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North Coast 500, Scotland : 5 Stop Points You Need to Know

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Tongue, Scottish Highlands

For my birthday this year, David and I decided to tick one more item off our bucket list: Drive around the North Coast 500 in Scotland.

What’s the North Coast 500, you ask?

North Coast 500 (or simply NC500) is a 500-mile long route of stunning seaside scenery in the far north of Scotland. It’s nicknamed ‘Scotland’s Route 66’; it’s widely known as one of the top coastal road trips in the world; in fact, it’s been tipped as “the Best Road Trip in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler… you get the picture!

If you’re planning to take on the route, if you need some help planning the most epic road trip you’ll ever take in Europe, keep on reading because here are five stop points that I think you should check out along the way, plus a few tips we’ve gathered from the locals to help you make the most of your trip. Continue Reading

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5 WH Questions & Answers About : Seville, Spain

Words: Yours truly • Photos: David • Location: Metropol Parasol

It’s nuts to think that it’s only been a month since I was in Seville. It seems like a lifetime ago we were wandering and getting lost in the Sevillean streets yet I can almost still feel that Spanish sun beaming on my face…

As I’m gearing up to embark on yet another big birthday adventure (I went to Lisbon for my birthday last year – read about it!), which I no doubt will want to share about, I thought I’d better get my shit act together and start blogging again… and this time I’ll keep my promise. I promise.

So here you go, F I V E things you should know about Seville if you’re planning on visiting:

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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 ❤