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Christmas Tree - York - Girlglobalising

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All photos taken on my iPhone

Once again, as happens with most years, Christmas has sprung up on us quicker than anyone expected. I for one am certainly looking forward to having a break, catching up with family and friends, eating all the pigs in blankets…

I had a few days in York with my Mum at the start of December, which is where the majority of these festive photos were taken. York turned out to be a very attractive little city, with the friendliest of people, and one that I intend on seeing more of in the future. I’m sad to say that my Christmas spirit diminished a little on my return home and hasn’t found it’s way back just yet. Because of this the complete lack of any festive posts on here is hardly surprising.

2016 has been a bloody odd year, with more world changes than any other year that I can remember. But its not been all bad – I started a new job and me and Dom moved into a cosy little flat after the debacle of having to move again. We went on some amazing trips, from Berlin, to Copenhagen, to the long awaited New York adventure. I can only hope that I’m as fortunate in 2017 and that my travel buddy is still as keen as me.

There will be some changes around here in the next year. I feel a little refinement and evolution is in order. Something to get my motivation back on track. And a couple of personal improvements as well – namely learning to live in the moment more, rather than worrying about what will happen next!

I wish you all the merriest of Christmasses and hopefully I’ll see you back here in the new year!

xx

Autumn - Bristol - Girlglobalising

Saving the money to travel can be a long and tiresome process. If, like me, you have rent and bills to pay and still want to have fun on the weekends it can get tricky when trying to put money aside for your next adventure. There are a few things that I like to keep a check on so that I’m still able to stash a little something away each month. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom while saving your pennies!

Budget weekly – I’m sure most people have a monthly budget that they stick to, but what I like to do is cut it down into weekly costs. Whilst at university I had a job that paid in cash and on a weekly basis, so it became very easy to keep back what I needed for the week, and put the rest away in the bank.

Once I moved on and started a full time job that paid a salary, once a month I suddenly had to make that money last the whole four weeks. With cards, and especially contactless cards it’s very east to fritter away money without really noticing. One of the best things you can do to keep on track is to head to a cash machine every Monday morning and take out a set amount to last you the whole week. If you have to use your card as well, then that’s absolutely fine of course, but make sure it’s not for multiple purchases of £1.99. They soon add up.

Check your bank account – It may be tempting to ignore what’s hiding in your account, especially if you’ve gone a little over budget, but it’s best to just get it over with. Have a look, reassess what you can realistically save and spend, then move on. I check my bank account pretty much everyday, mainly in the hope that a little fairly has deposited a surprise in there for me (no luck yet) but also so that I’m always aware of what’s going in and out.

Cut out unnecessary spending – When I started my full time job I was always slightly at a loss for what to do at lunch. Working in the centre of town, surrounded by all the high street shops may seem like a dream but it’s also a bit of a temptation nightmare. Most days I would find myself going to buy a coffee, until I realised just how much money you can rack up by that one habit. Let’s say a coffee costs, on average, £2.50. That’s £12.50 a week, or £50 a month depending on how you want to look at it. Overall though, if you cut out that one coffee on the weekdays it adds up to a yearly saving of £600!

Since realising this I now try to spend absolutely nothing on the weekdays. I walk to work, take my lunch with me and occupy myself at lunchtime to make sure I’m not tempted to pop into a shop or pick up a Pumpkin Spice latte.

Set up a Savings account that you can only access online – This was really the key for me. Keeping your savings separate from your main account can really help in the saving process. Not only can you see how much is adding up, which is an excellent incentive to keep going, but setting up an account that you can’t access by a card means it’s also quite tricky to spend. Having to log in to your account to transfer money around means that you really think twice about what your using it for. If you shop around as well you might be able to find one with a decent Interest Rate.

If you have anything left over save that as well! If you make it to the end of the month and have come in under budget it can be very tempting to spend that little leftover amount on whatever you fancy. But what I aim to do (aim to, because it rarely actually happens) is move any left over money to my savings account on payday. Of course it’s optional, you’ve already saved what you wanted to that month and maybe you want to spend the rest. But it can be really handy to start afresh with your next months salary by adding that little extra to your savings. The choice is yours!

