Where To Visit For The Best Afternoon Tea In Essex, UK – Recommended By Locals!

A typical British thing to do is to go out for Afternoon Tea! I’ve been a fan of the smaller ‘Cream Tea’ version for as long as I can remember, thanks to my caravan holidays in Devon and Cornwall where they are extremely popular (St Agnes, Cornwall I’m looking at you with your GIANT scones)!  As an Essex girl (not in the TOWIE sense) born and raised, with a Facebook friend list with lots of fellow Essex locals, I called on them for their favourite places to go for Afternoon Tea in Essex!

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6 Must See Stops On A Marathon to Key West Florida Road Trip!

Marathon to Key West may only be 45 miles apart, with a straight through drive time of around an hour, but the following stops should definitely be on your itinerary!  The Florida Keys as a road trip is pretty short as far as road trips go, spanning just 112 miles of US Route 1, however it makes up for it in uniqueness.  Also known as the ‘Overseas Highway’, the majority of the road is exactly that, a road over the sea!  The highway crosses 29 of the Florida Keys islands which are connected by 42 bridges!

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Things To Do In Mombasa, Kenya & My Safari in Tsavo!

Kenya was one of the first overseas countries that I visited (go big or go home!) and it opened my eyes to the whole travel world!  I was based in Mombasa for 2 weeks (back when I visited, this was on a direct flight from London) and naturally I spent a lot of time on the beach, enjoying the Indian Ocean!  My hotel was surrounded by monkeys so I was in my element watching them chilling out by the pool.  But of course we explored some of the country too, so here are some of my favourite places to go in Mombasa including our side trip safari in Tsavo National Park!

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Surviving The Midwest Polar Vortex 2019: Think -3c is Cold? Try -53c!

There’s nothing that a British person loves more than to moan about the weather.  It’s in our blood.  So you can imagine my joy (using the term loosely) when I discovered that Iowa was going to be hit with wind chill temperatures of -50c.  All those people back home on my Twitter and Facebook feeds going “It’s -6c/21f!! I’ve never been so cold in my whole life!!”…and I’m sat here like “…well…hold my tea, I’ve got news for you!”.  Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Midwest Polar Vortex 2019.

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Rescue, Rehabilitation, Release: Visiting The Turtle Hospital, Marathon FL

I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for sea turtles for a while now.  One of my first solo trips was to Costa Rica where I joined a sea turtle conservation project and I have since been fortunate enough to swim alongside these animals in Australia, the Maldives and Belize.  During my trip to the Florida Keys, I knew I had to pay a visit to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon and check out the amazing work that they are doing for these creatures.

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Floatation Therapy – My Float Tank Experience at Float & Fly in Dubuque, Iowa!

I’m all for trying unique experiences and when I first heard about floatation therapy and float tanks, I had to try it out!  I had seen something similar in a hotel lobby in Las Vegas a while back, it was a kind of water bed in a pod which moved in a way that massaged you.  This is a little different though, a float tank is like a giant bath filled with a saline/epsom salt salution which allows you to float in just a few inches of water, similar to the dead sea!

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Winter Glamping Girlfriend Getaway: Red Cedar Lodge Iowa Cabin Rentals

In December, me and some of my Midwest Travel Blogging buddies were invited to Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City Iowa, for a winter glamping girlfriend getaway in their beautiful cabins along the Cedar River!

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Expat Update: Sept – Dec & 2018 Travel and Blogging Summary

2018 seems to have absolutely flown by!  And here I am starting off 2019 back home in England.  In this expat update, I’ll be looking back at some of the highlights of the whole year, as well as looking at the last 4 months in a little more detail!

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