And that's a wrap for my amazing trip in Miami 😄
It's been a week of fun in the sun with my favourite blogger partner in crime Wanderlust Chloe in one of the most colourful cities I've ever seen. From the pastel coloured art deco buildings of Ocean Drive to the amazing street art around Wynwood - it's been almost overwhelmingly colourful!
Thanks Visit Miami for an awesome week - hopefully see you again soon 😍 #FoundInMiami
We need to talk about what happened last night 😂
We headed to Sugar Factory Miami for what turned out to be one of the most insane feasts of my entire life 😍 From sweetie cocktails and bubbling dry ice goblets to monster burgers (filled with man n cheese) and towering freakshakes with edible outsides... It was like a kid's party. But for adults. And with monster portions!
We were essentially in Chloe and Emily heaven. So much so that we went back again today for MORE freakshakes 🤣
Sugar Factory, we love you! #FoundinMiami with Visit Miami.
I did a little interview about my travels with MightyGoods recently - check it out here:
Miami is seriously cool 😍
Me and Wanderlust Chloe spent the morning exploring the super colourful Miami Design District. So many fun things to discover!
Visit Miami has so much to explore - much more to this city than just beaches 😄
Welcome to Miami 😄
Took a bit of a detour from my backpacking trip and flew up to Visita Miami yesterday to join Wanderlust Chloe for a few days! So happy to be reunited with one of my blogger besties in such a cool city.
Loving all the colourful beach huts on Miami Beach 😍 #FoundInMiami
Just spent a week in Puerto Escondido and Mazunte on Mexico's Pacific coast 😍 It was pretty hard to tear myself away!
So... This was my morning 💜
OCTOBER TRAVEL ROUND UP
This was a particularly good one, so check it out!
A few more of my favourite #DiaDeMuertos photos from Oaxaca this week. So many parades and beautiful costumes!
Dia de Muertos is one of the most beautiful, most colourful, most special festivals I've ever witnessed.
Asides from all the fun and facepaint, what I really love is the way the festival looks at death: not as a tragedy but as an important part of life. Instead of mourning the departed, families head to the cemeteries and throw a party for them. There are colourful altars and offerings of the dead's favourite food. There's music and art and, from what I saw at least, a lot of laughter.
It's been an amazing few days and I'm so glad I finally got to experience this incredible festival!
I had SO much fun getting a Catrina style makeover for Dia de los Muertos. Might do it every day!
Yesterday I headed up to the Hierve el Agua outside of Oaxaca and it was BEAUTIFUL 😍
The "petrified waterfalls" are formed like stalactites. Mineral rich natural spring water leaves deposits of calcium behind to create this amazing frozen waterfall effect. At the top, there's a natural infinity pool you can swim in - with some of the most incredible views I've ever seen!
It was inevitable, really. Having been a fairly... reluctant travel blogger for a while now, it's not really surprising that I've found my grip on social media slipping during a month when I've had absolutely no responsibilities to post. Now that I'm travelling just for me - without a sponsored trip or "free" hotel stay in sight - I can't help but be a bit lax. [ 1,039 more word ]
Bit of an ode to Isla Ometepe - where I spent the last week of my time in Nicaragua and never wanted to leave! Poured a bit of heart into this post so I hope it captures exactly how I feel about that magical island!
Day of the Dead is almost here and Mexico City is getting ready! The Paseo Reforma is full of these brightly coloured skulls, all designed by different artists.
I'm so excited to experience #DiaDeLosMuertos here in Mexico 🇲🇽 Stay tuned for colour and culture overload for the next few days!
This week I'm taking over the Skyscanner Instagram account with photos from Day of the Dead in Mexico!! Make sure you're following - it's gonna be awesome! #VisitMexico
Welcome to Mexico City! I've switched countries again and now I'm back in Mexico for the next couple of weeks. Can't wait to explore more of one of my most favourite countries!
Spent most of the past two days running myself ragged across the city - and one of my favourite discoveries was this amazing open air exhibition on Paseo de la Reforma courtesy of the Museo de Arte Popular.
