24h in Belfast

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So if you have been following my blog, you know that I’ve spent this week in Belfast! I was there visiting my boyfriend so I was not completely focused in visiting historical places or museums as I would have if I was by myself.

Anyways, I’ve decided to write down all the things you can actually do in Belfast in just 24h, following my series I started out with Copenhagen 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

For those of you who don’t know, Belfast is in Northern Ireland, UK, so if you go anywhere in Belfast and you see the Union Jack, don’t freak out (I’ve met people that were kinda confused by the flag and everything, that’s why I am clarifying). Anyways, the city is pretty small so if you are just staying there for a full day, you can pretty much see all of it, or at least, the most important things.

I started off with Queens University, that’s where my boyfriend studies so I thought it would be logic to see where he was going. You guys, that university is GORGEOUS! It kinda reminded me of Hogwarts if I have to be honest, so I got all excited for that (I love Harry Potter, just in case you didn’t know). I spent all day being jealous of him because my university is not near as gorgeous as his… After that we just walked around the Botanic Garden, it is pretty small but it’s absolutely adorable. It is really nice if you just want to walk around, or just sit down and talk a bit.

If you like museums, there’s Ulster museum right in Botanic. It is the largest museum in Northern Ireland, and you can find art, archeology, zoology and biology collections amongst others.

After that, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the City Hall, the building itself is just amazing, and it is right in the city center so it’s surrounded by loads of shops and restaurants. Victoria Square is pretty close to it so if you want to spend one or two hours shopping, that is the place.

Going back to the cultural visit. I recommend going to the Titanic museum. I’ve always been really interested on that so I was over the moon when I visited it. And to finish it off you can always go to the Belfast Cathedral if you really feel like it. But once again, if you don’t really like cultural visits you can just skip it! It depends on your interests. 🙂

Some people say Belfast is not the cutest city, but to be honest, I quite liked it, it has this hipsters vibe to it and it’s full of students so the atmosphere is great! I’ll make a separate post on where to go out in Belfast (probably next week!) 🙂

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How to decide what to pack

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So today I am writing about packing up for a trip. Every time I travel, I get asked the same question: How do you know what do you have to pack? I always struggle and end up overpacking.

Well, the answer is pretty simple, you have to know where you are going and what you are planning to do. I’ve summed up my tips in 5 different points that I think may be helpful for those who struggle with packing for a trip.

  • WEATHER. This is like my number 1 tip just because it’s too important to just forget about it! It may seem really obvious to some of you, but believe me when I tell you that some people is surprised when I tell them to look up the weather.
    Always check the weather to see if it may rain, be sunny, windy.. you never know, so make sure you are aware of the average temperatures and weather conditions of the place you visit. Sometimes you don0t need to do a lot of research to know the weather.For example, I am going to Belfast on Monday, you don’t have to be a genius to get to the conclusion that it will be cold and it will probably rain. This is obvious because of the destination, but other places may be really variable so make sure you know the weather before packing.

  • ACTIVITIES. That’s why I have said it’s important to know what you are going to do. If you go somewhere because you want to walk or hike, it’s obvious that you MUST NEVER wear heels, platforms, sandals… but if you are going to a city, and you know that you just walk like you normally do, then wear shoes that you know you’ll be comfy in.For example, I live in Barcelona, and I’ve spent all day in platforms, it doesn’t bother me, so again, if I go to Belfast on Monday, I know I can handle my platforms, so I could wear that if I wanted to.

  • MIX & MATCH. Well… I have this one really easy, because my closet is full of basics and same colored shirts, but! it doesn’t make it less important. Make sure you bring clothes with you that match between them. If you stay for a long period of time in a place, you can just mix and match your clothing  options and look like you are wearing a completely different outfit, when you have literally just changed your shirt, shoes and accessories. It may sound stupid, but it is SO helpful.

