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December 2016

lifestyle travel tips

Making a holiday scrapbook

December 28, 2016

Postcards, ticket stubs, keychains, shot glasses, magnets, napkins, receipts, boarding passes. The list of pointless souvenirs and momentos we find ourselves bringing back from our holiday is endless. Each flight we take, each restaurant we eat in, each museum or concert or park we visit, we insist on buying/keeping/stealing (ok maybe not the last one) something to ‘remember’ our trip by, only to be dumped in a box or the bottom shelf, to be discovered again when moving house. Continue Reading


Portugal- Surf’s up!

December 22, 2016

By now you must have realized I often get an idea in my head that I get set on and then have to carry out no matter what. Learning to surf was one of them. I’ve had this fascination with surfing since I was small; I used to watch those ads for Roxy and wonder what it felt like to be enclosed by a wave. Obviously those were professionals, but I had to start somewhere and began to research where I could learn.  Continue Reading


Gingerbread cookies at Christmas

December 21, 2016

Here’s one for all you Grinches out there. You may be fed up of Mariah Carey, the Christmas lights may be giving you a headache and ads for mince pies may have driven you to (mulled wine) drink. But can you resist the smell of something warm and yummy as its baking in the oven? Continue Reading


Mozambique- in pictures

December 17, 2016

Mozambique, just the name sounds exotic. Although I saw very little of the country when we visited, there’s no doubt that this once war-torn country can’t stay under-the-radar for much longer. From the long arcs of cinnamon sand shelving into the Indian Ocean, to the heavenly mangoes that seem to fall from every tree, Mozambique makes the perfect post safari flop.  Continue Reading

thoughts and dreams

My bucket-list

December 16, 2016

Bucket-list seems to be the buzz-word these days, with everyone trying to cross stuff off theirs. I’m no exception, I have one as long as my arm and it keeps growing! There are just too many places in the world to explore, so much to see, and not enough time. Continue Reading


Zimbabwe- an epic African adventure

December 13, 2016

I’ve had a lot of interesting travel experiences to date, but this one’s definitely up there with the most epic- an overland odyssey from Beira in Mozambique to Chiredzi in Zimbabwe… in dad’s pick-up. That’s over 10 hours of pure Africa, pot holes and all! Continue Reading


The Bahamas- swimming with wild dolphins

December 10, 2016

Since as long as I can remember, one of my biggest dreams was to swim with dolphins. I know lots of people have this on their bucket-list, but I always had doubts about dolphins kept in captivity just so we could enjoy ourselves. At the same time, after I visited Zanzibar, I saw how badly swimming with dolphins in the wild can go too. That’s why I was so happy to have found Wildquest, on Bimini island in The Bahamas, a little tropical paradise where you can swim with wild dolphins responsibly. For my 20th birthday present, I got to visit and make my dream a reality!

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Corfu- a magical week

December 8, 2016

I’ve been wanting to visit a Greek island for as long as I can remember so I was super happy to have been able to visit Corfu in June. We decided to follow in Gerald Durrell’s footsteps after reading his book My Family and other Animals; the way he described the island meant we had to explore Corfu for ourselves. I’m pleased to say we made the right choice- our week was one of the best holidays of my life. Before leaving, I was a bit worried Corfu would be totally overrun and spoiled by the package holiday crowds that plague much of Europe in the summer. Luckily, we managed to escape the masses and have a real big fat Greek holiday. Mr. Durrell would have been proud.  Continue Reading