Singapore – The City of Lights

 

As we left Koh Samui, we were all so excited about the prospect of a city. We were bloody sad to leave our little home in the sunshine, but the anticipation of the city kept us going. 

When we landed and arrived at our hotel ( of course there will be a full review coming of our hotel ), we were eager as ever to get into the city and explore. After one day, we were a little disappointed. Here’s a brief review of our second leg of our honeymoon in Singapore city.

Now, maybe, I was a little dramatic. However, there was a little bit of disappointment after just one afternoon and evening in the city. So much so, my husband actually threw a little strop that we were no longer in the serine island of Koh Samui.

Alas, as I told him, this is just somewhere different and we have to just embrace it for what it is. It was then, as we ventured into the city for a day on open-top buses ( again, full review coming ), we both realised maybe we are not all cut out for city living.

Fast forward 5 days and it’s safe to say we held a little candle to Singapore for the city it is. It doesn’t have all the character and culture of cities like London, New York or even Paris, but it has it’s very own character.

During our stay in the city, we explored every nook, cranny, and sight we possibly could. We spent a day on Sentosa enjoying Universal Studios.

We wandered Gardens by the Bay, despite neither or us being keen gardeners. We took in the breathtaking view of the skyline from the tallest building in the city and sailed the waters around the bay. We even managed to have our breakfast with Orangutans which we both earmarked the second we booked our trip.

Whilst our first observations of the city deceived us, with no regret we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Singapore.

My advice – I wouldn’t go all that way just to visit Singapore. Its a great stopover, just as it was for us, but honestly, if it was my summer holiday, I would’ve been a little gutted. Whilst there is a lot to do in Singapore, all of which I will be reviewing, it’s all really commercial.

I feel like I’m shitting all over the city with negativity, but honestly, I’m not. We didn’t hate it, just didn’t love it as much as we anticipated. Like I mentioned, we experienced some incredible things, some which are once in a lifetime, and I’m so excited to share snaps and my thoughts with you.

Have you ever been to Singapore?

Tempted to venture there? Want me to cover something specific?

Lemme know in the comment section below!

Charlotte x

 

Anthong National Marine Park – Koh Samui

If you have been keeping tabs on my Instagram and my recent honeymoon posts, you will know full well we were recently sunning it up on the gorgeous island of Koh Samui. When I say recent, I literally mean this time last month – sad face!

When researching Koh Samui, the first thing I knew was that we had to head to Anthong National Marine Park. It looked absolutely stunning! Set 2 hours from the cost of Koh Samui, a cluster of 42 islands featuring gorgeous sands and pool formations offering gorgeous views left, right and centre. It just had to be done, especially on our honeymoon!

And we did it! As soon as we could! So sit tight, I will be taking you to Anthong from the comfort of your own home!

Read : Koh Samui – Thailand’s perfect Island / Jungle Jeep Safari – Koh Samui

Thankfully, we booked our tour with the best on the Island. Koh Samui  Tour Shop picked us up from our very own hotel and onto the ferry port to board our boat. We then made our way to Anthong. One thing I will note here, is there are two kinds of boats that can be taken. Either Ferry or speedboat. The ferry was much more relaxing, however, on the way home especially, it was really rather slow.

Anywho, we were offered coffee, tea and a spot of breakfast. We were also informed on how the day would work out and who needed to be where.

For our package, we chose to do the kayaking around some of the island. I certainly had never kayaked and I really wanted to do something new and different, especially on our honeymoon. It was here that I started to panic just a little as to what I had let myself in for! I had never done it before and I had real visions of us being the ones that tipped within ten minutes. This could be the reason me and my new husband bicker on honeymoon – oh crap!

The De-brief.

Once we were de-briefed and closer to the islands, the first wave of kayakers were advised to assemble to start their journey. The rest of us stayed on the boat, where we would be taken to shore shortly after the kayakers had got on their way. Much to the disgust, I can imagine , of the first kayakers, the rest of the boat had assembled on the roof to see them off, and ultimately catch sight of any tippers. Within a couple of minutes there was one!

The Viewpoint!

We soon were ashore the first island and directed up some rather step steps to the view point. I will note here, I didn’t pay too much notice on how I would get down these rather steep steps at this point, just soley fixated on not losing my footing and either injuring or killing myself.

