Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Where I Stayed!

Last week I went to New York City and it was amazing. I went with my best friend and we stayed at The Gallivant Times Square I know booking hotels can be stressful and sometimes a hit or miss so I thought I would share my thoughts on my stay in New York.

When we arrived, the staff were nice and friendly. Checking in was quick and easy and off we went to our room. The location of the hotel was literally a stone throw away from time square, it was such a good location and easy access to subways too.

The room was clean, and someone came in daily to change the towels and have a tidy. The bathroom was regularly cleaned and looked fresh. The only issue I found was the room was so hot, on our first night we had to call to have someone turn off the heaters in the room. Even thought the heater was off there was still hot air coming in so had to open the window a lot, but it was freezing outside, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

The room we had was on the 5th floor and opposite the lifts, so you could hear quite a lot in the hall way. It wasn’t constant, but people don’t seam to have consideration for others, bang around and shout in the hallway. That didn’t particularly bother us, but on the last two nights the person next to us spoke on the phone so loudly you could clearly hear ever single word she said. It was a room joined with a door so wasn’t the best. Due to her talking loudly until all hours for our last night we moved to a different room, but this room was next to a lift so did hear that all night. We just left the tv on and put it on sleep mode, found it easier to sleep that way.

The overall vibe of the hotel was good, everyone was friendly and helpful. They also ordered us a private car to the airport for our desired time and we could store our case there for $2 each.

Based on my experience I would rate the hotel as a 7/10. This is mainly because of the heating system and the noise from the hall way and next door. It was fine for a base as we spent all day out exploring but I didn’t have a great sleep while there, I was woken every night by noises or early in the morning. I’m the kind of person who needs a good night sleep. I would probably stay here again because the location was so good, and the hotel was so clean. I hope this helps for anyone who is planning a visit to New York City.  the-gallivant-times-square



Lifestyle, Travel

London: Day Trip!

I went on a day trip to London with college. We went to have a look around Coven Garden and see a show.

We arrived around midday and had just over 2 hours to do as we pleased before we had to meet back up to see a show. We had a little look around and took some photos. We went just before Christmas and the decorations were so pretty.


We went for food at Pasta Brown, I think they only have one restaurant in London. It was a little pricey but 100% worth it. The food was incredible. I had Penne Fiorentina (baby spinach, mozzarella, garlic and tomato sauce) and it was the best pasta I have ever had. Everyone really enjoyed there meal.


After food we went and met everyone else at the Savoy Theatre to watch Dream Girls. To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to the show because I didn’t know what it was about, apparently there was a film with Beyoncé but I haven’t seen it. But the show was amazing. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the storyline and the songs. I would recommend seeing this show if you can it’s really worth it.


We headed straight home after the show, it was a long drive home took around 5 hours with traffic. I did have such a lovely day and can’t wait to go back to London soon.



Madrid: Vegetarian Food Recommendations!

Being vegetarian It can be hard to find places to eat when I go away on holiday. I did a lot of research before I went to ensure we had a lot of choices of places to eat that could accommodate me. All the places I recommend are good for meat eaters too.

Goika Grill

We ate here on our first night. Goika Grill is a burger place, all the burgers on the menu you could have as a veggie burger. I would recommend booking online as it does get busy. If you have a normal burger you can have to cooked like a steak, rare, medium or well done.


Paperboy Hotdogs

As it says in the name this is a hot dog restaurant and they do tofu hot dogs. You pick the one you want from the menu and then pick the type of hot dog you want. We had fully loaded onion rings and the hot dogs were 3 for the price of 2. This was such good value for money and very filling.



Cereal Hunters

Perfect for breakfast, you can literally get all different types of cereal and different colour milk. I really enjoyed this place.

La Pecera

This had to be the best ice cream I have ever had. I had chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone in the shape of a fish, with white chocolate and little chocolate bears. My boyfriend had salted caramel, with chocolate sauce, nuts and cookies.


La Huerta de Almeria

This was a vegan and vegetarian restaurant and it was delicious. We came across this place by accident and I’m so glad we did, this was my favourite meal in Madrid. You could see everything being freshly made. I would defiantly pop here if you visit Madrid.



City Break in Madrid!

I do love a city break, so decided to book one for my boyfriend’s birthday. I wanted to go somewhere that had lots to do, nice weather and good food. So, I decided on Madrid. The week before we went they had a crazy heat wave with highs of 40 degrees, thankfully it cooled down a little before we went.


We stayed in the Axel Hotel and we loved it. It’s very quirky and a great location. The staff were lovely and helpful throughout our entire stay. The room was spacious and clean. We slept really well throughout the entire stay, the doors and windows were really thick, so you couldn’t hear a sound. There is a rooftop bar, with a pool and a beautiful view of Madrid. It’s worth every penny and I would defiantly recommend staying here if you visit Madrid.


