My Top Three Travel Destinations (So Far)

Tonight I’m going to give you all a slightly different post. This one isn’t about something (in particular) I have done very recently, but is instead a bit of information about the three places I visited so far which I have loved the most. These are my top 3 travel destinations.

You ready?

 

  1. Italy

So number one is of course Italy – but you already knew that since I’m constantly raving about the place. (Apart from Brindisi, which is to be avoided at all costs!). I’ve mostly been in Tuscany and Umbria so far, and spent a lot of time in the country and near the coast. I have however saw bits of some cities, mostly while travelling through, and I think Ancona is my favourite so far. I’m not sure what I love most… The food, the drink, the people, the weather, the buildings… I think it’s a combination. What I know for sure is that I’ll be back there next Summer for sure. Read more about my latest trip to Italy here.

 

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2.  Albania

Albania is a crazy place. It’s like Italy, but a third of the price to live in and next to no one speaks English – which combined with it’s really tricky language definitely makes things interesting! I love love love the coast of this country, and travelled all the way down it (and then back up because I didn’t want to leave!). My favourite place was Ksamil, but I also loved Dhermi…plus Himare’s pirate-themed bar is really, really cool (seriously). Plus it’s really easy to get to from Italy by ferry, meaning you can kill both metaphorical birds with the same plane ticket!

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3. Cuba

 

My third is a reminiscence back to my childhood, and the best 12th birthday I could have possibly had! It was coincidence my parents chose that week to go on holiday (it wasn’t for me) – but I am an only child, and not to brag…but there were dolphins.

Also it’s a really cool country – and beautiful. The people are so kind, and very, very skilled at making handcrafted items. Also the beaches are some of the most beautiful I have seen. I still have a beautiful huge shell a diver gave me on the beach when I was about 4 or 5 (the first time I went). Other keepsakes include a handcrafted wooden domino set, and a Cuba Magic Box (Google it, they’re so cool).

I also really need to dig out my old camera and get some photos of that trip on here!

 

 

I definitely want to visit all 3 of these places again in the not-too-distant (please) future. As well as this I want to go back to Mexico, and see more than just Cancun this time (though Cancun is not to be sniffed at!!).

 

What have been you favourite travel destinations so far?? Do you have any plans to go back? Please let me know in the comments!

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Maki 5* Gelateria, Fano – Best Gelato in Italy?

As promised in my last post, I said I would tell you all a bit more about THE MOST AMAZING GELATO.

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Theo and I, and his family, took a day trip to a town called Fano, in Umbria. We were going to the beach! However, before leaving, we read online that it was home to a 5 star gelateria – so naturally we had to go. It was Maki Gelateria Artigianale.

From the outside I’ll admit it’s nothing special, though it is on a pretty piazza. But as soon as you go inside…it’s amazing.

Check out some Trip Adviser reviews here if you want some other opinions!

There are so many flavours – some of them REALLY unusual…Beer flavoured ice cream, anyone?

It was delicious. I had 3 scoops, all slightly unusual, yet they all seemed to go so well together. Plus the flavours were so natural – none of the artificial stuff we had tried elsewhere.

I tried beer flavour, something which I think translates to superchocolate (basically like double chocolate x triple chocolate x chocolate explosion) and the last was yoghurt.

I honestly can’t wait to return to Italy just to go back there – Bring on 2017!

 

Stay tuned for my next post on the wild mountain ponies!

 

Have you been to Italy and tried some amazing gelato? Where were you and what were the flavours?

Let me know in the comments!

Italy in Autumn: Should you go? Definitely.

As promised in my third to last post, here is my full album of  photos from my October/November trip to Italy. We were in Umbria, and went to quite a few different places – more on some of them at a later point.

The pictures below include wild mountain horses, 5 star gelato, and of the course the obligatory travel-photo-out-of-the-window-with-the-plane-wings-and-clouds!

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Have you been to Italy? (in Autumn?) If so where?

Got any good photos to share?

Let me know in the comments!

Why I Moved My Blog To WordPress.org & (I think) You Should Too

I recently moved my blog from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org. Here are the reasons why (and why you should consider it too).

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After starting my blog back up a few weeks ago I had some very common blogger dilemmas… Should I stay on wordpress.com? Should I purchase my own domain? Who should I have host my site if I do?

I had no one what to do for the best…

So I have a long, hard Google search…as you do, and for what I hope to get out of my blog, came to the conclusion that moving to WordPress.org and purchasing the Forever Travel Bug domain was the best option. Also having found an amazing deal on hosting (with Bluehost) I decided to just go for it and see how it went.

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So far I’m loving it, and I’m going to tell you why.

