30 Hours in Dublin

Hi there! Can’t believe I’m finally writing again the first post of 2020!

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Dublin, flying in on the Saturday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon. We managed to pack a lot in a small amount of time so I wanted to do a quick round up of our short but sweet trip.

Firstly, we were SO lucky with the weather. And secondly, when having a small amount of time in a city – research before you go! That and speaking to our incredibly friendly taxi drivers meant we had several recommendations of where to go, which helped to narrow down where to eat/drink as in Dublin there’s a lot on offer.

We started at The Hole in the Wall which is the such a cosy pub, which also had their Christmas decorations up, which made it look incredible. Not only that but the food was fab too, Guinness bread and smoked salmon sandwich with a side of Irish gin sorted me out straight away.

Next we headed to r.i.o.t which is a pub/bar that sits right on the edge of the Temple Bar area. Three whiskey and apples down it was a perfect spot to sit and drink with pals, their selection of Irish beers and cocktails were a treat.

After several cocktails we headed to Brother Hubbard for dinner and chose the sharing menu which was a delight of a Mediterranean mezzo sharer selection (never enjoyed beetroot hummus so much but seriously, it was delicious). Followed by Persian fish stew which I wolfed down quicker than I could take a good picture.

We finished off the night in the Church bar and restaurant, which is as the name suggests, a bar and restaurant set in an old church. For more drinks and baby Guinness’.

The next morning led us on an unexpected walk down to Ryleigh’s bar which I had booked in advance, lured in by it’s rooftop views and brunch menu. I didn’t realise it was slightly outside the main part of the city but it meant we walked along the river and enjoyed the views of the clear and sunny day.

Ryleigh’s was a treat of a restaurant and the interiors were seriously dreamy. I hadn’t realised it was set on top of a hotel which also looked amazing, so if you’re considering a hotel to stay at in Dublin I’d definitely look at staying.

With a few hours left to enjoy in Dublin we hopped in a cab (seriously, Dublin taxi drivers are the best) and headed to the Long Hall pub. Where we were promised an old school, Irish pub where we could sit, chat and drink Guinness.

And that’s it, a short but sweet round up pc our time in Dublin. Safe to say I’d love to go back – which is always a great sign of a holiday right?

More Dublin posts will be coming to the pub soon, but safe to say this trip has ignited an urge to visit several more cities on short weekend breaks throughout the year. If you have any suggestions, please let me know ASAP!

Thanks for reading x

2019

Happy New Years! To all of you who are reading this as it’s been posted, and to all of you reading in the future – I hope 2020 is treating you well?!

After unintentionally taking a break from the blog for a few months – life has honesty just ran away with me – it feels good to be writing again, and what better to get it all out than looking back on pretty great year!

For the past few years now I’ve written up these round up posts, (like here and here), and even if no-one else is reading them, I love having them to look back on. So without further ado, I’ve a little travel round up of 2019 below:

Australia – February 2019

This was *the* trip I had been planning for pretty much all of 2018 (we actually booked the first part of the trip back in Jan 2018) so it had been a long time coming. We travelled around Australia, visiting as many territories as possible. After starting in Melbourne, we flew to Adelaide to visit my family, before travelling to Sydney – including a stay at Bondi Beach. We then ventured on to Byron Bay and Brisbane before finishing the trip at the Whitsundays.

It truly was a taste of everything in the space of three weeks, we stayed in a lot of different spots, and had such a brilliant time. It’s hard to pick a highlight of the trip, but we did really love our time on Bondi Beach, and if we were ever to return to Australia I think that’s where we’d head first!

Norfolk Broads – March 2019

I couldn’t write about this year without mentioning one of my favourite places, the Norfolk Broads. Booked on a whim as I was searching through Secret Escapes and found a night stay at The Norfolk Mead, with dinner, drinks and breakfast all included.

I would definitely recommend a trip there, as it was so cosy and welcoming. The Broads are such a lovely place to explore, whether you have a boat or not!

