Some people are born with a need to discover. Travel isn’t just about ticking countries off a list, it’s for enjoying the richness of diversity, meeting interesting people, experiencing culture and traditions unlike our own and relishing in their art, history, food, architecture etc.
From the age of 13 I have been obsessed with travel. I wanted to go everywhere and anywhere. For hours, I’d beg my Vertigo sufferer Grandmother to take me to a far and distant land.
I was desperate.
Fast forward to 2003, 17 year old me now has a part time weekend job in a café. Sneakily I’d skip college every now and again to pick up a few extra shifts to put some more money aside for my travel fund.
Back then, the internet wasn’t what it is now; Trip Advisor, Travel Blogs, Social Media even Search Engines where still in their infancy and finding quality travel information mainly came from physical travel guides.
How far we have come in 16 years.
My first short city break trip was with my boyfriend (now husband) to Amsterdam. He was at University and I was still at college, to say we were broke was an understatement.
I can’t honestly put my hand on my heart and say I absolutely loved all that Amsterdam had to offer back then. My fondest memories of the Rijksmuseum were not Rembrandt’s dark masterpieces, but for the ability to escape the November weather and enjoy the warmth of the gallery.
I have since been back to Amsterdam twice more with several years in between each visit and it absolutely amazes me how my tastes and interests have developed in this time, but also how much more the city has to offer.
Now, with years of experience and mistakes under my belt I have streamlined how I plan, organise and pack for my trips. Research is key.
Maximum input = maximum output.
What kind of traveller am I? I see short European City breaks as a mission to see as much as possible, for me this differs greatly from a one or two week holiday where I will happily sit on a Caribbean beach reading a book and be lazy!
Yes, it can be tiring being on your feet all day, trying to stick to a pre-organised schedule of places to visit. However, when you’re on the airplane home, brain filled with new memories, scrolling through all of your new photos, it’ll feel worth it.
Over the years I’ve often been asked by my friends, family and colleagues for help to plan trips; from finding cheap flights, recommending destinations, hotels, activities and restaurants. Which I am very happy to assist with, but also encourage they make some of their own discoveries and experience their own unique adventure!
I hope you enjoy using my website, please feel free to get in touch, I’ll happily answer any questions you may have about the places I have visited or tips for packing and organising future trips.