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Welcome to the travel category, where you’ll find the bulk of the content on this blog. Scroll down to browse all travel content, or use the subcategories on the top menu to narrow down the posts. I hope you’ll find these posts useful, and that they’ll inspire you to visit somewhere new!

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 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.

Things to Do in Southwold: A Perfect Weekend From Pier to Pubs

Things to Do in Southwold: A Perfect Weekend From Pier to Pubs

Southwold
Located in Suffolk on the east coast of England, Southwold is a beautiful seaside town where time seems to have stopped. It's perfect for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or even a solo trip to sit on the beach with a good book and a glass of wine! There are loads of things to do in Southwold to help you have a relaxing weekend away: from Southwold Pier, to the beach, to the Lighthouse, to the many pubs in Southwold serving perfectly poured pints of Adnams.
Vilnius Bars: Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Vilnius Bars: Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Vilnius
I visited Vilnius in January, meaning that the temperature was well into the minus figures! As much as the combination of playing in snow and exploring a new city is a recipe for perfection in my eyes, there's only so long you can spend outside when it's minus 11 out there. Thank goodness for hot mulled wine and cosy Vilnius bars!
Workshop: The Most Creative Café in Leeds

Workshop: The Most Creative Café in Leeds

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.
Blue Sakura – The Best Sushi in Leeds?

Blue Sakura – The Best Sushi in Leeds?

Leeds
As I write this post I am completely and utterly content. I'm relaxing on my oh-so-comfy sofa in bunny PJs, with a stomach so full of sushi that I can hardly move. Sushi is my favourite food, so if I'm writing that somewhere does the best sushi in Leeds, I really have to mean it! Cue Blue Sakura, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in the arena quarter of Leeds. When I found out that such a place had opened, I eagerly awaited the next time that a hangover, a sushi craving and a bottomless appetite would grace my presence.
A Hotel Review of The Black Swan, Helmsley

A Hotel Review of The Black Swan, Helmsley

Helmsley
On a cold February weekend last year, my boyfriend Billy and I treated ourselves to a night away in Helmsley, a quaint market town in North Yorkshire. We had originally planned to book a last minute trip to somewhere in Eastern Europe, but I was struggling with a bout of anxiety at the time and getting on a flight to an unknown country felt too much. At just the right moment, and email from Yorkshire Food Guide popped into my inbox offering an overnight stay at the Black Swan, Helmsley, with dinner and breakfast included for just £179. Here's how it all panned out.
Eating My Way Around The Restaurants of Manchester

Eating My Way Around The Restaurants of 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.
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!
Things to Do in Vilnius: A Snowy Weekend in the G-spot of Europe

Things to Do in Vilnius: A Snowy Weekend in the G-spot of …

Vilnius
One of my favourite things about this trip was that I didn't do much research, so had no idea what to expect. This meant discovering lots of lovely surprises as we wandered around the snowy streets, and allowed us to experience our own version of Vilnius - although I realise that in a small city you're pretty much guaranteed to do the same things you'd have done if you'd read up on it!
The Man Behind The Curtain: A Review

The Man Behind The Curtain: A Review

Leeds
Before I get into this post I have to admit that I don't have many pictures to share. As it was a once in a lifetime kind of meal, I wanted to fully immerse myself in the experience rather than worry about getting the right shot of each of the 14 (yes, 14!!!) courses. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment.
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