A Beginner’s Guide to New York City

New York City. The Big Apple. The fast-paced, most intimidating city ever? Hi everyone! This week I am writing my posts from the Big Apple itself as I am here to check out a few colleges for next year, but in between campus visits and information sessions, I am exploring and enjoying this incredible city. Now I’ve been privileged enough to have travelled to New York City a few times, and anyone who has been to NYC knows that there are some tips and tricks to making your time more fun and the experience less intimidating. Sometimes I still get nervous that I’ll be trampled by sprinting busy people on the sidewalk or get lost in a lesser-known area. But, the city doesn’t have to be intimidating if you have the right mindset and a few tricks and tips up your sleeve. With a few adjustments to how you spend your time, you’ll be tackling the city like a local with no fear and all the confidence in the world. So today, I’m going to be sharing some tips for how to manage a trip to the Big Apple. Here is my beginner’s guide to New York City. I hope you all enjoy it and if you have comments or tips that I missed out, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section.

Fun Things to do in Johannesburg

I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of travelling, and I tend to chat a lot about the great places that I visit. What I often forget about, especially when I see how often I talk about overseas locations, is that there are tons of great things about the city I call home. In Johannesburg, there are great things to do and Johannesburg is a beautiful city because it happens to be a lovely mix of city and suburbia all decorated with green trees and jacaranda blossoms everywhere. I think it is just that when you live somewhere, you often forget about all the great things that are right in front of you because you take them for granted that they will always be there. Well, I’ve spent a lot of time away from home this year, and I think that distance has helped remind me that while the places I have been are great, there is still a lot of greatness in my own city that I forget about. So today, in honour of Joburg, I’d like to share with you all ten fun things to do in Joburg. Whether you are a tourist looking for things to do or a resident who has forgotten some of the great spots right around the corner, here is a little demo of some of the great things one can do in Johannesburg. I hope you enjoy it!

Tips for Exercising and Staying Healthy on Holiday

Whenever we go on holiday, all we are usually thinking about is how relaxing it is going to be. Our thoughts are often around all the great activities we can do, the great sites we might see and in general how fantastic it will be to escape from all thoughts of work and the mundane to have a fun and relaxing holiday. What I’m sure a lot of us usually don’t do though (if you do though, kudos to you and ignore this assumption I am making) is think about exercising on holiday or being healthy. Why on earth should we be healthy on holiday? Being health conscience in terms of food can be so restrictive, especially while travelling and you want to try all of the delicious meals available to you. Exercise can also seem so dull and unfun when compared to the other activities you would rather spend your time doing. I’ve been in that spot – where thinking about doing exercise and being healthy on holiday is the last thing on my mind – but over the years I have realised that it is incredibly important to do so. While it may not seem like the fun option, it is still the right option to continue to think about the importance of our health while we are on holiday, but before you cry about all the problems it will cause, give me one second. There are ways to exercise and stay healthy on holiday without losing out on all of the fun, it just takes a few tips to do it all right. You are on holiday, of course – you want to be doing fun and relaxing things you don’t usually get to do at home. So, if you would like some tips for exercising and staying healthy on holiday, then here you go. I hope you enjoy it.

How to Survive a Family Vacation

We all love the idea of going on vacation. It’s a chance to kick back and cleanse all of the work stress out of our bodies. It is the chance to finally take a deep breath out and just relax for once. You can revel in the fact that the hardest decision you will need to make is about what you feel like eating next. Family vacations can be even more fun in principle. It is an opportunity to spend time with your family in a relaxed environment, where you can all bond and have fun and make lots of special memories together. On paper, it all sounds perfect, but anyone who has been on a family vacation knows that sometimes it can be anything but perfect. Let me tell you the truth – perfect family vacations only exist on social media and in travel brochures. Even the most tight-knit family that gets along swimmingly won’t be 100% happy and picture-perfect on holiday. Things happen – people argue and fight, plans fall through, there are too many people, or the weather just has it out for you. Anything can happen that can turn your picture-perfect family vacation into something that seems more fitting in a horror show than a blow-up picture in a travel agency. Sometimes family vacations take a little hard work so that they are fun and relaxing for all. So, seeing as I am currently on holiday with my family (and boyfriend) in Croatia, I thought I might share some tips for how to survive a family vacation. If you’re interested, keep reading 🙂

