Three years of living in Germany!

Before moving, I told myself that I’d live in Germany for a minimum of three years. I gathered that three years would give me enough time to really improve my language skills, become familiar with Frankfurt and build strong relationships with those around me. What I didn’t consider, is that after three years of giving…

Frankfurt to the Black Forest – A long weekend away

I ventured south of Frankfurt to the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) and have created a small itinerary for if you fancy getting out of the city on your next weekend away. Where to stay I would recommend staying in either Altglashütten-Falkau or Titisee. Altglashütten-Falkau if you fancy a small guest house or apartment in a quiet…

Living away from your family

Living away from your family can be hard. Whether it’s a different city, a different country or a different continent, the thousands of kilometres between us and our families can make them feel very unreachable. Being able to get to your siblings’, parents’ and grandparents’ homes in less than an hour really does seem like…

Cuba

The original plan was to fly from Frankfurt via Toronto, where I’d meet a friend from London and then take the last flight that day to Havana. Whilst we don’t like to plan out trips too much and prefer to see how it goes once we’re there, missing our flight to Havana and having to…

How to prepare for long haul flights and layovers

I’m writing this whilst sat in Toronto airport for a 6 hour lay over after an 8 hour flight from Frankfurt before getting a 3 hour flight to Havana. Sounds like this journey is taking forever but the time isn’t going too slowly so I thought I’d share how I best prepare for a 17…

Why travel the country you’re living in?

We want to travel the world, visit as many continents as possible, touch base in as many countries as possible and explore as many cities as possible. Every time we book a flight we get a rush of excitement as we look forward to leaving the countries we live in for a new and unfamiliar…

The first and (hopefully) last time I missed my flight

After uploading a picture of myself on Facebook with a huge smile and windswept hair at Heathrow airport, I checked-in, dropped my baggage and swiftly went through security. Well actually, not so swiftly as my hand luggage was absolutely rammed with stuff that couldn’t fit in my suitcase after being home for nearly three weeks but anyway,…

The most life-enriching thing I’ve ever done? Study abroad

Was I excited? Well a bit, I guess. I was beyond gutted (meaning a lot of tears) to find out that I would be the only student from my UK university studying at my German university (which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere), but equally excited to know that my friend and I…

5 things you take for granted when you live in London

Whether you’ve lived in London all your life or have relocated from somewhere else you can’t deny that the cosmopolitan city has it’s unique specialities. It’s taken me over a year of living abroad to really appreciate this and there are still some things that I just can’t let go of. So here it is, 5…

How often should you visit (or not visit) home once you move abroad?

Every 3 months? Every 6 months? Or depending where you’ve moved to, maybe even every 18 months? There are of course no written rules but after living abroad just over a year, here’s a bit on how I went about visiting (and not visiting) home and why: “When are you first going to come back?” I…

What’s really on your mind before you move abroad?

How annoying is it when people talk loudly on public transport? I constantly think “Can you just shut up!?” and am always relieved when either I or the loud talker gets off. This time however, I just wanted to go over to the seats behind me and tell the loud talker that I know exactly…

One year since I moved abroad

Tears. A lot of tears. Waking up and being alone with my thoughts. Missing home comforts and no longer knowing the city that I live in like the back of my hand. Loneliness. This is exactly how I felt when I first moved out of my family home and went to university in 2009. It…

Home for the weekend

Touching base I have never felt so excited to see London. Descending into Heathrow airport over the Thames, I saw Tower Bridge and The o2 Arena. I felt a smile spread across my face and a rush of excitement shoot through my body. I was back! Seven months is the longest I have been away…

Me, Myself & an Aeroplane

I have done a fair amount of solo journeys, especially since moving abroad; within Germany, around Europe and also heading out to Asia. This much travelling means that I pack my suitcase on autopilot and that I have perfected the ‘must haves’ list for my journeys: – Downloaded series on Netflix? “Check.” – Head phones?…

Entering Vietnam from the City: Ho Chi Minh City

Tips and tricks for HCMC – Learn a few Vietnamese phrases – You might want a face mask as pollution is high – Keep going when crossing the road, the cars won’t stop for you! Day 1 Two tubes, two aeroplanes, a bus and a taxi ride later, Sam and I finally arrived at our…