Welcome to my first guest feature with TravelEatSlay! Today we are going to be finding out from the Queen of days trips how exactly to plan for a day trip! Last year I did a day trip with TravelEatSlay in Copenhagen, Prague, Bologna and Gdansk. I have to say I enjoyed every single one of the day visits! Read on to find out all you need to know on planning a day trip!
What made you consider taking a day trip?
You can say my first-day trip happened by accident. It was the summer of 2018 right after I quit my job to pursue and develop the TravelEatSlay brand and do some travelling. Soon after I went to Cuba and then Morocco and honestly my wallet took a hit so I had to calm down but the itch to travel was still there.
While browsing for flights I noticed a flight to Cologne, Germany for £20 return. This was the beginning of TravelEatSlay Day Trips.
How do you plan for a day trip?
Day trips are fun but require a lot of energy. When searching for flights use the incognito browser, use sites like Skyscanner, Google Flights or Kayak. I prefer the former. Once I find a flight on Skyscanner, I usually cross-check it with the airline website to make sure the price is the same. Make sure the flight times are sufficient to enable you to make the most of your time in the city. I usually aim for at least 8 hours in a destination.
What was your first-day trip and did you forget anything important?
Cologne, Germany was my first trip and to be honest I don’t remember forgetting anything instead I sometimes overpack.
What is your must-haves when on a day trip?
Water bottle (to avoid buying beverages- most airports have water fountains where you can fill your bottle. Same goes for restaurants if you ask politely they can fill your bottle)
Battery pack & adaptor – stay powered up.
Snacks these will fuel you as you walk about and explore
Wipes, tissue, sanitizer & lipgloss
TravelEatSlay merchandise of course 😉
Is there anything you wouldn’t bring on a day trip
A book. Well, despite the fact that you won’t have time to really read or focus on the book during a day trip it is one less thing to carry around with you as you will only bring a small bag with you.
Your top 5 countries to travel to for a day trip?
When is your next day trip and how does my audience get involved?
The next day trip is to Copenhagen in March. Anyone keen on joining the travel squad email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list.
Welcome to my fourth series: A Day with MBV In Oslo. In this post, I will be having two other travel bloggers join me! Carry on reading to find out more!
Last year I was asked by Jenna of JennasWorldView if I would like to catch a cheeky flight to Oslo for the day and of course, I said yes!
I mean, who in their right mind would say no?
We were later joined by Liz of Lei. Noire who also wanted to spend a day in Oslo! Looking back now, I can honestly say that it was a lovely day, filled with lots of laughter, plenty of shade and small girls talk. Read below on more detail and find out how we spent a day in Oslo.
Where is Oslo?
Oslo is the capital of and most populous city in Norway. It was known as Kristiania from 1877 to 1925 when its original Norwegian name was restored. Oslo is now known to be the economic and governmental centre of Norway. Oslo is primarily a city that is a little bit like London in that it’s a city that is meant to be walked. Many of the city’s attractions lie in the central part of the city. To make the most of your day in Oslo I would suggest using the city’s extensive and efficient public transportation system.
Please don’t make the same mistake of travelling on the fast train as we did. And then end up paying more than you need to. I would also advise against using taxis in Oslo. Oslo is known to be very expensive, and you’ll be spending more than you anticipated.
A day in Oslo
I started the day bright and early by catching and meeting Jenna on the train to Victoria station. It was good to catch up before the busy day we hadn’t planned ahead! Jenna had niced me with some tasty snacks, which I was soo grateful for. Me and Jenna were so busy chatting that we almost missed our coach.
You can easily catch a coach to Stanstead Airport by booking through National Express.
We first headed out to get some brunch! We hadn’t really planned what we were going to do. Well, Liz had given us a list of things that we should do a few days before, but we hadn’t agreed on a brunch location.
Lucky for us, Jenna was able to locate Gunnars, and we headed to the restaurant. It took us forever to find this restaurant! We went through back streets and all sorts! When we eventually found the restaurant we were very much impressed with what we ordered.
