Scandinavia is one of those places which is filled with mystery, and one of the best places I’ve ever visited – back in 2016, I went for a trip to Oslo with my friend, Africa, and I wrote all about it here.

There are so many other cities that I would like to travel to one day, but today I wanted to talk about Norway, which is one of my favourite places ever. It is a country definitely worthy of being included in your bucket list, as it offers a lot of unforgettable experiences and today I’ve rounded up a few of them, which is just sparking my wanderlust to discover more.

The Fjords

A natural fixture in the Norwegian countryside, these bodies of water were created after the last Ice Age. The Culture Trip details the many activities you can do in a fjord such as kayaking, sailing, diving, hiking, and camping. One highly recommended destination is Lysefjord, which is among the most popular fjords in the country.

You can also do cruises around the Fjords all year round, which is something I’ve been looking into for a while and has been highly recommended by those who have done it.

Aurora Borealis

Otherwise known as the Northern Lights, they are a breathtaking phenomenon of luminous lights dancing in the sky. Norway is considered by many travellers as the best place to see this natural wonder as the sky is always quite clear.

Time your visit between late September to late March because that’s when the Aurora Borealis is often seen.

The Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo displays some of the most well preserved Viking longships or ‘drakkars’. They date back as 1100 years ago and were found in three royal tombs close to the Oslo fjord.

The ships were used to deliver their owners to the dead. The museum also showcases all the artefacts that were found in the tomb such as small boats, sledges and the only “car” from the Viking age.

Norse mythology

In a previous post on Greece, we tackled various ruins that are associated with Greek mythology. Although this aspect of Greek culture remains popular, the Boston Globe states that Norse myths are also very much in vogue as well.

Thanks to Marvel’s versions of Thor, Loki, and Odin, Norse mythology is now drawing attention from moviegoers that want to know more about places like Asgard and Valhalla. In fact, the renewed interest has also been seen across the video industry that incorporates elements of Norse mythology as well. The latest instalment of God of War features the encounters of the main character with Asgardian deities.

Meanwhile, FoxyCasino focuses on many pop culture themes for their slot games and Norse lore is very prominent in titles such as Asgardian Stones and Hall of Gods. Like in Thor: Ragnarok, they make use of the Valkyrie, who according to Norse mythology are female warriors that bring fallen heroes to Valhalla, the great resting place.

You can discover more about these fascinating stories as you explore Norway. And the best way to do so is to visit places like Midgard Historical Centre and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.

I hope this blog has encouraged you to discover more of Scandinavia and in particular, Norway. Let me know if you have any other recommendations.

Have you been to Norway? What did you think?

Travelling is fun, there’s no denying it – it’s a big part of a lot of people’s life too.

It’s a great way to kick back a bit and just relax, so, usually, the last thing on your mind is looking chic and your best abroad; there is so much to do and see after all that fashion can sometimes take a back seat.

Normally when you go away, you are travelling with friends and family and there is no need to impress anyone, in particular, so you can pretty much wear what you fancy. But, every now and again, you will want to dress up a bit for a nice dinner with your other half, your final night away or, maybe you are travelling to join a friend for a special celebration.

Today I’ve rounded up a few suggestions to help you to fit a stylish outfit or two into your suitcase.

Opt for two-piece outfits

If you choose to pack a top to wear with a nice skirt or trousers rather than a dress you will be able to mix and match them to create several outfits. Something like the wonderful maxi skirts you can buy from places like www.jdwilliam.co.uk would be ideal. After the special event, you can wear the maxi skirt again and again which is always a plus.

Paired with a more casual top it would be ideal for wearing in the evening. If you choose one made from a lightweight material you could even pop it in your beach bag. It would is also good for putting on over the top of your swimming costume for the walk back to your accommodation.

Pack a nice pashmina

Rather than packing a jacket, which would take up a lot of space, opt for a shawl or pashmina instead. Choose one that is made from a material that does not crease easily so you’re not frantically looking for an iron whilst you’re away. 

As you can see from this short video, you can wear this item in lots of different ways and use it to enhance all kinds of outfits, so they’re really versatile and don’t take up a lot of room in your case either. 

Use accessories and shoes to tie together

The key to looking special enough is to use the right accessories. A nice belt, some statement jewellery, and a matching bag will all work together to lift any outfit.

Sandals are great for sight-seeing, but unless they are particularly dressy they are not likely to be quite chic enough to wear for that special occasion. A far better option is a pair of classic pumps. If you go for a peep toe pair or maybe some slingbacks they can easily be worn as an alternative to sandals.

