Category Archives: travel tips

8 Amazing Travel Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

If you’re anything like me you’ll spend your days scrolling through endless travel pictures of Instagram, dreaming of your next holiday. Since I started blogging I’ve discovered so many amazing bloggers with unbelievable Insta accounts so I thought I’d share my favourites. I dare you to not want to get on a plane after looking at them.

A Girl Who Travels

A Girl Who Travels

Follow: @a_girlwhotravels

Despite living in the hustle and bustle of London, Marta manages to find colour everywhere. Her bright and beautiful photos don’t just inspire you to travel, they also make you look for new adventures at home. 

World of Wanderlust

World of Wanderlust

Follow: @worldwanderlust

World of Wanderlust is one of the most successful travel blogs around and it boasts a pretty impressive Instagram to match. Follow Brooke on her on-going adventure if you’re ok with the never ending jealousy.

The Blonde AbroadBlonde AbroadFollow: @theblondeabroad

This possibly my favourite account of them all. I’d never been interested in beach style holidays until I saw Kiersten’s photos. She takes typical blogger photos of palm trees and bikinis to new, envy inducing levels.

Round the World GirlRound the World Girl

Follow: @roundtheworldgirl

Love outdoor adventures? This is the account for you. Think rock climbing, canoeing and trekking, all in breathtaking surroundings.

The Planet DThe Planet D

Follow: @theplanetd

This account is all about the scenery.Rather than most travel insta-bloggers who like to be the centre of attention, these professional photographers let the pictures speak for themselves.

Court Scott

Court Scott

Follow: @court_scott

Courtney Scott is best pals with The Blonde Abroad and shares in that picture perfect lifestyle. I just wish my tan could always be so perfect (or exist at all).

Anna EverywhereAnna Everywhere

Follow: @anna.everywhere

When she says everywhere, she means everywhere. I have no idea how she squeezes in so many trips but I’d definitely like her to tell me.

Pause the MomentPause the Moment

Follow: @pausethemoment

I have never seen more blue in an Insta feed, Sea, sun and sky are the order of the day for Ryan. Oh, and he seems to really enjoy doing handstands in front of things.


What are your favourite Instagrams for travel inspiration? Leave them in the comments below and be sure to check out my account here!

Katie x

 

How to Write a Country Music Hit

America is large. Driving round it takes a long time. Because of this we’ve been forced to listen to a lot of local radio, specifically country radio, and now I’m pretty sure I’m an expert in all things country music. After listening to the only 8 songs that seem to popular at the moment, we’ve devised a list of everything you need to include to write a country hit. It’s surprisingly easy really.


The Checklist 

Each of these is worth one point:

  • Start simple, you either need to be a girl with a high voice and a man with a low voice. Double points if you sound like you’re in pain.
  • Reference God at least one per song. Double points if you credit God for the emotions expressed in the song.
  • Mention your car at least once. Double points if it’s a Chevy or a pickup
  • Point out that your girl is sat in the front seat of said car.
  • Mention alcohol or getting drunk. Double points if said drink if whiskey. Add a pity point if you’re drinking whiskey alone.
  • Tenuously compare your love of a girl (or boy) to something eg. “Every time you kiss me it’s like sunshine and whiskey”, a personal favourite.
  • Claim that your love for a girl (or boy) makes you want to do something eg. “You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise” (you can do that without being in love just FYI)
  • Mention the South or your Southern roots. Double points if you reference the South in the song name.

The Fame Scale 

0-4 points: You should probably keep your songs to yourself

5-7 points: People out of ear shot of your house may one day hear this song

8-10 points: You may one day be famous in at least one southern state

11-14: Congratulations, you’ve made it. One day you might meet Taylor Swift and tell her that you “loved her early stuff”.

You’re welcome

Katie x

5 of the Best: Free Travel Apps

1) Trip Advisor

Everyone knows Trip Advisor. It’s the go to place for hotel, restaurant and attraction reviews, and having an app makes the whole process so much simpler. However, not being content with dominating the review market, it’s also now possible to compare prices and book hotels, straight from the app which. I’ll even ignore the incredibly annoying advert with the dog that barks BOOK because it really is a massive convenience. If you only download one travel app, this should be it.

2) TripIt

 

A massive issue I’ve had with organising my road trip is that all of the confirmation emails for 5 weeks worth of activities and hotels can get easily lost. Luckily, TripIt scans your inbox and complies a comprehensive itinerary of your trip, straight from the app. If you aren’t comfortable with allowing the app access to your emails, you can always manually enter the details into the handy trip diary so everything is all in one place. It’s perfect for independent travellers or people planning long and complicated trips.

