How to keep motivated whilst working from home

Well hello to you my reader chums! It's safe to say, that unfortunately, the past few weeks/months have left the nation and the world with an air of uncertainty and the worry of what's going to happen next. It's important over these next few weeks to look out for one another by social distancing, staying indoors and taking the precautions to prevent spreading the virus.

Given the latest news of putting the UK on lockdown, it's going to throw a lot of us out of whack and away from our usual routines. I don't know about you, but I love a routine as it keeps me motivated as I know I'll have a limited amount of time in the day to get things done. With people now working from home, unable to go to the gym or go out socialising, things are very different, and I wanted to share a little positivity on how to keep motivated over these next few weeks when things seem uncertain.

Here are my tips on how to stay motivated whilst working from home...

How to keep motivated whilst working from home

Write a to-do list

The first step to getting organised and feel like your life is in order is by writing a to-do list. Whether it's listing everything you need to get done for your day job, getting some life admin completed that you've been putting off for a while or ensuring you do a daily exercise; if you list it all at the beginning of the day, then you'll feel satisfied once you tick it all off.

Try and enjoy the simpler things

As all the exciting plans you do outside of the house aren't able to go ahead right now, it's time to take a step back and appreciate the simpler things in life. From spending quality time with your family, delving into a good book, scrapbooking, cooking a new recipe from scratch, planting a vegetable patch to organising your wardrobe. By dabbling into new hobbies and appreciating the little things, it will motivate you to do more and feel content.

Intertwine your usual routine into the home

Working from home can be very different from your day to day roles in your job unless you're a freelancer. And, it can take a while to get used to that habit if you're not in the homely environment every single day whilst working. The best ways to intertwine your work routine in the home is first, set up an area designated for you to work so you can stick to that zone and get your 'work mode on'. Then set up your laptop/computer with everything you need and map out what you're going to work on in the day. By trying to separate your actual home from the work whilst being at home can be tricky, but if you master it, you can find yourself being more productive.

Put away the distractions 

This point goes hand in hand with intertwining your routine. Distractions are the worst thing to demotivate you from doing things whilst you're working from home  - and we're all a massive sucker for it. Whether you're addicted to Instagram (like me) or generally find it difficult to concentrate in your home environment, then you need to bid goodbye to distractions. Put away your phone whilst you're working, switch on some calming tunes and remember to take breaks every now and then.

Stay social

Things can get lonely when you're working from home, especially if you live alone or with one other person that you can miss the social element of work. Obviously, you can't go out and socialise so stay social in other ways. Message friends online, arrange group video chats or give your family a call - speaking to people in the day will boost you up, help your mental health and make you feel a little more human. Just because we're self-isolating, it doesn't mean we should be isolated from communication.

Keep active

For me, exercise is huge in helping my mental health and keeps me focused on my life goals that not being able to go to the gym currently is a bit tricky. However, I've started to implement home workouts - from running up and down in the garden to doing my ab and weight routine indoors. If you don't have access to the same sort of equipment at the gym like me, just get creative with what you're able to do - and it can make your workouts a lot more entertaining. Things like yoga are also a great alternative, if you want to stay active but also practice a bit of mindfulness.

Break up the day 

If you're an office worker like me, then naturally, you'll break up the day at work by taking regular toilet breaks, walking around the office or popping into a meeting which gets you away from your desk - and you need to implement that same mindest at home, as it's not good to constantly stare at a screen. Take a couple of 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day to have a snack, go to the toilet, move around or do a chore, just to take your eyes away from the screen, as it'll refocus your mind.

Experience fresh air

Fresh air is incredibly important, especially as now we're going to be spending a lot of time in our homes. When you're taking those breaks in the day, pop outside your house in the garden or take a stroll up and down your street just to breathe it in and awaken your body a bit - it'll help more than you think.

I hope you enjoyed this post. How are you keeping motivated?

Thank you for reading <3

Book review: The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean Pendziwol

Well hello to you my reader chums! Another book, another review, and one I especially fell in love with. Don't get me wrong, I love pretty much all the books I read but there are only a select few which touch my heart in some way - and that was this book.

As I'm a twin, when a book has a synopsis with twins in it, I always pick it up as the narrative is incredibly relatable and I find myself hooked instantly. The Lightkeeper's Daughters was one of those books that had plenty of unexpected plot twists and packed with both love, heartbreak and sacrifice - and here are my thoughts on the novel.

Book review: The Lightkeepers Daughters by Jean Pendziwol

Plotline

The book is all about Elizabeth and Emily who were inseparable twins that grew up in a lighthouse on a remote island. Their father, the lighthouse keeper kept journals of their life on the island and the twins growing up. Decades later, after his journals are discovered on a shipwrecked boat, Elizabeth is living in a retirement home and her eyesight is failing. She seeks the help of a troubled teenager Morgan who helps her read the journals and they form a very sweet bond. Through reading the journals, Elizabeth discovers her past isn't exactly what she remembered it to be and learns the answers to unexplained events which have haunted her for years.

Characters and relationships

I always say this but the best way to rate a book is by the characters and how their relationships unfold within it. In this book, relationships are at the core of the plot and that's why it's such a heart warming read. Undoubtedly, the relationships between Elizabeth and Emily is at the forefront of the novel and is kept constant throughout - as majority of things Elizabeth will talk about will involve Emily; they are inseparable and basically each other's life. With any twins, you're bonded from birth and have a best friend for life. And although, their relationship isn't exactly what you think from the off, as you delve further into the story, their strong bond is what keeps their love for each other and makes the sacrifice so worth while.

The book is very family based and Elizabeth talks about her relationship with them quite often, including the love of her father and the separation she experienced with her mother, and all about her brothers leaving the island, and leaving both her and Emily behind; the abandonment.

One of the most important relationships is Elizabeth's and Morgan's as it's what separates the novel and flips it from the past and modern day and how their stories end up overlapping. A lot of things come of their bond which you wouldn't expect and there are many plot twists that involve them both - which adds even more depth to the novel.

Book review: The Lightkeepers Daughters by Jean Pendziwol

Thoughts on the book

This book had the true power of storytelling which made it very difficult to put down. With every page or new chapter, there was huge amount of description from the author which painted the picture of the setting and the raw emotion behind every scene - which helped magnify the plot's main purpose and allowed myself to have a deeper connection with what was going on in the plot.

