Sunday, 30 July 2017

Amsterdam Travel Diary 2017

As you may have seen from my twitter, I have been in Amsterdam this past week. I went with 3 others so 4 in total and had an amazing time exploring the city. We were able not only to explore the city but also learn more about it and the way that Anne Frank had to live in order to stay hidden. 

The Anne Frank Museum was a truly eye-opening experience as you are able to experience such a tiny aspect of what the families had to do in order to keep each other safe and hidden. Not only that, you can actually walk through the exact rooms, walk through the bookcase door as well as up the stairs that they did. They have made such a brilliant tribute to not only Anne, but all of the family and friends involved.

We were able to not only walk along the side of the canal and the streets but also able to see the city from a different perspective from a canal ride. The audio tour helped to explain the history of the city as well as small interesting details about the buildings you probably wouldn't have known.

Anyway, enough rambling! To cut a long story short, I didn't want to come home and definitely want to return! I can actually see myself living there which is something that doesn't happen often when I visit places. This trip will definitely stay with my a lifetime!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Packing Tips for a City Break

Tomorrow I am heading off on a city break for a few days. If you follow me on Twitter you can probably already tell where I am going but those of you that don't, you'll have to wait until next week for a travel diary post.

This trip is a little different to any other I have been on as I am flying with an airline I haven't flown with before and I am only flying with hand luggage.

The first generic tip would be to check that your passport is still valid! I know it's obvious but always best to check. The second, that I wish I had done earlier, is checked the hand luggage requirements. This includes the maximum weight allowed and the size of the suitcase. For me, this is 10kg and resulted in my buying a new suitcase as mine was too big.

1. Avoid Bulky Liquids
Liquids are limited when using hand luggage. You are restricted to under 100ml and fitting everything into a small clear bag. If you can avoid putting shampoo, conditioner and body wash in your bag before security... do so! There will more than likely be a shop in the departure lounge that you can buy them or a shop when you get to your destination. This allows you to pack everything you really need rather than having to sacrifice anything.

2. Roll Clothes
This is a pretty standard trick for maximising space. Rather than stacking your clothes on each other, roll each item and place them in a row. This allows each item to be packed easily and can be found without having to moves piles and cause creasing. In addition, you can roll each outfit together so you can prevent mixing outfits together.

3. Small Bags
I am quite an organised person so like to have everything in its place and like to know everything is sorted. Put it this way, my bag was all packed on Tuesday and I wasn't going for another week! (I like to blame the excitement!) My suitcase has dividers so I put all of my clothes in the big zipped size and then everything else in the elasticated strap side. However, everything tends to fall out when I open the case. I decided to use small cosmetic bags to divide and section off the bag. I placed my toiletry bag with shower cap and toothbrush etc to the bottom. I have then padded an 'extras' bag with hotel confirmation, plasters and plastic bag in the middle. At the top of the suitcase is a bag for all of the liquids in a double sealed plastic bag. I have then placed my electrical bag to the side of this so I can quickly take these out when it comes to security and it doesn't mess everything inside of the bag.

I hope at least one of these were helpful!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

(P.S. I have added a new section to the blog so that you can find everything travel related in one area to make it easier!)