Holiday Planning!

So we’ve been on plenty of little trips around Europe but we haven’t been on or planned a huge trip involving many countries before. We are currently in the midst of planning our big summer European holiday before we head back to Australia .

We’re trying to be organised and get as much booked and paid for as we can, unfortunately that really only means accommodation for the time being since most buses/trains/ferries don’t have tickets available until 3 months before.

Accommodation:

We have however booked accommodation for all the places we are going, we expected a lot of hostels/cheap hotels but the reality was that in almost every city we found really nice Airbnb’s for essentially the same price.We set budgets for accommodation in each place and we managed to stay under budget in every city except Barcelona. Our set budgets for the two of us were:

£50 for:

  • Krakow, Poland (Airbnb)
  • Kosice, Slovakia (hotel)
  • Budapest, Hungary (Airbnb)
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (Airbnb)
  • Vienna, Austria (Airbnb)
  • Salzburg,Austria (hotel)
  • Bled, Slovenia (hotel)
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia (Airbnb)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (airbnb)
  • Genoa, Italy(Airbnb)
  • Nice, France (Airbnb)
  • Marseille, France (Airbnb)
  • Barcelona, Spain ( hotel & spent about £60pn)
  • Seville, Spain (hotel)
  • Faro, Portugal (hotel)
  • Lisbon Portugal (hotel)

£75 for:

  • Pula, Croatia (Airbnb)
  • Zadar, Croatia (Airbnb)
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia (Airbnb)

£100 for:

  • Praiano, Italy (Airbnb)
  • Cinque Terre, Italy (Airbnb)

In total for 59 days of travel we have spent about £2800 on the accommodation which was around £200 less than our budget.

We’ve also managed to save money on the “Dubrovnik Dreams” Topdeck sailing tour of Croatia we’ve got booked. The tour prices start from £629pp, however with some discounts we’re paying £838.80 for the two of us. 15% of the discounts were from promotions topdeck were running at the time and then we were fortunate enough to receive a 25% voucher from our sailing topdeck tour this year because a few things went wrong throughout it, which topdeck were nice enough to add to our already discounted trip! The more savings the better!

Travel

As I said above, when it comes to travelling within Europe, unless you’re flying you can really book anything until 3 months ahead which means we can’t really book anything until February. However when it came to our flight back to Australia the prices we were seeing ranged from about £600-700pp depending on which airline we wanted to fly with and because we are flying into Adelaide we were pretty much limited to about 6 airlines if we didn’t want 2+ stop overs and 30+ hours of travel. We did end up getting lucky and finding a flight with Malaysian airlines on one date in June for £420pp on a Black Friday sale. If you can always try and wait for a sale and if you can keep your dates flexible because this flight was about two/three days earlier than we originally wanted which meant we needed to cut out holiday a little bit shorter but really to save £400 it was worth it. We also managed to book our original outgoing flight from London to Krakow with easyJet for around £30pp but we also needed to add checked luggage which added about another £25/30pp and again we have also booked our end flight from Lisbon to London was slightly more expensive but flying with British airways which ended up being less for checked baggage about £17pp and about £180pp. The only other transport we have booked is a flight from Pula to Zadar which we decided flying was the best way as far as time and cost is concern. It ended up being about £70 for the two of us with Croatian airlines and they include 23kg of luggage in the ticket price which definitely made it a much easier decision .

Anyway that’s as far as we’ve gotten with planning for this holiday, I’m honestly so excited I just want it to be now!

Explore the city you live in..

Ever since we decided to leave London and head back to Australia next July I’ve I want to spend more time exploring different parts of London, usually on a Sunday with the intentions of finding London’s best Sunday roast.

This started with a trip to The Salt House in St. John’s Wood, which unfortunately is closing on the 24th of this month. The pub looked like you typical English pub even had a telephone box at the side over grown with ivy, which made for a very pretty photo.

As you can see, it was very pretty. The pub itself had a very chilled vibe and the staff were lovely, disappointingly though the roast meat itself was quite dry and gristly, the potatoes however were amazing, crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside (clearly my favourite part about this dish)

London the Sunday following this was blanketed with snow, we’ll at least my area was! I was lucky enough to be up before my street was ruined by cars a pedestrians, which truly produced some amazing photos, and for an Australian to see snow falling and stick was just the best.

Outside was just beautiful, the snow honestly just turns me into the happiest person. Unlike most people when it’s snowing, I wanted to head out and explore so we headed towards little venice area for a roast lunch at the Bridge House pub in the Madia Vale area. The lunch itself was average but the views along the walk there and the snow just made it all worth it.

The canal boats had snow covered roofs and it was honestly all so beautiful and then the next day it was all gone… 😦

And so that brings us to this last weekend in which we ventured into Knightsbridge for Sunday lunch at the Hawksmoor which is renowned for its Sunday roast. We had to make the reservation a week in advance but it was definitely worth it. The lunch itself was £21, which is only about £5/6 more expensive than most the other places we’ve tried but the serving is huge and you will not leave hungry.

They also have a very huge wine selection, with wines from all over the world so there is most definitely something for everyone!

