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How To Deal With The Holiday Blues

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Okay you've been on a pretty amazing maybe even life changing vacation and you are now back at home and back to reality, how to deal with those pesky pangs of longing for the better days of your vacation. Here are some tips that helped me to get through my recent holiday blues and that I am hopeful will be helpful to anyone out there who is having or has had similar feelings after an amazing and well deserved break.

  • First and foremost you want to indulge in some serious self care, this can take many forms, physical or mental. Things like pampering yourself with simple little things, maybe a manicure / pedicure or a luxurious long soak in the bath, reading a new or favourite book, maybe finishing that holiday read that you took with you. 
  • Treat yourself to a lovely meal, so you may not have many spare pennies after said holiday but you can perhaps learn to recreate any delicious meals that you were lucky enough to sample on holiday or maybe you have a favourite smoothie that you had during your vacation that you can also try to recreate to give you those holiday vibes!
  • Organise your travel treasures and photographs, There is nothing quite as uplifting than reminiscing about your recent travels, and organising your souvenirs that you picked up on holiday and finding them a new home. Also creating a lovely digital album or indeed one full of printed pictures can help lift the mood
  • Plan your next trip! yes you may not really know when or where your next trip will be but you can always start planning ahead even if it is only in your head. Creating a vision or mood board is also a great way to make you feel like you are planning your next trip without actually having to spend a penny doing so. You can also start doing some light research into things to do and places to go in your dream destination.
  • Journal; Writing down your experiences about your recent trip is a great way to help you put things into perspective and relive the best bits of your trip without having to annoy other people about what a great time you had on your vacation!

What things do you do to help you get through the holiday blues?

 

                                                             ~E xx

Isla Mujeres; The Island Of Women

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So for the past two weeks I have been on the tropical Island of Isla Mujeres a little island off the coast of Cancun Mexico. This has been my fourth time visiting this beautiful little gem of tropical paradise and I can honestly say that it won't be my last. We (my best girl friend and I) arrived after an eleven hour long flight from the UK, this was my friend's first time to Mexico and the first time to the Island so I was very excited to show her around. It takes around 15 minutes from the main airport in Cancun to Puerto Juarez which is the ferry that you take to the beautiful Island of Isla Mujeres. The ferry itself takes approximately 18 minutes from Cancun to the Island. once on the Island we were keen to check into our hotel, Hotel Isleno as we had arrived in the sweltering heat. As soon as we had settled into our rooms , we decided to go on a little exploratory trip and get some dinner on the main strip which was a stones throw from our hotel. We decided to go to a great restaurant called Asia Caribe which has some of the best asian food on the island, now I know what you must be thinking, we went to Mexico to eat asian food?! but such is the diversity on the island. We had some drinks and drunken noodles and called it a night soon afterwards.

Isla Mujeres, roughly translates to the Island of Women in Spanish and back in the day was a bonafide pirate island and there are still ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. To the north of the island is the downtown area, beaches, beach clubs and multiple restaurants and shops selling local items, souvenirs and keepsakes. To the south of the Island you have more of a feel for local life with where most of the local population live. Also on this part of the island you have the turtle farm and sanctuary, beach clubs and rental properties and villas. there is also Garrafon park at which you can experience some of the southern coastline and sculptures from local artists as well as the statue of goddess Ixchel.

The Island is full of lovely and varied cuisine, which caters to all tastes from plant based to those who eat meat. The locals are a very friendly mix of Mexicans and expats that have settled here to open businesses and restaurants. The beaches on this island are absolutely stunning, miles of powdery white sand and turquoise clear water. There are sometimes no words to describe the beauty of this special place. It is definitely my favourite destination to go for a very chilled and relaxing holiday where doing nothing is not a problem!

What is your favourite tropical destination?

 

                                                                ~E xx

How To Holiday In The Tropics

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As I sit here on a rainy day in the Caribbean in a cafe, I am thinking of how to share my experience of how to holiday in a tropical location especially if you're someone who has never visited the tropics before or are going after a long time. On arrival at your destination it's a good idea to unpack your bags and set up your things as if you were at home, this will give you the comfort of being at home without actually being there. Next thing to do is to get washed and ready for the day or night ahead, try and familiarise yourself with your surroundings by talking to some of the locals or asking for information at your hotel's reception desk. Things that you can get information on include where the best places to eat are, any tours that are available and also any local attractions that are worth seeing like ruins, cultural places of significance this. doing this will give you a head start on enjoying your holiday in knowing where to go and what to expect when you get there. It is also a good idea to know these things in advance if for instance you suffer from anxiety like I do it makes a massive difference. 

Being in the tropics is always going to be quite hot and humid so come prepared, don't forget to bring loads of sunscreen and toiletries. keep cool as much as possible and make sure to stay hydrated but most of all don't forget to enjoy the sights and explore, talk to people and have good fun after all it's not everyday that you get to travel to a tropical paradise so make the most of it and enjoy the time that you are blessed to spend there. 

In my next post I will be covering the beautiful tropical eco travel destination that I have been so lucky to stay on and explore whilst writing this post, it truly is a gem so much so that I have been coming back here for years.

What things do you do to help you holiday in a tropical location?

                                                      ~E xx

Summer Holiday Checklist

With Summer finally here and with most people planning a getaway at some point this season, I thought it would be nice to put together a checklist of things that you could do in preparation for summer travels or even a staycation. Sometimes the preparation that comes with planning a getaway is half the fun and can really help to get you in the mindset of gong away and having a lovely time. Not to mention the good feeling that comes with knowing that you are thoroughly prepared and ready for your holiday.

  • Write Lists; It is good practice to write a few lists in preparation for your holiday things you can include on your list are things to pack in your luggage or things that need to be done before your trip
  • Have a self care session / Pamper day; Set aside a day or two when you can treat yourself to some pamper sessions in preparation for the holiday. Personal self care can be fun and a good way to unwind and relax after a long day. Things you can do are: treat yourself to a pedicure and manicure, have a long luxurious soak in the bath, haircare, moisturise and look after your skin, have a facial, listen to some relaxing chilled music that gets you in the holiday mood.
  • Eat Healthy; No one wants to go on holiday and feel bloated or spotty and everyone would love to look their best on holiday. It makes sense then to eat as healthily as you possibly can in the lead up to the holiday to ensure that you are looking and feeling your best in those holiday outfits and swimwear we all love. So that means more organic whole foods and less processed fare.
  • Get Organised; Planning things to wear and putting together holiday outfits can be a fun way to get ready for your getaway. It is also great for ensuring that you only pack what you really need and get rid of bulk. Getting your paperwork sorted out also gives you peace of mind that your journey will go smoothly.
  • Cosy and Clean; making sure your home and your surroundings are cosy and clean, well organised and clutter free is a great way to ensure that your return is as pleasant and stress free as possible. I mean who wants to walk through the door after a long journey home to a messy and uninviting environment? that just makes things stressful and we need a continuity of calm and relaxation on our return home from what will have been a stress free getaway.
  • Look Forward; Having a holiday to look forward to tends to put us at ease no matter what else is going on in our lives so indulge in those feelings and enjoy as it's good for your mental health.

What things do you like to do to prepare for a holiday / vacation?