So on Sunday’s I like to catch up with blog posts I haven’t had chance to read throughout the week. This morning while I was doing this I noticed that I always seem to go back to the same bloggers a lot this month. So I thought I would write a post about my favourite blogs of the month.

catching up on my favourite blogs

Annie Writes Beauty

Annie Writes Beauty is the place I go for beauty reviews. Annie does fairly in depth review about certain products or ranges. One of my favourites is the blog post she did about the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette.

Em Talks

Em’s blog includes fitness, fashion, beauty and travel as well as other things. One of my favourite blog post she did recently was about the best of leeds restaurant week. This was useful to me as it gave me a lot of inspiration of new places to eat locally.

Rhianna Olivia

What I love about Rhianna is her personal post and blog advice. If you need help from blog props to how to speak to brands and sponsored posts, this is the blog for you. I’ve used so many of her tips to improve my blog. You can see Rhianna’s blog here.

The Kitty Luxe

The Kitty Luxe was one of the first blogs I started to read after finding her on Instagram. Her photography is so good especially as she only uses and Iphone for her photos. As well I just love her style. The blog includes many different categories including Fashion, Beauty, Travel and blogging tips. You can check out the Kitty Luxe here.

Hand Luggage Only

Now this is probably my favourite travel blog. It just makes my wanderlust go extreme! Their photography is incredible and just makes me want to visit so many places I would never have thought about before. There posts are also really informative and give lots of suggestions of what to do while you are in a certain place which is very useful. If you need travel inspiration or advice it is definitely the blog to visit.

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently looking online at places I really want to visit. Made me think that I should write a list of places I hope to visit in the next few years. So here is the top 10 places on my travel bucket list.

Uk Passport and coins in different currencies

1. Amsterdam

I’ve thought about going to Amsterdam so many times. I mean its so close and easy to get too. Hopefully I will get to go in the near future. It looks like such a beautiful city I am desperate to go.

2. Chang Mai

Now Chang Mai looks like an incredible city, but the main reason I want to go is to visit the Elephant Nature Park. If you know anything about me I have a complete love for Elephants. This is my ultimate dream to go a volunteer here.

3. Nepal

The main reason I want to go to Nepal is to do the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. I’ve been wanting to do this for the last few years not only to go see Base camp but also for the challenge of getting up there.

4. Bolivia Salt Flats

So this is the worlds largest salt flats and just looks absolutely incredible. When looking at photos it just looks so beautiful and even more so at sunset.

5. Zimbabwe

So there are two main reasons why I want to go to Zimbabwe. First is to go on a Safari. I love animals and it would be nice to see them in their natural habitat. And also to visit Victoria falls.

6. Croatia

There is a few places I want to visit in Croatia like Split and Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik especially to go see some of the film locations of Game of Thrones. Recently as well, I have seen a few people go on boat tours around Croatia which also would be something I want to do while I’m there.

7. The Maldives

Now this is one of the ones I don’t see happening anytime soon. The Maldives just looks like paradise and so beautiful. The beautiful beaches and the clear water just looks like the perfect location to de stress and have some relaxation time.

8. Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights there are so many reasons why I would want to go to Iceland not to mention the beautiful cities there too.

9. Whistlers, Canada

Whenever I normally go away, it’s to somewhere warmer rather than colder. Thought this one was a bit different and the scenery looks incredible. I have also never been skiing and have always wanted to try it.

10. Santorini

The buildings, the beaches and the view. There are so many reasons why I want to go here.

So this is my current top 10 places that I want to visit. If anyone has been to any of these places I would love to hear any recommendations. As hopefully I will get to visit soon.

When I went travelling for the first time, I wasn’t very prepared. I’ve now found and heard of so many travel apps I wish I had heard of before I had gone travelling. So I thought I would list my favourite travel apps to help you ( or even remind myself at a later date) when next travelling.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is one of the best apps I have tried to find cheap flights. It allows you to search through thousands of different airlines for some of the cheapest fares. It is best for travellers who are flexible with their dates as well as locations.

Skyscanner not only have an app but a website too.

Kayak

Kayak is similar to skyscanner as you can search for cheap flights to different locations. You can also as well use the explore tool on the app to find locations you can travel to from your current location on your budget. There is also a feature that I really like on the website that allows you to look for certain types of locations to travel to. This could be anything like amazing beaches, romantic locations and lots of others.

Kayak also has a website. 

kayak flights page travel app

AirBnB

AirBnb is a great app to use to easily find accommodation. This could be anything from a single room to a whole house or for short term or long term lets. AirBnB is easy to use and is great for when you are needing to find last minute accommodation.

Hostelworld

Now this is one of the only apps I knew about before I went away. And honestly it was a lifesaver. I am one of the most unorganised people and I would use this app pretty much anytime I would move to the next place while I was travelling. It is great for last minute accommodation especially on a budget.

Hostelworld page travel app

Wifi Finder

Now I have only recently heard of this app and wish I’d found it sooner! This app allows you to find either paid or free wifi easily.