To sum up what I thought of the book; it was simply beautiful. The thought that went behind every page was filled with a lot of love, sentiment and intelligence. As you delve into a new chapter more secrets are unfolded and there were quite a few instances where my mouth dropped at the plot twists which occurred. The book shares the tale of love, how it can make or break you and the sacrifices you do for it, and the power of new friendships and how they can help you in life.

Overall, I absolutely loved it and would happily re-read it again. Entering Elizabeth's world and discovering her story was enlightening but also insightful as you venture back in time to the early 20th century and learn about the simpler way of life on a remote island where love conquers all.

Ending 

I won't give anything away about the ending, however, the book ended on a satisfying note. It didn't stop on a cliffhanger but came at a halt where it leaves the reader able to imagine the next part of the story - of what comes of both Elizabeth's and Morgan's lives. I felt content closing the last page and also inspired as the book had the power to trap me in for a little while.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Are there any books you'd recommend at the minute?

Thank you for reading <3

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

Well hello to you my reader chums! Krakow is a charming city, located in the south of Poland and a place I really fell in love with. As a city that isn't overly busy in comparison to some of Europe's main hotspots, it's a hub for medieval buildings, lots of history and good food.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

Krakow is one of those cities that has more than meets the eye and the perfect place to get lost in its streets. Whether you're looking to take the perfect gram by the endless pastel buildings or delve into history, Krakow has a lot in store - and here is everything to do for 3 days in the city.

Day 1: Exploring the city

Old Town

Krakow is quite a big city and it's split into different areas, one of them being the Old Town. This had to be my favourite part of the city like I'm sure it is for many. The Old Town is packed with pastel buildings, quaint walkways, cute coffee shops, cool bars and plenty of restaurants to choose from. It's a great place to spend a few hours mooching and shopping - and the best way to kick start a day in Krakow.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

The Old Town has a few nice areas and the most popular section is the Main Square which is home to St Mary's Basilica and the centre of all things in the Old Town. The Main Square leads off to plenty of walkways, has a market and a museum you can dabble into. Whether you'd like to dine al fresco, sip on a few cocktails or sit and wonder, it's the cutest spot.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

Jewish Quarter/ Kazimierz

Kazimierz or also known as the Jewish Quarter is a really interesting part of the city to explore and something I'd recommend as you're getting your bearings around the place.

After the war and the tragic events which occurred in Krakow, the remaining Jewish population which returned to the city revived their cultural identity in Kazimierz and it's one of the most beautiful districts you'll visit on your trip. The overall appeal of this district is unique with the many synagogues including the city's oldest, museums, street food markets, and the general streets. Just by strolling around on places like Szeroka Street, you'll experience the charm, discover great restaurants and the history of the location.

Wawel Castle/Cathedral

The area of Wawel Hill was one of my favourites in Krakow. The entire location looked like a combination of an oil painting and a fairytale novel, it was just that pretty. In the area, you'll have a few beautiful buildings, including the Castle, Cathedral, a museum and a jaw-droppingly stunning view of the river and city.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

It's one of those places where you can sit and soak up all the beauty but also offers the opportunity to explore. There's the option to visit both the cathedral and the castle. The main part of the cathedral has free entrance but if you'd like to climb the tower or visit the museum, then there's an extra cost. I loved going inside the cathedral, there's just something about them which always brings me some level of serenity. The castle, like many, is a vision of beauty and costs around the £14 to get in - but be wary that the ticket office closes at half 2 so you need to buy your ticket before that - otherwise, you won't be able to get in. I made that error, however, I still managed to walk around the courtyard and explore the rest of the Wawel Hill area.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

Day 2: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau

On the second day on your trip, I would recommend dedicating to visiting Auschwitz I and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camps are located an hour and a half out of the city by bus so it's worth taking the time making your way there and giving yourself enough hours to walk around.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

Auschwitz for me was an incredibly harrowing and heart-breaking experience but it's completely worth doing. Reading about the horror that went on is one thing but when you see it up close, it makes it more real and an awful encounter. It's insightful and I learned so much - that it's worth taking the day to go.

When it comes to visiting, you can either go independently for free or pay the small fee for a tour. I chose to go independently as I prefer that but it does mean you need to book in an early slot on their website (before 9am) before all the tours start. Going there early also gives you the opportunity to spend as much time as you need to take it all in. The camps are located about a 10-minute drive apart and there's a free shuttle onsite which can take you between the two.

The first camp Aushwitz I took the longest to look around in my opinion as there was more information available to read and absorb, however, the second camp is bigger in size and a lot more hard-hitting. Auschwitz-Birkenau was known as the death camp so when you arrive you'll witness the ruins and the endless huts the prisoners were kept in - it's horrific.

In total, it took around 5 hours to go around the 2 camps and considering travel time also, it makes for an 8 hour day in total. As I arrived around 8am, I was back in Krakow for 2pm so I had the whole afternoon to still explore, but if you go for a later time, you may not end up in the city till evening - it all depends on the route you choose to take.

City strolling

As visiting Auschwitz is a shock to the system, after going there, I spent the afternoon taking a slower pace around the city and taking it in - and gave myself the chance to fully relax. A slow stroll will also give you the opportunity to scout out places to dine at later in the evening - or bars you'd like to visit.

Day 3: Salt mines and Oskar Shindler's museum 

Salt Mines 

Krakow is renowned for its salt mine excursion and a lot of people will have it on their must-see list when arriving in the city. I'm so glad I put it on mine as it was a really insightful and unique experience that I knew nothing about prior to visiting Krakow.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

The salt mines are located in Wieliczka, a town in southern Poland and are around a 40-minute bus ride from the main city. The bus is cheap as chips and you can get it from the main bus depot in the Old Town - all you have to do is hop on bus 304 and it's the last stop, Wieliczka Kopalnia Soli.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

The Salt Mines are a set of underground mining corridors that are 327 metres down and 287 km in length - and they started operating back in the 13th century. The mines need to be booked with a time slot as you have to have a guide to take you around, which in turn makes the experience even better. As I walked around, it was crazy learning about the history of the mine and how old everything is down there - and the life which went on and still goes on today. The mine has it's own chapel, restaurant and exhibits to view.

Oskar Shindler's museum

The Oskar Shindler museum is a must-do on your trip to Krakow -and something I really enjoyed looking around. I have a huge love of history so it was both incredibly interesting and sad to read what went on, and how Shindler was able to help so many people.