Fun things to do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi everyone! Today I will be diving more into travel than I’ve done for a while, so I highly suggest you get comfy and be prepared for me to tickle your travelling taste buds. So, I have spent much of this year studying in different locations, but now it is time to kick back and exchange my jeans for a bikini and my sneakers for flip flops because I am on vacation! I’m currently travelling in Croatia with my boyfriend and family and let me tell you, pictures cannot capture how beautiful it is. I’ve been to Croatia once before, but don’t remember much as I was a lot younger. So, this trip I fully intend to go all-out in terms of touristing, and I would like to share some great things to try out if you ever find yourself in this part of Europe. Now I know that I haven’t done many travel blogs like this, but after spending a few days in Dubrovnik, I couldn’t not share all of what I have experienced, and what you should all think about doing if you are ever in Dubrovnik. If you are considering a trip to Croatia, specifically Dubrovnik, and don’t quite feel like buying a travel guide to see what you should do, then look no further. Today I will be sharing with you all a list of fun things you should definitely consider doing if you are in Dubrovnik Croatia. Interested? Then keep reading 🙂

How to Pack like a Pro

Oh, packing. The activity we all have to do whenever any sort of travel is on the horizon, yet somehow it causes a lot of stress and problems. A lot of people I know don’t enjoy packing because they are worried they will forget things, it stresses them out, or they don’t pack the right things and end up not enjoying their trip. Well, today I would like to put a stop to all bad packing experiences. Packing doesn’t have to be a headache so long as you approach it and do it the right way (as with most things I know, but this is an easy one I promise). I have spent a lot of time packing in the last 9 months due to my travelling, and it gets easier every time because I have tips and tricks to help me. Now those who are regular readers will know that I am quite organised and tend to stress a lot so something like packing would seem to be a stress-inducing activity right? Well, once I started using these tips, I haven’t found packing stressful at all and in fact, find it quite fun. So, if you aren’t a fan of packing or would simply like to get some tips, here are some suggestions for how to pack like a pro.

10 Reasons Why Amusement Parks Are Awesome!

There are so many fantastic ways to spend a holiday day or week, no matter where you are in the world. Each place offers unique activities, but something that most locations have in common is an amusement park. One of the best ways to spend a vacation day (or week) is to visit an amusement park, and there are hundreds of reasons why. There are the rides, the food, and what some people fail to realise is that amusement parks can be great fun even if you aren’t a kid anymore. If you are looking for an excuse to go to an amusement park, or can’t think why going to one would be a fantastic experience, then you have come to the right place. As a theme park lover and roller coaster addict, here are ten reasons why amusement parks are fantastic!

The Ultimate Pre-travel Process and Checklist

There are many things that one needs to do pre-travel to have a successful trip, but I know that this can sometimes seem like quite a lot to get done and you might not know what order to get it done in. The list mustn’t discourage you. That’s why today I wanted to go through, at least what I’ve found to be, the ultimate pre-travel process and checklist to ensure that you not only get everything done before your trip but also that you can do it in a non-stressful and systematic way. If you happen to be thinking about going on a trip, then I’d highly recommend you check out this list so that you get everything done and don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress.

How to Have a Savvy Safari Trip

Who of you has ever gone on safari? Or in other words, gone to the bush or on game drives. Just a heads up, I will be using those terms interchangeably throughout this blog post. You have been warned. Anyhow, if you have ever had the privilege of doing something along those lines, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is a truly unique and magical experience. If you haven’t, then I really hope you get the chance to in the future. Now going on one of these trips is absolutely fantastic, and living in a country where I can go on them quite often, I certainly take advantage of this. But, as with all trips, certain things just make it overall that much nicer, and seeing as though I am spending this weekend in the bush, I thought I’d share some tips with you. If you are looking to go to the bush, or are about to embark on a safari trip, then here are some tips for you that will help you have the best safari trip ever. I hope you enjoy it!

10 Tips for Visa Appointments

I know that I speak a lot about travel on this blog. From travelling tips with your significant other to managing time in airports or on long haul flights, but one thing that I have forgotten to mention about travelling is the visas. The most important part of travel, and yet it somehow seems to slip my mind about its importance. Visas are crucial to travel because unless you have a very powerful passport, you most likely will need a visa to enter and spend time in another country. The only issue is that the process for getting a visa is long, intricate, usually very annoying and frustrating and can end up seeming to be more hassle than it’s worth. Getting a visa requires specific planning to ensure that you get it in time for your trip, but also to ensure that the process itself goes smoothly. I recently had to get a visa and let me tell you; I could not be more thankful that that is over! It was just so long, and frustrating and tiring, and the whole process was enough of a mission that I could only take a deep breath out when I walked out of the embassy, my visa request approved. Wheewww! However, after surviving that experience, I realised that throughout the process, there are ways to make things go a lot smoother. If you’re curious to find out what these 10 tips, keep reading!