The hygge of travel

Yes yes yes, we all know about hygge at home don’t we? But in my neck of the woods, it’s cold, it’s grey and I’m spending every waking second trying to strategically plan my annual leave, lusting over travel blogs and ending up 35 tabs deep in flight websites. I spotted today that a third…

Hygge places: Barbados

This blog is all about ‘finding hygge everywhere’, and Barbados is about as far from Scandinavia as it’s possible to get (in terms of weather and lifestyle, if not distance). I recently got back from my first ever trip to the Caribbean and I. LOVED. IT. What a beautiful, beautiful island! In the spirit of…

Hygge places: Bled, Slovenia

I recently took a little trip to Bled (and the surrounding area) in Slovenia. My friend and I considered several places for this trip – Cannes, Sorrento, Krakow… but my friend had taken a day trip to Bled once before, and I’d heard good things, so we went for it. Guys, if you love autumn…

Hygge places: Tromsø, Norway

Hei venner! I’ve just got back from yet another Scandi trip, this time to Tromsø in Norway. Tromsø is up in the Arctic Circle, and usually it would be well into minus temperatures at this time of year up there, but during my visit it was surprisingly mild – apparently it’s been an unusually ‘warm’ winter for…

Hygge places: Lisbon, Portugal

Ghouls like me aren’t built for the heat. But sometimes even we ghosts make exceptions, and I can honestly say I would make exception after exception for Lisbon. I must be honest and admit that I didn’t specifically choose Lisbon as a destination. I spotted that one of my favourite bands, Radiohead, were headlining a…

Things I don’t want to regret

I know it sounds morbid, but I’ve always read those articles listing the regrets of the dying with great interest. I’ve seen a piece doing the rounds on social media comprising 37 regrets people have when they’re dying, and even a couple of weeks after I first read it it’s been playing on my mind,…

In search of the Northern Lights

To some people, three trips to Iceland in five years could be seen as excessive. All I have to say to that is NO, you are wrong, Iceland is brilliant and nothing you say will make me think otherwise. So that’s why I’m going to tell you about my most recent trip, just last week…

Into the Arctic Circle: New Year in Lapland

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know how I feel about Scandinavia. It’s my favourite part of the world for so many reasons, and I won’t bore you by going into it yet again. But I’d never been into the Arctic Circle until this New Year. Yes, it…

Hygge places: Toronto, Canada

I’d wanted to go to Canada for a very long time before I actually made the trip last month, and it. was. delightful. In Toronto, the hygge mostly comes in the form of the wonderful, wonderful people everywhere. It’s so comforting being in a city where everyone is nice and wants to help you (and…

Hygge places: Reykjavik, Iceland

Before I went to Reykjavik this week for the second time, I had plans for writing a post on my return about all the hygge spaces in the city. But I can’t really do that, because Reykjavik is the total and utter epitome of hygge, everywhere, in every way. I first visited in 2011, and I fell in…

Why I want to be a travel writer

Every single time I tell someone I have trained as a journalist, one of the first questions is always ‘What type of journalism do you want to do?’ I always stumble through some non-committal spiel about wanting to ‘work in magazines’ or ‘write features’, but that’s not really it at all. I love reading news,…

Oslo: A city review

Oslo is the somewhat overlooked capital city of Norway. Nestled at the top of the Oslofjord and surrounded by lush forest, it’s a wonder more people haven’t tapped into a spectacular natural beauty of the area, or more importantly, the fact that it appears to be the most chilled out capital in the world. I…