The Netherlands and its cities have fast become one of my favourite places to be. With its friendly, family oriented people, active culture and rich history, this European destination is one that I would 100% encourage anyone to put on their list. Although Amsterdam is undeniably on most people’s bucket lists, 20 minutes out is the beautiful city of Utrecht, and both are filled with so many activities to keep you busy on your Dutch adventures with all of the food and culture that the Netherlands is known for. During the spring and summer months, temperatures can go up to the mid twenties and can get as cold as below zero during the winter time, so you’ll want to be alert for which time of year you book your holiday to make sure you…

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I finally made it down to beautiful Brighton! I first visited this seaside town when I was much younger, maybe 5 or 6 and my mum always reminds me of a memory she has of me walking down the pier dancing without a care in the world. This adorable little English town is now definitely going to be where I come for a day when I need to reboot with a good dose of vitamin SEA. My friend Marissa and I left London by train at 8am to get the most out of the day, so the first thing we did when we arrived was find a spot to have breakfast. We found a super cute place called The Breakfast Club, and people were queuing up to get a table so we knew it must…

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As I write this, my stomach is full, my tan is replenished and the ocean that runs before me as far as the eye can see is a glorious clear blue that matches the beautiful cloudless sky. Over the past couple of months, as I’ve had to introduce myself and the normal question of where I’m from comes up, I either have the pleasure of an awed reaction of recognition or the pleasure of a completely blank reaction and having to thus go through the whole explanation that I’ve mastered by now; ‘It’s in the Indian Ocean… Do you know where Mauritius is? Madagascar maybe?’ If I’m lucky enough, the answer is yes and so I can say ‘Well, it’s to the north of that, four degrees south of the Equator.’ If the answer to…

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The candles are lit on a rainy afternoon in the Seychelles as I look out my living room window and gaze at the view of the town below. Down there, people hurry about their last-minute Christmas business, there are presents which need to be bought, turkeys that need to be marinated, lights that need replacing, and meanwhile up here, a little island girl sits with her thoughts and reflects on this season. In my family, we have a few Christmas traditions. Firstly, Christmas Eve dinner is done at my parent’s house. The hustle and bustle of preparation is a feeling I know too well. On the morning of the 24th, my dad prepares his two signature dishes that come out of the culinary box only once a year and my mum darts around making sure…

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