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7 Things To Consider Before Moving Abroad

Now I know I haven’t moved abroad for work or anything, so I do feel slightly cheeky writing a post on things you should know before moving abroad.

But. And there is always a but!

I still believe my points are worth considering from my experience as a study exchange student. Plus, I do plan to move abroad again, one day. And I think it’s always wise to have some tools before you consider moving abroad.

As you’ve heard me say a million times before ‘moving abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made’. I feel like it was a period of my life that I learnt so much about myself. It’s when I felt like I became whole and really believed I was capable of doing absolutely anything.  

7 Things to think about before moving abroad  

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF SELF DOUBT  

Unfortunately, this is inevitable. When I moved abroad, I always doubted myself, mainly as a young black female. And (at the time) had never even lived out of her family’s home before. I was first worried about how I would be taken in Singapore. Everything I did caused doubt.

China Town

Honestly, moving abroad was and is one of the most humbling experiences. I was forced to come out of my shell overnight with very little support (that’s my opinion – which I am happy to discuss at a later date).

But moving abroad is an experience to meet people and live after a while the self-doubt will literally disappear.

MAKING FRIENDS MAY BE DIFFICULT 

I personally didn’t have a massive issue with this because as you can imagine, everyone wanted to be my friend haha! I’m joking moving abroad can be quite daunting when you don’t know anyone on the other side.

As an adult or young person, should I say, making friends can be somewhat much more tricky, and if you are an introvert even harder – in my opinion? There can also be lots of misunderstandings, you know people learning about themselves. I had this trouble while living in Singapore, and it caused a bit of friction between a few friends and me. 

Tip: I would suggest starting with an interest, I was surprised how music was an icebreaker for me when making friends in Singapore. I seemed to find similar interest with people that loved Beyonce! If you can, I would also suggest using Instagram and Facebook.  

N.B don’t be afraid to ghost someone; people appear their best selves when you first meet them. If you don’t think you click with someone, do not hesitate to keep it moving! 

YOU’LL GET FRUSTRATED LIKE ALL THE TIME  

Anyone who tells you that moving abroad is easy is just lying! Moving abroad can be quite overwhelming, and if you lose your cool – it’s understandable. If you are moving over as a student, this can be reasonably straight forward, but if you’re doing this on your own – it can be quite frustrating!  

It doesn’t stop there you then have to think about getting a new sim-card (if you already have a phone) then signing up to a new bank, the money you need to spend. Not to mention time difference. This can really test you – honestly, there were times I’m sure people thought I was just a spoilt brat! Things didn’t seem to go my way when I moved to Singapore, and I just wanted to come home!  

However, despite the little hiccups, I learnt so many things. I reminded myself that it was all a learning process. As cheesy as it sounds, you really have to take a step back and just breath! All these annoying things definitely made me a more patient person. 

YOU WILL BE SPENDING MONEY LIKE YOU’RE BARCLAYS BANK  

Let me be real with you. Unless you have some fantastic benefits, you will be spending a lot of money. The first thing I did when I landed in Singapore was head out to IKEA. I wanted to feel like I was at home, and I couldn’t do that with no bedsheets.  

Singapore money

Get ready to save some money before you go and then spend it once you get there.  

YOUR STEREOTYPES WILL BE CHALLENGED  

THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE LIKE TO IGNORE. PLEASE DON’T!

Sometimes as human beings, we have preconceived notions of how people behave or how they will perceive us. You can even have presumptions of how a place might be and more. Moving abroad wholly change everything for me. Not only did I learn so much about the culture in Singapore, but I was continually learning about other cultures and countries. I met people from America, Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and more. At first, I can honestly say it was a huge learning curve, but an enjoyable one where I felt like I gained so much from people. 

IT’LL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU’VE EVER MADE  

As I will always say and continue to preach! Moving abroad has and will always be the best decision I ever made. The decision to get out of my shell and see the world really changed me for the better and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  

If you’ve ever had a thought that moving abroad is something you want to do, I’ve got one piece of advice for you – DO IT! If you are in uni/college, please consider. 

What about you have you ever thought about moving abroad? What’s holding you back?  