The museum takes you on a tour of the years in history and each room is decorated with a different timeline over the years of the war so you get a visual representation of what went on. I'd highly recommend taking the few hours to visit - and it's only around £8 to get in.

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

To get to the museum from the salt mines, you can easily hop on a bus and walk from there. I think I got the 274 bus but there are a few which head in the right direction. I just Googled it from where we were and took the quickest route.

Experiencing the nightlife

3 days in Krakow: what to see and do

To end the trip on a high, it's worth dabbling into the city's nightlife. Whether you'd like to go for a couple of cocktails or head on a pub crawl, it's a cheap city to drink and there's a type of bar for everyone. I loved the Modiva cocktail bar in the Old Town - it offers a selection of the coolest cocktails and is an Instagram dream.

Where to stay 

Krakow has a wide variety of different accommodation available from apartments, hotels, and hostels - and it's insanely cheap. I stayed at the Old Town Apartments which was located around a 10-15 minute walk to the Old Town and close enough to all the local attractions. I would recommend staying near the Old Town as it's a hub to get to excursions and walk elsewhere to everything else.

How to get around

Getting around Krakow is pretty easy. For the most part, you can walk to quite a lot to get to places and if not, public transport is easy enough to navigate. I took the bus to many of the excursions and asked around for the right route. You can purchase tickets on the bus so there's no need to plan in advance either. Trams also run through the city so you're able to get to the further away attractions via them, or you can get a taxi. Taxis on the streets cost a lot more than an Uber so if you want to take a cab a lot, I'd recommend downloading the Uber app.

Where to eat 

Krakow is an absolute diamond in terms of places to eat and drink, from the quirky cafes in the Old Town to traditional eateries in Kazimierz.

Szara Kazimierz - If you'd love to dabble into some traditional Polish cooking, then this restaurant needs to be top of your list. Located in the Jewish Quarter, it was a gem I came across when walking through and really loved the food in there. They offer everything from meat dishes, classic dumplings to a couple of exotic dishes as well.

Cupcake Corner Bakery - I'm a huge fan of coffee shops and when I'm venturing around a city, there's nothing better than stopping off for a hot chocolate and cake. I came across this one in the Old Town when strolling through and fell in love with it. It had that cute vibe and offered an assortment of different cupcakes.

Tradycja - I wanted to dine in the Main Square at least once when visiting Krakow as it's the hub of its beauty that Tradycja was the perfect option. There, I tried a traditional beef stew in a bread basket and it was honestly delicious - and their cocktails are pretty great too. And, if you sit outside in the evening, you can see the square lit up - talk about the ambiance.


Mo-Ja Cafe and Bistro - I love a breakfast spot and Mo-Ja Cafe and Bistro was located about 5 minutes from our apartment. It offered a selection of great breakfast/brunch food, lunch dishes, and cakes. It was the perfect find and incredibly reasonable too for the portions served up! And, the iced chocolate drink is to die for.

Milkbar Tomaska - I was recommended this place by a friend and it didn't disappoint. The cafe served up some hearty sandwiches, traditional snack style food and enough choice for everyone - and it was so cheap for the good quality.

La Grande Mamma - Even though it was amazing dabbling into the Polish cuisine, the Italian came out in me and I had to enjoy a little bit of pasta on my last night in the city. La Grande Mamma provided a huge selection of unique Italian dishes, dessert, and wine, in the most beautiful setting.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you visited Krakow?

Thank you for reading <3

5 Top cocktail bars in and around Covent Garden

Well hello to you my reader chums! Who doesn't love a cocktail? You can't beat it, especially when you're uptown for the day or staying in London over a couple of nights. London is a hub of quirky bars, classic British pubs and every type of eatery you can think of. I love going up there every now and then for a day out as the experience will always be completely different from the one before.

The best cocktail bars in and around Covent Garden, London

I'm not a major expert in London bars, however, on my last visit uptown, I went on a bit of a cocktail crawl in Covent Garden and found some brilliant hotspots - and wanted to share.

Blame Gloria

5 Best cocktail bars in and around Covent Garden

I was recommended to go here by a few people and I can see why. It's the ultimate 'girls' night out' venue, where they play the perfect sing-along tunes, have every Insta opportunity you can think of an assortment of cocktails. Every cocktail comes in a different quirky glass - and on every day other than Saturday, they do a 2 for 1 happy hour. It's a bar I'd love to revisit again with a group of my gal pals.

Dirty Martini 

5 Best cocktail bars in and around Covent Garden

Located in the heart of Covent Garden, I've walked past this bar so many times and finally went in on my last London trip. It's located on the bottom floor, this bar is every you can expect from a London bar - it looks fancy and serves up every style of cocktail.

London Cocktail Club Shaftesbury

The furthest out of Covent Garden on the list, London Cocktail Club has to be one of my favourite bars I've come across. Tucked away through a red door, as you go downstairs, the dimmed lighted venue has a lot of character to it - and the most beautiful selection of cocktails! Think of candy cocktails, classic daiquiris and so many more - it's completely worth the money.

Mr Foggs Gin Parlour

5 Best cocktail bars in and around Covent Garden

Traditionally known as a gin distillery, this little gem is incredibly quirky on the inside. It has an old-school, classic English vibe with the most random decor you can think of - like stuffed animals and unusual things hanging from the ceiling. I'm not a gin drinker so I dabbled into their list of cocktails - and honestly, they were delicious. I also liked how the served their cocktails in a glass mug!

The Alchemist 

Probably the most famous bar around this area, the Alchemist looks like an Instagram dream and serves up a selection of the best cocktails. It is usually very popular so it's best to reserve a table in advance, especially if it's for a celebration.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your favourite cocktail bars in Covent Garden?

Thank you for reading <3 

How to find the cheapest flights

Well hello to you my reader chums! Flying to a new destination is one of my favourite things. There's honestly nothing more exciting than booking a new flight and getting on a plane for a new adventure. Searching for a flight fills my soul with so much joy and most days you'll probably find me going on Skyscanner to see if there are any good deals.

Whether you're like me and obsessed with flights or looking to save some cash when booking flights, here are some tips on finding the cheapest flights.

How to find the cheapest flights

Look on comparison websites

As I said, Skyscanner is my favourite ever app and I probably spend way too much time checking out the 'everywhere' tab with flights across the globe. When I have a location in mind of the place I'm going to go, I like to spend a while comparing prices before I book. I go on Skyscanner first, then have a search through directly with the airlines and check out other places including Kayak. By spending a little bit of extra time sifting through all the sites, I'm able to find the cheapest rate and go with that.

