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30 things to do before I turn 30

(Photo location: John Lennon’s Wall, Prague)

So, a few weeks ago now I turned 25. 25 is one of those ages that doesn’t really mean much, the best thing about it is your wage normally goes up for the last time, other than that it’s not particularly special. So while on our little adventure to Prague for my birthday, I decided, with it only being 5 years till I turn the grand old age of 30, that I would create a list of 30 things to do before 30. 

I have made these pretty realistic, as it would be great if I could achieve them all, and with most things there is a cost joined to them all. And I don’t plan on entering my 30s absolutely broke. However some of them are things that I would cross of my lifetime bucket list

My main plan for the next 5 years is to have an absolute ball, do everything I would like to do and make as many memories as possible. If anyone has any ideas to help me through the list then please message me personally!

So this is the list I’ve put together:

  1. Visit at least 3 European cities . So far I already have a trip to Budapest booked for 2018 so there is one in the pipeline, I’ve also got a few other ideas of where I would like to travel to such a Barcelona, Venice or Krakow.
  2. Visit New York. This is one that will depend completely on our finances and whether we can afford it.
  3. Visit Cuba & Mexico.  This is our dream holiday and something we’ve talked about since we met, hopefully this will happen for our 10 year anniversary, 2021.
  4. Go on the London Eye. I love London, especially sightseeing but every time I’ve been I’ve never had the chance to go on the London Eye.
  5. See the Northern Lights. This would be a tick off my lifetime bucket list aswell as my before 30, I can’t imagine anything more beautiful to watch.
  6. Hit 4 stone weightloss. Currently I’m sat at 3.5 stone weightloss as you can read in my transformation story , so I feel like this is quite achievable. ✔️
  7. Qualify as a Dispensing Optician. This is the next stage in my career path and it’s where I would like to be in the next 3 years.
  8. Try Snowboarding. I’m already a skier, but I’ve never had the courage to try snowboarding but it’s definitely something I’ve fancied trying.
  9. Attend a Sushi making class. I’m obsessed with sushi, I love it, so would be really interested in learning how to make it.
  10. Climb Ben Nevis, if I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro surely this can’t be that difficult?
  11. Climb Snowdon, same as above. 
  12. Complete the Great North Run again, I complete the GNR 2 years ago and I plan to complete it again in 2018.
  13. Complete a Marathon, I’ve said for a lot of years that I would like to run a marathon for my 30th Birthday. Let’s start training ey.
  14. Go on a UK road trip, I have friends all over the country so this would be a great opportunity to catch up with them.
  15. Collect travel tickets for all holidays over the next 5 years, this is something I wish I started years ago.
  16. Take a cocktail making class, why not? I love a good cocktail. 
  17. Take a spontaneous trip with only 24 hours planning time. This will be so much fun, and I already know who I can rely on to come with me.
  18. Attend a festival each year. I’m hoping to try a variety of different festivals over the years, maybe some smaller ones than normal.
  19. Keep a journal , this will be difficult for me because I struggle to update social media regularly never mind write things down.
  20. Improve my photography skills. I’ve been looking at courses to help improve my skills, but I know so many different photographers maybe they could help me?
  21. Give something up for 30 days. Maybe social media? Or Nutella? Any ideas?✔️
  22. Get a new tattoo. Something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, I would love to get one related to my trip up Kilimanjaro.
  23. Raise atleast £300 for charity, I hope to raise this in memory of my work colleague. ✔️
  24. Visit a UK theme park. Believe it or not I’ve only ever been to light water valley, I’ve never visited Alton towers, Thorpe Park or flamingo land so one of those would be great, 
  25. Buy a house. This is the next step in my relationship and something we’ve been thinking about for awhile. 
  26. Go Camping in the wilderness. A few days in a field with no electricity, how hard can it be??
  27. Treat myself to a luxurious item, I’m not sure what this will be but why not treat myself with my hard earned money? ✔️
  28. Visit a Yoga Retreat, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, maybe it’ll teach me how to relax? 
  29. Save money on a monthly basis, this will be the hardest one for me.
  30. Write a list of 40 things to do before 40
So as you can see from the list, 90% of these should be realistically achievable and 10% can be achieved but all depending on finances and fitness. However I’m going to try my best to achieve 100%, what would be the point in doing this if it wasn’t my aim to complete them all. 