These are a few things that I like to stand by each month to ensure that a little something is saved away each month. I get great satisfaction from seeing a little extra added into my savings account each month. What tricks do you use to save your money? Let me know in the comments below! I have also spoken a little about keeping on budget while your travelling in case your interested in that.

As always you can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin – I’m off to the Big Apple next week so don’t miss out on any of that content! See you soon with some new travel posts.

 

Mango tshirt - Girlglobalising

I haven’t posted about any new favourite things for a while (you can catch up with the previous ones here and here) so I’ve been gathering up all the things that have made me smile for the last few weeks and here they are:

This lemon printed clutch. It’s not actually lemon printed, it’s more woven and yes, it is an extremely summery piece to only now be using. I picked it up in the Mango sale for a mere £4 at the end of summer and it’s far too cheery to pack away with the rest of my summer items. I spotted it on Hannah Gale’s blog and to be honest I wanted the cactus one but clearly so did everyone else. It also comes in flamingo print which is equally as sassy as the lemon or cactus.

The discovery of Mango t-shirts. If I’m honest this is another recommendation from Hannah Gale. Mango is not somewhere I normally shop, it always feels like the most ‘adult’ of shops (and in my mind I’m just not there yet), but upon the mention that the t-shirts are soft, and sassy and reasonably priced I was all over it. This particular number comes in both London and Paris prints too which I might have to pick up soon. If like me, you by t-shirts based on the search for ultimate softness then I highly recommend.

NYC is comin’ up fast! Also related to my new favourite t-shirt, have I mentioned that I’m going to New York soon? Joke, I know I have. It’s now only five weeks away and I’m on a count down. We’ve got our accommodation sorted, which is a pretty little Airbnb because LOL have you seen the price of hotels in NYC?! It’s no joke. Anyway I’m still collecting things to see and do so let me know your recommendations!

Kat Von D - Girlglobalising

Kat Von D. Along with various other things that you can only get in the States I was planning to raid a Kat Von D stand somewhere, until Debenhams got there first. Now the only place in the UK to stock the brand I immediately picked up an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and I fully understand what all the hype is about a matte lip. It lasts all day and doesn’t completely dry my lips out like all other matte products do. I picked up the colour Lolita II which is as close to a Kylie Jenner lip as I’m ever going to get.

And the finally my last point is the Shine Walk Half Marathon 2016. My mum and I took part in the Cancer Research Shine Walk a few weeks ago and it was such a great experience! After having done a few Race4Life walks in the past we decided to go bigger and better this year. We far succeeded our fundraising target and it was such a great atmosphere on the night. You can find out more about the walk here and maybe even sign yourself up for next year!

Shine Half Marathon - Girlglobalising

That’s about it for this post. Apart from a few things for work I’m on a mission to save for New York so perhaps my next New Things post will be full of people and experiences. Truly my favourite things! As always you can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin and I’ll be back with a new post soon.

 

Bristol - Summer - girlglobalising

 

It seems strange to be writing this post while it’s currently as warm as it has been all summer. Yes, my wish of an Indian summer came true and we’re all still basking in the sunshine in mid-September. But nevertheless Autumn is just around the corner and with it being one of my favourite seasons I have come up with a list of things that get me excited for the colder months.

If some of these points don’t make sense or are written badly then it’s because I’ve been on a blog hiatus for a week or so. This was not self inflicted and it was a very stressful few days, but I’ll touch on this in another post later and for now let’s move on to exciting autumn based things!

 

Red leaves – A bit of an obvious choice but what’s more beautiful than trees full of bright red leaves, and then, later on in the year, piles of orange-y toned leaves just waiting for you to stomp and kick your way through.

Cosy nights – I’d heard of the concept of Hygge before but after reading Hannah Gale’s post all about the Danish specialty I’m fully ready to embrace it in my life this Autumn/Winter. Think cosy nights in with lamps on and candles burning, piles of blankets, hot chocolates and film nights. Perfect. Having recently been to Copenhagen I can say hands down that the Danes seem to be the most content of people and I reckon that’s also why they’re so stylish.

Bonfire night – Having neglected Bonfire night for many years it made a comeback in my life last year and boy did I enjoy it. This year will be more of the same, perhaps maybe even some mulled wine thrown in for good measure. I think Bonfire night marks the true start of the winter-y season.

