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You knew this post was coming eventually and while I wander around the South Island of New Zealand solo, I figure what better time to share with you my favourite places to travel around the world after a break up. All of these destinations are tried and tested and although not all visited right after a break up (else I’d be running at a high failure rate), they’re the places I have enjoyed the most solo and been able to reflect mindfully on myself, my life and my direction. 1. California Road Trip One of the best solo adventures I’ve taken was a one-way drive South along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. While most road trippers take the route North (from Los Angeles to San Francisco), I chose to travel in the opposite direction to drive coast side and take in the views from my driver’s seat window. I began the journey in San Francisco, hired a rental car and gave myself five days to make my way south to Los Angeles. There are plenty of beautiful stops along the way and all are very well sign posted, so my advice to you would be to: a) go without […]

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Surprising to most, Chicago is a very vegan friendly city with so many options on the table, its hard to get around all the hot spots in one trip! With so many great vegan restaurants to choose from, I found myself rolling out of one place to the next in search of the best vegan in Chicago. Here’s the cream of the crop and yes, you are so welcome! Bad Hunter The talk of the town for vegans and dietary-challenged diners is Bad Hunter, a vegan/veggie friendly restaurant with a casual fine dining approach. The food is best ordered and shared, as there are some really unique flavours to try and something for everyone. The cocktail list is one of the best I’ve seen in Chicago, offering vegans somewhere to wine, dine and socialise in a sophisticated setting. 2308, 802 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL Girl and the Goat Right by Bad Hunter is another “flavour of the month” restaurant that has maintained crowds since opening. Although more on the meaty side, the small plate restaurant caters well to vegans but be sure to note your dietary requirements when booking to be on the safe side. 809 W Randolph St, […]

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As the gateway to the adventurous terrains of Iceland, Reykjavik has become a hot spot for travellers either passing through to begin their journey of the island nation, or stopping for a few days between Europe and North America. After spending a few days here myself earlier in the year, I realised that the beauty of Iceland’s capital lies slightly beneath the surface – in the small boutiques, cafes, the quirky book stores and the people that occupy them. So if you’re looking to make the most of your time in in the city, here’s a quick guide to Reykjavik that will have you feeling like a local in no time! Arriving in Reykjavik The drive between the airport and the city takes approximately 45 minutes and is sign posted the entire way, taking you all the way to the town centre. The route can only be made on four wheels (there are no trains), and if you’re heading elsewhere in Iceland or planning on some day trips, I highly recommend hiring a car for your time in the country. Alternatively, if you’re only in town for a few days and plan to walk around the city (which is very […]

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Often the gateway to the United States for Australians, Los Angeles is a city that best reveals itself over time (or so I have come to believe after a handful of visits the past few years). My first impressions of LA were pretty limited to the likes of Hollywood, Santa Monica and the Californian dream of year-round sunshine. However over time I’ve come to learn there is so much more to the LA lifestyle that lead me to realise I had only scratched the surface. Conscious living, secret hiking trails, the magic of Malibu and so much more is on the agenda for the best kept secrets in Los Angeles. Hike to the Hollywood Sign On previous trips to Los Angeles I headed straight for Runyon Canyon, a hike that has become one of LA’s most popular and thus most overcrowded. The trails are plentiful and the views are good on a clear day, but it was this most recent trip with Tony from Elite Adventure Tours that showed me an even better hike that even many locals don’t know how to get to: the top of the Hollywood Sign. The hike itself takes a couple of hours round trip, […]

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My New Yorker friends who live in the city are quick to judge a midtown, the neighbourhood of the city that exists in the centre of it all. Being at the heart of Manhattan means being home to its’ main attractions – the Empire State Building, Flat Iron Building, Times Square and Grand Central… just to name a few. Attractions equal crowds and if there’s one thing a true New Yorker doesn’t have on a Friday at knock off time, it’s patience. But for first time visitors you can’t beat staying in the midtown neighbourhood if you’re aiming to see and do as much of New York as possible on your first visit. So welcome to the city that never sleeps, a saying that is true in this part of town! Check In: Executive Hotel Le Soleil For my stay in midtown I checked in to Executive Hotel Le Soleil, one of many large hotels in the neighbourhood. Your options are endless in this part of town as it is hands down the most touristic ‘hood with most of the attractions at your fingertips. I was visiting the city with my friend for her 21st birthday, so we lucked out […]

