I am in Portugal

I am in Portugal and I have left my laptop at home in London! Even though I was planning to take my laptop with me I have just realised (the week before, at the time I am writing this post) that it would take up too much of my time. Honestly not feeling like spending hours on my laptop. Not when I can just be in the moment enjoying Portugal.

Even though I love working on my laptop when I am at my mum’s new house! There is something special about working on a long wooden table by the terrace with a sea view.

Once I get back I will have enough time to come back here and write to you guys about all the stuff I got up to during the week. In the meantime there is Instagram! I intend to post stories frequently while in Portugal. This way you don’t miss me too much.

This time I am not going alone so I am quite excited about traveling. And a lot less anxious!

We have plans for pretty much every day and might even be filming some of it. If my boyfriend isn’t feeling too lazy we will get a YouTube video at some point in the future. I have booked theater tickets and a visit to the 360 panoramic view of Lisbon. We will also be spending a night in Sesimbra so we get two days of driving around the area. The last couple of days will be spent in the best house in Ericeira.

If the weather allows it we will also spend time sunbathing at the beach, on the terrace or at the hotel infinity pool!

I realise we will be running a pretty tight schedule with all we have planned to do in just a few days but still we will try to spend some quality time catching up with friends and family.

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Lanzarote Stories

In this post you can see most of my Instagram Stories from Lanzarote. At the time I was sharing a lot on there so you can get a good idea of what we got up to.

From my Instagram Stories…

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures! If you have missed the first Lanzarote post you can check it out here.

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Big Move!

After 10 years in London I am still in love with this city but the weather is far from ideal! For years we have been thinking about the best place to live in the World. A place with good weather, good people, good food and the sea nearby.

Even though I haven’t mentioned this to anyone yet our plans to move are well under way. If all goes as planned we will be enjoying the Sri Lankan tropical weather and their delicious food by the end of the year.

Soon I will let you know what we will be doing there and where we will be living.

It will be great to enjoy the seaside and travel around a bit before settling down in our new place. I am looking forward to exploring our new home.

If you have any tips about life in Sri Lanka please let me know.

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Lanzarote

March last year we stayed in Lanzarote for about 10 days. It was our first time in the Canary Islands, but not the last. As usual we didn’t stay in just one place the whole time. By doing this and renting a car we get to explore the place we are visiting a lot better.

In this post I am sharing with you some tips on what to do and what are the best beaches in the island. Also giving you an insight on where we stayed and how much we spent on this holiday. Enjoy!

About our accommodation…

The first two nights we stayed not far from the airport at a not very amazing apartment in a quiet area not far from the sea.

For our next apartment we chose a small one in Orzola (North of the island). We rented this place through Airbnb. It was in a very quiet residential area. Apart from not having hot water for the showers we enjoyed our time there. We stayed here to explore the northern beaches and to visit La Graciosa island.

The cherry on top was the last apartment/loft in a beautiful place surrounded by mountains and the sea with our own rooftop. We enjoyed a few canary sunsets while sipping wine on the rooftop. It was the best. This place was in the South of Lanzarote.

Things to do…

Even though Lanzarote is not a  big island there are plenty of things to do! If you have the time just buy the combined ticket to see a few different attractions as this is cheaper then buying individual tickets.

One of my favorites was the Cactus Garden. Definitely worth a visit. I would recommend you do not visit in the middle of the day as there is no shade.

Cueva de los Verdes is another great attraction.  The guided tour was quite fun and it was interesting to learn more about the history of the cave.

Another cool place to go and check out is the Jameos del Agua which is great for cool pictures (if you’re lucky to have no tourists in the frame).

Mirador del Rio is great at sunset. It can get a little cold up there so take a jacket.

Los Hervideros is a must see in the island and at no extra cost.

Timanfaya National Park is great to look at volcanoes (to be honest so is the rest of the island). Please note that you can expect a long queue  there if you don’t arrive early. I would have been OK missing out on this one so if you are short of time you might want to do something else instead.

Beaches…

Even though I don’t think Lanzarote is exactly a beach destination there are some good ones in the island.

Our favorite, Papagayo beach. Not the best road access but totally worth it, you have to pay a small fee to access the road to the beach or you can get a boat there from Playa Blanca.

Las Conchas in the island of La Graciosa is amazingly beautiful but not easy access as you need to get a boat to the island and from there ride a bike or get a 4×4 ride to the beach. I would not recommend walking there. Not ideal for swimming as the sea can be a bit rough.

Caletón Blanco is the cutest with the white sand and black rocks and has very easy access as it is just by the road in the northern side of the island.

Windy Famara great for water sports but not really ideal for a chilled day at the beach.

Charco de los Clicos is not really one for a beach day but you must visit this unique place.

Places to eat…

We did eat at home most of the time as we stayed in apartments but we still tried a couple of restaurants. Below are the restaurants not to miss.

La Bohemia for amazing meat, cool decor and your own set of “flavoured” salt choices to add a special twist to your meal.

