I’d heard so many amazing things about Morocco, so when Gala suggested the three of us go there after our last London Blogcademy I was so on-board for a little (big!) adventure. Not knowing much about Marrakesh other than it’s loud and colourful and chaotic, I was a little nervous about what was in store, but as always, super excited to explore somewhere new.
We had just over two days there, which doesn’t seem like a lot (we went to Italy afterwards – more on that soon!) but as you can see from the holiday video we made, we were able to pack a LOT into our time.
We stayed at El Fenn, an amazing boutique style hotel owned by Richard Branson’s sister of all people! With 28 individually styled rooms and suites, a roof terrace, three pools, its own hammam spa, and a tree-filled courtyard with a family of resident tortoises roaming about, it really was the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re in Marrakesh on a special holiday (like a honeymoon – duh!) I can not recommend it enough.
I love London. Living just on it’s doorstep means I’m there quite a lot. While it’s known for being a very spendy city, there is hope for you my frugal honeymooning friends, as it also has a surprisingly high amount of free things to do. These are some of my favourites.
Although the tube in London is excellent, whenever I walk around I’m always super surprised at just how close together a lot of things are. We’re so used to travelling underground that we often fail to notice what’s right around the corner!
Walking around the Thames is a must do. Yes, it’s a tourist cliché but it really is gorgeous. If you start up by the The Houses of Parliament and walk all the way down to Waterloo, you’ll see a lot of the big sights including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Southbank. If you’re feet aren’t hurting too much after that, keep going and you’ll get to the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and St Pauls.
I also love walking around Notting Hill for all the pretty rows of colourful houses and vintage thrift shops, Covent Garden for window shopping and Shoreditch for graffiti snapping and hipster watching!
Notting Hill is so pretty
London is blessed with very high quality and yet completely free of charge museums. The National History Museum, The Science Museum, the Tate Modern and the V&A are all surprisingly fun. You can see a comprehensive list of free museums on the Time Out London website.
I first visited Vegas in February 2012 for a wedding photography conference. I kinda knew I’d love it before I even got there. It’s basically like a giant theme park for adults after all! Also, living vicariously through all the hundreds of epic Vegas weddings I’ve featured over the years meant I was SO READY to experience it for myself.
What I didn’t expect was that I’d leave that trip with not only a new favourite place, but with two new best friends and a brand new business venture! It was on that holiday that I first met Gala and Shauna in-person and we came up with the idea for a little blogging workshop called The Blogcademy!
Needless to say, ever since I’ve been GAGGING to go back, and once we’d decided to do a workshop in Los Angeles, which is only a one hour flight away, I begged and pleaded with them to do a quick detour on the way home. They didn’t take much convincing, mind..!
Now I know plenty of you reading this will be hopping over to LV for either your wedding or the honeymoon of a lifetime in the near future so I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my top recommendations. This is just the tip of the iceberg of course (we didn’t even get the chance to explore off the main strip) so even if you’re not particularly into drinking or gambling there is so much to keep you occupied.
Pick your hotel wisely
There are so many hotels in Vegas it can be quite intimidating knowing which is the best choice. One of the most important things you need to consider is location. While the main strip itself is only around four miles long, it takes forever to walk from one place to another thanks to the clever maze of bridges, roadblocks and diversions designed to get you inside as many casinos as possible!
Crossing the street is no simple matter. You often need to walk half a mile down to the next bridge (because only someone with a death wish would attempt to run across Las Vegas Boulevard and it’s 12 lanes of traffic!) which leads directly into a casino and then weave your way back into the daylight! It’s a mission and a half, believe me, and comfortable shoes are a must!
One of the biggest problems I have when looking for accommodation in London is the price. I want to stay somewhere reasonably nice, but I don’t want to have to splash £350 a night for the privilege. So when I discovered CitizenM Bankside I was thrilled… and I hadn’t even got there yet!
Branded as ‘affordable luxury’, this is a chain hotel with the feeling of a boutique. The décor is out of this world (for an instagram-addict like me I was in heaven!), the bed one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in, and the staff friendly and accommodating without being in-your-face annoying.
After teaching The Blogcademy that weekend, Gala, Shauna and I had two free days to explore Berlin before heading to Amsterdam midweek. Although our time was limited, we didn’t let that stop us, in fact we really packed a lot in.
Everyone I spoke to before this trip that had visited Berlin before, told me just how amazing it was. I was expecting a lot but I’m pleased to report that even with those high hopes I wasn’t disappointed. Berlin is such an amazing place! If you’re in the UK, the flight is also less than two hours, making it the perfect inexpensive and relatively stress-free honeymoon location.
Known for it’s steep rolling hills, cable cars and as the home of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is sure to be at the top of many of your honeymoon destination wish lists. Which is why, when I was there recently teaching a workshop, I took copious notes on all the awesome things we did and saw for this blog post!
We really lucked out with our food selections in here, everything we ate was super yummy! Some of my favourites were Mission Picnic, Foreign Cinema (they play movies on a big screen in the outside seating area!), Kitchen Story, La Palma (best tacos ever, seriously) and Sidewalk Juice. Even the take-out was incredible. We ordered from Basil Thai TWICE while we were there because it was probably the best thai food I’ve EVER had.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, San Francisco certainly won’t disappoint you!