5 Oahu Beaches You Should Visit!

If you book a trip to Hawaii, there’s a high chance that you’ve obviously got beaches on your mind and there are certainly plenty to choose from!  My week in Oahu felt a bit like a beach crawl, jumping in from a swim at every given opportunity!  In this post, I share with you 5 of the best beaches in oahu and give you some tips for visiting!

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Home Of The Hawkeyes: University of Iowa Athletics Hall Of Fame & Museum

So the Hawkeyes are making headline news at the moment, you may have seen the ‘Kinnick Wave’ on the news.  During the football home games in Iowa City, the whole of Kinnick Stadium turn to the Children’s Hospital that overlooks the stadium, and everyone waves at the patients on the 12th floor.  They even do it at night and wave phone flashlights (if you’ve ever been to a music gig where people wave a light during a song, you’ll know how awesome it looks)!  On December 7th they will be receiving the ‘Disney Sports Spirit Award’!  But did you know that in Iowa City there’s a ‘Hall of Fame and Museum’ celebrating Hawkeye sports and all the athletic achievements of the University of Iowa?

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30 Before 30 Bucket List Challenge

So you’ve probably come across these bucket lists a hundred times before.  I had a ‘things to do before you die list’ and I pretty much completed everything on it…skydiving – done, bungee jump – done, canyon swing – done, swim with sharks – done, surf Waikiki Beach – done, you just have to check out my adrenaline activity list to see a whole bunch of crazy stuff that I’ve completed.  I HAD a 30 before 30 list, to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 and I smashed it out of the park…I even upped it to 40 countries and I’m currently on 39 with a year to go!

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5 Unique Things To Do In London

There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination.  Let’s think about London.  Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums.  They are all cool, iconic things to see!  But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like something more unique to do in London?  London is great for unique events but here I share 5 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and unique things to do in London!

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8 Dubuque Restaurants IA

Live in Dubuque Iowa or visiting the area?  It’s easy to get wrapped up in just eating at the large chain restaurants, they are near all the biggest shopping areas, with the largest car parks.  But you’re missing out!  There are plenty of independent Dubuque restaurants in the Downtown Area that are well worth visiting!  Here are 8 of my favourites!

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Between England & Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife Book!

Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book!  “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life.  For a whole year I kept a journal.  I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!

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11 Backpacking Essentials

I am a huge fan of packing light.  If I can travel with only a backpack, I will.  If I have to check a bag or am going on a longer trip, I’ll take the smallest suitcase/roller holdall I can find.  I couldn’t imagine anything worse than having luggage the same size as me and having to haul it in and out of cars, off and on public transport, up and down stairs when the accommodation has no lift/elevator.  The following items I travel with every time I go away, whether it’s for a weekend ‘staycation’ or 2 weeks overseas!  Hopefully I can help you to pack a little lighter!

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Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City, IA

The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand new hotel (opened in October 2017) located in Downtown Iowa City, just 1 mile from the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium (which has recently made the news thanks to the new tradition ‘The Wave’, where the whole stadium waves to the children overlooking the game in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital).  With a room rate starting at $124 per night, it definitely makes for an affordable central stay, has some great amenities and is within walking distance from things to visit such as the Ped Mall and the Old Iowa Capital Building!

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