Budget Travel Tips and How to Save

I have had a few people ask me how I manage to afford to travel whilst living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Let me tell you, it is not easy and by no means always glamorous. I have spent uncomfortable nights on sleeper buses without a shower for more than 24 hours and have spent 8 hours on a flight without purchasing any meals or drinks. But I made it work just so I can go where I wanted to.

I’ve got a better job now and way better salary but even when I first started out at work, right at the bottom of the ladder, I refused to let that stop me to explore. I am going to start off with a few tips on how you can save up to travel, I promise this is not rocket science and anyone can do it. Then I’ll give a few points on what I consider when booking a holiday, in order to make sure it is as affordable as possible.

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London Festival Guide: Wireless vs Lovebox

It is that time of year! Summer is coming, time to prepare to shake that bootaye..

Summer in London is constant crowded pubs, picnics, rooftop drinking, festivals and then of course, London Carnival. We may not have good weather, but we sure know how to party and make the most of our 5 days of sunshine.

Now most of you are probably planning for the summer already and one of the big hot topics is which festivals to go too. Why are festivals so great? You pay the same amount of money that you would for a concert but instead you get to see more acts, party outdoors for the whole day and there usually is more space to move around!

I am always torn between Wireless and Lovebox so this year, I am just going to do both ( we went to Parklife in Manchester last year and I am NEVER doing that again – horrible crowd, horrible infrastructure and horrible weather). But if you are trying to decide for just one then here is a quick comparison that could help you.

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Weekend Getaway in Amsterdam

It is probably the most depressing time of the year, I mean a part from the fact that it is my birthday so I get to celebrate, turning 26 has just brought me into the dark unknown of being in the late twenties. On top of that, the cold wind that harshly slaps me every morning on the way to work has just got me counting down to Summer.

So what does one do when its cold, dark and depressing? Fly away!

Ideally I would have flown to a warm, Caribbean island, but a 45 minute flight to Amsterdam had to do. Now the weather in Amsterdam isn’t exactly the winter escape, especially since its usually a few degrees colder than England but the vibe you get there makes up for it.

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Non-skiers guide to Chamonix

Last Christmas I gave you my heart Chamonix.

Not only was it the first time I got to spend Christmas with my siblings and together with mom in three years, it was also our first ever real winter holiday that didn’t involve visiting our grandparents in Germany and I am glad it was Chamonix. Not many have heard of this little  town by the french alps, overlooked by the pure white peak of Mont Blanc.

While most people come to either climb the mountain or ski, don’t let that put you off if you are not a ski-er or extreme athlete, like me. This city is still a perfect getaway for anyone looking to explore without risking any broken bones. Here is a one stop guide for non-skiers on what you can do here to take in every bit of this picturesque valley. Continue reading “Non-skiers guide to Chamonix”

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Best Travel Memories Of 2016

I have already given you all a sum up of what 2016 has taught me, drawing on more of the negative experiences I had, you probably learn most from them. However, I want to end the year on a high and reflect on the best travel memories this year brought me.

  1. Hot air ballooning on my 25th Birthday 

Myanmar was definitely my favourite destination of the year. The countries untouched beauty took my breath away at every stop. I think the whole saying of never travelling to the same country more than once is a nonsense. Some places just deserve a few more trips to explore, especially if they stole a piece of your heart, I will be returning!

To top it off, I finally got to tick hot air ballooning off my bucket list while soaring above the prettiest pagodas in Bagan. Pictures never do justice to the reality and the emotions a place can bring, but they do bring those emotions back and this picture tries its best.

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2. Jazzing up in New Orleans

This picture quality is horrendous, I know. But it brings back great thoughts of us tapping our feet to talented street jazz musicians. New Orleans was my second favourite place this year with so much history flowing through it’s veins. This city is like no other in America, it has an alluring charm and the most welcoming people.

We experienced it in raw form, staying in the ninth ward outside the tourist area and even with it’s flaws displayed in broad daylight, this city is America’s true gem.

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3. Winter Wonderland in Chamonix

To end the year, my siblings and I were all reunited for Christmas with Mom and went on our first ever cold winter holiday in Chamonix.

I am usually a beach and hot weather person, but swapping this out for the majestic view of the french alps and living in a cabin with a real fireplace right next to a river and forest was so worth it. Oh and peaceful, we probably were the loudest ones around.

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What were your favourite travel moments of 2016?

And what is 2017 going to bring? Only more adventures. I really want to share something new that I tried or a new place I visited every month, so here is too new experiences.

Happy New Year!

 

 

A letter to 2016

11 more days to the New year and I really cannot wait for 2017. I know, I know, its just a calendar date and if you want to make a resolution you should start today. But I actually have so much to look forward to, a new flat, a new job, a lot is changing.

Am I nervous? Hell yes! But I have learnt so much this year that I can only embrace the chance and welcome it with arms wide open.

The past few months have brought many ups and downs, like any year. But this year was slightly more dramatic yet I have come out on the other side, never feeling more free or strong. I hope the same goes for most of you, but many of you might still be facing rough times. I am by no means a know it all, nor do I claim to be perfect but I do take every lesson life teaches me and try to share them with anyone I care about, including anyone who is taking their time to read this.

  1. Always trust your gut instinct

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London’s Big Apple

Winter is coming, or infact it is here! It definitely isn’t just me who goes into straight hibernation and semi-depression when it gets dark at 4pm and the cold air numbs your fingers.

Thank god for music, food, alcohol and good vibes. Match that with a themed pop up venue in south London’s hip area of Brixton and you have yourself a Winter cure. Some of you might have had the chance to visit Brixton beach in the summer, this is the same venue which has been re-vamped to take you back to  1970s New York(say it in your best bronx accent). If you take a right when exiting brixton station and then the next right and wander on, you will find the run down railway bridge that invites you to the magical world of Brixton Village. Continue reading “London’s Big Apple”

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Just Outside London – Rye

London is a crazy ball of fun and chaos but sometimes the big city can tire you out, it sure does tire me out once in awhile. Standing outside Vauxhall station queuing amongst a sea of people trying to make my way to work. So you can’t blame me for getting excited for a weekend away with the girls, getting cosy with a few drinks by the fire (which we couldn’t work out) out in the “countryside”.

When my friend first suggested getting an airbnb in Rye, I could only think about delicious German bread. I had never heard of this town. But with pictures of the lovely accommodation we were sold. It just happened to be that Rye turned out to be just as gorgeous, double win. It is a typical coastal English town with cobbled streets and a whole lot of character, just the perfect getaway from the city life. It takes about an hour to reach by train and our airbnb was a 7 minute walk from the station.

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Hvar, Hula Hula and Happiness

It has been quite silent here, my thoughts have been lost between the summer activities and alcohol. On top of that, my 4 year relationship has ended and I just needed space and some me time.

My motto is that if you ever feel lost, a little blue or just shit, book a flight somewhere. The funny (it was not that funny then) thing was I had flights booked to Croatia for our anniversary trip. So the flights were there, the companion was missing.

Then my best friend came to the rescue, my romantic getaway would turn into a single ladies escape.

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