Les Gets, France

Les Gets is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. I came here for a week long of skiing and snowboarding! I’ve come to realise that it’s better to ski in the Alps and snowboard in Asia just because of what the majority of people prefer doing. So I switched to skiing after the first 4 days 🙂

I got a ski pass that allowed access to Morzine which is the Swiss Alps – (https://en.lesgets.com/i-want/glisse/ski-map.html) and rented my gear from Berthet sports down at Les Gets Village right in front of the ski lifts.

My recommendations:

  1. Visit Les Gets Village and ski the area. Sometimes you can get lucky and they have various stalls, shows, ice sculpture and live music in the village, especially at night. If you get a super clear day, you can also see Mont Blanc from La Rosta or Le Ranfolly.
  2. Visit Morzine Village and ski the area. Moraine is lower down so the village may sometimes look more dull as the buildings are green and brown rather than covered with snow. They have a really fun ‘zoo’ path with animal sculptures and all the French names hanging. IMG-20180223-WA0035
  3. Try Tartiflette – a dish from Savoy in the Alps. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions20180222_120310
  4. There are free buses or little trains that take you across Les Gets village to Mont Chery where you can also ski for the day. The lifts here are super old, so I wasn’t very keen but it’s still different slopes for the day.
  5. Take a walk at the Les Dereches Parc Morzine to see Shetland ponies! You can even ride them if you’d like.


Solo Travelling: My reflection


  • People are more willing to help you
  • Easier to ask for help and favours
  • Do what you want, when you want
  • People are more likely to approach and include you
  • More likely to YOLO things and be able to change plans last minute without having to consult anyone or consider anyone else
  • Save money, you naturally feel the need to be like all backpackers and live on a tight budget
  • Learn to be independent, get used to eating along, get stronger from carrying own stuff and being more aware of what to bring in future
  • Figure things out yourself if something goes wrong
  • More likely to squeeze in to get a space e.g. buses, shows
  • Get out of comfort zone, challenge
  • Time to reflect
  • Increase compassion and care as you meet people from everywhere
  • Learn to stand up for yourself
  • Face your weaknesses
  • Teachers you to streamline your life, packing little and living simply
  • You’re never truly alone
  • The world will no longer be as scary as you think
  • Learn to trust your gut instincts
  • Makes you more spontaneous
  • Walk loads
  • Collect memories and photos instead of things


  • I definitely kept on wanting to tell someone about what I was doing, what I encountered, my feelings, my upcoming plans etc. So I guess it’s not purely traveling solo if I’m always texting, insta storying?
  • Unable to stay out too long when it’s dark. Potentially affecting the joy of watching sunset peacefully
  • Always have to be SO alert and awake
  • Major dress down, act poor, pretend I’m just a student
  • Have to take the cheaper transport option as you can’t split cab fares if in a large group. Public transport takes a lot longer and have set times
  • Hostel room = potentially messy, crowded, upper bunk, people snoring
  • Lonely! You also feel scared
  • Not as safe, therefore limited places, countries you can visit
  • Can’t discuss options to rationalise
  • No one to watch your back or help you with simple things e.g. a zip or fluff in your hair
  • Some activities are more fun with more people
  • Overtime if you have to do all the planning, it can get tiring. No one to share out the work load

Tips for first time solo travellers:

  • Towel x2 (activities outside)
  • Ear plugs
  • Torch
  • Learn to read a map
  • Be willing to speak to people
  • Avoid eye contact with dodgy looking people and groups
  • Always be around other people and stay on main roads
  • Find out about student/youth discounts
  • Cough candy
  • Pre-book at least your first hostel, don’t assume you can’t just roll up especially during peak season
  • Consider travelling during low season if you want a more quiet trip and better service
  • Your hostel will have a locker so don’t worry about sleeping with your valuables
  • Bug spray
  • Sunblock and shades
  • Always pick up a map of the area, learn to rely on that rather than Google maps especially to get away from tech
  • Don’t hitch hike alone
  • Pack light, it can get tiring if your bag is heavy
  • Water bottle


Bath, United Kingdom

Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture. Here are my recommended places to visit:

  1. Roman Baths and Pump house – The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. The Roman Baths themselves are below the modern street level.
  2. Bath Abbey – The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
  3. The Royal Crescent and Victoria Park – The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent with a park near by. No. 1 Royal Crescent is also a museum if you wish to see the interior. 20180307_12485120180307_12595420180307_130144
  4. Parade Gardens and Pulteney Bridge – You can catch a great view of Pulteney Bridge from the Parade Gardens as well as opposite the Gardens, so why not walk a short circular loop. Designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style, the bridge is exceptional in having shops built across its full span on both sides.
  5. Sally Lunn’s for their buns – Bath’s oldest house (c.1483), home of the famous Sally Lunn Bun (a semi-sweet bread) and tearoom. I tried the salt beef and cinnamon bun.
  6. Jane Austen Centre and Regency Tea Room – Small museum chronicling the life and times of the famous writer, Jane Austen, plus Regency tearoom.20180307_142052

Seville, Spain

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. I actually did a day trip from Algarve, Portugal but would have loved to spend longer here to admire its architecture for longer. All the main sites are extremely walkable from one another but it is definitely a lot of walking.