JWV:I don’t really do travel logistics but when it comes to finding a good spot for brunch you can count on me. Social media is a powerful tool and I managed to find this lovely spot after a few minutes of scrolling on the gram.
We then headed to the Royal Palace in Oslo. It wasn’t far from where we had brunch, but it had started raining! Can you believe me and Jenna paid 10 pounds for an umbrella?!! Honestly, you should be smart and bring your own umbrella-like Liz did!
Historical Fact: The Royal Palace in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century. It was built as the Norwegian residence of the French-born King Charles III John of Norway. Who reigned as king of Norway and Sweden.
Liz:I love learning more about history when travelling. The palace is sitting on top of a hill elegant and modest. I was surprised at how close you could get – unfortunately, we could not go in as it was closed. Oslo is a beautiful, calm place – you can see more on my Oslo vlog coming soon on my YouTube Channel.
Location: Slottsplassen 1, 0010 Oslo, Norway
Liz then suggested that we should head over to Frogner Park. This park was the most challenging place to find! and I didn’t waste any time to let Liz know about it! I do apologise, Liz. Once we were able to locate the park, I was blown away by how beautiful it was.
Liz:The ladies doubted that this place existed and where ready to head back but to be fair we had been walking for a while and a random lady had directed us down a ‘short cut’. In the end, we found the park just before it got dark! The sculptures are a unique and interesting expressing of ‘human form’ by Gustav Vigeland – definitely check it out if you are in Oslo.
Jenna– Finding Frogner Park was a stressful yet funny experience. Lucky for you I caught the entire thing on video so be sure to Subscribe to my Youtube Channel. A day trip to Oslo blog is also coming soon.
The last thing we wanted to do was head over to the Oslo Opera House. I had heard how beautiful the sunset was and wanted to see it for myself! Unfortunately, google maps lied to us and we didn’t manage to see the sunset.
Final Thoughts on a day in Oslo
I think it’s fair to say that we all enjoyed Oslo and would certainly go back! A few things you might want to make note of if you are going.
Everything closes a little earlier than usual on Saturdays.
Oslo is very expensive so bare this in mind if you want to stay there!
The Norwegian currency is NOK (Norwegian Krone) so you won’t get very far with Euro. However, a credit or debit card is approved almost anywhere so grab your Monzo.
Norway has the Best Salmon so be sure to have some!
Hope you enjoyed our time in Oslo. I still have Dublin and Bologna to walk you through, so subscribe so you can stay in the loop with my monthly newsletter of blogposts!
This year I’ve made a considerable effort to try new things. You know go places I wouldn’t usually go to like the Boglands in Lativa @enjoylativa ??
If you have been keeping up with my stories, you would have seen that last month I put on my @hunterboots and space shoes (check out my Instagram to see more) and went walking through a Bog in Latvia. Something I never expected to do but was glad to have the experience.
What is the Ķemeri National Park?
The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is a popular tourist destination in Riga. It’s a park that has moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, and the smell of wild rosemary. The bogland soil has inadequate nutrients, acid and in many places sodden. It means that most of the trees are not able to endure the harsh conditions.
There are, however, a few surviving species, like pine and birch. When I was walking through the bog, there were berries which I was told where edible. I can’t say I had any if I’m honest with you. I did enjoy the experience. It was something new, which I think is always great.
On arrival, I was asked to slip into some space shoes (picture below) to ensure I didn’t sink into the swamp! I was immensely thankful that I carried my wellies and thermal socks with me.
The National Park was my very first activity in Riga. I had initially changed my mind on actually going. I was so scared that I would sink into the swamp and would never be found again! Haha! I later decided that it was good to try something new! Hey, when was the last time you tried something new?
We walked through the swamp for approximately an hour. It was freezing and very wet! Despite the cold, I enjoyed the walk because it wasn’t something I usually do, and it made me think about experiencing more new activities in the world.
Lunch Time at Hercogs
The day finished at a lovely restaurant called Hercogs. We all enjoyed a three-course meal which was extremely lovely. The food was very much needed after walking through a swamp haha! The restaurant is located on a reformed gypsum factory which has been converted into two exclusive apartment complexes.