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Singapore: The Difference As A Student Vs Tourist

I’m sure you are all tired of hearing me tell the story of how I lived in Singapore. The beautiful city-state haha! Well, today is your lucky day because we are going to talk about the difference with being a student vs a tourist in another country. If you are new to the blog you need to know that I lived in Singapore for seven months and studied at the National University of Singapore.

I’ve only ever been both a tourist and a student in Singapore. I guess some people can argue that I could be considered a tourist in the UK, as I’ve lived as a student and could be a tourist in the UK, but I think it’s more fun in Singapore. Don’t you?

Before we get into the differences. I thought it would be wise to define the two for ease:

Tourist

Visting Singapore Gardens by the Bay

Usually, explore the local landmarks, sometimes if they are in the country long enough tourist can learn some keywords or phrases. Tourists can go as far as having a chat with the locals take some photos of the sights, try some local cuisines and end the trip with a fun souvenir. 

Student

student at nus

Students, on the other hand, live abroad, which gives them the chance to truly know and embrace a city. There is more time to discover the charming little streets with the best cafés and the ideal spots for authentic cuisine. You can end the stay with a life-changing experience that no one can take from you. 

There are benefits to both studying abroad and visiting a destination as a tourist. If you want to really get to know a city, a country or place. I would always suggest that it’s best to live and take in the culture, food and in this case sun.

Going back to Singapore as a tourist last year was quite an overwhelming experience for me. I had left Singapore six years ago a place I called home and was now returning as a tourist. The many memories that popped up while I sat in a taxi to my friend’s house, left me feeling quite sad. Memories of pretending to be a tourist in the first month. Living in Singapore going to the Singapore Zoo, clubbing and the Singapore flyer.

Above I defined the difference, but what was the difference for me?

Tourist vs. Student in Singapore

Visa Process

Student – you get a visa – mine was for six months. And trust me when I say it is hella of a long process! I arrived later at my uni/college than the other students. This required me to figure out how to do the visa myself! I didn’t know where I had to go and what I needed to bring with me. The staff were kind enough to allow me as they could see how frustrated and flustered I was.

One thing I do remember is not being able to locate my identity box. In Singapore, you are either African or British. You can’t be both Black British, like the UK. This was something that I was naive to believe was universal around the world.

If you want to ever see my student visa it I’m happy to send a picture to you (I still kept it after all these years).

Tourist – You get a stamped visa after completing a form (ask for one on the plane and have a pen). You are then with this stamp, able to stay up to 90 days as a tourist, on business or on a social visit. 

Language

Student – you may think that I learnt to speak Singaporean, but I’m afraid Singaporeans don’t speak Singaporean either. The country has a mixture of languages – Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, and English. As a student, I was able to speak English to all locals.

Tourist – As a tourist, I would even expect you to learn any of the languages. I was happy to of picked up on some words when I was a student (all of which I’ve forgotten).

Meeting People

Student – you will make lifelong friends. Honestly, I made such good friend that I’m still in contact with today. And get this. Last year I was fortunate enough to be at one of my international friend’s weddings and even better her bridesmaid. See the picture below – in due time I will be writing about my experience.

Dulang girls and Malaysian bridesmaid
friends in singapore

Tourist – I was able to meet up with friends, but with the length. Staying in Singapore as a tourist I knew I wasn’t about to make any life long friends.

Culture

Student – as a student, I was able to experience vast amounts of culture and more. I learnt about traditions, tasted the richness of food and more! My personal faves have to be chicken rice, chilli crab and stingray! My mouth waters as I write this!

chicken rice

Tourist – I guess I was at an advantage because I had already experienced living in Singapore as a student. However, as a tourist, there’s only so much you can try! I would suggest the meals I stated above – or you could subscribe and find out places to eat in Singapore.

Views of the World

Student – Looking back now, I felt like, I honestly was able to gain a new perspective of the world. I came home with fresh eyes to the world and was ready to explore more. I came back and felt out of places to my friends and family. Having experienced so much of a different life to them. Time had moved for me. I had seen and experienced a new and different world a new perspective and a new culture.

china town

Tourist – Hahaha! Of course, you can taste another side of the world as a tourist. However, I have to say that it’s never the same as living somewhere else!