  • The Possibilities are Endless. I honestly had no idea I could do so much with my blog. the level of customisation, the sheer amount of themes (free and paid) to choose from, not to mention plug ins.
  • So many plug ins. I know I haven’t even scratched the surface yet, but I have tried so many… Yoast & Jetpack are essentials, but there’s plug ins for social media sharing, backups, security, contact pages….everything under the sun. All of the star rated, and with full installation instruction. I’m so excited to take a more in depth look, and make a post about my favourites.
  • Between making my custom site beautiful and the help of plug ins, I can now seriously start contemplating monetising my blog in the future. This is near impossible on wordpress.com (unless you have a lot of traffic, and even then it’s not easy. Now I can place as many or few ads as I like, and choose myself what time. Also market affiliations now seem more viable. I’m so excited to start trying out different avenues of making a small revenue – maybe enough to cover hosting costs.
  • Which brings me to the matter of cost. A small set up fee (I think around $10), and then a small monthly thereafter (around $3), and I have my own site and domain fully controlled by me. I think it is so worth it. Plus to get the full potential from your blog you may feel you need this anyway, so you may as well get the features of wordpress.org too.

So is it worth the (small) fees, and the risk? … Well, I think so.

Do you? What platform is your site on? have you ever considered changing? let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Photos in this article are courtesy of WordPress.com & WordPress.org.

 

Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2016

My day at Edinburgh Oktoberfest 2016.

I can’t believe how few photos I took at Oktoberfest – but here are the ones i did (unedited, as I imagine you can tell).

See below: Theo and I, and our giant 2 pint beers (perhaps the reason so few photos exist…).

As you can see we had a lot of fun, especially later when it got busier and we started joining in with the sing-a-longs (YMCA among them)…

We also befriended two Irish guys – one of which was lovely enough to buy me one of those bright green Oktoberfest hats…which I proceeded to prance about in Edinburgh wearing for the rest of the day…

The music wasn’t quite what we expected, but we came round to it after a while and had a lot of fun! 11 pounds per drink was a bit mad too, so I don’t know if we’d do it again in a hurry… But hey ho, we had fun and that’s what counts. And being honest we’ll probably do it again next, year because we’re not one’s to learn…

Have you ever been to Oktoberfest? If so where? And what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Travel Blog: I’m going to Italy!

Want to hear all about my next trip? Well search no further…

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It’s official guys, I’m going on another trip!

For the second time in just over a year Theo and I are adventuring back to Italy! We leave on the 20th and come back on the 29th (just in time for our friend’s Halloween themed engagement party!).

It’s going to be amazing, and fingers crossed…the perfect temperature for me. (As much as I love it… my Scottish blood can’t handle the heat).

To celebrate… I’ve included a photo from my last trip to show you what there is to look forward to. This is a photo I took at sunset sailing from Ancona to Durress.

Have you ever been to Italy? Do you want to go? (I bet you do!). Want to read a little more about what it’s like there? I suggest this for anyone who wants to visit Italy, and wants to find out more!

So I will be posting about this (with lots of photos of course!) probably at the start of next month.

However there is so much more to look forward to before then…

Edinburgh Oktoberfest is tomorrow, so I will definitely be posting about that ASAP (I’M SO EXCITED – can you tell??).

Have you been to Oktoberfest? If so, where? Let me know in the comments!

Travel Blog: My Heading Photo explained

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This is my personal favourite of photographs I have taken. This was the first real foreign holiday of my adult life, and the exact spot it was taken from was my favourite place.

This was a little town on the Albanian coast, called Ksamil (or Kas-mal depending who you ask….but that’s another story). After a long, warm and eventful journey down the entire coastline of a country where the native language was one of the most difficult to pick up (even the basics) I have encountered, and people fluent in English were rare as unicorns, we arrived in the beautiful, sunny piece of heaven.

And despite not knowing anything about the place, we managed to find the best beach as soon as we arrived! The man who ran our first hotel there advised a different beach, but ours was better. It was large, and mostly empty, and right behind us was an amazing beach bar – playing a Lost Frequencies song which was the only one I recognised the entire time we were there.

And the people at the bar were fab too! After some conversational difficulty I managed to get myself a cocktail (or as they called it Vodka Redbull, though there was many more ingredients) – I didn’t know it as the time but a man was sent shopping for a bottle of Absolut just for me!

But I diverge…

Back to the beach it was clear and blue, we took out a pedalo once, and Theo had a shot on something which I can best describe as an inflatable bicycle… (and I can only describe his attempt as floundering).

This was also very close to the scene of my ‘animal attack’… Which I will come back to it a later post.

Have you ever been to Albania, or found a similarly perfect place on your travels? Let me know in the comments!

 

New Blog…

An explanation of what my new blog will be all about. Want to know more…?

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And so it begins…

I’ve been thinking about starting a new blog for a while now…but I didn’t know what to say, or even what to say it about.

Everyone always says to choose something you’re passionate about (maybe that’s why I’ve never stuck to one of my previous attempts?), and that is what I’m going to do.

I love to travel! I love going new places and re-visiting old, be it 10 miles away or 10000.

So I’m going to document the rest of my final Uni year…and tell you a bit about my past travels, as well as the ones still to come this year. Oktoberfest this weekend! I will have lots of photos to share!

And come next summer… I’m going to take you on a life-long journey with me!