Mljet, Croatia: Having anchored up for the night, we all stopped to admire the beauty of the  (almost) entirely secluded bay we were in with this other boat, and what a great streak or pink through the sky!

Bucket list – where next?

In no particular order, these are some of the places I really, really would like to visit over the coming years...just need to save up now! Maybe some of it I could do in one trip to save on more airfare costs from multiple trips? Join in the Holi festival in India (and to eat … Continue reading Bucket list – where next?

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Baked Bean Buns

So my lovely friend is into making some…interesting things…and baked bean cakes are a recent addition. Watch this space for spinach cake next!

Buildings & Baking

Bear with me. I promise.

Through this recipe, if you’re anything like me, you’ll go through the following stages of “whaaaat am I doing?”, “whose silly idea was this?”, “woah this tastes kinda beany” but, I promise, you’ll end up wondering why you ever doubted your culinary creation!

Stick with it!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 200 g raisins12212486_10153062987095683_523255492_n
  • 240 ml boiling water
  • 1 can of baked beans (with tomato sauce)
  • 3 eggs
  • 240 ml vegetable oil
  • 225 g granulated sugar
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 115 g pecan nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 50 g butter/margarine
  • 110 g icing sugar
  • 1 cap full of milk (literally the lid of the milk carton filled with milk)
  • A splash of vanilla extract

Method:

For the cake:

  • Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees…

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Langkawi, Malaysia: Well, we all have to have the cheesy 'jumping in the sunset' picture, and this was mine.

5 reasons travelling alone is the best

1. You get to go where you want Seriously, whether you wanna go visit a local festival or the local McDonald's - you can do anything and everything your heart desires! (Budget and time-constraint dependant of course!) 2. You get to talk to and hang out with who you want This is a biggie, for me … Continue reading 5 reasons travelling alone is the best

Hampton court palace

Top 10 things I really should do in London

So I've wanted to live here for years, and now I do! Living in London is great, but you know what, there's so much I've never done here, so here's my London bucket list, what would you add or change? Explore King Henry 8th's Hampton Court palace (maybe go ice skating?) Watch Simba be triumphant … Continue reading Top 10 things I really should do in London

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand: A day at sea and on stunning beaches (The Beach beach anyone?), and we hopped back on our boat to to go and do some night-swimming in the ocean. But before that, this dramatic sunset happened. It's not half bad, eh?

Favourite photos of sunsets

As with many travellers, sunset is a time to sit and ponder the beauty all around, bathed in a warm glow, whilst the heat of the day has lessened slightly. So here are my favourite photos from my trip in Asia, and a couple from my recent holiday in Croatia thrown in for good measure. … Continue reading Favourite photos of sunsets

One of the 2 buildings Baba cafe had

Top Five places I stayed in Asia

I travelled 8 countries in 4 months, and these were the top 5 places I stayed and why. All had free wifi in the communal areas and in some of the dorms - always good to know! Some did food, some didn't.  Mad Monkey - Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong Samloem, Phnom Penh, Cambodia This … Continue reading Top Five places I stayed in Asia

Croatia boats moored up

Croatia: Sun, Sea, Sailing

Day 2 - Waking up and off we go! After our first rather idyllic day chilling in the marina and our lovely evening in Dubrovnik, we woke on our boat, Anastacia, and it was time to head off into the ocean blue! A quick catch up with our lovely lead crew - Toby, Hayley and … Continue reading Croatia: Sun, Sea, Sailing

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Planning a trip ✈️🇺🇸🗽

There is some great advice in this blog.
When I went travelling, beforehand I spent ages questioning how much to plan. And I pretty much ended up doing everything on this list (except booking stuff beforehand).

To add to this a little – read travel blogs like this one, look on YouTube, Instagram, Periscope – all of those great visual social tools – they are great when researching an attraction or place as you can see what it actually looks like, rather than seeing glossy photos on a travel website 🙂

Take your list of ‘must do’ trips with you (or keep it in your phone) and make sure that you ask people when you get there how they found it and what recommendations they have (eg should you do the 5-day option for Angkor Wat or the 3 day).

And if it’s a ‘must do’ – make sure you DO it! I got sidetracked in India and never got around to doing the Taj Mahal – and I regret that I didn’t!

So, have a read, and happy planning! 😀

Triple B blog

I’m not saying its totally necessary to plan every trip you’re taking in great detail, but its definitely handy to have a look at things you might want to see & do, not only will it help you in exploring your destination but also provide a guideline for budgeting.
In May myself and some friends are taking a trip to America to celebrate the end of my degree & my 21st birthday, we fly to New York for 4 nights, San Diego for 3 nights, LA for 4 nights, Vegas for 5 nights before heading back to LA for our final 2 nights before flying back to the UK. Ideally, I’d have liked to have gone for longer & visited more places however work commitments mean this trip is just under 3 weeks in total.

We booked this trip in advance, partly because it was so cheap & partly to…

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Hostel buddy Stuart and the 2 cheeky cleaners from our dorm in Phnom Penh in Cambodia

How To Make Friends in a Hostel

If you are traveling alone or with others, it's likely that you will, at some point, become friendly with others along the way. For some, this is easy, for others - particularly at the start of a trip - not so much. So here are some tips you can use to help 'break the ice' … Continue reading How To Make Friends in a Hostel

Not a bad view!

Croatia: All the Sailin’ Ladies

So I recently went sailing with 6 other ladies. Six. Ladies. On a boat. For a week. aaaaaaand go. I'd never been sailing before, so this was a new adventure for me. And I'd always been pretty desperate to go to Croatia - ever since half my life ago when an old teacher of mine told … Continue reading Croatia: All the Sailin’ Ladies