If you are bad with steep steps or even heights, do not even attempt! I am usually neither but even this made my tummy turn and give me a slight panic attack on the way down.

Despite the steep stairs, the view was totally worth it! B r e a t h t a k i n g!

Kayaking – The Fear!

After a short stint of taking in the stunning views, we headed back down to the beach for our turn on the kayaks! I was terrified that we would over turn, and that my beloved phone in a 99% waterproof bag would die. I would have been brave a taken a couple of snaps whilst we were kayaking, but I was petrified stopping and ultimately moving would result in a phone over board.

Alas, it was nice to breath and take in the surroundings without a phone screen! It was a little tough, and there were some disagreements and I was mainly stressed that we would overturn, I found it pretty hard to relax.

Albeit, the views were simply stunning. I am sooo glad we took the plunge and gave it a go!

Once we had kayaked around the island we were taken back to the boat where we served Thai lunch. Shortly after, we were taken to another island where you could head off to another view point, snorkel or just enjoy the scenery.

We did the latter. We were both exhausted by this point and wanted to cool down on the picturesque sands of Wua-Ta island. After a good three hours of paddling in the sand and taking in the scenery, we headed back to the boat to make our way back to Koh Samui. It took a good couple of hours to get back to the mainland, of which seemed to drag to no end!

Anthong National Marine park was everything I expected and more. The tour was superb and I’m so glad we chose to kayak around the island. In the spirit of a review, the only negative was the boat. I wish we had chosen the speedboat, especially for the way home, when you just want to head back to the hotel and jump in the pool!

For anyone going to Koh Samui, this is a tour not to be missed, whatever the time of year.

We were told all too often July was the monsoon season and nothing will be ‘good’ and yet we both agree we couldn’t do it in the height of their summer. It could be overcast as can be seen with some of my images and yes there were some downpours ( instagram stories if you’re interested ) but im so glad we didn’t listen! It was still ruddy hot!

If you want to go on any Koh Samui Tour, best book with Koh Samui Tour Shop. We booked them for both this and the just jungle jeep safari and had the best time on both!

Now someone, pleaseeee take us back!

Charlotte x

** This is a collaborative post with Koh Samui Tour Shop. All opinions are my own.

 

Jungle Jeep Safari – Koh Samui

When looking into Koh Samui, we knew we wanted to explore and experience as much of the island as possible. After extensive research, I found the PERFECT way to explore by a full day jungle jeep safari. We knew we HAD to do it.

After booking literally the day before, we were both anxious and excited to see what the island really had to offer. We were picked up from our hotel in a rather rickety jeep and we both wondered what we had let ourselves into.

Along the pit stops were infamous sights and gorgeous views across Koh Samui. To say we were eager was an understatement.

Before we go any further with this review, I would like to highlight we literally had the best time and couldn’t has asked for better drivers and weather!

Once we had gathered all our companions ( I think we had the best jeep of tourists ), we got underway as a convoy of jungle jeeps. It was really well organised and we never felt rushed where we were. If anything, they had the timings perfect at where we were stationed.

So here we go, our itinerary from the Jeep Jungle 4 x 4 Excursion.

Read : Koh Samui – Thailands island paradise / Baywater Resort Samui Hotel review

Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks

This is a bit of a weird one, and something that feels really rather odd to examine and take pictures of when visiting. The Grandfather and Grandmother rocks are basically formations of rocks that look like the nether regions of a male and female. Of course there is a theory behind the formation of them, but I wasn’t completely comfortable taking ample pictures.

I would like to note too, that I nearly dived head first into the Grandmother rock after slipping down the rock. We didn’t spend too long here, but we did manage to nab Ali some sunglasses as he left his back in the UK!

Mummified Monk

Once again, this is another one of those sights I had heard ample about, and again I wasn’t sure how I felt wandering around taking pictures. To my surprise, I was really taken aback and really rather fascinated by the mummified monk and how he became to how he is, 45 years after his death.

Of course, his surrounding temple was utterly beautiful and unsurprisingly lavished in bold colours. It’s really good to note here, women have to cover their shoulder and shoes do have to be left at the door. Thankfully, I wore a t-shirt for the day and didn’t need to further cover up.