Foodspotting

Now this is one of my favourite apps. Not only for travelling but for home too. Foodspotting allows you to find restaurants nearby and tells you where they are, if people loved it as well as photos of the food. One of the easiest way to find good places to eat.

cup and cake on foodspotting travel app

 

 

 

 

Bondi Beach Australia

So I recently read on O is for Ottilie’s blog, a post about how Solo travel changed her and how she believes everyone should try solo travel once.

So I thought I’d tell you a bit about my experience solo travelling and why you should try it.

Two years ago I was travelling round the East coast of Australia on my own.

Before I went many of my close friend and family had concerns about me travelling on my own. Was I safe? Would I get lonely? And honestly it was the best experience I’ve ever had.

I like Ottilie, feel like everyone should try solo travel once. And if you do need some persuading here are some reasons as to why you should.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset

You meet so many great people

One thing everyone went on about before I left was that I wouldn’t know anyone and I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to.

Wrong.

While solo travelling I met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. One thing I would say though is stay in Hostels if you are travelling alone, because it is the best way to meet new people.

The first day I got there I did start to get a bit nervous that I wouldn’t meet anyone. But within an hour of getting to my first hostel, I was talking to my room mates and was going out for drinks with them.

This happened pretty much every time I moved on to the next place.

So many people in hostels are on their own. Everyone is wanting to make friends which makes it so easy to have people to talk to.

I even kept meeting up with some travellers in various locations as a lot of people all travel in the same direction on the East coast of Australia.

You can set your own schedule 

Now, I hate doing things I don’t want to do. Like I’m sure the majority of people do.

Travelling on my own was great of me though as it mean’t that I could go off and do activities whenever I wanted. Not only that but I could move on to the next place when I wanted too.

This happened so much. For example I only had planned to stay in Nossa for three days. I loved it so much though that I ended up staying for over a week. It was great because I didn’t have to ask anyone if that was okay and if they wanted to as well. I just did it.

There were certain places I liked more or less than I thought I would. Being on my own mean’t I didn’t have to ask someone if we should go to the next place yet. I just did it.

I absolutely loved the freedom of being on my own.

You learn so much about yourself

When travelling around Australia on my own, I realised how much more confident I was than I thought. How I was able to speak to new people and make friends so easily. I met so many people that I still speak to now and keep up to what they’re doing and where they’ve been.

It showed me how I was capable of, and how easy I could deal with challenging situations.

You learn what it’s like to be completely independent and not rely on others. You learn that how to make all the decisions and not asking someone else what to do. You have to do it all yourself.

Feeding wild dolphins

At Melbourne Luna Park

This was my first time solo travelling, and honestly it was one of the best experiences. Yes there were times I wished someone was there to help me when things were tough but I’m glad I did it. And hopefully I will be able to solo travel again in the near future.

 

So technically I didn’t graduate until November as thats when Sheffield Hallam do there graduations ( should explain the coats). So unlike everyone else my graduation was cold and I completely regretted not wearing tights.

Anyway, I did however finish in July last year so maybe one year since finishing uni would of been a better title, it just didn’t sound as good.

So around this time last year I got my results that I would be finishing university with a 2:1 in Psychology. At the time I was thrilled as I had been concerned I wasn’t going to do as well as I did.

Throughout this last year I have had many ideas of what I wanted to do but none ever felt right.

I spend most of the last year still living in Sheffield with my boyfriend in our tiny 1 bed flat, working at a bank. Not exactly what I had in mind when I finished university. It was okay though, it was meant to be my year to ‘figure out’ exactly what I wanted to do. But that didn’t happen.

First it was doing a masters I started to research different Universities looking at what I wanted to do. Then I decided that wasn’t for me, and started looking at graduate schemes including the company I was already working for but that just didn’t seem right either. Then I went back to wanting to do a masters again at the beginning of this year. Applied to a few Universities and got some offers. But then decided again I don’t think thats the right path for me, so I’m back to square one.

I am now unsure if I even want to do anything related to my degree. Which a few months ago made me question the point of my degree. Did I just waste 3 years of my life? Get into a load of debt for no reason? But I don’t think I did because god knows I may change my mind again. Plus I still learnt a lot even if I may never go into anything exactly related.

One of the hardest parts is comparing yourself to other people. With my graduation being in November by then most of my friends had started there graduate jobs or further education. Sometimes it’s hard to see everyone around you having success in what they are wanting when you’re stuck not knowing what you want.

The important thing is to realise that we are all different and some people find what they want and hit their goals quicker than others.

If you’d asked me a year ago where I’d be today it definitely wouldn’t be where I currently am but thats fine. Life doesn’t always go exactly how you imagined. I’m enjoying myself and having fun and currently that’s the most important thing to me.

I’m now currently back at home still not really knowing what I want to do with my life and learning that thats okay. Still trying to figure out what I want. Hopefully I will figure it out soon but I’ll be okay if I don’t.