Chicago – April 2019

I still can’t believe we went to Chicago this year, as this one was definitely booked last minute for my birthday, as we were both so shocked at how cheap the flights were (£240 return, and then we found a bargain in the Freehand Chicago on Secret Escapes)

I went there with low expectations, not for Chicago, but as I had barely any time to plan or prepare for the trip. Safe to say, we had a great time. We experienced some traditional Chicago deep dish pizza, live Blues music, we cycled down the lakeside to the planetarium steps and of course visited ‘The Bean’ several times. We had the best time trying out the batting cages at Wrigley’s bar, and of course sampled plenty of variations of frozen Margaritas. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had!

New York – May 2019

Two trips to America in two months is certainly indulgent, and I can’t believe I got to visit New York – one of my favourite places – again this year. I took my mum and sister (again on another bargain ride, £260 return with BA) and had an incredible time showing them some of my favourite spots.

I was very lucky they both allowed me to plan the itinerary for our trip, so I had planned out a rough idea for each day and they were happy to go along with the ride and enjoy themselves! We ate a lot, we spent time walking everywhere, from the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn to Central Park on a lazy Sunday with no plans but to walk and enjoy the view.

I of course took them to all my favourite rooftop bars, and tried out more (for the research of course) and whilst we were there we ticked a goal off my mum’s list, by bridal shopping at Kleinfeld’s.

Glastonbury – June 2019

Ah, my sixth Glastonbury! I’m so lucky to say this was my sixth time – and sadly it’ll be my last for a while as I won’t be heading there this year (as I have some exciting plans, more on those later…)

I feel like every year I return to Glastonbury it becomes my favourite year, and this time it was no different. I had such  a wonderful time – even in the heatwave, and I have to return one day!

Secondigny – July 2019

I’ve written about the area of Secondigny a few years ago, as my parents have a house there and we’re lucky enough to visit every now and then. This year we chose to fly out for a long weekend over Bastille Day celebrations, which was so fun and a real treat to experience.

I love a lot of things about France, but the food has to be the top of the list – stick my in a French supermarket and I can stay for days. I ate so much incredible food (and drank a lot of wine..) during our weekend there, and it’s one of the reasons I always want to return!

Cornwall – September 2019

And at last but not least, our final trip of the year and it was on home turf! My fiancé and I had toyed with the idea of going on a camping trip, and decided to finally commit at the end of this Summer.

I’ve always wanted to visit Cornwall, and our camping trip meant we got to experience different parts in one holiday – packing up the tent in the car and driving to the other side! There were so many highlights of the trip, but camping on the hill at Polzeath with the view of the surfers was a brilliant place to stay. I also absolutely loved our day trip to Mousehole, as it was so empty and cute it felt like a little area of Cornwall to ourselves.

Ah, WHAT A YEAR! One of my favourite things about 2019 is how half of the travel listed above wasn’t even in my mind this time last year! So glad I got the chance to travel so much this year, and will definitely be trying more spontaneous travel trips this year!

Next up I have a weekend way in Dublin, before my Italy trip honeymoon later in the year. And who knows what else!

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for reading! xx

Mousehole

Not pronounced how you’d imagine, Mousehoule (mouz-hul) is a beautiful spot near to Penzane, sitting right on the edge of the water.

We found it purely by accident as we hired bikes from Penzance to cycle along the coast and initially thought we’d stop at Newlyn but found most spots to be closed (its was Sunday after all).

If you are visiting Newlyn then we were recommended the Duke Street Cafe and the Mackerel Sky Seafood bar. If it were another day and another time we would’ve definitely stopped by as they certainly looked great on our cycle past.

Anyway, if you find yourself in Mousehole I would definitely recommend a visit to the Rockpool cafe. It’s tucked away at the bottom of a carpark and right on the edge of the cliff that looks down at the rockpools below (you get the name now right?).

