My First Solo Trip: A Slow Weekend in Devon

My First Solo Trip: A Slow Weekend in Devon

Devon
As I was throwing myself into a slightly different type of holiday (i.e. solo), I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to adjust my travel mindset. Instead of cramming as much in as possible in a bid to see, eat and drink everything the area had to offer, my main focus would be to rest, relax and do exactly what I felt like doing. I made no plans whatsoever and simply played it by ear.
A Slightly Girlie Guide to Hiking Kit Essentials

A Slightly Girlie Guide to Hiking Kit Essentials

Leeds
Walking holidays are only enjoyable if a) you're fit enough (it's no fun if you're struggling up hills and longing for the end of the day so that you can rest your legs) and b) you have the right kit. The right kit will literally mean the difference between a multi-day hike being a challenge or a holiday. Here are my hiking essentials.

Hi! I’m Ellen, also known as Nell. I’m a Leeds based blogger writing about the things I love most in life: travelling, eating, wine and general adventures.
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How to Have the Perfect Weekend in Southwold

How to Have the Perfect Weekend in Southwold

Southwold

Southwold holds many happy memories for me: as a kid I'd spend almost every October half term there on bike rides and in the arcade, and as a teenager weekends there would revolve around chasing boys and wangling invites to beach parties. Now as an adult (sort of!) I don't visit very often, but when I do I'm reminded of what a happy and wonderful place it is. Here's my guide to how to spend a weekend in Southwold.

Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Vilnius
I visited Vilnius in January, meaning that it was very, very, very cold. Much to my distaste (I realise sarcasm doesn't really come across in writing), this meant spending a lot of our weekend warming up with a cup of mulled wine or two. Luckily, Vilnius turned out to have loads of places that were cosy, friendly and served fantastic mulled wine.
My Blogging Journey So Far: 5 Months In

My Blogging Journey So Far: 5 Months In

Leeds
Can you believe it's been over 5 months since I launched Adventures with Nell?! It took about two years of saying that I wanted to start a blog to actually give it a go, mainly because I didn't know how to set it up, maintain it or what the hell I'd actually write about. To be completely honest I still have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm enjoying the steep learning curve and hugely excited to continue to develop my skills and my writing style.
Workshop: Headingley’s Most  Creative Cafe

Workshop: Headingley’s Most Creative Cafe

Leeds
My friend Aliss, owner of Workshop, is one of the most inspirational women I know - she is my ultimate role model and I’m so proud of her. She took the plunge and left her job as a designer to open her own business. She’s had to work unbelievably hard and make a hell of a lot of sacrifices, but she knew what she wanted and she went for it - what a woman! The result? Workshop. A gorgeous cafe, shop and creative space in the heart of Headingley.
My New Favourite Restaurant: Blue Sakura

My New Favourite Restaurant: Blue Sakura

Leeds
If you know me or have read my 'hunt for the best sushi in Leeds' blog post, you'll know that sushi is my favourite food, especially when I'm hungover. So when I saw that an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant was opening in Leeds, I literally squealed with excitement and eagerly awaited the next time that a hangover, a sushi craving and a bottomless appetite would grace my presence.
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

Helmsley
I never planned on writing a blog post solely reviewing the hotel, but we had such a lovely time here that I had to! So here it is.
Eating My Way Around Manchester

Eating My Way Around Manchester

Manchester
Despite Manchester only being an hour away from home, I pretty much know nothing about it. So when Billy whisked me away for the weekend to see Jersey Boys at the theatre (which was great by the way, definitely recommend!) I took the opportunity to experience the city in the best way I know how... via my taste buds.
Coping With Mental Illness Abroad

Coping With Mental Illness Abroad

Leeds
I don't write about mental health. It's not because I'm ashamed or embarrassed by my experiences of it, it's just that it's not something I want to write about - I'd much rather share exciting travel stories and wonderful food experiences with you. And although I've struggled with quite severe depression in the past, my mental health is, most of the time, not too bad. So why on earth am I writing about it now?
Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Vilnius
If you've read my most recent post, you'll already know that I spent my birthday weekend in Vilnius wandering snowy streets, eating constantly and drinking plenty of mulled wine. Having not done much research about Vilnius, I was surprised by how much there was to see and do, but also by the fantastic food scene. We ate a LOT on this trip, mainly because minus 11 is pretty cold so required plenty of stops to warm up! The below might look like a list of every single place I stopped, but honestly these are just the highlights!

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