Thank you for reading my experiences, I do hope you enjoyed them, and it encourages you to move abroad. Have you ever been both a tourist and student or lived in the same country. What was it like share your comments below.

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7 Laws You Should Know About Singapore

Happy New Year everyone! I would like to welcome you all to my first Singapore special. This month will be seven years since I moved to Singapore for my study abroad, so to mark this special moment we are going to be looking at seven Singaporean laws you should know before visiting.

We will be learning the difference between travelling to Singapore as a tourist and living there as a student, where to go and much more. You don’t want to miss out so be sure to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to the blog!

Singapore, to some degree, is seen as a city-state with culture, local and international cuisine and real iconic attractions. It is one of the cleanest countries I have ever lived and visited. But there’s more, the country is also famous for its strictness with laws and considering I was able to live there for over 6 months and not once get arrested, I think I did pretty well ( hey just saying).  

When I moved to Singapore in 2013, I knew I was going to need to learn about the laws of the country. Some of their laws include the ban of chewing gum, not being allowed to walk in your house naked, not flushing the toilet and more. If you will be heading to Singapore soon then here are a few laws that you need to be aware of.

7 Strict Laws you should be mindful of before travelling to Singapore  

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1. Yes chewing gum is illegal in Singapore  

chewing gum is banned in singapore

I said it. Yes, I was more shocked than you when I read about this in 2013! Chewing gum is wholly forbidden, which explains how clean the streets are in Singapore.  

I wouldn’t want to be caught bringing chewing gum into the country so don’t even think about selling it and certainly don’t import it. 

Punishment: Selling chewing gum can result in fines of S$100,000 (Singapore dollars) and up to 2 years in prison.  

2. Feeding Pigeons in Singapore can get you into trouble 

I’m not a big fan of pigeons myself, so this law is music to my ears, but bird lovers, please take note. You could face a fine if you are caught sharing your food with a local pigeon.  

Punishment: S$500 fine 

3. Begging in the streets is illegal in Singapore  

singapore streets

I remember living in Singapore and not ever once seeing a beggar. You may on occasion find a beggar selling packets of tissues outside a food centre, but if I was you, I wouldn’t even entertain it. Begging is illegal and can lead to a hefty fine.  

Punishment: S$3,000 fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years in prison. 

4. Not flushing the toilet is illegal in Singapore  

This would seem a pretty obvious thing to do, but some people don’t have house training! Singapore has quite rightly made this illegal. Officials are known to conduct random checks in public toilets to make sure people flush after they go. So please flush after yourself. I would say to avoid a fine I would suggest flushing after you go.  

Punishment: S$150 – S$500 fine 

5. Walking naked in your house is illegal 

Walking around your house naked is considered a form of pornography. And while you’re here, you should also know that pornography is also prohibited in Singapore. Don’t walk around naked in your home.  

Why? Well because it may cause a disturbance to your neighbours and you might receive an unexpected fine.  

Punishment: S$2,000 fine or up to 3 months in prison 

6. Don’t do drugs especially in Singapore  

Many countries ban drugs, but Singapore has much stricter sentencing for those that are caught trafficking or in possession of drugs could receive a hefty fine and or death penalty.  

You may think you can’t get caught but think again. Singapore officials can conduct anonymous and random drug tests to anyone without a warrant, and if you’re caught with drugs in your system, then you could be looking at a penalty. These included drugs taking before you enter Singapore so be mindful when travelling other parts of Asia.

Punishment: S$20,000 fines, up to 10 years in prison or the death penalty 

7.No Eating and drinking on public transport  

Durian
Durian

And the final law that I have to offer you today. Please do not eat or drink on any form of public transport this includes the MRT the bus anything! I remember when my friend told me about being fined when she was caught eating ice cream on the MRT! There are lots of food centres eat there or within closed doors. Oh and Durian a special fruit is also banned on public transport – don’t do it!

Punishment: S$5,000 fine  

Despite all the laws that exist in Singapore, it is actually one of my favourite Asian countries to visit and live. I think if I can live in Singapore for 7 months and not face a fine then you will also be fine.

