• Destination: United Kingdom

    Catching Up With The Locals at Jersey Zoo

    Jersey may be a small island, but it has plenty of heart and spirit. Especially the naturalist and author Gerald Durell, who in 1959 set up a Jersey Zoo and a wildlife conservation trust to help save endangered species of animals. Gerald Durrell The humble beginnings of Jersey Zoo start with Gerald Durrell. Gerald Durrell was always interested in animals and nature and would collect local fauna during his childhood in Corfu. His love of animals grew so much that after the end of World War II, he joined Whipsnade Zoo as a junior keeper. To see animals in the wild were his real dream and after leaving Whipsnade he…

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    London: Events

    Making the Most of Winter Wonderland

    The festive season has officially arrived in London, with the grand opening of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Winter Wonderland is located in the heart of London,  one of the capital’s 8 Royal Parks. Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, with the exception of Christmas Day until the 6th of January, Winter Wonderland is now in its 10th year and gets bigger and bigger every year. It is free to enter the park, and there are many different experiences available (at a cost) The Magical Ice Kingdom The Magical Ice Kingdom is incredible snow and ice sculpture experience, with this year’s theme of a forest landscape. Woodland creatures sculpted from over…

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    Destination: Asia

    Review: Day Trip to the Great Wall of China

    Upon booking our flights to New Zealand was agreed on a 10-hour layover in China. The flights were so cheap with the layover and thought we would hang around in the airport, especially as Beijing is one of the largest terminals in an airport. It wasn’t until I was having a chat with my Mum about her previous layover in Singapore where they have a little bus shuttle from the airport that I started to investigate what our options were. Beijing Layover Tour I stumbled across the 24/144 hour visa-free transit pass, meaning that you can apply at the airport to leave the terminal. A tour company called Beijing Layover…

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    London,  London: Events

    Top 5 Most Spectacular London Fireworks Displays

    London celebrates Guy Fawkes Night every year on the 5th November. This is the day that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in a terrorist attack but was foiled. On the weekend closest to the 5th, there are a number of free or ticketed events to catch a glimpse of some amazing London fireworks displays. North London: Alexandra Palace One of the most famous and iconic firework displays in London, Alexandra Palace in North London also hosts a German Beer Festival and ice rink. There is a nearby train station and then a 15-minute walk or you can get the underground to Wood Green and then…

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    Travel: Weddings

    Destination Weddings – Madeira

    In our previous post, we discussed some points to consider when planning a destination wedding (check it out here). The gorgeous Island of Madeira is one of the incredible wedding destinations that you can choose. A small island part of Portugal, north of the Canary Islands is where you can find the tranquil Madeira. A protected UNESCO site, famous for its wine and nature and a perfect wedding destination. Sunny skies, azure blue seas, and pretty pink flowers litter the island, spoiling you for choice as a wedding destination. Whether its a boho outdoor wedding or beachy vibes, it is well worth checking it out! For more information and to…

  • Travel: Health

    Your On-The-Go Self-Care Kit

    Everyone, even those without mental health conditions, needs to look after themselves, especially when they are on the road travelling. It is easy to forget to put yourself first and get caught up in the adventure. I have put together my on-the-go self-care kit for things I always take travelling. Self-Care Journal In the technological world that we now live in, there is still a joy of actually taking a pen to paper. By jotting down your thoughts, doodling or colouring, it can be a soothing motion with your hands to refocus your mind. I always have coloured pens as well as bright colours means positive vibes! Journalling may even…

  • 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…

  • Destination: Oceania

    The Fascinating and Ancient Moeraki Boulders

    On Koekohe beach, between Dunedin and Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand, is a natural phenomenon steeped in Maori folklore. The Moeraki Boulders are one of the most photographed landscapes in New Zealand. Numerous wonderfully circular orbs of stone littering the Otago beachside. Local legend says the boulders are the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck at nearby Shag Point from a large canoe of Arai-te-Uru. The patterning on the boulders, according to legend, are the remains of the canoe’s fishing nets. Over 50 boulders have been unearthed from the eroding shoreline, with stones still half hidden in the banks of the…