I feel like a lot of people would say the secret to taking Instagram-worthy travel photos is to step 1) take a photo and step 2) upload it to Instagram, et voilà! But for those of us who want to up our Insta game, there’s a little bit more to it. However in our endless endeavour to capture the perfect ‘gram, I feel like you can kind of lose the moment. Whether you’re taking too long to photograph your food or you’re holding up the group because your shot of a landmark just isn’t working, I think the secret to getting the perfect gram is to take a step back, take a shot, and deal with it later, so you can get back to enjoying wherever in the world you’re in. My Instagram is far from the pinnacle of greatness (see Polabur’s drool-worthy, superhuman, ‘how the heck!?‘ feed) but after travelling through Italy and to Paris and London earlier this year, I learnt a bunch of helpful things that I’d pass on to fellow travellers and Instagram lovers alike. Give this post a “like” if you enjoy it or find it helpful, and let’s get gramming!
Earlier this year I spent a short while in Paris, but nowhere near enough time to write about an entire day or two, or an incredible dining experience, or to recommend a huge list of eating spots you have to check out. What I thought I’d do instead was show what I got up to in a photo diary of sorts. I loved the typical Parisian architecture, the elegant streets, and how they became even more beautiful in the rain. I ticked the essential sights off my bucket list, walked down one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world, and drank hot chocolates that somehow thwarted the Italian ones I had become addicted to. Keep reading to see my Paris photo diary, and if you enjoy it, don’t forget to give this post a “like” so I know!
On my 20th birthday earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend the morning in Paris, then hop on a quick flight and spend the afternoon and next few days celebrating in London. The first stop on my and Natalie‘s checklist was Sketch, an eating spot in Mayfair whose velvet pink interiors we’ve seen for years on Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr have made the location one of the world’s most photographed restaurants. With it’s artwork on the walls, five course meals plated in front of us, and a string quartet providing the backing soundtrack, Sketch became a complete sensory experience like no other. I snapped a couple of pictures to help capture the most memorable dining affair of my life, so I hope you enjoy Afternoon Tea at Sketch, London!
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!
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!