What about you do you know any of any fines that exist in Singapore or around the world? Share in the comments below!  

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Learn How to Make 2020 A Year of Travel

Hey, Kings and Queens how was your Christmas break? I had a lovely time spent with my family. As it’s the last day of 2019 – can you actually believe it? No. Neither can I! Anyways as I was saying as it’s the last days of the year I thought I should bring the year to a close by sharing a few tips on how all of us can make 2020 a year of travel!

Last week I shared a quick walkthrough on my trips of 2019. I wanted to use December as a month to reflect on my travels.

Did you enjoy it? Well, you don’t have to answer – but I do hope you did! It was so important for me to share my journey with you all. As I said in my last post you all came through and supported me when I needed you the most and I will never forget that.

It was a time that you all came together for me and supported and prayed for me. I will never know how to thank you all for your support. There are so many people to name and be thankful for. But trust and believe me, you will forever be in my heart.

2020 is a year for travelling! You must have seen my recent posts on the gram where I asked you about your travel plans for 2020. These are the places you told me that you will be visiting next year:

  • Río Negro, Argentina
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Amman, Jordan

Will any of you be going to any of the countries listed above? I haven’t been to all of them, but I believe I will someday. Today is the last day of the year! I actually can’t believe it! It felt like just yesterday I was flying to my first 2019 country – Denmark, Copenhagen! In celebration of the New Year, we are going to focus on our 2020 goals and learn how to make this a year of travels!

I’ve always said that I want to see more people travel, so let’s share some tips on how you should get into travelling in 2020.

6 ways to Make 2020 Your Year of Travel

Infographics on how to make 2020 your year of travel

1. Make travel a priority

If you want to travel more, then make it a priority.

This year I knew I wanted to travel more, and that’s precisely what I did. Please don’t make travel expensive because it actually doesn’t have to be! If you live in the UK have a look at day trips. In this year alone I travelled to 13/14 countries with some of them being day trips. Have a read:

When I say make travelling a priority. I’m talking about putting flights, hotels and researching destinations at the forefront of your mind. Think about travel before you think about buying something flashy – you don’t need it trust me! When I’m coming back from a trip I am usually already looking for my next destination!

Of course, you can have treats, but reprioritise what is important to you and you will see the difference.

2. Book well in advance

If you want to travel more in 2020, then book that flight! 

I’ve already booked two trips for 2020, one of my bestie and another with Jessica of theufuoma which I am extremely excited to share with you all!

When booking flights I would suggest using apps like, Hooper. The app analyses billions of flight prices daily and predicts how prices will change and then tells you whether to buy or wait. You could potentially save up to 40% on your next flight if you use it well!

Also, we can’t forget my favourite app Skyscanner perfect for choosing the cheapest dates to fly out!

3. Write down your travels for next year

Remember when I spoke about owning a bucket list for your trips? 

It mind sound corny, but trust me it works! Well, it has for me, and it can definitely work for you – if you want it to.

There is so much power in speaking trips into existence. Yes, believe it and receive it! Start speaking destinations into existence, it won’t be long before you find yourself in that exact destination (and you will smile thinking because I did what MBV’s told me to do)!

4. Don’t be afraid of going solo

Never travelled solo? Ok, know that 2020 is your year! To travel as much as you want to in the New Year, then you need to get comfortable with doing it alone. I don’t get to travel solo as much as I would like to, but there are a few places that I would have regretted not going if I didn’t go solo – like my bestie wedding!

Malaysian Wedding

And don’t worry I have you covered on the solo travelling! First, get your hands into 7 Fantastic Tools That will Have You Solo Travelling with Confidence and then if you are stuck on choosing a location then get your teeth into 10 Places to Visit For the First Time Solo As A Black Female.

5. Think about making short stays 

Depending on where you live, this may work out really well for you. You may already know that I am not a big fan of staying in a country for longer than 5 days! It can increase my level of post-depression if I stay too long. So quick easy trips are always a good idea for me. Try out a small getaway – you will find that you have so much more holidays and time to take more trips.

Don’t stay in a country way too long! Have a read of MyBreakingViews 10 Travel Hacks In Seeing The World.

6. Save your coins

There is rice at home!

