The Best Instagram Travel Accounts To Follow.

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Hello beautiful! 🙂

I hope you are doing well.

Thought I’d share a couple of my favourite Instagram travel accounts with you today.

I find these girls so inspiring and I absolutely love their pictures. Such an adventurous bunch! 🙂

1. @slj_gone_walkabout

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2. @leahliyah

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3. @helloemilie

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4. @theworldupcloser

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5. @worldwanderlust

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And of course not forgetting yours truly…

6. @diana_ratemo

🙂
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Always be kind.

Dee.

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5 Reasons To Travel Off The Beaten Path.

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Travelling off the beaten path doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out there in search of an island that nobody has ever heard of before. It’s simply choosing to explore beautiful places that usually don’t get as much hype as Paris and the likes.

Also, it’s very important to choose destinations not because they are popular, but because they have the kind of environment you’ve always wanted to be in.

Like if I was given the opportunity to visit either London or Cappadocia, I’d choose the latter because of how much I adore nature! 🙂

Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider travelling off the beaten path:

1. Less crowded.

Nobody likes crowds.

2. Way cheaper.

Mostly if it’s within your region.

3. Authentic experience.

These places have very few expats living there and therefore the experience you get is quite raw. From the cuisines, to the interactions you’ll have with the locals and everything else in between.

4. Everything is fresher.

The air. The food. More like a little bit of heaven.

5. Feels more like home.

Off-the-beaten-path destinations are usually calmer, quieter, peaceful and more private than popular tourist spots.

Always be kind.

Dee.

A Guide On How To Plan Your Trip.

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This post is in reference to the trips I took to Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime last year.

It was my first time organising a (any, actually) trip all by myself. And it was all last-minute.

It was a Monday, I remember. Woke up on the best side of the bed! 🙂 And decided that I wanted to go to Moscow the next day. So I went ahead and bought my ticket… right away in fact! I had no idea where I was gonna stay. Had no itinerary. Hadn’t packed. Nothing! All I knew was that I wanted to head to St. Petersburg as well after a short stay in Moscow. Ha! 🙂

I thought everything would magically fall into place within 24 hours. You know…

Let’s just say that the hours until my departure were an emotional turmoil.

There were times when I got frustrated because I wasn’t getting immediate email replies to confirm my accommodation. Teared up once or twice. Thought of cancelling the whole thing. But I’m so glad I didn’t.

Because it turned out to be the best time I’ve ever had! 🙂

So here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next trip:

1. Destination.

First of all you need to determine which place(s) you want to visit. Town, City, Country. Find out if you need to apply for a visa if you’re planning to fly out of the country.

2. Date.

Then choose the precise dates for you trip. Because you need them for the step below.

3. Accommodation.

Now figure out where you’ll be staying. Hostel, hotel or home? For how long? Call or email them to make a reservation. ALWAYS make a reservation.

4. Transport.

Time to book your ticket. Plane, train or bus? You pick. 🙂

5. Itinerary.

And the fun part begins… planning your activities! Find out what amazing things the new town/country has to offer, list them down and schedule them for the number of days you’re going to be there. Make sure to spread them out evenly.

Any more tips you’d love to share? Please do write them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your opinions. 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

A Guide On Staying Healthy.

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There are a number of things that I’m passionate about. And this blog is all about sharing those little things that put a smile on my face with you.

So, let’s talk about health today, shall we? 🙂

Living a healthy life means more that just being disease-free. It is a holistic term used to define physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social well-being.

It’s very important to take time out for yourself. To nurture. To forgive. To love. To complement. To improve. To correct. To reward yourself.

And always remember to be your biggest fan! 🙂

Here are a couple of ways to take care of yourself:

1. Physically.

Try to have a balanced diet with just enough portions of food throughout your day. Exercise daily. Walking counts (I love walking! 🙂 ). Have enough rest and sleep, because your body needs it. Also, avoid bad habits like smoking and drinking.

2. Emotionally.

NOTHING is worth stressing over, because there’s always, ALWAYS somebody elsewhere having it rougher than you. So instead of feeling sorry for yourself, count all your blessings. Being alive. Breathing without support. Walking without aid. Being able to see. Count them all and watch yourself slowly smile at the realization of how lucky you are.

3. Spiritually.

Clear your mind. Meditate. Be thankful. Forgive. Be at peace.

