Well, first of all, I have a confession. I have a full list of things to get done today, and yet, here I am, procrastinating by writing a blog post with the clickbait title of 7 ways to stop procrastinating. Fun fact: I didn’t even get all the way through writing this post without stopping to take photos of the dried roses on my desk. How’s that for meta-procrastination? Did you know that people often procrastinate… View Post
I miss travel. The excitement of booking a trip to somewhere I’ve dreamt about, the thrill of getting on a plane or train to destinations new, the smell of a brand new place. So, I thought I’d reminisce about each once in a lifetime experience that gave me shivers. To be fair, my personality is always split, and I’m also relishing ridiculously leisurely Sundays (re-)reading my book(s), but those journeys by page are making me… View Post
The elements to the perfect night away – fun things to do, excellent food, great company (or a great book on a solo trip) definitely pivot around somewhere delicious to lay your head – and the Goodwood Hotel is a great place to stay on a Chichester staycation. Set in an enormous estate (12,000 acres of park and woodland – complete with golf course, it’s hilarious how I keep up ending at golf hotels) the Goodwood… View Post
One of the best things about having travel-obsessed friends all over the UK and the world, is that you not only get tipped off about amazing places, you get to go and spend time with those friends in their backyards. My overnighter to Chichester was one such trip – and I had two local guides taking me to all of the best places. I’d slipped down to Chichester before for an afternoon in the Tinwood… View Post
Very recently a woman went missing in a fairly central London area. She was walking home after dark on her own, and sadly she never made it. My heart absolutely breaks for her family. Staying safe as a woman in the 21st century is no easy feat, especially compared to the indifference that men have. As a staunch feminist and a solo travel lover, it very much brought to mind all the things that I… View Post
You can’t beat the cool sunshine of spring in London. There’s something so delicious about the cool breeze (often carrying a sliver of wood smoke), clasping a hot flat white and enjoying the carpets of blossoms at your feet. For the travel linkup this month I wanted to gather a few of my favourite spots – both the hiddens gems and well known favourites that I tend to gravitate to in spring.
Of all the quirky hotels in London, I have to admit that the reason that Hazlitt’s – a boutique Georgian hotel in the heart of Soho -caught my eye because of one of the permanent inhabitants. One with four paws and a tail… Note: Please excuse the ‘snap’ quality of these images – I’d left my camera at home as we were having a relaxing staycation, but couldn’t get over just how lovely the hotel… View Post
I really love a UK Road trip. All you need is a car, snacks, a map/GPS, great tunes and a vague idea of where you want to end up when it gets dark. There is so much history, so very many beautiful landscapes, seemingly endless quirky stops, lovely beaches and village pubs that are just crying out for wandering into – read on for road trip ideas over summer.
Something we’ve started to indulge in are the restaurant kits that are being developed – and we started with Adam Handling’s HAME offering. We fancied the roast chicken lunch the most so popped an order in. Adam and his team put their heads together and created ‘Hame’ – the Scottish word for home – to offer a taste of their restaurant experience from the comfort of your own house.
It’s always fascinating to get a peak into other people’s lives, so I thought I’d share a 2021 version of ‘what’s in my bag’. In fact, I boiled it down to the 5 essential items for leaving the house. Disclosure: this was commissioned by the team at Fogily, but genuinely I wish I’d discovered their product years ago. If you don’t wear glasses, I bet you know someone who will LOVE you for telling them… View Post
I wanted to gather together all of the events that are happening on and around Waitangi Day 2021 – there are free and paid events, ways to support Kiwi businesses here in the UK and places to learn more about the history. Disclaimer: these are just the ones I’ve seen, let me know if I’m missing stuff! In the words of a good friend, “Waitangi Day is of utmost importance to Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s spirit… View Post
Nothing beats a taste of home. Especially when you’re a homesick Kiwi stuck in your house, so it’s an absolute treat when you get sent an entire box full of New Zealand beer (and cider) to sip from. [Disclaimer: The New Zealand Beer Collective sent me this selection, but all enthusing and random stories are all mine.] When people think of New Zealand beers, they often default to the biggest breweries – and you will… View Post
For the linkup this month, we’re chatting all things travel blog origin story. When I sat down, many many moons ago, having decided to start Adventures of a London Kiwi as a whim on a weekday evening, I genuinely never imagined where typing a few words on the internet would take me. *cue edited montage of amazing locations with an upbeat music overlay* [Or, a shot of me at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party…]
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve not had french toast in years (I tend to have pancakes), but when I discovered that it was possible to french toast crumpets I was cracking eggs faster than you can say the words ‘I love brunch recipes’. I had them on a Thursday, then again on a Friday and Saturday, and mourned the fact that there wasn’t a crumpet crumb in the house until our next round of… View Post
At the start of the UK lockdowns I promised myself that even though travel wasn’t possible, that I would do my best to keep travelling by plate, so I gathered these online memories and international recipes to tease your tastebuds and grace your dinner table. The last time I travelled by plate here on the blog, I shared 7 dishes from 7 continents that I made – this time I decided to gather together a… View Post
How to write your first blog post is the question that I get asked the most by other people who want to start a blog, bloggers who get a bit stuck sometimes and the small business owners who have a website for their business but aren’t quite sure where to start. For every writer the process is different. Just start. It’s the best advice that I’ve ever heard, and the advice that I’ll always give.
Follow me… we’re taking a journey by plate and this time we’re off to Latvia, a country situated on the Baltic Sea. [Disclosure: this post is part of a paid partnership with Latvia Travel and Traverse Events.] Three of my greatest passions in life go hand in hand; food, travel and storytelling. I’ve gone to ridiculous lengths of the years for delicious meals – nipped over to Paris for lunch, traipsed to 3 countries for 3 meals (well, I… View Post
You know how in my day job I’m a freelance social media manager? Well, I’ve co-launched The Social Media Tini, an ongoing series of masterclasses and services teaching small businesses and influencers how to improve their social media channels. [AD for me, obvs.] Binny and I have combined our extensive experience as freelance social media managers and added a dash of style and a splash of humour, removing all the dry and boring advice that… View Post
Goodness gracious me, it’s that part of the year again already. The time for looking back, taking stock of the present and writing my travel wishlist for 2021. It’s also the time of year to be confused about exactly what year it is, but I digress. Travel has never been a race for me – I’ve always picked destinations on my own terms, and for my own reasons (more often than not, it’s the history… View Post