These styles of shoes enable plenty of air to circulate around your feet. Just be careful to choose shoes that are not so high that they cannot comfortably be worn all day.

Keep things simple

Before you go away, experiment with styling your hair and doing your makeup in as simple a way as possible. This will enable you to reduce the number of beauty products and makeup you have to pack. You can find out how to do this, by reading the travel-ready makeup section of this article.

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration for packing a variety of outfits when you head on your holiday, but my main tip would be to not overthink it. Travel can be stressful at times, so having pieces you can throw on and dress up and down with jewellery and shoes is one of the easy options.

How do you like to style yourself when you go away?

It’ll come as no surprise that I love to go away: Exploring new places is one my favourite things to do, and my incurable wanderlust means that I am always up for a new adventure. Travel is something I write about a lot on here, and it’s the posts I get most excited about sharing because I love looking back on the memories down the line. I’m not blessed with unlimited money, so travelling on a budget is usually the way I get around it.

This year alone, I’ve managed to squeeze in 8 trips within the UK, and abroad, which has only sparked my love of travel even more and I don’t think it’s a fire that is going to burn out any time soon.

One of my favourite things to do is to check on Sky Scanner for cheap places to the destinations that are on my list, and see which the cheapest month to visit in so I can bear that in mind for when the need for a trip strikes!

I wouldn’t call myself an expert in this field, but when it comes to finding good deals online, I can definitely shed some light if you’re looking for a little city break, or maybe something further afield, and today I have rounded up some of the ways that I use when I’m travelling on a budget.

Make The Most Of Flight Sales For Budget Travel

Back on January 1st, Ryanair were in the midst of doing a post-Christmas sale on flights, and I for one, took advantage of it. You have to be a bit savvy with these sales, as not only are they time-sensitive, there may only be a few months where the cheaper flights can be taken. That said, it’s easy enough to get yourself a good deal.

On the day, I managed to book 3 different sets of flights for later in the year, at a fraction of what they would originally cost, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out.

A January sale isn’t something that all airlines do, but the best way to find out when they are reducing the prices the is by following them on their Social Media channels, as this is where they tend to spill the beans first.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Off-Season

The great thing with most European destinations is that they tend to have better weather than the UK (I’m writing this as it’s 30 degrees outside, so maybe not the best time for this example…) but when the weather starts to turn in late September – early October, it’s the best time to escape and get some last-minute sun.

Some of my favourite holidays have been taken out of season as the weather has been so glorious just before it starts to change, and autumn is definitely my favourite season, in the UK and elsewhere so you’ve got to make the most of it.

The great thing about going out of season as well is that the flight prices go down because the airlines need to attract so bear this in mind as well when you’re ready to book something.

Sign Up For The Best Deals

There is an abundance of websites out there, claiming they can get you the best deals on holidays, and although it may take a little bit longer to find something that suits your needs and budget, it is definitely something that is worth looking into.

Some sites such as Latest Deals scour the web for you, which means you can look at the deals on the internet, all in one place – shopping for a holiday has never been so simple!

Go Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of

It might seem daunting to go to a place that you know little or nothing about, but it can also be one of the most exciting experiences for you. When we booked flights to Eindhoven back in January, none of us knew anything about it, but it ended up being such a fun trip because we just got to explore.

Ryanair and Easyjet fly to some obscure places, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t find something fun to do there, or if you’re still a little bit hesitant, why not use these cheaper flights to get to a city you want to go to by connecting once you’re there?

And there you have my tips for getting the most out of your travelling – if you have any more, please let me know!

How do you like to travel?

It’s been over a year since I went to the White Isle, but it was one of the most fun weekends of my life and it definitely should be on your list for a girls trip or a holiday with your other half as it offers so much.

Ibiza has a reputation of being a bit of a party island, and although there are some of the world’s best super clubs housed across the place, it has so much more to offer and is definitely a destination that should be on your list to visit.

Today I’ve rounded up some of my reasons why Ibiza should be your go-to holiday destination.

1. It Doesn’t Take Long To Get To

The great thing about Ibiza is that you can get to it from most UK airports and the flight time is somewhere in the region of 2h 30 minutes which gives you enough time to get a glass of fizz and relax.

When we flew there last year, the flight times were pretty good as well: we flew on a Friday evening and came back on a Monday evening so had three full days there, which was the perfect amount of time if you were after a weekend girls trip or a longer holiday.

2. Beach Clubs

What could be better than lying on a sunbed having sangria delivered to you? In my eyes, absolutely nothing.

The beaches in Ibiza are some of the most stunning I have ever seen so that in itself should be a reason to visit, but the fact that you can listen to great music, eat amazing food and get suitably tipsy as well is just even more of a bonus!

