It’s My Blogs FIRST Birthday!

So here’s how much I was paying attention, I swore this was next month, but no I was wrong it’s now, which means it has been a year since I decided to start this baby up!

I guess I wanted to make this post about what blogging has taught me after a year and how I feel about it, how my blog has changed and progressed and yeah. I guess, honestly for the first 10 months of this blog I was very inconsistent, I didn’t post regularly and it wasn’t something I made time for, but after a rather long train journey over Easter long weekend, I sat there a I thought about what I wanted from it, if I wanted to continue and what direction I wanted this blog to be.  At that point I was really only writing travel related stuff but I was looking ahead into the furture and while yes now I am travelling and have been for 6 weeks, eventually, once I’m back in Aus I’m going to run out of content and to be honest, I didn’t want this to just be a travel blog even though that’s why I started this. When I started it, I really only had the intentions of this being for my Mum and my Grandparents to read so they could keep up with our adventures, but as I thought more and more about it, I wanted this to become something else. So on that train journey, I made the decision to do a 30 Day Blogging Challenge  and if I kept up with that, and if I enjoyed it then I would make the move to blogging about my life, what products I enjoy and just general lifetsyle topics. Once I started that I realised how much more motivated I was to come on here and how much I enjoyed it. I started joining groups on Facebook, I even created a Twitter account (which isn’t something I’ve had since my hardcore 1D fan days in 2012) and I’ve even found myself in an amazing Whatsapp group with a whole heap of super amazing and helpful bloggers!

I’ve found myslef learning new skills, learning how to use photoshop, actually taking my camera out and wanting to photograph things, I want to create content that people want to read and that people find useful or motivating or just enjoy. I wanted to create a space where people could feel like they could come and someone would understand, and I’m not scared to write about my anxiety or anything else I have going on in life because I want others to know they’re not alone, and yes, while right now, my blog is essenitally all travel posts, that’s because I am away, I am travelling and that’s what’s going on in my life right now, when I get back to Aus and I am back at uni, it’s probably going to change a little bit but thats okay because it’s my blog.

I keep reading so many things online and they all say “in order to have a successful blog you need to find your neiche, you need to have one thing” and for so long I believed that, but and I think this is the most important thing I’ve learnt, is that it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. I think when it comes to bloggin you get what you put in, the more effort, the more hours you spend, the more you’ll get back but in the end unless you’re trying to make a living from it, numbers and just number and you can get so much more from it than that, you can find yourself in such an amazing community full of people and so far I think that’s what my favourite thing about blogging is.

So happy first birthday to this little baby of mine! Let’s see what the next year of being together holds!

 

Day Trip to Capri

Hey Guys,

Back again, this time with some information for about a day trip to Capri from the Amalfi Coast. Heads up, there’s a ferry from Positano and it will be easier than doing what we did and heading into Sorrento, but alas travelling is all about learning!

Let’s hope you start your day trip off to Capri on a better note than we did, I was dead sure that we were going on a Wednesday, but on the Tuesday, luckily I woke early and was up and doing stuff and then about 8am I got back into bed and saw the prepaid ferry tickets next to it and I just had this feeling. Looking at the tickets, I was right we were meant to be going that day and had to be on the bus into Sorrento at 8:30, my boyfriend was still fast asleep and so I had to wake up, get dressed and be out of the door within 10 minutes. Anyway, long story short we made it into Sorrento for our 10:45am ferry with literally like 20 minutes to spare because the traffic was so heavy it took so much longer than it was meant to getting in. What we didn’t realise and perhaps was scared of, was that buying tickets on the day seemed to be an alright thing to do, we prepaid for ours out of fear that it would sell out and we wouldn’t be able to go. Maybe in the height of the Summer season, it would be a good idea but for this time of year (early June) it didn’t seem necessary.

The ferries are fast, it take’s around 25ish minutes to get to Capri from Sorrento, but it’s not a smooth ride, it’s rough and they do roll around a bit, these boats are built for speed, not a leisurely cruise, so if you get sea sick take some tablets beforehand!

