5 Things That Surprised Me in Gran Canaria

5 Things That Surprised Me in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria
Last month I spent a week in Gran Canaria with my boyfriend and his family. The aim of the game was simply to relax: days around the pool, walks along the beach and a lot of barbecues! I soon realised that Gran Canaria had much more too it than I first thought, and was full of surprises. In honour of that, here are five things that surprised me the most.
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.

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.

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!
A Very Snowy Weekend In Vilnius

A Very Snowy Weekend In Vilnius

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!
What to Expect on the GR20

What to Expect on the GR20

Corsica
This post is about a trip from a while ago, 2 and a half years ago to be specific, but it feels important to include it on my blog because it's quite possibly the best holiday I've ever been on. Incase you haven't heard of the GR20, it's a two week hike along the 'backbone' of Corsica, most commonly walked from north to south. If you're thinking about hiking the GR20, or are considering an active holiday but aren't sure where to go, read on to find out what you can expect!
A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

Lanzarote
There is one particular activity that Billy and I make sure we never miss out on, and that is what we term the 'tapas trail'. This consists of walking from Billy's parents house in Las Coloradas along the winding sea path to Playa Blanca's Marina Rubicon, and then stopping off at various places in the marina for a plate or two of tapas and, of course, a glass of wine. When it comes to tapas, I am OBSESSED with garlic prawns, so I order these everywhere and use them to judge which restaurants are the best. Here are my favourite spots on the marina tapas trail, to serve as a guide on where to eat if you're ever in Playa Blanca.
Hong Kong: Things to Do (Part 2)

Hong Kong: Things to Do (Part 2)

Hong Kong
Let's pick up where we left off in part 1 of my Hong Kong itinerary, where I spoke about my first three days exploring Stanley, Central, the Zoological Gardens, Victoria Peak, Lantau, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and the night markets. Here's what I got up to on days 4 - 6 to give you even more suggestions of things to do in Hong Kong! 
Trekking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Trekking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

nce a year my dad and I make time for a hiking holiday together. Sometimes this is in the UK (Hadrian's Wall, The West Highland Way and Coast to Coast have been our favourites) and sometimes we venture further afield. Recently, we completed a 'best of' version of the Mont Blanc to Matterhorn trek where we enjoyed some quality daddy-daughter time. 
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