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6 Amazing Things To Do In Italy, Milian

Milan is a city in northern Italy, the capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. I did a cheeky weekend getaway with one of my best girls to Milian a few years ago.   

6 Amazing Things To Do In Italy, Milian

We arrived in Milan on a Friday ready for the weekend using Alitalia airlines. This airline was good because it allowed us to purchases cheaper tickets – being under 27 at the time. Worth having a look at their deals.

The hotel we stayed in was called Glam Milano and was pretty decent for the two nights we stayed in Milian. Below I have noted a few things you can get done in a weekend away in Italy, Milan.  

1.Sempione Park  

During the day we went to a beautiful park, called Sempione Park. I fell in love!

2.Terrazza Boscolo  

My friend suggested heading over for a drink and some food. Terrazza Boscolo is up on a roof terrace. Here you will be able to feel the wind in your hair and capture a view of the famous Milan Cathedral.  

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We were welcomed with a warm welcome and friendly service. Grab yourself an Aperol spritz and tuck into a few canapes.  

Aperol spritz and tuck into a few canapes.

3. Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci  

Head over to the largest science museum in Italy.  Here you will see so much art.  

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4. Duomo di Milano  

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete!!  

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5. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  

Italy is renowned for its shopping

You have to go to the most famous shopping mall! Italy is renowned for its shopping!  The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, Italy.  

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6. Take a Trip to Lake Como x  

Lake Como is in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, it’s an upscale resort area known for dramatic scenery.   It’s about two hours drive from Milan and is worth going for a late dinner.  

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Hope you enjoyed my six amazing things to do in Italy, Milian. If you would like to keep up to date with my blog posts then don’t forget to subscribe.

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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  

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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  

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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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My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

I am still reliving the Witsummit conference that I attended last month. When I relaunched my blog this year, I knew I wanted to take it seriously. I had long hard conversations with Jenna of JennasWorldView about why I should relaunch my blog. She and others wouldn’t let me rest.

Always so grateful to the encouragement, because 6 months later I’m writing about my first travel conference. I had written down that I was keen to network by going to more events, stay consistent and invest on my platform. Read: Tips On How to Get Your Groove Back Into Regular Content

My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

This was my very first travel conference abroad, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am mean what are you supposed to expect? At the event, there were influencers, bloggers and industry members all ready for a weekend to share information, network and more. The event was held in Riga at the Radisson Blue Latvija Conference and Spa Hotel. I, of course, stayed in a hostel! JOKING – I stayed in an Airbnb.  

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What is WitSummit? 

The Woman in Travel Summit (WITS) is an event for travel influences, creators, and industry. Running for six years, it brings together some of travel’s top talent to discuss future innovations, builds dynamic collaborations, and change to the travel industry worldwide. It does this all while supporting and empowering a diverse community. WITS is organised by Wanderful, a top network for women travellers with a reach of over 40k worldwide! Amazing right?!

I can tell you now that I was extremely excited about this event! On arrival, I couldn’t believe the various women I met and from all over the world. These women were all real nomads. It was great being in an environment where women shared a genuine love for travel and content creating! I felt like the conference had a real intimate nature.

Cost:

The event itself cost me around €149 (euros) – please note this ticket was purchased on a discounted rate. I believe the original price for the event was around €249Again note the ticket price is not included in your transport or accommodation – this was all done separately. If you would like to know the details please contact me. My flight was reasonable, at £65 pounds. I flew with the lovely cheap and cheerful Ryanair (ya’ll start paying me) booked via my absolute fave Skyscanner!

I arrived on a Thursday evening (quite late in the evening); surprised by how friendly Latvian people were to me. After everything that happened to me in Greece, I must admit my guard has been on real high alert! But I was really put at ease when I arrived. 

On my first day…

The first day was an early start for me! You should know I don’t do early mornings unless I am catching a flight! 

I had to wake up bright and early to do my make up and get my eyelashes on and meet the tour guide for my trip to Ķemeri National Park. This was a very memorable experience indeed, and you should read more about it. The day went quite quickly. After lunch, we were taken back to the hotel, where I was given the option to register early. Exhausted after such an eventful day, I decided to head back to my Airbnb and have a nap.  

The night finished off with a WitSummit evening welcome party! Impressed by this event is an understatement! It was absolutely amazing! A great way to see how everything was planned and organised.