 

Pulling into Capri, you’re greeted with a sight of colourful buildings, bright blue oceans and so many people, I honestly can’t imagine what it is like in the height of summer. Moving onwards to the next mistake we made, walking up to the town from Marina Grande. Don’t do it, just take the Funicular or the bus, it’s literally just 20 minutes of steep stairs and incline walking. It’s not fun and you’ll no longer look cute enough to take photos of yourself there. That walk was brutal it was hot and I’m unfit and I almost died, not to mention our morning was so rushed we hadn’t eaten or had any coffee so I was barely a human at the end of it, which meant the first thing we did was find a little restaurant to have some food and get some caffeine into our system. We settled on . what was probably Capri’s cheapest place to eat, I think we ended up spending about €50 on two pizzas, three espressos and a coke, be prepared for the inflated prices of Capri. We had about 6.5 hours between when we arrived and when the ferry we had booked home was and so we decided to take one of the tours around the island, where they show you tbe grottos and whatnot. Capri is famous for its Blue Grotto which I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of, however if you’re interested in going inside it make sure you check what the tides are like before you head over because the day we were there the tides were too high and you couldn’t get in. From what I heard, the day’s that it is open, if you’re on a tour you will sit there for at least an hour while everyone goes in and out so just be prepared for that.

 

Walking around the main town of Capri, you realise it’s set up for the rich, deisgner shops and exclusive hotels everywhere, waiters dressed head to toe in proper uniform’s which inculde matching shoes. It really is such a lovely city to just walk around and enjoy for what it is.

By about 4pm we were done and exhausted, however, our ferry back to Sorrento wasn’t until about 6:30pm so I thought I’d try our luck and head to the ticket booth and see if we could change our ferry for on that was about to leave, and luckily enough the nice man at the SNAV ticket counter let us exchange our ticket for an eariler ferry and we were off back into Sorrento.

Capri

So here’s the thing, Capri is beautiful but unless you’re staying on the island you’re probably going to need less time there than you think. Depending on whether or not the Blue Grotto is open and you do a boat tour you’ll really only need 4 hours there no longer, unless you’re up for some seriously expensive shopping! Which unfortuntely my bank account and I were not! There are other parts to the island, and they have buses that run all over Capri and Anacapri so there is more to do there than just what we did, however, we just wanted a day of chilling, seeing some things and swimming and to be honest the water was so rough that even at the beaches you really couldn’t swim and just chill which was slightly disappointing.

Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Dubrovnik

Hey guys!

So, I’ve spent the last 6 days chilling on the Amalfi Coast, it’s been amazing but let’s start by saying, getting here from Dubrovnik was a long journey and if I could replan this journey I would. Heres the thing, we left Dubrovnik on the ferry at 10pm, but we had to be at the port 2 hours earlier for boarding and immigration check so really our journey started at 8pm and we did not arrive into Praiano until 6pm the next day so I mean really in the time it took to get from Croatia to this side of Italy we could’ve flown back to Australia, which is absolutely crazy when you think about it.

Let’s start with the ferry, so you need to be there 2 hours before departure but you also need to make sure you have picked your tickets up from the Jadrolinija office before boarding, which I actually didn’t know until a friend told me because she had done the crossing between Bari and Dubrovnik last year. Luckily in Dubrovnik, the office is literally across the road, however, apparently from what she said, in Bari, it’s not close so just make sure you’re prepared and just pick your tickets up as early as you can to give yourself enough time. Jadrolinija overnight ferries give you the option of getting a cabin. Do it, spend the slightly more amount of money for the cabin your journey will be so much better, I’m so glad we went with the cabin option. However, if you don’t want to you can buy a deck ticket which is obviously cheaper and you can just hang in the bar, the seats are relatively comfortable but unless you get one of the lounges you’ll be stuck sitting up because all the single seats have armrests and you can’t lay across them.

Here’s the thing about the ferry, no one tells you anything. You just get on and get your room key and sleep, you have no idea what’s going on so when we got to Bari we had no idea what time we had to give the key back or how and where you get off from and you really can’t understand what is being said over the loudspeaker, it’s just a muffled mess and so we just followed people. Essentially though, you can give your room key back as you’re leaving the ferry, you exit via the doors at the reception on to the bottom deck, the same way you come in and follow the crowds into immigration, it was so simple, but also try to be one of the first off or you’ll be spending a long time in that immigration line.

