ICELAND 101: ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TIPS BEFORE VISITING THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

ICELAND 101: ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TIPS BEFORE VISITING THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

So for all you adventurous travellers out there; Iceland is no doubt on your bucket list. For those who are planning a trip out there, you will come to realise that it is not quite as tourist friendly as one might hope. So here is your ultimate mini travel guide to the land of fire and ice...!

FIVE BLUE TURQUOISE WATERS TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

FIVE BLUE TURQUOISE WATERS TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

Is there possibly a landscape more idyllic than blue blue waters against blue blue skies...? The harmony of such a calming colour in unity is one that fills me with a soothing spirit. When you think of blue waters, you immediately think of the usual suspects; The Maldives, Mauritius, Fiji..etc. Well as one for the unconventional, here is a little list of my favourite places where you can find the same deep piercing blues...

TOP TEN: STEPH YT’S WEST LONDON BRUNCH SPOTS

TOP TEN: STEPH YT’S WEST LONDON BRUNCH SPOTS

Brunch is a magical thing and a fantastic excuse for late risers like me to have breakfast just that little bit later. As a West-London based girl, my first brunch hit list is focused on this lovely area - basically anywhere within an hour’s walking distance from Chelsea + Fulham. So for my fellow lazy risers + egg lovers out there, here are my top ten brunch spots that are both equally delicious yet insta-worthy for you to tick off in West London.

EAT: TOMOE – A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE GEM IN LONDON

EAT: TOMOE – A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE GEM IN LONDON

The last time I was this happy with a Japanese restaurant was in Tokyo this summer...  We stumbled upon this little gem of a place unsuspectingly on a rainy autumn day a stone's throw from Putney Station and has all the vibes of a traditional little Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. The interior is clean and simple with the walls decorated with sake advertising cloth banners and kimono tops. The staff and chefs are all from Japan and are some of the sweetest and most accommodating service staff I have come across. The food is a an absolute winner, the Unagi Don (teriyaki eel rice bowl) is one of the best I have had in London and it was just amazing value for the quality food you get. A true gem where Japanese hospitality is alive and true and just a fantastic place to bring friends for some great Japanese food.

THE YORKSHIRE COAST

THE YORKSHIRE COAST

This is an extremely special place to me and one that has created the happiest of memories every time I have been. Whitby holds such a precious place in my heart and I cannot wait to share with you my absolute favourite places and things to do in this wonderful part of the world.

SLEEP: ARRIVE HOTEL, PALM SPRINGS

SLEEP: ARRIVE HOTEL, PALM SPRINGS

If you are looking for a cross between luxury, trendy yet hippie, Arrive is your haven in this desert. This beautiful spanking new boutique hotel is created by Ezra Callahan – known for being one of Facebook’s original founders, and is designed with the socially connected in mind, or what one might term the Millenials. The hotel from afar is sleek and built out of the natural palette of wood, concrete and steel. The glass reflects mirroring the surrounding rugged mountains as the sun sets, creating the mysterious aura of a Bond villain hideout in the middle of the desert.