My Mom is a huge inspiration for me and she never stops having adventures, here is a guest post by her on her visit to Yosemite National Park:
My partner and me recently visited my sister who temporarily works in the Silicon Valley and planned a short holiday around a family visit. One of the highlights of our trip was a 2 day visit to Yosemite National Park in North California. The entire park covers an area of 3,026 km2 and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This was very my first visit to a national park in the US and I happened to choose the national park which paved the way to the development of the idea of the national park system in the US. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant to protect the Yosemite Valley, a group of people then successfully lobbied to establish a national park that encompassed Yosemite Valley’s surrounding mountains. Continue reading “A short visit to Yosemite National Park and it’s sad history”
Now we all know I am a big fan of boozy brunches and I have decided to live by the motto of going to brunch (boozy brunch ahem) at least once a month. There are so many options that have been popping up recently so it would be rude not to try them…. all. At the same time, I still need to restrict myself as I am cutting down my alcohol intake in hopes to get closer to my body goals.
In this post I’ll sum up a few of the great boozy brunch options in London right now that you should put in your diary and then I’ll do a series of “Boozy Brunch with Mel” where I’ll rate everything in terms of price, quality and taste of food, healthy food options, service and how great the drink options are along with the refill rate.
Every boozy brunch adventure ends with a story to tell, whether it is a story you regret or one that you cannot stop laughing about, or one you simply can’t remember or forget.
So why is bottomless brunch really that great? Well first of all it combines two of the most amazing things – food and alcohol. Then it also brings out the competitive side of things – how many glasses can you drink in 2 hours? And if you want to take it to the next level – how much time can you get extended to your bottomless limit? Continue reading “Bottomless Brunchin in London”
Everyone who knows me knows I am a big city girl. It is what I know being raised on a city island but every now and again it is nice to escape and isolate myself away from the fast-pace buzz. I have just come back from a trip to New York, and since that was basically London on steroids, I was quite happy to be invited by Volvo to take some time with them in escaping the city in their Canary wharf pop up.
Continue reading “Escaping the city with Volvo”
We all love indulging in fatty foods every now and again – and what better time to do that than when off on your holidays? Today, just to make you feel as bad as possible for indulging yourself, let’s take a closer look at five of the unhealthiest foods to snack on while travelling. Continue reading “Guest Post – 5 of the Unhealthiest Foods to Snack on While Travelling”
Sin city, everyone has to experience it at least once in their lifetime. Its like no other place in the world, the 24/7 parties and non-stop turn ups really shows you what your body is capable off. I never thought I would be able to party all night without any sleep and then do a day trip to the Grand Canyon in scorching heat. Sleep forgets you and your body runs on the energy of good vibes.
By the end of your trip, your soul will have left your body because it just couldn’t cope and for a few weeks after you will probably not be able to look at alcohol again (if you did your trip the right way).
Some of Vegas’s biggest parties happen during the day by the pool side and there are some that are simply a must. I’ll list them here for you with details and just know that I am envious for anyone going this year! Most of the day clubs open by mid-march however, the real season starts from May and I would recommend going then for great parties and performing acts without the excruciating desert heat.
Here are the main pool parties that we attended that I can recommend: Continue reading “Vegas Pool Party Outfits – The Party Guide”
1.Sweden is the land of Elks, but they don’t actually like them
I was under the impression that I would stroll out of the airport in Gothenburg, drive a few miles and then start seeing pretty Swedish elks roaming the country roads. I asked where they were in our car journey and received a curious look. No Swedish driver wants to see an Elk as it usually leads to an accident. An having an 500KG Elk fly through your front window is no one’s idea of fun.
Infact, some see the Elks as pests of the forest and once a year in October, it is legal to hunt them. Stands are located across the country that the hunters have to stand on when shooting, you can’t wander or move off them so the hunters stand and wait until an Elk comes into sight. Around 100,000 Elks are hunted each year, but by the next year, this number is back up again.
Continue reading “7 things I learnt in Sweden”
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 from exploring. 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.
Continue reading “Budget Travel Tips and How to Save”
I have been wanting to write about this beautiful charity for awhile now and today I finally got to visit and understand more about what they do, not just for the donkeys but for the kids and adults in therapy.
Continue reading “The Donkey Sanctuary”
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.
Continue reading “London Festival Guide: Wireless vs Lovebox”
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.
Continue reading “Weekend Getaway in Amsterdam”