Currently on board the Amtrak Crescent from NYC to New Orleans... A 30 hour journey through some seriously beautiful scenery!
The food's good, service is amazing, and I have my own little private roomette with a little bed. I'm loving it ❤️ What do you think... Is 30 hours too long or is this a great way to see the country?
A very Christmassy weekend in NYC ❄️😍
Made it up both the Empire State Building and to the Top Of The Rock NYC thanks to my awesome CityPASS. So many amazing views!
It's been flipping freezing all weekend, but I've loved being back in one of the coolest cities in the world. I also loved staying in the old-school glamour of the Roger Smith Hotel - my suite was bigger than my old flat and so pretty!
#cityPASS #TrueYorkCity #spon
My last day in the Yucatan was spent exploring ruins and singing along (badly) to some proper belters on a crazy little blogger road trip. This part of the world is so flipping pretty 😍
Kissing goodbye to Mexico today for a week to go on a pretty epic USA adventure - stay tuned!
One of the things I miss most when I travel is the sense of community that only happens when you hang out in the same place for a long time. For the past few weeks I've been living in Merida and spending almost every day with a little blogger family - and its been bloody awesome!
Massive shout out to Nathan Foodie Flashpacker (my favourite person to stuff my face with), the ever fabulous Every Steph - Green & Glamourous Travel Blog, the lovely Nate from Travel Lemming (my hero for lending me a laptop when mine popped it's clogs), and the best foodie guides in the city Food Fun Travel 😄 You guys have made the past few weeks amazing! Muchos love too to everyone else I met in the city 💜 it's been a blast.
NEW GIVEAWAY! #Win a Knightwick 3 Berth Tent from Leisureshop Direct Limited!
Last night, we went to the Feria Xmatkuil 2017 Yucatan State Fair. And somehow, we wound up dressed as olde timey cowboys for a photo.
And it was wonderful!
Starring - Travel Lemming, Foodie Flashpacker, Food Fun Travel, and The World Wanderers Podcast.
Everything I got up to last month, in brief, with some jokes. Please enjoy...
Last week I tweeted that my Airbnb in Merida didn't have any kitchen utensils and asked for suggestions of how to cook instant noodles without a bowl or plate...
Yesterday I came home to a box of goodies from Airbnb, including a bowl and plate and a bunch of yummy chocolate!
This is so cute and a complete surprise! Thank you so much Airbnb 😘
Sooo full and sleepy after an amazing food tour with Provecho Food Tours in Merida.
One of my favourite things about this city is the food... It's so wonderful here and there's loads of unique Yucatecan dishes to try. Our guide was fantastic and I've learned so much about the food here! So good! #Merida
NEW POST - 8 Things to do on Isla Ometepe
Yep, I'm FINALLY catching up on blog posts from the past few months and this is one I'm really excited to share... because #Ometepe is one of the absolute highlights of my trip. This is one of the most pretty, most tranquil places I've ever visited!
Featuring el pital Ometepe and El Zopilote, Isla de Ometepe - two amazing places that made my time there extra special :)
This week has mostly been about catching up on work and eating ALL the Mexican food!
NEW! How to Deal with Travel Burnout
Written yesterday in a fit of inspiration because I've been going through the dreaded burnout this week myself!! After over two months on the road I was feeling strung out and exhausted from all the movement!
So I'm renting an AirBnb this week in Merida and getting some much-needed "me time". These are my top tips for getting though #travel burnout.
Do you have tips of your own? I want to hear them! Come read my post and share your thoughts in the comments...
Finally made it to Chichen Itza yesterday!
I have to admit... at first I was feeling just the tiniest bit underwhelmed. It was pricey to get in, the site is full of vendors trying to sell tacky souvenirs, and it was already pretty busy despite our 8.30am arrival. But then I saw the Mayan football pitch and got very overexcited about seeing one of my all time favourite kids movies (The Road to El Dorado) brought to life 🤣
And in fact, Chichen Itza is incredibly impressive. I find the Mayans so fascinating and I can't wait to explore a few more of Mexico's ruins!
