All posts filed under: travel

Travel Bug Confessions: How I Plan & Book My Holidays

It will be no surprise if you know me well, follow me on Instagram, or you are a regular blog reader, that I absolutely love to travel and explore. I feel as though nearly half my life since I left home has been spent on airplanes, boats or cars. From camping to local overnight breaks or once in a lifetime adventures, I crave them all. For me personally, nothing feels better than the opportunity to explore and discover all that is brilliant about a place or culture that you have never experienced before. I feel fortunate that I am able to regularly do something I truly love and get so much happiness from. In an average year, I will likely take: Two longer haul adventures (flights over 6 hours) Three city breaks Three to four UK breaks Camping at least once The reason I am sharing this post is that often I will be asked how I manage to fit in, afford, and plan so much travel every year whilst still holding down a full-time …

Prague Travel – Guide To The City

Visiting Prague If you are looking for a city break that combines rich and impressive architecture, romantic cobbled backstreets, heaps of history and good food and beer, then you don’t need to look any further than the Czech capital. Prague is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and a haven for explorers and romantics alike. A city which feels like it is built on a maze of endless hidden backstreets, there’s a new underground bar, gothic church or cute café around every corner. The city can be filled with people in the summer. It was the fifth most visited tourist destination in Europe in 2017, though after spending some time there, it doesn’t really come as a surprise when you hear that. Therefore, is it in winter when I believe Prague looks truly magical and is best visited. Though do wrap up warm, as temperatures regularly drop down to the minus figures in the early months of the year. The snow falling down onto the Charles’ Bridge is a beautiful sight to …

Bergamo – Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Until a month ago I had never heard of the picturesque mountain town of Bergamo, just 30 miles north of Milan. This cosy and cultural walled city at the foothills of the alps is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Too often people land at it’s airport to quickly leave for the fashion and food capital of Italy, Milan. From the streets of the Citta Bassa, the new town square, you can see the towers, domes and walls of the historic Citta Alta, the old fortified town nestled up on the mountains within ancient venetian walls. You can get from the airport to the city centre on a local bus which costs just two euros a ticket. Get off at the funicular railway stop and ride the small cable car up the mountain to make your way through the city gates into the winding streets of the old town. For people who have been to Venice, Bergamo will feel very similar, if you replace the canals with lush green scenery. The buildings are colourful, historic …

Minimalist Packing: Capsule Travel and Holiday Wardrobe

Since the arrival of cheap and cheerful flights, I can now travel abroad for less than I would pay for a train to Nottingham from York. This does however mean that in order to bag the advertised cost, you need to be able to travel with just cabin baggage and not be fussy about your seat. I am happy to go with both of those requirements if it means I can hop over to Croatia for a weekend for £40. Therefore over the last five years I have got very good at packing minimally with a capsule travel wardrobe to ensure that I have everything I need for a trip, without incurring extra baggage costs. I have had quite a few people ask me what I pack for a short trip away (usually seven days or less) in my carry on, and therefore as I am imminently about to hop on a plane to go to Switzerland, I thought it was perfect timing for a post! What I wear to fly (short to mid haul) …

Insider: The Best Bars In York

Few cities can rival York for character and hidden gems located within the compact cobbled streets inside the Historic City Walls. The city is alive year round, and is filled with incredible things to see and do. Notably, plenty of unique and welcoming bars, pubs and bistros with famous menus, interesting cocktails and local Yorkshire ales. As a York resident and self-professed lover of the city, I want to share with you my favourite places to unwind and enjoy a drink or two over nibbles with friends. Living minimally has reset my priorities and ensured that I spend my time making memories, and doing the things I love most. Therefore I frequently visit the places in the list below to share good times with friends and family! So in no particular order, the best bars in York are: Pairings Wine Bar  Pairings Wine Bar on Castlegate in York is my favourite new discovery, and you’ll regularly find me perched on a bench in here on a Friday enjoying a light and refreshing wine flight. The two …