1st day in Cape Verde

…and I’m loving the place!

This island is almost untouched. It hasn’t really been a ‘touristy’ spot for too long so it’s very up and coming. Just how I like it.

We’re staying in Sal which is known to be more developed. It’s very peaceful and quiet here, lots of families and older people. 

The hotel where we’re staying is unreal! There is literally everything you need on the complex (apart from mosquitos I’d happily get rid of those). The staff at Melissa Dunas are so friendly! The food is amazing with so much choice. We have 7 pools to choose from, our very own beach, and there are so many excursions to do in our time here. I am so excited for his week! 

Pure bliss to me. It’s a bit windy but that’s nice when the sun is scorching hot aye! 

Here’s a few pics of our first day So far, lots more to follow…. 

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GPSMyCity – Taking travel guides offline!

Hi All,

I am VERY excited to announce that my ‘Hectic Hanoi’ blog post, that I wrote last year while travelling, has now been PUBLISHED into the largest travel port app of its kind!!!

GPSmyCity.com features self-guided city walks and travel articles for 700+ cities worldwide. Theres over 5,500 city walks and travel articles available – spanning over 700 cities across the globe. Now wait for it…

The articles and maps can be saved and used OFFLINE!! Basically its your very own way of making you mobile your personal tour guide!

Each city walk or travel article comes with a travel route plotted on an offline map guiding you to the famous attractions, monuments and interesting sights, as well as hidden gems, as if you had brought along a local guide. How amazing is that?

No more panick attacks from venturing off the beaten path, or carrying multiple maps in your already heavy rucksacks.

You will always have the confidence of knowing where you are, where to go and how to get there!

 

Please download the FREE app and give my first post a save by clicking HERE on your Android or iOS

LwL x

 

2016 Reflection – Happy 2017!

Happy new year to all my fellow bloggers and readers! 

Did you bring in the new year in style? 

The new year is a great time for a bit of life reflection isn’t it? And 2016..Wow what a year! 

🔥 I started the first quarter travelling around South East Asia with my favourite person 😘

🔥 I have visited 13 countries, 7 since coming back from travelling in March ☀️

🔥 I came home jobless and confused about what to do with my life – 8 months later I have my own successful business brand 💪🏻 another career ahead of me 🎉 and the opportunity to take on another role 🙌🏻

🔥 I reduced the intake of my life long medication by two thirds 😍

🔥 I learnt to drive and bought a new car 🚗🚗

🔥 I am happier and healthier now than I have ever been 💚 and I help people become happier, healthier and wealthier on a daily basis 🍉 #h2oproject

🔥 I have met & am surrounded by the most amazing and inspiring women, and get to work with them on a daily basis #FFN 

🔥 I have reconnecting with old friends

🔥 I’ve hit 4 Promotions in my part time business accumulating £3000 in just bonuses! 

🔥 I’ve learnt a lot of things and developed myself as a person 

🔥 I now have a Save wage and a Spend wage every month to fund my travel habit 😂

🔥 I had the most memorable Christmas with my Wonderful family

🔥 I am feeling so blessed and thankful to every single person this year and every year before that who support me in everything I do – including you all! 

I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!! #theonlywayisup

Wishing everyone health and happiness in 2017

LwL X

3 reasons to love Barcelona

August was my second time in Barcelona, and I loved it just as much as the first time. It really is a place that has everything, which is why its so popular all year round among tourists.

We stayed in the popular ‘Gothic Quarter’. The great thing about this place is that everything happens relatively close together, so most things are within 10 minutes walk from any popular destination.

Reason 1: A beautiful beach

Soft sand, clear water, an outside gym in the middle and bars and restaurants across the strip. What more do you need?


Reason 2: Lots of history

First and foremost, The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada FamíliaThis very large Roman Catholic church, designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is due to be complete by 2032. Dont let that stop you visting though, its absolutely amazing!


Camp Nou -The stadium home to FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. With a seating capacity of 99,354, its the largest stadium in the whole of Europe. Now im not a football fan myself, but as I was with Liam, this was a ust on our to do list, and i have to day its was a great afternoon!