Pumpkin spice – I can’t help it, I love it! I know it’s horrifically high in calories and sugar and all bad things but it tastes so bloody good!

Red lipstick – All the berry tones will be coming out this year. I’m not really one to wear a bright berry/red lip to work, mostly for fear it will end up smeared down my chin and no one will tell me, so I’ll be dabbling in a nice muted lip stain to get in on the trend.

Big trips – How many times have I mentioned the possible trip to NYC on here? Too many, I know that. But now it’s actually happening! In November I’ll be off for a week in the Big Apple and I’m so excited. I’m currently making a list of all the places I want to go, see and do, so if you have any recommendations then please throw them my way. There may also be a mini European city break later in the year too.

Fashion – I find summer quite difficult to dress for, particularly now working in an office, so for me Autumn will always be the champion in the style stakes. Woolly jumpers, coats and jackets, ankle boots, skirts and tights – I’m ready for all of it!

Crisp mornings – There’s something about walking to work in the crisp chilly air and sunshine that just sets you up for the day right.

Comfort food – Out with the salads. In with the stews, is what I say. It’s also surprisingly easy to make hearty meals that bit healthier too. It doesn’t all have to be buttery mash potatoes and Yorkshire puddings (I’d never turn one down though…).

Winter TV – The TV in the colder months is just so much better than the rest of the year. The current top favourites are the Bake Off, Poldark, Victoria, Our Girl and it looks like the BBC have a few more cracking dramas up their sleeve for later in the year. There’s also the return of Gilmore Girls in November which I for one have made a reminder for.

 

Let me know in the comments below what things you’re looking forward to this autumn. September almost feels like a second fresh start for me – probably because of all the years spent starting new school years, but it feels like the perfect time to look forward to things to come. You can follow me on Instagram if you fancy photos of all things autumn-y (and of that exciting trip coming up!) and on Bloglovin to catch all the new content around here.

Cornwall, Digital Detox, Girlglobalising

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This time last week I was in the depths of Cornwall. And I mean right down at the bottom, The Lizard. I haven’t actually been that far down the country before which seems like some sort of crime having now seen how beautiful it is down there. It seems silly to think that a six hour drive is considered an unbelievably long way to go, especially since speaking to an American girl at the wedding, who told me that people regularly drive between San Fran and LA. That’s an eight to nine hour drive. Phew…

Anyway, once we had finally arrived we took full advantage of our surroundings, ie. ‘get me to the seaside!’. Perfect unspoilt beaches, clear blue sea, sand dunes and more. The place we were staying, Trelowarren, was literally a warren. Squiralled away in the woods, the complex was a very quaint set up with a pool and resturant. All you could need for a holiday really.

Except internet…

While on the first day I was happy enough to leave my phone and laptop alone, free to enjoy a surf lesson (which I was terrible at FYI) and enjoy the company around us.

The second day was when I started to get the itch. The one that has me checking for 4G every couple of minutes. In my defence all I wanted to do was share the beauty of the place through Instagram, but it just wasn’t happening.

Day three I’d had enough. Taking advantage of the 3G while on the road to yet another glorious beach to get a snap up on social media.

Day four was another struggle. One which saw me buying internet just so I could check Facebook and browse the internet.

This unintentional digital detox made me realise quite how many times a day I pick up my phone, or click on to facebook and twitter. Far far too many times.

It’s a bit of a shame that, as much as I love Instagram, what I wanted to do most was take photos of this stunning place before adding a filter and waiting for the ‘likes’ to start coming in. Really what should be focussed on is taking it all in, breathing in the fresh sea air and making the most of it before heading back to the city.

One of the main things that I took away from the trip, aside from realising yet again that I must live by the sea, was that time away really should be time away. To give your eyes and brain a rest for the blue technology light that’s bad for us. To read a book, or just sit and relax in beautiful surroundings. That life and travelling is not supposed to be all about the content you can produce and photos you can share.

Some things can always be saved for later and it’s the here and now that matter the most. That being said if you would like to follow me on Instagram you can do so here and Bloglovin too while you’re there!

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