Namuang Waterfalls 1 & 2

Koh Samui has some pretty beautiful natural sights, including the beautiful Namuang waterfalls. Again, this was another stop I was really excited to visit. We could’ve gone on the winding slides to the bottom of the falls, but decided to climb and paddle. This was the only stop on the entire tour that felt crowded. But we managed to cool in the falls and enjoy the scenery, so cannot complain!

Lunch on a Roof terrace overlooking Chaweng

We were really lacking in a good cold drink and some food at this point, so to arrive at a hidden local eatery, perched on top of a hill we were bloody glad. As someone who is a little fussy with food, I was a little anxious as to what traditional Thai food we would be served.

But, the food was delicious. I could describe what we had but I couldn’t name them. As always,  it tasted delicious and was just perfect to fill us up for our second leg of the day.

What made it even better was the perfect view over Koh Samui. Couldn’t have had a better lunch!

Secret Garden

The secret garden had been one of those places I had seen some images of and not known much about it. However, learning the true story of the secret garden really made the plus feel much more serine and magical.

A single man had built the garden to show his peers what heaven will be like and why they should continue to do good. There were beautiful statues and a waterful running throughout. Truly beautiful and a highlight on the tour.

Big Buddha

There are numerous large Buddha’s on the island ( much to my surprise ) and this wasn’t one I knew about. However, it offered us once again stunning views across the island. This was the last stop on the tour before heading down back through the jungle and onto our hotel.

Overall, the entire tour was superb and exceeded our expectations. Our group made the tour and our guide brought fun to the whole day. I really didn’t expect to have the day we did, especially considering it was only £21 each!

Charlotte x

Baywater Resort Review – Koh Samui

Where better to start with the Koh Samui reviews than the hub of our stay, our hotel! As previously mentioned, we stayed in a gorgeous resort that we happened to stumble across from an Instagram recommendation. When booking our honeymoon, I scoured the web for the perfect resort that could offer a good location and comfort.

We swapped and changed our booking various times, even as late as one month before flying. It was when I asked someone staying at one of the hotels we had reserved when he advised us on Baywater Resort. Upon further research, we decided it would probably be best to swap and made the final booking just 4 weeks before the honeymoon.

Advice number 1 – Check Instagram and ask others of their experiences. It paid off massively for us!

Read : A little life update / Thailand’s real paradise

Due to ‘adverse weather conditions’ (and I say that in adverted commas because honestly, what weather), we were delayed upon departure and in turn, missed our connecting flight to Koh Samui. Although real disappointing to be delayed, when we did eventually get to Koh Samui, it was well worth the wait!

The hotel stunned and offered us everything we wanted from our honeymoon. We had our own private plunge pool and a suite equipped with space and waterfall showers. The resort had an onsite gym, shop and poolside restaurant which served the most delicious Thai and Western food. They also offered room service and private buses to the local city and other sites.

After 2 days of sleeping in ( 11am we arose, very pissed we had missed breakfast ) and really unwinding, we started to explore the island a little more. Walking the very short walk to the beach, venturing to the nearest ‘city’ and sampling culture on Koh Samui.

I am a little picky on my food, yet wanted to sample some true Thai cusine, and on our first afternoon we headed to the pool restaurant out of ease. I was truly surprised on the variety they offered, and the standard of food we were given. It was literally so scrummy! There after we pretty much ate in the hotel every night, sampling Thai Curries, Rice dishes and the odd Western dish too. It was so reasonably priced, onsite and with fantastic service – we felt silly to go anywhere else!

Whilst in Koh Samui, we experienced two fantastic excursions, and had various days at the beach and venturing to the city via the hotel shuttle. We also managed to experience the Fisherman’s market on the only Friday we had on the island, which offered us arguably the best meal, and view, of the whole honeymoon! Plus, we picked up some Thai style prezzies for family members too!

Overall, we were sooo impressed with the hotel and the choice we made for our Honeymoon. The hotel staff couldn’t do enough for you, and the food was impeccable. We literally only ate out 3 times during our whole stay! If there ever was a problem, they would be more than happy to help and sort immediately.