3) Localeur 

Want to get out of the overly crowded, tacky tourist spots and find out what a city is really about? Localeur is for you. It is made up of articles and lists which aim to give you an insight to any and every aspect of local culture. Literally…anything. Ever wondered what the best photo booth bars in Portland are? Well now you can find out. It’s currently limited to just 12 cities in the US but it’s priceless if you do happen to be visiting one of the select few.

4) Outbound

 

Outbound lets you log your trips so you can see how many other users are travelling at the same time as you. Whether you’re a solo traveller looking for some company or a group looking for some advice on the best night out, you can find it on Outbound. The forum section lets you ask questions to other travellers to get hints and tips on pretty much anything along the way.

5) Airbnb

I always dismissed Air BnB because I don’t like other people that much and the idea of staying in someone’s house while they’re still there really didn’t appeal to me. However, I recently found out that lots of people use it to rent their homes whilst they themselves are on holiday so really it’s just like any other accommodation, only cheaper and much nicer. If you do like the idea of staying with a local there is obviously still that option. They’ll be able to give you some great insights and really help you get immersed in the culture.

What apps do you find helpful when travelling? Let me know in the comments below.

Katie x

Katie Goes: Thailand | Top Tips

A week or so ago I promised to share some tips about travelling in Thailand after a number of friends have been asking for advice before their own holidays. Admittedly I did get slightly distracted and this post has come a little later than expected but oh well, better late than never.

1) Don’t just go to get drunk

Whilst the night life in some parts of Thailand is incredible, if your main aim is to get drunk every night surrounded by other British tourists then you’d save a hell of a lot of money going somewhere like Magaluf instead. By all means go to a Full Moon party and have a few nights out but make sure you check out some local places in the city as well rather than spending all your time in a bar on one of the tourist infested islands. Zoe in Yellow in Chiang Mai is a big favourite. You’ve likely spent a 4 figure sum on your trip so you owe it yourself to get out there and take in the culture and amazing scenery. Go to a temple, ride an elephant, go snorkelling. You’ll really regret being hungover all day and you’ll miss a lot of the great opportunities Thailand has to offer.

2) Take an over-night train

Although domestic flights in Thailand are fairly cheap, it’s still possible to save by taking an over-night train between cities. As you board the train, you sit at tables where you’re served dinner and then, at around 9pm, the tables are converted into bunks with each passenger getting their own bed with a curtain so privacy isn’t an issue. The quality of sleep is surprisingly good and it’s a hell of a lot better than trying to sleep sat upright on a plane. Word of warning though, insects are still very much present on the trains, especially at night, so I’d definitely try and shotgun the top bunk. My friend below me woke up with a scorpion in her bed.

3) Don’t be a princess

If you’re going to go on a hill tribe trekking tour that involves living in the jungle for 3 days with all sorts of people and animals…don’t be a princess. You will have no running water, no electricity and no wifi and you’ll probably have to wear the same clothes for 3 days. Deal with it. It’s all part of the experience. Don’t constantly talk about how much you miss your phone and treat the local people as you’re own personal servants. That is a sure fire way to make yourself some enemies. Obviously I’m referring to a specific person that I encountered on holiday but it definitely applies to a lot of situations. If you’re the kind of person who needs luxury then that’s ok, stick to five star resorts, but if you want to try something new then get stuck in; you’ll enjoy it a hell of a lot more.

4) Buy a Kindle/tablet

We spent a lot of time travelling during our time in Thailand and my Kindle was my saviour. I’m not usually a big reader but it was perfect to pass the time. I know a lot of people prefer to have physical books but, trust me, you won’t prefer it when you have to carry them in your backpack for a month, especially if you go in rainy season. A tablet is also useful if you want to use the internet and don’t have a smartphone, although I’d recommend taking as little expensive technology as you can.

5) Talk to people

The best thing that we did in Thailand was make friends. Because we took a tour we were pretty much forced into talking to people but it’s definitely possible in all situations. Whether you speak to tourists with the intention of joining them on their travels or just chat to locals in restaurants, you’ll learn things about the country that you never would have found out any other way,and if you’re lucky, make friends for life.

6) Go zip lining

Hands down the best thing we did in Thailand and we almost missed it because we were too hungover (see Point 1). It’s an incredible adrenaline rush and easily the best views of the city and jungle that you can get. We went with The Flying Hanuman in Phuket but there are loads of companies that do the same thing across the country, and whilst it is a little expensive, especially compared to prices of everything else in Thailand, it was definitely worth it.

Have you been to Thailand? What are your top tips?

Katie x