9 Things I Wish I’d Known About Paddleboarding

Just chilling on an inflatable paddle board

So, earlier this year I found a new love for sport in the form of paddleboarding after taking a lesson with my mum (you can read more about that here). A number of sessions later, here we are with boards of our very own, heading out on exciting adventures on as many weekends as possible and having the time of our lives (well, most of the time anyway). When I say most of the time, what I mean is that I have discovered the not-so-glamorous side of paddleboarding in recent weeks, and some things that no one seems to tell you before you get committed… Who can relate?

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A Brick-tastic Trip: LEGOLAND Windsor Review

giant LEGOLAND brick

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to a mid-week break to LEGOLAND with my boyfriend and his little boy. Having never been before, I was genuinely buzzing to go, especially as we were staying in one of the LEGOLAND hotels and the weather was B E A U T I F U L that week. Here’s what we got up to on our little trip and what I thought of the theme park.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding with Croyde Surf Academy

Two SUP boards by a lake in Knowle

For Mother’s Day earlier in the year, my brother, sister and I had clubbed together to buy a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lesson, and I’ve been on the search for a new hobby (alongside Geocaching)  so decided that I would accompany her! With this weekend bringing the glorious sunshine to Devon, heading out to explore some of the beautiful countryside was an absolute must. So, we booked in for our 2-½ hour lesson with Croyde Surf Academy! Want to know how we got on? Read on…    Continue reading “Stand Up Paddleboarding with Croyde Surf Academy”

7 Days in Dubrovnik: A Week in Series

7-Days in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has long drawn visitors from all over the globe to explore the area’s extensive history and enticing beauty, and is, in fact, amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea! Regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the baroque buildings, limestone streets and clear blue waters leave little more to be desired. Whether you’ve never visited before or are visiting for the hundredth time, there will always be something new to discover. Here’s my itinerary for a 7-day trip to this stunning location to make the most of your time staying in Dubrovnik. Continue reading “7 Days in Dubrovnik: A Week in Series”

24-Hours in Paris

taxi parisian

If you’ve not already been to Paris, I would recommend adding it to the top of your bucket list, even if you only visit for 24-hours. It’s a truly incredible destination that is most well-known for the Eiffel Tower. However, there is so much more waiting to be discovered just beyond the surface that makes it such a spectacular destination. I have to admit, I have only visited once, for just 24-hours, hence the theme of this post. I’ve got a second trip planned for July this year, and in anticipation have been meticulously researching all of the hidden gems and secret attractions to add to my list. My first trip was incredible, but this time I really want to make the most of everything possible. So, here’s my guide to 24-hours in Paris!

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Planning a Holiday with No Planes Involved

A scratch-map, cactus and passport flat lay

When I was younger, I wasn’t exactly scared of flying; it just used to make me feel a little anxious. However, after a long-haul flight to and from Thailand, and travelling to and from uni for several years via the sky, I soon got over the nerves. However, my other half does not do well with flying, and last year said that he never wanted to fly again, which was a teeny tiny bit heartbreaking for the inner adventurer in me. This means that the destinations we can visit have been dramatically limited, and cue me spending hours and hours and hours researching the places that we will be able to visit…

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5 Ways to Keep Fit on Holiday

A woman practising yoga in an infinity pool

I’d just like to start this post by saying that I am by no means saying that you shouldn’t be able to take a break on holiday. But, speaking from experience and from the stories of all my friends, one of the biggest disappointments about their holidays is coming home to find out they’ve piled on the pounds on their recent trip. Now, we all deserve a treat on holiday, but there are a few simple routines or exercises you can get into whilst you’re away to keep up your fitness and get rid of the guilt of over-indulging. Here are a few of my favourite ideas; the ones that I feel won’t really seem like a chore at all!

A woman swimming in the sea on holiday

1. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming

Go on, take some inspiration from Dory and head out for a swim. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in a private villa or hotel with a pool, then this will be an easy form of exercise that you’re sure to enjoy. Alternatively, head to the beach and go for a little swim.

Swimming is a fantastic exercise for your body as it works so many different muscle groups – plus, it’ll help to cool you down in the hot summer heat! Set yourself a target of a certain distance or amount of lengths a day and make sure you stick to it. On my last holiday to Italy, I challenged myself to do 25 lengths a day (I’m not much of a swimmer) but I definitely felt my ability improve just in one short week!

A woman doing yoga on holiday

2. Strike a yoga pose

You’re off on holiday for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, so why not try and incorporate a yoga session into your break? This can be done almost anywhere; from the grass and sand to the floor of your holiday home and you can do it without any equipment at all! Take a look at YouTube for some inspiration or find a video that you can download and take away with you. Just 20 minutes of yoga will help to relax your body, as well as giving it a workout; it’s a perfect way to start the day!

