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!
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.
Foodie Doesn’t Equal Greedy: Why I Love Food

Foodie Doesn’t Equal Greedy: Why I Love Food

Leeds
We catch up with friends over food - whether that's updating each other on our lives over a long lunch or inviting the girls over for some home cooked food and a bottle of wine. Beautiful romances start with first dates over dinner, families celebrate birthdays, graduations and anniversaries in their favourite restaurants, whole communities come together to celebrate their heritage over traditional foods at carnivals and festivals.
Where A Year of Blogging Has Taken Me

Where A Year of Blogging Has Taken Me

Leeds
It's been a year since I published my first blog post on Adventures with Nell, so of course I had to write a little anniversary post. I know it's a bit of a cliché to write one of these posts, and it's even more of a cliché to say what I'm about to say, but it's so true and has to be done: I can't believe what a difference my blog has made to my life! So let me have this cliché and waffle on about how blogging has changed my life (if you read on you'll see that it has literally changed my life) over the last twelve months.
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.
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?
Welcome to Adventures with Nell

Welcome to Adventures with Nell

Welcome to Adventures with Nell and my first EVER blog post. I’m finally taking the plunge after wanting to start this blog for a very long time (we’re talking years), and to be honest with you I’m pretty terrified! So I’ll start with a little about me to get into the swing of things.
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