And so that ends this post about London/snow/Sunday roasts… off to Berlin this weekend and over Christmas so no more Sunday roast recommendations this week but a post about Berlin will be up when I return next week!

Stop, Drop and Write.. for once

I need to make more time for myself where I actually take the time to write about my travels because I actually enjoy it, however, work exhausts me and I feel like I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even finished writing about my Greece trip from 5 months ago, it’s terrible…

Despite the fact I’ve been too busy to write we have still been out travelling, We were in Amsterdam over August bank holiday weekend, a weekend away in my favourite city, Florence mid October and then I did a girls trip to Stockholm mid November! I have been a busy little travel bee!

I really want to do this whole blogging thing and I think I need to get a notebook for writing in when I’m away so I don’t have to try and remember everything myself or use my boyfriends far superior memory!

Time to make time for myself!

Work, life, what balance

So at the moment I’m honestly struggling with managing work and pretty much staying awake for anything ever..

I’m so beyond done with my job and theyve bought in a new manager who I’m training despite being the assistant manager so this guy can’t do his job and they expect me to run the cafe even though he gets paid more than me.. thankfully on Tuesday I have a job trial in a different industry and if all goes well I can leave this shitty stupid job..

Anyway since I’ve last been on here we’ve been to Amsterdam and I still haven’t finished writing about Greece and I have been meaning to, I just have not had the energy to sit down and write, hopefully if I get this new job things will be better, no ridiculous early mornings and a proper sleep schedule.. Anyway, I’m honestly falling asleep and it’s not even 8pm 😦

Oops

So since I've been back from my holiday I've been pretty much sick and in bed for the last 5 days 😩 today is the first day that I've actually felt like a human and have been able to get up and do stuff like clean the bathroom and tidy the bedroom…
but do I have to go back to work tomorrow? Back to the soul sucking hell, I would rather be at home sick than in that place eughhhh help

I'll get back to posting about my holiday and my favourite places sooon!

Help

How do I get out of hospitality and into a job that I find challenging and exciting and satisfying….

I've been working in cafes/restaurants since I was 15 and I'm at the point where I know everything, everything's the same, it doesn't matter what work place you go to the jobs they're the same. The work that's required and the amount of unpaid overtime and the never being able to escape, messages on weekends, phone calls on holidays, the shit from customers who can't seem to comprehend that you're a human as well..

It's so hard to get out of the hospitality bubble and into a different career once you're in. I put my degree on hold to come live in London, to experience something new, but I find myself not enjoying my life here as much as I would if I didn't have such a draining, exhausting job that pays less than the London living wage even though I'm the manager.

Anyway my little rant is over, just like I am of my job hahah

Santorini!

Unlike Ios I have so many photos from our afternoon in Santorini!

But before we get to Santorini, we left Ios and headed to a beautiful swim spot on the other side of Ios. The photo doesn't do it justice but it was honestly beautiful, like I said earlier something we wouldn't have seen without Greek skippers and if we'd done ferries the whole time.

The trip over from Ios to Santorini was rough and I spent the whole time feeling absolutely awful, the first time this trip I had been feeling sea sick… We had been pretty smart and bought along sea sickness tablets (grab them even if you don't think you'll get sea sick, better to be safe trust me) however the second lot we bought, the pharmacist gave us the natural ones which were pretty much just ginger tablets and they were no where near as effective as chemically formulated ones..
I was pretty lucky that we had some nurses on our boat who had bought long some anti-nausea tablets, which were honestly a life saver!
Coming into Santorini though it's absolutely beautiful This was our first glimpse at the island and you just got the feeling that this was a special place!


As you can kind of see from the above photo the docks where the boats were moved over night were quite a steep walk up to Oia and it was hot, about 30 degrees Celsius, however our skipper informed us that we could get donkeys up to the top!

Once we were in the village we decided to grab some lunch at literally the first place (a restaurant called Floga) we stumbled across, which was actually a really good idea because the food and the view were absolutely stunning!
I mean the presentation of the food was just incredible, the attention to detail, Lachy's seafood risotto even came with a shot of ouzo poured of dry ice.. I think we sat here for about an hour and a half just enjoying the view, the waiter even told us to just relax and not rush and just enjoy even after we had finished. Floga wasn't the cheapest place, I think for the whole lunch it ended up being about €70ish with a tip but again I was drinking a €14 glass of rosè (incredible and I wish I could remember the name) and it is Santorini which is just generally more expensive but we honestly had no issues with spending more money there, it was absolutely worth it!

We spent our afternoon in and out of shops just for the air conditioning, it was hot! We ended up having a few cocktails at this cocktail bar to just relax and cook down!
Once again the view was incredible, blue skies and and oceans. Our goal for the day was to find a place that would have an incredible view for the sunset..

We ended up finding a restaurant with such an amazing view, I have no idea what the name is and I should start taking notes of names so I can actually let you guys know…

We were lucky to have a table without anyone in front of us, but that also meant we were suddenly surrounded by people as the sun was setting, I guess that was to be expected though.
Everyone does say Santorini does have the best sunset in Greece, and I can definitely see why.