Sunday, 30 December 2018

Looking Forward: My Travel Plans for 2019.

After the past few epic years of travelling pretty much every month or every other month, in 2019 it might surprise you to hear that I'm planning on cutting down on travel massively. I really want to explore more of my own city more and have more time in London (especially after living abroad in Sydney for two years), and I want to focus on a few bigger trips rather than lots of smaller weekend trips coupled with a few big trips.

As well as wanting to explore my own city and spend more time in London, I'm also trying to save to buy a property (hello, hoping all the prices crash during Brexit haha), so really need to focus on saving as much as possible over the next year or two for that. Yep, I am finally becoming an adult and prioritising. 

So the current plans are...

March 2019 - USA Roadtrip Chicago to New Orleans

So this has been in the planning for almost a year now, but we have finally booked the flights! My Flea (who I went to Cambodia with back in 2017) and I are going to be doing a massive roadtrip, and driving from Chicago down to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams literary festival at the end of March. We're starting in Chicago, then heading to St Louis, Nashville, Memphis, and Jackson, before finally arriving in NOLA! The theme for the entire trip is literature and music, so we're basically going to geek out in every location. 

Photo by Sawyer Bengtson on Unsplash

April 2019 - Europe, or the Caribbean

So it's my birthday over Easter weekend this year, and I'd quite like to go somewhere in Europe for the long weekend. Or the Caribbean, but ya know, we'll see. Easter is a peak time so the Caribbean is super pricey this time of year and I need to focus on saving to buy somewhere. It's also much harder to do a long weekend in the Caribbean because all the hotels focus on all-inclusive week-long stays, but I'd really love to return to Cuba and it's much easier to do a long weekend in Havana than anywhere else in the Caribbean! 

May 2019 - Luxembourg

Jasiminne and I are desperate to go to Luxembourg...mostly just so I can fly on Lux Air and have my surname (Lux) printed on the ticket haha. 

Photo by Polina Sushko on Unsplash

July 2019 - Greece

I basically just want to sail around the Greek islands on a yacht and eat Greek salads every day. I'm not sure if this one will actually happen, but I can dream...right? Anyone got any tips for yacht charter in Greece?

Photo by Jonathan Gallegos on Unsplash

September 2019 - Balkans Roadtrip 

This has been on my 'dream' list I think every single year since I started blogging, but this year I am determined to FINALLY do a roadtrip from Dubrovnik in Croatia, to Lake Kotor in Montenegro, and then Mostar in Bosnia before driving back to Dubrovnik. 

Photo by Morgan on Unsplash

December 2019 - NYC

I'm desperate to go back to NYC at Christmas-time! As you may know I went in 2017 for the weekend before Christmas and had THE BEST time with all the festive things and feels (read about my NYC Christmas trip). It would be a dream come true to go back and experience that all over again.

I completely get that this is still A LOT, but it's much less than previous years, and the only trip confirmed so far is the USA roadtrip, so the rest of it may not happen or might change. But that's what the aim is!

What are you planning for 2019?

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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Looking Back: My Life & Travels in 2018.

2018 was a big year for me travel-wise, I ticked off some pretty big bucket list destinations and activities (including the majority of my original 2018 travel plan list), and was really fortunate to travel quite a lot. I thought it would be fun to reflect back on my travels throughout 2018 and give you an overview of what I got up to!

I ended up taking 13 trips and visiting five new countries (bringing the current total to 42 countries visited), which I was super happy with as I try and aim to visit at least two new countries a year on top of visiting places I've already been to, to explore them deeper. I like having the balance between experiencing completely new cultures and destinations, and revisiting previously visited ones.


Sunday, 23 December 2018

Game of Thrones Christmas Ball at the Lansdowne Club 2018.

It's been a while since I blogged about a ball or other clubland event, so I figured now is a better time than any! Due to my move to Australia two years ago, I hadn't been to a Christmas Ball since the Lansdowne ball in 2015, and so attending the Christmas ball this year felt like a sort of, homecoming, all over again. It was so much fun and this year's theme was Game of Thrones, meaning the photo props were pretty epic!


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Luxury in 48 Hours: Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech is somewhere I have been wanting to visit for close to ten years. For one reason or another it just never happened; from a boyfriend who didn't want to go way back when I first decided I needed to visit, to my parents who also didn't want to go, and then a cancelled trip two years ago when surgery prevented me from flying. But finally, FINALLY I was boarding a plane to Marrakech. And then we landed and were told the Moroccan police were coming on-board to question a few passengers. Oh.


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Postcards from Marrakech.

It's rare that I publish a blog post so light on content, but Marrakech was so beautiful I feel it's one of those places where the photos should do all the talking. So, in a very unusual style, here is a little 'Postcards from Marrakech' post with a few pretty photos from this stunning Moroccan city and the most photogenic places in the city. 

Postcards from Marrakech - most photogenic places


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hotel Review: La Sultana, Marrakech.

It was over two years ago that I was supposed to visit La Sultana in Marrakech. It was all booked in, but unfortunately due to surgery and some medical issues shortly before I moved to Australia, I was unable to go. Thankfully the lovely team at the hotel told me to let them know when I returned, which I did a few months ago. So, was my stay at one of Marrakech's finest hotels worth the two and a half year wait? You bet it was!

La Sultana Marrakech Luxury Hotel Swimming Pool


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden.

Back in the summer Jasiminne and I had the most wonderful dinner at the new Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, and I somehow managed to lose the photos. It may have been because I have seven different hard drives and I *may* have saved them to the wrong one...but I found them! So the review is finally here...four months late. Oops. Sorry. I promise the wait is worth it though, because our dinner was MAGICAL.

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