From the port, in Bari, you can get the local bus, line 20 into the main train station which I think costs 1€ but I’m not sure the driver just let us on for free, which I mean is great but we also offered to pay? Anyway from Bari we got a Flixbus to Naples. I booked the 9:30am bus which left 1.5 hours after the ferry docked in port, which is enough time, if like I said you’re at the front of the line through immigration. The bus stop is literally on the other side of the train station, so just take the underground walkway through to the other side and it’s right there, so easy!

The bus takes about 3.5ish hours and drops you off right at Garibaldi Station, which is the main train station in Naples and where we had to get our train to Salerno from. This is the part I would do differently, so here’s the thing, from Naples, getting to the Amalfi Coast you really need to either go via Sorrento or Salerno. Take a look at where you’re staying and then decide which one you go to and use Amalfi as your middle point. For example, say you’re staying on the Positano side of Amalfi, you’ll want to go Naples – Sorrento – Positano but say you’re staying somewhere like Maiori on the other side of Amalfi you’ll want to go via Salerno.

This is where I messed up, I booked the train from Naples to Salerno and we are staying in this little town called Praiano (literally the town next to Positano but so much quiter and less people) which is on the Positano side of Amalfi, which meant we had to swap buses at Amalfi which honestly added like an extra couple of hours to our trip, whereas if we had just gone into Sorrento we could’ve just stayed on the one bus (The SITA buses run up and down the entire Amalfi Coast pretty much all day, just make sure you’ve prebought a ticket from a newsagency or shop before you get on, it’s the cheapest way to travel bewteen cities 2.40€ for a oneway ticket) and it would’ve driven us right into the little town we’re staying in and would’ve taken literally 2 hours off the trip.

OR you could fly from Dubrovnik to Naples which takes an hour and essentially costs pretty much the same as the ferry, maybe slightly more once you add checked luggage etc and go from there. I went with the ferry because I hate airports, they stress me out and my main goal for this trip was to avoid them altogether which we have except for Pula to Zadar but that was like two of the smallest airports ever and much more simple than most airports!

Anyway guys, here’s how we got from Dubrovnik to Praiano, it was most definitely an adventure.

May Monthly Faves!

Hi guys! I’m back again for another monthly faves post! This month I don’t have much to talk about because I’m currently travelling and so I’m not using really anything new or that I haven’t talked about before, but I do have some things! You’ll also have to excuse the lighting in the photos, they’re quick ones I’ve snapped on my phone!

Skincare

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – This is actually my second bottle of it this month, I started off with the tropical scented one and I liked that one more, but they’re exactly the same and my current saving grace when it comes to my hair!
  • Original Source Body Lotion – so Lachy and I only ever use the body wash from this brand and I love them because they smell amazing, however, I’ve never used this body lotion before and it’s my new fave! It’s really the most hydrating lotion I have ever used, my legs/arms are honestly looking so much more hydrated from this and it works almost instantly. You’ll literally feel the difference as soon as the stuff dries into the skin, it’s amazing. The sad thing is, I’ve looked on Australian shopping websites and I’m not sure if I can get it there ahhhh someone send me a box of it please!
  •  Body Shop White Musk fragrance – this fragrance is light and summery and it’s exactly what I wanted for our holiday!
  • And lastly is the makeup bag I bought from Oliver Bonus – I love it, just think it’s adorable! It’s also huge so it fits all my skincare products and makeup brushes in there, super handy

Books

So I’ve had a lot of time to read this month which has been nice, but so far the two books I have loved the most are:

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman – This book will have you reading just to find out what happened to Eleanor. It takes you on a journey through her realising that having people in your life is okay and it really goes into the best and the worst of humankind. I loved this so much and was actually really sad to finish it,
  • A Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood – So this book has been made into a series which I haven’t seen but did make me want to pick it up and so when I saw it at the checkout of Daunt Books I just had to add it to my collection, and oh my does it have me captivated. I am yet to finish this book but it’s so interesting to read about a lifestyle that could very well be real but so different from the one I lead myself and these women who were used to living life the way we live today to be thrown into a new lifestyle where their worth in society is based entirely on their ability to have children. As soon as I finish this, I’m going to suss out the series!

And that my friends, is all I have for this months monthly faves. June’s monthly faves will probably be similar in what I have because I am still travelling, but all should return to normal in July when I am back in Australia!

 

 

Topdeck – Dubrovnik Dreams Review

Rightio Guys,

I’ve been MIA for a little while and that’s because I’ve been sailing the Adriatic Sea on a Topdeck tour. Lazing around in the sun, cruising island to island on one of the oldest boats still working in the Adriatic, Petrina, she is 130 years old, which is quite cool when you think about it.

