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Since deciding to take the plunge and travel all alone and take myself on a little holiday, I have had so many questions about how the hell I did it. When I booked the trip, it was such a spontaneous moment and I didn't give it too much thought. I've gotta be honest, I never questioned if I wanted to go alone, I kinda already knew that.. I was more questioning where I wanted to go and what I wanted to actually get out of it. Before I continue, I just want to say that it was the best experience of my life as of yet - I learned so much about myself on that holiday that I never knew. I've always been the kind of person that likes to be comfortable with their surrounds (just like most people!) so travelling to a different country where I knew nobody was a terrifying thought but the actual reality of it wasn't scary and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I've always been a huge believer of having alone time, making time for yourself because that is just as important as seeing your friend and spending time with your family. It's a weird thought but you're your own biggest responsibility so looking after your mental health is extremely important. The months running up to me booking the holiday were a bit crappy, I was dealing with my parents divorcing which I've never gone into detail about but it was my own personal struggle but I knew dealing with it alone would make me such a strong person by the end of it. So anyway, my initial thought was 'I just want to get away' so I did.

I've never found it hard being alone, or spending time on my own. I filled up my days and there was so many things I wanted to do and so many places where I wanted to go, so on my first day I booked everything I wanted to do and when I wasn't doing anything, I sat by the pool and went for a swim (If you didn't know, I absolutely LOVE swimming but I never go around my area in case someone who knows me saw me)

What would you say to someone that wants to go on holiday on their own but is too scared?
Honestly, I'd say just do it. Being alone is just as important as being surrounded by your friends and family. It's such an experience to go away on your own and experience things you want to experience.

Why didn't you want to go with your friends?
It's just a whole different experience to go away on your own and also, there are things you want to experience on your own and sometimes when you go with friends, it'll just turn into a 'drinking' holiday and I didn't really want that to be honest, I wanted to chill and relax and that's exactly what I got away from the holiday. I've always loved my own company as well and I never actually questioned whether I wanted to go alone, that was just something I was certain on from first thought process about travelling! I don't think I would have experienced half of what I did if I had gone with people, everyone has their different thoughts towards 'the perfect holiday' and my aim was to go and relax!

What's your biggest piece of advice for someone looking to travel alone for the first time?
I'd definitely say just make sure you've got everything you need (that's a good start LOL) if you're staying in a hotel then they will obviously know you're alone and from my experience, they were so good with making sure I was okay and that I had everything I needed and I'd also say filling up your days can make sure you don't get bored but this obviously depends on the type of the person you are really, I don't really get bored when I'm on my own but there are loads of things to do pretty much anywhere you go and there's lots of places to visit, I know a lot of people research places they want to go and have bit of a 'to-do list' before arriving (that was two but there we go!)

I almost forgot to say this but if you are nervous about travelling to a different country on your own, then you could always visit places that are still in the same country but a few hours away - I did this! I took myself to Brighton for a few days and then I went to London for a few days as well, this is kinda like testing the waters and seeing how you'd cope with being on your own and stuff!

Was it awkward eating by yourself and being surrounded by purely your own thoughts?
Again, this depends totally on the kind of person you are but I don't even think about people looking at me and thinking that it's weird I'm on my own? I don't know why but I just don't care, I'm more than happy to sit on my own and eat and I'm absolutely fine with that. I don't know if it comes with maturity because when I was younger I wouldn't of ever eaten alone but now I'm more than happy to sit on my own in a restaurant and eat. Being surrounded by your own thoughts can be a scary situation but I was always doing something and obviously, I spoke to different people around the resort and there was actually quite a few people on there own too! To be honest, by the time I'd got back into my room I was knackered and fell asleep pretty much straight away.

Were you not scared of getting lost?
Weirdly no, the way I think of it is that you don't know where you are anyway so you're basically lost the whole time you're there (LOL) and I got a transfer straight from the airport when I landed to take me to the resort I was staying in, (which really helped, even if you're not going alone this is something I will always do when I'm travelling because it makes everything so much easier and less stressful) so I was never left on my own until I was at the resort and I kinda enjoyed finding my way around and exploring. They had little shuttle buses to different places (they do this at most places!) so you can explore and then they'll let you know when the bus is due to come to take you back.

Overall, it was the best experience I've ever had and if you're thinking about going away then my advice is to just do it! I have the mind set of wanting to experience as much as I can whilst I can and that's something that I would urge you all to do. If you've got a goal of somewhere you would love to visit then take every opportunity you can get - save up and make it happen!