The crazy colourful monsters are known as Alebrijes. They're a cultural tradition of Mexico City originally dreamed up by the artist José Gómez Rosas. Supposedly if you find one that you're really drawn to, it means it's your guardian from the spirit world. Some of the sculptures were so detailed and I love how colourful they all were!
NEW!! Cute pictures of rescued animals at the Puerto Viejo Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation in Costa Rica.
Baby sloth overload... enjoy! #costarica
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Hey hey hey 😁 There's still time to vote for me as your favourite travel blogger in the Asquith Adores Blog Awards. Voting closes on the 30th so get your votes in now!
I'M BACK!!! Sorry for disappearing. I've been staying in the jungle on Ometepe island in Lake Nicaragua at the AMAZING El Zopilote, Isla de Ometepe hostel. It's on an eco farm in the forest and the atmosphere was totally amazing - so I decided to embrace it, switch off, and take some time away from the blog for a while.
Waking up every morning to the shouts of howler monkeys in the trees nearby, and watching sunset behind one of the two volcanoes every evening. So many magical moments, like spotting a baby boa constrictor whilst kayaking along the river, swimming in the lake, eating chocolate at el pital Ometepe, and walking through a twinkling sea of fireflies after sunset.
Such a good week. So many words and pictures to come - but first, I'm flying to Mexico to catch up with a friend I made in Indonesia last year. Bring on the good times! #nicaragua
These Ometepe sunset skies 😍 La Concepcion volcano hiding away in the corner behind its own little cloud cocoon! So flipping pretty ❤️
NEW: 11 Best Backpacks for Female Travellers
Some of my favourite travel bloggers share their choice for the perfect backpacks for female travellers. Featuring Osprey Packs, Blacks Outdoor Retail, Mountain Warehouse and more!
What's your favourite backpack for travel? I want to hear your top tips!
Just had the BEST week in Leon - what an amazing start to my time in #Nicaragua 🇳🇮😄
I've climbed volcanoes (and boarded down them), I've beached, I've drank far too much rum, I've even danced salsa (sort of. Not really). Leon was awesome but it wouldn't have been half as awesome without Serendipity Hostels and Volcano Day. Making friends with locals and being shown the city and dragged onto the dance floor with them has made this week SO much fun 😄 My Spanish has even improved thanks to the gorgeous Claudia at Serendipity!
Already decided I'm coming back right here as soon as I can. Save a bed for me guys!
(None of this was sponsored btw.)
Yesterday I climbed not one but TWO active volcanoes! It's been the most incredible adventure....
I hiked up and boarded down Cerro Negro with Volcano Day (SO. MUCH. FUN 😄). Then hiked up Telica for sunset, looked down into the smoke and lava of the very active crater, and camped overnight in the middle of the most insane thunderstorm I've ever seen. This morning we woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise with campfire coffee before hiking back down and riding back into Leon for a well deserved beer!
It's been so much fun but also incredibly tough (and stinky 😂). I've just had the most amazing shower of my entire life and now I think I've earned a pretty humongous lunch...
Wahoo! My Arenal Volcano photo was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of their top instagrams from last month 😄
Taken on the #BACostaRica17 trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways!
"Once we take that step out of our comfort zone, something else happens: We open our hearts and minds to a destination; we throw down our guard; render ourselves vulnerable. We drop the ego."
Top tips for choosing the right backpack! Loving this fab infographic from St Christopher's Inns, which has input from a bunch of travel experts. What's YOUR favourite travel backpack?
Check out the full blog post here: https://www.st-christophers.co.uk/travel-tips/blogs/2017/a-backpackers-guide-to-buying-a-backpack
#stchostels #backpackguide #spon
NEW! A very special chocolate masterclass at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.
Come check out what I made for #NationalChocolateWeek 😊
NEW! 7 Reasons to Stay in San José - Why this should be more than just a stopover city!
Check out my favourite fun discoveries in the Costa Rican capital, with British Airways and Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board 😊
#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon
Today is my last day in Costa Rica 😔 Next stop, Nicaragua 😄 YAY!
