Portugal, I’m Coming For Ya!

In just under 8 days I will be flying out to Portugal during the Easter break with a friend. I’m really looking forward to it as I know it is going to be warm out there -at the very minimum 21 degrees- which will be a nice change from freezing Glasgow, and I haven’t been abroad since September last year – very unlike me indeed – so I’m really itching to get out of the UK.

The plan is to head south to the coast and explore the history, culture and food, get some sun and perhaps partake in some water sports too. Next we’ll be heading over to the capital city Lisbon to experience the city life.

I am so elated and grateful and cannot wait to board that plane. Whatever happens I know it will be an amazing trip filled with unforgettable moments and fantastic experiences.

Hold tight for the juicy photos coming soon!

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South of France

Earlier this month I travelled to the south of France. I visited Marseille (my favourite place in the south) and I also went to Montpellier to hang with a friend. After a long summer in the UK the trip definitely felt refreshing and relaxing.

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Marseille, j’arrive!

 

Great news! I’m going back to Marseille at the end of this month.

Last year I did a two-week tour of the south of France and one of the cities I visited was Marseille. I loved the diversity, the culture, the vibe and the weather so I’m very much looking forward to my trip, and it also would be a great opportunity to practice my french with some natives. I’ll probably couchsurf again so that will provide more of an immersive experience.

I’m not yet sure if I’m going to visit another city in the South, but I still have a few weeks before I go so I have enough time to decide.

Woohoo!

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen (Round 2)

Yesterday my friends and I returned from a city break to Copenhagen. This was our 2nd visit of the year to the city and we loved being there just as much as we did the first time. As we were already familiar with the city it was super easy to settle in and feel at ease. When we stepped off the plane it was very warm and humid, a sharp contrast to the sub-zero weather we had back in January.  Continue reading

Morocco

Earlier this month I returned from a great holiday in Morocco with a friend. We spent a few nights by the coast in the windy city of Essaouira, and then a few nights in lively Marrakesh.

Essaouira was very beautiful and a great first experience of Morocco and Moroccan culture. We stayed in a cute little riad (budget hotel) in the middle of the Medina which had a great terrace for us to lounge around in the blazing, hot sunshine (peaking at 30 degrees). Continue reading

March + February Abroad

Just a quick update about my travel plans for the next few weeks. My aim for 2016 is to go abroad at least once a month and, thankfully, I’m on track so far.

Tomorrow evening I’m going to Oslo, Norway for two nights. This is a work-related trip but I know it’s going to be amazing because I’ll be in a different country with its own language and culture while doing what I love: acting! I’ve visited family in Norway once before, but that was over 10 years ago so I can’t quite remember what it was like. Still, it will be nice to compare differences using old and new photos.

In March I’ll be going to Milan, Italy for about 4 nights. It’ll be my first time in Italy so I have lots of discovering and exploring to do. I’m especially excited because I’ll be couchsurfing which, in my opinion, is the best way to travel. As I did in France and Croatia last year, I’ll be staying with a native and experiencing their way of life and learning about them. I find that this sort of personal exchange really eye-opening because you do things you wouldn’t other wise do if you’d stayed in a hotel or hostel. Additionally, you are living with a total stranger/strangers so all you vital skills for communication are tested and developed. Without a doubt, couchsurfing is a great way to meet interesting, outgoing and adventurous people, adding lots of magic and great memories to any holiday.

Needless to say, I know the coming weeks will be absolutely amazing and unforgettable.

Hold tight for the epic photos!

 

 

What did I learn from going to France?

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View of Marseille.

What did I learn from going to France?

On Monday I came back from France after an amazing 2 week trip where I covered 5 cities and 2 small towns. As I couchsurfed the whole time – I slept in people’s spare rooms or on their sofa beds – I got to stay with French couples, families and individuals, speak to them in French every single day and learn so much about their way of life. After finishing my last acting job in early November, I knew I wanted to go to France because I felt that it would give me clarity and direction in terms of what I want to do in the next few months and how to start creating a change in my life. During my trip I realised that I want to become a stronger swimmer so in the New Year I’m going to start taking some lessons. I also intend to pick up piano lessons again. But, most importantly, I learned 4 key things that I know I won’t be forgetting any time soon!

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Madrid/ Budapest/ Dubrovnik/ Trebinje/ Split/ Zagreb

This month I went to various cities in Europe and overall it was just epic. I had so much fun and met so many people, made new friends and now have a burning desire to travel some more. I travelled to Budapest (Hungary) and Zagreb (Croatia) on my own which I was a bit nervous about beforehand. However, the memories that I have from the trip shall stay with me for a long time. For anyone who’s considering solo traveling I definitely urge you to go for it!

Some of the highlights include going to Sziget festival in Budapest, having the best cocktails ever in Zagreb, eating amazing vegan food in Dubrovnik and chilling on the beach in Split. Here are some pictures from the trip.

 

August Plans

Ok. I’ve got some exciting things planned for the next month – it shall be epic. Hold tight my friends.

Right now I’m on my way to Madreeeed, well to the airport.. It’s going to be hot hot hot (around 37 degress) so you best believe I shall be returning home looking like London’s finest piece of dark chocolate. My friends have already flown out there but I’m a day late because I was filming yesterday morning. I have lots of things planned for Madrid including partying hard, sipping on that sangria and practicing my salsa. Watch this space.

About two days after returning home from Madrid, I’ll be offering my sofa to a stranger for a few nights. I’m using a site called Couchsurfing.net to accommodate a traveller in need of a place to stay in London; this will be my first time doing this. I believe that I’m generally expected to show them London’s best bits and let them experience life as a true Londoner. I’m a confident and accommodating person so I think it’ll be a cool experience and hopefully I can continue to welcome travellers to my home in the future. To clarify, Couchsurfing is like airbnb; travellers request to stay with people in the city that they are visiting. The host reads their potential guest’s profile/reviews and then decide if they are able to accommodate them or not. I’m very happy with my guest and I trust that they’re a good person.

Around mid-august I shall board a flight to Budapest, Hungary. I’m going to be in Budapest for 4 nights and then I shall go to Zagreb, Croatia for some nights and then travel to the coast. While in Budapest I’ll be staying at a hostel (not booked yet) and in Croatia I’ll be using Couchsurf. Again, my host is legit and I know I’ll feel safe staying with them.  I’m basically desperate to see Croatia so thinking about my trip just makes me feel so so excited. I can’t wait to be by the sea again, with sand in my toes, bikini body on fire and just good vibes.

When I come back from Croatia I am going straight to carnival to wine and jiggle. Trust and believe it shall be a crazy one.