TRAVELLING ALONE | ADVICE + Q&A

Since deciding to take the plunge and travel all alone and take myself on a little holiday, I have had so many questions about how the hell I did it. When I booked the trip, it was such a spontaneous moment and I didn't give it too much thought. I've gotta be honest, I never questioned if I wanted to go alone, I kinda already knew that.. I was more questioning where I wanted to go and what I wanted to actually get out of it. Before I continue, I just want to say that it was the best experience of my life as of yet - I learned so much about myself on that holiday that I never knew. I've always been the kind of person that likes to be comfortable with their surrounds (just like most people!) so travelling to a different country where I knew nobody was a terrifying thought but the actual reality of it wasn't scary and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I've always been a huge believer of having alone time, making time for yourself because that is just as important as seeing your friend and spending time with your family. It's a weird thought but you're your own biggest responsibility so looking after your mental health is extremely important. The months running up to me booking the holiday were a bit crappy, I was dealing with my parents divorcing which I've never gone into detail about but it was my own personal struggle but I knew dealing with it alone would make me such a strong person by the end of it. So anyway, my initial thought was 'I just want to get away' so I did.

I've never found it hard being alone, or spending time on my own. I filled up my days and there was so many things I wanted to do and so many places where I wanted to go, so on my first day I booked everything I wanted to do and when I wasn't doing anything, I sat by the pool and went for a swim (If you didn't know, I absolutely LOVE swimming but I never go around my area in case someone who knows me saw me)

What would you say to someone that wants to go on holiday on their own but is too scared?
Honestly, I'd say just do it. Being alone is just as important as being surrounded by your friends and family. It's such an experience to go away on your own and experience things you want to experience.

Why didn't you want to go with your friends?
It's just a whole different experience to go away on your own and also, there are things you want to experience on your own and sometimes when you go with friends, it'll just turn into a 'drinking' holiday and I didn't really want that to be honest, I wanted to chill and relax and that's exactly what I got away from the holiday. I've always loved my own company as well and I never actually questioned whether I wanted to go alone, that was just something I was certain on from first thought process about travelling! I don't think I would have experienced half of what I did if I had gone with people, everyone has their different thoughts towards 'the perfect holiday' and my aim was to go and relax!

What's your biggest piece of advice for someone looking to travel alone for the first time?
I'd definitely say just make sure you've got everything you need (that's a good start LOL) if you're staying in a hotel then they will obviously know you're alone and from my experience, they were so good with making sure I was okay and that I had everything I needed and I'd also say filling up your days can make sure you don't get bored but this obviously depends on the type of the person you are really, I don't really get bored when I'm on my own but there are loads of things to do pretty much anywhere you go and there's lots of places to visit, I know a lot of people research places they want to go and have bit of a 'to-do list' before arriving (that was two but there we go!)

I almost forgot to say this but if you are nervous about travelling to a different country on your own, then you could always visit places that are still in the same country but a few hours away - I did this! I took myself to Brighton for a few days and then I went to London for a few days as well, this is kinda like testing the waters and seeing how you'd cope with being on your own and stuff!

Was it awkward eating by yourself and being surrounded by purely your own thoughts?
Again, this depends totally on the kind of person you are but I don't even think about people looking at me and thinking that it's weird I'm on my own? I don't know why but I just don't care, I'm more than happy to sit on my own and eat and I'm absolutely fine with that. I don't know if it comes with maturity because when I was younger I wouldn't of ever eaten alone but now I'm more than happy to sit on my own in a restaurant and eat. Being surrounded by your own thoughts can be a scary situation but I was always doing something and obviously, I spoke to different people around the resort and there was actually quite a few people on there own too! To be honest, by the time I'd got back into my room I was knackered and fell asleep pretty much straight away.

Were you not scared of getting lost?
Weirdly no, the way I think of it is that you don't know where you are anyway so you're basically lost the whole time you're there (LOL) and I got a transfer straight from the airport when I landed to take me to the resort I was staying in, (which really helped, even if you're not going alone this is something I will always do when I'm travelling because it makes everything so much easier and less stressful) so I was never left on my own until I was at the resort and I kinda enjoyed finding my way around and exploring. They had little shuttle buses to different places (they do this at most places!) so you can explore and then they'll let you know when the bus is due to come to take you back.

Overall, it was the best experience I've ever had and if you're thinking about going away then my advice is to just do it! I have the mind set of wanting to experience as much as I can whilst I can and that's something that I would urge you all to do. If you've got a goal of somewhere you would love to visit then take every opportunity you can get - save up and make it happen!
Every now and again, I go through phases of actually putting some effort with my hair (this usually lasts about a month each time LOL) and when I do bother with my hair, I use the range from Johnny's Chop Shop which is the best, in my opinion. Their range has many products from hairspray to shaving essentials. My personal favourites are The Texturising Spray, the Power Hold Hairspray and finally, the Wild Cat Hair Clay, I am yet to try all the products from the brand but these are the products that make my hair look and feel amazing!