Change your times and dates

There's a rumour or theory that Tuesdays are the cheapest day to fly, however, I don't think that's the case. I've found cheaper flights on weekends than Tuesday! This is why it's so important to be flexible with your times and dates if you want to find a cheaper deal. What I like to do is view prices by the month and then click on different days and compare a couple before I buy. Or alternatively, you can use the chart on Skyscanner to compare the different days. It can be a bit tedious, but, it'll save you those much-needed pennies.

Fly early morning 

The earliest flights are the ones which will save you the most money as nobody wants to be up at 4am at the airport. But, when it saves you some cash and gives you more time to travel around, then it'll be worthwhile. I always opt for the earliest flight and try and sleep on the journey there to make up for any sleep time I've missed out on. 

Don't always go direct

Probably not the most eco-friendly advice I can give, however, for longer flights whether that's Dubai or Bali, try and do a stopover in the middle. Although getting off a flight and waiting around for another can be tedious, try and see it as an opportunity to explore. Going to new airports is always a fun thing as you can spend the stopover searching out the best eats or shopping.

Time of year

It may sound obvious but the time of year you travel can majorly affect prices in flights. Peak times tend to be when the kids are on school holidays and Christmas, so it's best to book flights out of that so you can find flights on the cheaper side. I find the best months to purchase flights are October, January-March, and May; basically, any month that isn't a busy period.

Opt for cheaper airlines

Budget airlines are a winner and the reason I tend to travel so much. Save on luxuries and book yourself with the cheaper airlines - it may mean less legroom and busier flights but you'll save all the pennies for more travels.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your tips for cheap flights?

Thank you for reading <3

My travel staples for a weekend break away

Well hello to you my reader chums! City breaks and jetting off for a few days is one of my favourite things. It gives me the chance to take a couple of days away from my normal routine but also offers an opportunity to see a new location - and immerse myself in a different culture.

My travel staples for a weekend break away

City breaks are quick but can be incredibly wholesome and planning them correctly is key - and that goes hand in hand with what you pack.

I like to be very prepared when it comes to packing and bring items along that will be useful, versatile and are essential - here are my travel staples:

Beauty items 

Garnier's BB cream  - I'm an avid user of BB cream and love it in all seasons, especially during the summer months. I find it's the perfect little gem to bring when going away for a few days as it offers that lighter coverage but will still give you a tint and SPF - and save space in your liquid bag on the flight. I'm currently loving Garnier's BB cream; it gives the loveliest glow and light amount of coverage.

Hand gel - I'm a bit of a clean freak and like to have hand sanitizer with me at all times, especially when abroad. My best friend even bought me a keyring with a hand gel holder on it to put all my Bath and Body Works hand gels and I've never looked back. It's one of those very useful accessories.

Solid shampoo/conditioner - I rave about Lush's shampoo and conditioner a lot! Whether you're trying to make an eco-friendly choice or save space in your suitcase, these shampoo bars are a lifesaver. They smell insane, leave your hair looking fresh and shiny and last for a very long time. Completely worth the investment!

Marc Jacob's rollerball perfume - My favourtite ever perfume is Marc Jacob's Daisy (like a lot of people.) It's fresh, easy to wear and the perfect day scent. On my travels, I can't really bring the whole bottle so I carry the rollerball version around - and can top it up whenever I need.

Tangle Teezer -I try to lighten the load as much as possible with weekends away as I don't need to bring my entire beauty routine with me. Tangle Teezers are a perfect size and come in travel size too so I love to bring them along for the ride.

Multi-use palettes - To save space in my makeup bag, I like to pack multi-use products. For instance, Benefit's Hoola bronzer is my go-to and I also love to use it as a natural eye shadow colour, to save packing a heavy eye shadow palette. I also generally pack a lightweight highlighter like the Sleek palettes as it can double up as an eye shadow shade.

Useful travel items

Chillys bottle - I rave about Chillys bottles way too much but I genuinely don't go anywhere without them and that includes abroad. They're refillable, keep water cold for 24 hours and good for the environment so you can't go wrong. It saves buying disposable bottles, drinking warm water when its sunny and knowing the bottle will last for a long period of time.

Extension lead and adapter - This is my favourite travel hack but I like to share it over and over again in case someone missed it. Bring an adapter and an extension lead with you - as it'll save you bringing multiple adapters for different plugs, and you'll have up to four plug sockets for all your electricals.

Tote bags - You never know when you're going to need a tote bag on your travels. I always like to pack one in my handbag as they can come in handy for shopping, for the beach or anything in between. They're versatile, light and save you buying plastic bags along the way.

Travel diary - One of my favorutie things to do is document my travels which you'll see in all my travel content. Something I've begun doing is bringing a travel diary along with me and taking notes as I go, as I'm able to document how I'm feeling on that day rather than looking back and writing on the experience. It's a fresh and exciting way to capture my memories and I have the diary to look back on in years to come.

Travel insurance - Before working in travel insurance, I wasn't clued up on it at all. I've always bought a travel insurance policy to be covered but I never really looked into my policy to see what I'm actually covered for and just went for the cheaper option. Now, I've learned to read my policy wordings and know what I'm paying for - it's worth the investment if things go wrong.

Tripp suitcases - I invested in a pair of Tripp suitcases a few years ago now and honestly they were worth the money. My favoruite black and white cabin size suitcase I take on every single weekend trip - it's a perfect size, lightweight and always fits everything that I need.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your travel staples?

Thank you for reading <3





Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

Well hello to you my reader chums! Spring is nearly here and I'm very excited about it. When spring begins, it obviously means we're closer to summer and that thrills me - I can't wait for beach BBQs and rocking summer dresses again. As the warmer season is approaching, I wanted to share some of my favourite places to visit in Europe on a city break.

Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

Whether you're looking for some inspiration on where to go or planning a last-minute city break, here are a few European cities I'd recommend to see in the spring.

Amsterdam

Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

The canal capital of the Netherlands and one of the coolest cities I've seen, Amsterdam has the most chill vibe about it. I visited in the autumn, however, the spring is the time where it's tulip season and everything is blooming - that you will be in season for the best photos and experiences. Dabble into the quirky cafes, learn all about the Dutch history, ponder along the canals and pick yourself a tulip or two.