The cafe is a cute little spot which serves up either Cornish cream teas or more substantial lunches such as Cornish Crab sandwiches or Cornish mackerel pate. Personally, I tucked into an Aperol spritz and a mackerel pate dish and it was incredible. Not only that but we came back the following day for a Cream Tea (you really can’t beat that view!) and I managed to indulge in a proper Cornish dish – even if I apparently put the cream on first incorrectly – it’s the better option in my opinion!

Once you’ve filled up on all the Cornish cuisine Mousehole is definitely worth an explore by foot (not by car, the roads are tiny and I’d definitely recommend sticking to foot and bike). It’s a beautiful seaside village that may appear tiny but has it’s own little beach and plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a scone.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

Porthleven

When I started planning our Cornish adventure I really didn’t think I’d be writing about Porthleven as it wasn’t even on our to-do list of spots to visit, but here I am! As our campsite was nearby the main town we could access was Porthleven so we found ourselves coming back several times.

Whether it’s seafood, wine or oven baked pizza you’re after, then Porthleven is a great spot to try. Our first venture was to grab some takeaway pizzas from the town to enjoy by our campfire, and luckily we stumbled across The Corner Deli which is a brilliant little spot for some incredible wood fired pizza or to pick up some Cornish delicacies – and by delicacies I meant Cornish gin and garlic mayonnaise.

If you’re after a trip to a beach that feels like you’re on the Mediterranean then Porthleven is certainly a great bet, as we happened to visit on a pretty good, Sunny day and it felt like we were properly abroad. Even if you don’t fancy a dip there are large concrete steps right at the beachfront which are a handy spot to sit with a book.

Some other spots to mention in Porthlevn are Amelies where we enjoyed a really love two course meal on our final evening. Or The Ship Inn which is a little, unassuming pub until you walk through the door and find a very colourful and busy bar with cosy tables and great views of the port.

Another pub to try is The Harbour Inn, across the other side of the port and a great spot with outdoor seating right next to the boats. Another thing to mention is they show live football with small screens on the pumps so you can still watch the game when you turn round to buy a drink, madness. Whereas we didn’t visit either spot we were recommended both the Kota Kai and Kota restaurants which are owned by a New Zealand man which incorporate New Zealand and Thai influences on local seafood dishes. If they weren’t closed (it was a Monday after all) then we would have definitely gone to try there.

I think especially as we were so lucky with some gorgeous weather it really made the place seem beautiful, and because it’s so quiet you really feel like you’ve got the sleepy little spot all to yourself.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

Padstow and Rock

I don’t think I’ve ever recommended two spots in one go on this website, but here we go – Padstow and Rock, perfect spots in Cornwall to be enjoyed on their own, but even better when you connect the two.

On our most recent trip we took the 1.2 hour walk from Polzeath to Rock along the cliff front, taking in the incredible views of the Cornish coast on our route. When we arrived at Rock we hopped on the connecting ferry to Padstow with a return ticket.

Padstow is quite infamous as a little village in Cornwall, being the home of Rick Stein’s restaurants and cookery school after all. There’s plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a Cornish pasty, or even a small (ahem) bag of Cornish fudge.

Personally I wanted to give Stein’s Fish and Chips a try seeing as I’m a huge fan of his television shows. Luckily the food served up was really tasty, albeit quite pricey. Safe to say though, I’ve never been to a fish and chip shop and been encouraged to have a glass of prosecco to accompany my cod and chips, and I have to admit I certainly enjoyed that part. My partner ordered the battered mackerel and I can confirm it was delicious, with a side of aioli as well which put it top of my estimations.

After lunch it was time to explore the village, and if it weren’t for the rain we would’ve definitely stuck around for longer, perhaps enjoying a Cornish ice cream whilst at it. We did stop by a Cornish fudge shop, obviously enticed by the smell, and picked up some Rum and Raisin, just in case we were peckish on the walk back.

We then headed back to Rock on the boat, which is certainly quieter than Padstow, but that shouldn’t put you off as it’s a great way to enjoy the view of the bay in a quieter setting. Rock isn’t as chock-a-block with spots to sit and eat or drink, but we found somewhere that allowed us to have a drink and look across to Padstow where we’d jus been.

