Why Everyone Should Travel Solo At Least Once

I absolutely believe that everyone -male or female, young or old, single or married - should travel solo at least once in their lifetime. I've travelled solo to many different countries for many different Read more

Best Places to Visit in Spain

Spain is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world and I love being just a short plane ride away from the land of tapas, sangria and sunshine. There are so many fantastic places Read more

How to Successfully Master Visiting Markets When Travelling

Markets can be great places to visit when you're travelling. Often they'll be frequented by local people and you can really get a good sense of a place from visiting it's markets and seeing Read more

3 Months at Home; The Effects of Not Travelling

It's the beginning of September and I haven't left the United Kingdom since the end of May. Three whole months. That might seem like a short space of time for some people, but not Read more

My Travel Fiction Book Must Reads

I've been into books and reading for as long as I can remember and when I was a kid I even used to ask for books as gifts when it came to Christmas or Read more

My August Travel Blogging Round Up

A random collection of photos from my August including glamorous, delicious dinners on cruise ships, long walks in the last of the summer sunshine, homemade truffles and cute doggies. Perfect! Where I've Been August has been Read more

Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon Iceland

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One of Iceland’s most famous attractions is the relaxing, steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon and I sure as heck wasn’t planning to miss an opportunity to get some pamper time during my trip!
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Iceland’s Golden Circle

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One of the things I knew I just had to do whilst in Iceland was to tour the Golden Circle. 

Why I hear you ask? Well, because I’ve been dreaming of Iceland for years now and so many of the stunning images splattered around the internet, books and television are from the Golden Circle and boy does it look AMAZING.
GOLDEN-CIRCLE-ICELAND, ICELAND-TOURSIt’s something that the majority of visitors do when coming to Iceland and it’s easy to see why. If you’re visiting Iceland than I cannot recommend the Golden Circle route more, whether you do it by yourself or as part of an organised tour that’s up to you. Just. Do. It.

The Golden Circle takes you to Gullfoss Waterfall (a must visit when in Iceland!), shows you the original Geysir, from where the name geysir actually originates, and offers an amazing overview of the jaw-dropping otherworldly landscape of this beautiful little country. Read more

Discovering Dumfries and Galloway

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Dumfries and Galloway is a region located in Scotland’s western southern uplands and one I had the pleasure of discovering recently. Despite living less than two hours away from Galloway and Dumfries it is an area I didn’t know much about until now. I visited briefly last year but sadly didn’t get enough chance to really get to know this little gem of a region.

I had no idea that it was quite so rural, green and beautiful, let alone that it was blessed with over 200 miles of coastline and some utterly stunning beaches that you wouldn’t believe were really in Scotland.
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And how lucky were we that we picked the gorgeous Balcary Bay Hotel as our base for our mini break?! Read more

Quad Biking on the Hills Above Reykjavic, Iceland

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I LOVE a little taste of adventure when I’m travelling and Iceland is certainly a destination where you can get adventurous with all those hills to climb, volcanic caves to explore (I’ll be sharing my caving experience soon!) and glaciers to walk on.

When my brother and I spied the opportunity to go quad biking (that’s ATV’s to all you American folks!) we jumped at the chance. We were picked up from our hotel in the centre of Reykjavic and taken to the Safari Quads centre where I got my first glimpse of how giant the bikes were. Wow! They’re bigger than some small city cars!
QUAD BIKING REYKJAVIC ICELAND SAFARI QUADS
We got a very quick safety demonstration and were shown how to use the bikes before donning our super sexy boiler suits… Read more

Spring Has Sprung in Scotland

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Spring is FINALLY here! Yay!

I hate the dark nights, the biting wind and the never-ending rain, sleet and snow showers that go hand in hand with winter. I’ve been dreaming of the long days, warmer weather and being able to go out without five layers on since I took my Christmas decorations down so I’m beyond happy to see that the strong tentacles of winter have finally slipped off and the first signs of spring are afoot. 

SPRING IN SCOTLAND

I first began to notice the change when I took a trip down to Loch Lomond to visit the farmers market (the first and third Sunday of every month!) and enjoy a good Sunday stroll with my dad and my beloved dog Ben.

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What to Pack For A Trip To Iceland

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The northerly position of Iceland means that it is cool all year round and temperatures peak at 13 degrees celsius in summer and drop to an average of -3 in winter (although the lowest on record is -39.7 brrr!). That’s pretty chilly even for a Scottish girl like me!
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The weather in Iceland is very changeable and it’s mostly influenced by the atmospheric depressions crossing the North Atlantic, the so-called “Iceland-lows”. You’ll find that you can experience four seasons in one day in Iceland so although you might look outside in the morning and see sunshine don’t be fooled, it’ll probably be raining by lunch! Read more