My 30th Birthday Celebration Weekend in London

It’s fair to say that I thought about my 30th birthday a lot in the lead up to it. I had lots of thoughts about turning 30, but also spent quite a bit of time thinking about how best to celebrate. It seemed like a birthday worth marking in some way, but I wasn’t sure whether to have a big party or use it as an excuse to go somewhere exciting. As it was, we left it quite last minute to arrange anything but I couldn’t really have asked for a better weekend. It also reconfirmed for me that if my twenties were about working out the things I enjoy, then my thirties should be about embracing those things as that’s exactly what we spent the weekend doing.

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Hiking the Three Peaks (Snowdon/ Yr Wyddfa, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike)

The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales back to back, often within 24 hours. It is designed to be a challenge, and it’s not one I’ve done or have any intention of doing. However, I decided when I was in New Zealand, probably motivated by several months of hiking, that I did want to hike each of the ‘three peaks’ at my own leisure. I recently completed that aim, and this post shares a little bit about my experience, but also some thoughts on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

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Glamping in a Tipi at Wasdale National Trust Campsite

As much as I love being in the outdoors, camping has never really appealed to me. I think it’s partly because I didn’t do it as a child (when most people get their fond memories) but also because of the various camping disaster stories I’ve heard. Needing a loo in the night and having to traipse across a muddy field to get there didn’t appeal. Getting wet and having to put up and down a wet tent, plus the risk of it leaking, sounds like a weekend nightmare to me. And that’s without even thinking about things like mice, the challenges of cooking on a camping stove and much more. Whilst I love being outdoors, I also like being warm, dry and having a proper night’s sleep.

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A first timer’s guide to New Delhi: three day itinerary

This is my three day travel guide to New Delhi – an itinerary which will suit first time visitors to the city.

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Celebrating Holi as a tourist in Jaipur

Holi is a Hindu festival of colours, love and spring which is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. As soon as we found out that Holi was just over a week after the wedding we were attending in India it made deciding our travel dates an awful lot easier. We’d both heard of Holi and had seen pictures of the colourful festival, so naturally we were keen to explore it ourselves. It didn’t disappoint, and will certainly be an experience to stay with me for a long time.

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