Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

Packing Cubes: Gimmick Or Game Changer

My good friend, Kyomi, introduced my to Packing Cubes through her amazing blog 'Wading Wade'. Her 'meet the traveller' series allow the reader to delve into the life of a traveller, and gain practical skills and tips. Kyomi interviewed me back in November - read here! Packing Cubes What are they? Packing cubes are zippered fabric containers, usually in a rectangular shape, for organising your items and making them easier to find in your luggage. They come in a range of sizes and are often sold as sets. How do they work? Using packing organisers has many advantages: Pack more efficiently – Each cube can be dedicated to a set of clothing, and it's much easier to pack when you know what goes in each cube. Packing with cubes can help reduce disorganisation and sporadic additions of clothes. Find things easily – Packing cubes can work like a drawer system. When away, you can take out the relevant cube rather than rummaging around at the bottom of...
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I Am In Venice, Italy

I Am In Venice, Italy

For day 2 of my Northern Italy adventures with my beloved sister, we decided to explore the beautiful Venezia. My expectations for Venice were exceedingly high, due to everyone speaking highly of Venice, and from all the research I had done online. Unfortunately, we just missed the Venice Carnival. It started on Saturday the 11th and we visited Venice on the 10th; but there were a few Carnival hints and preparation dotted around the city (it's going on right now, so anyone there do check it out)! We only had 8/9 hours in Venice, and so we planned a FULL day of activities. Venice Free Walking Tour I have a love hate relationship with walking tours. Sometimes they're AMAZING, and other times they're a waste of time and money. During my research before travelling, I stumbled across the Venice Free Walking Tour and thought that it looked pretty cool. Not only was it free, but it avoided the main tourist locations and instead delved...
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Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London cards are available from Monday 16th for just £20.17! They allow unlimited access to The Shard for the whole of 2017. Is it worth it you may ask? Last year, I bought one a few days after they were sold out and restocked (surprise, surprise, I bought it for £20.16). The normal entry price for an adult is £25.95 in advance and £30.95 on the day, making the Love London card worth it even if you only go up once. I went up The Shard about 4 times in the year, making each visit worth about £5. The nice thing about having unlimited access is just that - as an avid photographer, I was able to view London in different seasons and times of the day. I was able to capture London shrouded by a beautiful Autumn sunset; I was also able to capture London through the raindrops covering the looking glass of The Shard. It can get quite cold...
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Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

I'm a true advocator of being able to enjoy life without having to spend a penny. There are many-a-time when I have an amazing day out with friends, without breaking the bank (or even opening the bank at all)! London, of all places, is ideal for finding cool quirky places to visit, and all for FREE! Yes, for FREE. Changing Of The Guards (Buckingham Palace) Watching the changing of the guards is unique to London, happening daily from 11am (see here for timetable). The New Guard takes over from the Old Guard, displaying a long-standing British tradition. A definite must-see, even for us Londoners! The Sky Garden I've rattled and rambled a LOT about the Sky Garden already. You must book your visit online - visiting is free, and arguably boasts the BEST skyling view of London. Trust me, I've been there many times. South Bank Centre The South Bank Centre is a hub of talent, especially this time of year. It is a complex of artistic...
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How To Travel To Morocco For Less Than £50

How To Travel To Morocco For Less Than £50

People always ask how I afford the many holidays I take. It is a sad misconception that going on holiday is expensive, and reserved only for those with a high disposable income. If one is smart, going abroad can be cheaper than simply jumping onto a train from London to Liverpool. As I mentioned in my previous post reviewing Hotel Riad Fes, I travelled to Morocco last month with my friend Hanna. We flew out on a Wednesday and returned on Sunday - 4 full days in Fes, Morocco. This was a last minute holiday that I booked, and one of the main reasons I booked it was the low cost of the trip. I paid about £100 return for the flight BUT if I had booked it earlier, then I could have got flights for less than £50 (see the photo below). A quick search on Ryanair.com gives a price of £47.18 in early October. The weather in Morocco at this time would...
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Love London Card!

Love London Card!

I managed to bag myself a Love London Card last week on a whim, through word-of-mouth! The Love London card is available for people living in London and gives you unlimited access to the viewing platform of The Shard for just £20.16. A normal adult ticket is just over £25 and so a saving is made just on the first visit. I've always wanted to enjoy the view of London from the top of The Shard however, I had just never got the chance to. This card is perfect for us Londoners as the weather really is ever-changing and so it's great that I can come back at different times of the day, and in the different seasons. Of course, on the day I purchased it, I had to go up to the viewing platform, and I wasn't disappointed! The weather wasn't the best; it was extremely gloomy and dark but never-the-less it most definitely was special. Two floors are available...
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The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

I've never really adopted the 'brunch' culture that has taken the world of foodies by storm.  I've also never gone out for breakfast, the thought of waking up super early to then drag my feet onto public transport, hungry and malnourished, has yet to appeal to me. UNTIL.. I heard about The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is a set of 8 rustic-feeling restaurants in and around London (and Brighton). My sister had been to the London Bridge branch and couldn't commend it more, and so I thought why not wake up at 7am to get some yummy breakfast before going to university at 10am. I decided to go to the Hoxton branch, close to Liverpool Street (10-15 min walk), as it would be less crowded in comparison to the Spitalfields branch. As expected, there were only 2/3 tables occupied at 8am on a Friday morning - I've heard that there are usually queues outside The Breakfast Club restaurants. The inner decor was...
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I am in Camden Town

I am in Camden Town

Camden Town (Camden) is most certainly a must-visit for anyone visiting or living in London. Although one may not think of it as an 'attraction', Camden is most certainly an extremely popular area with everything from vintage clothes to Ethiopian coffee and much more. I've always found Camden to be buzzing with people and the atmosphere is constantly alive regardless of the day or time of year. The prices at the markets are really a steal and I have found that the quality of items here are also great. Camden is one of those places, that when trying to find a gift for someone, is an almost safe bet that you will most definitely stumble across something worth purchasing. Camden is only one tube stop away from Euston making it a great location to travel to. The Camden Locks are very pretty and during the summer months, a ton of people flock to relax by the lock. Just behind the Locks...
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How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

How to get a $1 Megabus ticket

We've heard it all before - $1 tickets to travel with Megabus! Attractive as it sounds, how many people do you know who have actually booked a journey at this near-to-nothing price? Until this point, it was probably none! Somehow, I managed to bag myself a $1 Megabus ticket!  I have used Megabus to travel from Montreal to Toronto. It was a very pleasant journey (well, if 6 hours sitting in a upright seat is your kind of thing). Surprisingly, the time flew and although we travelled mostly via motorway, there were some beautiful sights that I managed to appreciate along the way. I'm that person that plans everything ADVANCE, I'm that person that you can count on to have chewing gum or a packet of tissues. A few weeks ago, as I was thinking of what I wanted to do when I next visited Toronto, I thought to re-visit Niagara Falls. The last time I had visited Niagara Falls was in 2007,...
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