Getting Itchy Feet? Virtual Travel Experiences to Keep You Entertained During Lockdown

Getting Itchy Feet? Virtual Travel Experiences to Keep You Entertained During Lockdown

Leeds
I started this blog post by researching virtual travel experiences across loads of different websites, watching videos to see what was out there and compiling a big old list. And then I realised that actually, good old Google seems to be pretty much all you need to travel across the globe from your armchair. Honestly, Google has virtual travel down! Google Earth has vastly improved since it's early days, and Google Arts and Culture lets you visit museums, art galleries, famous landmarks and even national parks.
Staying Positive During Coronavirus – Positivity Journaling

Staying Positive During Coronavirus – Positivity Journaling

Leeds
In my last blog post about looking after your mental health during Coronavirus, I mentioned that I've been finding journaling helpful in maintaining my mental health over the last couple of weeks and staying positive during Coronavirus. In particular, I said that when I'm feeling anxious or stressed I use one page of my journal to list the things that are bothering me, and the opposite page to list two positives for every negative. If you look after your own mental health and work on remaining positive during Coronavirus, you'll be able to pass the positivity on to other people and it will spread to those who need it even more than you do.

Hi, I'm Nell. I’m a Leeds based travel blogger creating content to inspire you to make the most of your weekends, limited annual leave and hard-earned cash by writing about part-time, mid-budget travel. Here you'll find posts about city breaks, hiking trips and tales of food and wine.

10 Things to Do at Home During Coronavirus – Making the Most of Lockdown

10 Things to Do at Home During Coronavirus – Making the Most of Lockdown

Leeds
I'm jumping on the bandwagon a bit here with a 'things to do at home during Coronavirus lockdown' post, but the more ideas out there the better in my opinion! In the current climate, staying home is the best thing that you can do for the health of the country (unless of course you are a key worker, thank you guys for keeping the country running!). So why not shift that mindset from 'I'm not allowed outside' to 'I get to stay home with a nice cup of tea' and make the most of your time? Try to see it as a positive: not only are you pretty much saving the world just by staying at home, but you have so much time to do things you might not usually have the chance to do!
How to Look After Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

How to Look After Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

Leeds
It's not an easy time for anyone right now! Regardless of whether or not you struggle with your mental health, most people must be experiencing some level of anxiety and low mood right now. I'm by no means an expert in mental health, but I do feel like I'm handling the current Coronavirus situation better than I expected, and far better than I would have done a year or two ago.
Self-Isolating? Give Yourself a Break and Have a Holiday at Home

Self-Isolating? Give Yourself a Break and Have a Holiday at Home

leeds
It's pretty hard to think of something to write about when your blog content is pretty much all travel, and none of us can travel at the moment! I'm going to keep creating travel content ready for when things are back to normal, but in the mean time I thought it might be nice if we all had a holiday at home. Have I gone mad? Probably. Is it possible to enjoy self-isolation and change your mindset so that you can have a holiday without leaving the house? I reckon so!
15 Travel Destinations for a Cheap European City Break

15 Travel Destinations for a Cheap European City Break

Europe
Friends and family often come to me with the question: "I want to book to cheap European city break, where should I go?" They want somewhere that's easy to get to, includes a bit of culture & history, has plenty of tasty food and nice wine, and is perfect for a weekend of exploring on foot. The reason they ask me for advice is that this is exactly my travel style - I'm not a backpacker, a luxury traveller or a super-budget travel. I'm just your standard budget to mid-range weekend traveller who likes to have a drink along the way!
A Guide to The Best Restaurants in Wroclaw

A Guide to The Best Restaurants in Wroclaw

Wroclaw
I'm getting a little obsessed with Poland! This may have only been my fourth trip, but I'm falling more in love with the country every time I visit and I can't wait to return. The colourful rows of buildings, the cute Old Town centres, the friendly locals, the hearty comfort food and the cheap drinks make it the perfect destination in my eyes. My most recent trip took me to beautiful Wroclaw, where I spent the weekend non-stop eating and drinking. Based on my experience, here are the best restaurants in Wroclaw - mostly focused on the best pierogi!
The 12 Best Coffee Shops in Leeds

The 12 Best Coffee Shops in Leeds

Leeds
Since I've started working for myself, and like many others who are self-employed, I've started frequenting Leeds' coffee shops and cafés a lot more. I put a fair amount of thought into which of Leeds' coffee shops and cafés I visit - if you've read any of my foodie posts before or are aware of my business, Leeds Food Tours (no apologies for the shameless plug), you'll know that supporting small, independent businesses is high on my agenda. As a result, you're unlikely to find me in a Starbucks, Costa or Caffè Nero. Here's my thoughts on Leeds' best coffee shops and cafés, based in the city centre.
Harome from Home: The Luxurious Pheasant Hotel

Harome from Home: The Luxurious Pheasant Hotel

Harome
When you arrive at a hotel and, before you even set foot inside, you're greeted by the softest, most angelic puppy, you know it's meant to be! Well this is how my overnight stay at The Pheasant Hotel in Harome began, and the joy that I felt in meeting that puppy certainly set a precedent for how the rest of my stay would be.
All Killer, No Filler: The Star Inn at Harome

All Killer, No Filler: The Star Inn at Harome

Harome
I'd wanted to dine at The Star Inn at Harome ever since I'd popped in for a glass of wine and a Yorkshire pudding snack - the best snack I've ever eaten, with the richest, stickiest, and most divine gravy poured on top - during a weekend trip to nearby Helmsley. I knew they offered a tasting menu, and if their Yorkshire pudding and gravy were anything to go by, it would be absolutely mind blowing.

Having now experienced the tasting menu, I can confirm that it's truly outstanding. I'd even go as far as saying it's the best meal I've ever had! So here's my review of our meal at The Star Inn at Harome.

What I’ve Learnt on My Travels Through the Balkans

What I’ve Learnt on My Travels Through the Balkans

Leeds
Despite being a travel blogger, two and a half weeks is the longest I’ve travelled for. Most of my travel involves long weekends to a new city, and I'm happy with that! I love working hard and then taking a couple of days off to explore somewhere new whilst eating all of the food and drinking all of the wine. This means that my seventeen day trip from Istanbul to Venice through the Balkans was a rather long and exotic trip for me, and therefore full of both memories and learnings. Not just learnings about the individual destinations that I visited, but also about my travel style and how I want to shape my travel going forward.
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