There are so many other museums and art galleries for those who like that sort of thing. The options are endless so make sure you have a look on Tripadvisor before you go!

And if you want a real taste of Tapas, without the tourist prices, head to Blai Street – a row of homely tapas restaurants that is cheap and absolutely amazing!


Reason 3: Vibrant nightlife

Whether you’re having a relatively ‘quiet one’ down La Rambla; the popular 1.2 kilometre street of cafes and bars, or partying until the early hours in Pacha along La Barceloneta beach, Barca nightlife really is one of the best.

Theres even an Ice Bar two clubs away from Pacha. Is anyone else just super impressed that such a hot country has an Ice Bar? I definitely am.

 

 

5 ways to be happier in life

Its Monday – doom and gloom day for many. But not me, I love Mondays!

New week, new possibilities and new goals to smash. Hell yeah.

To get you all through the week with a big smile on your face, I’ve put together 5 ways in which I believe you can lead a happier life.

All additional tips are welcome; just post them in the comments section J

  1. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people

Positives attract positives, it’s a given! The law of Attraction is a powerful thing. If you are surrounded by negativity you will most likely become more negative.

Spend your time wisely with people who fulfill you, lift your mood and make you smile.

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  1. Stop reading the news every day

I’m sure a lot of people will gasp at the sight of this comment. Avoid being updated on the Worlds current affairs – how could you possibly?!

However, if you want to be happier you need a News Detox. The News is filled with negativity and “brain washing” to flood people’s minds with fear and worry. Sad stories do not make for a happy mind. The world can be horrible yes, but it can also be wonderful too! Try a weekly newspaper instead of a daily one.

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  1. Eat Healthier and do some exercise

These two go hand in hand with each other.

I know that sitting around eating chocolate bars and living off caffeine drinks for energy seems like the easier option, but feeling lethargic and fat is not something that will make you smile.

Living healthy has been proven to have a positive psychological effect on living beings. I mean, look at how happy dogs are when they’re running around chasing sticks in the park!

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Get some fruit and veg down you and go for a run to boost those energy levels.

As a wise blonde lawyer once said ‘Exercise releases endorphin’s and endorphin’s make you happy’ Listen to Elle, she speaks sense.

  1. Try something new

Especially on the weekends! Relaxation time is important, but don’t waste the only 2 days you have off of work lying in bed!

Try out a new hobby, do a fun day with friends and family, or how about learning a new language? Knowledge is power after all.

  1. Travel often

“Travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” Hear hear.

Be rich in life and live for new experiences in new places, new cultures and new inspirations. Expand your mind as much as you can and learn and travel often.

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Don’t worry, be happy. You’re alive after all, and life is beautiful thing. No matter what day of the week it is.

LwL x

 

 

Barcelona: Sagrada Família

Many tourists from all over the world flock to see this landmark. The buzz around it is incredible, and of course the money perks of charging 16-17 euros to every person who wants to get inside can’t be bad for tourism profits.

This very large Roman Catholic church, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is a UNESCO World Heritage site, even though it isn’t even finished yet!

Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882. In 1926, by the time that Gaudi died at age 73, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project. It is absolutely beautiful and the detail is breathtaking.

Every single piece is carefully crafted. So much detail that you could gaze and notice different shapes for days. Gaudi took inspiration from the Vatican in Rome, which I’ve  also been lucky enough to visit and you can definitely tell because of the style and detail of even just the outside of the church.
Being my impatient self I couldn’t be bothered with the queues, but seeing the beauty of just the outside was more than enough.

The towers and most of the church’s structure are to be completed by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death, and the decorative elements should be complete by 2030 or 2032. Making it an architectural masterpiece that will take 150 years!

Can’t wait for that grand opening!

 

 

Post 200: Boatin’ in Cannes

So I’m writing this post while laying tanning on a boat in Cannes. This really is the life! 

