Travel

Far flung destinations

Whenever I go on holiday, I tend to keep every ticket, scrap of paper, and memento that I can find. Rather than taking pride of place back home, they tend to stay in a pile in a drawer somewhere, to be pulled out every few months and looked through.

I decided that this wasn’t good enough, especially when I had so many maps, stickers, and memories saved from my trip to Florida in October 2016. The mass of paper was being ignored and was taking up a lot of room in my drawer. I decided to fix two problems in one and made the most of these mementos by displaying them permanently in my room.

Here’s how I did it.

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I have enjoyed getting to know ‘my’ London so much over the last two years. As much as I love the lights and buzz of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, there are other parts of the city that make this new Londoner feel a lot more at home. Here is my run down of my favourite slightly lesser-known parts of the city, as well as the ones that I want to explore more.

Even though I live here, there is so much to see and do, so why not try something different next time you’re in the capital?

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As soon as I stepped through the door of Generator London, tucked away in a residential area only a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, I felt like I’d become a tourist. It’s strange to be surrounded by people exploring my city, but it automatically made me feel excited, remembering all the hostels I’ve stayed in around the world.

Generator isn’t a normal hostel, though. It’s fair to say that it’s a lot more clean, innovative, and pretty than a lot of the places that I have stayed in. With lots of social areas, including a piano for anyone to put on a show, this is a social space for London travellers.

So why was I pretending to be a tourist for the evening? Generator invited a handful of London bloggers to find out about the hostels around Europe, give cocktail making a try, and even flip a few pancakes on camping stoves. It was an unusual evening filled with chats, laughs and stiff drinks. Sounds perfect, right?

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I may be a Walt Disney World veteran, but now I’m mixing it up. I have always been to Florida every few years, so I’m not due for another trip until at least 2018. Yet, a few months after I got back from Orlando, the urge to book another holiday was overpowering. Of course, I could have booked a weekend break or a big trip to another part of the world. But if you know me, you’ll know that I can’t resist Disney for too long. Combine that with two friends that eventually wore me down, and it equals one trip to Disneyland Paris.

I’m going for four nights in early April. We have good times on the Eurostar, so I hope this will mean that we get to do all the big rides, see all the shows, and meet lots of characters as well. As well as Carrie and Sabrina, I’m going with all the girls that I went to see In The Heights with, so it will be good to get to know them all better.

Also, a five-day park ticket is around the same price as an annual pass soooo I might be purchasing one of those as well. Did someone say Christmas trip? The festive period is my favourite time of year and I have never been in a Disney park while the decorations are up. Could 2017 be the year to change that?

For the next two months I’m going to be researching Disneyland Paris tips and tricks to try and get some semblance of knowing what is going on. There’s also so much to learn about the 25th anniversary. Wish me luck! I’m sure it will all turn out fine because I’m being shown around by Disneyland Paris veterans. What could possibly go wrong?

Where are you going on holiday this year? Anywhere Disney related? I’d love to know! Share you plans in the comments. Also any tips for Disneyland Paris are very welcome! What things do I absolutely have to try and do when I’m there? 

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I went on an adventure at the weekend. It was technically a work trip, as I had to write an article for one of my magazines we create, but it was a lot of fun. I got to stay in a lovely country hotel, eat incredibly fancy food, and have a spa day. As far as weekends go, it was pretty great.

I vlogged the whole trip especially for you, so put the kettle on, sit down, and have a watch. Then come back and read my review of the trip. Enjoy!

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