Milan 

Home to Italian fashion and designer goods, Milan is everything you'd expect for a shopping lover. It's not the biggest Italian city compared to Rome and Florence, however, there is plenty to see, lots of places to shop (and window shop) and all the Italian food you can think of. The main square with the Duomo is my favourite location as it looks incredible grand and worth the walk around. Visiting in spring will leave you with good weather and a time to beat the crowds.

Paris

Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

One of the most romantic cities but also a fun location to visit with your gal pals, I love everything about Paris. It's got a fast pace about it but there's also a slower vibe away from the main attractions which will leave you in awe of the city. The art scene is huge over there, it's a dream for designer shopping and you can't help feel as if you're in the land of luxury. Spring is a lovely time to go as the weather is sunny and it's before peak season begins in the summer.

Rome 

Heart of Italy and one of my favourite ever cities; a piece of my soul will always be left in Rome. Despite how busy it can get, I love the hustle and bustle of the city and the Italian charm which seeps throughout. Whether you're looking to learn all about Italian history, venture around my favourite spot in Piazza Navona, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain or generally experience the Italian way of life, Rome is the place to be. I tend to stay away from the main sights to find the best food spots but in general, the whole city has that Italian charm. There's never a bad time to visit Rome as you're bound to get stuck with crowds, but in the spring, it'll be warm enough to enjoy it without being too hot - and it's the perfect excuse for more gelato.

Lisbon

Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

Lisbon is hugely underrated for the absolute dream it is. Made up of cobbled streets, yellow trams, hilly roads, and the best tapas bars, it's a great destination for a few days away in the sun - and to drink all the sangria in sight. I went in April time when spring just began and the weather was insanely beautiful, it was quiet to explore and I felt like I got a full authentic view of the city. 

Barcelona 

Barcelona is loved by many travellers including myself for multiple reasons and I'd love to go back. It is one of those cities that is generally always busy when the weather gets warmer, however, I would highly recommend choosing springtime to go and visit. Whether you'd like to explore the famous shopping street of Las Ramblas, have a picnic in Park Guell, explore the tucked-away cobbled paths or eat every tapas dish in sight, there's plenty to do in this city.

Athens 

I have a huge love for Athens; I've visited multiple times since I was little as some of my family live out there and it will always feel like home to me. Spring in Athens, preferably Easter is the best ever time to visit. Their Easter celebrations are very exciting and involve a lot of food that you don't want to miss out - plus Athens is packed with lots of ancient history, has the quaintest city centre and warm weather.

Copenhagen 

Favourite European cities to visit in the spring time

I fell in love with Copenhagen when I visited a couple of years ago. It's one of those cities that despite being a tourist hub, didn't feel that way at all. The city has a residential atmosphere to it where you feel like home wherever you go. Copenhagen is a hub for the quirkiest eateries, cleanest streets, pretties canals and plenty of things to sink your teeth into. The city is known for being quite chilly so you'll still need to wrap up in the spring, however, the sights will warm your heart so much that you'll forget about the weather.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Where is your favourite place to visit in the Spring?

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How to pack lightly for a week's trip

Well hello to my reader chums! I used to be a huge over-packer, bringing unnecessary items away with me on city breaks or for a week's holiday. Through going away regularly and backpacking, and not wanting to pay for hold luggage, I learned how to limit what I needed to bring - and some tips and tricks for packing lighter. 

How to pack lightly for a weeks trip

Whether you're a huge over-packer or going away soon and looking for some packing tips, here's how to pack lightly for a week's trip (it is possible)...

Check the cabin luggage size

First things first, check the size limit you're able to bring on the plane as a cabin bag. Each airline varies in size but typically you're allowed a small-sized suitcase as cabin luggage. When packed correctly, you can easily fit enough clothing and toiletries into a small suitcase - with room for souvenirs to bring back.

Think about what you're packing

Something I like to do before a long trip is planning my outfits out and bringing along versatile pieces to ensure I pack fewer clothes. Also, it's worth planning out what you wear to the airport - as I always put on my heaviest/most bulkiest clothes to save room in the case. 

Necessary toiletries 

I'm a bit obsessed when it comes to beauty and makeup products like a lot of people so it can be hard limiting them into hand luggage - but it is possible. The best thing is to make a list of the necessary toiletries, decant the rest into smaller bottles, invest in rollerball perfumes and solid beauty products (as you won't need to put them in the liquid see-through bag.) By doing all this, you should be able to save space - and there's always the option of buying more items when you arrive at your destination (people often forget that.)

Share the luggage

If you're going away with a partner or group of friends, you can minimize the weight limit by sharing a suitcase or putting some of your items in somebody else's case. Either share one hold luggage bag and split the costs or put all of your items in the two cabin bags to ensure you both fit everything in.

Roll your clothes up

Probably the oldest trick in the book, but when it comes to packing, the technique is key. Roll up your lighter items, pack your socks in your shoes and use packing cubes to organise your clothes into different sections - basically play a suitcase version of Tetris until you fit it all in.

Forget about the luxuries

When it comes to budget travel, luxuries don't necessarily have to go out the window but they will need to be limited in order to go through with the trip - and keep to packing light. Try and swaps items like chunky heels, excessive accessories, body lotions or perfumes for something smaller or take them out altogether.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Which tips do you have on packing lighter?

Thank you for reading <3





New beginnings, new goals

  Well hello to you my reader chums! I've been quite absent from this blog for a while, not because I wanted to but because I needed to take a mental break and wait until I was in the right mindset to write again. 


I've taken a step back in the past few months with a lot of things including my blog, to allow myself the time to heal. 2019 didn't end how I expected it to and I've needed the past few months to process what happened and create a new situation for myself - and find myself once again. Learning to find your feet after a shock to the system can be incredibly hard and it's taken its stages (which I'm still going through) but I've made it through to the other side. 

Now, I can finally say, sitting in my new home that I'm ready, ready to take on the world, grab any opportunity that comes my way and be happy. I've learned over the past few months that everything really does happen for a reason and all the things which come in your way are there to teach you a lesson or lead you on the right path. I'm stronger than I thought I was, proud of how I've dealt with my mental health and excited for my next chapter.

I'm feeling much more positive about what this year is going to pan out to be and can't wait to throw myself back into my passions, including this blog. I've been writing it for a really long time that it feels weird not being my current focus. I want to share more travel tips, lifestyle posts and dabble back into the world of beauty. I want to throw my passion back into my writing and share content that I love and hope my readers will love too. 

