What I learnt whilst backpacking

If you throw out the idea that your thinking about going backpacking, people will instantly start taking the piss and asking questions such as ‘What? Are you going to find yourself or something?’ and ‘How are YOU going to manage that?!’but what these people didn’t realise is that their negativity spurred me along in reality.

I am one of those people that if you say I can’t do something, majority of the time I won’t stop until I prove them wrong so although it was hard at times, I actually did learn a lot about my self!

For starters, I’m weak as hell. My backpack for my last 3 and a half month trip was 12kg at most, no matter how much I went to the gym, I struggled to carry this. Has any backpack designers ever thought of making a backpack for someone petite and not a normal size adult because we backpack too?! The backpack was huge pretty much… but its just something you have to deal with!
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You have to have faith! Give people the benefit of the doubt! If you live your life scared of every person you see you would never get anywhere, obviously be cautious, I’m not saying being stupid, I’m saying if your lost, ask a local, get on that local bus, get in that taxi and just have a teeny bit of faith they’re not going to murder you because they probably aren’t!

You don’t need many clothes! I’m about to embark on my next trip and the amount of clothes I have thrown out whilst moving from my place in the UK is ridiculous! When backpacking you probably end up wearing the same 4/5 outfits on repeat and your fine with that! Until you end up sitting waiting for your clothes to be cleaned and dried whilst in a blanket naked…

img_4673Micro fibre towels are the one. I owe the person who told me to get these big time!! They’re horrible, don’t get me wrong but anyone that has used them knows that 1. when you finally  get to use a real towel its like wrapping yourself if a sheet of perfect softness which really drys you! Its amazing. 2. They dry quickly, they fold up small, they’re easy to carry. If I was to have tried to take a real towel I would have spent half my time with a smelly heavy towel on my back making the backpack harder to carry!

Last but by far means least, the people! I don’t think I can go on enough about the people I met whilst away. I would say the number 1 thing I have learnt is to be patient! I met some of the most weird and wonderful people whilst I was away. You might be with someone that you think is the oddest person ever but thats fine! The world needs odd people! The same thing goes, chances are you will meet some of the best people who you really think you want to be friends with for life!


So yes, this is just a few of my 6am thoughts whilst I STILL cannot sleep properly although I’ve been home for a month now! Too many things going on in my mind to rest, like my next trip! Keep your eyes peeled!

Skiing for Christmas

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Christmas is such a special time of year as it is let alone being up a mountain surrounded by snow, fairy lights and just being outside! I absolutely love being outside wether that on a dog walk on a Sunday or an outdoor activity, I’m there! When my parents suggested a skiing holiday over Christmas I don’t think I could have said yes any quicker!
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We stayed in a resort called Les Menuiers which is in the French alps, about an hour and half on the plane from London Gatwick then 3 hours by coach up the mountain to the resort but trust me now, the travelling is worth it!

This resort is part of the three valleys which is surrounded by different towns and mountains with loads of different slopes to ski on at a range of difficulties. Each Valley contains something unique and there is so many things to do other than skiing and snowboarding. Courchevel is the life of luxury with shops galore and beautiful restaurants serving the best food around! Val Thorens has more activities providing anything from paraskiing (paragliding with skis on, crazy I know), jumps and zip wires where as Les Menuires is quieter with a more family atmosphere, it has amazing restaurants as well as the olympic ski park.
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IMG_9387At the top of each main slope of the resort there was statues of animals with amazing views in the background. Going up the mountain on a chair lift looking up and then suddenly going over the peak and having a view of a thousand miles was breath taking every time. Stopping for hot chocolate at a mountain side restaurant, always with roaring fires inside the log buildings, being able to devour crepes at every opportunity I don’t think I could have asked for a better Christmas. If you ever get the chance to go skiing, even just for a few days, GO!
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We where so lucky with the weather, the sun shone 6 out of 7 days with the sky as blue as it could be and the snow glittering like diamonds. Christmas eve there were fire works over a full moon and an evening of food and drinks and celebrations for everyone, then waking up on Christmas day knowing that there is all the snow you could want right outside, I mean what else do you want other than a white Christmas?! So my question is, who wants to go next year?
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Finale di Roma

This is the final instalment of my long weekend in Rome which is actually rather upsetting, not only is it the holiday over and I am officially back to work and back to day to day life but I am also finishing writing about my time too!

IMG_2230On our final day in Rome we did quite a few things! Back when it was my birthday Danny, my boyfriend had arranged for us to go Segway. In England it isn’t that common to be able to do and there isn’t many places to be able to try this so it was really exciting, so while in Rome we spotted an opportunity and jumped at the chance!
We went Segway around the main park in Rome called Villa Borghese. This was brilliant, it was such a beautiful park full of tall trees and ancient statues, as just like every part of Rome.

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We then went on to the Vatican to experience the rumours for ourselves. The building is extreme. It is humongous! It has statues along the whole outside of the walls and fountains in the middle. Once inside the painted ceilings are incredible and they’re so high it is breath taking.
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IMG_2199After spending hours walking around and admiring everything there was to offer we went off and found a small restaurant down a side street and had the most delicious food to end our trip, although half way through the meal the heavens decided to open and it started to rain which was not planned but it didn’t put a damper on our weekend away.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Rome trip posts and I hope I will be able to take you with me for lots more of my future trips!

The tomb of the unknown soldier

Where to even start with this incredible place? Like really, I don’t think I have ever seen a building as huge with as much detail and thought taken into every millimetre of the perimeter!