And that's a wrap for my amazing trip in Miami 😄
It's been a week of fun in the sun with my favourite blogger partner in crime Wanderlust Chloe in one of the most colourful cities I've ever seen. From the pastel coloured art deco buildings of Ocean Drive to the amazing street art around Wynwood - it's been almost overwhelmingly colourful!
Thanks Visit Miami for an awesome week - hopefully see you again soon 😍 #FoundInMiami
The street art at Wynwood Walls is just amazing. Visit Miami is the most colourful place I've been in a while! #foundinmiami
We need to talk about what happened last night 😂
We headed to Sugar Factory Miami for what turned out to be one of the most insane feasts of my entire life 😍 From sweetie cocktails and bubbling dry ice goblets to monster burgers (filled with man n cheese) and towering freakshakes with edible outsides... It was like a kid's party. But for adults. And with monster portions!
We were essentially in Chloe and Emily heaven. So much so that we went back again today for MORE freakshakes 🤣
Sugar Factory, we love you! #FoundinMiami with Visit Miami.
I did a little interview about my travels with MightyGoods recently - check it out here:
Welcome to Miami 😄
Took a bit of a detour from my backpacking trip and flew up to Visita Miami yesterday to join Wanderlust Chloe for a few days! So happy to be reunited with one of my blogger besties in such a cool city.
Loving all the colourful beach huts on Miami Beach 😍 #FoundInMiami
NEW! Art I'd Love to See in Florence
A mini round-up of some of the highlights of Florence's art scene. What's missing from this list?
In collaboration with LUNGARNO COLLECTION Hotels Retreats Villas
#LungarnoCollection #GalleryHotelArt #sp
So... This was my morning 💜
OCTOBER TRAVEL ROUND UP
This was a particularly good one, so check it out!
Dia de Muertos is one of the most beautiful, most colourful, most special festivals I've ever witnessed.
Asides from all the fun and facepaint, what I really love is the way the festival looks at death: not as a tragedy but as an important part of life. Instead of mourning the departed, families head to the cemeteries and throw a party for them. There are colourful altars and offerings of the dead's favourite food. There's music and art and, from what I saw at least, a lot of laughter.
It's been an amazing few days and I'm so glad I finally got to experience this incredible festival!
I had SO much fun getting a Catrina style makeover for Dia de los Muertos. Might do it every day!
Yesterday I headed up to the Hierve el Agua outside of Oaxaca and it was BEAUTIFUL 😍
The "petrified waterfalls" are formed like stalactites. Mineral rich natural spring water leaves deposits of calcium behind to create this amazing frozen waterfall effect. At the top, there's a natural infinity pool you can swim in - with some of the most incredible views I've ever seen!
It was inevitable, really. Having been a fairly... reluctant travel blogger for a while now, it's not really surprising that I've found my grip on social media slipping during a month when I've had absolutely no responsibilities to post. Now that I'm travelling just for me - without a sponsored trip or "free" hotel stay in sight - I can't help but be a bit lax. [ 1,039 more word ]
Bit of an ode to Isla Ometepe - where I spent the last week of my time in Nicaragua and never wanted to leave! Poured a bit of heart into this post so I hope it captures exactly how I feel about that magical island!
Day of the Dead is almost here and Mexico City is getting ready! The Paseo Reforma is full of these brightly coloured skulls, all designed by different artists.
I'm so excited to experience #DiaDeLosMuertos here in Mexico 🇲🇽 Stay tuned for colour and culture overload for the next few days!
This week I'm taking over the Skyscanner Instagram account with photos from Day of the Dead in Mexico!! Make sure you're following - it's gonna be awesome! #VisitMexico
Welcome to Mexico City! I've switched countries again and now I'm back in Mexico for the next couple of weeks. Can't wait to explore more of one of my most favourite countries!
Spent most of the past two days running myself ragged across the city - and one of my favourite discoveries was this amazing open air exhibition on Paseo de la Reforma courtesy of the Museo de Arte Popular.