By coach: drive along Ventspils motorway (A10) as far as the sign “Ķemeru tīreļa Purva laipa” (Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk) – towards Ventspils about 200 m from the turning point to Ķemeri.
By public transport: follow the signs from Ķemeri rail station, first, cross the railway line and walk 1 km to Ventspils motorway as far as the cell-tower; we advise you to take the pathway running towards the right-hand side with the sign “uz Tīreļa laipu” (to the Tīreļi boardwalk).
Hiking along the boardwalk is free, and the boardwalk is open throughout the year.
The car parking fee is 2 EUR.
If you have ever considered going to Riga, I would definitely suggest visiting Kemeri National Park.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my photos. I will be writing more about what I did Riga next week. Be sure to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more footage of my travels.
The festive period is approaching — a socially and beautiful time of the year. But with Christmas just around the corner, for more than half of UK adults with hearing loss, the festivities are not such a social, joyous occasion. Hearing loss is often seen as a non-visible disability. Many people feel there is a stigma around the condition and find it hard to ask for help. There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, (that’s around one in six people), so it’s a condition that affects a lot of us.
Please note this post is a collaborative post with Specsavers Audiology. All opinions are my own.
Hearing loss can have many different causes. For example, sudden hearing loss in one ear may be due to earwax, an ear infection, a perforated (burst) eardrum or Ménière’s disease. Sudden hearing loss in both ears may be due to damage from loud noise or taking certain medicines that can affect hearing.
With hearing loss, it can lead to withdrawal from social situations, emotional distress, and depression. Many people avoid social settings for fear of asking people to repeat themselves. Research shows that it increases the risk of loneliness, but only for those who don’t wear hearing aids.
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Christmas is just around the corner which means the party season will soon be in full swing. With the busyness of the festive period, we often neglect our health and rarely pay attention to our eyes and ears. These two senses are a significant part of whether we can enjoy the festive period.
Last week I was invited to a wine tasting event with Specsavers Audiology. The event honestly changed everything for me! It was an intimate wine tasting evening, where we were all asked to wear hearing moulds which stimulated hearing loss. The event was for Specsavers to raise awareness on the importance of regular hearing checks.
There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, (that’s around one in six people).
The event started at 6 pm at which I am proud to say that I was for once on time. I was welcomed with champagne and canapes of which I indulged in fully. You know me now, guys!
Later in the evening, we spoke to an audiologist from Specsavers who informed us on the impacts of hearing loss and the importance of having your ears checked regularly.
My experience of wearing hearing loss moulds
I remember the audiologist asking me a series of questions, such as had I experienced any pain or any ringing in my ears etc. All of which I answered no to. The audiologist then checked my ears with an otoscope and told me that my eardrums looked healthy. (This was surprising considering how loud I blast my music daily).
One ear was done at a time. The ear was fitted with a spongey mould and then injected with a cold substance which replicated around 70% hearing loss. Meaning that I was unable to listen to people speak like I usually do.
How I really felt losing my hearing
The experience was rather emotional. So emotional that I cried. Honestly, I first felt like I was physically underwater, you know that feeling when you know conversations are happening, but you can’t pinpoint what it is. That was how I felt not being able to hear.
I also learnt that using a cotton bud in your ear is like rubbing sandpaper on your hand.
I couldn’t believe how much I had to concentrate and look at people when they spoke to me. The majority of the night was spent with me feeling like I was shouting, which was ironic because many people said that I had talked a lot quieter and softer. As I was the first to have the moulds in I could feel a sense of isolation when making conversation with others. Continually having to ask people to repeat themselves, was complicated with people I had only just met for the first time.
Several times I felt very isolated and ready to leave. If I couldn’t hear what someone said, I would feel conscious of asking them to repeat themselves, so I usually smiled and nodded for fear of being annoying and praying for them to speak louder. When someone moved their face as they talked to me or covered their mouth, I wouldn’t be able to hear a single word that they said.
