Taormina Guide

Taormina is a dramatic place. It sits high on Monte Tauro, with its very own Ancient Greek theatre, and boasts Mount Etna as its backdrop. At night, the moon reflects off the sea in the most magical way. And the people of Taormina have that quintessential seaside glamour that only exists in Italy.

So it is only fitting that it should be the perfect setting for a destination wedding. And that is what took me to Taormina at the end of this summer: the perfect wedding of two particularly awesome friends.

While the wedding festivities took place in some rather spectacular locations, we also sampled some of the best that Taormina has to offer by way of cocktails, dining and culture. Continue reading “Taormina Guide”

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Wellness Retreat – Review

I’ve never done a wellness retreat before, but the opportunity to join the luxury wellness retreat run by Peak Health Switzerland at the five star spa hotel The Capra in Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps came at just the right time.

After letting stress get the better of me the last few months, I had abandoned my usual fitness routine, engaged in a fair bit of comfort eating and put on enough weight that my clothes don’t quite fit any more. I needed something to shake me out of my stress-eating funk and get me back on the path to healthy living. Continue reading “Wellness Retreat – Review”

Edinburgh

My Edinburgh Diary

The last time I went to Edinburgh I was doing a gap year half way through my law degree, backpacking around Europe and living off the meagre savings I’d made working in a department store in Melbourne on weekends and after class.

My memories of Edinburgh were of a breathtakingly beautiful city. And while that has not changed – Edinburgh still dazzles with its severe and dramatic beauty – what I didn’t remember about Edinburgh was the finer things. This time however, I have come away with memories of a vibrant and dynamic food scene, quirky underground cocktail clubs and a sense of the pride and innovation that lives in the locals of this unique city.

Here’s a little diary of our visit, including all the places that I highly recommend for your next trip up north. Continue reading “My Edinburgh Diary”

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Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review

Upon arriving at the Port of Leith, we walked up the red-carpeted gangway and into the most elegant and quietly glamorous hotel reception you could imagine. This was the beginning of our weekend stay at Edinburgh’s newest floating hotel, and it continued in the same stylish way that it began.

The Fingal began its life as a ship that serviced the lighthouses in some of Scotland’s remote and storm-lashed locations. It now sits permanently Continue reading “Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review”

Solo Travel

Solo Travel – 14 Tips to Make Solo Travel Awesome

If you have found yourself contemplating solo travel lately, then you’re not alone. The number of solo travel bookings in the UK has increased significantly in the last few years.

I have travelled solo for years, ever since I took a gap year and travelled on my own around Europe during my law studies. As much as I love holidaying with friends, I really look forward to my solo trips. It’s a time when I can do exactly what I want, where I push myself outside of my comfort zone, meet new people and make new friends.

But not everyone is as comfortable and at ease when travelling alone. And that’s understandable. Introverts can be pushed further back inside their shells and end up having a terrible time. But take it from this introvert, solo travel can be the best experience of your life.

Here are fourteen tips that have helped me become a better solo traveller and a better human as a result: Continue reading “Solo Travel – 14 Tips to Make Solo Travel Awesome”

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Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide

Clerkenwell and Farringdon are areas of London which don’t have the worldwide fame of other neighbourhoods like Notting Hill or Soho, and I much prefer it that way. It keeps this creative and charming little enclave on London free from the tourist crowds.

Located side by side to the east of Covent Garden, Clerkenwell and Farringdon are home to creative agencies, renowned design houses, world class architecture firms, top restaurants, quirky cocktail bars and hip cafes.

Just to wander the streets of these two neighbourhoods is a treat. Eye-catching art-deco buildings are dotted amongst the beautiful Victorian houses, and independent boutiques are scattered around like little gems to be discovered. The creativity of the people who work in this area of London somehow permeates the air. There is a special vibe to Clerkenwell and Farringdon that has to be experienced to understand it.

And so it is a little reluctantly that I share (below) my little black book of the best of Farringdon and Clerkenwell. I really was tempted to keep this undiscovered area of London all to myself!  Continue reading “Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide”