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What I learned from my solo Greece travel

solo travel Greece

A few months ago an idea of a solo Greece travel adventure popped to my head, pretty much out of nowhere. I’ve only been out on a solo adventure to LA and I was meeting friends there so it was hard to compare the two. Its safe to say I craved an adventure that was 100% out of my comfort zone so I settled for a solo Greece travel and here is what I’ve learned.

If you followed my solo Greece travel on Instagram, you may know that I picked three islands to visit Tinos, Mykonos and Paros. Since Mykonos has the best flight connections from London, it was an obvious choice to book my return flight there and continue the travel further from it.

Transportation

The best thing about travelling through Greece its the abundance of ferry routes. The ferry travel is very comfortable, quick and most of the time inexpensive. The best website to check the routes here, however, you can always purchase your tickets on the day. To be honest I haven’t seen much of a difference in price when booking in advance so don’t worry about planning it too much in advance. I would recommend checking the schedule as some ferries operate only a couple of times a day.

Annoyingly Uber is not a thing in Greece as they have their own taxi operators. Price will depend on the island and the distance and you can expect to pay something like 15 Euros from Mykonos town to the airport and the distance being only 3 miles or so. I didn’t personally take too many taxis as I walked everywhere but its good to check the price when you call them to book your ride.

Busses and coaches are another great way to travel the island especially if you are not able to drive a car like me. Obviously exploring the island will be the easiest in your own car rental but don’t worry if this isn’t an option for you. Ktel busses are a good place to check out the routes and timings and you can always call them to get a price ahead but its usually 2-4 Euros one way depending on the journey distance.

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Safety 

Greece is pretty safe especially the islands. People are friendly and very hospitable willing to help. I would say always keep an eye on your belongings as there may be some pickpocketers around but in all honestly, I felt completely safe and had nothing stolen the entire time. I carried my photo equipment with me at all times and would leave my camera on the tripod during busy times and nobody even paid attention let alone try to rob me.

Language 

Everyone pretty much speaks English but the language barrier is present and I saw it especially with bus drivers. They kept on shouting in Greek and making hand signs so it did weird me out a little bit but I suppose embracing cultural differences is the best part of your travel journey.

Parikia Paros Parikia Paros

Currency

Euro is the main currency but cards are accepted everywhere. I really recommend applying for the Monzo card as it will really save you so much money in the long run as it has the best exchange rates so you never have to change your money again plus its free to use abroad.

Things to do

Hopping islands of Greece as a solo traveller will keep you buys as when you get tired of tanning and lounging by the pool, you can embark on an exploration adventure. So many cute villages to explore and here are some of my must-dos in

Must visit villages of Tinos – Pyrgos, Isternia, Volax

Must visit beaches of Paros – Santa Maria, Golden beach and Kolympithres. I also wrote anotehr post on how to spend few days in Paros.

Must visit beach clubs Mykonos – Scoropios, Paradise Beach club and Jackie O.

I felt that the solo travel in Greece was more on the chill side of things as going out on your own may be litte daunting. There is something to do for everyone so it really depends what are you feeling like. I personally enjoyed taking a break during the day and shooting content in the evennings before going out to dinner.

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Is it worth it

Absolutley! No place in the world like Greece. Not only is the most beautiful to photogrpah but its the home to the frendliest and most hospitable people in the world. I did however feel that Cyclades are more on the comercial side in comaprison to alot of other places I visited but I really had a lovely time.

I have realised that spending time with yourlef is the most valuable thing you can do for yourself. Just allowing yourself the freedom to decide to do whatever you feel like is truly priceless.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and let me know if you have ever been on a similiar adventre.

Lots of love.

Tania x

Beauty

summer hair care tips and how best to protect your hair

summer hair care tips and how best to protect your hair

With summer and hot temperatures here, we often remember to use a generous amount of SPF on our skin to protect it from the harmful UV rays. But how about our hair? I’m excited to share a few summer hair care tips that help me keep my hair healthy and nurtured.

Hair is something that shouldn’t be forgotten especially during the summer months and in addition to our usual hair care routine, it’s smart to add products that protect it when out basking in the sunshine. As you may know, I’m very blessed to be able to travel for work so having access to products that are travel-friendly but very specific to keep my hair healthy and protected whilst away.

I was so happy when label.m came out with the Limited-Edition Sun Edition travel size range in collaboration with House Of Holland. The collection is packed with travel-sized summer hair care essential products to help protect from exposure to harmful solar UV rays, sea and chlorine.

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Having used the collection for the past month, I pretty much don’t leave a house without it especially if I’m going to the beach. Living in LA means that I’m always exposed to the sun and it’s more important than ever to really take care of my hair. Since I got my new chop and started a new hair care routine, my hair never felt healthier and fuller. Plus it’s growing really fast but this is because I have increased my exposure to the sun, therefore, increasing the production of vitamin D in my body.

label.m x House of Holland Summer Collection was inspired by beach babes and dreamers which I found very appealing. Little “dreamy” pouch is a perfect way to take products with me and I love that it’s sand-resistant.

summer hair care tips and how best to protect your hair
I wanted to share the contents with your as well as the benefits these products have on your hair.

The summer collection is a perfect way to protect your hair from getting damaged this summer.

After Sun Cleanser is a gentle shampoo that I use after swimming in either a pool or the sea. It helps to restore hairs natural moisture and repair the thermal damage that the summer environment imposes on the hair. The shampoo lathers great and smells divine and its a perfect way to gain the confidence when knowing that your hair is safe after being exposed to chlorine, sea salt, sand and UV rays.

After Sun Mask is a no-brainer especially when I spend an entire day on a beach. I apply it at least once a week to help hydrate and nurture my hair whilst protecting it from any additional damage that may occur when you spend a longer period of time in the sunshine.

Protein Spray is my long-time favourite label.m product that I use all year around. Its also a perfect detangler and it really acts as a shield that protects my hair from harmful UV rays. I love how light it is and super easy to apply. A truly must-have product that acts as an SPF for your hair.

Sun Protect Oil is perfect to apply after swimming on a wet hair. The oil works as a shine booster and it also works as a shield against UV rays. It’s really lightweight on the hair and it smells so good. It gives my hair shine and its formula is packed with nutrients that help renew the hair and restore any damage caused by environmental factors.

how to protect your hair this summer label.m sun collection summer hair care tips and how best to protect your hair

It’s important to remember that protecting your hair is as important as protecting your skin in the summer so make sure you build a hair care routine that does just that. With the strong LA sun, I can feel safe and confident that my hair is protected round the clock and that I don’t need to enter fall with damaged brittle hair.

I would love to find out your summer hair care routine and if you have any products that you swear by?

This post is in collaboration with label.m however, the experience and opinion are my own.

The Sun Edition Collection can be purchased here can be purchased here.

Tania xxx

London

What to do in London this summer

Rekorderling Bar Southbank London

London offers so much that one will never run out of things to do in the city and the Underbelly Festival Southbank is one of my most recent outings. Taking the amount of fun we had into consideration, I had to share it with you guys as a must visit the festival in London this summer.

Current sizzling temperatures leave us little choice, but to find a fun festival with a great outdoor space and refreshing drinks. Southbank is one of my favourite areas in London and I love how well it represents an overall vibe of the city, so it was kinda a no-brainer to come here.

I met up with Emily on a Friday afternoon and after a couple of events, we were ready for a refreshing cocktail in the sunshine. We headed towards one of London’s biggest outdoor bars, the Rekorderlig Botanicals Bar to catch up over a cocktail and soak in as much sunshine as possible. The atmosphere is so fun with the 80s and 90’s music playing out throughout the day. I love when I come to a place and get a positive vibe as it makes it so much easier to have fun. I think having a cider in the sunshine is somewhat of a tradition, so I was really excited to try all the new flavours Rekorderlig has on offer. Our drinks were large and a perfect refreshing choice as it was almost 30c on the day.

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The new Rekorderlig Botanicals range features three amazing and delicate flavours, including Rhubarb-Lemon-Mint, Grapefruit-Rosemary and Peach-Basil – perfect served over ice on a summer’s day! My favourite would have to be the Grapefruit-Rosemary, as it’s a perfect balance of flavours which really complement each other.

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The Underbelly Festival Southbank is packed with so many fun events including live acts, circus performers, comedy, children show and much more. I included the full lineup here. The entrance to the main area is free, however, there is a fee for the shows including my favourite Pete Firman. I love outdoor events and being in such a great location, you can mix a bit of sight-seeing with a yummy drink and fun entertainment. Should you feel peckish you can also opt for an al fresco meal served by local food vendors.

You can sample the new Rekorderlig Botanicals range at the Underbelly Festival Southbank until 30th September and I really hope the weather will stay this hot, as it’s even more of a reason to pop down to try the new range with a friend.

Have you ever been to the Underbelly Festival Southbank and how much of a cider fan are you? I would love to know so please leave me your comments below.

Tania xxx

This post is in collaboration with Rekorderlig cider, however, the experience and opinions are my own.

Fashion

Favourite way to spend a weekend in London

Pink Sundress

As you know I travel a lot so when I’m in London I like to go to some of my favourite places with friends. I like to do things that make me happy and even though I don’t sometimes feel like leaving my area, I love when I get myself out to explore one of my favourite cities in the world.

On weekends especially on Sundays, I love to take myself to the flower market on Columbia Road to buy some fresh flowers for the week. The tip is to come after 3 pm or closer to the closing time as then you can get flowers at such low rate. The Columbia Flower Market is so busy with people all over the world visiting as well as so many locals.

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One of my favourite things to do is to dress for the occasion and I opted for this beautiful pink tropical leaf print linen midi dress from Laura Ashley. The dress is so perfect for a warm weekend as the fabric keeps you cool if it gets too hot out. Its one of my favourite sundresses at the moment and I’m excited to wear it for my upcoming holidays too. It’s very comfortable and of a great quality which makes it so easy to style and wear all day.

I decided to wear my new basket bag as its perfect for the market days. You can’t go wrong with a pair of sandals either and voila you are ready for the day. I love dressing in stylish but comfortable clothes as I think it really is all about how you feel in your clothes. Especially if your clothes can be worn to many different occasions like this Laura Ashely dress.

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I’m really impressed with the summer we are currently having in London as its so nice and warm that all I’ve been wearing more dresses than usual. I love midis for a day and shorter options when I’m out in the evening or away.

What is your favourite look for the weekend and how do you like to spend your weekends?

Tania xxx

 

Featured Personal Diary

How to improve your productivity at home

If you are like me and tend to get stuck in a rut when trying to be productive at home, this post is for you. As a freelancer who frequently travels I’m really fortunate to have an opportunity to switch up my workspace. However, I spend most of my time working from home so I need to make sure that I remain productive as it’s so easy to get into distracted.

This post will help you figure out how to break the rut by refreshing the space you spend most of your time at. Even if you don’t work from home I’m sure we all still tend to feel like we need to occasionally change things up and focusing on details here can really make all the difference to how you feel in your living/work space.

Desenio wall art

Desenio PostersHow to improve your productivity at home

Tip 1

To fully refresh your space, decluttering would be the step one when it comes to improving the productivity. The rule of thumb here is if you haven’t used an item in the past 6 months,  you need to let go of it. Decluttering is known to bring the fresh energy to your space having you feel somewhat of a fresh start and this is a great way to set a foundation for your new improved space that will increase your productivity. I’m somewhat of a hoarder so it’s hard for me to let go but every time I do, I find this to help me feel better. I love a fresh start and as soon as I get into decluttering I find it that holding onto the things is really pointless.

Tip 2

The second tip would be to opt for a light color interior scheme and have soothing colors surround you so you can feel more relaxed and able to create better. I spent quite some on Desenio’s website looking for wall art that will fit my mood and help keep me inspired and therefore productive. It’s a good idea to buy things in pairs as this also helps to improve your overall happiness in your space. The best thing about Desenio is that they have an Inspiration page that you can browse to get some ideas about how your new space will look.

Since I’m a big fan of California, I decided to go for Cali vibes at home. I picked 6 pieces featuring palm trees, pop of turquoise with a pool photo and cool girls photographs. I purchased frames with my posters and I opted for gold-colored frames. I’ve positioned all posters above my desk so my workspace feels so fresh and since living in LA is a big dream of mine,  this tends to help keep me motivated therefore increasing my productivity.

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Tip 3

The last tip is to add a living item to your space aka a plant as this will help you feel motivated to stay productive. Plants and flowers remind us of how beautiful our nature and planet is and you want to look after them. Looking after something keeps you motivated, therefore, increasing your productivity.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post on how to improve your productivity at home by refreshing your space. Since I have partnered up with Desenio they are kind enough to offer you 25% off posters between June 19th and 21st. You can also follow @desenio for more inspiration.

Please see below for details.

Lots of love.

Tania xxx

The code “taniabdarling” gives 25% off posters* between June 19th and June 21st. Follow @desenio for more inspiration!
*Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration posters.

Buy my gallery wall by clicking here. 

This post is in collaboration with Desenio, all the opinions are my own as per usual. x

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