This building just cannot be misses, while walking around Rome, every point with a view, this was to be seen. I honestly think my house would fit into this building 50 times over! Standing next to it, in all its greatness, was just something in itself. When I was in New York the building were big and tall and wide but this is a different type of building, this was there to be seen, this stood a purpose of holding the body of a soldier that once fought for Italy, although from what I read, no one knows who this unknown soldier actually is. He must have been pretty special to have this as his tomb!

From every edge of the building it was clear that it was in a prime location with beautiful views from the balcony, especially as it was such a hot day! It also contained some of the most amazing hand painted ceiling I have ever seen, although my picture of this isn’t great but still, I hope you enjoy looking through some more of my pictures from my time away and let me know your thoughts!

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Hand luggage essentials

I was lucky enough to get a short city break to Rome for my birthday and the weekend of has finally come around although going on holiday for such a short time (three days) means that there is no need to take full luggage, so for any girl this now brings the trouble of what they can and can’t take within their hand luggage!

There is so many things to think about, how much make up you can take is my main concern, you have to think about how much liquid everything contains and how heavy things are as there is a sure chance you will have to carry it around at some point, so this is my basics for what I am going to take on my short break.

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First thing first, suncream. This is a must, especially if you are going somewhere hot. I have chosen the Boots own Soltan factor 15. This isn’t too strong, as I don’t burn too easily but it is really important to protect your skin at all times as the last thing you want is to get burnt and be in pain for the whole trip! This suncream is in a 75ml bottle which is perfect for hand luggage and it smells amazing. It really smells like holidays and gets your in the mood for relaxing!

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I have got myself a John Frieda shampoo, conditioner and hair spray, all great for blonde hair  which you will see in my last post, I have very blonde hair. Each of these products come in a 100ml bottle which is great for a short break as wont need to use to much product within that time. The hair spray will be great for my hair as it is so frizzy and if it is going to be humid while in Rome this will help keep my hair in control as if any of you have seen the Friends when Monicas’ hair gets huge when on holiday, well yeah, that is me. There are also really light packaging so if I have to carry them round in my bag this will not be a problem as it can sometimes be the products in the suitcase which actually make it heavy! I also really like the packaging this comes in, its a really subtle colour and quite shimmery!
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I have then got myself a miniature Batiste dry shampoo. This dry shampoo is the best I have tried. You need a tiny spray and it makes your hair look fresh. This is perfect for having in your hand bag and lets be honest girls, if it’s hot and you feel a bit sticky the worst thing is greasy hair, a tiny bit of this and you feel fresh and look great! It is also great for adding volume, they have a separate volume spray but it doesn’t come in this small size , but this still is great for adding a bit of root lift to create the perfect style for the evening!
IMG_2043I have then gone for the basic tooth paste and deodorant both in small sizes, dental hygiene is important guys and no one wants to smell!

I hope you like my post and it has helped anyone out that was stuck on what to take for a short weekend away. Leave your comments and thoughts and let me know.

Cape Verde adventure

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that earlier this year I got the chance to visit Cape Verde, which is a set of islands just to the west of Africa. I would say this is as close to paradise I have ever been! The water was as clear as diamonds and the sand as white as snow. It was truly beautiful although there is another side to Cape Verde, the poverty.

I was lucky enough to stay in an amazing hotel which had running water and food around the clock but this is not the case for the people of the Cape Verde islands, they don’t have running water and have to collect a bucket of water every morning to last them the day in 30 plus degree heat, they have no food and their main town has about 50 houses with many on the outskirts being something like you see on children at need! It was truly heart wrenching to see and experience and makes me reflect on how lucky I am to have everything I have. I thought I would share some more photos with you today and share what a beautiful place this is to visit with you in the hope that more people will want to go and help out the local community!

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Take me back to New York 

I thought today I would share some more photos from my time in New York with you all as I loved it so much!

Walking into Times Square was just breath taking and I honestly think that the whole week I was there I was living the dream! I was in absolute awe of everything I saw! It’s on such a bigger scale to anything else I have experienced! I’m a city lover. Take me to any city in the world and I will be in my element so I must admit I now dream about New York and want to live there!


  
  

Crazy for coral

Recently I have found an amazing website called Sabo Skirt which is based in Australia and all of their clothes are gorgeous, also the fact they are based in Australia is even better for me because I live in England so it means no one else will have the same!


My favourite colour is coral so coming across this little diamond was great. It’s a great fit and a lovely colour and so flattering!

I feel this play suit goes so well for the evening and the day time dressed up or down. I recently wore it out on for the evening and I dressed it up with some nude wedges and a nude clutch bag.

I think this would look great as well in the day time with some tanned sandles and bag as well.

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Cape Verde Dreams

Cape Verde is one of the most natural, unspoilt, beautiful places I have ever been.

Its white sandy beaches are to die and their way of life is fascinating. Although there is a dark side to it which is the poverty I got to witness first hand. I went for a weeks summer holiday and to be honest there isn’t really much to do there so if you are an avid sunbather and reader this is the place for you but when we did manage to get out of the hotel and into the local towns and villages it was a completely different story. Witnessing poverty to that extent first hand has changed my life. It really makes you appreciate what we have and how much we take simple things for granted. Right now I’m typing on my brand new apple mac which I obviously needed (NOT) and they can’t even afford a real apple. My friend and I took some food for the local children from the hotel and some toys and having to teach children of 7 and 8 how to play with bubbles was another thing in itself.

It was amazing though, the beaches were like something off a movie and the food was to die for. They had bananas growing on the trees in the street and coconuts on the beach. The sea was quite strong but watching the waves curl was mesmerising and it was the clearest water I have ever seen. We got the chance to snorkle over a ship wreck and see millions of fish in their natural habitat as well as wading with sharks! I think the tourism will help this country loads and I would really love to hear other peoples stories about this amazing island!
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