Yes, say it with me! “There is rice at home!” I learnt this from my podcasting buddy Lateef. Save your coins and think about your spending habits for 2020! Taking packed lunches to work stay away from buying bad snacks.

there is rice at home

My partner has an amazing excel sheet on how to save money so if you’re interested to let me know.

Thank you for reading my tips on how to make 2020 your year of travel. And I do hope 2020 is an amazing year of adventures for us all! I have so much to share with you in the New Year (including my Singaporean recap) and I hope you can all join me by subscribing to the blog.

What about you how do you intend to make 2020 your year of travel? Let me know in the comment section!

Happy New Year!

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MBV’s Destinations of 2019: Lessons and Memories

What a year to share the destinations of 2019, eh?! This year has been full of adventures, laughter, getting out of my comfort zone and lots of tears! From, wedding destinations, Bali swings to my arrest in Greece. I have to say this has been a year of making and breaking this wanderlust.

I will be sharing how to make 2020 the year of travels, but for now, read on my destinations of 2019.

Please note you may see some destinations I have already been to already this year – sorry not sorry!  

1. The first destinations of 2019 – Copenhagen

I started off the year with a day trip to Denmark, Copenhagen in February this year. This was a collaboration with Travel Eat Slay and Black Travel Creators. I had never been on a day trip before. So was surprised to see so much and be around such great people! I couldn’t believe how much I was able to see from trying vegan waffles to seeing the colourful house and Christiansborg Palace. I was totally impressed by the day. So impressed that it only led to the birth of my series – Series: A Day with MBV…

destinations in copenhagen
Copenhagen
Memories in Copenhagen: Listening to music and meeting amazing people in just one day.

2. Another day trip to Prague

In May 2019, I joined Travel Eat Slay for another day trip to Prague, Czech Republic! Again, not knowing what to expect with such a big group of people. I went along to see some of the most beautiful sites in Prague. The city has such fantastic street art and is hella cheap! The city is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock. Want to know how my day went? Read: A Day with MBV In Prague

Destinations in Prague
Views of Prague

3. Returning to my second home – Singapore

One of those destinations that will last in my heart forever. There are numerous famous attractions within the city-state, notably the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Orchard Road, Jewel Changi Airport and the Singapore Zoo and more of which I will be touching on next month! 

Arriving in Singapore made me very emotional and brought back so many damn memories of a study abroad/exchange student. The modern city-state fed me memories of a time when I travelled more than ever (which I still need to write about). The fantastic food and late-night chats and early morning flights around South East Asia are only good memories!

Lessons learnt in Singapore: Don’t be afraid of moving away from home, take the opportunity when it arises.

4. Another place I call home – Malaysia

A quick trip to be a Dulung girl (a bridesmaid) for a special friends wedding. Another destination that I am yet to write about. Johor Bharu is one of those destinations that I will forever consider another home. The Malaysian state of Johor sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. With a causeway across the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, it’s a gateway for exploration of that island nation.

The city holds a special place in my heart because again, it was a country that welcomed me and fed me well! Hahaha! Stay tuned for content!

A Dulang girl at a Malaysian wedding
Me with the Bride and Groom in Malaysia

5. The Instagram Island – Bali

Still, in South East Asia, I decided to continue my destinations to Bali. I have always dreamed of going to Bali and regret that I only went for the 4 days. The Island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south of the Island, there is the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars. The Island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.

The culture, learning about the locals, drinking natural avocado coffee, eating their food and breathing their air made me fall in love with this Island. Bali. I will certainly be coming back again! Thank you for the welcomeness and for allowing my solo destinations memorable.

The hotel I stayed in
Lessons learnt in Bali: Don’t allow anyone to stop you from taking that solo trip. Make next year your year of destinations.

6. Solo Day trip to Ireland

I continued my solo travels with another day trip to Ireland. Dublin is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer and has the famous prison called Kilmainham Gaol.

It was a much-needed break where I learnt so much history about Ireland and the views they have of the British people – eek! I will touch on this on MBVs Day Series (maybe next year). I enjoyed this solo day trip because it was cheap and I could do what I wanted when I wanted. I decided to get Airbnb Experiences and was glad I did. Stay tuned for my day trip to Ireland. Read 7 Fantastic Tools That will Have You Solo Travelling with Confidence.