The Texturising Spray does exactly what you want a texturising product to do. If you have never tried this product then you're honestly missing out big time! I usually apply a few pumps on freshly washed hair and then dry it off. I was so surprised how far a little amount of this product goes and it lasts for so long. It kinda gives you that messy look (in a good way obviously!) and enables you to have control over the style you're creating.

The Power Hold Hairpsray is essential for any final look. I used to always use a certain hairspray which I noticed after a while was making my hair look extremely greasy - and then I found this one from Johnny's Chop Shop and I was BLOWN AWAY. It's such a light product that does so much for the look of your hair with minimal effort.

Finally, the Wild Hair Cat Clay.. I've always been a huge fan of clay and waxes as opposed to moose products as I've found that they make my hair have more of a wet look and I've never really been a huge fan of that at all. Just like the other products that I've tried from their range, a little bit goes a hell of a long way and it dries so quickly to prevent your hair from looking greasy which is personally, exactly what I look for in a clay product. I usually use this product on freshly dried (or two day hair!) hair, by rubbing a small amount in between the palms of my hands and then gliding it through to create my desired style.

You can view the whole of the Johnny's Chop Shop range by clicking here (they also have amazing gift boxes which are perfect with Christmas slowly approaching!)


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

THE HAIR GROOMING BRAND I'VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH

Every now and again, I go through phases of actually putting some effort with my hair (this usually lasts about a month each time LOL) and when I do bother with my hair, I use the range from Johnny's Chop Shop which is the best, in my opinion. Their range has many products from hairspray to shaving essentials. My personal favourites are The Texturising Spray, the Power Hold Hairspray and finally, the Wild Cat Hair Clay, I am yet to try all the products from the brand but these are the products that make my hair look and feel amazing!

The Texturising Spray does exactly what you want a texturising product to do. If you have never tried this product then you're honestly missing out big time! I usually apply a few pumps on freshly washed hair and then dry it off. I was so surprised how far a little amount of this product goes and it lasts for so long. It kinda gives you that messy look (in a good way obviously!) and enables you to have control over the style you're creating.

The Power Hold Hairpsray is essential for any final look. I used to always use a certain hairspray which I noticed after a while was making my hair look extremely greasy - and then I found this one from Johnny's Chop Shop and I was BLOWN AWAY. It's such a light product that does so much for the look of your hair with minimal effort.

Finally, the Wild Hair Cat Clay.. I've always been a huge fan of clay and waxes as opposed to moose products as I've found that they make my hair have more of a wet look and I've never really been a huge fan of that at all. Just like the other products that I've tried from their range, a little bit goes a hell of a long way and it dries so quickly to prevent your hair from looking greasy which is personally, exactly what I look for in a clay product. I usually use this product on freshly dried (or two day hair!) hair, by rubbing a small amount in between the palms of my hands and then gliding it through to create my desired style.

You can view the whole of the Johnny's Chop Shop range by clicking here (they also have amazing gift boxes which are perfect with Christmas slowly approaching!)


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
Hello, Evening! I'm guessing you're reading this in the evening anyway because that's when I've uploaded it. If not then, Good Morning.. I hope you all have a good day (read this first though!) I have met a lot a lot of people in my life and some I've clicked with straight away and others, I haven't - which is totally normal, we can't all get a long. However, I came to realise that I used to have a bit of a shy moment when talking to people and I never understood why and I'd always wonder if other people have noticed but I never understand it myself to ask someone else, and I think I was simply too worried to ask someone because if I don't know then how is Jane from down the road going to know what's going on? After over-thinking this topic for quite a while, I decided to try and branch out of this habit I had (I can only call it a habit because I don't know what else to call it) and I really wanted to talk about this today, now I've conquered this feeling I wanted to share a bit of advice if anyone is going through a similar thing that I did. These tips won't work for everyone, same as they won't ALL work for you - different things work for different people!

1. If you think someone doesn't like you, you're probably just over thinking it and if they don't then does it matter? There are going to be people that don't like you, equally they're going to be people that you don't like as well - we're human and it's normal.

2. Being able to act like your true self is a great quality, why change who you are around someone and why do you think that acting like someone else will make people like you more? Your true self is the best version of yourself and you need to embrace it. Also, people can always tell if someone is acting weirdly or not themselves and then this could cause them to question it even more.

