Celebrating Pasteis De Nata in Lisbon

Portugal

Celebrating Pasteis De Nata in Lisbon

When I first booked my recent trip to Lisbon, the first thing I was told to try was the Pasteis de Nata. Every single person, without fail mentioned these little custard tarts before describing the architecture, the wine AND the piri chicken.

Consider my curiosity piqued.

But what is it about these small, warm, sweet tarts that has everyone so enamoured (aside from them being small, warm and sweet)? I set off to Lisbon with a serious mission on my hands – to try enough pasteis de nata to find out.

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A first timers guide to Paris

France

A first timers guide to Paris

So I told a bit of a lie in this post title. Technically this wasn’t my first time in the City of Light.

Let me tell you about my prior experience of Paris before we begin. Back in 2010, I took between 40-50 teenage girls to Paris on a school day trip. Yes, just picture that for a second. I wasn’t a teacher, but I used to manage volunteering and community for a large law firm and one of our community projects was to take local teenagers on a day trip to improve their French. It was a long, difficult and tiring day and it gave me so much horror that I never revisited the idea of travelling to Paris again.

Over the years I’d heard divisive opinions about the French capital which only added to my reluctance to travel, but given its proximity to the UK and my plan to fit in as many European city breaks as possible this year, I cast my fears aside, bit the bullet and booked a trip.

The question is, would my reluctance be well-founded?

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Why I’m afraid to travel alone

Travel Feels

Why I’m afraid to travel alone

I’m not entirely sure when it happened to me. I’d never had an issue doing things alone, whether that was building forts as a kid, joining after school clubs or walking into the university bar in my first week. I’ve always been fairly confident, but as I’ve got older I’ve shied away from solo activity.

When I’ve had to stay somewhere for work alone I’ve grabbed an M&S meal deal and eaten it from my bed. When I’ve been attending a party I’ve always followed after my friends instead of striding in first. I deplore networking events. And I hate being the first to arrive at a meeting in a cafe. The one public solo activity I’ve indulged in happily has been trips to the cinema where it is dark and I’m not expected to make small talk with strangers.

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5 places I’m desperate to travel to again

Travel Feels

5 places I’m desperate to travel to again

As someone that has a travel list as long as about five of my arms (side note: I have two arms, but I’m making a point, ok?), visiting somewhere twice just seems like a waste of my travel dollars and holiday allowance. I’ve already been to Mexico twice and Paphos in Cyprus three times, but that has been more by accident than any sort of forward planning on my part.

But when you are just dipping in and out of places for a short amount of time, how much do you actually get to see? And, as I’ve grown older, what I’m interesting in seeing as changed – so revisiting some of my favourite destinations for a second time seems sensible.

So I’ve dived back into my holiday archives and came up with my list of places to travel to twice – I’m firmly adding all five of these to my future travel plans. I’d love to know if you’d like to visit these or where you want to visit again!

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4 travel hacks you haven’t thought of

Travel Tips

4 travel hacks you haven’t thought of

Since I started travelling more regularly last year, I’ve started to try to find little ways to make my life easier, my trips more fulfilling and my money go further. Until recently I was an appalling traveller – always checked my baggage because I just couldn’t get my head around the liquid rules, left currency until the last-minute and packed way more than I need. But as I’ve become more practised, I’ve started to travel smarter and I wanted to share some of the more unusual ways I “hack my travel”.

Bet you didn’t think you’d be reading a blog post about plug sockets today, huh?

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