If you haven’t been worn out by the boat ride, the fish and chips or the fudge, then have a go at walking along the coast towards Polzeath to enjoy the view.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

Polzeath

Forget the ‘surfing capital’ of Cornwall – Newquay – and pack up your surfboard and head to peaceful Polzeath instead. The town located just above Padstow is a perfect little haven to enjoy a surf (or in my case… body-board) and still enjoy the laid-back Cornish lifestyle.

Being such a surf haven, you can’t miss all the surf rental spots dotted around the town where you can hire a board or a wetsuit and try giving the waves a go yourself. and if you’re a complete beginner you can of course sign up for surf lessons too.

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If water based actives aren’t you’re thing then luckily the beach itself is a tranquil spot to pitch up (with a wind break of course…). I’d say bring a book but you won’t need it, watching all the surfers ride the waves is entertainment that lasts for hours. And I mean hours, die hard surfers in Polzeath are there from the crack of dawn until the late evening.

Whether you’ve had a dip in the Cornish waves or not, there’s plenty of options to rest and enjoy something to eat and drink. Two spots in particular I’d recommend both have brilliant views of the beach and Cornish cuisine to offer.

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Firstly, The Cracking Crab is a great spot that is located right on the top of the hill with brilliant views over the beach – especially if you set up shop in their outdoor area. The inside is just as good as the vibe is very similar to a Greek Taverna, with friendly staff and absolutely huge portions to tuck into. When visiting we decided to order the seafood platter and were greeted with an entire crab, mussels, prawns, calamari and a side of fries – just in case we weren’t full enough. Along with a sand castle bucket ready to be filled with everything we could have. The food was incredibly tasty but the experience was really enjoyable – especially for me as it was my first attempt at cracking a crab, with red claw crackers and all.

If you’re after somewhere more low-key I would also recommend The Waterfront, which is as the name implies, right at the edge of the beach. You have a great view of the ocean and of all the surf stalls and surfers running out to the waves. When there I tucked into a big bowl of Cornish mussels and they were absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend this spot, especially if you have good enough weather to enjoy the outdoor platform which has a brilliant view.

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If you’re a fan of surfing, or just sitting back and enjoying the breeze whilst everyone catches the waves, then Polzeath is for you. It’s the perfect size and with it’s laid back atmosphere it’s a brilliant spot to soak up Cornwall.

If you’re off to Cornwall anytime soon I’d definitely add Polzeath to your list of to-go spots. I’ve got plenty of Cornwall content coming up as luckily enough we spent our time there beach-hopping. In the meantime check out my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

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Camping On A Budget

Camping is synonymous with most as a ‘budget holiday’, and it certainly makes a great alternative trip if you’re after a change. After giving it a go this year on our own (read: with our own transport and kit etc) I wanted to see how ‘budget’ it really could be.

So, below is a little packing list we used for a two-people trip. The items in bold had to be bought and I’ll explain further! If you’re planning a similar trip soon I hope the below comes in handy…

Campings Chairs x 2 – We already had these as we use them for garden furniture (lol). But you can get 2 for £8 in Tesco which is a pretty great bargain. Our camping neighbours had these incredible, inflatable armchairs and if I see them in the ALDI Specialbuys section then I will be all over them.

Tent & ground sheet – We bought a ‘4 person’ (they’re never for 4 people are they’ tent from Decathlon. It was a great tent and the size was impressive for the cost. It was super easy to put up and then pack down again! It didn’t come with a groundsheet so we used one bought from Poundland which was absolutely fine and worked a treat.

Mattress + Pump – We already owned this and it is an essential for a good night sleep. I don’t usually do that for Glastonbury but lordy it makes such a difference

Sleeping Bag x 2 – We already owned these but my tip would be to buy the cheap, wide sleeping bags and not the slim ‘mummy’ sleeping bags. That is if you like to starfish and move around.

