arrivederci milano

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It was a Friday night before Christmas and one of my best friends and favourite travelling buddy’s was over for a quiet night in for a glass of wine. Sounds innocent enough, however, what did we end up doing?

Booked a return flight to Milan….for £29, which now that i’m back from Berlin and Amsterdam, is in no less than 10 days time!

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bis morgen Berlin

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Berlin, Germany – one of the most historically important cities in the world. But Berlin is more than just history…Germany’s capital city is also the cultural centre of the country.

From the Holocaust memorial to Graffiti Street Art and the Berlin Wall. From Nazi history museums and Checkpoint Charlie to the incomparable, infamous nightlife – Berlin sure does have a lot to offer.

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a.k.l.

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Auckland
New Zealand
Home ♥

When the rest of the world think of New Zealand  – or those who have heard of our little islands at the bottom of the world – more often than not, they think of the South Island. They look past the largest city in the country and think mainly of hobbiton or the mountainous, lakeside, glacial, views.

Don’t get me wrong. The South Island is absolutely stunning, but poor Auckland often gets forgotten and missed from a travel itinerary – because it’s just a city. I can hear all you South Islanders cringing as I type..us Aucklanders cop a lot of flack from the rest of the country, i.e. our nickname being  JAFA’s (Just Another F***ing Aucklander…) but I stand strong as a born and bred Aucklander and believe that Auckland is absolutely a destination that should make it on to any NZ travel itinerary. Continue reading

tripadvisor

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For those of you who love to travel, you don’t need me to inform you on the benefits of TripAdvisor. As an excited pre-traveler, it’s a great way to research things to do, places to eat, drink and sleep. As traveler on holiday or just back from one – it’s a great way to review, rate and recommend things you have done and places you have eaten, drunk and slept!

In this day in age, user generated reviews are the way to go. The beauty of travel lies within personal experience and perception and as humans, we all have very different perceptions on anything and everything. Therefore, what better way to mould and plan aspects of your trip than with some real life reviews by previous travellers. TripAdvisor reviews are different to the ones you read in travel magazines or testimonials on websites that are usually sponsored and paid for…these are organic, real and raw – a lot of contributors live by a no holds barred type mantra.

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bravo!

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There’s a relatively obvious list of Do’s and Don’t’s to accompany a relaxing weekend out of London in the countryside with your best friend…

♥ DO read, lay in the sun, go for long walks
♥ DON’T feel obliged to exert ones self or make/stick to plans – ever
♥ DO drink red wine and/or gin and tonic and eat from incredibly put together platters
DO DON’T book flights – after midnight, after one (or three) too many gins, without having had any leave from work approved

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travel roulette

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If you’re a keen-bean traveller like I am, Skyscanner will already be your best friend. It finds you the cheapest possible route to the next destination on your wander-list. But my favourite feature of this site? The little thing I like to call Travel Roulette; the Cheap Flights tool. It scans any airport, in any country and brings up a list of destinations for you in order of price and potential month of travel.

wander-list might be wander-ful to work your way through…but the reason I love this roulette game is because it opens your eyes (and your wallet) to a multitude of new destinations, cultures, languages and currencies. I have a wander-list that I’m pretty dedicated to ticking off, so why am I scouring this skyscanner tool and not sticking solely to my list?…
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