Blog Posts

Eco Review 4: Wild Natural Deodorant

If you are into your eco replacements – and you haven’t heard of Wild Deodorant – have you been living under a rock?! I kid, but they are a pretty big contender in the world of green swaps, and have regular celeb endorsements too. If you are new to this brand, they are a natural, vegan friendly deodorant. The difference and attraction to their product however, is that it is refillable (and the refills are plastic free). Read more to find out more about my experience with this product! … More Eco Review 4: Wild Natural Deodorant

What to consider when your green list holiday turns amber

We have just finished up a two week trip to Portugal, which we booked when the country was proudly the most desirable place on the green list. One week later – as the whole of the UK knows already – it was struck from the list, without any prior warning that this would be the case. Between this holiday, and last years travels, we have learned a few things along the way. Here are a few things to consider when travelling in the pandemic, even if your desired country is on the green list! … More What to consider when your green list holiday turns amber

Highlights from Eastern Sardinia

Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is the Italian island of Sardinia. Sardinia is remarkably different to the majority of Italy however, as it has gained cultural influence from across the Mediterranean. Their native language, Sardo, is even said to vary from one village to the next depending on the roots of its influence. In September 2020, we drove to Sardini; taking the overnight ferry from Livorno, Italy – and back to Nice, France. In the interest of taking time to relax, we explored the local area of Eastern Sardinia, rather than rushing around to explore the whole island in the 6 nights we were there. Here is a list of the best places we visited… … More Highlights from Eastern Sardinia

Tripadvisor’s top rated PET FRIENDLY hotels that are still available for the Spring Bank Holiday

It’s been hard enough to find a pet friendly caravan pitch for the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, let alone a luxury hotel! We have just booked to visit Shropshire at the end of May, and according to a poll on my Instagram, many of you are yet to book a staycation. Some stated the nice hotels were all booked up, whereas others stated they were struggling to find somewhere their pets could come too. Linking to my last post, many lockdown puppies are about to go on their first holidays… So here are some gorgeous hotels that are still available for 4 nights 28th-31st May. … More Tripadvisor’s top rated PET FRIENDLY hotels that are still available for the Spring Bank Holiday

Eco Review 3: Smol Fabric Conditioner

Did you know that fabric conditioner contains animal fat? No, neither did I until I stayed in an Airbnb in Paris last year where the friendly host told me that I was welcome to use her homemade fabric conditioner. When having this discussion with others, it doesn’t seem a well-known fact. As voted by you, I have given smol’s fabric conditioner a try over the past month. Read more to see what I thought… … More Eco Review 3: Smol Fabric Conditioner

The 6 best viewpoints in Rome

Rome is one of my favourite cities, and I will visit time and time again without being bored. There’s something about Italy that I find slower paced than life in the UK, in all aspects apart from the crazy Roman road traffic! Rome can be so busy yet so relaxed in a crazily contradictory manner. This post is all about the best viewpoints that I have found in Rome so far. Some of them you may know already, but hopefully some of them you are yet to explore! … More The 6 best viewpoints in Rome

My 30 before 30

I’ve never really been one for goal setting. There has always been a lot that I want to do in life, but I never wanted to put too much pressure on myself. I am however, turning 25 this year – which means I have 5 years until I’m 30! Give yourself a gold star if … More My 30 before 30

Eco Review 2: Eco Bumble Hair Ties

I quickly came across Eco Bumble after a quick search on Etsy for some plastic free/ environmentally friendly alternative products. Based in Manchester, Eco Bumble produce hair ties from natural rubber in lieu of synthetic rubber. According to their marketing, synthetic hair ties can take up to 500 years to degrade and hence, are non recyclable and will end their life in landfill. Find out how I got on with this eco alternative here… … More Eco Review 2: Eco Bumble Hair Ties

Instagram vs. Reality: sharing your experiences of destinations across the world

Like many, the beautiful photos I see on Instagram often influence the places I visit on my trips – but do you ever reach a destination and feel frustrated that the pretty picture didn’t tell you the whole story of the experience? In this post I am sharing the stories of some of my Instagram followers who have felt this way on their travels across the world. … More Instagram vs. Reality: sharing your experiences of destinations across the world

Eco Review 1: Parla Toothpaste

Back at the end of October, I shared on my Instagram that I would love to start reviewing eco-alternative products, to provide my open and honest user experiences for you. Parla toothpaste tablets were the most popular on the end of October poll, so here is my review after using the product for one month. … More Eco Review 1: Parla Toothpaste