Bed sheet – Essential if you have a plastic mattress or you’ll be sliding around like you’re on a water slide.

Pillow x 2 – We just used our own as nothing beats a normal pillow. If you’re packing light then you can also get inflatable pillows.

Camping stove – The cheapest Decathlon would sell and worked a treat! Would recommend if you’re a camping beginner as it’s pretty easy to use and large enough to hold a pan.

Gas canisterOnly £2 for one at Decathlon and lasted us a weekend break. Which for us was two meals and three kettle heat-ups and we still had some left.

Cooking Set – The stackable sets from Decathlon we’re an absolute treat. Very handy not only to pack but also to keep together in the tent as they all handily slot together.

Cool Bag – An absolute essential if you plan on cooking for yourself. We brought bacon, milk, eggs and butter. We have ice blocks already but we also used a giant ice block we were given from a free Hello Fresh box. Seriously, if you get those – keep hold of them!

Thermos – essential for tea drinkers. We would heat up water and store most of it in the thermos for later-on teas.

Mug x 2 – You can buy camping mugs but we just brought ours from home that we wouldn’t be upset about cracking.

Tumbler x 2 – Pack of 4 bought from Sainsbury’s for summer picnics came in handy for drinks and also scrambled egg prep!

Our Food shopping list was essentially, Bread rolls, Bacon, Butter, Eggs, Milk, Tea bags, Crisps, Wine + Beer. On the first day we also picked up some instant ramen as we thought we might have dinner at the pub and then were too full from lunch at the pub (lol).

If you’re going camping for longer you might want to bring less perishables and more dry food. On our next trip we’ll be bringing food we’ve already cooked and reheating it!!

Extra Bits

Lighter – If your campsite has campfires definitely give them a go! They make such a difference.

Washing up Liquid, Washing up bowl, Tea towel. If you’re cooking for more than one meal this is essential as without the right tools the cooking can stick to the pan. Scrambled eggs for example…

And if you’re with me after all of that, below are the three things we’d buy for when we go again:

Table – To keep the cooker still! And in case of bad weather, a great place to play cards.

Kettle – For when you burn scrambled eggs to the bottom of the pan but still want to boil water for a cup of tea…

Tent Light/head torch – Very important for getting to the toilet in the middle of the night..

That is a loooong list in retrospect, and all-together can certainly seem like it isn’t the most budget of holidays. However, a lot of what is in the list above are items that can pretty much be found and already owned by most people. The camping specific items (like the tent and cooker etc) are the really essentials here, but a bargain can be found if you look at ALDI or decathlon.

A post will soon be coming about our camping trip to Norfolk in addition to our upcoming trip to Cornwall, and I will report back on how well this camping list holds up!

In the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found! Thanks for reading x

 

 

Travelling Business Class on the Eurostar

On my two trips to Paris this year I’ve been lucky enough to experience the Business Lounge experience on the Eurostar. Thanks to my boyfriend and his #werkperks of gaining enough Eurostar points, it meant we could experience the luxury of the Business class lounge before both our train journeys between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord.

I’ve only ever managed to travel Business Class once before and that was a fluke via over-booking on a train from Brussels, which I slept through entirety of due to a particularly bad Bruges-induced hangover, so this lounge experience was the real deal.

I wanted to write up what the experience is like here, just in case any of you are wondering if it’s worth it on your next trip to Paris/Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

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The Fast-Speed Access

On our trip, and with the promise of unlimited croissants, we arrived at London St Pancras as early as possible, but as we are complete novices at business travel we headed straight to the standard Eurostar entrance, only to be shouted at and pointed away as we were too early.

Not wanting to give up we attempted to enter via the business class entrance instead, and as it turned out, they welcomed us warmly and politely and we were swiftly sent through security and passport control and straight into the Business lounge. They pride themselves on this speedy service and advertise that you can technically be on your train 10 minutes from the entrance, which is pretty speedy.

