Travel Diary: A Day in London

Hello guys!

I recently took a trip down to London for a few days, and let me tell you, I had the worst luck ever! I wont bore you with all the details, instead, I will leave the link to the vlog at the bottom so you can go watch that to find out everything that went wrong!

The good thing was that I had my whole last day free, so I spent the entire day on the move and sight seeing.

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My first stop was Buckingham Palace (duh…) where I had a lovely stroll through the park and then headed over to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye. Only about a 10 minute walk!

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I love this area because it is so chalk full of things to see and lovely streets to walk down and parks to explore. Everything is within walking distance as well, as long as you have on some comfy shoes. If not, the tube stations are easily accessible and make it so easy to get around. Trust me when I say this because I was SO nervous about navigating the tube on my own, but with the help of a tube map on my phone, I didn’t get lost, or even slowed down, once!

I took a nice little stroll over to Trafalgar Square where I picked up some lunch from Pret and people watched. Hopefully, no one was watching me, because the wrap I was eating was extremely messy! #sonotalady

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No trip to London is complete for me without a trip in to Sass & Belle in Covent Garden. It is my favorite shop so I make sure to pop in and buy something every time I’m in town. It is the cutest shabby chic shop I have ever seen. I am obsessed with it. If you are in Covent Garden, I suggest you check it out (Hint: it’s downstairs).

From there, I made my way over to the Natural History Museum. If you are in London, you have to go to AT LEAST one museum. They are free, perfect for learning something new and the buildings themselves are always amazing. I am always a fan of natural history, so that is the one I chose and I am so glad I did. There was a section on earthquakes and volcanoes, which had an earthquake shop, which simulated what it would be like to be in the shop during an earthquake. Of course I had to try it, even though I was the only one there without a child attached to my hand!!

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There was also a section on dinosaurs, which, let’s be real, is everyone’s favorite part…..I loved looking at the different skeletons and learning more about them!

After spending a couple of hours pouring over the different exhibits on offer, it was time to head back to Earls Court to grab my suitcase and get back to the airport. Which, by the way, is very easy to do. It is all connected – tube, train, bus, whatever you need. I just hopped on the tube to Liverpool Street and then got the train to Stanstead. Easy Peasy!

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Overall, my trip ended up on a high note, which is always good! I will be headed back to London in June, and I am planning on seeing a west end show, going to Harrods, and hanging out in Hyde Park, so I will do another post for you then with some more London Tips!

Until next time gang,

xx

B.

5 Things Cabin Crew Know, That You Should Too

Hello everyone,

Since I have a trip coming up, I thought I would share with you 5 of the tips I have for staying clean and healthy while flying. These are things that I have learned through a lot of flying and from living with my mom, who is former cabin crew. So here we go, my top 5 tips!

1: Keep your shoes on!

I’m not sure why this has to be said, but a lot of people take their shoes off on the plane. I’m not saying this because I think its rude to take your shoes off. No! I’m saying this to keep the nastiness off of you! I see people walk around the plane and go to the bathroom a lot on long-haul flights, but this about that…..its gross! All that bacteria! If you must take your shoes off, put on some thick socks. But, if you get up, cover those tootsies up. So my tip, keep those shoes on!

2: Skip the ice!

I am not sure if this is still true, so if you do know for sure, leave a comment. But, I do know that the water tanks on the planes are hard to clean. They do put tablets in them but I have still heard stories about nasties getting into the water source, and the ice. I go for the bottled water or the OJ, just to be safe.

3: Wipe down the surfaces!

I feel like this one goes without saying, but just in case……wipe down those surfaces! Always make sure to pack some hand sanitizer and some anti-bacterial wipes. I like to just go all out and wipe it all down, the tray table, TV screen, buttons, arm rest, everything! People aren’t afraid to do what they like on a plane, like changing diapers on the tray tables, clipping nails, etc., so just make sure to wipe down the surfaces.

4: Pass on the nuts!

This is a little awkward to say, but do yourself and favour and skip the nuts. they aren’t the best snack in a plane, with all the pressurisation and confined spaces, it might make things a bit unpleasant….you know what I’m talking about here…? (pass on the nuts so you can pass on the gas too! Sorry to be blunt!) I suggest bringing your own snacks, that way you can avoid the nuts and what’s better than having your fave foods along for the ride?!

5: Take Airborne!

You never know what kind of bacteria and illness you will be exposed too on a long flight, so its a good idea to take an Airborne before jetting setting off. There is nothing worse than getting sick on a holiday. There are a lot of people crammed onto that plane, so chances are, some is sick, so protect yourself against the germs and take some airborne.

Well guys, these are my top 5 tips for clean and healthy traveling on a long haul flight. What do you think? What are some of your favourite travel tips?

Until next time gang!

xx

B.

Travel Diary: Gig Harbor, Washington

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely week!