Another thing I noticed was the sudden change in my taste buds. Food and wine tasted slightly different. It felt like my other sense became more pronounced when I couldn’t hear. My attitude has undoubtedly changed towards those that suffer from hearing loss. I don’t think I have ever spoken with anyone with real hearing loss, but this evening really opened my eyes and made me realise the difficulties one may have with their hearing.
I kept the moulds in for just over an hour. Convinced that I had to keep them in as long as possible. I wanted to get a real sense of what it was like to suffer from hearing loss. When they were taken out, I was filled with tears and emotions. The experience was incredibly overwhelming, and the ability to be able to take the moulds out and hear again. Never in my life had I imagined what it was like to lose one of my senses. And for me, it was only for one hour! Realising that I struggled so much with the mould in. And then knowing that this is people’s daily life saddened me. It also made me understand the importance of proper communication and pronunciation.
There are helpful ways of speaking to someone with hearing difficulties:
Get their attention by calling their name before actually talking to them
Look directly at the person when you are speaking to them
Speak slowly and clearly. At the same time, don’t over pronounce the words, or they can’t follow what you are saying.
Never shout at someone with hearing difficulties
Don’t be dismissive, so things like ‘don’t worry about it’ is not a good idea
Get your hearing checked
After my experience, I will be certainly getting my hearing checked more often. I would suggest getting checked once every two years. To find out more or book your next appointment head to your nearest Specsavers store or simply visit www.specsavers.co.uk
I want to thank Specsavers Audiology for giving me such a life-changing experience. I left the event feeling transformed and more willing to understand the issues people may face with hearing loss. Think you could work with me – click here
As a travel blogger, it makes me wonder what it would be like to travel with hearing difficulties? Do you know anyone with hearing difficulties?
You may already know that there is a lot of controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. I admit when I first learned about CBD oil, I was very sceptical. My brain immediately turned to weed, and the thought of being involved was easy to dismiss. Of course, I did more research and learnt more about what CBD oil.
Please note this post is a collaborative post with Mistatera . All opinions are my own.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that has derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC. CBD is thought to have significant therapeutic properties – but researchers are still working hard to understand the specifics.
A study found that comparing the effects of THC and CBD found that, while THC increased anxiety by activating the neurotransmitters involved in the “fight or flight” response, CBD actually repressed autonomic arousal—or the nervous system response associated with sudden increases in heart rate or respiration. In other words, CBD may be ideal for people looking to relax and unwind.
Is CBD oil legal?
For CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it must contain less than 0.2% of THC. Mistatera oils are within this limit. Many people are interested in taking CBD oil, but they are not sure what it’s like or how it feels after consumption. Well, I am here to tell you how and what it was like to take CBD oil.
First Thoughts on using CBD?
I decided to take the CBD oil for one week and thought it would be good to start mid-week. (I don’t tend to stick at things if I start at the beginning of the week). Squeezing one drop of Mistatera CBD drops and waited to see what happened placed it on my tongue. I made notes of how I felt about CBD oil during the week.
Day one –Pain in my neck
I had been feeling some pain in my neck, but thirty minutes later of taking the oil, I was surprised by how relaxed my body began to feel. The oil simply relaxed my body and made it easier for me to think about other matters than the pain in my body. I can’t honestly say it was 100% the oil. An hour later, I drifted off to sleep.
The next day, I was surprised by how at ease I felt. I didn’t feel the pain in my neck, but because it was the first night, I considered that I should take my time and remain consistent with my dosage to experience the full effects. I continued taking the oil once a day during the week.
Day two – Exhausted
Was surprised that my neck pain was still at bay. I wasn’t sure why my neck hurt. It could be a mixture of things like sitting at a desk all day. Either way, I was happy that I no longer felt the pain. Didn’t really feel a huge difference today, but I was hoping to sleep better due to my constant exhaustion.
Day three – Dealing with Anxiety
I hate to admit it, but I suffer from anxiety and paranoia. At work, I have had several deadlines, and with a cold and wet gloomy day, I never know how to focus on doing one thing. I’m constantly distracted by emails, the people around me, to the point that I am unable to really focus on one thing. However, this week, I felt more at ease and in control of my work.
