Travel tips, city breaks, hotel reviews and beach breaks

This City Life started off as a travel blog, but then life happened and travel had to take a bit of a back seat. I still love to take trips every now and then, so here’s where you’ll find all my recommendations – from hotel and food reviews to city break ideas and long holidays in the sun.
 

CITY BREAK IDEAS

A day trip from Bratislava to Vienna

A day trip from Bratislava to Vienna

The beginning of May brought an unexpected and very last minute trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. Me and colleague went to work in-house with a client …
A little Manchester break – brunch, books and Gotham

A little Manchester break – brunch, books and Gotham

I’ve lived in the UK all my life and it took me 28 years to make it to Manchester. I know. But I got there …
Just breezing through – an Edinburgh city break

Just breezing through – an Edinburgh city break

As a birthday treat, I decided to take my mum to Edinburgh for a couple of days of exploring. I’d been on a day …
 

BEACH BREAK IDEAS

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Last month, Lonely Planet ranked Sri Lanka as the top country for travel for 2019. We honeymooned in Sri Lanka back in 2014 and it’s honestly …
Aruba: my perfect romantic getaway

Aruba: my perfect romantic getaway

Usually it’s all about cities for me (else this blog would have been called This Beach Life…wait, that’s not such a bad …
Maldives photoblog – Maldives honeymoon in pictures

Maldives photoblog – Maldives honeymoon in pictures

I never thought I’d get to the Maldives, so when we were bouncing honeymoon ideas around with the travel agent and it came up, …
 

HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND DESTINATION REVIEWS

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

There’s no excusing visiting Lisbon and not tasting one (or four) of Portugal’s signature pastry, Pastéis de Nata, and there are no …
Bistro Soho Bratislava review

Bistro Soho Bratislava review

Since me and R were in Bratislava for two weeks, we asked around for some restaurant recommendations for when we couldn’t be bothered to …
How sweet it is at Mr Scruff’s Teacup Kitchen, Manchester

How sweet it is at Mr Scruff’s Teacup Kitchen, Manchester

We spent a weekend in Manchester recently (yay for being close to everything in the north now!) and I noticed that there are so many …
 

THE LATEST TRAVEL TIPS

My travel preparation list for the panicky traveller

My travel preparation list for the panicky traveller

If you’re anything like me, you’re the sort of traveller that gets in a flap over making sure everything is absolutely, positively, completely …
How to travel with anxiety

How to travel with anxiety

When people say they love flying, I have to wonder why. What’s so fun about suspending yourself in the middle of the sky in …
Hotel tea and coffee – my holiday must-have

Hotel tea and coffee – my holiday must-have

If there’s one thing that disappoints me when arriving at a hotel, it’s wanting a lovely cup of tea after unpacking and finding …
 

TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET

How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

Santorini has been on my wish list for years, but it’s one of those places where I’ve thought you needed to save for …
Free things to do in Berlin

Free things to do in Berlin

I spent 4 days in Berlin, but it only took a couple of hours to fall in love with the city. Hopefully I’ll get to …
Ryanair review: My first Ryanair flight

Ryanair review: My first Ryanair flight

As the flight comparison website finally decided what would be our fate, jumbling airline after airline, we were met with doom. Ryanair. The only available …
 

MY FAVOURITE CITY SERIES

My Favourite City: Melbourne – Frances B

My Favourite City: Melbourne – Frances B

Another month, another My Favourite City for you guys to read! All the bloggers and writers I adore tell me all about their favourite city: …
My favourite city: Paris, France – Ben Eddie

My favourite city: Paris, France – Ben Eddie

Another My Favourite City for you to peruse this month! All the bloggers and writers I adore tell me all about their favourite city: why …
My favourite city: Boston, MA – The Long Tall Ally

My favourite city: Boston, MA – The Long Tall Ally

Last month I launched a brand new series on this here blog – My Favourite City. All the bloggers and writers I adore will be telling …
 

ALL TRAVEL POSTS

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Sri Lanka photoblog – Sri Lanka honeymoon in pictures

Last month, Lonely Planet ranked Sri Lanka as the top country for travel for 2019. We honeymooned in Sri Lanka back in 2014 and it’s honestly …
Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

Traditional Pastéis de Nata at Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon

There’s no excusing visiting Lisbon and not tasting one (or four) of Portugal’s signature pastry, Pastéis de Nata, and there are no …
How ice cream taught me to love travel

How ice cream taught me to love travel

When me and my little brother were teeny tiny babies who only cared about the amount of Barbies and Action Men we owned, our parents …