Travel Pass:

We decided to get a metro pass for 5 days which was 27 euros. This allowed up to travel all over Madrid on the metro, bus, train and get from and to the airport. I feel like we got to see a lot more having this pass and do everything we wanted to.  


We did a lot of sightseeing and enjoyed all Madrid had to offer. We visited Royal Palace of Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Temple of Debod, Market of San Miguel, Puerta de Alcala, Palacio de Cristal, El Rastro flee market, Zoo and Aquarium. At Parque del Buen Retiro park we went on boat which was so much fun.


Ghost Tour:

My boyfriend wanted to do a Ghost Tour while we were there, for his birthday and he booked one a week before we went. The website was in English, but the confirmation email came in Spanish. We didn’t think much of it at the time. We met them at 8pm to begin the tour where we were told it was a Spanish speaking tour. We didn’t even think about this when we booked it. We gave it go and went to the first two locations but we didn’t have a clue what was going on so we went for a drink instead. So, do be aware that google auto translates website, be careful when booking tours. Luckily it was only 7 euros each so wasn’t that bad.

I would defiantly go back to Madrid for a city break, we had such a good time.



Little Get Away!

Literally the day after I got back from Greece, I went to Tenby for a long weekend. I haven’t really explored Wales before so was excited. My step father’s family own a beautiful caravan just outside Tenby, so they go down there a lot and they always have the best time. I’ve never been off work the same time to be able to go but for the first time in years I was.


We made our way down in the afternoon, I needed to unpack from Greece to repack for this little get away. We arrived around 6pm and my mother took us into Tenby to have a little look around, a walk on the beach and had a chippy tea. Was a really nice and relaxing evening.


We woke up early the next day and had a big breakfast before spending the day exploring. We went to Tenby and took a boat across to Caldey Island. It was stunning and the weather was boiling. We walked to the top of the island where the lighthouse is and bought a lot of fudge that they make and sell on the island, I should have bought more! We spent the day walking around and taking in the beautiful views. We got a boat back to Tenby, went back to the caravan and had a barbeque.



The next day we went to Barafundle Bay, it’s a little bit of a walk to get there but it was totally worth it. It was really quiet when we first arrived but didn’t get that busy throughout the day. Such a beautiful hidden gem. You wouldn’t think you were in wales, the water was so clear and blue, very cold but so clear. We spent the day relaxing on the beach, playing ball games and in the sea. We took a packed lunch too. Of course, we had ice cream on the walk back to the car, it’s not a day at the beach without ice cream.


We spent the rest of the day relaxing and having a few drinks which was lovely. Then we had to make our way home and come back to reality, my mother is there for another week. I am a little jealous especially the weather being so nice.



Greece: Rhodes!

Sometimes you just need a week away in the sun to relax, I love having a holiday to look forward to. We started looking at different places in January, see what deals we could get. We did look at a few different places but finally decided on Greece. I’ve never been there before and loving exploring new places. We looked at a few different areas and finally settled on Rhodes. We stayed in the Amada Colossos Resort.



Our room was stunning, immaculately clean and we were on the 8th Floor. I do love a room with a view.


We were all inclusive which is so nice, no arguments about where we want to go for dinner and endless food and drinks. There was so much food available, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and anything you could want they have. Plus, the food was delicious.  They had 3 restaurants on site that you can book into for free, but needed to be booked the day before and they only take a few reservations. The food was stunning but a bit too fancy for my taste.


The hotel was on the beach front which you could see from the pool. On the other side of the hotel there was a little waterpark too with a lazy river which was nice, we only went there once because it was so busy. We had a view of the waterpark from our room.


We went to the waterpark which was literally a 5-minute walk from our hotel. A little train drove you up the hill for free to the waterpark, because it was up a massive hill the views were incredible. The waterpark was huge, we did a lot of running around and went on every slide so many times. I am a child at heart.


We did book a boat trip to go snorkelling, you must go on a boat on holiday. We were picked up from out hotel and taken to the marina to get the boat. It was a full day out which was nice and they took us to a platform they had in the sea for us to go snorkel off and some others scuba dive. We could come and go in the water all we wanted throughout the day. On the actual boat we were closer to our hotel than the marina so they took us on a little speed boat back to our hotel so we didn’t have to take a pointless journey back to the marina which was nice of them.


The flight was ok, I’m not the best when it comes to being a passenger but it wasn’t too bad. On the way there I just ate my body weight in food and watched episodes of Friends I downloaded before we left. I slept majority of the way back but there was turbulence which put me on edge but wasn’t too bad. I had such an amazing, relaxing holiday, shame the week went so fast.