The Decor

The interiors of both business lounges – at London and Paris – had the feel of a swanky bar (and the unlimited drinks to match, but more on that later…). With deep velvet armchairs, gold detailed lighted and even art deco style glasses, it looked like somewhere that would charge you about £15.50 for a small glass of wine. The interiors are very Soho-House-esque, with brown parquet flooring and velvet armchairs.

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The Service

Everyone there was polite and welcoming, and I saw on a few occasions people being delivered their food and drink to their tables (whereas I went up myself, so noone could judge as to how many salted peanuts I was really taking away with me…). Everyone was informative and helpful, and I didn’t see one eye roll when I went up for another free G&T when it was announced our train was delayed…

The Free Stuff

I mean, that’s what it’s all about really isn’t it? The real perks of the business and first class lounges everywhere is how much free stuff you can get away with indulging in before someone comes over to check if you’re really meant to be there…

Only kidding, (kind of), but it was a shock for me (someone who’s never been in before) that you can take away free glossy magazines (a copy of Vogue and Wanderlust magazine? Don’t mind me) – and not just to read, but also take away onto the train with you.

On our London part of the journey early in the morning, there were plenty of options for breakfast, but I mainly stuck to the free croissants. There was free coffee, tea, juice and alcohol (yep – #BritAbroad).

On our evening trip home the breakfast goods had been replaced with nuts, nibbles and fruit in addition to a help yourself bar that included a range of gins, beers and wines you could pour yourself.

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Looking back on our journey via the Business class lounge, would I go again? Hell yeah! Would I pay for the privilege? I’d like to think so, but it entirely depends on the price you can find – but at the moment there are some really good deals out there, of which we’ve even booked a last-minute weekend trip to Paris at the cost of £50 return so it really pays to look at what you can find! We booked recently to go to Paris and our outward journey was upgraded spontaneously to Standard Premiere, which meant a nicer area of the eurostar train and free breakfast onbaord!

Also, when you add up how much you would spend on a normal ticket with the addition of a magazine and some breakfast/alcoholic beverage, the extra price of a business ticket might even work out evenly. The other benefit of travelling via the business lounge was the quiet and calmness of the place. I’ve been on the Eurostar via Brussels before, and it’s not much of an enjoyable experience, but getting to wait out our trains (and the further delay on the way home) was massively improved by our stay here.

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Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – if you’ve traveled business on the Eurostar to Amsterdam or Rotterdam, let me know! I’d love to experience those cities by train too. In the meantime, you can find my other Insta snaps on my Instagram @GrundyTravels

Thanks for reading! x

 

The Beginners Guide to Paddleboarding

Picture the scene – 9am, calm and serene open ocean water, the sun already beating down but not too hot, a paddle board underneath you and oar in hand, gliding through the water. Then, give it 5 minutes, and picture me falling off.

Just like my foray into surfing and also into yoga, I am well aware my balance is terrible, but I didn’t realise just how vital this would be to commandeering a paddle board. That may sound stupid, but I suppose in retrospect I went into the whole experience completely unprepared – but regardless, I still had an amazing time.

After searching several beaches on the North of Majorca in the lead-up to the big day, we found Playa de Sant Joan, which was more secluded and picturesque than the neighboring beaches of Alcudia and Es Barcares. I would definitely recommend this seaside spot if you fancy picking up a paddle board yourself, as for 15 euros an hour it’s a pretty good bargain – and trust me, you don’t need more than an hour unless you’re planning on paddling to Ibiza, in which case, fair play to you.

Paddleboarding really is such a great way to have an incredible hour (or few) out on the open water. Personally I found that paddling out at 9am was the perfect time – the sun was still on it’s way up so it wasn’t as hot as the peak of the day, but it was still really warm. It made it more refreshing for jumping – or falling in.

Luckily, the benefits of falling off a paddle board right at the beginning is you lose the fear, and it worked for me – I didn’t fall in again! But I have to say it does take a lot of effort to keep your balance, and your best spot to be on the board is right in the middle. You also need to make sure your paddle is the right height – which in retrospect is something I should’ve done before I’d got up on the board.