The hardest part of our whole Honeymoon was adjusting back to mundane cities compared to the serenity and calm that Koh Samui offered us. Whilst we were happy to be in Singapore after, we both felt more than sad that we had to leave Koh Samui altogether!

If you are looking for a hotel which offers superb location, transport when needed and a comfortable and truly relaxing stay, I couldn’t think of anywhere better than Baywater Resort Samui!

Have you ever been to Koh Samui before?

Does it look like somewhere you would want to stay?

As always start some natter in the comment section below.

Charlotte x

 

Koh Samui – The true Paradise of Thailand

As you may well know, we recently returned from our Honeymoon in Koh Samui and Singapore. And if you happen to follow me on Instagram ( do it pronto if not ), then you would have caught the rather endless updates on our splendid time in Koh Samui.

There honestly is no holiday like a honeymoon, and upon booking or even choosing a destination, we were desperate to both experience new places, culture and people. Thailand is a place I have always wanted to visit, so it was only fitting it was one of our destinations.

** I will be doing full reviews on all aspects of our honeymoon since when looking and booking destinations, hotels, excursions and more, I always found it super useful to read real, pretty in-depth reviews! I can only rave abot every aspect of Koh Samui, but want to fully enclose every aspect of our bookings.

Read : Life Update – I’m back

What part of Koh Samui did you stay?

After much deliberation of where we should stay on the island, we settled on Cheong Mon. Thanks to a lovely gentleman on Instagram, we were directed to our gorgeous hotel Baywater Resort.  It was the perfect location close by to a stunning beach and just close enough to the main hub of the island.

There were plenty of nearby restaurants, not that we ventured since the food in our hotel was so amazing! We found staying out of the hub meant we could visit if needed, but not feel too into it considering we wanted a romantic break.

Did you do any excursions?

We managed to venture the whole island and visit a fair few places we had earmarked. We embarked on two different excursions whilst we were in Koh Samui, both of which gave us lifetime experiences includig kayaking!  The two excursions we went on were the 4×4 jungle trip and Anthong national marine park. There will be full reviews on both trips coming shortly.

Beach or pool?

I can never decide, especially when you have a private pool in your resort and the beaches in Koh Samui are sooo stunning! We ventured to as many beaches we could, including on Anthong National Marine park! Hands down, the beaches on this island are some of the best I have ever seen!

What about the weather? 

This is something I was so worried about, which is pretty bonkers considering I couldn’t do anything about it! Having said that, despite being told it wasn’t going to be the best weather, we still had gorgeous weather and minimal rain. Don’t be put off by the weather in July and August. We had the best time, weather and tan lines to prove it! Honestly, I’m not sure if I could have coped with hotter!

Is it expensive? 

Nope! It was soooo cheap and the food is amazing! The most expensive place we found was the Hard Rock Cafe which turned out to be 3 times more expensive than anywhere else! Even taxis around the island were cheap and made exploring in the evenings reasonable for us!

What was your favourite part of Koh Samui?

There are soooo many aspects of Koh Samui we enjoyed, it would be hard to pinpoint just one particular point. We would both agree the excursions we went on really made our honeymoon. Our tour guides were superb and made the whole thing fun and informative too. We recently felt that we got the true feel of the island and managed to see the key sights of the island. Both the 4 x 4 jungle safari and the Anthong national marine park trips were both stunning and well worth the money!

For more info on both of these trips watch out for upcoming review posts!

If I went, what would you advise?

Honestly, do as much as you can. Trips, excursions and experiences are well the worth the money and are a fantastic way to get a feel for the island, culture and Koh Samui as a whole. Also, experience local food! I had some Thai before heading to Koh Samui and thanks to some balls I seemed to grow on the plane, I actually tried local food and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thai food is now my fav and miss it daily.

Would you go back?

GET ME THERE NOW! I have been soooo lucky to experience many places across the world including the likes of Mauritius and Cape Verde, and honestly, Thailand and in particular Koh Samui blew me away! The people, the island, the sights and the landscapes. I have never seen somewhere like it, with such beautiful scenery and beaches. If I could, I would return countlessly.

