Organising A Short & Spontaneous Holiday | NinkComPoop

Very recently, Wimdu invited me to a getaway in London! With little planned and minimal items packed, I set off to my little stay at an apartment in Ealing Broadway. There is a video of my trip at my YouTube channel here.

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I had purposely allowed my short break away to be spontaneous and unplanned, giving me all the freedom to venture out and seek for whatever sights take our fancy. London is one of my favourite locations in the world and fortunately it is very close to home and there’s a lot to do there. A lot of last minute decisions were made throughout my trip so I thought it would be fun to discuss small and simple ways to plan your holiday!

1) What’s current and trending?

We are already so clued up on what’s trending within the internet world, we should be doing the exact same when we are travelling somewhere new! It is always a good idea to have a scroll around current Facebook events in the area or recent Twitter posts under location hashtags, etc to find out what’s going on. This way you can make the most of the exact time and place you are travelling. Being able to travel is a good thing, being there at the right time is a great thing!

Amazingly, Facebook let my boyfriend and I know that a Just Eat food festival was happening in the area. The Facebook event stated that there will be award winning food and a cozy environment to chill out and listen to some live music. The festival had photo booths, a blow-up flamingo seating area, photoesque lounges, cocktail bars and even a giant adult slide.

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2) Food stops

If you know anything about me, one of my favourite things to do is eat… During most special occasions, I am always most excited about the food (lol). A holiday is the perfect excuse to cheat yourself out of any current diet and go a little crazy. If I ever find myself in a new area, I love to scope out the location for some hidden gems. Food hot spots can really range from independent cafes to well-known restaurant chains. Honestly, not one evening of my getaway trip was spent in front of the oven… whoops!

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3) The money maker

Finding the money maker of the location you are visiting is knowing what brings all the tourists there in the first place. On holiday, I always have a couple what I call ‘tourist days’. These days are all about doing the stereotypical things everybody does in the area. Why is it popular? What do the majority of people travel there for? How does the city reel visitors in? This is usually the easiest tip to follow because it’s never too difficult to work out somewhere’s true selling point. On one of the days, my friend and I decided that a visit to the Tower of London was perfect for us! I find it so fascinating to hear about all the crazy events which happened in my own country… not to mention that the tower is one of the most haunted places in the world… ooooooo! (Plot twist: I saw 0 ghosts).

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4) No plan caveman

Believe it or not, back in the day people didn’t have technology to help them around new places. I know right… poor sods. In all seriousness, sometimes it is easy to forget the true fun in exploring somewhere new. Because of technology, we often forget the fun in having no idea what we are doing! I encourage you to put your phone away for at least one day (or even afternoon), and just go for a walk somewhere that takes your interest. Not only are spontaneous trips the most enjoyable ones, but you won’t know where the day will take you. You may even find some hidden gems which you wouldn’t have heard about online. During our walks, we came across a lot of incredible graffiti, some beautiful parks, pretty sights and quirky shops.

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To finish this blog post, I would like to thank Wimdu for my lovely escape away into the busy city of London. I had such a lovely time with my boyfriend and a close friend; we all really appreciated (and needed!) the break away. I will leave Wimdu’s link here so that you can plan your own adventure soon: http://www.wimdu.com/?wt_vi=brand.youtube.comactivity.facebook. 

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A museum for the weird & wonderful… | NinkComPoop

Before you read on, there is a video version of my experience at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. You can view that by clicking here!

I was invited to London to celebrate Alien’s new film coming out in cinemas this month. While I was there, my boyfriend and I figured that it was probably worth while to visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Oxford Street. If you’ve never been before, expect to see a museum filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful facts. It’s pretty much the equivalent of opening up a Guinness World Record book and stepping inside. The museum is not your average, so prepare to learn about the weirdest kinds of people and some crazy achievements/creations they have produced…

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This guy is famous for being the tallest man in the world. Don’t let my heels fall you for my height by the way. I am most definitely not 170cm…

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I found the infamous blue and black dress!… I can confirm it was in fact blue.

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They had so many different unique portraits that were individual in their own ways. Most of them were made from unusual items. One of my favourite portraits was this one made from cassette tapes.

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This portrait was made entirely from cooking specific sections of toast…

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I didn’t know it was possible to make my nose look any smaller until I compared it to this guy…

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One of my favourite parts of the museum was this upside down room where everything was… well, upside down. The tea in the kettle was even pouring upside down!

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This trip was honestly even better than I had hoped. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not kept it fun and exciting yet you’re still learning about interesting people along the way. One of my favourite sections was the mirror maze, which I am sure took my boyfriend and I even longer to accomplish than your average child…

If you are visiting London sometime soon, I would definitely recommend this museum as one of my favourite places to try. If you’re anything like me and the unusual fascinates you, then you’re in for a treat.

Ellie

Taking a little break… | NinkComPoop

Breaks are important. Week long ones, two week long ones, day ones, even just a couple hour ones. If we don’t take them often enough, we can easily overwork ourselves and burn ourself out…

My boyfriend asked me whether I fancied a week away with his family in the middle of Huddersfield (close to Manchester if your Geography is terrible like mine). All I knew was that his lovely mummy wanted a break away for her birthday with all her children. Of course I jumped to the opportunity and felt that it was a great excuse to look forward to something while in the dreary month of February (have I ever told you how much I hate February?).

Throughout our time there in this absolutely huge cottage (cottage blog post to come!), we had a few little walks around the area. However, Huddersfield is one of the hilliest areas I have ever been to, so a “quick pop” to the shop turned into a sweaty half hour hike. This kind of holiday was almost a ‘first’ for me, as most holidays I’ve previously been on have involved lots of planning and arrangements for various sights, areas and activities. It was a nice change to just sit sipping whiskey and playing card games in a fancy looking mansion and pretending we were rich for a week!

I managed to take some snaps of just a few of my favourite sightings. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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I just had to take a photo of this cash machine. Yes, that’s a cash machine. But also a phone box… Can you even get anything more perfect?

We had to take a drive into York while we were near the area to do a spot of shopping (keep eyes peeled on my channel for a haul by the way…). The buildings in York were just beautiful, particularly down The Shambles (a famous street lined with timber-framed buildings housing a range of touristy shops).

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Within the Cathedral, there was a little area where you were able to light a candle for friends or family who have passed.

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To finish off, a lovely picture of Adam sat beside a fancy Prosecco cocktail…

Isn’t he dishy? 😉

Let me know in the comments your favourite places to visit when you need a small escape and why. I’d love to hear them!

Best,
Ellie x