Me in Ireland

7. Tears in Greece

When I think about Athens, Greece, my stomach turns upside down – literally. A trip that was supposed to be a smooth run, where I met my partner’s parents and enjoyed the sites of Athens. It instead turned nasty when a guard was malicious to make up a lie, a false accusation against me. I will never forget this trip because it was the first time that I was reminded I was a black female. The positive on this trip was the truth came out and the support I received from my community. 

It was a time that you all came together for me and supported and prayed for me. I will never know how to thank you all for your support. There are so many people to name and be thankful for. But trust and believe me, you will forever be in my heart.

Lessons learnt in Athens: Travelling Perceptions & Safety: Why I don’t Allow the Experiences Stop me From Seeing The World?

8. Back to Copenhagen AGAIN!

A much-needed trip after the experience I had in Greece, Athens. It was a very different trip to Copenhagen when I visited in February this year. I arrived with my boyfriend and met up with family and friends to be a bridesmaid yet again! I was a little anxious from Greece happening so soon before but felt safe with my friends and family around me. 

If you are looking for Danish fashion and design, culture and the Nordic cuisine then you need to head over to Copenhagen in August (the best time to visit in my opinion). I haven’t written about this entirely, but I have said it’s a destination to go with a friend, solo, or with a partner. Read: 4 Romantic Weekend European Getaways for Couples

Copenhagen in a yellow dress
In Copenhagen

9. Sweden for the first time

From Copenhagen, I woke up early and got a train to a small and beautiful village called Arild in Sweden. Historically the village was mostly concentrated around the chapel and the shoreline. However, it has recently been extended uphill towards Kullaberg, which has now created height differences between the various parts of the village.

We got the train to the wedding with Omio because it was closer to Copenhagen airport. One thing I will say is Sweden has to be one of the most expensive countries I have ever been too in my life ( a bottle of water was £2!)! I will, of course, be writing about this for you, so be sure to subscribe and stay up in the mix.

Arild by the sea
Views of the town in Arild
Memories in Sweden: Being a bridesmaid in Sweden and giving a speech to my beloved friend, which made me cry.

10. The City of Love Paris to celebrate my Birthday

I have been celebrating my Birthday abroad for the last 8 years! I go on and on about how to Turn Your’ Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips. My trip to Paris was a lovely weekend getaway for me because I was able to behave like a BIG KID and head over to Disneyland Paris!

The city is the 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed with wide boulevards and the River Seine. Want to find out more about the trip to Pari? Read France Paris: A 3 Day Romantic Trip In Paris.

disneyland paris

11. Bologna for a day!

Another day trip! I think you can tell I went on a lot of day trips this year! The city of Bologna was absolutely beautiful known to be lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio.

It has so much culture, history and PORK! The first-day trip that I where I saw some sun and was introduced to a tour guide. Again another piece that is waiting to be tweaked and published for you all to read. For now, enjoy the photography!

lake in bologna little venice
La Piccola Venezia
Lessons learnt in Bologna: That the fountain of Neptune in Bologna has an optical illusion. 

12. Oslo for another day trip haha

A day trip that I was not expecting even to happen, but was glad to be asked! When Jenna of Jennas World Views asked me to come along to Oslo, I couldn’t really so no could I? Ha! To be honest with you I was itching for another trip! Another capital city which is known for its green spaces and museums. Not necessarily on the cheap side but has some fantastic sites. Content again will be coming to you soon, so head over and subscribe.

I was starting to believe that I had no content written for any of my destinations of 2019!  

black ladies in oslo
Liz and Jenna with me in Oslo

13. Riga for a travel conference

Riga I thought would be my last destination of 2019. A city that is considered a cultural centre; home to many museums and concert halls. This was a very different trip for me – my first ever travel conference abroad. I had never been to Riga, Latvia and thought it would be good to experience both in one go! You know kill two birds with one stone or flight! 

Want to know how the travel conference went? Then head over to read: My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

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Memories in Riga: Playing with bubbles in Riga and realising how much meaning it has in real life. 

