How to Travel the World While Working Full Time

If you follow me on any other social media platforms you’ll know that I’ve been suffering with some serious wanderlust. Like why can’t my full time job not be blogging, travelling and blogging about my travels?

I just know that I’m not meant to work (don’t we all lol) which is why I thought it’s about time I do a post on how to travel when you work full time, because somehow, I manage to.

I consider myself pretty lucky to have been able to travel to two beautiful destinations (Thailand & Dubai)  already this year and hopefully (god-willing) I’ll have another trip sorted before Christmas, but, I have to say, I haven’t spent my work holiday allowance wisely this year, and I know I’m not alone.

What I do know is that wanting to travel while holding down a full time job is definitely possible, although very inconvenient.

So, although I haven’t followed these rules as strictly as I’d have liked to this year due to my personal life, here’s a few tips for those of you who want to make the most out of your holiday and travel the world, one destination at a time, while also keeping a full time job…

Use Bank Holidays & Weekends to your advantage. This has to be the golden rule. If you haven’t tried this trick, where have you been?! To get more days off for less, it’s smart to plan your travels around major UK holidays, Bank Holidays and weekends. For example a great month to try this is May as we get two bank holidays plus weekends!

Prioritise, Prioritise, Prioritise. Once you’ve booked your holiday, it’s easy to get carried with how many days you need after to ‘recover’ from jet lag. I am so guilty of this, but it’s really so unnecessary, especially if you’ve only taken a trip Barcelona where there’s only like 1 hour time difference. To save days it may be worth taking a half day. This really comes in handy when your days start to run low. Plus, it means of you have a weekend getaway planned with an evening flight, you can leave a little earlier on a Friday, just bring your suitcase to the office! If you’re lucky enough to have an amazing manager, they may even let you off officially taking a half day which means you can save it for another time!

Weekend Getaways. Never under estimate the power of the weekend getaway. For the longest time I’ve slept on trips around the UK, and I really don’t know why as there are plenty of beautiful places that you would never believe are a couple hours away from your doorstep. Brighton, Cornwall, Devon, Scotland… and of course the Lake District are now on my ‘to-do’ list. Meaning I can travel more without having to spend ‘holiday’ on well needed weekend breaks – a great way to becoming well-travelled.

Work overtime. If you’re unfortunate enough to work full time with very limited holiday, maybe having a word with your manager or HR officer will allow you to get a few extra days holiday, by working overtime. It’s a great way to accumulate extra days and you’ll be getting paid that little bit extra which can only mean one think = more holidays!

Be Kind to your colleagues. This doesn’t happen in every company, but it’s common that department members who are not allowed to go on holiday at the same time as each other.  If you’re lucky enough to have a cool relationship with your fellow colleague who wants to take the same time off as you do, it wouldn’t harm asking if they could maybe rearrange their time off, it’s all about negotiation. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

So, these are a few tips that have helped me travel when I desire, do you have any tips/tricks?

 

 

How to Rejuvenate your Life After a Messy Weekend

Hey you lovely lot, you may be wondering where I’ve been over the past week, although I’m sure many of you haven’t even noticed my absence in the blogosphere, but after a mini unscheduled break (000ps!) I’m back at it!

For the first time in forever, I went on girls weekender with my cousins and in all seriousness, it’s taken me a whole week to recover – saying that I still feel a bit stiff.

We took a trip to Southport for a yearly event called Caribbean Weekender and to say the least, it was a crazy 72 hours.. smh

After three days of non stop drinking (I’m not actually a drinker at all), binge eating (at ridiculous times too) and a couple hours sleep, you can only imagine how I felt when I got back to my safe haven – home.

By the time I sat down in relaxation mode, it’s as if everything hit me at once. I caught the flu, my voice had gone, I felt tipsy and my body was aching at the peril of the terrible mattress I laid on and from all the dancing did (I’m not painting a pretty picture am I? I did have a good time though, I promise) but, I needed some major TLC.

So here’s 5 simple steps in which I rejuvenated my LIFE! (A bit dramatic, I know)…

First on my list was getting back into a skincare routine. While I was away my skincare routine went completely out of the window and combined with all the alcohol I consumed, my skin was dehydrated, dry and felt really grainy, which is why I made a point to exfoliate my skin in the morning, and moisturise using Simple Rich Moisturiser, cleanse again at night and then go in with Polar Night Cream, a really intense and quite rich moisturiser that regenerates the skin, which I received in this months Birchbox

 

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What skincare are you loving at the moment?