This was meant to be a fairly brief and snippet of our time in Koh Samui, however I seemed to have got carried away. Like mentioned previously, I find reviews soooo helpful and will be reviewing both tours we enjoyed and our hotel on my blog.

Have you ever been to Koh Samui?

You eager to head there?

Anything you want me to cover in particular?

As always, leave your thoughts and comments in the section below!

Charlotte x

Summer Reading list : Honeymoon Edition


There is nothing more idilic than being surrounded by sand, the soft sound of waves and you’re head full immersed in a ruddy good book. 


I love to read a good old book. Especially one that I cannot put down until I turn the last page. Nothing really beats it, not even Netflix. Soz Netflix. 

And since I will be boarding 4 planes and grazing some pristine sand in Thailand, I need a few page turners that will keep me occupied during the midday sun. I have been seeing bloggers posts, insta shares and more and have a fair idea of some Best sellers I need to get my hands on. I’ve also collated some of the good reads I rooted Amazon for and now have my Honeymoon Reading list ready and rearing to go.

Whether you are visiting some sandy beaches this summer, or need some pages for evening reads, why not consider some of these, the current best sellers!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Because I loved : Big Little Lies 

Might also try : Everything I never told you 

I have heard many a things in regards to this book. And honestly, I am surprised I have waited this long to even purchase it! I haven’t had this much anticipation since reading Gone Girl and I wasn’t disappointed with that neither! I am so excited to lounge on that beach and truly indulge in this new best seller! Tip top of my list as to be expected!

A little info from the inside ‘flap’….

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

I really do give too many f**ks when it comes to general life and wellbeing. I do care too much what everyone around me thinks and I just want to let go of it. I can’t imagine a better time to buckle down and use this book as my new life lessons. Hopefully I will return from my honeymoon a new women once I have sunk my teeth into this one!

The back cover info….

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life.
But those days are over. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.” For the past few years, Manson—via his wildly popular blog—has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.

Manson makes the argument—backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes—that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to better stomach lemons. Human beings are flawed and limited—as he writes, “Not everybody can be extraordinary—there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. This, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties—once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths—we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Because I loved : The Wolf of Wall street / Catch me if you can 

Whilst this may not be a movie adaptation just yet staring Leonardo DiCaprio, I do love a good true style paperback which features whit and charm. Apparently it has just that. I have huge admiration for our NHS workers, so I am intrigued as to their daily runs ins, struggles and sheer determination they embark on, day in, day out.

Back blurb…..

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

The Couple Next Door

Because I loved : Gone Girl / The Girl on the Train

Might also try : The Girlfriend / Before I go to SleepThe Good Daughter / Into the Water / The Girl Before

I will happily admit that I love a good thriller / murder show, programme, series, movie, book. Whatever the context, I love the genre. I just love being surprised, complexed and often scared. And there’s nothing better, and more powerful than a book that keeps you engaged, and thrilled till the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of Gone Girl & The Girl on the Train, I often wish I could re-read each for the first time again. I am in desperate home The couple next Door and a like will thrill me like others. Even better, top them!

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Because I loved : A short history of nearly everything 

I am a hugeeee fan of Bill Brysons A short history of nearly everything, so when I saw this new title, I had to add it to my wishlist. I really love reading generic history and science behind human kind, especially in this context.

From the back….

FIRE gave us power

FARMING made us hungry for more

MONEY gave us purpose

SCIENCE made us deadly

This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Handmaid’s Tale

Because I loved : The TV Show

Might also try : The Power

I’m not one to watch a show and then read the book. I really rather like reading something first, and having my own interpretation of the character, than the pre-generated one I got from the movie. And so it’s a little unusual, especially with a fiction title to even want to read the book. But I simply love the series so much, I want more. And if that’s the book, than that’s alright with me.

There we have it. My extensive and possibly rather expensive Summer reading list, honeymoon edition. Feeling pretty optimistic if I believe I will power through all of these titles. Having said that, I haven’t indulged in a good read for a pretty long time. I may even get carried away! 

Have you read any of these?

Read a good book I need to try?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Charlotte x

My Summer lust list

Alright alright, I think it’s safe to say that the UK is fully induced in a summer effect. Hasn’t the weather been warm? And a little muggy at the best of times. Having said that, there are no complaints as it’s a warm welcome to the usual cooler, wetter British weather.

