Kos, Greece

Mum & I were itchy after our roadtrip to the south, wanting a little abroad type of deal. A skyscanner search found reasonable flights to Kos, leaving on exactly the dates we were after. A hotel 10 minutes walk from the islands most glorious beach was swiftly booked. So had it, a gals holiday to Greece with Mum. 

Climbing Snowdon

Few facts about Snowdon: 1. Highest mountain in England & Wales. 2. 1058 m/3560 ft high. 3. 8 miles there & back. 4. It's beautiful

I've always wanted to climb it. Like, always. I text my Australian bff, Alex, a couple of days before & said 'Hey, wanna climb Snowdon next Sunday?', he quickly replied 'Yeah, sure', with little idea what he was letting himself in for. Now, Snowdon is a pretty high & tough mountain to climb. People train for it, rescue helicopters are constantly whirring round it & people frequently die whilst climbing. Alex & I went with absolutely no experience in climbing anything before. Kitted out only with backpacks full of haribo, munchies, squashies, galaxy counters & a small bottle of water between us. Absolute pros, some would say. 

Quarry Bank Mill

Since I have such a deep love for being outside, seeing beautiful places & gorgeous old buildings, it's no surprise I love National Trust properties. Therefore, it's no surprise I'm a member. And a pretty proud one at that. Twenty-two going on eighty-two and what not. I wouldn't change it, going to put the badge in my car anytime too, just to really show off my cool-kid status. 

Quarry Bank Mill has been on my list of NT places to visit for a while, google really did a pretty good sell to me. It was a beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon in England, so the three of us bundled into the car and headed off for a walk and a (very satisfying) photography session. 

Exploring Cambridge

The last stop on our tour of the south was Cambridge. After 2 hour drive from Oxford & a trip to Bicester village on the way, we arrived at our last destination. We sadly only had a few hours here as we (I) had to face a gruelling 5 hour drive home afterwards, so we made it short but sweet. 

Harry Potter locations in Oxford

The 3rd stop on our roadtrip of the south was Oxford. Known for its excessive house prices, prestigious university, and many, many Harry Potter locations. I naturally scoured our as many as we could in our very limited time there & got a lil' too giddy at the thought.. Like, am I dreaming? I am actually fortunate enough to have been brought up with the most magical series going, but then I can actually go driving around this majestic country with my wonderful Mum & spend my time finding certain locations featured in my fave films..? Surreal. 

The dreamy Cotswolds

By now, we all know I love the countryside. So, on a tour of the south, the Cotswolds had to make a rather large appearance. Countryside, greenery & gorgeous houses in abundance. It was every bit as perfect as I had imagined it to be, & more.

Falling in love with Bath

Mum & I recently embarked on a road trip of the south. We're so lucky to live so central in the country. Either end is a maximum 5 hour drive away, at most. It's so easy to drive around & explore, yet we hadn't done it before. 22 years here & most of it has gone unseen. We had a lil research, picked out a few places, booked a few hotels & set off. Just us two, my car, tonnes of snacks (imperative) & Spotify. 5 days, seeing a different city each day. Our first stop was Bath. 

Summer at Speke Hall

I'll admit I'm a little bit in love with nature. Ok, alot in love. Being outdoors, seeing all the perfect, natural wonders of the world entwined in one another, creating a calming & utterly overwhelmingly perfect place makes me too happy. Saying this, it's pretty obvious I'm partial to a National Trust outing (or three). Not you're average 22 year old's idea of a good day out, but nevertheless. Some like alcohol, I like the outdoors.