Berlin. Anyone who has gone recently will tell you it’s great and how amazing it is but my memories from my trip in 2005 are sad. Nothing went wrong on the trip and I was meeting my sister which was great, but I came away with a feeling of blahness. Shay, my friend who I went on BBC’s Pointless with moved there nearly two years ago and there has always been an open invitation to stay. This year as part of my Lululemon #18in18 goals I made a commitment to visit Shay and a few weeks ago I spent a long weekend with him.
Paris, Paree, the city of lights. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Paris grabbed my heartstrings on a rainy, winters day over a decade ago and never detached. This architectural city with hardly any advertising, a plus when you are in the business, restored historical monuments and immaculately maintained gardens has a perfect instagram opportunity on every corner.
Made famous recently as the filming location for Game of Thrones Kings Landing, Dubrovnik, Croatia is the perfect early spring/late summer weekend city break. The walled city, built in the 16th century, invites travellers to wander its old town admiring the cobbled streets filled with local art dealers, delicious fresh food and plenty of history. The perfect location for a few days break from you life, Dubrovnik has enough to see whilst allowing you to wander at a leisurely pace leaving your stresses at home.
The British seaside town of Margate is exactly what you would expect. Experiencing its heyday in the 60’s, where everyone flocked to the beach, the cheap holiday packages of the 70’s made an impact. Coming out of the train station, having journeyed from London – tickets are only £25 return booked in advance – I was immediately greeted with sandy beach views. My local taxi driver had lived in Margate all his life and told me tales of the past speaking with enthusiasm of the new interest in the area and a slow paced rejuvenation.
I love being nosey and reading about other people’s tips and tricks for travelling. This article on Wanderlust asks a cross section of actors, chefs, presenters and musicians ‘The One Thing I Always Pack In My Suitcase…‘. It is funny how you can read a headline and your own answer pops straight into your head. I travel a lot for work and have done quite a bit on my own dime. To be honest though it has taken me a while to work out the key items I need. In the last couple of years, with all the travel, I have it down to a fine art. Mainly because I grew tired of packing, lugging huge suitcases and unpacking heavy not using half the content!