With the turn of weather, and my upcoming Holiday / Honeymoon, I have been mooching my favourite on-line stores for holiday / summer / cooling clothing that I can wear to death for the next couple of months.

Here are some of my favourites!

ps. there are no affiliate links and this isn’t sponsored, just honestly some gorgeous bits and bobs that I have found! 

Beachwear

Leaf Hot Pants / Leaf Bra-let  / Black Mesh Swimsuit / Gingham Bikini Set / Ombre Sarong /

Tops

Tropical print front top / Floral Print Plunge Body / Blue lace bodysuit / Cami with tie shoulder /  Printed wrap body /  Mustard cross back bodysuit / Button down blouse /  Red floral frill top / Tea blouse with button front /  Pom Detail Jacket / Textured Plunge Body / Blush smock top /

Trousers / Jeans

/ Harem animal trousers  / Wide leg Frill trousers / Ruched Waist trousers / Pleated wide leg trousers /

Dresses

 Oversized Shirt print dress / Cami mini dress /  / Lemon Print Midi Dress / Leopard Bardot summer dress / White Crochet High Neck Dress / Dress with tassels / Deckchair stripe smock dress /

Skirts / Shorts

Lemon Print Wrap Skirt / Patch work shortspalm shorts / Ripped high waisted shorts / Button Mini Skirt / Spot button mini skirt /

Playsuits & Jumpsuits

/ Blue Jumpsuit / Gold Tassel Plunge Playsuit / Leopard print playsuit / Honeydew Frill playsuit /

Accessories & Shoes

Navy beach bag with pompoms / Beach Headband / Pink Suede Platform WedgesArt Deco Tassel Earrings / Pink and White stripe tote bag / Pink glitter bumbag / Rose Gold 90s sunglassesBeige studded sandals / Two pack Espadrilles / Pink Weave Basket /

ASOS SALE FAVS 

I would have included some pictures, but I got wayyyy to carried away and just kept shopping and linking. So here are some of the gorgeous products that are on my ASOS wishlist, some with up to 70% off! What you waiting for?

Being safe, your Holiday Vaccines and Zika Virus.

You may well know, we are heading off in a couple of months to our honeymoon in Koh Samui and Singapore. As we get closer to the trip, we get more and more excited as is expected. Like any new destination visit, we have taken to our doctors for advice on the health risks we could face, and any precautions we should embark on before we hit the sand.

I hate vaccinations, but with visiting rather a tropical destination, we wanted to be safe. Thankfully, we didn’t have to have anything nasty, but we were advised on a lot that we wouldn’t have known unless we looked or asked.

And it got me thinking, how many people actually ask these questions or research into risks when heading off on holiday? Are we being over the top? Do we protect ourselves effectively against health risks?

Here’s some of the risks we all should consider before boarding the plane.

Read : Our Honeymoon details and booking. 

Insurance

When booking any holiday, insurance should be purchased too. You may not intend to do any dangerous sports or activities, but health insurance may be needed for the most mundane of reasons, or unexpected! Lacking in travel insurance could leave you penniless if needing medical attention out of the EU.

Vaccines

Many locations impose risk to virus’ and infections, some of which can be avoided with vaccines. Many of the countries we visit need no vaccines, however, some of the more exotic locations do carry risk and so vaccines are advised.

For advice on the immunisations you may need for your upcoming trip, visit Fit for travel or Travel Health Pro for advice on your destination and possible outbreaks.

Zika Virus – Location dependant 

We have all heard of the Zika virus since a large outbreak back in 2015. And despite it no longer making headline news or the news at 10, it is still active and effective, even today.

Whilst the Zika virus is no killer, and many of those infected neither know it, or suffer from just a quick bout of flu like symptoms, it can have a knock on effect months after being to an affected country.

The main concerns with the Zika Virus is the complications it can cause to pregnant women, and couples looking to conceive up to 6 months after visiting an affected area. If you are unsure if your upcoming destination carries risk of the Zika Virus, check out the Gov website. It regularly updates the risk of Zika in multiple countries and offers advice to those travelling.