As this past weekend was my last weekend at home with my parents, we planned to take a trip up to Gig Harbor. We booked an Airbnb, which is always a challenge for my parents because they take Mocha with them everywhere. We found a place that allowed dogs, so we went with it, packed our bags and drove up towards Seattle.

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We took a stroll around downtown Gig Harbor, which is very small, but so cute. It is like a quintessential PNW coastal town. It’s perfect for relaxing, having picnics and generally just enjoying the view. But I do think it is best in the summer months. This area is also close to where the Twilight Saga is set, for all of you Twilight lovers.

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We also took a drive around the area and checked out Fox Island.

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Unfortunately, we had a few problems with the Airbnb, for example, no working bathroom, so we ended up leaving at about 4am to come back home. We were a bit sad but it was actually nice to come back and hang out around the house. We did feel a bit bad that Mocha didn’t get a good time away, so we also took a trip to the dog park. Look how cute she is? I just can’t even.

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Let me know if you are a Twilight fan, or if you have been to the Gig Harbor area. Also, leave a comment and let me know your favorite place to visit in the PNW.

Until next time!

xx

B.

Travel Wish List

Hello everybody!

Oh how I have missed you! If you didn’t know, I have been on a tropical island in the South Pacific volunteering as a high school science teacher. Our internet connection was really bad so keeping up any kind of internet presence was impossible. I mean, when it rained the internet would die….oh man that still makes me laugh!! Anyway, I have made it back to my parents house in the US and will be here for a couple of months before setting  off on my next adventure. I’m not totally sure what that adventure is going to be, however. I have a long list of places I’ve wanted to go so I am thinking of trying to tick another destination off of my list. I thought I’d share my travel wish list with you so you can maybe help me decide where I should run off to next! So here we go! (these are in no particular order)

  1. Bali

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2. Vietnam

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3. Bora Bora

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4. Cape Town, South Africa

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5. Maldives

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6. Cambodia

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7. Australia

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8. Japan

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9. Iceland

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10. Belize

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11. Peru (Machu Picchu)

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12. Myanmar

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13. Costa Rica

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14. Easter Island

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What do you think guys? Where should I head to next? Have you been to any of these places? Should I add anywhere to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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New Orleans with Momma B

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend and are all ready for the work week ahead!

The last four days have been a whirlwind of plane rides, jazz music and beignets. That is because my mom and I took a short trip down to New Orleans as a kind of parting trip, since I leave the states in one  week.

We did a lot of walking and exploring the French Quarter, and even got to head out to the Oak Alley Plantation, which is stunning. I cant say New Orleans is somewhere I would go back to, but it is definitely somewhere you have to see at least once, so I thought I would share some pictures with all of you 🙂 I have a travel vlog for the trip as well and that’s linked at the bottom in you are more video inclined. Also, leave a comment below and let me know which city I should explore next!

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Cannon Beach Hotel and Beach Tour!

Hello everybody!

I have another travel video for you, this time from Cannon Beach, Oregon. Check it out below!

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Seattle City Tour!

Hello lovelies!

I hope you are all having fantastic summer holiday and enjoying some warm weather. My boyfriend is visiting Washington from Scotland so we have been trying get around to all of the fun  sites. Take a look at our trip to Seattle!

 

Let me know what you think! Have you been to Seattle? What was your favourite part?

Until next time friends!

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LA Fashion District Haul!

Hey guys!

Head over to YouTube to check out what I bought in the LA Fashion District!

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That California Sunshine

Hello to you all!

I hope  everyone is well this evening! This last week has been a rollercoaster of relaxing and exhausting and let me tell you why – I took a trip down to LA for the  week!  Whoop whoop!

My parents promised  me years ago (like before I graduated from  high school) that, as a graduation gift, I could go to Harry Potter world (only in Florida at the  time). Well, high school graduation came and went, college graduation came and went, and even grad school graduation came and went and still no Harry Potter world. But guys, drum roll……..I am happy to say, I have finally  made it to Hogsmead! (mind you, it was during a heat wave but we powered through)

Between choosing myself a magical  wand and waltzing my way through Hogwarts, I also got to lay in the sun, explore Hunington Beach and shop in the LA  fashion district. If you haven’t made it to California, make sure you add it to your ‘to travel’ lists, and remember to pack the sunscreen and shades. Check out the pics below for some travel inspiration!

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Heaven on Earth – Isle of Skye

Hello everyone,

Today I am sharing a photo diary of  my road trip up to the Isle of Skye.  We started in Edinburgh, headed north through Glencoe, up to the Eilean Donan castle and  over the  bridge to Skye. On the way back we stopped at the incredible white sand beach in Milaig. It was pristine! It was the  most amazing  weekend and I think one  of  the best trips I have ever taken (which is saying something!)

I hope you enjoy!

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