As I mentioned, my body and bones were shot, and my whole being really needed revitalising. If you haven’t heard of Australian Bodycare products, please get to know! Their skin wash and body lotion, infused with Tea Tree Oil, really refreshes the body, which helps on mornings getting ready for work, and it smells refreshing too. Also sent in this months birch box has been Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, which I mainly use on the weekends after gym as the scent is calming and relaxing, and the foam feels nourishing against the skin – love!

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Who else is loving their Birchbox this month?

Drinking alcohol leaves you feeling dehydrated and also quite shite, so I always make sure I drink loads of water throughout the day. Over the past week I’ve limited my coffee intake to just one a day while I’m at work, but I’ve swapped my usual teas for lemon and honey green tea, which has helped soothe my throat and I’m better for it – adding a slice of lemon and a few paracetamols helped too!

The problem with having a messy weekend is returning to work! Lawd, it’s the worst, but it has to be done. I really wanted to get a full body massage before making my dreaded return, but I just didn’t have any time, so to make up for it I just chilled with a Timeless Truth Eye Mask on, which ‘woke’ me up and reduced the puffiness around my eyes.

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Using my Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. Oh my gahhd- this stuff is beautiful. It smells divine. I like using this when I feel crusty, as it hydrates the skin and gently refreshes you.

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Lastly, I kick a horrible hangover with FOOD! I know you’re all probably fans of a greasy fry up – I am too, but when I was away, I was eating a fry up every day lol. When I got back home, all I wanted was some fruit and veg…honestly! I just wanted to feel human again. But on a real note, the best way to my heart when I’m feeling down is scrambled eggs, salmon and an Avocado – did you know they make you happy?

After following these easy revitalising tricks for the last week, I have felt somewhat alive again lol. Getting wasted really is a chore, how do you kick a really bad hangover and rejuvenate yourself? 

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10 questions I ALWAYS get asked about my hair

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Hey lovelies, I thought I’d do a post about my hair.

I’ve been growing dreadlocks for about 8 to 9 years now, and whenever I’m out my locs always get me a lot of attention, whether it’s a random compliment or two, a request to touch or few rude comments, so I thought I’d answer some of the most bizarre questions I’ve received once and for all…

1) Do you wash your hair?
Errrrm… of course I wash my hair! Who doesn’t?!

I find this to be the  most offensive question of all.

For those of you interested enough, I actually wash my hair every 4-6 weeks. This keeps my hair healthy and strong, while maintaining natural oils that are needed to help bind my hair and stop it from breaking.

My usual routine is – wash, condition, re-twist, then air dry.

2) Can I touch your hair? 
NO.

Lol, the way I react to this question really depends on the mood I’m in, but most of the time, the answer will be – Sure!

I don’t mind people asking, I’m all about breaking the negative stereotypes that are associated with having locs, so next time you see someone with locs, instead of staring and making assumptions – we all know assumption make an ASS out of U and ME,  just ask 🙂

3) Do you have to take them out to do them?
No. I cannot take out my locs. Can you take out the hair that’s attached to your scalp? Didn’t think so.

4) Are you a Rasta?
This question always cracks me up! The answer is no… can’t a girl just love locs?

5) How long have you been growing them?
I’ve been growing my locs for about 8 to 9 years. It wasn’t something that I really thought about compared to others who umm and ahh about deciding on whether to get locs, but I’ve always loved the way they look and love that I can embrace my natural hair.

6) Are they real?
Hell yeah, I spent near 9 years growing these bad boys!

7) Can you take them out?
So many people think committing to locs is a lifetime commitment, but you can actually comb them out, which is great, if you’ve got two weeks to spare.

8) Do they smell?
Didn’t you read my first answer?

9) Is it hard to get a job with locs?
Not at all, I feel people use this as an excuse, not to get locs, as you have to go through the ‘ugly’ stage. But in my opinion locs are getting a lot more popular with the likes of Meagan Good and co. rocking faux locs quite regularly.

10) How do you deal with natural hair? What can you do with dreadlocks, don’t you get bored?

This is something that always baffles me, my locs are not something I see as something I have to ‘deal’ with, its just my hair lol. Locs are so versatile, and there are so many styles that can be experimented with, and colours that can be tried… I’ve had a few mishaps with bleaching, but that’s another story in itself.

Most recently, I cut my locs into a short bob, after having long hair for a while, I thought I’d switch it up. The possibilities really are endless and prove that locs are just as cool if you want to express yourself as having non loc’d normal hair.

Have any other questions for me? Let’s talk! I hope you enjoyed and cleared up any questions you might have had about locs x