To my fellow Anxious Annies: how to feel comfortable dining out when travelling solo

To my fellow Anxious Annies: how to feel comfortable dining out when travelling solo

It's been a while since I've been on holiday or travelled by myself, but being a military spouse I still regularly find myself eating or cafe-ing alone. For many, going into a restaurant or cafe solo will be absolutely no big deal. It might be something you've always done, or perhaps something you've never done [...]

Things I wish every AirBnB host would consider — how to get my 5/5 Stars

Things I wish every AirBnB host would consider — how to get my 5/5 Stars

AirBnB has been my go-to website for booking accommodation for years and has successfully supplied me with well-equipped rooms/apartments/houses for good value wherever in Europe I've wanted to stay. Over the past 3 years I've used AirBnB for 26 different accommodations stretching over 15 different countries and here is a list of things, both incredibly [...]

Christmas in Germany in England — beer, schnitzel and pretzels in Birmingham photo album

Christmas in Germany in England — beer, schnitzel and pretzels in Birmingham photo album

No, my sat nav isn't confused. We just went to the Frankfurt Christmas Market in the centre of Birmingham, UK, and it was bloomin' wunderbar. We snacked our way through smoked meats and cheeses and chocolates and pastries and drank German beer. Here's some photos from our trip: I hope you enjoyed ❤️ <SS>

Do I really want to be an Instagram influencer? — digging into virtual public shaming

Do I really want to be an Instagram influencer? — digging into virtual public shaming

This is going to be a real honest post, and will probably be even more poorly written than my usual posts -- just a heads up. The first time I joined Instagram, it was circa 2011 -- about one year after the app was released. It was borne a place of cat photos and ugly [...]

8 little tips for super cheap European trips — planning and off-peak travelling

8 little tips for super cheap European trips — planning and off-peak travelling

Being tight-fisted is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because it helps me to be more savvy when planning my finances, and a curse because it does severely restrict some things -- like travel. For instance, up until the age of 26 I'd never set foot outside of Europe. I'd longingly research airfares [...]

One month off travel and city breaks — adventures at home

One month off travel and city breaks — adventures at home

Usually we manage to get away for a quick city break or Europe adventure every month. That's normally one (two if we're lucky!) night(s) maximum, typically with a 6am flight out of London, and an 11pm arrival back home leaving us absolutely exhausted but feeling achieved of inspiration and adventure and wanderlust. Recently we had [...]