Exploring England's Lake District

I've always kind of wondered why everyone waits for the summer to arrive in the UK and then immediately leaves to go on holiday, meaning they miss all the best weather? Surely when the Read more

My Favourite Places (So Far)

When I meet new people and answer the inevitable 'so what is it you do?' question with the reply that I'm a travel blogger and writer, one of the next questions they ask is Read more

Why I Love Travelling with my Dog

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"  Anatole France I've always been an animal lover and my dog, Ben, is definitely my best buddy. I plagued the life out of Read more

Why I Love Flying

I absolutely adore flying and everything about it. Few things make me happier than knowing I'm getting on a plane to a new place. I love the feeling of travel, of movement, and everything Read more

Travel Inspired Decor

I absolutely love beautiful home decor and having just recently redecorated my bedroom and home office (where I bring you guys lots of blogging loveliness from!) I've been busy scouring the internet for travel Read more

Things to do in a New Destination

I absolutely adore the mixture of feelings of freedom, mystery, intrigue and expectation that inevitably come tumbling upon me when arriving in a new place. Somewhere you've never visited before can hold such promise and Read more

Exploring England’s Lake District

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I’ve always kind of wondered why everyone waits for the summer to arrive in the UK and then immediately leaves to go on holiday, meaning they miss all the best weather? Surely when the sun is shining in Britain (which admittedly doesn’t happen all that often!) you want to stick around and make the most of it! With this idea in mind, last week I indulged in a little summer staycation and took a road trip to England’s Lake District for a relaxing few days.

I was thoroughly regretting this decision about 45 minutes from arriving in our first destination, Ambleside, as the rain was coming down in sheets and we couldn’t see any of the striking scenery because of it. Summer…what summer?! Luckily for us the rain stopped half an hour after arrival and it was blue skies all the way from there. Lucky or what!
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An Idyllic Break at Inadown Farm and Stables

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I took an epic road trip last week from my home in the west of Scotland all the way down to the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, almost at the very bottom of England. The purpose of this almost 1,000 mile round trip was for a short break at an adorable cottage in one of the most idyllic locations I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience.

Taking the exit from the motorway and finding ourselves quickly surrounded by rolling green hills and endless fields was a welcome break from the miles of grey motorway that we had endured to reach this point. As we began to drive past rustic cottages with thatched roofs and charming country pubs we quickly knew that the long drive had been more than worth it. And we hadn’t even reached Goldridge Cottage yet.
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Where to Stay in Brighton, Vine Street Studios

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I’ve written previously about my penchant for finding an amazing apartment or house instead of a hotel in certain destinations, and sometimes that can be as tough as searching for a proverbial needle in a haystack. In Brighton though, we really cracked it and found what I would, without hesitation, refer to as the coolest apartment in Brighton – Vine Street Studios.
Vine Street Studios, Brighton

This old warehouse has been converted into a chic, New-York-loft-style apartment that simply exudes cool. It’s decorated in a modern, minimalist fashion, with exposed wires, beams and touches of metal all around. Read more

Brighton Street Art

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Colourful, quirky, mysterious, creative, friendly, bright, eclectic. These are just a few words which immediately spring to mind when attempting to describe the city of Brighton, on England’s southern coastline.
Brighton Pier, Brighton Street Art

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Celebrating My 23rd Birthday in Newcastle

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Newcastle is a city that’s pretty famous for its party scene, so where better for me to head to celebrate my 23rd birthday with friends?

Because Newcastle has the reputation of being a city that likes to party, there are some places that are always packed full of rowdy stag and hen groups visiting for a few days. My tip is to avoid these places, unless you want to be chilling with guys in matching t-shirts with lewd things shaved into their hair (seriously, we saw those guys walking down the street barking like dogs. WEIRD)!

So, here’s a few tips on the best places in Newcastle where you can eat, drink and dance with the locals, and steer mostly clear of the groups of stag and hen parties.

Marco Polo Restaurant Newcastle, Birthday Newcastle, WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN NEWCASTLE

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London in Pictures

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I’ve admitted before on here that London isn’t a city that I particularly like, but some parts of it still appeal to me. I like the variety of cultures and nationalities, I like that you can find food from the majority of nations in the world, I like the diversity, I like the open spaces and quirky places. There are many elements that I like about London. So here’s a few London pictures from my last visit to the UK’s capital…

London Eye One of London’s most recent icons set against typically British grey skies… Read more