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Fjällräven Kånken 15″ Laptop Backpack Review

July 29, 2018 2 Comments

 I travel a lot, as you know, not just to different countries, but also to and from work. That’s right, I’m a commuter. That’s why I decided to invest in something a bit sturdier than my cheap Vans backpack and the Fjällräven Kånken was the most obvious choice. A new Fjällräven store opened in Manchester not long ago and since then, us Mancs have been going Fjällräven crazy! You’ll see at least 1 in 10 people walking…

I’m trekking the Great Wall of China: Training Plan

July 14, 2018 No Comments

You may remember this little post I did about me raising money for the Mental Health Foundation, by trekking the Great Wall of China. I had to raise a minimum of £2,520 by July and guess what… I did it! However, they did tell me after I raised the 80% of the minimum fundraising amount that they’d moved the minimum fundraising deadline to 6-weeks before the trip… but it’s ok, because now I only need to…

A Long Weekend in London on a Budget

June 27, 2018 No Comments

I recently took a trip to London to watch one of my all-time favourite bans, the Foo Fighters! Yes, they were as amazing as always. But I’m currently living on a shoestring and needed to do London on a budget, even though people told me it was not possible. The thing is, getting around London is actually pretty cheap and once you’ve mastered the main tube lines, you’ll be laughing all the way to the main…

How I changed my mindset to make solo travel easier

June 20, 2018 1 Comment

Solo travel is terrifying when you first start out, even now I get nervous when I’m about to head out on a trip alone. Even though, like many aspects of life, it does get easier with practice, sometimes it takes a few mindset shifts to really get the hang of it. I always feel that slight panic before I board a plane to a foreign country, especially as I am trying to visit a completely different…

How Solo Travel Saved My Mental Health

June 3, 2018 No Comments

When I first started this blog, I had just come back from my very first solo trip to Barcelona. During that trip, I noticed a huge change in myself, not just in my confidence, but since that point, I’ve realised how much influence solo travel has on my mental health. I think the affect that travel has on your mental state is really underrepresented, so many people talk about confidence and life lessons, but it goes…

Boutique Hostel Forum Zadar Croatia | Hostel Review

May 29, 2018 No Comments

(image sourced from Boutique Hostel Forum Zadar website. I do not own the rights to this image, it belongs to the hostel and can be found here.)   As a solo traveler, hostels are the ultimate accommodation for budget friendly sleeping, social life and safety. What I look for when booking the perfect hostel is friendly staff, awesome location and cleanliness. Boutique Hostel Forum in Zadar, Croatia ticked all of these boxes for me! I travel…

A Postcard From Croatia: Visiting Zadar

May 26, 2018 2 Comments

  Zadar, Croatia was somewhere that never crossed my mind to visit, mostly because I didn’t even know it existed! One search on Skyscanner and this beautiful destination popped up, it was cheap, it was sunny and beautiful, everything I needed for a long weekend of relaxation. I went through stages where I thought about cancelling my trip, just due to time, money and overall stress trying to get this fundraising thing sorted, but ultimately I…

The Ultimate Hand Luggage Packing List

April 3, 2018 No Comments

Getting your hand luggage packing list together can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new to packing light! I remember the first time I ever had to pack hand luggage, did I have a clue what to put in there or how to get my giant bottle of suncream stashed in under 100ml? Nope! The whole liquids situation is what makes things truly difficult, but with a little bit of compromise and a lot of…

Hiking in the Lake District (Training for the Great Wall of China)

March 26, 2018 3 Comments

It’s only a few more months until I jet off to Beijing to complete my trek along the Great Wall of China with the Mental Health Foundation! It’s exciting, but I’ll admit, raising the amount I need to even qualify has got me stressing. I need to raise a minimum of £2,500 by July to be able to go on the trek, so I need every penny you can spare! In preparation, I thought I’d take…

Should you quit your job and take an adult gap year?

March 25, 2018 No Comments

We all have those days where absolutely nothing goes right and we just want to flip our desks and storm out of the office. But those days are fleeting and temporary, we may sit there and Google holidays to far off places or how to take an adult gap year and become a digital nomad, but is it actually the right step to take? When we’re having a bad day, it always feels like anywhere else is better…

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