• Community,  Travel

    Ridin’ Solo: The Free Spirit

    Inspiring females globally to take the plunge and travel solo! Thinking of tackling the world on your lonesome? Worried something bad might happen? Anxious? We’re told that the world is a dangerous place, so how do you overcome your fears? Ridin’ Solo is a platform for inspiration, sharing, caring and learning to take that plunge. Many people travel alone and end up fine, here is the proof! I’ve been interviewing across the globe on experiences of those who have travelled solo, exploring the depths of the lows, learning curves along the way and top nomadic tips. Upon my first solo trip to Central America, I met a beautiful soul who…

  • Travel

    Postcard Perfect Menton

    Upon the French Riviera, close to the Italian border, sits the sweet town of Menton. Quite like it’s macaroons, this town is filled with pretty pastel coloured buildings that are crumbling at the edges. It’s said to be the warmest within the French Riviera, with 316 days of sunshine all year! Yet it still remains a slower paced and relaxing destination. Hike up the cobbled streets of the Old Town, admire it’s Italian inspired architecture and soak up the rays at its postcard perfect beach. Warm fuzzy feels all round!   Sablettes Beach Less pebbly compared to it’s neighbouring beaches, yet surprisingly less crowded. The ban of jet skis and…

  • Travel

    24 hours in Nice

    Distance makes the heart grow fonder. “You’re crazy”, is the words I keep hearing from my colleagues. Long distance relationships are tough, but having a supportive partner who understands the nature of your job is something I truly value. The challenge is not just being away from a loved one or one, but also saving money, and we make a huge effort to see each other when possible, which takes a chunk out of the wages! The money is totally worth it, even if it’s for a short time. We’re an adventurous couple and enjoy living life on the road, even more when it’s together. In Nice we planned to…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    It’s Not All Roses…

    The Life of a Tour Guide: Episode 3 Working as a tour guide has its challenges, it’s not all beautiful photos and eating great food. This week’s episode I’m going to discuss 3 challenges I face with my job and how I overcome them.  The first task may seem simple, but it’s most likely the hardest one I face every day. It’s to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for a city you’ve seen a dozen times. It might be my 36th time arriving into Paris, but it’ll be my customers first time seeing the Eiffel Tower. Like an actress performing the same production months on end, I find a…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    Week of a Tour Guide: Episode 2

    In the last 7 days, I’ve travelled through 9 countries and for someone who’s interested and curious about the world, this week has inspired me. After a long coach journey, it’s easy to wrap up in a cocoon and rest. But with a simple ‘YOLO’ attitude, I pick up my camera and go to explore and find something new. Working as a tour guide doesn’t mean you’re on holiday, even if photos may seem that way. Day to day life consists of managing expectations, dealing with complaints or queries and ensuring everyone is happy. It’s important to find moments to yourself, re-energise and find the things in life you’re grateful…

  • Travel

    Best of The Amalfi Coast

    The South of Italy is uncontrollably every Italian stereotype you picture in the movies. The Southerners cruise along with their ‘dolce vita’ motto, which is a life of heedless pleasure and luxury. Frequent siestas, relaxed opening hours and buses not turning up on time, means you have to go with the flow. But have no fear! Join in the pace, chill out and enjoy the best spots within the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento A bitterly sweet romantic city, where the lemons are on steroids and the sour zest fills cobbled streets. Make sure you taste the city by weaving in and out of alleyways, grabbing free samples of Limoncello filled biscuits…

  • Lifestyle

    Week of a Tour Guide: Episode 1

    Each Thursday this month, I’ll be talking about the places I’ve been exploring, along with the hidden gems I’ve found and even a blog post on a European city ? So let’s start with this week’s episode: Life of a Tour Guide… What better way to kick start the week with a night in San Sebastian, Spain. I spent the evening experimenting my taste buds in a range of unique pinchos. Pinchos (correctly spelt pintxos), is a small yet high quality gourmet food, which is pierced with a cocktail stick and served on top of a slice of crusty bread. It is essentially Basque for tapas, with popular options like…

  • Travel

    Alternative Amsterdam ‘ NORD

    With this side of the city, Amsterdam sets forward the future with its more communal and architectural genius. Once a wasteland to abandoned factories with no personality or class, has been remixed into a vibrant artistic and commercial hub. Restaurants, art galleries, pop up events, community bases and a beach (yes a beach). 10 out of 10 when it comes to creativity and pure entrepreneurial spirit. Noorderlicht Café At first this may seem like junk yard around a greenhouse frame, but venture inside and you’ll be rewarded with hippy vibes. This café is the best place to be on a sunny weekend evening, as the locals flock to the riverside…

  • Travel

    My favourite spots in Madrid

    For the sunniest capital in Europe, you’ll certainly feel like you’re walking on sunshine, as you dance your way through Madrid’s vast tapas and churros bars. I love this city for its social offerings, such as Sunday flea markets, buzzing food stalls and pulsating night life. Here’s how to spread your wings, embrace Madrid’s social charisma and soak up that vitamin D.   The Royal Palace Take a romantic stroll along the Royal Palace gardens, you’ll spot the locals snuggling up on the green, or chattering on their phones. It’s Madrid’s largest building, plus the largest Royal Palace in Western Europe. You can also be dazzled by its many rooms, chandeliers…

  • Travel

    An Afternoon in Galle, Sri Lanka

    Galle is normally the first destination on a Sri Lankan itinerary, for us it was our last – but not the least. We whizzed on a tuk tuk from Weligama (35km) and felt as if we’d been transported through time. Galle doesn’t feel like Sri Lanka, the ambiance makes it seem as if you’re in a European city rather than an Asian tropical country. There’s no surprise as the city was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, then later established by the British and Dutch. Today it is protected under the UNESCO World Heritage and Colonial buildings fill the streets, which are lined with boutique fashion shops and…