Morocco In 4 Days – Fès

Morocco In 4 Days – Fès

I've always wanted to go to Morocco, I just didn't think I'd go this soon! Luckily, my friend suggested it as a last minute trip, and I thought why not, JUST DO IT! I'm going to share my highlights of my trip in Morocco and things to do in Fès for three days. It was most definitely up there with the best holiday destinations I've visited. I can't wait to return to visit another city of Morocco. On the first day, we booked a three-hour walking tour of Fès with a local. I can't recommend this enough - it really helped that our tour guide showed us the ins and outs of the Old Town (which is VERY complicated). We then used the tour as a checkpoint and decided for or against returning to some of the sights we had passed. Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate) - Entrance to the Old Town Random Woodwork Shops If you have space in your suitcase, then be warned, you will be temped...
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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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Hotel Review: Riad Mazar, Fes Morocco

Hotel Review: Riad Mazar, Fes Morocco

One afternoon after a long day of work, my friend, Hanna, suggested to 'go somewhere' as a celebration for Eid-ul-Fitr; marking the end of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. By 'go somewhere', I would never have predicted the next words that came out of her mouth. She said, 'How about Morocco?' Next thing you know, we booked our flights with Ryanair, and began the hunt for a place to stay for the short trip. We decided on travelling to Fes, instead of the more popular Marrakech. When travelling, I love soaking up culture and experiencing something different from my everyday life in London. Looking online, it seemed that Fes had retained its culture and history, making it an attractive option for us! Once we had booked our flights, we had to search for a hotel. Initially, we were looking for AirBnB places as usually these places are more authentic and cheaper. By chance, we looked on Expedia and found that 4*...
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I Am In Poole

I Am In Poole

For the first May Bank Holiday, I found myself in the North of England at York and the Lake District. For this Bank Holiday, I instead headed South to Poole! In fact, this getaway was a nice surprise planned (and perfectly executed) by my friends for my birthday. I'm not a huge birthday person, I usually wake up grateful to see another year, and just get on with my day (maybe wearing a new outfit). 8am on a Sunday morning, I found myself in a car on the way to Poole - AMAZING! Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset, and boasts an amazing sand beach architecturally extravagant houses like nothing I had seen before in the UK. We spent two days in Poole, staying at the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth. This was really convenient as Poole is only a 15 min drive from the Poole beach meaning we were close to everything we wanted to do. We first headed to...
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I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

Choosing the right travel companion is a key part of (almost) guaranteeing a smooth sailing holiday. Although frequently overlooked, I cannot emphasise the importance of selecting a travel partner carefully, and to not simply plan travels with anyone available at the time. As a young child, I only ever travelled with my parents, immediate or extended family. At that age, this is great. As a young adult and into my early 20s, I became more selective with which 'friends' I wanted to travel with. There's a famous saying that states that: 'You don't know the true colours of a person until you live with them, travel with them, or have dealings with them.' I can't vouch for this more. Although I have not personally had any issues when travelling with friends, I do notice the importance of having similar interests and lifestyle when on a holiday with someone. Something as basic as where to eat could cause an issue if one person wants to go somewhere a...
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How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

As soon as I confirm a holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is: 'what am I going to wear?' I ponder over the question until the night before I travel, then panic at 1am trying to lay out half-decent outfits. Having become quite the travel connoisseur over the past few years, I thought it would be nice to share my tips with you all, to help you pack quick, pack right and pack light! 1. NO IFS NO BUTS NO MAYBES Banish that voice in the back of your mind telling you that you MIGHT want to wear this, and that you COULD take three outfits for one day and choose later. NO! NO! Just take one outfit per day, appropriate for the environment, weather and activities that you will be engaging with. Otherwise, you will end up with double the amount of clothes, half that you won't wear. Take one outfit, and you'll just HAVE to do with that one. 2....
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I am at Lake District, Windemere

I am at Lake District, Windemere

Continuing on from my last blog from York, I also visited the Lake District. I did plan on a whole day there but unfortunately the planned day was wet and miserable. Instead, I visited on the following day and managed to roam about for a couple of hours. I have visited the Lake District once before. The Lake District is a beautiful wonder of the UK and I do feel at peace when I visit. At first, we drove to Windemere and walked around for a bit before grabbing some lunch. As I only had two hours before having to return to London, I could not explore as much as I wanted to. Below are some photos that were taken that morning. I hope to revisit the Lake District this summer and hopefully I'll be able to explore properly in the summer heat. Have you ever visited the Lake District? Are there and specific areas that you would particularly recommend? - A Y...
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A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

A Top 10 Pebble Beach – Brighton

Voted one of the Top 10 pebble beach destinations in the world, Brighton Beach is an hour away from London by Southern Rail. I happened to visit the University of Sussex (Falmer Station, 5 mins from Brighton City) and on my return, decided to walk across the pier and the coast of Brighton Beach. I had previously visited Southend-On-Sea however, I had never been to Brighton and so I was excited as soon as I figured that I would be going there. For us Londoners, the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes get overwhelming and so it is nice to escape to the seaside at any opportunity and appreciate the peacefulness and natural air that the sea can offer. Of course, it is not possible to go to the seaside without grabbing a bag of fish and chips. I came across this restaurant as I was walking towards the Pier from the station. There are such a huge selection of...
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I am at the University of Cambridge

I am at the University of Cambridge

I was invited to the University of Cambridge to teach as part of a scheme for tutors. The last time I visited Cambridge was in 2013 for a conference and ever since, I have been looking forward to my next visit. I grabbed this opportunity by the horns, and after finishing the day at about 3pm, I walked around Cambridge to visit most of the Colleges. Luckily, it was a very sunny (but chilly) day, allowing me to briskly walk around the city without always ducking for shelter from the UK downpours of rain. A one-way train ticket cost around £4 (with a railcard) from London Liverpool Street. I was based in Newnham's College for the day - an absolutely fabulous and mesmerising College for women only. It was the first College built allowing women to go to university at Cambridge, and so it prides itself in this equality of the sexes. Some Colleges are open to the public at given times...
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I am in South Kensington

I am in South Kensington

I spent a year in South Kensington during my Master's at Imperial College London. At the time, I was inundated with studies and didn't really take the time to explore and appreciate the region. I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time exploring the area, visiting the museums and other significant features of the area. For those not familiar with London, South Kensington is located in West side of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It's a particularly upmarket area and where one can only dream to reside in. 1. Royal Albert Hall This concert hall, best known for holding the Proms during the Summer, is one of London's beautiful structures. It is of personal significance to me as it was here that my graduation ceremony was held in 2014. The inside is absolutely beautiful, although you cannot enter without having a pass for a ticketed event. The Royal Albert Hall is behind Imperial College London,...
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