• Travel: Weddings

    Planning Your Destination Wedding

    Five years ago I was able to marry my soulmate in a stunning ceremony in Kalkan, Turkey. We decided to have a destination wedding, not only because we could more certainly guarantee the weather but also the insane costs of having a wedding in the UK (especially in London & the South East). Fortunately, this was an option for us, and we had a destination in mind. Wedding planning can be a particularly stressful experience, especially with distance and language barriers. Here are my first tips for planning a destination wedding: 1. Find your partner! Sounds pretty straightforward but you need to have someone to marry and who shares the…

  • Destination: Europe

    When I didn’t have a Spiritual Experience at the Vatican

    For Easter 2012, all the women on my Mum’s side of the family (11 of us in total) went to visit Rome and the Vatican as part of our Grandmother’s 70th Birthday celebrations. Ranging from 75 to 16, all of us were raised Roman Catholics, and we arrived in Rome on the morning on Palm Sunday. Although I am not a practising Catholic, unlike the majority of my family, I was really excited to see the Vatican. I don’t quite know what I expected when I walked into St Peter’s Square, but some sort of religious revelation. The seat of the Holy See and home of the Roman Catholic religion,…

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    Travel: Wanderlust

    The 40 Before 40 Travel Challenge

    So last week was my 32nd birthday. It was a pretty quiet affair, with a few friends and family for a chilled out Sunday BBQ. Birthdays to me are always a time to reflect upon what I have achieved and lessons learned, but also moving forwards towards new goals and targets. Mainly, travel more! So here I am setting myself a travel challenge. Over a business lunch, my manager mentioned that she was travelling to Malta as part of her personal 50 countries before she turns 50 years old list. It got me thinking that I could set myself a goal over the next eight years to bring up my total number…

  • Travel: Advice

    How To Stay Safe During The UK Heatwave

    As the UK enters its longest ever heatwave, it is essential to remember to protect yourself from the sun. Travel safety is critical, with everyone being savvier overseas, but not considering that the UK sun can be just as hot! Here are the top tips for staying safe this summer The main risks associated with the current heatwave are dehydration, overheating and sunburn or sunstroke. If you are vulnerable to heat, stay in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm. This time is the hottest part of the day. Regularly drink cold drinks such as water, and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Wear loose cool clothing. Make sure you wear a…

  • London: Events

    Celebrating the LGBT Community at Pride

    The weekend, central London hosted the annual Pride Parade, with the LGBT and the extended community painting the town a rainbow with a colourful and vibrant parade of over 500 different groups celebrating across the iconic backdrop of London. History of Pride in London The UK’s most significant and diverse Pride Parade, London has hosted a festival since 1972. The first event was held on the nearest Saturday in July to the Stonewall Riots in 1969 in New York. This incident caused a movement. Within a few years of Stonewall, there were Gay rights groups and events in the US and the UK. In 1988, with the update Clause 28…

  • Travel,  Travel: Wanderlust

    Travel Quotes To Actually Inspire Travel

    You’ve seen them flashed all over your Instagram feed and numerous Pinterest boards for travel quotes to spark your wanderlust and inspire the traveller in you. There are so many travel quotes to choose. For me, it is the story and origin of the quote that makes it meaningful. Give a perspective on a quote; it can make it more purposeful and insightful. Gustav Flaubert Flaubert was an influential French novelist in the 19th century. He believed in finding just the right word for his prose and revealed in romanticism and realism. Innovative, Flaubert quotes here the truth, no cliché, just delicate yet powerful. The world is a vast place,…