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Following Harry Potter

Last month I got the opportunity to sneak out of school with my family and travel around the U.K. for 6 days. My trips are normally longer as I like to take time on each place when travelling, but because of the small time gap, I challenge myself into putting together an interesting itinerary that would transcend the typical touristic activities. My family was set on going to London, Oxford and Edinburgh, in that moment I automatically thought of Harry Potter. As an all time Harry Potter fan, it made sense that if I was already going to these places where the Harry Potter saga was inspired and filmed, I could make time to visit some of the locations that created the ambiance for the story. After researching and narrowing down which places we must not miss, I organised a  6 day, self-guided Harry Potter tour around these three cities. Day 1 Starting in London, we visited Piccadilly Circus where Harry, Ron and Hermione appeared after running away from the Death Eaters at Bill and …

Hidden Gems

When travelling, we are used to pick the most popular cities. Rome, Paris, New York, London, are on the top of our list and most people don’t even bother researching more about the country they are travelling to. Why is that? Why do we think we get to know a country and its culture by visiting only one big city? What I’ve learned in the past years is that the life of a local that lives in a town is completely different to the one of a person living in a city. These are two completely different people and I know you will never get to know a country if you don’t give both sides of the coin a chance. On a recent trip to Madrid, a friend of mine proposed a weekend getaway to Valencia, a small town located 2 hours away from Madrid. I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into but as a curious traveller I agreed. We went for the “Fallas” Festival, a celebration Valencia throws to welcome spring. …

The Packing Hacker: For Anyone That Wants To Take Everything

“Going on a trip. Need about 4 outfits. I’ve packed 35 just in case” Being a fashion student, living in New York City, definitely shaped my personal style and made me work harder in order to put together fabulous outfits to get instagrammable pics for my posts. I love fashion as much as I love traveling, and I know hot it feels to want to take everything you own with you so you “don’t forget anything.” These past three years in fashion school have refined my ability to pull out looks for my travels. Travel officials are constantly accusing me of having life threaten accessories not suitable for air travel. For me, going through airport security is a complete nightmare. (Yes people, this happened to me.) It is possible to look A-MA-ZING without losing your style to a very un-polished parka, I promise. So here are my tips to travel with less than 23 kilos and killer outfits: 1. Plan ahead your looks Check if you have everything you need for the particular place you …

Go.

I have this innate feeling to be where I am not. This little voice inside me whispers “go,” it makes me think that maybe it is better to be somewhere else. Is it better? Yes? No? If I always want to be somewhere else, how can I ever enjoy where I am? I fear that I will want to leave when the place where I am not, becomes the place where I am. It can be dangerous because it takes away from the place that I am, but thrilling because I can push myself to experience new things.   I have to walk a fine line, and the key is balance. If the longing to be somewhere else overcomes the ability to appreciate where I am, no place will ever make me happy. Conversely, if I grow too content with where I am then I will never leave. I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. I need an ability to appreciate where I am while knowing that there are other places that will …