5 REASONS TO INCLUDE MELBOURNE IN YOUR EAST COAST ADVENTURE

Whilst travelling the East Coast of Australia, I quickly discovered that you're either a Melbourne person or a Sydney person. Both cities have so much to offer and locals from each will be quick to tell you why their own city trumps the other. Sydney has all of the big, touristy, well recognisable landmarks, but don't let that stop you from making Melbourne a stop on your tour of the East Coast. Their weather may be a little bit shifty in comparison to other spots further up the coast, but With it's hidden street art lanes and it's huge array of independent coffee sellers, Melbourne is a city buzzing with culture and colour. It's also one of the happiest cities I visited in my time there. It's fast paced but relaxed all at once. Many people who decide to travel the East Coast of Australia head to Sydney first and then travel up from there without giving Melbourne a visit, but here are a few reasons why it should be the first stop on your East Coast adventure.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA

Planning a huge travelling adventure can feel like a really daunting task before you get started. It always feels like there's so much to consider - where to go, how to fit everything into your budget, how long you should spend in each place and how to get from A to B. It can feel unbelievably overwhelming when you realise how much there is to consider. The good news is that the East Coast of Australia is one of the easiest trips to plan, making it the perfect route for your first travelling adventure. A lot of people who travel the East Coast end up doing very similar routes to each other, as you're all either working your way up the coast or down. This means you'll never be short of people to travel with and advice on the next place. I learnt a few tips and tricks while I was navigating the East Coast on how best to plan your trip.

UPDATE: 2 MONTHS SOLO TRAVEL IN AUSTRALIA


I can't even begin to explain how good it feels to be sat down at my laptop, with an iced coffee in hand, typing out my first blog post of the last three months. For a little while, writing was starting to feel like a chore to me, but after a short break, it now feels like a luxury which I couldn't wait to get back to. I'm so happy to be back to blogging! I have so much content ready to go which I'm excited to share with all of you.

And why has it been so long since I last sat down to type out a post? Well, if you don't follow me on any social media and were lucky enough not to have been spammed daily by my photos and tweets, you may not know that I've spent the last 2 months on a solo travel adventure up the East Coast of Australia, and it was amazing! I learnt so much about myself, the people around me and the world, that had never previously crossed my mind, and I've come home a much happier and more relaxed person.

CITY GUIDE: BERLIN, GERMANY


Berlin is a city which I've wanted to visit for a while now. Its ever changing art and culture scene and rich history has meant that it's always been on my radar, and I finally got around to going last week. I went as a short city break with my mum and my sister and we were lucky enough to visit on a weekend which was uncharacteristically hot for April. It was so nice to spend a few days in the sun after spending far too long in rainy London! Although we were only in the city for a couple of days, we planned everything that we wanted to see in advance and still managed to pack a whole lot into our trip. Want to know the best little spots to eat, drink and see the sights in Berlin? Keep reading!

IS TRAVEL REALLY WORTH THE MONEY?

As you'll probably already know from me non-stop going on about it across Twitter and on my blog, I'm going travelling in May. I'm off on a solo trip across Australia for just over two months, and I'm currently a big bag of mixed emotions over the whole thing. I'm incredibly excited to be embarking on my first big solo trip over on the other side of the world, but being someone who struggles with anxiety, I'm also unbelievably nervous. In usual ~me~ style, I've spent the last few weeks since booking my flight worrying about anything and everything which could possibly go wrong while I'm away. The one thing I'm getting most caught up over is money, and whether my budget is going to last me. The real question which keeps rotating around my head: is travelling really worth the money?

HOW FASHION HAS HELPED ME TO EMBRACE MY FLAWS

 The way that I present myself today is very different from how I would throughout my teens and even into my early twenties. Sometimes I feel like the least body confident person in the world. I'll look in the mirror and notice every lump. Every area of skin which isn't perfectly smooth, and every place where a gap should be where there isn't one. Sometimes, I really do feel like I hate my body. But then I'll look back on the relationship that I've had with it in the past, and I'll realise that I'm actually doing pretty great. Somewhere along the way, I've figured out how to get on with life with the body that I have and actually sort of like it, lumps, bumps and all. A lot of this has come from the self-love that I've found within myself, but much of this has also come from the development of my own style.

REVIEW: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE @ MARBLE ARCH THEATRE

This month I got the chance to go see one of London's most recently raved about shows, Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre. A six man show filled with energetic performers and toe-tapping jazz numbers, Five Guys Named Moe is not a show to miss. It's one of my favourite shows which I've seen in recent months, not only because of the recognisable tunes, but because of the pure passion and energy which the cast put into every single number. If you're looking for a show to see in London this month, on a tighter budget than West End Theatre's can usually offer, I'd definitely recommend Five Guys Named Moe.