Tabla Arrecife for great burgers, different beers, yummy desserts and friendly service.

Cost…

This holiday was one of the cheapest we have done at £1500 including flights, accommodation, rental car, food and a few other things. Considering we have done and seen most things available in Lanzarote and had the freedom to do it in our own time this was pretty good.

I would definitely recommend Lanzarote if you want to enjoy unique landscapes, warm weather, good food and a chilled vibe.

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Viral on YouTube?

Back in September 2016 I was terrified with my upcoming tonsillectomy but that didn’t stop me from enjoying a good few days in Crete. It was my last holiday before I went to sleep on general anesthetic for the first time and I am super glad it was not my last one!

When I was recovering I got quite bored of watching Netflix so I dedicated a lot of my time to editing all the footage we had from our time in Crete and put together a decent holiday video (I think).

This is my most viewed video on YouTube! Hope you enjoy it too if you haven’t watched it yet.

I know it seems like I don’t have a lot of content on my YouTube channel but this is because I decided to keep most of my videos exclusive to the blog. Which means you can only see them if you have the link. Also I haven’t really had the will to make videos recently. Video editing is super time-consuming and it is not often that I am doing things that lead to good content.

Crete is an amazing place and I would definitely recommend you visit if you can! Unfortunately flights to Greece are not that affordable these days. I wanted to go explore some new Greek islands this year but don’t really fancy spending a fortune in flights.

I have written a few posts on the blog about our time in Crete if you would like to know more about the island:
Planning the trip
Heraklion
Chania
Kissamos and Balos
Elafonisi and Kedrodasos
The end!

Can’t wait for Summer to be here so I can go explore some new places in decent warm weather!

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Traveling Alone

Traveling alone is so rare that I still find it hard at times.

This time I decided to go visit my mum as soon as possible to spend some quality time with her. As flights get more expensive every day booking this visit was time sensitive. I didn’t want to spend a fortune for just a long weekend at home. As I said before everything was booked within a couple of hours so I managed to get a good deal for a last-minute getaway.

When I was doing that I didn’t really think it through. The truth is I do struggle being away from my boyfriend. If I have an activity packed holiday I manage just fine as my mind is busy. But this time I was mostly chilling at home as the constant rain did not allow for a lot more than that. That made it a little more difficult and I did miss him more than usual.

The day I got to Lisbon started at 3am! Flight was delayed and after 4 hours inside the plane I was already starting to feel tired. Still managed to run some errands with my brother and do the shopping for Saturday dinner. Lunch was at a local restaurant we love and we stuffed our faces like little pigs. At home we chilled until it was dinner time. We had fondue. I had a good time but was half dead for the most of it and really wanted to get some sleep.

Sunday morning there was a break in the skies and it didn’t rain until lunch time so we got to visit MAAT (a relatively new museum by the river). It’s stunning outside but there’s not a lot to see or do inside. Good thing we visited on a free entrance day. After a short shopping spree we had lunch at the “local” shopping center and headed home to chill afterwards. We ate so much for lunch that dinner was just chicken soup.

Monday morning was chilled at home while it rained outside. My mum cooked one of my favourite dishes for lunch and with my belly full I headed out with a friend. Luckily it didn’t rain anymore that day! We hit some of the touristy spots by the coast, had a drink at a cool bar, took a few pictures and had dinner by the river. The conversation was flowing all day and I had a really good time.

Tuesday was spent with my mum. We left the house in the morning to run some errands, had breakfast in Belém, walked along the river with the dog and had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. I might have had a bit too much sangria and we had a lovely time together. Before heading to the airport I mostly chilled at home.

On the flight back I watched a movie on my phone (thanks Netflix for having downloadable options) and it was great having an empty seat next to me. Luckily on arrival I didn’t have to rely on public transport as my friends are the best and I got picked up from the airport.

Looking forward to going away again but next time with my boyfriend!

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Going to see My Mum

Earlier this month it was announced that anyone working for at least 5 years where I work now gets an extra 3 days of holidays. And guess what, that applies to me!

I was super stoked about it. As you all know I do love going away and the more time off the better.

My mum had been talking to me recently saying how much she misses me and that she wants me to go back to live in Portugal. Moving back to Portugal is not on the cards at the moment so the next best thing would be to just go and see her.

When I was getting ready to go to work that week I thought I could just book a long weekend to go see my mum. Asked my boyfriend if he wouldn’t miss me too much. Checked the weekend with the cheapest flights. Asked my mum if she was free on those dates. Booked the time off from work and finally by 10am I had bought flights to Lisbon.

Luckily my new supervisor approves the time off quickly! Now I never miss out on the best flight prices due to waiting for time off to be approved.

Looking forward to some quality time with the family. My brother even volunteered to pick me up from the airport as my mum will be working on the day I arrive. It’ll be great to spend some time with him and his fiancée. Might even take some engagement shots of those two at some point as they got engaged last Christmas.

This time I am not taking my laptop with me. Just my camera so you guys will have to wait until I come back to get some visuals of my four days in Portugal.

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