We were picked up from the hotel via coach and taken to the venue for our party and dropped back. There was performances, food (you know you have won me over when you have food at an event), a DJ’s and a photo booth – check out the photos below:

I met some amazing women, some of which I had been following for a while.  Of course, I wanted to enjoy the night some more so went out to party with my new friends afterwards. We event went on to an Afro Pop party. I have no comments on how that party went but knew it was time for a girl to go home!   

On my second day… 

The second day was the opening day! This was the first official day of the WitSummit. I woke up bright and early to head over to my sessions. The first session I went to – Achieving Success on a Global Scale: Pitching Brands for Products, Payments, and Press Trips. It was about growing your blog and how to turn it into a business where you can create your own opportunities. These were the speakers for the session:  

Kirsty Leanne of Plus Size Travel Too 

Kirsty Leanne is a Plus Size Travel Blogger from the West Midlands, UK. With a successful travel blog and five years of experience behind her, Kirsty has become a spokesperson when it comes to pitching brands as a micro-influencer. 

Pola Henderson of Jetting Around 

Pola Henderson is a travel writer, city explorer, and founder of the blog Jetting Around. She has been featured as a writer or travel expert on CNN, MasterCard, Expedia, NPR, WBEZ Chicago, and more. Travelling has been a part of her life since she was three.  

Although I was 5 mins late, I was extremely impressed by what I gained from the session. I learnt about how to pitch to brands and most importantly, how to have confidence in my own personal brand!  

The second session I went to was a called – Building Travel Campaigns that Reflect the Diversity of the World We Live In. An insightful talk about diversity and inclusion in the travelling world. These were the speakers for the session:   

Vivienne Dovi of Melanin Travel 

Vivienne Dovi is the founder of Melanin Travel, a platform creating events, guides and content for the African Diaspora. Combining her 20+ years of travel and passion for diversity, Vivienne turned her lived experiences into a bustling community of over 13,000 travellers. 

Martinique Lewis of Skyroom

Martinique Lewis is diversity in travel consultant, content creator, and Influencer Manager. Trusted amongst her peers as a “connector,” she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity and not just as a “buzzword.”

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Cherrie Osborne of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority 

Cherrie Osborne has become a familiar name in the tourism industry, not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and in the Caribbean. Her distinguished reputation, far and wide, has grown over the years 

Jamie-Lee Abtar of The Travel Marketer 

Jamie-Lee Abtar is a travel marketer, brand builder and creative innovator. A regular speaker on topical travel issues, Jamie-Lee has a history of helping travel brands to build strong, profitable relationships, conceptualising. 

After these sessions, we were served with lunch, another great way to speak and network with other women from around the world. 

Power Networking Sessions

WitSummit organised a Power Networking session, which allowed me to book meeting and speak to a few brands that work with travel content creators like myself. A very full, packed and engaging day. The night finished off with a lovely meal at Ludo and a trip to the opera house to watch the ballet. Read 11 Amazing Things You Must Do In Riga, Latvia

On my third day… 

The final day was the best! Again, it was another early start attending sessions and more networking! 

The first session was at 9 am in the morning! Called Instagram: Understanding Analytics and Using the Power of Stories to Grow Your Brand. Here I was about to learn how to grow my Instagram following! The speaker for this sessions was lovely. Still, I don’t personally feel that the course was for me. All the same, it was good to go along and again network with different women. The speaker for this was: 

Nour Brahimi 

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Nour Brahimi is a storyteller, the first Algerian travel YouTuber, and the first female Algerian travel vlogger. A 2019 nominee for Best Algerian YouTuber of the Year and Best Algerian Instagrammer of the Year, her goal is to break stereotypes with online video and to empower women.

The next session called: What’s Your Story? How to Bridge the Gap Between Narrative Storytelling and SEO.  Here I learnt the power of SEO. The speaker for this: 

Flora Baker of Flora the Explorer 

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Flora Baker speaking on SEO

The blogger Flora Baker is a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveller and Coastal Living. Over the last decade, she has worked with Bollywood celebrities in India and musicians in Iceland, built artificial limbs in Bolivia and constructed houses in Brazil. 

And the final session was closed with a keynote from Lola Akinmade Åkerström. She spoke about finding your true passion and challenged the audience to understand that travel is not their only passion. 

Lola Akinmade Åkerström 

Lola at Witsummit with MyBreakingViews

Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, and Lonely Planet, amongst others. She has collaborated with many well-known.