Project 333 Review

The Project 333 challenge was initiated by Courtney Carver a few years back, and challenges people to make-do with 33 items in their wardrobe for 3 months. These 33 items are to also include bags, shoes & jewellery. Sounds daunting right? … More Project 333 Review

Top tips for hiring a car abroad

74% of you on my Instagram recently voted that renting a car abroad is “scary af”. Therefore, Chris & I have written our top 10 tips for renting a car abroad – to help you feel more informed and think about things that maybe you wouldn’t have considered before! Hopefully this breaks down some of the scariness, and opens the doors to some fantastic road trips ahead… … More Top tips for hiring a car abroad

2 days in Athens

We weren’t really looking to go away for the weekend when Chris had a spontaneous browse on the British Airways website. We booked on the Thursday morning to enjoy a weekend in Athens – all at the cost of 5,000 Avois, £125 of Wizzair credit we had forgotten about and £64.50 cash each. We stayed … More 2 days in Athens

5-day Icelandic Road-trip

Iceland holds a dear place in my heart. I first visited in February 2013 on a school trip when I was 16 and I would argue it’s been a main contributor to my “travel bug”. I visited again in December 2017 with Chris and this time we had the freedom of hiring a car and … More 5-day Icelandic Road-trip

Dear UK Construction Industry – if you’re not directly addressing race/ethnicity in your mission to recruit more women – you’re failing.

I recently listened to “Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men” by Caroline Criado Perez, where at the very beginning of the book she discusses how the word “men” is universally used regardless of gender. Working in construction, I’m used to this. The industry’s jargon is littered with “man hours” or … More Dear UK Construction Industry – if you’re not directly addressing race/ethnicity in your mission to recruit more women – you’re failing.

2020 – back to square one!

In the first week of January my work had approved my request for 37 days leave between November 2020 and January 2021, and I was over the moon! We had planned our honeymoon, to visit China and Japan for 2-3 weeks before skimming through south east Asia – something that’s been on our agenda for … More 2020 – back to square one!

Lessons from a last-minute trip

You heard it here first, I’m a huge control freak who gets rather bad travel anxiety at times. I’ve always admired the thought of just turning up to and airport and seeing which flights are bookable – not knowing where I’ll spend my weekend. Chris has been asking me for the last 5.5 years to … More Lessons from a last-minute trip

Oslo & Copenhagen in 1 night

Once landing at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you can catch the “flytoget” train to the city centre which takes 19 minutes and costs £16.50. Conveniently there’s also a bunch of luggage lockers at Oslo Central Station which cost €5 for the day – so we dropped our bags off headed for some breakfast. … More Oslo & Copenhagen in 1 night

1 night in Romania

As you’ve probably gathered by now, we always try to squeeze our trips into weekends – and our Romanian break in November was a perfect example! For the sum of £58pp, we landed in Bucharest Airport at 1400h on a Saturday and had a flight back to the UK at 2230h the next day. When … More 1 night in Romania

How we saw (almost) everything there is to see in Italy in 13 days: Days 7-13 (Rome, Campania & Sicily)

Back in September 2015 I went on a coach trip travelling from the top to the tail of my favourite country – Italy! The architecture, the weather and the food are at the forefront of the reasons why I adore visiting Italy, and make an effort to travel there every year. And – if you … More How we saw (almost) everything there is to see in Italy in 13 days: Days 7-13 (Rome, Campania & Sicily)

Madrid in 4 days

To celebrate my sister’s 21st birthday we headed over to Madrid during early August 2019 and were pleasantly surprised by what Madrid has to offer – a perfect combination of culture, food, fiestas & fun! Day 1 We had landed in Madrid by 10.30am, and needed to kill some time before we got the keys … More Madrid in 4 days

How we saw (almost) everything there is to see in Italy in 13 days: Days 1-6 (Veneto, Tuscany & Umbria)

Back  in September 2015 I went on a coach trip travelling from the top to the tail of my favourite country – Italy! The architecture, the weather and the food are at the forefront of the reasons why I adore visiting Italy, and make an effort to travel there every year. And – if you … More How we saw (almost) everything there is to see in Italy in 13 days: Days 1-6 (Veneto, Tuscany & Umbria)