Here are my top recommendations:

  1. Plaza de Espana and Parque Maria Luisa just opposite Plaza de Espana which will then get you to the Museum of archeology and  Museum of art and tradition

  2. Seville Cathedral and La Giralda (The bell-tower right next-door to the Cathedral). There are horse drawn carriages everywhere! You could probably take them to visit all the main sites if you are tired of walking
  3. Triana neighbourhood opposite the old city, and a view of of both sides from Isabel bridge including Torre Del Oro, a tower along the river
  4. Metropol Parasol – incredibly unique design! You can go up and they give you a free postcode and drink as part of the entrance fee
  5. Maestranza bull ring 20180209_112237
  6. Alcazar Castle – the queue was so long so I had to give this a miss, but I’m sure it would have been beautiful

Extra note: Have paella of course!

Faro and Lagos, Portugal

Faro and Lagos are part of The Algarve, with Faro being the capital and where the airport is. You can see Faro in half a day so feel free to explore the rest of the Algarve, in particular Lagos which was beautiful! To get to Lagos, it would be best to pre-book a shuttle from transfer ( I used Greenbus costing 25euros, you can probably find something cheaper as I didn’t realise I needed to book in advance). This will save you time because if you wanted to take a public train or bus, you would first have to get to Faro city centre to then wait for specific set times and public transport stops at more places. A bus from the airport to the train station cost about 2euros and the train to Lagos costs 7.50euros or 5.50euros for students.

Here are my top recommendations:

  1. Walk around Lagos within the old town walls which is a tiny area so you can easily do in a few hours. There is a church, the fortress, a unique male statue and on a Saturday, the fresh fruit market is fantastic for cheap and good fruits. Spot all the art work too!
  2. Walk along the boardwalk, using the footbridge to see the Marina and Meia Praia beach. Consider taking a boat tour which departs from the boardwalk to see the caves, or kayak tour which departs from the fortress. 20180208_113555
  3. Walk from Praia Da Batata beach all the way to the light house to see sun set. You will pass by Praia do Pinhao, Praia Dona ana, Praia do Camila and Praia grande as you follow the walking path, stopping by each beach as you wish.
  4. Surf in Praia Porto De Mos known for good waves
  5. Take a day trip to Sagres, the extreme southwest of continental Europe (7.50euros return bus ticket from Lagos bus centre) and use the Tuk Tuk Sagres service which is 100% electric, therefore you won’t smell awful fumes and you’ll easily access all the main tourist spots rather than the usual huge tourist coaches. The Tuk Tuk shop is just outside the only tourist information centre in Sagres (18 euros for 1 person but the price decreases the more people there are, up to 5 people). The 2h tour will take you to Baleeira Harbour, see a view of Mareta Beach, Tonal Beach and Belich Beach, visit St. Vincent Cape (lighthouse), visit a fishing harbour and you can either return to the starting point or be dropped off at Belich Fortress to enter and explore at you’re own leisure. You’ll learn how fisherman catch all sorts of seafood!
  6. Faro is extremely walkable, especially with its designated pedestrian only shopping area, and the small old town still surrounded by a wall. Consider visiting the chapel of bones if you are interested in seeing a cathedral known for a wall of skeletons (I didn’t do this). I did enjoy taking photos of the beautifully designed and colourful doors around the city.

    Extra note: Make sure you have a nata or two! 20180211_091229

Caribbean Cruise

12 days 7 islands. Trip of a lifetime and friendships made on the cruise that will last a lifetime.

Here is what I did and saw:

Bahamas (Great Stirrup Cay) – A private island, beautiful beach and clear waters!

Gustavia, St Barts – try a yellow submarine tour, climb the look out point and admire the famous red roof houses. 