The questions Lola asked were incredibly insightful because it forced me to ask myself some hard questions – like why do I love to travel? And what really is my true passion? I am still figuring that out, but I hope to get there soon. 

Lola giving her presentation

Beth Santos Wanderful / Women in Travel Summit 

Beth is the Founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit.

On my final day… 

I stayed an extra day to see more of Riga. Another early start (I think by now you can tell that I am not big on my early mornings lol). We took a taxi to the most colourful church I have ever seen in my life. I would say it’s actually an excellent location for Instagram photos! Check out mine below: 

We then bought some croissants and headed back to the hotel for our walking tour in Riga! I, of course, took lots of pictures and learnt a lot about the history of Latvia. I would suggest to anyone in Riga to take a walking tour. 

Final thoughts of WitSummit 

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I am delighted to of attended the European WitSummit! It was good, to network, and be in an environment of likeminded people! I think I will be definitely considering going to the next one in Gdansk! You can buy your tickets now!

Thank you for taking the time to have a read of my first travel conference abroad with WitSummit! Have you ever been to a travel conference which ones?

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Why I Would Go Back To Lisbon Again & Again

I really enjoyed Portugal. I’ve been to many cities in the world, but Lisbon was one that I thought wow I will be coming back here again.


I enjoyed the sun, the culture, the architecture. It’ s a European city that is extraordinarily budget-friendly, and not to mention very easy to navigate and explore in-depth. Although I met my friends who were already there, so I didn’t get to experience everything. I still feel like what I did see was enough for me to want to go back again.

Why would I go back to Lisbon…

I would go back to Portugal for several reasons and if you’re interested in finding out why then carry on reading below:

Lisbon is so chilled…

Unlike every other European city, I’ve been too. I really enjoyed the calm and gentleness of the city. Of course, we had a few issues here and there, but overall the city had a sense of real welcomeness which I can assure you hasn’t happened in every country I’ve been too.

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A real, unique infrastructure…

Lisbon had a real mix of baroque and neoclassical buildings, including cathedrals and palaces. The city is a combination of old and new, with beautiful modern buildings constructed near renovated historical landmarks and ruins. I enjoyed the infrastructures because I hadn’t seen anything like it before it was covered with azulejo tiles, a style that’s rarely seen outside the country.

It’s an excellent place for new travellers

If you have considered travelling, but are yet to do so, then, I would suggest Lisbon. I clearly enjoyed Lisbon. I touch on the not so glam aspects and the exciting elements. I understand that if you aren’t a traveller, then travelling can sometimes be a little scary. However, Lisbon is a great place to start and shake off those travel fears (if you have them).

It is effortless to navigate, there is a metro, and uber is exceptionally cheap with great options for Airbnb stay.

There is a mixture of experiences

Lisbon is an excellent place for food. I enjoyed the egg tarts *the best I’ve ever had* and oh my there seafood was absolutely fantastic. I was blessed to go to one of the best seafood restaurants in town. If you would like to try then head over to Ramiro. Thank me later!

I also was given a lovely place by Temi @thepalateport to go to Bonjardim and it was absolutely amazing!

Travel Tip: Let people on your social know where you are. Try and engage with them, ask them what you should do! People usually come up with something.

I really enjoyed Lisbon, and I will most definitely be going back again. What about you have you made a trip to Lisbon? Is there a country you have loved and would like to go back too?

Also Read: Turn Your ‘Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips

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Guest Post: Experienced Discrimination in Colombia

  1. First story

In my first year of living in Colombia, a group of girlfriends and I travelled to Cartagena. On one of the first nights, we went to a club called Bubaloos or something like that. We went in two separate groups, me being in the first. When we got there they told us the club was closed to a private event. Being our first time, we took it to be true and told our friends to meet us elsewhere. The next day we learned that other mutual friends had been there the night before and it began to sink in; they had turned us away because we weren’t the clientele they were seeking.

2. Second story

This is not quite travelling discrimination, but related to the stereotypes attached to black people in countries in which they are not the majority. While I was living in Santiago, Chile I had to experience being solicited as a sex worker at 4:30 in the afternoon as I walked to my apartment with grocery bags in tow.

