awake I'll come up with some more words and pictures all about it. But first, sleep!
I don't really have the words to explain what happened at 3D Art Langkawi this morning... Or how excited I got about posing for photos 😂
Singapore 🇸🇬❤️ What a fun filled (and completely exhausting) couple of days! Loved exploring the colours around Kampong Glam and China Town on our last afternoon yesterday... so many cool discoveries 😄
Right now I'm sipping cocktails on a beach in Langkawi with Wanderlust Chloe, editing photos and attempting to digest everything that the last few days threw at us. Believe me, we have earned this chill time 😂
Does anyone else find they almost kill themselves trying to see EVERYTHING when they explore a new city?!
Think Singapore is all skyscrapers and city lights? Think again!
This morning I headed out to Pulau Ubin to discover a very different side to Singapore - it's a little island that only takes about ten minutes to reach by boat, and it's so beautiful 💚
Spent the morning cycling across the island and exploring the mangrove forest. Knackering, humid, and very very sweaty - but genuinely a lot of fun too!
It's been a very very colourful day in #Singapore exploring Little India, cruising in the Marina Bay reservoir, and generally eating everything in sight 😂
Having so much fun with these girls too 😍
Welcome to Singapore 🇸🇬 😄
Yesterday I hopped on a Norwegian flight to Singapore - enjoying all the extra legroom and other comforts that their premium class has to offer - and since then it's been a total whirlwind of exploring, eating, and getting the giggles!
Still found time to take a much needed dip in our amazing rooftop pool at Naumi Hotels 😍
Tonight we headed to Gardens by the Bay to catch the lightshow in the giant trees (absolutely stunning), before exploring Satay Street for dinner and discovering a not-a-secret hidden cocktail bar!
It has been an awesome, but knackering, day - I don't think I've been this excited for bed in a long time 😂
Yep, I'm a travel blogger. Yep, it's an amazing job. Yes, I'm very lucky - but it's NOT just that!
Sticking up for bloggers in general (and myself in particular) on why it's not always fair to equate our success with good luck!
The last couple of days have just reaffirmed all over again how happy I am that I chose to move back to England ♥️
Yesterday I passed my theory test, putting me one step closer to my goal of (finally) learning to drive this year 😄🎉 Last night we lost spectacularly at a pub quiz and had lots of fun doing so, reminding me yet again of the perks of living in one place and having an actual social life 😊 And today the sun actually came out, with a vengeance, so I went for a two hour walk along the seafront, had a Twister (factually the best ice lolly in the world), then came home and smashed out nearly 4 blog posts whilst sitting in the sunshine in the garden.
Just treating myself to a raspberry G&T (Fordington Gin - thanks big sis) in the garden to celebrate 😍 I think this is possibly what growing up feels like 😂
LOVING this list of Fearless Female Travel Bloggers from The Travelista... and not just cos I'm on it 😉 There are a few awesome ladies on here so make sure you check them all out!
HUGE NEWS GUYS 😄🎉🎊🌟♥
My post about Spitbank Fort in Portsmouth was shortlisted for the VisitEngland Travel Article of the Year Award 😍😍
I found out last night that I'm in the final 3 - genuinely ecstatic!
This time last week I had no idea where I'd be spending the last two days 😄
I booked a surprise trip with ATO-Tours Ltd. and I had no clue where I'd wind up. The day before we flew, I opened up a secret envelope to reveal the destination... Düsseldorf 🇩🇪
This city probably isn't somewhere I'd have chosen myself, but it was such a cool discovery and I had a lovely couple of days with my sister wandering around the Old Town, marvelling at the architecture in the Medien Hafen district, and stuffing our faces with local treats (like spaghetti ice cream from Eis-Cafe Pia 🍦😋). The beauty of a surprise trip is exactly that - the element of surprise! Discovering somewhere you might never have considered visiting 😊
Would you book a trip without knowing the destination? #visitdusseldorf #atotours
Last week, I booked a super lastminute holiday to Mallorca, rented a car with Pommie Travels, and headed out to explore the island. Outside the resort towns and tourist traps, there's a whole lot of beauty to discover. These are my highlights!
Watch the FULL video over on YouTube to see the full trip: https://youtu.be/b51HZvXpdfY
Who else has been to Mallorca? Did it surprise you as much as it did me?
Juat revealed the destination of my SURPRISE trip with ATO-Tours Ltd. tomorrow and it's Düsseldorf 😄🇩🇪
A few weeks ago, I filled out a questionnaire about my likes and dislikes and what kind of things I'd like to do. Then ATO did the rest. They sent all my documents through in advance to reveal the surprise destination, so I've literally just found out that I'll be off to #Dusseldorf tomorrow! Such a fun idea and it takes all the decision making out of my hands (which is awesome for me as I suck at decisions 😂).
Has anyone been? I'd love to hear any recommendations for stuff to get up to in the city. #surprisetrip
Woohoo - I've been picked as one of the 24 Greatest Travel Blogs to Follow this Year 😁 Thanks StagWeb!
More importantly - I'm in some AMAZING company. If you're not following the other 23 bloggers on this list, do so immediately. Especially The Travel Hack, An Adventurous World, Fresh And Fearless, Globalhelpswap, and VickyFlipFlopTravels ❤️