4. Mentally.

Be occupied in productive work. I normally sleep much better after a fruitful day. Plus avoid unnecessary stress.

5. Socially.

Never ever feel like you have to conform to social norms. Be confidently and unapologetically different. Embrace yourself. Love yourself. Flaws and all. Those are what make you unique. Those are what make you, YOU.

Are there any other tips you’d love to share? Please write them down in the comment section below. I’d love to read them.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

My Favourite Breakfasts.

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Hey lovely ones! 🙂

I hope you are all well.

I thought I’d mix it up a bit today and share something else that’s very close to my heart…breakfast!

I love breakfast. It’s my favourite meal of the day. I, especially, love it during the weekends and holidays because I get to take my time in preparing, as well as indulging in the yumminess!

Here are pictures of a couple of my favourite breakfasts:

1. French Toast & Waffles.

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2. Crêpes.

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3. Croissant.

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4. Cereal.

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5. Sandwich.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

Top 5 Things To Do In Naivasha.

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Happy new year everyone! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed your holidays and stayed safe. I enjoyed mine. Mostly indoors since it’s freezing cold outside.

Naivasha is a favorite holiday destination for many Kenyans as is offers the sort of tranquility you’d expect in the countryside, as well as a range of other outdoor activities you can engage in.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you a couple of things that you should definitely do if you are ever in Naivasha:

1. Go boat riding.

Read more about this here.

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2. Visit Hell’s Gate National Park.

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3. Explore these beautiful gorges.

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4. Go camping.

Read more about this here.

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5. Admire the wildlife.

Read more about this here.

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Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Save Money While Travelling.

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Being frugal comes naturally when you’re a student. Especially if your income is limited yet you have dreams of seeing the whole freaking world.

So when you finally save up just enough cash to make that trip you’ve been planning for months, you need to be extra careful with how you spend each penny.

Here are a couple of ways to help you minimise your expenditure during your trip:

1. Live at the centre.

Saves you lots of time and money since you don’t need to commute as opposed to living at the outskirts of a town.

2. Walk.

It’s the best way to see new places and experience new things.

3. Picnic.

Buy yourself a bunch of fruits, water, some healthy packed food and head out to the park. That should cost you around $5. Plus views and fresh air.

4. Partner up.

For those deals and discounts. You know. 😉

5. Take the overnight bus.

It’s the cheapest way to travel between two cities and you also get a free “bed” for the night.

Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip.

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When it comes to road trips, my most favourite things are the views! 🙂

It’s almost as if you are going through countless mini-destinations before getting to THE ONE. You know, like the appetizer before the main course. A lil’ extra side dish, if you will. Okay, okay… Hahah! I’m gonna stop now. 🙂

Here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next road trip:

1. Good company.

If you have a say in this, make sure you pick people who bring out the best in you and vice versa.

2. Comfort is key.

Go for loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. And remember to keep warm if it’s cold, especially during the morning and evening hours.

3. Cue the music.

Carry your favourite playlists along with you because you can’t always rely on the radio.

4. Stock the snacks.

Potato crisps, banana crisps, apples, grapes, passion fruits, groundnuts, water, juice… pretty much everything you can carry.

5. Camera…check.

Lastly, you’ll need to find a way to keep the memories of your trip. And what better way to do that than to take lots of pictures. So make sure your cameras and phones are fully charged and ready to go! 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

5 Easy Steps To A Happy Day.

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It’s all about how you start your morning.

You need to take the first couple of minutes of each day to nourish your mind, body and soul. Make yourself feel loved and taken care of. Then, and only the will you feel like you can conquer the world.

Here are a couple of things that I usually try to incorporate into my mornings:

1. Start with gratitude.

While still under my blanket, I whisper a little prayer that’s mostly all about how thankful I am for a new day, personal blessings and new opportunities.

2. Good music.

My kind of morning-music is a mix of Gospel and Afro-Pop! 🙂

3. Break a sweat.

I love jogging. But since it’s winter right now, I kinda skip this part. *hides face*

4. Freshen up.

Nothing feels as good as a warm shower in the a.m.

5. Never forget your breakfast.

And lastly, fill your belly with some healthy energy-packed meal. Cereal is always a good idea! 😉

Always be kind.

Dee.