I’m going to update the list on a 6 monthly basis so that you can see how well I’m making my way through it, meanwhile I’ll also be sharing updates over on my Instagram so make sure you keep up to date with my recent posts. 

Like I said previously if anyone can help me with any of these or would like to do any of them with me then please message me personally, I could always do with the help and company. 

You will notice on my list I haven’t included anything blog related, and that’s simply because I want these to be life achievements rather than blog achievements. I hope to still be writing my blog when I’m 30, but if I’m not, I will still be making my way through this list. 

I’m really looking forward to turning 30 and being able to look back on all the memories that I have created, and of course sharing them with you all.

Here’s to the next 5 years.

Thank you for reading.


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Satisfy Your Travel Bug & Get Fit At The Same Time

It’s an old question - whether or not it is possible to both travel extensively and keep your body in the best shape possible. While we all know that you can often put on weight when you are holidaying abroad, can the opposite be true as well? As it happens - yes. There are ways of travelling in which you can help yourself to keep in the best shape you possibly can. If you take a look at the following, you will find that it is actually a lot easier than one might think. Consider these options next time you are travelling.
Extreme Sports Trip
One great way to ensure that you stay in shape is to take yourself on some kind of extreme sports trip. Instead of the usual relaxing at a hotel kind of holiday, you could instead consider something along the lines of skiing, snowboarding or maybe even surfing. Not only will these activities keep you in fantastic shape, but they are also enough reason to go travelling in themselves. Let’s take skiing as an example. Done right, this can be a hugely exciting way to travel the world. With all the luxury ski chalets to choose from, the beautiful heaps of natural snow on some gorgeous mountains with breathtaking views, and of course the skiing itself, you are bound to have both an enjoyable - and a slimming - time.
The Backpacker’s Dream
Many people would like to travel the world as a backpacker. There are a vast number of compelling reasons why this might be an excellent way for you to travel. But it is also true that it is a great way to keep your body in shape. It is rare that those on backpacking holidays put on weight, and you are much more likely to lose a lot of weight as you move from place to place carrying that heavy bag of yours. Backpacking might not be for everyone, but if you are keen for an adventurous time which will be kind on the body, this is an option you will definitely want to consider.

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How about a holiday centred solely around trekking? You can’t really go wrong here, so long as you choose the destination wisely. If you go to the Himalayas or the Annapurnas, for example, you will likely be blown away by some of the natural beauty that will surround you. And it’s almost impossible to go trekking up mountains without toning up at least a little. If you’re up for something a little kinder on the knees, why not consider the Serbian countryside - well known for being a great place to trek around. If you have a love of walking, then a trekking trip could take care of that and your body in one swift move.
If you usually struggle to keep in shape on holiday, then any of the above ideas will be sure to help you next time you want to travel abroad. As you can see, there is no reason you can’t tone up, slim down and still have a great time when you are on holiday.

The perfect Christmas gift for a mum that deserves to be pampered ...

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for Mum? L’Occitane have the ideal gift. My mum has worked endless hours and endless days to provide me with the best quality of life she can. She has always gone without so that I could have everything I’ve ever wished for and more. Now is the time for me to start repaying her for everything she’s done. And what would be more perfect than her being able to pamper herself in the comfort of her own home? L’Occitane have released a bunch of gift sets to cater for every bodies budget, making it affordable for most. 

My favourite of them all has to be the Terre De Lumiere collection, this set includes shower gel, body lotion, and beauty balm aswell as including a bottle of the Terre De Lumiere perfume which I know my mum would love.

Second is definitely the First signs of ageing prescious trio, I’ve heard such great things about L’Occitane’s anti aging products especially their prescious balm. It’s no insult to bug someone anti ageing products, it’s a natural process that we all go through as we age. Especially when it comes in such a cute gift set.
Not only are these gifts perfect for you Mum, but they are well suited for your grandma, sister, girlfriend or even friend, at the end of the day who doesn’t love a good pamper?