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The windy city recently came on my radar when I began to hear rave reviews from friends living in the United States. While I love a city escape every now and then, it takes a lot for me to want to spend too much time in big cities as I’m from a small town myself and get more pleasure from the quieter locations off the grid. Thus I limited myself to a long weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago for a three night stay to explore and experience it for myself. Take in the Views from the Sky Deck First things first: to get your bearings and a scope for the city, I’d recommend going straight to the top of Chicago’s Sky Deck. This is however the most popular attraction in the city, so be sure to book in advance and be willing to spend a little time in line both to get up the top of the building and back down. A ticket will set you back $24 and is available through the Sky Deck website. Take an Architectural Boat Tour The city of Chicago is a mecca for architecture lovers, especially when seen from the river. There are a […]

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I know what you’re thinking… why in my right mind would I venture all the way to Iceland for just four days? Well, that is precisely what I did. My friend was having a milestone birthday, lives in London and had just a short amount of time to vacation from her full time gig in the television industry. I told her to “pick anywhere in the world” that she really wanted to go and we’d dive head first into a whirlwind four day trip in said destination. She chose Iceland. If you too only have limited time off work, limited funds (this country is damn expensive) or just love the thrill of adrenaline, then here’s how much we packed in to four days on the ground in Iceland. Reykjavik First stop: Reykjavik. This is the capital of Iceland and the landing place for all international flights. Therefore you can’t miss it (and nor should you), this is a pretty cool city to explore for half a day or if you choose to base yourself here, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars you should visit in the evenings when you’ve used up your daylight hours adventuring. The Blue Lagoon A short […]

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I don’t think there’s a city in all of Europe with as much charisma and character as Barcelona; this city is full of it! I recently spent a few nights in the city to explore by day and feast all night, with my local friend David to point me in the direction of Barcelona’s best places to eat, drink, and the must visit city sights. Here’s a complete guide to help you make the most of your four days in Barcelona! Check In: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona On each of my visits to Barcelona I’ve checked in to the Mandarin Oriental, one of my favourite properties in the collection for so many reasons. The location is bang in the centre of town and in just a few minutes you can reach Gaudi architecture, great cafes and restaurants, and are dead in the centre of the shopping district. The hotel itself is a tribute to modern Barcelona, with impressive interiors and one of the cities’ most celebrated restaurants. On this visit I also discovered the hotel’s rooftop bar and casual restaurant, where I spent a few evenings enjoying cocktails and sunset views (even if you’re not staying at the hotel you can […]

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As a self-confessed Francophile, I’ve had my fair share of adventures through the French countryside and my beloved Paris. But every year without fail, I cannot help but to escape to France again and again, each time discovering a new city or town to add to my list. Here we have 20 of the most incredible places to visit in France, each of which I’m sure you will find just as magical as I did! 1. Annecy Favourites always come first for me and suffice it to say that my visit to Annecy a couple of years ago quickly shot this city to the top of my list. Many dinner party conversations have subsequently centred around the city of Annecy and I’m always more than keen to share every detail from my goat’s cheese salad for lunch to the paddle boats on the lake! Read more: Is this the cutest town in France? Why you need to visit Annecy! 2. Colmar I knew before I arrived in Colmar that this would be a town I would fall in love with. The unique blend of French and German architecture in Alsace is just too beautiful to be ignored, so I had […]

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For just two weeks of the year Paris comes to life in a wave of rich pink tones in the form of cherry blossoms and plenty of them. Travellers seeking cherry blossom season should visit Paris during April, though the exact dates are changeable year after year. Fortunately I have found myself in Paris for two cherry blossom seasons, so I’m starting to build quite the collection of favourite spots to see these beautiful flowers come to bloom! Here are some of the best locations to see cherry blossoms in Paris. Saint Paul Metro Station We’ll start with a less obvious (and as such less crowded) cherry blossom location in Paris – the metro stop for Saint Paul in Le Marais, coincidentally one of my favourite ‘hoods to roam around in Paris! One of the metro exits will find you facing this view the minute you exit, so be sure to look up. Tuileries Gardens Throughout the tuileries gardens opposite the Louvre you’ll find plenty of spring blooms to discover, but none more impressive than the deep pink tones of the blossoms in the garden. The tuileries are best enjoyed on a weekday in the early morning, as it tends […]

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