There are loads of beach clubs across the island ranging from slightly pricier options to ones for those on a budget. As we went slightly off-season, a lot of the bigger beach clubs weren’t open, but we did find Malibu Beach Club on Ses Salines beach, which was gorgeous and had such attentive staff: I’d highly recommend giving it a go.

3. The Nightlife

If the party-style nightlife does appeal to you, Ibiza has some of the best clubs in the world. From Pacha to Amnesia and everything in between, there is definitely something for everyone.

We stayed in the old town, which was more bars and restaurants, but there are good transport links all over the island, as well as organised trips to other areas which you can organise before you arrive. The taxi service is also really good and reasonably priced so that’s another option too.

4. The Weather

Ibiza is notoriously known for its gorgeous weather, and it’s easy to see why. We visited in late April and it was around 23-25 degrees and sunny the whole time we were there.

There are loads of lovely squares and outside areas to soak up some rays and dabble in a bit of al-fresco dining and of course the glorious beaches. The water also is quite warm compared to other Spanish islands I’ve been to, and is so gorgeous and turquoise that you’ll want to dive straight in.

5. Food

We actually had our best food recommendation from a local, who was in the lift with me and my friend Sophie at the time, and he was not wrong when he said it was the best pinchos in Spain – the restaurant was full of locals, eating and drinking to their heart’s content, and had a real Spanish feel about it, including the way you picked what you wanted off the counter and indulged in some delicious tapas.

We didn’t have a bad meal during our stay there, and there is definitely an abundance of restaurants, ranging from gorgeous, quaint tapas ones, to beautiful sushi and Thai places. There is a huge range of different cuisines, for all different price tags.

6. Old Town

The Old Town of Ibiza is such a beautiful and quaint little place, and if you don’t stay around there, it is definitely worth a visit. Take a walk up all of the winding roads to the castle and marvel at how stunning the views are.

There are also traditional Spanish shops in this area and it’s where you’ll find some of the best restaurants too. Definitely, one to visit if you like to see the traditional side of a destination.

7. Not as expensive as you may think

One of the things I was worried about when I found out we were going to Ibiza was the cost of it. I’d heard previously that everything was super expensive over there, but from someone who has visited, I can assure you that it is really not that bad. Obviously, there are places which cost more than others, but you just have to have a look online or go to a few different places in order to get a fairly priced meal.

My advice would be to go off the beaten track and away from the tourists as this is usually where you’ll find the cheaper options and best deals and have a look online before you go to see if there are places you can book. If you are staying in an apartment too, I’d suggest getting some food in for breakfast and lunch so you don’t have to spend as much money out in the day and can save it for the evenings.

8. Excursions

On our first day there, was took a ferry out to the island of Formentera which took just under an hour. The island was absolutely stunning – think crystal blue waters, national parks and beautiful coves – and it was a lot less busy than mainland Ibiza. We took a taxi to a beach on the other side of the island and spent the afternoon in the sunshine, eating paella and drinking wine.

As Ibiza is an island, there are loads of different boat tours you can do, including hiring your own and going to secluded beaches, and what better way to spend a day than that?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about all the different reasons to visit this diverse island!

Have you been to Ibiza? What did you think?

When did we suddenly get so busy? What a deep way to start a blog… but really, when did it happen? It’s hard to pin down your friends, you’re constantly trying to balance all the areas of your life and blogging on the side is turning into a part-time job. 

And then there’s work… There always seems to be a whole load going on at work whether you work for a company or are self-employed. We never seem to be able to get a break no matter our professional situation and it’s hard to strike a good balance. 

Many parents have to juggle their childcare with their job and, by the time they have managed to factor in their own social life, it seems like they have no more spare time in their diaries. Even if you don’t have a family yet, you might still find that there is hardly any chance to catch a breather in the evenings or at the weekends.

There’s just too much on everyone’s to-do list, myself included.

Do you dream of being able to take a few minutes to yourself and catching a breather? Well, if so, it sounds like you could do with a longer break. How about a holiday, in fact? An actual holiday? Not just a city break or a few days away – a time to really switch off.

If you have been thinking of planning a holiday soon, you might want to consider some of the following destinations that I’ve rounded. Each of these is renowned for being a great destination for some chill-out time – just what you deserve.

Ibiza

When you think of Ibiza, you might instantly think of one of the best-known party destinations in the world. It’s true that this little island in the Balearics is a renowned hot spot for hedonists, but that’s not everything that this island has to offer. In fact, if you stay away from the party area on the island, you will find that there is some really beautiful scenery and quiet locations where you can chill out throughout your break.

