How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

If you have the minimum holiday allowance in the UK (that’s 20 days plus 8 bank holidays) then you spend your days wistfully thinking about your next holiday. But what if I told you that you can get more holiday? With a little bit of forward planning you can use those bank holidays to garner 44 days off instead of 28 – hoorah! Disclaimer: this only applies to UK workers who have a Monday-Friday shift pattern and whose holiday year runs from…

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Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London

Afternoon tea, a quintessentially British past-time, first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. As the evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock , leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner, the Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a…

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London’s hidden restaurant that will awaken your senses

London’s hidden restaurant that will awaken your senses

Hidden within London is a little place called Farringdon. And there lies Dans Le Noir. From the outside, it looks like a dodgy massage house with its blacked out windows, but translate the name to ‘In the Dark’ and all becomes clear. Upon entering to the well-lit lobby, you are presented with your menu options; Meat, Fish, Vegetarian or Chef’s Choice. Next you select the number of courses, we opted for two courses – starter and main – with a…

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5 Foods You Need To Try in London

5 Foods You Need To Try in London

Let’s dive right into London’s foodie hot spots… Bilog Bun at Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream Despite the name, there’s nothing dirty about this Filipino street ice cream house. Instagrammable from the outside-in, you’ll find ice cream shakes and Filipino-inspired flavours on the menu, but it’s the Bilog Bun that takes centre stage. The hot and crispy waffle-like bun oozes with magical purple ice cream. The filling gets its rich colour from the traditional Filipino dessert Ube (pronounced oo-bay) – made from…

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Hanoi’s Lesser Known Hot Spots

Hanoi’s Lesser Known Hot Spots

As Vietnam’s capital, it’s easy to get caught up in seeing Hanoi’s typical sights and museums, but away from the whirlwind of motorbikes are a few hidden gems that few know about, and are entirely worth your time. Tranquil Book Cafe 5 Nguyễn Quang Bích, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam When my sweet tooth caved and I sought out WannaWaffle?, I had a little breakfast read of  Word – Vietnam’s What’s On Guide – and found the fantastic article…

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Four Winter Day Trips

Four Winter Day Trips

Winter. That time of year where our social calendars are rife with dinners and drinks, while we long to sit in front of a log fire with a warming hot chocolate. But despite the darker nights and frostier starts, the magic of this season is not to be missed. So don your woolly hats, stick on your gloves and embrace your red nose with these winter day trips sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas. Sudeley Castle Spectacle…

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5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

While city-living is great, getting off the beaten track is unavoidable if you really want to experience a new place in its entirety- and trekking is a great way to do it. During my time in Vietnam, I booked this trip to Sapa that included trekking through rice paddies and a village home stay. While this was one of the highlights of my two weeks in Vietnam, it soon became apparent how unprepared I was for the tropical trekking, as…

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Must-See Attractions in Belfast

Must-See Attractions in Belfast

The city of Belfast offers more than Guinness and live music. The Irish capital is doused in a rich history that will have even the biggest lager lout reaching for their audio guide. RMS Titanic Museum The story of RMS Titanic represents a tragic love story, a sapphire necklace and THAT steamy love scene with a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Over a century later, countless Hollywood movies have romanticised the epic tragedy. But the RMS Titanic Museum finally lays rest all…

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How much will I spend in Belfast?

How much will I spend in Belfast?

Pubs stocked with Guinness, a newsboy cap (see Peaky Blinders) on every bar stool and live music spilling out of every doorway. Belfast has fast become a weekend getaway for hen weekends, stag dos and couple retreats. Here’s everything I spent for a long weekend in the Irish capital. Transport Flights | £87.81 per person Uber from Belfast International Airport to ETAP Hotel | £28.20 / 3 = £9.40 per person Taxi from Titanic Museum to Cathedral Quarter | £6 / 3…

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Liberating Stories Hidden Beneath The Waves

Liberating Stories Hidden Beneath The Waves

“It utterly changed the way I look at our planet.” The words of Orla Doherty, Producer of Blue Planet II and a witness of a never-seen-before and will-never-see-again underwater methane volcano (episode two).  No truer words have been spoken for the result this ground breaking production will have on the nation. A warming cup of tea in hand, whilst aimlessly scrolling through the sometimes monotonous Twitter feed, I stumbled upon what is set to be the biggest opportunity the city of…

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