3. Write down things that are great about you (and this isn't vein, if it helps then why not?) this one might not be for everyone and I completely get it, but it might help others. I know someone who splits their life up into sections - job, family, hobbies and friends and list all the amazing qualities. I think this one helps if you feel like you're stuck in a bit of a rut and you're bored of doing the same things because it makes you appreciate the things that you have in your life and highlights the things that makes you happy and the things that make you who you are.

4. Have a open mind to everyone you meet. People want to talk to you because you come across as a nice person and they want to talk to you for that reason, if they didn't then they wouldn't be talking to you.

5. There are loads of things you can talk to people about, if it makes it better than just think before you get there on what you're going to talk about. This is a point that you can relate to so many different scenarios - work, dating or parties! Oh, and talk about yourself - even if it's made up and you're never going to see that person again (just make sure you remember what you've said if you do aha!) everyone's got something unique about their life, so talk about it and this can open so many doors to more conversations.

6. Smile. Smiling at people can make such a huge difference and sometimes people will probably be just as shy. Don't forget, you're not the only person feeling like this. There are so many people out there feeling exactly the same thing and you're probably both thinking the same, a smile can open up that barrier and lead on to conversation.

7. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and put yourself into situations that you wouldn't normally. This can sound soo scary at first but it's such a good way to get used to being with people you don't know and having to talk to them. I had experience with retail and when you put it into perspective, I was put into a situation where I knew nobody and this helped me massively!


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

HOW TO BE A MORE CONFIDENT YOU

Hello, Evening! I'm guessing you're reading this in the evening anyway because that's when I've uploaded it. If not then, Good Morning.. I hope you all have a good day (read this first though!) I have met a lot a lot of people in my life and some I've clicked with straight away and others, I haven't - which is totally normal, we can't all get a long. However, I came to realise that I used to have a bit of a shy moment when talking to people and I never understood why and I'd always wonder if other people have noticed but I never understand it myself to ask someone else, and I think I was simply too worried to ask someone because if I don't know then how is Jane from down the road going to know what's going on? After over-thinking this topic for quite a while, I decided to try and branch out of this habit I had (I can only call it a habit because I don't know what else to call it) and I really wanted to talk about this today, now I've conquered this feeling I wanted to share a bit of advice if anyone is going through a similar thing that I did. These tips won't work for everyone, same as they won't ALL work for you - different things work for different people!

1. If you think someone doesn't like you, you're probably just over thinking it and if they don't then does it matter? There are going to be people that don't like you, equally they're going to be people that you don't like as well - we're human and it's normal.

2. Being able to act like your true self is a great quality, why change who you are around someone and why do you think that acting like someone else will make people like you more? Your true self is the best version of yourself and you need to embrace it. Also, people can always tell if someone is acting weirdly or not themselves and then this could cause them to question it even more.

3. Write down things that are great about you (and this isn't vein, if it helps then why not?) this one might not be for everyone and I completely get it, but it might help others. I know someone who splits their life up into sections - job, family, hobbies and friends and list all the amazing qualities. I think this one helps if you feel like you're stuck in a bit of a rut and you're bored of doing the same things because it makes you appreciate the things that you have in your life and highlights the things that makes you happy and the things that make you who you are.

4. Have a open mind to everyone you meet. People want to talk to you because you come across as a nice person and they want to talk to you for that reason, if they didn't then they wouldn't be talking to you.

5. There are loads of things you can talk to people about, if it makes it better than just think before you get there on what you're going to talk about. This is a point that you can relate to so many different scenarios - work, dating or parties! Oh, and talk about yourself - even if it's made up and you're never going to see that person again (just make sure you remember what you've said if you do aha!) everyone's got something unique about their life, so talk about it and this can open so many doors to more conversations.

6. Smile. Smiling at people can make such a huge difference and sometimes people will probably be just as shy. Don't forget, you're not the only person feeling like this. There are so many people out there feeling exactly the same thing and you're probably both thinking the same, a smile can open up that barrier and lead on to conversation.

7. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and put yourself into situations that you wouldn't normally. This can sound soo scary at first but it's such a good way to get used to being with people you don't know and having to talk to them. I had experience with retail and when you put it into perspective, I was put into a situation where I knew nobody and this helped me massively!


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
Hello! As it was getting closer to me starting University, whilst planning blog posts I was dying to do this as it's one of my favourite posts to read.. I guess you're just as nosy as I am *inserts laughing face emoji*. When writing this, I have just completed my first week and I have loved it, I don't know if I spoke about this in my last post but I've been out of education since I was sixteen and I knew that this is what I wanted to do, it was my choice to go and I felt at school it was like there was no other direction for you to go in.. One of my frequently asked questions from my teachers were 'Which University are you planning to go to?' and I had no plans to go. I'm excited to work hard and work towards something as I've been working and haven't had any academic goals and this is has made really look forward to working hard and setting myself some goals within education.