In fact, there are quite a few popular family-friendly resorts once you start to get away from all the clubs and all-night parties! One great day out is the Hippy Market at Es Cana. You’ll be able to while away a few hours wandering around the stalls and picking up some bargains as you go. After a day of shopping, why not relax on one of the great beaches, such as Cala Llonga?

Bali

Bali has been on my holiday bucket list for as long as I can remember, and with the number of bloggers going there in the past couple of years and capturing such beautiful images, the wanderlust is real.

If you love getting in touch with your spiritual side and think that doing so will help you shake off some of your current stresses, then book a flight to this tropical paradise. This Indonesian island is known for its many temples, most of which date back to the ancient times. One of the most famous temples on the island, Tanah Lot is located on a rock formation just off the coast: You can’t enter the temple itself, but you’ll be able to get close enough for some fantastic shots. There’s also a beautiful beach just near the temple so that you can take in the inspiring views of the sunsets into the ocean.

Sounds pretty perfect right?

Japan

Another one that’s been on my hitlist for a while is the intriguing country of Japan. If you want even more zen in your life, or to try a completely different culture then this might be the place for you.

Even though the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto might seem anything other than relaxing, there are still lots of rural spots and places of perfect tranquility around the country. Take the country’s many parks; they are so large and expansive, that you could very easily forget the hustle and bustle of the cities!

There are also some really cool destinations for day trips just outside Tokyo: The Takao-San mountain is just an hour outside the capital and lots of guided tours head there each day. You’ll be able to trek up the mountain and take in some breathtaking views of Tokyo. The sights will be so spectacular that you might even forget all of the stresses of things back at home!

If you go in the spring months too, the cherry blossoms will be out in all of their glory.

 

Denmark

Did you know that people who live in Scandinavia are thought to be a lot happier and more relaxed than those from elsewhere in the world? It’s true, there is actually quite a lot of research that backs up this claim. People think it might be because of the region’s relaxed lifestyle. So, why not go and see for yourself with a visit to Denmark?

This could be the perfect country to visit if you have been thinking or organising a winter trip this year. And that is all because of hygge – the Danish concept of comfort and cosiness. But it is a lot more than just being cosy; in fact, the Danes take this very seriously indeed!

It is more of a way of life for them and something that they try to achieve as much as possible, especially in the winter when it is very chilly outside. During your trip to Denmark, you’ll come across lots of quaint cafes and restaurants where you can experience this hygge for yourself!

Singapore

You might not instantly think about Singapore as a very relaxing country, but it has to be said that there is a lot going for it. I’m sure you will certainly be able to recharge your batteries with a stay in this beautiful place. In fact, you’ll be able to easily find a reasonably priced studio apartment for rent in Singapore long term, so it could be a good option if you want to go on a longer break for a month or more.

Singapore is quite a busy place and is perfect for those of you who would rather relax by immersing themselves into a cosmopolitan lifestyle rather than heading out to the countryside. You can chill out in the evenings at Marina Bay and go for a leisurely stroll around Clarke Quay. If you love anything adrenaline-packed, you can always check out the thrilling Universal Studios Singapore.

The Alps

The Alps cover eight countries, so there are a few destinations you might want to choose if you fancy recharging your batteries in these famous mountains. There are also lots of different activities that you can take part in, depending on which season you travel in.

Go in the winter, and you’ll be able to ski and snowboard until your heart’s content. In the summer, there are hundreds of hiking routes. No matter where you travel to in the Alps, though, you can be sure of enjoying some hearty delicacies. Dairy is a big deal here, and you’ll be able to enjoy a lot of fondue and raclette – perfect!

The UK

If you are one of the many people who find travelling to be very stressful, you might just want to relax on a staycation. At least that way, you don’t have to get stressed out in an airport before you have even got to your destination!

It’s a good idea to give London a miss as it is an extremely busy city, and you won’t be able to truly relax – ideally, head out to the British countryside. The Lake District and Peak District have plenty of beautiful spots dotted around, and you will find that there are so many walking routes that you can enjoy.

The country’s coastline is equally beautiful and you’ll be able to soak up this current heatwave on one of the many beaches. Even if the weather isn’t that great by the time you head away on your staycation, you will still be able to enjoy everything that the traditional British seaside has to offer.

So, next time you feel like you take a breather and escape from your busy life, it could be a good idea to consider one of the destinations above. Let me know if you do visit one of them – I’d love to know how you enjoyed your time away!

Have you been to any of the above? What did you think?