Weekend Reads

This week has been one of my very rare chilled out weeks and I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve been having dinner with friends, drinking wine in the garden, walking my pooch and I had a couple of days in London working on exciting new projects – news on that coming soon!

Here’s what I’ve been reading and writing this week.

What I’ve been writing

Flying etiquette and what not to do at the airport

10 things you didn’t know about Ljubljana


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A little announcement… {No Place to Be}

This might be old news now but just in case you missed it. Very exciting news from one of my favourite blogging couples. Kirsty and Poi are super cool so follow their blog if you’re not already!

 

 


 

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 16.15.03 My Career Break Trip: What I did right, what I did wrong and what I wish I’d known {Katie Aune}

If anyone is planning a RTW trip, you have to read this. I agree with every single word on here, especially her last point, ‘I wish I’d know that things would work out’. As I grow older I’m realising that things always work out. I also love her point about jeans. Jeans are awesome for travelling and much better than those khaki, zip off at the knee ones that make you look like a tourist.


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Cool iPhone photography tips {Oh happy day}

If you can ignore the fact that this is one giant advert for a chip brand, these tips are really cool – and, admittedly, not a bad way to advertise the chips. I particularly like the slow shutter app and sparkler suggestion.


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Glastonbury Snippets part 1 {The Londoner}

I’ve almost got over my jealousy of anyone who managed to get tickets for Glastonbury this year and can just about look at the awesome photos taken by The Londoner.

 


 

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 11.50.27Why 9-5 Won’t Work for Millennials {The Culturist} 

We are entitled to control our own futures, to feel certain that if we work effectively and efficiently that we will be rewarded with financial security.”

 


 

Louie the french bulldogLet pets on the Eurostar petition

I never thought I’d become a crazy dog lady but it’s happened and I didn’t put up much of a fight.

A petition has been launched to allow pets on the Eurostar. I’d love to take my pooch away with me but pets aren’t allowed on the Eurostar and he’d be terrified to fly. Please sign this petition to allow a pet friendly carriage! Come on, who could say no to this face?


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Book of the Week

I actually didn’t read anything this week (shock horror, I know) so this week I’d like to tell you about one of my favourite books ever.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is magical realism at it’s finest. It’s one of the only books I’ve ever read twice within the same year because it’s just beautiful. It’s about magic and love and illusion. It’s an impressive debut novel and if you’re a fan of magical realism you need to download it right now.


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Website of the week

I subscribe to hundreds of weekly newsletters but the We Heart newsletter is the only email that I’m always delighted to receive. The website is full of new hotels, restaurants, galleries, cafes and bars in cities around the world. I don’t know how they do it but they find the coolest of the cool in every city. Even if I’m not planning on visiting any of these cities, I regularly click through and drool.

Go to the We Heart homepage, scroll down and you’ll find the email subscription box on the right.


 

Competition of the Week

Yankee Candle Indian Summer Competition

If you’ve never smelt a Yankee Candle you need to get some in your life. If you’ve had one before you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s amazing how a smell can trigger memories and a great smelling home can have a completely different atmosphere to one that smells like burnt toast and wet dog.

This week I’ve been testing out Yankee Candles Indian Summer range; Amber Moon, Ginger Dusk, Honey Glow and Wild Fig and they are incredible.

To celebrate these gorgeous India Summer scents, Yankee Candle are giving away a bespoke holiday worth £5,000 to get these scents in your life for real.

The winner will also receive four large Indian Summer jars and 10 runners up will receive the jars plus £50 to spend with Yankee Candle. You can enter the competition here, it only takes two seconds to fill in your name and email.

If you’ve come across any great links, reads, competitions or products this week, let us know in the comments below. Shameless self-promotion is welcomed. Spammy links are viagra are not so welcome and will be deleted.

 

 

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (5)
  1. You actually aren’t allowed to fly with French Bulldogs / Boston Terriers / Pugs because of their squashy faces – apparently they have breathing problems in the air, so most airlines have banned them. I only know this as I used to have pugs 🙁
    But apparently you can take them in the Channel Tunnel, you just have to drive your own car. I am definitely all for a pets carriage on the Eurostar as I’d love for us to be able to take our Basset around Europe!

    1. Oh I didn’t know that, thanks so much for letting me know.
      I’m not sure if I could take him on a plane. I was on a flight a few weeks ago and a dog obviously woke up half way through the flight and you could hear it barking for hours. I felt so sorry for the poor thing. At least on the Channel Tunnel you can hold them the whole way.

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