So anyways, whilst packing my bag for a day of lectures tomorrow I thought I would give you a little insight into what I take on an average day. Obviously this varies a lot depending on what course you're studying and there will be things that some people will have to take that I don't, this is what I've found that works for me at the moment! When choosing a bag for University, I wanted something that is going to be very practical (for obvious reasons!) my checklist was that it would fit everything in and I wouldn't feel like I have a suitcase attached to my back. I found the perfect one from Jack Wills (you can view their range here!) which I fully recommend to anyone that is looking for a bag that is very spacious and has compartments for everything you will need.

this is an essential as you're gonna be making lots and lots of notes. I picked one up from Wilko and it was about £1-£2 and it does the job. I have only brought one at the moment but I can just pick another one up when it gets full (the way things are going, that'll be pretty soon!) I've decided to leave all my folders at home and then just slip the notes into the relevant folder when I get home. I've found this to be a lot easier than lugging around all my folders for my different lectures.

A Weekly Planner
Obviously this depends on how many other commitments you have but I've found that a planner for the week makes me so feel much more organised! I have found jotting down everything in the same place has changed my life (dramatic but true) so I know where I am and which day I am doing what. I picked this one up from Urban Outfitters but they do them at lots of places.

My Student ID
Self explanatory, but could I get by without one? No, it's an essential and it would be silly of me to do this post without including it. Don't forget your student ID, I did on my first day and had to run home to grab it (not the best move I've done!)

Pens, pencils and all that jazz!
Again, this all depends on what course you're doing and what things you are required to take but I have a little pencil case (which I've had since year 8!) that just holds a few pens, a few pencils, rubbers and all that fun stuff. If you are looking for stationary then I recommend Ryman, they have really affordable packs that you can buy in bulk which means they'll last you such a long time and they also offer students 10% off (what a bonus!) 


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

WHAT'S IN MY UNIVERSITY BAG?

Hello! As it was getting closer to me starting University, whilst planning blog posts I was dying to do this as it's one of my favourite posts to read.. I guess you're just as nosy as I am *inserts laughing face emoji*. When writing this, I have just completed my first week and I have loved it, I don't know if I spoke about this in my last post but I've been out of education since I was sixteen and I knew that this is what I wanted to do, it was my choice to go and I felt at school it was like there was no other direction for you to go in.. One of my frequently asked questions from my teachers were 'Which University are you planning to go to?' and I had no plans to go. I'm excited to work hard and work towards something as I've been working and haven't had any academic goals and this is has made really look forward to working hard and setting myself some goals within education.

So anyways, whilst packing my bag for a day of lectures tomorrow I thought I would give you a little insight into what I take on an average day. Obviously this varies a lot depending on what course you're studying and there will be things that some people will have to take that I don't, this is what I've found that works for me at the moment! When choosing a bag for University, I wanted something that is going to be very practical (for obvious reasons!) my checklist was that it would fit everything in and I wouldn't feel like I have a suitcase attached to my back. I found the perfect one from Jack Wills (you can view their range here!) which I fully recommend to anyone that is looking for a bag that is very spacious and has compartments for everything you will need.

this is an essential as you're gonna be making lots and lots of notes. I picked one up from Wilko and it was about £1-£2 and it does the job. I have only brought one at the moment but I can just pick another one up when it gets full (the way things are going, that'll be pretty soon!) I've decided to leave all my folders at home and then just slip the notes into the relevant folder when I get home. I've found this to be a lot easier than lugging around all my folders for my different lectures.

A Weekly Planner
Obviously this depends on how many other commitments you have but I've found that a planner for the week makes me so feel much more organised! I have found jotting down everything in the same place has changed my life (dramatic but true) so I know where I am and which day I am doing what. I picked this one up from Urban Outfitters but they do them at lots of places.

My Student ID
Self explanatory, but could I get by without one? No, it's an essential and it would be silly of me to do this post without including it. Don't forget your student ID, I did on my first day and had to run home to grab it (not the best move I've done!)

Pens, pencils and all that jazz!
Again, this all depends on what course you're doing and what things you are required to take but I have a little pencil case (which I've had since year 8!) that just holds a few pens, a few pencils, rubbers and all that fun stuff. If you are looking for stationary then I recommend Ryman, they have really affordable packs that you can buy in bulk which means they'll last you such a long time and they also offer students 10% off (what a bonus!) 


Disclaimer: Links on this page are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

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