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Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

Group Trips : 5 Steps to Organising the Perfect Getaway with Friends

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Oslo Opera House

(This one is coming to you a little bit later than I would’ve liked but better late than never, right? Right.)

About 10 days before D and I took off to Asia, we went on a little Bank Holiday trip with two of our dear friends, Asma and Mo of Jet Set Chick fame. We went to Norway, stayed in a beautiful Airbnb on the island of Tjøme, and had a brilliant time.

Now we rarely ever go on holidays with friends. We might have gone on holidays ‘to see friends’ but not often ‘with friends’, and from this trip, I picked up a few tips and tricks to organising a getaway with a group of people – and here they are. Continue Reading

Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

Answering My FAQs About : Homecoming

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Stewart Lane, Penang

If you’ve been following my activities on Instagram, you’d know that since my previous blog I’ve left the UK and travelled to five different countries; Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia where I am now… and like all my other homecoming trips, I had to make a pit-stop in Penang – after all, I’m half a Penangite!

Before I embarked on this (yet another) very eye-opening trip, a few people started asking me questions about my experience as a person living far away from their family… so I’ll be sharing all my answers this #TravelTuesday! Continue Reading

Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

Answering My FAQs About : Travel

Words & Photos: Yours truly • Location: Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro, Madrid

If you know me in person… Heck, if you’re even a little bit familiar with my blog, you’d know that I’m addicted to travel. And when you’re a travel addict, people have questions.

Whenever I share my travel plans with people IRL or over the internet, I almost always get asked the standard questions so I figured why not put all of these frequently-asked questions together in a blog post and answer them once and for all!

 

one “So… Do you work?”

I think this and “How do you afford it?” probably tie for the question I get asked the most.

The short answer is yes, I do work, and that’s how I afford it. Actually that’s a lie, while I do have a full-time job, I can afford all my travels because I’m very careful with my expenses (for the most part anyway) and the only luxuries in life that I really splurge on are clothes and travels. I don’t drink, smoke, or go on nights-out so that saves me a lot of money… because why get a hangover when you can have post-vacay blues instead, right?

 

 

two “Where are you staying?”

I’d say more than half the time I stay at Airbnbs. If you’ve never stayed at one before, you’re missing out. Big. Time.

Part of the reason why I can afford to go away so frequently is all thanks to Airbnb #nonspon — it’s seriously the best thing that’s ever happened to modern-day travelling. If you’re into meeting people, staying at places that reflect the locals’ way of life, truly ‘living’ in a foreign city even if it’s only a long weekend then I’d highly recommend it. On the other hand, if you just want all-inclusive, easy, hassle-free accommodation then I’d suggest you stick with traditional hotels… but I know which one I’d rather choose!

(You can use my Airbnb promo code now and get £25 off your first stay!)

 

 

three “You happy to be back?”

Of course! That sounded more sarcastic than I intended, but I am.

… the truth is : I’m one of those people who live to travel and travel to live. In order for me to keep exploring the world, I need to get my backside into work every day! Luckily I do enjoy what I do professionally, which makes life so much easier. So in short, I am always happy to come home after spending a little time away — because then I can start looking forward to the next trip!

 

By now you may be wondering “When is your next holiday?”… Well, the honest answer is I don’t know — do you count a family visit to Dublin as a holiday? If so, then Dublin later this month, otherwise Oslo in late-August with some of my fave people, including my fellow jet-setter and all-round cool chick Asma, from Jet Set Chick!

Do you also get asked a lot of repeated questions about your travels? Do you have any questions for me? Let me know down below!!

 

Oliver ❤

Chit-chats Lifestyle Travel Tuesday

What I Honestly Think Lisbon Is …

Words & Photos: Yours truly • Location: Everywhere in Lisbon

So, last week I went to Portugal to the first time… and if you’ve seen my Stories (follow me on Insta now!), you’d know that it was a brilliant trip.

Like with most places I go to, I always conclude the visit with a blog post composed of a few photos taken in and my thoughts about the city – and Lisbon is no different. So read on to find what I think Lisbon really is, and in my opinion, Lisbon is…

 

pricey.

Our Airbnb here cost more than the one we had in Rome, which (in my honest opinion) was nicer and had a good view over the trendy neighbourhood of Monti. Maybe I was just ignorant, or naïve, or a bit of both, but I just presumed that the price-point would be higher in the Italian capital. To give you a better idea of the cost of Lisbon, this was the only European getaway where we had to withdraw extra cash as far as I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong, there are way more expensive places to visit in Europe but I honestly didn’t expect Lisbon to be as expensive as it turned out to be.

 

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vibrant.

If there’s one thing that Lisbon lacks – it’s dullness, in every sense of the word. Lisbon is one of those cities where there’s life everywhere. In fact, life just spills into the streets every corner you turn and every hill you climb.

… but I honestly don’t believe that any photos you find on Google will ever do this city justice. And as much as I hate to sound cheesy, you really have to be there to fully appreciate it.

 

friendly.

In general, we found the locals to be welcoming, easy-going, and approachable – even to us non-Portuguese speakers.

Real talk tho: as with most things in life, there are exceptions – during our daily strolls around Alfama, we noticed quite a bit of hostility towards tourism in the form of graffiti and vandalism. One particular instance that stuck out to me the most was the quote “Tourism is human pollution.” spray-painted across a wall.

As a self-proclaimed wannabe-globetrotter, I honestly do not agree with that mentality at all but that’s a subject reserved for another occasion…

 

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Thanks for sitting through yet another #TravelTuesday post with me… there will be more photos from Lisbon at some point but I have something slightly different planned for my next blog entry, which I’m hoping will go live in the next couple of weekends.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts on Lisbon, and if you’re (thinking of) travelling there soon; I hope you’ve found my commentary somewhat useful. Until the next one, see ya!

 

Oliver ❤️

Chit-chats Fashion

Personal Style: 5 Tips for Finding Your Own

Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David

Growing up in Malaysia, I had no ideal what ‘personal style’ was… Heck! I didn’t even know that ‘style’ was a thing until a couple of years ago. For the looooongest time I just wore what I thought looked kind of decent, without actually knowing if it suited me… even though I like to think I’d always had an eye for it. Whatever ‘it’ is.

Having experimented with my personal style quite a bit – especially recently, having acquired my first piercing and changed up the same slicked-back hair I’d worn for years – I decided to share what I’ve learnt from my journey to finding my own personal style. Continue Reading