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!

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.

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.
Things to do in Lanzarote: Ultimate One Day Road Trip

Things to do in Lanzarote: Ultimate One Day Road Trip

Lanzarote
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Do you ever go on holiday, do a load of research on things to do and then suddenly realise that you've only got a couple of days left and spent most of the trip lying in the sun doing nothing much at all? Well that's exactly what I've done in Lanzarote and I have absolutely no regrets at all - I loved my week of relaxation! But there was a lot I wanted to see, so I decided to plan an ultimate Lanzarote road to see as much as possible in one day.
Santa’s Coming: What to Expect at Santa Pauli, Hamburg’s Kinky Christmas Market

Santa’s Coming: What to Expect at Santa Pauli, Hamburg’s Kinky …

Hamburg
It's no surprise that Germany is home to fabulous Christmas markets - they originated there after all! Whereas as most UK cities have just one Christmas market (often selling exactly the same thing in every city), many German cities have multiple markets. This is particularly true of Hamburg, where markets aren't the only thing happening in multiples. This December I took my mum on a girlie weekend to explore Hamburg's Christmas markets, in particular the Santa Pauli market A.K.A. Hamburg's kinky Christmas market. From willy trees to stripping Santa's, here's what to expect at Hamburg's kinky Christmas market.
Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Balkans
If, like me, you have an endless list of places that you want to visit but don’t fancy travelling long term and can’t take every other week off work, this itinerary is for you! I visited 6 countries in 17 days and managed to not feel rushed, tired or burnt out - although I did have to have a couple of early nights towards the end of the trip. It took a fair amount of planning but it all paid off and it didn’t cost the earth either. Starting in Istanbul, my boyfriend Billy and I headed across the Balkans and into Italy before flying back home.
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