14. Finally to end the year brunch in Gdańsk

Oh my! The coldest country I have ever travelled too in my life! It was -2 degrees! Although it was cold, I was glad to experience the Christmas markets and have brunch with a few amazing ladies that I usually only speak to on the socials lol. 

Gdańsk is known for having several historical attractions, such as the Royal Way, a famous promenade street of Polish kings, along with historic cathedrals, medieval ports and heaps of cool cafes. I will be doing a Christmas special on my Instagram so head over and don’t be shy to say hello!

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Christmas in Poland
Lesson learnt in Gdańsk: Don’t be afraid to share your experiences and lessons learnt with people.

Thank you to you all… 

Thank you to all of you for the support you showed me while I was in Greece, Athens. I will never forget what you all did, and you all have a special place in my heart. I love you all.

And

Thank you for planning most of my day trips Caroline of Travel Eat Slay they have allowed me to see Europe in a different light.

Final Thoughts on my destination of 2019…

And to you, all, thank you again for reading my destination of 2019. I visited 14 countries this year! Wooow impressive I will say. 

I have left each country with a memory or a lesson. Every destination has opened my eyes in one way or the other (some more than others for obvious reasons). Would I change anything? Maybe. Yes? Actually No. All these things happened for a reason. I don’t exactly know why, but God does. I have also met some fantastic people (online and in-person) along the way which I will never forget.

I hope my journey tells and shows you that you can travel and you shouldn’t ever allow anyone to stop you from seeing the world. You are in charge of how you see the world. I hope you subscribe and stay tuned for my post coming on How to make 2020 a Year of Travels.

What about you where did you go this year? Let me know in the comment section below. Do you have any regrets this year/ what was your fave destination of 2019?

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Gdańsk Christmas Market 2019

I have always wanted to visit a European Christmas Market, so was very excited to head over to Gdańsk with some amazing girls. If you’ve been following me my Instagram, you will know that I’ve already started sharing my Christmas content from my time in Gdańsk, Poland this week.

Yes, for my last trip of 2019, I took a cheeky day trip with the famous European day tripper – TravelEatSlay.

Gdańsk is – a city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Gdańsk is Poland’s principal seaport and one of the most prominent tourist destinations. It’s famous for several important historical attractions, such as the Royal Way, the famous promenade street of Polish kings, along with historic cathedrals, medieval ports and heaps of cool cafes.

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The girls in Gdansk

How was Gdansk?

The city was in one word cold. Hahaha! I was quite looking forward to seeing the Christmas Market in Gdańsk and the festive Arts & crafts market which takes place on the Main Town’s Coal Market (Targ Węglowy). It is being run from 1st until the 23rd of December. I wasn’t going to write about this day trip because between you and me; there wasn’t a lot done on this trip! Everything closed very early, and it was soo cold that I just wanted to sit in the warmth lol!

However, despite the cold (-2 degrees)!! I have to say that I was impressed by the beautiful Christmas market and buildings. When we first arrived, we purchased our bus tickets and headed into the city. We were welcomed with culture, food and entertainment. 

Gdańsk DUMPLINGS

Throughout December, Targ Węglowy (Eng: The Coal Market) in the picturesque historic centre, Old Town, will turn into a quaint Christmas village offering decorations and treats galore, woollen scarves and socks, handmade jewellery, children’s no toys, mulled wine, hot cider and steaming portions of Polish food. 

Things to eat at Gdańsk Christmas markets? 

We went to a restaurant called – Piwnica Rajców Browar Restauracja. There is also such a range of traditional Polish cuisine that you’ll find in Gdańsk and the Christmas Market. I would try some polish dumplings.

Things to Drink at Gdańsk Christmas markets? 

mulled wine

Christmas is the season of heated alcohol! And I am so here for it! My absolute fave is mulled wine! I had so much when I was also in Riga this year! It appeared to me that the Polish had a thing for Beer soo be sure to have a taste when you are in Poland.

I will be showcasing more of my day on my Instagram – (all part of the Christmas theme). So head over to my page now and say Merry Christmas!

Have you ever been to a Christmas Market? How was it? Let us know in the comments below.  
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