Fort de France Martinique – Visit it’s Sacra Coeur church, Balata Gardens and Historic Clement’s Plantation. Beautiful exotic plants to be seen! 26165961_10155887818902159_5868280088007234142_n

St. George’s Grenada – Join the ‘Spice of our lives’ tour where you learn about different natural ingredients and see how they dry out cocoa 

Bridgetown Barbados – Join the ‘Best of Barbados’ tour which brings you to a beautiful coast and an old church. 

Castries St. Lucia – MY FAVOURITE TOUR! Join the ‘Land and Sea to Soufriere’ tour which includes a catamaran ride. You’ll visit a beautiful estate, learning more about cocoa once again and go around the island with stunning views. 

St. John’s Antigua – Visit Nelson’s dockyard (try their bakery there too), Fort Frederick and make sure you visit a beach. They have 365 beaches! One for each day of the year.26814426_10157412252538849_8470381849237825640_n 

On the cruise:
Art class, cooking class, shows every night, tennis, table tennis, golf, mini golf, shuffle board, baggo beans, casino, pool, spa, gym, sauna, games room, croquet, jogging track, unlimited food. 4 speciality restaurants: Jacques, Polo Grill, Toscana and Red Ginger, my favourite being Red Ginger. 


Plenty of sunsets ❤26734345_10157412203148849_5257656953017185719_n

Miami, Florida USA

Miami is an international city at Florida’s southeastern tip. It is famous for its beach, Cuban influences and trendsetting nightclubs. Miami City and Miami Beach (South beach which is the South side of Miami beach, being the most popular) is governed differently! Here are my recommendations:

  1. Miami South Beach, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road for an entire line of shops

  2. Wynwood Walls – Unique outdoor destination featuring huge, colorful street murals by artists from around the globe. Great for break dance shots!
  3. Brickell shopping mall and surrounding restaurants – Brickell is the city’s financial center, where glittering business towers and luxury condos tower over Biscayne Bay. Rooftop bars and surf ‘n’ turf grills cater to the banking and business crowd, while the art galleries and fashionable boutiques in the Brickell City Centre attract chic locals.
  4. Bayside Marketplace wraps along the bay with plenty of shops and food. I tried hooters for the first time lol
  5. Everglade’s Tour – Experience South Florida’s delicate ecosystem with an exhilarating airboat ride! See alligators, birds, crocodiles, and other exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.
  6. Joe’s Stone Crab


Next time I go back I have to visit Little Havana!! Didn’t have enough time as I needed to board my cruise ship. Miami Port is where loads of cruises depart from 🙂

Marseille, France

Marseille is a port city in southern France. I visited for a Breaking battle – Undisputed where I managed to also have some fun going around the very walkable city. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Vieux Port (Old Port of Marseille)12341373_10154663417638849_1303514470437682202_n
  2. Buy some live seafood near the port
  3. See the wheel 12373405_10154665365218849_4151365510863966591_n
  4. Notre Dame De-la Garde for the Cathedral and a great view from above!19574941_10211527423234414_9133504971989143201_o.jpg
  5. Walk along the waterfront for some fresh air
  6. Buy their really good quality and nice smelling soaps12359890_10154665368938849_8365954675372467685_n

New York, USA

New York City comprises of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queen, The Bronx and Staten Island. There is just so much to see and do but here are my top recommendations:

  1. Statue of Liberty, an iconic national monument opened in 1886 and Ellis Island Tour

  2. Brooklyn Bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn
  3. Empire State Building for a view from the top
  4. Times Square known for its bright lights, Broadway and shopping. Make sure you watch a show!
  5. Central Park, consider a horse carriage ride too if you can afford one
  6. Wall Street and the Bull

Others: Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building, Iron Building, ground zero memorial (existing twin towers) and Grand Central Terminal

Oxford, Bath and Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom

Oxford, a city in central southern England, revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. I joined Oxford Royal Academy for Summer school when I was 14 and it gave me great exposure to living on my own in the UK! As part of the program, we visited Bath and Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare’s birth place). Here are my recommendations:

  1. Try study and/or live within an Oxford University. I was part of Oriel College.
  2. Moo Moo’s milk shake in the covered market – Oreo and Nutella ❤ One day i’ll open a milkshake shop 🙂


  1. Punting, don’t fall in!


  1. Christ Church  College, beautiful architecture and famous for it’s film location for Harry Potter. In fact, the whole of Oxford is known for it’s different campuses with beautiful architecture.1930459_45816358848_5961_n1934118_45826428848_2648_n1934118_45826443848_3530_n
  2. Visit Bath known for its preserved Roman Baths!1934118_45827708848_9987_n
  3. Visit Shakespeare’s home town and watch a play in the traditional Shakespearean theatre. I caught Taming of the Shrew.