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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 ❤

Fashion

That Time I Wore My Ice-Watch in … Madrid

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

A few weeks ago, the Belgian brand Ice-Watch reached out to me and invited me to choose a timepiece from their Pierre Leclercq collection, and I wasted no time in jumping at the chance because it’s a brand well-known and well-loved by many — and because this collab came at just the right time for my trip to Madrid… Continue Reading

Fashion Outfits

Styling Oriental-Style Print : #OOTD in Lisbon

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Jardim Botanico Tropical, Belém

Let’s get the formality out of the way : if you’re reading this from the UK, happy Bank Holiday! Otherwise, I hope you’re having a terrific day nonetheless.

Now here’s a confession : I’m not very good at fashion-blogging when I travel. As in, I rarely ever blog about my travel outfits these days, but as it was my birthday trip, I felt I had to post at least one OOTD post from Portugal to remember what I wore – so here’s one I shot in Lisbon… more specifically, Belém.

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Music

Three K-Pop Bands to Look Out For … That’s Not BTS

Words & Photos: Yours truly

First things first, when I say K-Pop, I don’t mean Gangham Style(!) as there’s so much more to the genre than the 2012 viral hit! K-Pop is a unique genre of modern music that combines fashion, visuals, dance, and… well, music – so it’s not surprising that I’m into it. If you don’t believe that K-Pop a real thing that’s taking over the world, just take a look at BTS’s Billboard success; a number one on the World Albums chart and a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Again, there’s sooooo much more in the world of K-Pop than just BTS. In fact, far from it: here are three bands that I love that I think deserve more recognition. Continue Reading

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 ❤️