I came home from my first experience of Glastonbury this year with the festival blues – which was why I was ecstatic to discover Dan was taking me to Boardmasters for my birthday. I had barely unpacked from one when, just over a month later, we were packing up the car to head to Cornwall. Not without some concerns, however. The weather was looking incredibly wet and windy. Not ideal for a festival next to the beach and the extreme opposite of the 30-degree heat we had experienced at Glastonbury.
We were ahead of the trend last summer when we flew across the world to explore the country Lonely Planet has named its number one destination for 2019 – Sri Lanka.
After more than a year of saving and planning, we headed to Gatwick to board an 11-hour flight. After a 2 hour stopover in Dubai and the time moving forward 4.5 hours, we finally landed in Colombo, ready to discover everything this corner of Asia had to offer.
We created our own itinerary after watching YouTube videos and reading reviews, booking everything in advance to ensure we made the most of our three weeks circling the south of the country.
Our first night was spent in Negombo, then we made our way to Kegalle, followed by Kandy, Ella, Arugam Bay, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Mirissa, and finally, our last night was spent in Unawatuna.
Here’s what we got up to during our time in South Asia…
Riding elephants is one the most popular tourist activities in Asia but are you aware of the inhumane conditions they are kept in, the horrific way that are treated or how painful it is for them?
I can’t, however, begin to write a post preaching about the treatment of elephants within the tourist industry and the reasons you should never ride one without first addressing the fact that I have done it myself.
I’ve never missed a plane before and after six hours in Heathrow airport I don’t think I ever will again.
It was the first weekend of December and one of my besties and I had decided to kick off the Christmas celebrations in style with a trip to Edinburgh.
We were heading to the Christmas markets which we had heard very good things about (it was revealed as the UK’s favourite this year!) but also to explore Scotland’s capital city having never been before.
Have you ever watched the show Long Lost Family? Well, recently it has felt like we are on it, except for the fact that Davina McCall hasn’t been there to introduce us.
Over the last couple of years our family, on my dad’s side, has grown significantly. Unfortunately we never got to know our grandparents and therefore had lost touch with any extended family, until now.
It all started last year when we went to Cork to meet his mum’s side of the family and continued this year meeting his dad’s family in Sligo.