Halal Honeymoon In Santorini

Halal Honeymoon In Santorini

Santorini, one of my dream destinations of 2017 - and I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful Santorini for my honeymoon at the end of last year. Yes, I got married *cue the wedding bells*. When we were deciding where to go for a couple of days, there was simply no contesting. Actually, we were toying between the Amalfi Coast (Positano amongst others) and Santorini. In the end, we chose to travel to Santorini for 4 night, 5 days and it really was the BEST decision I've ever made. Hotel First and foremost, we booked The Dream in Oia (Deluxe Villa with Jetted Outdoor Tub). We decided to stay in Oia as it is the picture perfect postcard destination for carved out houses in the cliffs with the typical cave houses of the villagers. For those who want to wake up to the pure white buildings with colourful roofs that are typical of Greek architecture, Oia is the place to stay! The Dream...
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Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Travelling to Amsterdam was spontaneous. I mean spontaneous in the most spontaneous way possible. My good friend had recently quit her job she felt displeased in, with an position in a company she desired (kudos to her)! As a treat to herself, she booked a week in Amsterdam, staying at the Banks Mansion Hotel. As we were chatting a few days before she flew out, she asked if I wanted to come for a few days. Naturally I laughed it off. 72 hours later, I found myself at City Airport, waiting for my flight to Amsterdam. I booked a flight for one night, staying in Amsterdam for less than 24 hours. I figured, hey why not - you only live once *trying to justify my actions*. Before I met my friend, I visited the Aya Sofya mosque in Amsterdam to freshen up and also to check it out as photos online showed it to be incredible beautiful, located on the bank...
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Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

To celebrate my graduation (and marriage), my siblings surprised me with a HeliAir Helicopter fight over London (link here). They told me to keep that weekend available, so I knew they were planning something; a helicopter ride over London was the LAST thing on my mind. We were driving for over an hour towards the (for me) unknown destination. I was told to dress comfortable and warm. So I did. The weekend before, I purchased a hat and gloves - yes, I do not otherwise own these cumbersome items. Anyway, as we approached the helicopter base, I started to get clues and as we drove into the carpark it hit me! I was going to fly inside a helicopter. To cut a long story short, I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe the kindness of my siblings. We were first briefed by the pilot, told all the safety information and we were ready to go! We walked towards the field and there it was,...
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My Dream Destinations 2018

My Dream Destinations 2018

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! I can not believe how quickly 2017 flew, I feel like it was just yesterday that I started this page, but in fact I starting blogging in 2015. Last year I published a list of my Dream Destinations of 2017. They were Greece, Australia, Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Oman. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling in 2017. 2017 took me to Greece (Santorini), Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence and Bologna), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Malta, France (Paris) and to a few cities in England. Again this year, I am compiling a list of my dream destinations of 2018 and hope that I can travel to them all this year! Ethiopia I shouldn't really be allowed to add Ethiopia on this list as I recently visited in the summer of 2016. Never the less, Ethiopia has repeatedly topped bucket-list holiday guides and has been voted the go-to place for travel last year. I usually go...
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Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Brunching should be a new national sport, or maybe it's just a London thing? Gone are the days of celebrating a birthday or graduation over dinner, instead us millennials are opting for the late morning, early afternoon amalgamation of breakfast and lunch - brunch. Brunch isn't eaten at 8am, nor is it eaten at 4pm; it is more of a 11-1pm meal (although I have seen some restaurants with a brunch menu up to 4pm - shame on you). I must admit, I have entertained a fair number of brunch invites, and although sceptical at first, I now prefer to eat out for brunch over any other meal. London is particularly blessed in the brunch department, boasting a diverse number of resturants serving brunch some with bottomless beverages. Here I present my top 7 brunch spots that I hope tickle your taste buds by the end of this article! Happy brunching :)  1 : Clerkenwell Grind I visited Clerkenwell Grind (Barbican) a few months...
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Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

The university libraries are full to the brim. All the rooms are booked out completely for the next month. The local libraries are full of young kids 'revising'. Your neighbours are always playing loud music. All you want is some peace and quiet to allow you to work and study. I felt like this at one point, and so made sure to find some places in London that would be perfect for some quiet study, somewhere not so isolating, and somewhere that I can enjoy London at the same time. I have compiled a little list of my top 5 secret (not-so-secret-any-more) places that I have been really enjoying whilst writing my PhD thesis. I try to spend a few days at home, and a few days at one of these locations to help mix things up a bit (and to get me out of the house really). Waterstones (Gower Street, Euston) This Waterstones in Euston is a huge bookshop that encourages...
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10 Effective Positive Affirmations

10 Effective Positive Affirmations

Ever heard the saying, thoughts become things? Well, Neuroscience has proven that ‘neuroplasticity,' the ongoing remodelling of brain structure and function, occurs throughout life. It can be affected by life experiences, genes, biological agents, and by behaviour, as well as by thought patterns. What does this mean? Essentially, by practicing positive thought patterns (affirmations) repetitively, we actually create neuroplasticity in the area of the brain that processes what we are thinking about. Through this practice, we can change the structure and neural pattern of our brain. The key is repetition so you flood your brain with the positive thought. | Follow my Instagram page @iaminaplace for daily affirmations | I have chosen 10 positive affirmations that I believe can help to change your mindset towards life and help redirect your mentality. The key topics are happiness, love, success, confidence, self-esteem, health, peace, mindfulness and inner calm. It is imperative that the environment around you is positive, filled with peace and spiritual nourishment.  1. Happiness is my...
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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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4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

Recently, many people have asked me how I planned my 4 cities in 4 days trip around Northern Italy. I used to be the kind of person who travelled to one city and spent the whole trip in the one city - but lately, my holidays are rarely limited to one city. Thing is, some cities/towns really don't need more than one day to explore completely, and would be a wasted trip if one stayed there for a number of days. I do admit, however, that Venice and Florence definitely warrant a return trip for a couple of days! I feel like it was a bit rushed and would love to return for a more relaxed visit. In this post, i'll share a few tips for deciding where to go and how to plan a multi-city trip, like mine! Choose a region that you want to travel to Stick to a specific area; let's say, the North of Italy only, or the South of...
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I Am In Bologna, Italy

I Am In Bologna, Italy

Bologna had quickly become one of my favourite cities that I have visited! The narrow porticos, and beautiful architecture have stunned me and left me with such a sweet taste, for which I most definitely would love to return. We explored Bologna on our last day of the 4 day North Italy stay. I wish I had more time here (I am starting to see a common theme of wishing I had more time). I have compiled a list of FREE things to do in Bologna in a couple of hours. Bologna is a perfect in between; not too touristy but pretty enough to leave one mesmerised. La Piccola Venezia Bologna has a number of secret canals that I came across whilst browsing for things to do in Bologna. This canal, La Piccola Venezia is a little gem in the centre of Bologna. It's not anything spectacular, compared to the canals of Venice but it is a heart-warming sight to see in the morning during a stroll. It's...
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