Petrina

We were the first tour out for the season which meant we had weren’t a full boat and we did have three “shadow leaders” (essentially they were in training) on our boat, there were about 24 of us including the tour leader and shadow leaders. I honestly can’t imagine what those boats are like at the height of the season with like 35 people on board, it must be crazy.

Starting in Dubrovnik, the first island you head to is Mljet which you have the option to do a walk through the national park, we decided not to because we had already done Plitvice and Krka and Gemma said really it doesn’t compare to those so there’s no point. The town itself is quite small and not much to see so we headed round to a little cafe and grabbed ourselves a beer and just chilled out until it was time for dinner. The one thing I will say about this tour was the food, we were provided with breakfast and lunch every day (Inc in price) with the option of two onboard dinners at an additional cost of 150kn each (about £17ish) but the food was always amazing. The first night was just the onboard dinner and then a few drinks and drinking games not much else.

The second day we cruised into Markaska, which was just beautiful, we had a few hours of free time before heading out to dinner as a group to a restaurant called Riva – which obviously have some sort of deal with Topdeck as do most places they take you on the tour. The food was good, probably slightly overpriced for what it was but yeah. That night was the pirate party and let me start by saying this, I am not a partier, I could count the number of times I went out in the last two years on one hand, I much prefer drinking at a pub or at home or something and so Lachy and I lasted about half an hour before we ditched the clubs and went and got some food (a reoccurring theme throughout the week). However, the place we went to get food, honestly, the burger I had was the most amazingly fresh chicken burger and it was actually more enjoyable than the fancy dinner.

Markaska

Our next day had us sail into Omis briefly for a swim stop and so we could head out to our ziplining (an optional extra activity 400kn each). Don’t let the price put you off, it was definitely worth it, as someone who is terrified of heights I manned up and actually found myself volunteering to go first in my group, mostly to get it over with and after the initial shock of hurtling over nothing at 70-80km it was kind of nice,  I did find myself shaking as I got off the first line but really I got better over the next 7, Lachy and I even got to do one together which was really fun! After the zip lining, we got a bus to meet the boat which had now docked in Split. I think the group did a little walk around the city and had some drinks but Lachy and I chose to spend the afternoon/evening on our own exploring as we went and we ended up finding this amazing little family run restaurant called “Kod Sfinge Vaneuropske”. The Grandmother who owned the place was sitting outside when we came to look at the menu and she was so sweet we decided that we would eat here, the waitress, which I think was the granddaughter was so sweet and when we couldn’t decide on a starter she said we could get half serves of the ones we wanted so it wasn’t too much food and we could try everything! EVERYONE I mean everyone if you’re in Split it’s worth going here for just the truffle salami itself! That was amazing.

The next day we headed into Hvar which is another huge party night, I was calling it the Ios of Croatia and yeah that’s essentially what it is. We spent our afternoon walking up to the fortress for the view but to be honest I think the view as you’re pulling into the port on a boat is better. Hvar is also famous for its lavender fields, which means there is so much lavender throughout the place, they even have lavender gelato, it’s such a pretty colour and it tastes like I think the best way to describe it, is that it tastes like lavender smells.  Later in the afternoon we headed to Hula Hula bar which is a beachside bar where you can swim and whatnot, the drinks are kinda expensive, but also European free pour means that your mojito will be 90% rum and 10% everything else so like buy one and you’ll be drunk, as we all were when we left two hours later and headed to dinner! Later in the evening we all we to Kiva bar where we were provided with free shots (to be honest, everywhere Topdeck takes you you’ll most likely be given a free shot). Moving on to the next bar, which for the life of me I can’t remember the name of but they did do an amazing espresso martini, however, Lachy and I lasted one drink before ditching the group and heading back to the boat for bed.

The next day we headed to my favourite island, Korcula. It was absolutely beautiful and had the relaxed, chilled out vibe that we love. We sat in a cafe for 2 hours just looking at the crystal clear waters drinking coffee and just relaxing. That night we all went for a group dinner and had a traditional Croatian meal called Peka, which is a baked dish which can either be meat or seafood, we had a meat one with pork, chicken and veal, it was amazing, the meal also included a glass of wine or a beer which actually ended up making it quite a cheap dinner! That night everyone went out drinking but Lachy and I just ended up walking around the city, getting some gelato and just chilling on the beach because as I said we really don’t go out partying an awful lot and just wanted to chill out for a bit just the two of us.

