Every now and then I discover a stylish hotel that goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Singapore’s boutique Quincy Hotel is one such property. Situated a stone’s throw from the Orchard Road shopping strip (over 20 malls and counting); it’s everything that is included with a room at the Quincy that makes this place stand out.
I’ve been living in Sydney for the last few months and it’s been so long since I used my UK bank card that I completely forgot the pin. Within 5 minutes of arriving in London I had managed to block my card and had no access to the cash I planned to spend during my time in the country.
Luckily I had a back up plan. Also in my purse was a my Travel Cash Prepaid Mastercard. The my Travel Cash multiple currency card lets you add funds in UK pounds and spend them anywhere around the world that displays the Mastercard sign. You can easily order the card online (no credit checks) and it arrives at your door in around 5-10 working days (if you select normal delivery) or in only 1-3 days if you take the Express Delivery option. After a short call to an 0845 number my card was activated and I had a pin (which I wrote somewhere safe in case of another mind blank!)
Since moving to Sydney from London I’ve had to reassess the way I dress. Everything I knew about dressing for the seasons has been flipped on its head. As Summer approaches here I’m having to discover the art of covering up whilst staying cool and how to look glam in intense heat.
London has a reputation around the world for being an extremely expensive place to visit – with good reason. Although it’s not in the top 5 most expensive places in the world to visit or live, it is not far behind. Many ill prepared travellers have fallen victim to some of the more over-priced forms of travel, dining and activities that England’s capital has to offer.
It doesn’t have to be a bank-busting trip though, as a London city break can be done on a budget, even if you wish to do some shopping along the way. Below you will find our tips and tricks for saving money on travel in London, which will enable you to spend more on the shopping!
Family camping holidays or sleeping in a muddy field at a festival used to be devoid of glamour (at least as far as I was concerned.) But stylish travellers and smart retailers have proved over the last few years that this doesn’t has to be the case. With a few key practical items and perfectly accessorised outfits, you too can be a glamourous camper with our guide to packing for glamping!
Something which I have noticed Australian cities do very well are stylish, self-contained apartment hotels. Whilst an ‘apartment hotel’ may sound like a contradiction in terms, done well this type of accommodation can offer the best of both worlds to business and leisure travellers alike. The Punthill in Brisbane is one such apartment hotel which strikes the balance just right.
In Egypt you can choose to shop at the markets and malls or let the shops come to you! I’ve never been anywhere with as many and varied shopping opportunities hiding around every corner as there are in Egypt. Behind pillars in temples, in front of ancient pyramids and even along the banks of the Nile!
Locals call the vendors ‘sharks’ as they can be a little predatory, ready to pounce at passing tourists. But some of their stock is so good a travelling shopaholic cannot help but be tempted. From ornaments, to books, spices, trinkets and even carpets, items will be waved in front of you, and I for one can’t help but buy them.
As a self-diagnosed shopaholic, packing a single suitcase for my year long, solo trip around the world was one of the harder things I’ve ever done. To ensure I was choosing pieces that were practical, and that I would be comfortable wearing day in and day out for the next 365 days, I devised a “test” which I subjected every potential article of clothing to:
Could it be hand-washed in a sink?
Would I be okay if it was ruined or lost?
Could it sustain a year of wear?
Would I be sick of it after a week?
If my respective answers were not: yes, yes, yes, no, the piece was out. I ended up with a wardrobe of earth-hues and muted patterns; a collection of relatively simple, light-weight pieces with details that added whimsy and character, and clothes that could easily make the transition from day to night, summer to fall, city to beach (I won’t be anywhere colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, is truly a year round destination (it’s currently 27 degrees in September!) I’ve visited with my family as a child and with friends as an adult and, in addition to the warm weather, there was a variety of things to see and do on the island to keep me entertained on both visits. Below are some of the best things to do in Tenerife.
I attended a blogging conference last week which was set on the gorgeous Gold Coast of Australia. Although I spent most of my time inside picking the brains of professional bloggers I did make the most of the free time in-between sessions to take in the serene surroundings. (See above for prime example!)