I’ve also just realised that this is my 200th post on my blog. What a lovely way to celebrate right? While chilling in the sunshine, while on holiday where I am at my happiest.

I’m in Cannes for a few days visiting our friend Kenzie who has grown up here. We are living like locals in the day, and tourists in the night. Seeing some great sights, soaking up the sun, and eating good French food. 

Our first night here we got in around 3am and ate a cheese board! True French style. Better than your average drunken McDonald’s I suppose!

There are lots of places I’m going to post about here, but for now I’m going to nap in the sun. 

I’ll just leave you with a lovely picture of the turquoise blue sea.. 


Happy Saturday! 

LwL X 

The Holiday Countdown Begins..

Its just 7 days until I head to Crete with my 3 bestest friends!!

Can you believe that weve all been best friends for about 7 years yet we have never been on a beach holiday with just the 4 of us??

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We headed to Dussedorf for a weekend last year for my birthday which was great but raining. We’ve headed to Vegas, Ibiza, Turkey, the list goes on but always with lots more friends/in a big girl group.

I am extremely excited abot this can you tell? ha

Were staying in the beautiful Blue Bay Resort & Spa Hotel, 200m from the beach. Watch this space for a review on whether this place lives up to the pictures.

6 days of blissful sunbathing, dining,pampering, partying, and lots of laughs and memories made with my 3 favourite humans in the world. Winning!

 

On another plus note, its a bankholiday weekend yayyyy, lots of activities planned!! What are you doing over bank holiday?

 

LwL x

The lowdown on a Bohol day tour 

We only had a day/night in Bohol and we had lots we wanted to see so a tour seemed like the best option for us.
Most tour shops close at 6pm so if you get to Tagbilaran late, you are limited with choice. Head to the Sealine travel shop in the shopping mall, East of rival park and they are open later. The travel shop is on the first floor, next to the big sports shop.

(You can also book your boat tickets to Cebu city next door like we did for the following day; kill two birds with one stone – winning!)

In the travel shop you can book on organised tours ranging from 1000-1500php per person.  This includes additional places like the Butterfly park, man made forests and zip lining. They also provide lunch for you.

The price of your tour is dependant on the number of passengers (the more of you there is the cheaper it gets).
In the end, we opted for hiring a private car for the day as it worked out cheaper, and we had the freedom to choose the places we wanted to go. Our driver also dropped us back to get our bags at the end of the day and straight to the pier to get the ferry back to Cebu, all for just 1500 PHP!
On our tour we visited the Tarsier Sanctuary and the Loboc river.

We also headed to the Loboc floating restaurant as recommended by our driver. We were actually unaware that this was a package lunch and river cruise. Unfortunately we ate just before we headed off so we weren’t hungry enough to take advantage of this.


It did however, look like the cruise wouldve been a lovely experience and it only costs 250 PHP per person for lunch. Please let me know how what it’s like if you go and experience this!

In the afternoon we headed to the Chocolate Hills which is furthest out. (All posts on these to come!)

LwL X

Cebu: Where we stayed (Cebu Budget) Tropical Hostel

Tropical Hostel is located South of Cebu  and is a short distance from lots of top attractions and just minutes from one of the biggest shopping malls in Cebu.  
This was the second time we stayed in Cebu. The first time we we stayed there we opted for a hotel in ‘Cebu City’. Just to let you know, there isn’t actually anything really in the city, so staying in the south will be your best option. 

The receptionist at the front desk of Tropical is so lovely and helpful. Dominic provided us with a map of the city and an A4 sheet with the city’s top attractions on and directions of how to get there. 

In your room you also get a guide for day trips, boats and transport times which is really useful.

The rooms are clean and simple, the bed is comfy and the wifi works!
A double room is only £15 per night and they also have dorm rooms available. Don’t forget that they add on 12% tax everywhere in the Philippines! 

Quick tip if you book here: many taxi drivers have no idea where ‘tropical hostel’ is.  We learnt this while searching for it for at least an hour; just be sure to call it Cebu Budget and not tropical!

LwL X