A woman trying out surfing on holiday

3. Watersports for all

If you’re staying near a beach, then you’re likely to find some kind of watersports from surfing and SUP boarding to kayaking, and these all offer a fantastic (and fun) workout! Another option is to go snorkelling, this barely even feels like exercise, but as you’re swimming with the resistance of the water, it still counts!

If you’ve never tried watersports before, then this is a perfect opportunity to take the plunge, and many resorts offer lessons for a low price. Get your adrenaline running and test out your skills; you’ll likely work muscles you never knew you had and increase your fitness levels in the meantime. Who knows, you might even find your new favourite hobby?

A woman walking on the sand by the sea

4. These shoes were made for walking (well, my flipflops were)

I always find that on holiday I walk far further then I would in an average day – and this too counts towards your exercise! Walking along tricky terrains such as up hills, on mountains and even in the sand dunes all make your muscles work harder than usual and give you somewhat of a workout; walking up an incline can burn up to 50% more calories! You can see the sights along the way, stop off for refreshments and enjoy a spot of sunbathing, all the while hitting your step-count targets.

Whilst on your walk you’ll be soaking up the benefits of vitamin D (so don’t forget your suncream) and the happy hormones that are released when you’re in nature. Walking is the simplest way to exercise while you’re away and will encourage you to go out and explore more of what’s on offer!

A group of women playing tennis

5. Local sport spots

If you’re staying in a town, village or city, there are likely to be some leisure facilities around that you can enjoy. When we visited the south of France, we headed to Cannes Golf Course for a round, which I surprisingly enjoyed! Many resorts also have tennis or badminton courts, another fantastic form of exercise that you can enjoy in the sunshine! Tennis works several muscle groups, mainly in the arms and legs and maybe one day you’ll be the next Serena Williams or Andy Murray!

Dance lessons are also a hilarious experience; we visited a salsa class in Greece, and at the end, I nearly had a six-pack just from laughing so much! It’s definitely worth checking out if there are any local dance classes, they usually cost next to nothing, and you get the chance to immerse yourself with the locals and have a fab time all around!

Top tips:

– Stay hydrated. This is especially important in warmer climates, as your body will lose water far quicker. So, make sure you never leave without a handy bottle of water and keep topping up throughout the day.
– Sleep well. Getting some rest helps your body to repair and is a vital part of any workout. If you’re heading out for late nights for the majority of your holiday, try to break it up with a night of quality sleep every now and then.
– Eat well! If you’re on holiday and you want to treat yourself, then do it, because you deserve it. However, it’s good to be conscious of what you’re consuming. If you’re craving a sweet treat, fresh fruits are a wonderful source of sugary goodness, and those you find in local markets abroad tend to be far more delicious than the ones you find at home! Check out this post on The Sport Fort about the healthiness of sugars in fruit to learn more.
P.s. He’s got some fab fitness tips too!
– Enjoy yourself! Good on you for trying to keep up your fitness while you’re away, but don’t let it rule (or ruin) your holiday. If there comes a day or two where you just don’t feel like it, then give your workout a miss and make the most of your time away!

Do you have any other tips for staying fit on holiday? I’d love to hear from you, so pop your thoughts in the comments or let me know via social media!

A Week in the South of France

Walking through Theoule sur Mer

In September 2016, I visited the South of France for a week and had the most incredible time. It was the first holiday I’d been on with my partner and the first holiday I’d been on of this type (my travels before had included backpacking in Thailand and island hopping in Greece), and I still hold this as the best holiday I’ve ever had! We’re planning to revisit the south of France this year, and I cannot wait. So, here’s what we got up to on our first trip:

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My 2018 Travel Plans

Planning my 2018 travel with a map and my macbook

This month so far has absolutely flown by; I had my last hand-in for the first semester of my final year on January 8th and now am starting my literature review for my dissertation – STRESS. Paired with the fact I’m working full-time for the month, the days seem to pass in the blink of an eye. To bring a little positivity to this busy period, I’ve started planning my holidays for the year and am getting incredibly excited for uni to be over and to enjoy a bit of well-earned R&R. Although none of these are set in stone or booked yet, here are a few of the places I’m hoping to visit in 2018!

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My 2017 Obsession: Geocaching

a geocache found in devon

I have to admit that I get an obsession over certain things quite easily; whether it’s a new jacket I’ve been lusting after, a set of Spectrum brushes, an indulgent dish or over Geocaching! When I first started heading out on these adventures I wasn’t really sure what to expect, it had been recommended by a friend as an idea for a date, so I decided to try it out in 2016. Over a year later I still love it and regularly head out for a little expedition. Now you may be wondering what exactly Geocaching is, so carry on reading to find out more!

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