If you are looking to try for a baby after visiting an effected country, seek medical advice. The NHS website does advise against couples trying for a baby within 6 months after visiting a moderate to high risk country. Up to 6 months, there is a risk of the Zika virus within your male partner, possibly causing complications to a baby, including abnormally small heads (microcephaly).

If you are visiting an affected area, reduce the risk of Zika Virus but using inset repellent, and wearing loose clothing to cover your arms and legs.

Repellent

Even if the risk of Zika is not present, it’s well worth repelling mosquitoes as much as you can. It may be a pain in the bum, but try and cover yourself nightly. It’s much better than the pesky bites they leave you with, and the germs and / or infection they might carry with it.

Medicine

With any holiday, there is a chance you will get a headache, eat something your tummy doesn’t agree with, or suffer from something inconvenient. It’s well worth packing a supply of pain killers, paracetamol and diarrhoea tablets just encase, as many countries lack in basic pain relief, or charge the earth for it .

Sun cream

Do not go on holiday without sufficient sun cream. And don’t believe that burning is part of the tanning process. It is not. Protect you and your skin effectively from the sun with high factor sun cream lotion. Be sure to re-apply every couple of hours, and try an avoid the midday day rays, as this is when the sun is at its highest.

I really hope this post of mine will help some of you out there. This post isn’t to scare you from visiting far away places, just rather open your eyes to the risks you could be open to. Without really looking, or speaking to a health advisor, many tourists can be oblivious to the health risks and virus that are active. Always seem medical advice if you are concerned, and be sure to check your immunisations are up to date. The NHS can offer boosters for many vaccinations, so be sure to speak to your doctor 8-10 weeks before you travel.

Are you heading anywhere exotic this summer? 

Have you sought medical advise? 

As always, share your thoughts and comments in the section below.

Charlotte x

Honeymoon Wishlist

There is NOTHING better than shopping for holiday clothes.

Literally.

Encase you didn’t know, which is fairly impossible since I rave about actually going away for the first time in 2 years all the ruddy time, we are heading off to our Honeymoon in just under 4 months! Since its been a while that I have needed shorts or any summer attire, (because let’s be honest, English weather is no short weather) I need EVERYTHING! Any by everything, I mean it. Send finacial and moral help because damn it’s going to be tricky getting everything I need for a 2 week stint in Asia.

But, I’ve started looking early. So, here’s some of the gorgeous gems from our high-street favs that I have earmarked. for my suitcase.

Read : Our Honeymoon details and booking. 

If you can’t already tell, high waisted bikinis and swimming costumes are a new fan favourite of mine. Thanks to weight gain, stretch cover my love handles and honestly I really dislike them. They are purple and really obvious, so desperate to keep them covered. I have never been one for high waisted previously, but since I have curves which I don’t want to lose, I will fully embrace them in more suitable beachwear like cossies and bikinis.

Sliders, shorts and baggy slogan tees are the agenda for this honeymoon. I feel I won’t be able to fully relax unless I can completely unwind, even from restricting and prim and proper clothing.Do not get my wrong, there will be plenty of summer dresses being flung into the suitcase, but a much relaxed look will be perfect whilst exploring Koh Samui and Singapore.

I cannot wait to get purchasing for the upcoming Honeymoon and grab some gorgeous looks from some of my high street favs!

Heading off anywhere this year? 

Some gorgeous styles I should pop into my honeymoon suitcase?

Why not pop a comment in the section below! 

Charlotte x

Our Honeymoon Details & Booking

You may, or may not, have caught a tweet or two of pure excitement from me. And why? Only because we ruddy booked our flights and accommodation for our Honeymoon didn’t we!! After nearly 2 years of planning It was such a moment to finally book the holiday of a lifetime. The part we have both been sooo eager to do for a fair while. Due to funds, we have only just booked with only 5 odd months before we jet off!!

Since I am soooo flipping excited, and it’s taken months to find and sort the perfect hotels. And, we have booked everything ourselves, saving nearly £2,000, I thought I’d share some of the finer details!!

Thailand

Yes, we are heading off to the place I have been ever sooo eager to visit. Since we are getting married in July, and wanted to head straight off, we are staying in Koh Samui.

