In case I hadn’t mentioned it enough, I travelled all throughout January and into February. I learnt a bunch of things while overseas, like how the only way to cross the road in Rome is to just start walking while staring down the driver in the car hurtling towards you, and that wild boar meatballs can improve your mood by 100%. But I also learnt what items were essentials to my trip, and what just sat in my suitcase the entire time and should have just stayed home. I thought I’d share my list of packing essentials here, because if you’re currently planning for your next overseas adventure, words of wisdom from actual travellers make the whole preparing part a whole lot less overwhelming. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and lets get into the suitcase essentials!
February has come to a close and followed in the footsteps of January – it was just as incredible! From celebrating my birthday, to celebrating another blogging milestone, from hopping to one international world city to the next, to discovering and rediscovering some beauty hits, to devouring the pages of a new book on the flight home, February was filled with a little – or a lot – of everything! Since I did a sentimental, less materialistic wrap up for January and the end of 2018 was filled with my yearly favourites, I’m so happy to sit down and chat about my February because I haven’t done a good ol’ fashioned monthly favourites like this since November! Where does the time go? Nevertheless, make yourself comfortable, settle in, and I hope you enjoy my February Favourites! If you do, make sure you give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get into it!
When you travel to Florence, Pisa, Venice, Paris and London and love pretty things as much as me, you’re bound to come back home with a bag – or three – of precious items! While I bought my fair share of generic souvenirs like key rings and tea bags, I thought I’d feature the more unique treasures I stumbled across during my travels. Whether you’re travelling soon and want to know what’s out there, or just love a good old-fashioned haul, I hope you enjoy this post! If you do, don’t forget to give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into the global goods!
In January I was lucky enough to live in Florence for three weeks for a short term university exchange. In that time I managed to eat my way through the city, from trying the best pizza between classes, to hopping from one incredible pasta place to the next, to ignoring the European winter and tasting all the gelato I could! Since I spent so long in Florence, I was able to try heaps of different eating spots (and sometimes go back a second and third time!) so I feel confident enough in my recommendations to pass them onto fellow travellers heading to this Italian city! Keep reading to see what places I recommend, what you absolutely must order from their menu, and to pick up some tips I learnt while I was there! If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into the Florence food guide!
In January I spent three weeks studying overseas in Florence and on our weekends we would hop on a train and spend our free time exploring different Italian cities! Today we’re travelling to Venice where I weaved my way through the masked crowds celebrating the first day of carnevale, stood in awe at the incredible architecture of the historic floating city and bobbed along in a gondola with my friends! If you enjoy this photo diary then give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get to Venice!
January has left us and takes with it one of the most memorable, incredible and valuable months I’ve ever experienced. For all of January I was overseas studying at the European Institute of Design in Florence, Italy! I had an amazing time embarking on that journey and the trip is something I’ll take with me forever. I thought I’d dedicate my entire January Favourites to it, because instead of trying out new makeup or discovering new tv shows to watch, I was going on day trips to different Italian cities every weekend, tasting some of the best food, and creating amazing memories with new friends. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like“, and let’s crack on with the monthly favourites!
Even though I was legally considered an adult in Australia when I turned eighteen, my twentieth birthday is right around the corner, which means this is the last blog post I’ll write as a teen! I thought I’d use this little pocket of time before I enter my twenties (*loud yelling*) to look back on the past few years and reflect on what I’ve learnt, and also to almost give advice to my younger self. All in all, I really enjoyed my teen years – acne, friendship drama, life crises and all – but I definitely went through moments where I learnt lessons that I’ll take with me throughout my life. I’ve been thinking about this post during January and it’s been really nice to write down these thoughts as reminders for the year ahead too. Since I’m overseas at the moment (currently in a hotel in Paris after just being in Florence for three weeks, but that’s neither here nor there) I can’t take my usual style of flatlays for this post. Instead, I thought I’d use snaps of myself in different cities, because if time travel does exist and self conscious 13-year-old Jessica does fly through space and time and get her hands on this post, at least she knows her future is full of travel, great company, and many Insta worthy moments, no matter how sucky she thinks things currently are. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” and let’s get into the life lessons!