After taking the oil for three days, I felt that it partially lessened my anxiety. It almost felt like a newfound sense of clarity and calmness that enabled me to focus.
Day four – Sleeping made easier
I’m not much of a sleeper, maybe because I always have something on my mind. *Busy body* Taking this CBD oil made my body feel relaxed. I seemed to feel more comfortable and sleep a lot quicker than usual. Of course, there’s no telling whether a big life event would disrupt this newfound bliss, but I’d like to think it helped me on a day-to-day basis.
Day five – Realisation
Pretty much the same as day four. I felt more in-tuned with my feelings and thoughts. More interested in worrying about things I can deal with and leaving stuff I can’t change.
Day six – Monday
Today was a weird feeling. I don’t feel like my anxiety completely vanished, but I felt more at ease than I’ve ever before. I felt a comforting, warm sense of calmness wash over me which is better than usual.
Day seven – Final Day
My final day, I decided that I would continue to take the CBD oil, mainly on days where I feel anxious or have muscle pain.
After using CBD oil for a week straight, I will have to say that I am a true believer in the wellness of my mental health. Its calming effects are legit. The best thing is I get to sleep better and for someone that doesn’t sleep – this is a Godsend.
I would suggest giving CBD oil a try if you haven’t already. You can purchase you’re on the Mistatera website. Wait, there is more! Mistatera has also recently launched sample size sized bottles of their 5% CBD oil of which they are giving away for FREE! Please note you may have to pay for shipping and handling charges.
Heyyy MyBreakingViewers, and welcome to my third edition of A Day with MBV Series. Today I will be talking about my recent trip to Copenhagen! I was pleased with this trip because as you know I’m one ½ of @BTravelCreators; and was able to collaborate with @Traveleatslay.
Let’s get into it then!
This trip was hella jokes, where does one even begin (I am literally beaming as I write this!) We had someone blasting music throughout the day. This really added to the mood and the weather in Copenhagen was good considering it was the end of February.
I can’t remember how much I spent on the day. However, I have shared on other trips a good breakdown of costs (just this one I haven’t – I am truly sorry).
We started the day with some grub! What? A girl has got to eat! This was in my opinion, an easy journey to the restaurant called Sunday Munday. This was a restaurant for waffles eaters and get this EVERYTHING is vegan. This was great for me as I decided to go vegan for the month and it was my last day.
Nyhavn Harbour – coloured houses
Every time I think of Copenhagen, I always imagined seeing the pretty colourful houses. So when we landed, I was like I want pictures near the colourful houses and that we did! What I loved about the colourful buildings was the richness in colour. It really showed me that there is colour in the world. Which resonates with MyBreakingViews statement
Building Colour Into Your Travels
Interesting fact: Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.
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Manon Les Suites – the hotel
Whilst eating at the restaurant Sunday Munday. A staff member suggested we should head over to the Manon Les Suites and so we did. The hotel in one word was breathtaking and I will be certainly going back and staying at this hotel! When I am rich of course!
Travel Tip: It is always good to listen to the locals. They should know their country a lot better than a tourist.
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It took us a while to find this place and it seems the lifts/elevators in Copenhagen are slightly old fashioned. When we finally got up there you could see a good view of the country.
Interesting Fact: Christiansborg Palace is a palace and government building on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark.
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Dinner at Skipperkroen
We got a bus back to Nyhavn (colourful houses) to see if we could find somewhere to eat. We wanted to unwind while we waited for our plane. Note: There are quite a lot of restaurants in this area.
Now, remember when I said I was practising being a vegan for the month! This was a struggle when we got to this restaurant because they didn’t even know what it meant. I ended up having potatoes, some bread and veg – they added some fish. This clearly showed me that they didn’t know what veganism meant. I didn’t eat it ask anyone!
Cost – (more than £30 for veg potatoes and some bland fish)
I hope you enjoyed my third series A Day with MBV in Copenhagen. I will be sharing my A Day with MBV in Ireland ….. subscribed so you can stay tuned!