The crazy colourful monsters are known as Alebrijes. They're a cultural tradition of Mexico City originally dreamed up by the artist José Gómez Rosas. Supposedly if you find one that you're really drawn to, it means it's your guardian from the spirit world. Some of the sculptures were so detailed and I love how colourful they all were!
NEW!! Cute pictures of rescued animals at the Puerto Viejo Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation in Costa Rica.
Baby sloth overload... enjoy! #costarica
Check me out on Everyday Wanderer by Shutterbug Sage 😀
Hey hey hey 😁 There's still time to vote for me as your favourite travel blogger in the Asquith Adores Blog Awards. Voting closes on the 30th so get your votes in now!
I'M BACK!!! Sorry for disappearing. I've been staying in the jungle on Ometepe island in Lake Nicaragua at the AMAZING El Zopilote, Isla de Ometepe hostel. It's on an eco farm in the forest and the atmosphere was totally amazing - so I decided to embrace it, switch off, and take some time away from the blog for a while.
Waking up every morning to the shouts of howler monkeys in the trees nearby, and watching sunset behind one of the two volcanoes every evening. So many magical moments, like spotting a baby boa constrictor whilst kayaking along the river, swimming in the lake, eating chocolate at el pital Ometepe, and walking through a twinkling sea of fireflies after sunset.
Such a good week. So many words and pictures to come - but first, I'm flying to Mexico to catch up with a friend I made in Indonesia last year. Bring on the good times! #nicaragua
Spent a few days in colourful Granada this weekend. It's one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas and the city centre is full of brightly painted old buildings. So pretty!
NEW: 11 Best Backpacks for Female Travellers
Some of my favourite travel bloggers share their choice for the perfect backpacks for female travellers. Featuring Osprey Packs, Blacks Outdoor Retail, Mountain Warehouse and more!
What's your favourite backpack for travel? I want to hear your top tips!
NEW! My Week in Costa Rica
Come see exactly what I got up to in the land of pura vida 😁Such a fun trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways. Can we all go back now please?
#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon
Just had the BEST week in Leon - what an amazing start to my time in #Nicaragua 🇳🇮😄
I've climbed volcanoes (and boarded down them), I've beached, I've drank far too much rum, I've even danced salsa (sort of. Not really). Leon was awesome but it wouldn't have been half as awesome without Serendipity Hostels and Volcano Day. Making friends with locals and being shown the city and dragged onto the dance floor with them has made this week SO much fun 😄 My Spanish has even improved thanks to the gorgeous Claudia at Serendipity!
Already decided I'm coming back right here as soon as I can. Save a bed for me guys!
(None of this was sponsored btw.)
Yesterday I climbed not one but TWO active volcanoes! It's been the most incredible adventure....
I hiked up and boarded down Cerro Negro with Volcano Day (SO. MUCH. FUN 😄). Then hiked up Telica for sunset, looked down into the smoke and lava of the very active crater, and camped overnight in the middle of the most insane thunderstorm I've ever seen. This morning we woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise with campfire coffee before hiking back down and riding back into Leon for a well deserved beer!
It's been so much fun but also incredibly tough (and stinky 😂). I've just had the most amazing shower of my entire life and now I think I've earned a pretty humongous lunch...
Wahoo! My Arenal Volcano photo was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of their top instagrams from last month 😄
Taken on the #BACostaRica17 trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways!
"Once we take that step out of our comfort zone, something else happens: We open our hearts and minds to a destination; we throw down our guard; render ourselves vulnerable. We drop the ego."
Top tips for choosing the right backpack! Loving this fab infographic from St Christopher's Inns, which has input from a bunch of travel experts. What's YOUR favourite travel backpack?
Check out the full blog post here: https://www.st-christophers.co.uk/travel-tips/blogs/2017/a-backpackers-guide-to-buying-a-backpack
#stchostels #backpackguide #spon
NEW! A very special chocolate masterclass at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.
Come check out what I made for #NationalChocolateWeek 😊
NEW! 7 Reasons to Stay in San José - Why this should be more than just a stopover city!
Check out my favourite fun discoveries in the Costa Rican capital, with British Airways and Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board 😊
#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon