Oslo, the capital of Norway, known for its green spaces and museums according to my research, Oslo is the number one most expensive country to travel to – tourist industries that charge about 20% more than anywhere else in Western Europe and a whopping 70% higher than world averages. Norway is notoriously known as Scandinavia’s—and Northern Europe’s—most expensive country. Originally I thought Switzerland was expensive but compared to Norway, it’s nothing! I always used to see these rows of colourful houses but I never actually knew where it was until today – Oslo is a scenic city filled with Scandinavian charm and hints of the Norwegians’ Viking history. Oslo tends to be clean and safe, and most of the population speaks almost fluent English, which can make it easy for you to get around.
Some people want to go to the Maldives but I have always wanted to go to the Seychelles. I feel like most people don’t actually know or have ever of this beautiful archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. This is literally one of Africa’s many hidden treasures. The Seychelles is a nation of 115 islands scattered over 400,000sq km surrounded by crystal clear blue waters. The islands were once known as a five-star destination with three-star hotels but fast forward to now and that’s far from the truth, new-look Seychelles offers areas of outstanding man-made beauty and the best of luxury!
Because each island in the Seychelles is very different, many visitors choose a two or three-stop holiday.
THINGS TO DO IN SEYCHELLES
Bird Island is situated about 60 miles from the main island of Mahe, and is easily reached by plane. Its 170 acres are covered in corals and lined with the purest white sand.
A speck about 6km off the west coast of Praslin, Cousine Island is owned by a South African businessman, who has embarked on an intensive conservation programme to restore it to its primal state. About 2,000 indigenous trees have been planted, and 12 endangered magpie robins have been introduced to share the island with a couple of thousand nesting birds (fairy terns, sooty terns, shearwaters, Seychelles brush warblers, Fodies) and four giant tortoises (each of which, apparently, command around the same market value as a giraffe). Much of the rocky island is out of bounds to visitors.
There are wonderful walks to be had on Frégate – through primeval jungle, up enormous granite outcrops and along white-sand beaches. Away from the resort, the rest of the island is given over to conservation projects (protecting the endangered magpie robin population, among others), cultivation (vegetables produced with a very sophisticated hydroponics system), livestock (pigs, cows, chickens) and recreation (water sports and scuba-diving; fishing boats, yachts, catamarans and motorboats).
LA DIGUE ISLAND
The island’s stunning beaches of silky white sand are lapped by turquoise seas. The best beach, Anse Source D’Argent, is reachable by bicycle. Other good places to swim are Petite Anse, with its large smooth boulders. La Digue’s west coast, south of La Passe, is protected by a reef, creating calm water, ideal for snorkelling. Besides the pleasures of beach life, La Digue offers horse riding, diving, fishing and boat trips. The bird sanctuary is a woodland of takamaka and badamie (Indian almond) trees, home to several nesting pairs of the rare, endemic black paradise flycatcher. Horse riding is available at L’Union Estate and diving instruction, expeditions and boat trips to tiny Félicité Island (population 12) can be arranged at La Digue Island Lodge.
Mahé is the largest island, and home to 65,000 people. It has the highest mountain ranges in the Seychelles and the world’s smallest capital, Victoria. For a stylish souvenir, Michael Adams, Seychelles’ most famous artist, has a studio/gallery at his home at Anse aux Poules Bleues (00 248 361 006; michaeladamsart.com).
The archipelago’s second-largest island is a 15-minute plane hop from Mahé. It is most famous for the Vallée de Mai (open 8am-5.30pm), a World Heritage Site home to the distinctive coco de mer palm. It is a fascinating, friendly and unspoilt island to explore by foot, bicycle or hire-car. A number of excursions, including cruises, bird-watching and photographic expeditions are available from both Mahé and Praslin.
Where to stay;
North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort
Set on the private North Island in the Seychelles, this exclusive hotel offers 11 villas along the islands beautiful beaches. The Spa on North Island boasts the use of natural herbal ingredients found on the island, while the various dining options allow you to enjoy the island’s harvest. Villas start from €7,046 (£6,195). All-inclusive. Free Wi-Fi. Children under 17 stay free, however, those between the ages of 17 and 19 years old are charged at €773 (£680) per night.
In addition to the 30-minute complimentary welcome treatment at the spa, guests of North Island benefit from various activities and services included with their stay. These include scuba diving courses and activities, snorkelling in and around North Island, sunset cruises, guided walks and the use of stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks and bicycles. Guests can join in on the group morning yoga class and set out on a shore-based or half-day fishing trip. The use of one island buggy is available per villa.
Tell me that doesn’t sound like the dreamiest of holidays.
I have been trying to think of a new travel series for you guys for so long now and then it just clicked – I haven’t done anything to do with luxury travel in what feels like YEARS so I thought that over the next 10 weeks or so I would provide you with the most expensive travel destinations the world has to offer. By now you should all know that I am a dreamer so this is series should not be a surprise to anyone. I think it’d be so cool for me to look back at series like this in 10 years time and do updates on the places that I used to blog about once I actually go there, so in a way, I am sort of manifesting it by writing about it. If that makes sense!
So our first stop on this series is Musha Cay. Until now I had literally never heard of this place and then I found out that it’s actually a privately island in the Exuma chain in the southern Bahamas owned by illusionist David Copperfield. The island made it in the most expensive destinations, for this reason, rates start at $42,000 a day for up to 12 persons with a 5-night minimum. Imagine staying an entire week you have spent $294,000 and then 10 days you’d spend $420,00. Do you know how insane that is???? One vacation. That money can buy you a good size 5 bedroom family home somewhere in Yorkshire! Within that price, you get all meals and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including fine wines and champagnes) and unlimited use of all island amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, tennis court, volleyball, swimming pool, and billiards. A night at Dave’s Drive-in is also included, HOWEVER transportation to and from Musha Cay, international telephone calls, massage, deep-sea fishing, special entertainment such as fireworks, musical groups, and a custom treasure hunt are not included.
In my lifetime, I have known there to be 3 different versions of the seven wonders of the world. Of the original Seven Wonders, sadly, only the Great Pyramids of Giza remains – the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes have all faded to dust.
I first heard of the seven wonders of the world when I was in year 7 in geography, however, this list included Mount Everest, Victoria Falls, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Great Barrier Reef, Paricutin Volcano, the Grand Canyon and the Northern Lights. Then today whilst writing this blog post, it came to my attention that there is a New7 Wonders of the World and apparently this was an initiative started in Switzerland in 2000 as a Millennium project. The aim was to cast a worldwide open vote to select the ‘Wonders of the World’ from 200 monuments of global recognition and these are the 7 places that received the most votes.
I feel like the title is a little misleading because I obviously cannot physically buy a world landmark but what I actually meant was that, if I ever won the lottery I would love to go on a month-long trip touring these places. For as long as I can remember I have loved history, I love asking questions and learning how the world came to be and those are some of the things that travelling offers – travelling is such an amazing way to educate yourself and fully immerse yourself into another culture. A well-travelled person to me always seems so much more open-minded and that’s why I don’t just want to travel as much as possible but I need to, it’s a must! How amazing would it be to spend the month travelling across 3 different continents, visiting 7 different countries? Imagine the stories you’ll have to tell your children. This is the perfect honeymoon idea or anniversary trip! This is the trip of a lifetime.
THE NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
DAY 1-3; COLOSSEUM, ROME, ITALY
DAY 4-7; PETRA, ARABIAN DESERT, JORDAN
DAY 8- 11; TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA
DAY 12- 15; GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA
DAY 16- 19; CHICHÉN ITZA, YUCATAN, MEXICO
DAY 20 -23; MACHU PICCHU, ANDEAN MOUNTAINS, PERUVIAN AMAZON
DAY 24 – 27; CHRIST THE REDEEMER, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Welcome to the last part of my two weeks in Europe 🙁
Barcelona was everything that I had ever imagined it to be and so much more, I honestly cannot wait for this pandemic to be over so I can go and live my best life in this city again! Like most girls my age, Cheetah girls two introduced me to Barcelona, I remember me and my friends always used to say that when we go to Barcelona together one day we would recreate the “strut” video from the film. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance last year, we were short of another member, but rest assured I will recreate that video in the next 3 years, even if it kills me!
Barcelona was so incredible I don’t even know where to start. It was the perfect way to end our road trip! The people – 10/10, the vibe – 10/10, the weather – 10/10, the food – 10/10 and the people 10/10! We loved every single minute in Barcelona, some of much that we were willing to sleep on the beach for two more nights before going back to Luxembourg, however, we later found out that it was illegal (loool) and thank god because I’m sure that we all know from my blog that I would not last a day in a normal prison let alone foreign one!
So our air bnb was on the beach, however, it was located outside of the city but still within Arenys de mar. Which if you are going to something like this, I would highly recommend. Obviously accommodation outside the cities was a lot cheaper and the great thing about that was the fact that we really got to experience all the different cultures in a more authentic way if that makes sense. Because when you think about it, most people that go to Barcelona are tourists so the city is obviously going to cater to what tourists want to see, but with us being outside it, I just feel like everything was just a little more Spanish! Do you know what I mean?? And do you know how I know this?? Because the sangria in central Barcelona was a lot more watered down, a lot more expensive and did not taste like the one from the bars outside our apartment! And the same went for the food!
Every single day we spent in Barcelona was incredible! Days filled with sand, sun, good people and of course SANGRIA. My favourite day by far had to have been the boat ride! We met so the best people who had some amazing travel stories to tell. They even inspired me to continue doing my blog, to continue telling my story of how I see the world and that’s the reason as to why travelling will always hold such a special place in my heart, it’s so weird how strangers you meet during your travels can have such a huge impact on the way you see life.
I honestly cannot express to you how amazing this entire trip was for me, as I am writing out this last post in my series I am literally in tears. God has blessed me abundantly in the last 3 years and I cannot thank him enough for providing me with this life. I know that we’re in quarantine rn and you may be finding it hard but trust me when I say that gratitude is key to life. Although we may not always see it, we all have at least one thing to be grateful for! Practise gratitude daily and see how much of a positive impact it will have on your life! How can you expect opportunities or blessings to come your way if you cannot be already grateful for what’s in from of you?
In case you didn’t get the hint, I’d 100% recommend Barcelona!
Ever since I was little I always thought that the first time I’d see the Arc De Triomphe it would be in Paris, because my uncultured self always thought that the only place you could ever see it would be in Paris, I mean it is one of it’s most famous landmarks! However, the first time I actually saw such a beautiful piece of architecture was in Montpellier – in the south of France. Legend has it that the arch was designed by François Dorbay, after the model of the Porte Saint-Denis in Paris. Makes sense right?
When my cousin first told me that we were going to the south of France I was expecting us to hit the French Riviera and that we’d either go to Nice or Marseille or even Saint Tropez – Saint Tropez is one destination that has been on my travel bucket list for the longest time! Montpellier was never in my mind, mainly because I had never heard of it, but I think that’s what I loved most about this trip – the fact that I was going to places that I myself would have never thought to go to and for that reason, I am so grateful that that is how I spent my summer. Whenever people ask me where I went last year and I tell them some of the places that I went to they’re literally so confused and asking “where is that?”
So I think we actually spent two days and three nights in Montpellier and OMG I wish I still had footage from our apartment because I kid you not that place was haunted! It looked like something out of the conjuring series and I am not even over exaggerating! Let’s just say, it was an experience loool. The entire two days in Montpellier were super chill, we went to the beach fir day one and just spent the day catching a tan and then for the second day we spent it inside and then we went out later that night. The second night was when we really saw Montpellier, I don’t know why but seeing a city you don’t know at night, drunk is something that everyone needs to experience because the videos and pictures I have on my phone of my cousin and I are so funny, I actually cannot deal, every picture is either blurry or the completely wring angle but I guess its the memories that count right?
Here are some links if you guys ever wanna travel to Montpellier;
Guys, I think you should all applaud me for my consistency. The last time I posted regularly like this was 2017, a whole THREE YEARS ago.
Anyways, welcome back to my European road trip, we’re still in Italy – in Milan – the economic heart of Italy, a city known for its thriving fashion industry and some of the world’s famous artworks, such as Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘last supper’. The city offers an unusual mix of historical and modern architecture.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like 24 hours in Milan is enough to be quiet honest with you, this is a city break that you go to for like a weekend, nothing more. We had originally planned to stay in Milan for a total of 3 days but we were so in love with Lake Como that we only spent a day in this city so we could spend as much time as possible in Como. What I loved about this place is that fact that busses are completely free (the U.K. needs to take tips) and the trams/ train/ tube or whatever they were are super cheap – for a day trip in any zone it only cost us 2.50 euros. But whilst travelling and going from place to place I’d advise you to learn basic Italian to ask for directions or use google translate because really and truly, asking people for hotspots or where to go was a struggle. As nice as Italians are, most of them are not fluent in English so don’t leave anywhere without google translate and access to wifi/ data!
I have always wanted to go to Milan, I mean come on, it is the city of fashion but as much as I adored the architecture, Milan was not everything that I hoped it would be, but then again that might be because whenever I see people in Milan it’s for fashion weeks. The city itself is very chill, packed as you can imagine seeing as it is a touristy place but when you make go sure you have MONEY. The cocktails and restaurants in this city are $$$ and let’s not forget about the fact that you’re surrounded by luxury fashion boutiques. As soon as I stepped foot into the city centre I just knew in my head that I was destined to be a rich woman! Everything I saw I wanted 😪
So part three of my road trip takes us to Lake Como and Milan! Lake Como by far was my favourite stop on the trip. It is so incredibly beautiful, I cannot deal. I had always seen this place all over my Tumblr and Twitter feed but never did I think that last year would be the year that I get to go! I have never seen a place this beautiful, if I ever have a destination wedding it has to be here – name me a better combination than a view to die for as well as Italian food. I kid you not, Italian food slaps x100 in Italy – Carbonara, lasagna, seafood, ice cream – everything! I can’t wait for corona to be over so I can go back and take a picture with my long island and the view behind me.
WordPress never lets me upload my video’s, it always converts it into a link which is so freaking annoying so, I found this video on youtube which almost translates the beauty of this place.
Originally Lake Como was just meant to be a pit stop before our final destination – Milan, but we fell in love with it so much that we ended up going back for a second day and we toured the small town of Varenna. I think the thing I love most about this place is the architecture, the colourful buildings and the way they’re built, with the scenes of the Lake and the mountains, it is so BREATHTAKING. One noticeable thing about Como is the fact that one, the roads are very narrow so please drive responsibly and safely, another that noticed is the fact that there are no streets, which I think makes the place that much more authentic and I truly hope that it stays like this forever. Everything here is exactly how you would envision Italy to be. Interesting fact; if a homeowner or property owner ever wishes to paint their property they have to ask for permission first.
Although places like Como are used to tourists, I was a little apprehensive when we first arrived because I have heard so many stories of Italy being a racist country and I thought that by going to a place like Como, I’d experience some level of verbal abuse in relation to my complexion, however everyone we came across was so lovely and welcoming. We did receive a couple of stares but I think that was solely due to everyone being shocked by our beauty. We were GLOWING that day. What can I say, the Italian sun just goes well with us!
This place has to be in your top 10 for places to travel after this Pandemic, everything about it is 10/10. The people – 10/10, the food – 10/10, the cocktails – 10/10 and the scenery a solid 10/10!
Welcome to part two of my European Roadtrip! So our first official stop was Saarbrücken, again I had to get schooled on my geography because I thought that this place was in Germany, which technically it is but it actually isn’t at the same time. It is basically the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany and Saarland is a forested, southwestern German state bordered by France and Luxembourg. Saarbrücken is known to be a place where you will get a combination of both French and German influences.
This was just a pit stop though before we started our actual journey, you see you have to do a ton of prep before you start a 2-week adventure, you need to make sure you have all the essentials aka alcohol and snacks (my dry humour is the worst). On a more serious note tho, I have to say this city is so beautiful as you can see from the pictures above the streets are pretty af, are you guys seeing the pastel-coloured walls??? I am obsessed!! I can’t really say anything about this place because we were only there for a matter of hours, however, I have attached a link above this text for you guys in case you’re curious and want to actually go there yourselves.
The next morning we FINALLY began road trip and it took us about 8 hours I think to get from Saarbrücken to Liechtenstein and I have to applaud Julian because I don’t know how he did it, I’m the type of person that as soon as I get in a car or coach I instantly fall asleep. If you want me to be quiet just get me in a car and I’ll KO within 10 minutes. So if I ever do this again I can never be the designated driver because really and truly that is an accident waiting to happen. And I am being deadly serious, ask any of my family members, they get annoyed at me every single time! It’s so weird because I can have the best sleep ever but as soon as I know I’m gonna be in the car for longer than 30 minutes I’m gone.
We made a pitstop in a little village called Dunningen and we walked into this little Cafe and I kid you not it was as if these people had never seen black people in their lives. The stares my cousin and I received, I felt like I was a celebrity or something, these people were so fascinated by the idea that we were in their village – more time they were probably scared we were gonna rob them looool. But I guess that’s something you have to be cautious with when road tripping in Europe as a person of colour, you need to be careful where you go and stop because unlike the U.K. where people are covertly racist in Europe people are overtly racist so you need to be prepared – I have been lucky enough to have never experienced any form of racism whilst on holiday in Europe, thank god but I feel like one day I will definitely do a blog post on the most dangerous/ safest places for black people to travel because I know a lot of us love travelling but sometimes we have to be careful where we go because we don’t want to end up in any sticky situations.
One thing I need you guys to understand is that Switzerland is EXPENSIVE so please if you don’t have money money don’t even bother because you are literally going to bankrupt yourself, the food prices in this place are ridiculous. We went to an Italian restaurant for lunch and I think between the three of us we spend around 278 euros and we got 3 plates of pasta, a cheese platter and 3 glasses of white wine. To this day that is the most I have ever spent in a restaurant. I even remember when I did work experience at Latham the lawyers there always spoke about how expensive Switz is and I mean I was mentally prepared but I was still in shock, imagine a shot of expresso starts at 7 euros!! This place is literally made for the rich, there’s no space for poverty loooool.
Our first night was pretty chill, we ordered takeout (we really took in the culture as you can see) and we played drinking games. I don’t know about you but that was the best way to start the trip, we learnt so much about each other and had the best time! This was also the first time I actually got crashed the boat aka got super drunk. The night ended with me in falling asleep with my head in the toilet and everytime my friends tell me about that day I cringe a little inside – compared to my friends I’m a heavyweight but that day I really overestimated myself. The next day I woke up STILL drunk and we went on what I would call mine and Yolanda’s version of a hike, which would be driving up mountains instead of walking a trail and taking cute pictures hahaha (we share genes so we think alike).
I feel like this is so cliche and people always say it but there’s something so peaceful about being surrounded by the mountains. I just felt so at peace. The views there are so scenic, pictures and videos do not do Liechtenstein justice, until I go to an island this will remain to be the most beautiful place I have visited!