The following day we headed to an even smaller island called Sipan, there really isn’t much there but a few restaurants, cafes and bars, so we spent our afternoon just hanging out at a cafe with an iced coffee because man it was hot! Before heading back to the boat for the Captains dinner, which was again, like all meals we had on the boat amazing, dinner was Pasticada, which is beef with gnocchi and it was delicious (you can also get this at the restaurant I mentioned above in Split, it looked amazing!) Sipan also provided one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen!

And now we’re on to the last day which we ended back in Dubrovnik! There were two optional extras for Dubrovnik which were sea kayaking or a Game of Thrones walking tour. We did the sea kayaking and yes it was really good, but oh my gosh I’ve never kayaked before and this was not easy. The kayaking went out and around an island and back it was 7.5km total and took us 3 hours, it’s been two days and my arms are still sore! Later in the evening, Gemma had organised a last group dinner, which she was kind enough to organise as an early dinner so Lachy and I could come because we actually had to be on our ferry that night which meant we were leaving earlier than everybody else.

Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik

Overall, I did enjoy the tour, this was my second sailing tour with Topdeck and it was interesting to see the difference between this one and the Greece one I did last year. I don’t think you’ll find me on another tour really ever again and there are a couple of reasons, one being, on this boat and same with Greece, the rooms had no air-conditioning, it was incredibly hard to sleep, like almost impossible. I even resorted to taking my super strong antihistamines, that literally knock me out for 10 hours just so I could get a decent nights sleep. Another reason is really the pressure to drink and go out, I don’t mind a drink but I’m just really not the going out and partying type, like drinking on the boat outside just chilling with some good music, but small clubs full of people just not for me.

Also a huge shoutout to our tour leader Gemma, she was honestly amazing and none of the pressure to party or anything came from her, she actually gave us recommendations of things to do instead when we said we were gonna pass on some of the nights out. She knew so much about every place we went to and put so much effort into making sure everyone was having a good time and just genuinely seemed to care.

The Anxiety of Self Promotion

Just a quick post today, about something I really struggle with and honestly any advice anyone has to deal with this would be amazing.

They say in order to create a successful blog you need to promote it, here’s the thing though what happens, if like me you have such high anxiety about what people would think. It’s almost like I don’t want people I know to know about this blog in case they judge me or they make fun of me or something along those lines. I mean though this anxiety extends further like I honestly struggle to do things like posting on facebook groups I am apart of, I am constantly worried about someone saying something or upsetting someone or being wrong that I just stay silent and lurk.

I watch people who can just constantly promote themselves with what seems like no issue, whereas I’ve had to create a separate Instagram and Twitter in order to promote myself, accounts that no one I know, knows about which means I am starting entirely from scratch on all social platforms, instead of being able to use the following I’ve already got. I know that blog growth isn’t the main goal and I don’t need 100s of readers, but I mean, I guess it would be nice if someone read it hahaha.

I feel like this blog has helped me get over a slight amount of anxiety when it comes to posting on facebook groups or on a public forum space and I love being able to sit down and post on here, I could just never post it somewhere people I know could easily find me.

How do you guys deal with this sort of anxiety? Do you guys even get this?

Plitvice National Park – A Must See When In Croatia…

When visiting this Unesco World Heritage site, and yes because it is on the world heritage list it is busy, prepare yourself for crowds, slow walkers and people who will take up an entire path just to take a photo, you may even be tempted to push them into the water for laughs (or maybe that’s just me), but do not let that put you off visiting this absolutely stunning piece of nature.

We took the bus from Zagreb, which was about 2.5 hours and we went early, leaving at 7:30 and arrive just before 10, the bus company was unorganised, to say the least, people were being swapped around buses etc but once we got going it was all good, the bus was clean and comfy and super easy, it dropped you off right at the front of entrance one into the waiting line to enter… To be honest, I think the later in the day you go the shorter the lines will be, just because most people get there early to give themselves time to walk the park, it just depends on how much time you want really. Entrance into the park was 150kn (£17ish) per person but that price does cover the electric ferry and the bus service they have within the park and so if you’ve bought your own food and water that’ll be the only money you shell out for the day.