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Meat:Stack launch @ No.28

Tonight we celebrated the launch of Meat:Stack, the new face of No.28 restaurant, Newcastle. The idea behind Meat:Stack is to provide high quality real American cheese burgers, smashed on the grill and steamed with bakery fresh bread and gooey cheese, and that is exactly what they serve up. 

This evening was all about getting the chance to try what is on offer at Meat:Stack, and there certainly is plenty of choice. Whether your a beef lover, or you prefer chicken or if in fact you prefer the veggie option, there is a wide enough range to choose from. Luckily I was with the usual culprits, Zoe & Kayleigh so we choose 3 different burgers to try, this was so we could photograph the different options aswell as getting to try them. We went for two beef options and a chicken.

The West Coast Classic
Original Cheeseburger, secret sauce, lettuce & fixings.

Fried Chicken & Parmesan Sandwich
Southern fried chicken thigh fillets, Parmesan cheese, lettuce, honey mayo & fixings.

Butter burger with French onions, whipped garlic and miso butter.

So the chicken sandwich was the one I specifically went for because I’m normally more of a chicken fan when it comes to burgers, however after trying the beef burgers I am definitely converted for my next visit. I’ve never known a burger melt in your mouth before, and the toppings on the ‘Mid-Western’ were to die for. In the best way possible the ‘West Coast Classic’  tasted like a posh version of a Big Mac stuffed full of gooey cheese, it was beaut. I’ll definitely be ordering it again next time.

We also got to try the Buffalo Chicken wings and they were amazing, just enough spice and super saucy, it’s not a good chicken wing if you don’t have sauce from ear to ear. 

No.28 has always given off a very relaxed atmosphere to dine in, its the perfect place to chill with friends with a bottle of prosecco or pop in for a bite to eat with work colleagues after a long day. And this is reflected in the presentation of the food, why try and dress it up for more than it actually is? If you go out and order burger and chips that’s exactly what you want! You don’t want a fancy garnish, or fine dining chips where you get 9 chips stacked like a Jenga game. You want greese and stringy cheese complimented by a stack of well season fries, and I must say the beef dripping fries were a perfect companion to the burgers. I can’t wait for my next visit!

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How To Properly Research Before Choosing Your Next Travel Destination

Whether you’re travelling the world or choosing your next destination to vacate to, it can be difficult to know where to go if you’re planning on going somewhere new. You don’t know the culture, the prices, and sometimes the pictures on brochures for destinations can be a complete lie. Luckily, there are ways around this problem and in this article is going to show you how you can properly research before choosing your next travel destination.

Word of mouth

If you’ve got an idea of an area in mind that you’d like to travel to and you know some people that have been there before, it might be wise to ask them their opinions of what their experience was like, and if they would recommend you visiting. You can ask them what attractions are about, how much it cost (bearing in mind if it was a few years ago the prices may differ slightly), and also what the accommodations were like.
Keep in mind that everyone has a different opinion on locations, so don’t just go by what people are saying. Be sure to research in other ways before making your decisions.


There are many books that you can obtain these days which will be able to show you what to expect when you travel to a particular destination. For example, books about Spain will be able to show you what attractions are on, where the best places to visit are, and some of them may contain reviews from previous travellers.
Once you have made your final decision on where to go, obtaining books will also help you learn the culture of the country you’re visiting and other things to expect when you’re there. They may also advise vaccinations before travelling too.


There are hundreds upon thousands of Instagram accounts that you can turn to when you’re deciding where to travel. Not only can you see the destination you’re looking on visiting, but the uploader will often have something useful to say about the location. Luckily, with the use of hashtags it’s easy to find out information quickly on Instagram.


Another option would be to turn to the internet to find bloggers who document their travelling experiences. You can guarantee that pretty much anywhere you’d consider travelling to has already been blogged about. You can read multiple opinions and also see many different pictures and resorts that they have visited before making up your mind. The idea of taking advice from bloggers is kind of like word of mouth, but there will be many more opinions from bloggers than you would get from someone that you know.
As you can see, it’s not as difficult as it seems choosing the next destination for your travels. Put in a little bit of research and you’re sure to visit a place that you will love and want to return to one day. Enjoy your travelling!
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