  • OPTIONS. Don’t bring just casual clothes, you never know if you’ll have an event or you will go out (unless you are actually just going to that place for that certain event, then just skip this step). Make sure you have different options, I have a couple of shirts that depends on what I am wearing with, they look casual or dressy. You just need o know which are those clothes and how you can make the most use out of them! 🙂

  • CHECK LIST. I always worry too much about my clothes and then I forget about the most obvious things like hairbrush, toothbrush… and then I have to spend money buying another one while I travel (I’m that smart…).

SO! Hopefully this post was helpful to those of you who need a little help with packing!

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6 Reasons To Travel Solo

1755af61fd5c60a5f39455001e9cdf9fHello beautiful people from the Internet!

I wanted to share my 6 reason to traveling solo with you today. As I have mentioned in previous posts, London is the first city I’ve traveled completely by myself. It was weird at first, but then I started to really REALLY like it.

I decided to travel to London by myself basically because anyone else was able to. Our schedules didn’t match, they didn’t have the money/didn’t want to spend money or they didn’t want to come… so! I decided to go there anyways.
If I have to be honest, I was quite nervous. You never know what you can encounter during your trip, so this was the only thing it was making me stress a bit.

I was in a nice area, so it wasn’t super dangerous or anything like that. The mobility through the city was super easy, and I had a tube stop two minutes away from my hostel, so it’s not like I was lost in the middle of nowhere for 4 days, or took me forever to get to the centre of London.

Now that I’ve introduced you my first solo experience I want to share my reasons (learnt everything in 4 days!) on why you should travel alone, ENJOY!

  • TRIP PLANNING. How many times have you had to depend on someone else to buy your plane tickets, book a hotel… I think we have all been there at some point of our lives. Let’s be real, traveling with friends or family can be fun
    , but you can’t deny that it can be also pretty stressful. You have to depend on everyone else to get their tickets, book the same hotel as you. If you don’t want confusions, one person is in charge of bu
    ying everything and then the rest pays them back (if they don’t “forget”), the list of things that can happen while planning a group trip is never ending. What happens when you travel by yourself?
    Well, things change A LOT. If you see an offer online, you can go ahead and book it. You choose the destination, the hostel/hotel, the area you want to stay in, your budget… We could say you have total control of everything, it is soooooo much easy.
  • CONFIDENCE. This experience it has made me have more confidence in myself. Why? Well, I’ve seen that I am capable of moving around a city I’m not familiar with by myself, with no help. I that made me realize that I do not need someone by my side telling me where to go or what to do. It feels really good to know that you can rely on yourself to do things you like and want to do! 🙂
  • BUDGET. Money is pretty important. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again. I am a student, I don’t make a lot of money, so I can’t just go spending the little I have on stupid things every single day. When you go with more people, maybe someone wants to go to an expensive place to eat, want to visit something and the tickets for that are crazy expensive (let’s admit it, usually touristy things are really expensive). If you travel solo, you decide what to do with your money. Is it worth it going to this expensive building? No? Then bye, let’s move on to another thing you are interested in. 
  • FRIENDS. Traveling solo & friends. Is that even possible? YES IT IS PEOPLE. In hostels, you’ll find A LOT of people that are just like you, solo. In there, most people are pretty friendly and social, so it’s really easy to make new friends. Don’t be scared to talk to people, probably they want to talk to you too and maybe they don’t know how to start a conversation.
  • ITINERARY & TIMING. Each person has different interests so when you travel as a group, you have to take into account every interest of every person, and try to visit and do what everybody wants. This can sometimes create arguments, misunderstandings and confusions. Does that happen when you travel alone? NOPE. Your interests are the only ones that matter. If you love museums, maybe you want to spend 4h in one, and then just want to walk by the churches without getting in, who knows right? 
  • SATISFACTION. Do you need to feel guilty if you want to sleep in? If you just want to sit down and chill in a park? If you want to stop and get some food? NO. Why? Because the only person that needs to feel happy is YOU. It may sound kind of selfish and self-centered, but you need to understand that your happiness is important, and that you can do whatever and whenever you want without feeling guilty because someone else wanted to wake up early and walk around the whole city or because they were not hungry so they did not want to waste time in a café if you could just visit other things.Processed with VSCO with se3 preset 

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