To document today, here are the goals I hope to achieve by the end of 2020:

  • Keep at a regular blog schedule and post the content I'm most passionate about
  • Continue to travel and plan my next trips (got a few places already booked for this year)
  • Spend more time with my friends and making the best ever memories
  • Learning to love myself and figuring out the things that make my heart soar
  • Accepting that it's okay not to be okay sometimes
  • Learning to listen to what my body and mind needs

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your goals for the rest of the year?

Thank you for reading <3



Book review: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Well hello to you my reader chums! One of the types of books I absolutely adore is when they're set in significant periods of history or based on a true story - and that's what The Librarian of Auschwitz is. After finishing the Tattooist of Auschwitz and loving every word, I was intrigued to see how this book would differ and the insight it would give.

Book review: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Plotline

Based on the true story of Dita Kraus, the plotline follows Dita's life as she enters the horrors which are Auschwitz. Dita is only 14 when she gets sent with her parents to the camp and soon becomes the camp's secret librarian, taking charge of the small collection of precious books the prisoners managed to sneak past the guards. Books are a dangerous thing in Auschwitz where the slightest hint that the prisoners have them could lead to any horrific punishment. Dita was in Block 31 which was also known as the family block and where lots of the younger children were housed - and had lessons from teachers who were also other prisoners. In camp 31, the adult prisoners did everything they could to make things normal for the children ad Dita's library was one of the most heartwarming things in there - the children could learn and imagine other things whilst the horrors were going on around them.

The plot follows Dita's life over the few years she's imprisoned in the Auschwitz camp and gives a raw perspective of what life is like, the relationships she makes and how she pulls of the mission off, being the librarian. It's that task which inspires so many - and inspired the book itself.

Characters and relationships

I always say the characters are the best part of a novel as they really bring the entire plot to life. As this book is set in such a time of sheer horror and inhumane activities, the characters really are everything and the emotion that pours out is intense. Dita is like any other teenager in this book, and that's how she comes across - she's honest, pushes the boundaries and wants to have fun - even though she's stuck in the camp. Her bond with everyone is a huge part of the book and expresses how she is as a person.

Her relationship with her mother is incredibly powerful and it seems like the pair of them are two of the strongest beings you'll ever come across and they've always got each other back. I particularly love the relationship between Dita and her best friend Margit as it shows what every teenage friendship is about - and reminds me of what I would do for my best friends. Dita is friends with so many people in the camp from her bunkmates to those who look after her block and it's really insightful to read about as you get a feel of what their life was like. The people in the camp only had each other and that's why relationships are so powerful - and make the retelling of the story so real and important.

Book review: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Thoughts on the book

This book left me feeling inspired, heartbroken, educated and sad; a whole mixture of emotions - I absolutely loved it. It's one of those books which takes you on a complete journey and is packed with plenty of knowledge that I was left with so much insight into the horrors of Auschwitz. The way it was written was completely honest and gave that first-hand experience to help the reader understand the truth that went on. It also shared so much about humanity - and how people in the camp helped each other. Overall, I'd recommend it to literally everyone, whether you're a reader or not - as it will leave you feeling so moved.

Ending

Considering the book is set in such a tragic time, I didn't know what I'd expect the ending to be, however, it was somewhat of an inspiring and bittersweet ending which left the story the way it should.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you read this book?

Thank you for reading <3

6 ways to feel less anxious at the airport

Well hello to you my reader chums! Travelling and going to the airport may come naturally to some people, however, a lot of people struggle with that sort of thing, whether that's due to the crowds, the stress of the planning or as it's out of your routine. It's normal to feel anxious in situations that aren't in your regular pattern and if you're going travelling soon and nervous about it, here are 6 tips to help you out.

6 ways to feel less anxious at the airport

Map out what's going to happen

When it comes to anxiety, often or not, it can be to do with control and that's why having a plan in place for the day can really help. It doesn't have to be step by step and timings, but it can be a list of things and the order you're going to do them. For instance, say once you get to the airport, you'll head straight to check-in, then to security and then to the food court to get a bite to eat. It may sound like a small thing, but if you have a plan to focus on, you'll be concentrating on that instead of thinking about what's going on around you.

Wear something comfy or 'homely' 

Travelling can be uncomfortable, especially if it's a long-haul journey. To feel a bit more at home and at ease, wear something that you're comfortable in. Airports used to make me really anxious and every time I went to one, I always wore the same jumper and it soon became my 'safety blanket'. I then learned to be more comfortable in that environment as I had a physical thing to hold onto - and it really helped.

Check-in and pay for your seats online

When travelling with a friend or partner, with some airlines you're not always guaranteed to sit next to each other and if you're an anxious flyer, it's not the ideal situation. That's why I would always recommend to pay the extra few pounds there and back to pick your seats as it'll be one less thing to worry about on your travels- as you have someone by your side. Alternatively, on a lot of flights, you can also ask to swap seats with other people so you can sit next to each other.

Get there with plenty of time

There's no point rushing around when you get to the airport; it's meant to be a place of excitement as you jet off to a new location and new adventure. This is why I'd always recommend to give yourself extra time to get there as you never know what traffic delays you'll come across on route. Although there's nothing worse than having time to kill, it's better than having to rush to try and catch your flight! Arrive with plenty of time and find a place where you can zone out before your flight.

Fill yourself with good food

Food is one of the best things in life and something that will give you a massive energy boost at the airport. If you fuel your body with good food then, in theory, it should make you feel a lot better and that could take the edge off your nerves - and how you're feeling. Food is one of the things that makes me really happy, especially when I've eaten a good meal, so scoping out a restaurant can give you a big distraction, and something to look forward to in the airport process.

Keep your mind busy

I always say this but distraction is key when you're feeling anxious - and that's why keeping your mind busy is so important. Whether that's reading a book, listening to a podcast or practicing meditation, there are loads of different things you can be doing to keep busy and zoning out from the airport surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What travel tips do you have?

Thank you for reading <3

How I afford to travel so often

Well hello to you my reader chums! I'm a bit of a travel addict, to say the least, and that girl which will snap up any cheap flight I can find. Travel is something that fills my heart with so much joy that I try and do it as much as physically possible - and financially possible.

As I go away quite a lot, I often find people asking 'how do you afford it' and so I thought I would share all my budget-saving tips to help you guys travel more often.