A couple of timing issues (aka, me not managing my time well) have meant that I've had to change plans a tiny bit. So I'll be flying into Managua in the north of Nicaragua, working my way down through the country, and then flying up to Mexico City on the 24th ready to start the next chapter.
Stay tuned for the Nicaragua posts because it's going to be amazing. Volcano boarding, lakes, hiking, maybe surfing... all sorts 😄 bring it on!
NEW! Choosing the Best Backpack for Travel
I've teamed up with St Christopher's Inns to bring you a few of my top tips for choosing a backpack - along with my personal favourite backpack recommendations.
But I want to know - what's your favourite backpack for long term travel? And do you have any pro trips I've missed? Come share in the comments and help out those future travellers...
#stchostels #backpackguide #spon
Check out my recommendations on this fab round up of the best places in England from Hostelworld. So many pretty spots 😊
Woohoo - just found myself on this list of the top 100 travel blogs. Thanks Showaround 😊
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Last night I rented an amazing cabin in the jungle at La Ceiba, the release station which the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation uses to rehabilitate rescued animals back into the wild 💜
I spent a luxuriously lazy 20 hours completely on my own, just listening to the sounds of the jungle and enjoying my own space 🌴🍃 I also made friends with Jenny, the blind racoon who lives at the centre, and a pair of macaws who flew down to my balcony for a chat 🐦😄
Everyone needs a little alone time now and then!
NEW! September Travel Round Up
Everything I got up to this month (in brief) with all the highlights from Costa Rica so far. Come hit me with your Nicaragua recommendations for my next stop!
NEW! Naples Travel Guide
After my amazing weekend with the #NaplesToday project, I've bundled all my tips into one massive travel guide. Focusing on culture, food, and art - this is everything you have to eat, see and do in Naples! #spon
Everyday it's a new wildlife adventure here in Costa Rica! Yesterday I went on a night time forest tour at the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation's release station.
I got an up close glimpse of how the foundation release their rescued animals (when possible) and got to meet some of the animals that were currently transitioning back to the wild.
We also saw a bunch of wildlife: mostly creepy crawlies, snakes, and frogs, including the iconic red eyed tree frog! Click into the photos if you want to see a couple of extra badass looking spiders! #CostaRica
WARNING - cuteness overload!!!!
Baby sloths learning to climb at the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation this morning. Life = made. I might as well just go home now, there's no way Costa Rica can get any better!
So interesting to learn about how the centre is helping rescue and rehabilitate animals too. Almost all the orphaned sloths they take in get released back into the wild once they're mature enough and ready.
NEW! Culture, Art and Architecture in Bregenzerwald
It's not all ski slopes and hiking trails in rural Vorarlberg. The peaceful region of Bregenzerwald is also full of innovative design and surprising architecture. Come take a look at the highlights...
With Visit Austria and Urlaubsland Vorarlberg :) #UncoverAustria #spon
NEW POST! Eat Your Way Around the World with City Kitchen
I love The City Kitchen's katsu chicken curry, so when they asked if I wanted to try the whole range of course I said yes. Come check out the full #InspiredbyTravel range and see where your next lunch break could take you! #ad
Have you heard of pedal boarding? I hadn't until last week, when we hit Arenal lake with Pedal Board Costa Rica!
It's like a kind of cross between a SUP board and a step machine. You have a handleboard to hold onto and two pedals which you use to power the board. It takes some serious getting used to but it's SO much fun!
I loved exploring Arenal with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways. The lake and the volcano were so unbelievably beautiful and we had so much fun there :D
OK chicos y chicas, decision time...
I have exactly one month until I need to be in Mexico City to meet my friend and head down to Oaxaca for Dia de Los Muertos. And I have no idea what to fill that month with. So, where would you rather see me go:
- Stay in Costa Rica
- Panama and Costa Rica
- Nicaragua and Costa Rica
- Mad cap overland dash through Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala to Mexico with fewer stops and lots of buses
- Something totally different
Comment your suggestions and help me decide!