There are 6 main walks each with a different walking time, depending on what entrance you start from and what you’re after from the park.
The walks starting from entrance 1 are as followed:

  • A (2-3h) is lower parts of the national park, only walking
  • B (3-4h) is the lower part of national park including sailing on lake Kozjak
  • C (4-6h) Walking, bus to upper parts of the national park and sailing on lake Kozjak
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the Whole national park.

And the walks from entrance 2 are as followed:

  • E (2-3h) Upper parts of the national park, only walking
  • F (3-4h) Like B tour. The only different starting point
  • H (4-6h) Like C tour. The only different starting point
  • K (6-8h) Walking around the whole national park.

We did walk C, which they recommend 4-6 hours from but really Lachy and I had finished it in just over 3 hours and we most definitely are not the fittest humans on this earth by any means, and this included a forced stop by me for food and coffee because I could definitely not handle a 3 hour walk uncaffinated and hungry. We had bought our own lunch but ended up buying a few things throughout the day, a couple of coffees, an ice cream each and some drinks but really other than the entrance fee we didn’t spend more than £10 the whole day…

Starting at entrance 1 you head immediately towards the big waterfall, let me tell you it was busy, there was a line curving around just to view the waterfall so we decided to skip it first up and come back if we had time (we did, it was much quieter at about 2pm).

 

As I said above your ticket includes the electric ferry that will take you from point 3 to point 2 or vice versa (depending on which entrance you take), you don’t need to take the ferry, you can walk the path but for people like me, the ferry was a welcome change. It was nice to sit and look around at the scenery, and if you can try and get a seat up the front for ultimate waterfall views, I, however, was one of the last people on the boat and so was stuck sitting in the middle of a row at the back 😦

Electric Ferry at Plitvice

As you walk around the park every few metres you come across a new waterfall, an incredible view or just something that will make you stop and appreciate how truly beautiful nature really can be, and as you get away from the shorter paths, the crowds get less and it gets quieter and you can actually hear the animals and breathe the fresh air and just enjoy it. The water is an absolutely incredible colour blue and ridiculously clear, honestly, it will make you want to jump right it, but don’t! Swimming is not allowed when at the park, which is slightly unfortunate because I can imagine on a hot day after walking for so long it’s all you’d wanna do!

 

As I said above we spent just over 3 hours walking. which left us with 3 hours to kill and so we went back and saw a few things we missed (like the big waterfall), hopped on the bus and rode it back to entrance one and then back again to entrance two. About 3pm it totally started pouring down with rain and so we took shelter in the little restaurant they had at entrance two and just killed time until it was time to get the bus back.

The journey back was about an hour longer than the journey there, we seemed to have gotten on a public bus that seemed to stop absolutely everywhere, which was a little annoying because by that point I just wanted dinner and to go to sleep, nevertheless, the trip out to Plitvice National Park was honestly amazing and something that you must do when coming to Croatia!

My Favourite Youtubers!

Hey Guys,

Today I thought about the Youtubers I spend a crazy amount of time watching! I’m the kind of person who will literally only watch the same things over and over again, so these are the 6 channels I will always swap between!

 Zoella & More Zoella

So I only got onto the Zoella bandwagon this year, yes I know I’m so far behind the world, but like I said I literally only watch the same things again so it’s really hard for me to start watching someone new, and really I only got into the world of vlogging this year!

I honestly love watching Zoella, on both her main channel and her vlogging channel, isn’t she really just the most lovable human? I find her honesty about her struggles with anxiety really hits home and hearing her talk about how she is working on it and how she can do things she never used to imagine doing is really inspiring. Also like I am 100% jealous of her house and her fricken conservatory is goals!

NikkieTutorials

Nikkie is probably the most talented MUA on youtube. I could honestly watch her for hours, her blending skills are incredible and she’s just really good to watch!

Simply Nailogical

I mean who doesn’t like a nail art channel that very rarely does nail art anymore?? Nah but really Cristine’s videos I do find super entertaining with some of the stuff she does and it’s always a satisfying bonus when she does chuck that rare nail art video up! I also really like her “stay in school” message and promotion of education because it really is super important!

Safiya Nygaard

Safiya’s videos are always entertaining, whether she is wearing ridiculous outfits for a week or melting a whole heap of makeup together to form some Frankenstein concoction. There is always something super funny and her videos are always super entertaining!