How I afford to travel so often


The cheaper the flight, the better

I'm that person who is literally searching flights most days and seeing what cheap deals I can find. If you opt for a very cheap flight, then you've got more money available for the rest of the trip. Flights are half the battle in the grand scheme of how much a trip costs so if you save on that then you're winning. My best tip would be with flights is be flexible on dates and play around with the calendar as you can find good deals as you search throughout the month. And, be flexible on times too - it's usually always cheaper to fly early morning and although it can be hard to wake up, the money you save will pay off.

Keep your eye on every travel sale 

I'm literally signed up to every travel website that does good deals, including airlines. Whether it's by email or following them on social channels, if you stay in the loop, you'll be the first to know about sales- and can get first dips on cheap flights, accommodation and holidays. Think of all the pounds you'll save!

Opt for cheaper accommodation options

Accommodation isn't everything and what I mean by this is you don't need to stay somewhere fancy when you go away - and can save money easily by taking the cheaper options. Hostels, shared accommodation or budget hotels are widely available wherever you are in the world, and by choosing it, you can have more spend on excursions, food or transport - or to book another trip.

Shorter vs longer trips

Something to consider and something that I do often is shorter rather than longer trips as then I'm able to go to more places with the same amount of budget - if that makes sense. I like to take a few city breaks in Europe for a couple of days at a time rather than spend a week-long holiday somewhere relaxing, as one, I get to explore new places and also, I'm able to do more with my money.

Use your holiday days wisely

Not necessarily a money tip, but using your allocated holiday days a year more wisely is half the journey of a budget trip. If you do long weekends then you'll have more days to use for other trips - and won't have to take unpaid days off to go on your travels.

Make savvy decisions as you travel

Getting there cheap is one thing, but keeping things cheap whilst you're there is another. Set a budget for every day, take public transport to avoid taxi costs, dine away from tourist hotspots and splurge in the right places.

Put a bit of money away each month

Obviously, money doesn't grow on trees and travelling does cost money but how you save for it is as important as how you spent your money on travel. Whether you have a lot of disposable income or a little, it is possible to save up for travelling. Allocate a certain amount each month and ensure you stick to that, make wiser decisions for when you go shopping and cut down on unnecessary items - as you'll have a holiday at the end of it. You can always find more money but you can never find more time - travel whilst you're young, broke and have all the freedom in the world.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your budget travel tips?

Thank you for reading <3

6 lessons to take into 2020

Well hello to you my reader chums! It's a brand new year and a new decade. And although I'm not here to preach the 'new year, new me' mantra, it's a good time to reflect on the past 12 months and set new goals for another year.

6 lessons to take into 2020


I won't lie but the second half of 2019 was hard for me, for many different reasons but one was my mental health. It's been a hard few months but considering it's a new year, I want to take everything I learned from 2019 and turn it into something positive for 2020.

Here are a few lessons I'm going to take into the new decade - and you should too.

Knowing your self worth

Something I came to realise lately - and a lot of people need to, is your self-worth. With the world we live in, we often spend a lot of our time comparing ourselves to others with the 'perfect life', think we're not good enough and often settle for things that don't make us happy - or that we deserve. This shouldn't be the case in the slightest. Never settle for second best or any less than you deserve. Get rid of toxic friendships, quit the job that doesn't make you happy and don't act on things unless you think they are right for you. Rate yourself highly, work hard, play hard and enjoy everything about you.

Saying no

I've always very much been a 'yes' person, saying yes to helping people, to plans and doing whatever I can do to make people happy. However, I've come to learn that sometimes I want to quit plans, spend time for me or not be friends with a person - but I always say yes and go along with it anyway. I've realised that I don't have to do things I don't need to do. If you're not happy or not feeling it, you can say no. People will understand if you need time for yourself. You do you, and live your life for yourself.

You can only rely on yourself

The past six months, amongst the heartbreak and bad mental health, I felt so lucky with the amount of kindness I've received. However, saying that - the only person you can rely on is yourself. If you don't love you or love your own company, then you'll find it really to overcome things. I'm trying to walk into this year knowing I can ask for help when I need it but also to know that myself is enough - I don't always need to be in someone else's company and should be able to cope with that.

You'll learn who your real friends are in hard times

True friends come out when you really need them and it's something I've definitely learned lately. Whether you're going through heartbreak, grief, losing your job or having a bad time with your mental health, your true friends will be there to help you through it. It may not be them physically being with you, but they can support you in other ways - and you'll understand who the right people are in your life.

Kindness is everything

I always say the phrase 'spread kindness around like confetti' as it's something I believe to be incredibly true. You never know if people are having a good or bad day and your kindness can really help make it that extra bit better. I received so much kindness the past few months and I want to try and spread that love even more so as I walk into this decade. Being kind and caring is what life is all about.

Everything happens for a reason

The good, the bad or the ugly, everything that happens in your life is there for a reason. Even though it may seem awful and you don't understand why that will put you on the right path - it's there for a reason, to teach you something along your journey.

Stay humble, be kind, appreciate good friends, love yourself and live your best life - here's to 2020!

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your goals for 2020?

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19 tips to know for backpacking Southeast Asia

Well hello to you my reader chums! Backpacking around Southeast Asia was one of the best decisions I've ever made and the greatest experience in my life so far. I loved every minute of soaking up the culture, eating the best food, seeing the sights and lapping up the sunshine. It's something I'll never forget and forever wish to go back.

19 tips to know before backpacking in South East Asia

As it's nearly a year (where has the time gone?) that I was prepping to go, I thought I'd put together a guide of everything to know before you go backpacking.

Pack lightly

This is probably my number one tip for any wannabe backpackers - and something I wish I listened to more when I was packing for the trip. I'd always advise you to pack less rather than more - as you don't want to make your backpack unnecessarily to heavy for you to carry around.

My advice would be to pack what you think you need and then half it. Something I had trouble with was thinking about how many clothes or underwear I'll need for a 2 month period. But, looking back, I certainly brought too many clothing items with me and could easily have halved the load. When backpacking, you can easily buy more clothes on market stalls and wash your clothes along the way.

Try and avoid packing heavy items, bring versatile pieces and sort in packing cubes, to keep organised. For more tips, check out my 2-month packing guide to Asia.

Be wary

Backpacking around Asia will give you a complete culture shock, especially if you haven't been to the continent before. It took me a while to fully immerse and appreciate their way of life - and then fall in love with it. It's so incredibly humble and heartwarming that you'll feel the same.

