Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Reflections: The Good The Bad And The Ugly♥

What made me happy and inspired?
We all know what my top answer is going to It is pretty much at the top of my list for happiness.  To be honest travel has also inspired me in many ways. It has inspired me to be brave, to be confident, to be flexible, to try new things. I always vowed to myself that I would only feel safe travelling solo in "western countries". But this month I have reflected on all my travels and just thought...why limit myself?. So I booked a trip to Turkey for next year.

So many other things have made me happy, and it is sometimes just the every day simple things in life. The Autumn leaves, the Spring flowers, the blissful silence as I watch rain drops trickle down my window. I am happy when soaking in a colourful bubble bath. I can just be free and let my body float away, as my mind drifts off in to another world. Cocktails made me happy. Airports made me happy. I always feel like a supermodel who is walking down a runway with her suitcase. Seeing friends and family made me happy. Knowing that I am progressing in life makes me happy. Journaling my thoughts feelings and dreams made me happy. These are the things that I need to hold on to next year.

What made me sad, irritated and uninspired?

Bitter people made me sad. But I have learnt to ignore the snide remarks and keep as much distance as possible. All the war has made me sad but I realise that there is nothing that I can do to stop it. The increase in food prices has irritated me. The fact that we are leaving the EU has left me uninspired. It is my generation who will suffer the consequences. Colds, flus, and the usual winter bacteria have left me irritated. 

What have I learnt in 2017?

I have learnt that you should do whatever makes you happy...not what makes society happy.
I have learnt that hard work will pay off eventually. 
I have learnt that it is important to save money because you don't know what the future holds.
I have learnt that bubble baths are really good for relaxation.
I have learnt that I am happy with who I am as a person. 

Habits to keep
Travelling frequently
Saving money
Buying more vegetables than meat

Habits to ditch
Spending money on lunch at work
Sleeping too late
Forgetting to floss

                                                             llondon leopard                                                         xoxo

Friday, 29 December 2017

My Travel Resume ♥

The year is almost over and I got this cool idea from a travel blogger to write my own travel CV. Have a look at mine to see where I have been...

Personal Information
Name: Zainab 
Date of birth: 25-02-1994
Place of birth: London, England 
Nationality: British 

The world (1994-present)

Relevant travel experience 
-Wales: Llandudno

-Pakistan: Islamabad, Gurjranwala, Jhelum


-America: Philadelphia, Maryland, New Jersey, DC


-Uganda: Kampala, Entebbe

-Netherlands: Amsterdam 


-Netherlands: Amsterdam (again)
-Spain: Barcelona


- Greece: Crete
- Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich
- Scotland: Edinburgh
- Wales: Cardiff 


- France:Paris
- Belgium: Brussels, Bruges  
- Germany: Berlin, koln, Frankfurt
- Denmark: Copenhagen 
- Norway: Oslo
- Spain: Madrid
- Ireland: Dublin, Belfast 
- Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Pattaya 
- Laos: Don Sao Island 
- Slovenia: Ljubljana, Bled,
- Montenegro: Podgorica, Kotor, Budva
- Kosovo: Pristina  

- Denmark: Copenhagen (again)
- Bulgaria: Sofia
- Italy: Milan, Rome, Venice
- Luxembourg: Luxembourg city

- Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais  
- Netherlands: Amsterdam (again) 
- France: Marseille
- Poland: Krakow, Oswiecim


- Climbed mount Triglav in Slovenia.
- Taught English to some sexually inappropriate... Typical teenage monks in Thailand. 

- Found accommodation within 5 minutes of being kicked out of the hotel in Montenegro. 

- Became an expert at communicating with people who cannot speak a word of English.

- Survived a kidnapping attempt in Bangkok.

- Taken selfies with over 100 tourists who have never seen a black person before.


-10/10 scam raider
- Cheap flight expert

- Master of solo travel
- Outstanding trip planner
- Elephant riding
- Camel riding
- Flirting to obtain freebies/discounts
- People watching

                  llondon leopard 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Little House Of Hygge Subscription Box ♥

I have never been one to purchase subscription boxes, but I also feel like everything is worth a try. I wanted to purchase a travel themed subscription box but they are all based in the US which means that shipping costs are ridiculous. I am a lover of Scandinavia and it is currently the Danish "hygge" season. So I bought a one off Christmas subscription box from The Little House Of Hygge

    It came in this beautiful box which was decorated with ribbons.

...and this is what the box contained. There is a tealight holder in the shape of a house which is really cute. There is a Christmas candle which I have been burning all weekend. It smells like gingerbread and cinnamon. There are also some cute cookies in the shape of Christmas pudding...I will be saving those until 24th December. There is a gingerbread man bath bomb that I cannot wait to use this month. Then there are two hanging decorations and a Christmas tree decoration, which I have placed on my bedside table. I think it's a cute seasonal box which is definitely going to liven up my December. 

llondon leopard


Saturday, 9 December 2017

5 Reasons I Will Never Go Back To Venice ♥

It's not very often that I come across destinations that I don't like. I have enjoyed almost every place I have visited...and trust me there are MANY. Before Venice the only other place I did not like was Oslo, Norway. Now I will have to add Venice to the list. It's okay to not have the same opinion as everyone else, which is why I am writing this post. 

Venice is expensive. Switzerland is very expensive but it provides value for money, whereas Venice really doesn't. You can argue that going outside of the tourists areas is cheaper but the value is still bad. I paid 20 Euros for a 1 day ticket on the local bus boat. The food is also expensive and has to be the worst food I have ever tasted in Italy. I don't know what they cook in Venice but it's certainly not authentic Italian food. For example, I ordered spaghetti alle vongole from a restaurant which is popular with the locals. It was expensive and happened to be the worst vongole I have ever tasted in my life. I also ordered arancini from a snack bar and it tasted like plastic!. Oh and you have to pay extra to eat/drink in at many places including bars. I think it is absolutely  ridiculous.Things are expensive but the quality never seems to match the price. 

Venice is overcrowded. Many places are crowded with tourists but Venice is just something else. You have to queue for like 10 minutes just to get a nice photo because there is an army of 500 tourists trying to get the same photo.  It's hard to find any local Venetians, and that is something important for me when travelling. I like to avoid tourists and prefer to observe and interact with the locals. 

Venice is a tourist trap.  The whole city is like a theme park specifically made for tourists. Almost every shop in the city is a souvenir shop selling the SAME souvenirs. You would expect that from places like Paris or Rome but no. They only have souvenir shops near the attractions. Where is the Italian culture? that is what I came to see but everything is focused towards tourism. It was such a disappointment.

Venice canals stink. Okay I will admit that i'm exaggerating with this one. Yes the canals do smell but it's not that bad. You will occasionally inhale a gassy smell from canal but It will go away after 10 seconds. 

Venice lacks toilets. It is not easy to find a public toilet in Venice and most snack bars don't even have a toilet (because many things are strictly "take away"). There are only a couple of public toilets in the whole city!

                       llondon leopard

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