Glam Life Guru

Glam Life Guru (AKA Tati Westbrook) is probably my favourite makeup channel to watch, she posts 5 times a week (Monday-Friday) so you’re never short of something to watch and she is just super honest and I think because she has no affiliates or she’s never really sponsored by brands you know you can trust what she recommends and I absolutely love it when she’s using her boujee makeup that is honestly just ridiculously priced but yeah she’s just really good to watch!

And yeah these are the 6 youtube channels I probably spend most my time on, I watch a couple more channels but these are the ones I have switched the little notification bell for and really like to spend my downtime watching!

What about you guys, who are your fave Youtubers!?

Update – Holiday/Life/Slovenia

I feel like I’ve been lucky enough to experience so many different places and cultures in my life, I’ve lived in different countries, I’ve spent my time being hosted by a family in Italy when I was in high school, there are so many places I have been but also there are so many more to see! I’m currently on probably the most amazing holiday in Europe I’ve ever been on and so far we’ve done so much and seen so much. As I’m writing this, I’m laying in our Airbnb in Zagreb with the window open, listening to the conversations from the people at the cafe below with 50’s music playing, I’ve just been at a wine and food tasting with Croatian produce and I am just genuinely so happy.

I’m not really sure in which direction this post is going to go, I just really got in the mood to jump on and write, it’s been just over a week since I’ve been on my blog and even had the motivation to write. The past week has just been kinda busy, we’re in our 4th city since last Friday so we haven’t had a lot of downtime, but it has been really good. The last post I posted about our holiday we had just left Budapest, since then we’ve been to Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Bled, Ljubljana and now as I said above we’re in Zagreb.

I will post a more in-depth post about the cities and my general take on them, how I found them and what I liked and didn’t like about them, but for now, I really wanna talk about Slovenia (guess I figured out where I wanted this post to go haha!), it really is probably one of the most underrated countries, I never heard much about it, we really only went to see Lake Bled and we didn’t really know much about the country and what it had to offer, but my gosh were we surprised! We had a total of 4 nights in the country and that wasn’t enough and if I could go back and re-plan our trip I would take time out of Austria and put it into Slovenia! The country is beautiful, but the people, they’re honestly some of the nicest, most welcoming, will go out of their way to help you and make sure you’re happy kind of people, and coming from Austria it was most definitely so nice to not feel like an annoyance.

If I could recommend any place we’ve been so far it would be Slovenia, Lake Bled in particular, I think because I prefer the laid back, chilled vibes of smaller towns, I really enjoy any place that is quiet, but really Lake Bled was so incredibly peaceful, and probably one of the few places I have ever been where the reality is better than any photo anyone has shown me. We’ve been quite lucky with weather since starting our trip, however, the one day we had to explore Bled and the lake it was raining, even so, it was still incredible and by about 5pm the rain had cleared and we could venture out for a walk around the lake.

 

I don’t think any of the pictures I have taken do the lake any justice but it really is one place I would tell everyone the need to see!

We spent the next day on a 12-hour tour of Triglav National Park (which is Slovenia’s only national park). It was a long, tiring day but it was incredible. We did our tour through 3glav Adventures and our guide who was Jaka was just so good! Lachy and I aren’t really huge on hikes and walks etc.. but this was amazing, the views, the scenery, absolutely worth it. I mean it wasn’t hard hiking, there was a little but if scaling rocks on the side with nothing next to you, but there were wires to hold on to and honestly if I can make it out of there alive, anyone can do it – just perhaps wear better shoes than I did Adidas Stan Smiths look good but they’re a bit too slippery for scaling rocks!

 

We also got to do white water rafting, and oh my gosh if that wasn’t the most fun ever. I am such a water person, just being by it makes me happy but by the end of the rafting, I had a grin the entire length of my face on show.

Slovenia has really been such a stand out place and I really wasn’t expecting much from it, but it’s got to be one of my top 3 places I’ve been in my life so far! Anyone planning a trip to Europe you need to put Slovenia in and make it a priority, you will not be disappointed.

As I said above, a post about our experiences in Slovakia, Austria, and a lil more about Slovenia to come in the next week!

Let me know if you’ve been to any of the countries I’ve mentioned and what your experiences have been with them!

Bye guys! xxxxx