However, in the same breath, you need to be wary of your surroundings a lot more. Southeast Asia, for instance, is generally a poor area so things like thieving and scams are more likely to occur to tourists. With that in mind, it's important to be street smart as you're roaming around. Keep your eyes peeled on any valuables you may have, look at your surroundings and try and avoid scams. A few ways to do this would be having a travel money card (save you losing any cash), don't carry around anything expensive items and don't walk off the beaten path after dark.

It's all common sense really when you think about it but as long as your safe and looking out for yourself and whoever else is with you, then you'll have a great time travelling.

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Learn common phrases

Wherever you go in the world, it's important to have a brief knowledge of the lingo. Whether it's to greet someone or find directions, it's very helpful. You should try and learn a few phrases like greetings, how to get somewhere, how to order food, etc. It's quite lucky that most places around the globe, there is a common correlation where people speak English, but it doesn't mean you should rely on that.  If you pick up a few phrases, it'll help you out when you're venturing around the non-tourist areas - and also means you can understand the locals, and even have a chat with them.

Have the correct gear

When it comes to backpacking, you need to be prepped in the things you're bringing with you, and that all depends on what you're planning to do whilst you're travelling. Whether it's a lot of hiking, heading off the beaten path or island hopping, you need to be prepped with the handy items. For instance a waterproof phone case, a torch, hiking boots, or a reusable water bottle will come to good use.

Research is key

Even though backpacking and travelling the globe is all about being spontaneous, I would recommend doing a lot of research beforehand. From researching where you want to go, mapping out a route, to ensuring you get the right visas, injections, and currencies. Also by reading up, you'll learn tips on how to stay safe, food recommendations and the off-the-beaten-path locations to visit.

Don't be scared

Before I went travelling, lots of people filled my head with danger stories of Asia and it did worry me a lot, however, once I arrived, there was really nothing to be scared of. I found my bearings, fell in love with wherever I went and felt incredibly safe. Don't be scared to see new places, try the crazy foods they offer or speak to locals - they'll be some of the kindest you'll ever meet. Fill your heart with the culture, the memories and embrace any fears you may have.

Cash is everything in South East Asia

Travelling around South East Asia, you'll find that cash really is everything. You can use your card to pay in more of the tourist hubs in restaurants, bars and for attractions, but predominately for more local areas, transport, and market stalls, you need cash. I would recommend bringing cash with you and then put the rest on a travel card - and take out the money when you need it.

19 tips to know before backpacking in Southeast Asia

Download Grab

Grab is Asia's version of Uber and a blessing in disguise when you're lost and need a lift back. The Grab vehicles can either be tuk-tuks or actual taxis, it really depends on the location. Unlike the tuk-tuks you pin down on the street where you can haggle a price, a Grab will give you the price before you book it. It's pretty much available across Asia but off-the-beaten-path areas, you may not be able to access it.

Be prepared for the public toilet situation

If you're a bit of a germaphobe then you won't like peeing in public places. A lot of Asia has squat toilets (literal holes in the ground) so you'll need to train yourself up with squats. As they are literally holes in the ground, a lot of public toilets don't have loo roll or hand wash - so bring your own to keep clean.

Public buses aren't reliable

I didn't get public buses a lot when travelling but when I did, I found they aren't the most reliable things nor do they stick to the schedule. A lot of the time, the buses will leave when it's completely full - so give yourself time to get to where you want to be.

Use 12Go Asia to book transfers 

For longer journeys, however, the company 12Go Asia was a lifesaver. I managed to book all my overnight buses and other transfers on here to get me from place to place. You can also book trains, ferries, and flights on here too.

South East Asia is very humid

I knew it would be hot, but I didn't realise the level of humidity that South East Asia would bring. It was incredibly hot, especially when venturing around the cities. Aircon and ice-cold water was literally a blessing - and suncream. Always remember suncream, and buy a lot before you arrive as it's really pricey in Asia. Because of the heat, bring protective gear (a hat will do) and try to avoid the sun when it's in its prime if you can (or just find a pool - you won't regret it.)

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Beware of the seasons

Even though South East Asia is pretty much hot all year round, it does have its seasons - wet and dry. I visited in the dry season so I only saw a handful of rain (it was kind of a blessing) when travelling. However, if you go during the wet season, ensure to bring rain gear as the downpours can be very heavy. Dry season tends to be from November to February and that's usually prime backpacker season time - and the wet season is from June to October. Depending on what time of year you're going will determine what to pack - but try and be prepped for both extremes!

Street food - enjoy but be careful

Asia is renowned for its street food scene and it's honestly incredible. You cannot beat the aroma of when you walk through a food market in Asia - your mouth will literally water! Although street food is one of the best things about travelling (it's cheap and yummy), it can give you food poisoning. As there are a lot more germs out there than the street food you get at home, sometimes, you'll find yourself with a case of the Dehli belly. To prepare for this, take probiotics a couple of weeks before you go and whilst you're there, as it'll build up your immune system for any additional germs.

Locals will ask to have photos

In the lesser-known places, a lot of the locals wouldn't have seen western people before and would, therefore, ask to take a photo with you - as to them, you're like a celebrity. In Vietnam, I had so many schoolchildren come up to me and ask for a photo - it was the cutest thing!

Traffic is mental 

One thing that I'll still never fully take in was how crazy the traffic really was in southeast Asia! There are literally motorbikes everywhere and they don't pay attention to any traffic lights in sight. Be wary if you're a pedestrian but also if you're a driver as you need to be alert at all times. You'll also realise that seeing a family of five on one motorbike will become the absolute norm.

19 tips to know before backpacking in Southeast Asia

Stay respectful

In southeast Asia, Buddhism is the main religion and there are a lot of beautiful temples you'll see as you venture through. I'm still blown away by all the incredible temples I was able to visit and the history I was able to learn. However, as you go and visit the temples, you need to be respectful. That means covering up when needed and following all the rules the temples require. The same goes for the culture in general - be mindful wherever you go.

Always set a price before you go in a taxi

Taxi drivers and tuk tuk drivers can scam you, especially if you look like a lost tourist. Before you get into a taxi, try and haggle a price - otherwise, they can charge more and really con you out of money, especially if they have a meter.

Enjoy the experience

Southeast Asia is an experience like no other and will leave your heart full, your spirit humble and a tummy full of the best ever food. Enjoy it, embrace it and allow yourself to fall in love with the world.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your best backpacking tips?

Thank you for reading <3