After the shock and confusion wore off I asked Chilean friends why this had been assumed. The explanation was simple, if not completely limiting and infuriating: I was a black woman which meant I must have been Colombian and the only thing they “knew” about black Colombian women was they were prostitutes, particularly up in the mining towns in the north of the country. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the last time.

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MyBreakingViews 10 Travel Hacks In Seeing The World

Today I will be sharing MyBreakingViews 10 travel hacks in seeing the world. Come on let’s get into it!

1. Study Exchange.

I can’t say this enough, do a study exchange if you are at uni/college of course. Yes those of you that are in those establishments should have lots of option to do a study exchange. Please do not make any excuses! Just go for it! I had a former friend that had the opportunity to travel abroad whilst at University; she didn’t take this up and now regrets it!

Study exchanges are the absolute best!! And if you ever need advice about going to do a study exchange programme drop me a line.

2. Create a bucket list

I always have a list of countries I would like to travel and as it’s said write your visions down and make it a reality. I recently wrote a post on the importance of visiting a new country every year. Check it out – Make It A Habit To Visit A New Country Yearly.

My bucket list includes me going to at least one country in every continent in the world. Yep, I have said I will do all this before I am 30.

3. Get to know these flight website deals.

There are so many to choose from;  PirateHolidays, Secret Escapes, Groupon, Onthebeach, Lastminute.com, Google Flights, Edream and Skyscanner . If I have to pick one, Skyscanner has to be my absolute fave they have recently input a multi-city section which allows you to do more than one city at once – but it only really works in your favour if you are quite open on the dates you want to travel.

If you can kill two birds with one stone and the countries are close by, go for it. I love going to a few places at a time. Just don’t be like my friend who travelled from America to Iceland to Spain. The weather changes required a heavy suitcase.  It’s difficult to pack for a number of weathers.

4. Do short breaks

Depending on where you live this may work out really well for you. I personally hate, staying in a country for longer than 5 days if I’m honest with you, I get exhausted and I can’t wait to get back to normality of life. Sad I know but I feel there is only so much you can do for a long period of time and if it’s not going back home (for me Nigeria) I don’t want to be there for too long. Living in the UK helps as you sometimes don’t even need 5 days and short flights mean you can travel during the weekends; if you have a 9-5 like me you will want to utilise the holidays you get.

5. Don’t be shy away from hostels

I’ve stayed in a number of hostels. They were very clean and accommodating. I had some horrible and amazing experiences. The thing with hostels is there is a terrible stigma that they are gross, which in actual fact they are very cheap and can be extremely nice. When travelling in South East Asia I stayed in actually really nice hotels/hostels.

The best websites I used when travelling was Hostels Worldwide.

6. Pack smart

I say this with caution. I originally was going to say pack light, which in essence I did when I was travelling Asia (my friends will lie and say otherwise) LOL .  I would say pack smart and only pack what you need. I see people packing things they don’t need a lot of the time and then realising they haven’t taken what they really need. Believe me it’s annoying although I am the biggest culprit in this. Pack for each day and night it’s so much easier that way and if you want to bring things back you have enough room.

7. Sign up to those flight deal newsletters.

I know those deals can become annoying. I was a big lover of Groupon until I realised that 8-10 emails a day was just not cutting it. I do get the occasional flight sales from Ryanair, EasyJet and Onthebeach just because I have booked with them before; they do tend to save me a great deal of money.

Sign up to MyBreakingViews for extra tips of course!

8. Give feedback when due hotels, flights & travels

I don’t know if you know this but this can help if you book with a large organisation like booking.com they work around the world and if you give feedback sometimes you may get discounts on your next hotel booking.

If you book with this link- MyBreakingViews Booking  you can get £15 pounds off your first hotel booking!!!!

Every bit helps.

9. Try and know someone in the country you’re visiting.

Do you have a country you would like to go and know someone who lives there? This is not easy for everyone I know, but for me doing my study exchange has given me friends that live around the world. I now have friends that I can stay with when I want to travel.

10. Don’t keep refreshing the website!

When your booking your travels just be sure not to keep refreshing (turning cookies off are a myth in my opinion). If they see someone is interested in buying flights/hotels they will bump up the prices, believe me I’ve seen it happen in less than 5 mins. When 4 of my friends and I booked to go Hong Kong my friends booked their flights before and within 5 mins the flights had increased by $50 Singaporean dollars about £25. I wasn’t impressed.

Do you have any hacks that you could share with me on travelling?

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