Isle of Skye | January 2018

Highlights

The snowy Old Man of Storr | The Fairy Pools | The Old Inn | Family time 💙

The journey to Skye is not an easy one. But it is one I have been doing annually for the last 8 years as I am lucky enough to have family living there giving me the perfect excuse for numerous trips to this beautiful part of the world.

There’s no doubting that the Isle of Skye’s main attraction is it’s stunning scenery. Several Hollywood directors have chosen Skye as the backdrop to their blockbuster films due to its jaw dropping vistas.

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Budapest | November 2017

Highlights

Pest-Buda Bistro & Hotel | Szechenyi Thermal Baths | Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market | The Danube (bridges and riverbank views) | Parliament

Having had a rubbish few weeks, I had really been looking forward to this trip and it honestly could not have come at a more perfect time. In my recent ‘Why I Travel Solo’ Blog I spoke candidly about how solo travelling acts as a form of therapy for me in order to escape from the grind of daily life, re-energise my mind and body and refocus on what is important. And this has never been needed more than now. Work has been particularly demoralising lately with an unsustainable rota change and some difficult jobs and honestly, it has left me wandering if my heart is still in it. I have been drowning in university work and along with other personal issues I have also had to move house. But as if that wasn’t enough to deal with then this happened…..

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Why I travel solo…..💙

Every time I book another adventure my family and friends ask the same question; ‘who are you going with?’

And (almost) every time my answer is the same…..’no one!’

I am usually met with mixed responses ranging from horror (mainly from my mother who worries that stepping outside of the Bournemouth post code will result in an unfortunate ending) to pity (isn’t it sad that I can not find anyone to travel with me). Only occasionally do people really take the time to understand and appreciate why I choose to so often go abroad alone and that I have actively made the decision to do so.

For me, travelling solo is not that much of an alien concept, and I would like to share what inspires and motivates me to explore this beautiful world that we live in on my own.

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Istanbul | July 2017

Highlights

Blue Mosque | Aya Sofya Hürrem Sultan Hamman | Grand Bazaar | Rooftop views 

Day 1…..

I’ve not even been here for one hour and my heart hurts already over how beautiful this city is. I’m not going to lie the airport was hell due to long immigration lines but once outside it all changes (remember British citizens require a visa to travel to Turkey but this can be easily obtained online for approximately £15 from http://www.evisa.gov.tr).

Getting from the airport is easy. You can either take a taxi (though make sure the meter is on as the Turkish taxi drivers have a habit of significantly ’rounding up’) or you can try the metro. I took the metro to Sultanahmet and then the tram over the Galata Bride to Karakoy. It took about an hour. I think given the amount of traffic on the roads then a taxi would be no quicker. You can buy an Istanbulkart from all the metro stops which then works like the Oyster cards we are all familiar with. They cost 10 TL initially (6 TL for the card and 4 TL credit) and you can top them up anytime. The advantage of this is that a single fare using this card is almost half the price of buying just a regular ticket. 

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Welcome to my blog…..

So, here I am…..currently sat in Wetherspoons at Heathrow Terminal 5 putting my first blog post together over a 'gourmet' breakfast and good old cup of tea! 

After a relatively rubbish couple of months (a relationship break up, work stresses, general life crisis…..you know, the usual stuff) I decided to refocus my mind, time and energy on to something that I really love. TRAVELLING. And Lost In Wanderlust was born. 

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