Of course your paddle board instructor should give you a run-down before you head out onto the water, but just a few tidbits that we learnt from ours. It was recommended to start off paddling on your knees and to get up to standing once out of shallow water, and to paddle as though you’re ‘scooping’ the water away from you.

I also learnt – the hard way – it’s a lot easier to turn round on your paddle board by braking with your paddle, than to try and paddle around 180 degrees… It makes complete sense and you won’t wear yourself out in the process.

I would wholeheartedly recommend giving paddle boarding a try, as it’s a lot more relaxed and peaceful way to explore the ocean and surrounding coves than kayaking – in my opinion. Even better, if you have a goPro like myself you can purchase body straps or – as I did – attach your flexible stand to the paddle – to grab some great snaps from the water.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you are thinking of giving paddle boarding a go sometime soon I hope this has been of some help. For more travel updates and pictures you can check out my Instagram @GrundyTravels. Thanks for reading!

Glastonbury

If this year was anything like the past 5, I’d currently be gearing myself up for another weekend on Worth Farm, currently packing up my car to make the journey to Pilton, Somerset. But, as this year there isn’t a Glastonbury festival, I’ve decided to fill the five-day-filthy-extravaganza shared hole in my life by summing up my love for the place.

Yes, it was expensive. And yes, it will make you feel like a zombie for a solid few days afterwards. But is it worth it? Oh Yes.

I have been lucky enough to have 5 beautiful years at Worthy Farm – and I find it hard to pick my favourite year. I’ve been through rain, sunshine, mud, dust, thick and thin, but every year is perfect.

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I’m certainly not an expert like most Glastonbury veterans who’ve been going for actual decades but I’ve been enough to know my fair share of experiences, and still feel like I have so much left to see (figuratively and literally – the place is huge).

If you’re planning on going to Glastonbury next year – or any festival – your experience is entirely down to the people you’re with. Luckily I go with a lovely, large group of people who I’ve been going with since my first year, and the group has grown as each year rolls around. In addition to the people you’re with, there’s also an atmosphere about the place that makes even strangers welcoming, chatty and just up for a laugh.

We’ve met so many people throughout the years, whether the people manning the food stalls who just fancy a chat, or random strangers who come to help pull you out of the mud – everyone is in it together, and it feels like the happiest place on earth.

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The best bit about Glastonbury is that’s it’s so well known for being so iconic that it attracts the biggest and the best stars. There’s so many stages, and also the added excitement of surprise acts added at the last minute – last year’s was The Killers. Even if you turn up and you don’t fancy seeing any of the headliners on the main stages (and it’s happened to me before) it doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to watch – there are hundreds of other stages, bars and cafes that have lots more to offer – there’s even a circus and a cinema tent.

Another reason I feel Glastonbury stands out from other festivals is it’s one of the only festivals I know of where you can bring your only alcohol in, which you can carry around and enjoy everywhere. When your alcohol is sorted, that means you can turn to the important part – the food. Every 5 years I’ve been I’ve discovered a new favourite – this years was a halloumi, chorizo, guacamole burrito that I am still thinking of. Other than that memorable burrito, I also visit The Garlic Farm every year, and am working out a way that I can visit the actual farm on the Isle of Wight.

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When the music is over you then have the nightlife, which is just as varied and extensive as the range of music tents available. Because Glastonbury is just so big, there is a vast amount of bars, clubs, silent discos or just spots to sit back and share a few drinks with your pals.

If you want to go to the big one – Shangri-La – prepare yourself for the trek there, and to see a lot when you get there. It’s hard to describe the experience of seeing it, but there’s a lot to do and see when you arrive.

It’s hard to properly sum up my love for Glastonbury, but it’s a festival that holds a little place in my heart. It’s more than just a festival – and it costs and feels like the equivalent of a mini holiday – and it’s one that I hope I’ll be able to visit many times over into the future.

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