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Adventures that don’t require a long-haul flight

This week has moved at a glacial pace. You know it’s not going to be a great time when Monday feels like Thursday. But the weekend eventually arrived, as it always does, and freedom soon beckoned.

The highlight reel of this week includes devouring my first savory pancake, eating ready meals in a Catholic Halls of Residence, getting tipsy on free champagne, and watching Billy Elliot the musical. The latter involved a slightly shitty encounter with one of London’s obnoxious birds.

Read on for the low-down.

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Today is International Women’s Day. Not only is it a time to look forward and work towards equality of the sexes, it’s a time to celebrate all the amazing achievements of womankind.

There have been some truly inspirational female travelers in history alongside the guys. From Nellie Bly who decided to go around the world in fewer days than Jules Verne, and published ‘Around the World in Seventy-Two Days’ when she made it. Such sass. And Jeanne Baré: the first woman to circumnavigate the world, and she did it all disguised as a man.

Fearless women have accepted life without boundaries for centuries, and it’s time for us to do the same. Here are ten reasons why you should travel the world (or a small section of it, at least) as a strong, independent woman in 2016.

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Hello there.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve realised that there isn’t a whole lot about me on my blog. Yes, you know all about where I’ve been on my travels, the places I’ve enjoyed, the ones I didn’t, and just how much I love Disney. But you don’t really know what makes me tick, and what I’m up to when I’m not jetting off to far off places. I think it’s time to change that, don’t you?

I’m going to try out a weekly round-up of my life, my favourite blogs of the week, and what’s going on. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please do leave a comment.

Without further ado, this was my week.

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We all know that social media is just a massive highlight reel of our lives, and it never shows the true picture of what is going on in a person’s life. This is never more true than with travel. The time someone spent ‘finding themselves’ hiking through the jungle and bonding with natives will never be all sunshine and daisies, no matter what they make out to be true on Facebook. While it really was the time of their life, they also probably had to deal with some rubbish along the way.
Of course travelling can be the most exciting part of life, and you should definitely share your stories wherever you can to encourage people to get out there and have an adventure of their own. Though I don’t think the reality travel should be too sugarcoated. Why not mention both the good, the bad and the ugly?
So, to celebrate the imperfection of life, here’s my look at what travel looks like on social media compared to what it looks like in real life.

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Contacts or glasses for travelling? All of you strutting around with your perfect 20:20 vision may not understand the importance of this one, but as a full-time glasses wearer, please believe me when I say it is a big deal. I need help to see things that are far away. While my vision is not too bad, I like it to be perfect whenever possible so I always wear glasses in day-to-day life and usually when I’m travelling, too. Besides, who wants to stare across the river to the Budapest parliament building and see a bit of a blur?

This might not sound like much of a problem. ‘Just wear your glasses then and get on with it,’ I hear someone cry. But sadly it’s not that simple because prime travelling time is during summer, which is when the sun is brightest. And there’s one thing here that we can all agree on – sunglasses on top of glasses are just not the one. So, those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be gifted with perfect eyesight have two choices; squinting or blurriness.

It’s a battle that I waged war with regularly, but now I can finally say I have a solution.

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