We originally looked at the infamous Krabi area, but due to the weather and season in Thailand, we would be lucky to experience good weather. After a long time researching, we settled on Koh Samui as the first place on our little Honeymoon exploration.

Whilst the original plan included a couple of nights in Bangkok first, funds and budget meant we had to scale back slightly. It’s worked in our favour, since we have bagged a stunning hotel where we have our own private villa and plunge pool for a whole ten nights. Perfect for relaxing after the big day!!

What we have planned

Lots and lots as per. Including some sightseeing to temples and natural sights like waterfalls. There is a ‘main’ area, as well as gorgeous beaches away from our hotel. We plan to see as much as possible, without running ourself ragged! We want to relax as much as possible, but also experience life and culture on the gorgeous island!

Singapore

It’s a place I had never imagined we would be able to visit. But when we were in the very early stages of brainstorming, it cropped up and hasn’t left our minds since. We actively did everything we could to make it viable to head off and experience Singapore after researching it’s endless attractions.

We have a hotel reserved, yet dependant on the kind donations into our wedding fund, it may change if budget doesn’t allow. Thankfully, in a city like Singapore, the hotels are stunning whatever your budget. And honestly, how much time are we really going to be in it!

What we have planned

Once again, the list is never ending. With Universal Studios on the top of my list, and a track walk on the top of my fiancee’s, we will be rushing around to fit everything in. But there is plenty of city to see, and 5 days to do it, so I think it will work itself out. One thing I am hopeful we can pencil in, is to enjoy breakfast with Orang-utans at the zoo. Once in a lifetime experience for sure!

How we did it on budget

Honestly, I am still pretty shocked we managed to do it on such a tight budget. We didn’t have many places on our honeymoon visit list, purely because we both wanted to experience somewhere new together. Top honeymoon destinations like Mexico, Mauritius and Cape Verde have already been visited by me, so they were promptly off the list. We also wanted a bit of city as well as beach, and didn’t want to be confined to one resort. We settled on Thailand and Singapore shortly after realising it was viable, if planned carefully.

Use on-line services as much as possible

For a good couple of months I gathered quotes from leading travel agents, as well as spoke to many specialists on the ideal locations for our honeymoon. Whilst I was pretty keen to book with a agent, who could deal with all the flights and individual bookings themselves, as well as offer us a deposit option, it was pretty expensive.

Around £5,000 to be exact.

I didn’t feel as in control as I wanted, and actually rather pushed by some agents to make a decision quickly. Some of the leading honeymoon providers offered fantastic service, but unfortunately that did come at a cost. After lots and lots of comparison website, flight sites and hotel sites, we managed to find hotels and flights nearly £2,000 below the quotes we had received.

Before we made decisions and booked, I was constantly going onto travel websites searching similar locations, as well as all-inclusive resorts to compare prices. Whilst we were saving considerably, we were still nervous to commit to the cost ahead of knowing the contributions we would kindly receive in our honeymoon fund.

For our flights, I was looking on Skyscanner. It’s the most amazing website that pulls together prices from all websites. We ended up booking through Carlton Leisure, who offered the cheapest tickets for the flights we wanted. Internal and all!  Whilst it was a little painful having to change our flight times due to the website not being updated effectively from British airways, we got all it all booked pretty fast.

For our hotels, I was mainly looking on booking.com. However, we have used Agoda to secure our Koh Samui stay, after researching found it cheaper there, than on booking.com. I would always recommend looking and shopping around as much as possible! The price difference on the two websites were nearly £200!!

As always, be sure to check reviews, and always take with a pinch of salt. I try and not look too much into the reviews and more so on the general consensus.

I am sooo stoked on our honeymoon destination and the fact we are heading to the place we always wanted. There have been lots of debate as to where and if we should go at all. As always, cost is the main underlying factor. But since we have spent the last 2 odd years planning for the big day, we thought we would cut ourselves a little slack and do what we wished for. Now here’s hoping we have a little help for those planned day trips and experiences from our friends and family in the honeymoon fund!

Have you been on your honeymoon? 

Where did you go? 

Have you been to either of these places? 

Any advice you have? 

As always, let me know in the comment section below!

Charlotte x