If you are getting a flight, then you will usually have to arrive at the airport early. This means that you will have to do something to entertain yourself while you are there. If your flight is delayed you will need to be there even longer and it is a good idea to be prepared just in case. Even though you can do a few things at the airport, it’s best to plan in advance. You might want to make sure that you think through what you might like to do during the wait. Mobile devices Most people will rely on their mobile devices to entertain themselves while in this sort of situation. This can be a great idea, especially if you have downloaded lots of entertaining apps. However, you will need to make sure that you will be able to get free wi-fi or use your data so make sure that…

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“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion – Keigh Hunt”, an incredible quote. I was reminded at the beginning of the year how much I love family travels. Traveling as a family is always something that leaves you with many wonderful memories. Memories that we will cherish for a life time and with that I put together this family travel bucketlist. When I made the decision to travel with my parents this year, I knew it would be something we would enjoy. It’s been such a long time since we as a whole family travelled together but we still have the memories. This year I thought it would be great if I could travel with my WHOLE family at least once. With that being said, here are some of the places that I think as a whole family we would love. Family Travel Bucketlist – Ideas…

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Back in 2015 I shared an article on why a mini cruise is a perfect weekend getaway. I had this incredible idea of boarding the cruise ship with a loved one and seeing the world from the water. Of course that has not yet happened but that doesn’t mean I have completely given up, that’s not my style. Of late I had found myself relentlessly searching for a mini cruise to mainland Europe. It has become even more urgent now that I want my parents to join me on this little weekend adventure. My relentlessness has definitely paid off as I have found a perfect deal for my parents and I, I just need the dates. The mini cruise is just a taster journey to see if we can manage a week or more sea vacation. There are plenty of cruise lines we would like to vacation on as a…

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For the last five years I have been seriously working through my bucketlist and ticking off destinations. Toronto is one city I was hoping to tick off this year but alas life intervened as it always does. It is a city I once thought I would move to after I finished my undergrad degree. But it seems it wasn’t meant to be though I have not lost hope, it’s still a bucketlist place. And if my current tenacity is anything to go by, I will definitely be ticking the city off my list soon. Recently I shared 15 Travel Quotes that Inspire me, I have a couple more that I didn’t add. One of my favourites is ‘stop waiting for things to happen, go out & make them happen‘. Over the last couple years this quote and others has helped me ‘make things happen’. I have already started to plan…

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Wagamama was found over 25 years ago specialising in the Asian cuisine and practicing the philosophy of Kaizen. Kaizen means good change, it shapes every dish they make and strive to ensure all the meals are created fresh. Wagamama prides itself in creating menus that inspire, sustain, soothe and are nourishing. We were recently invited to taste out the new summer menu, in this article we share our experience. When the invite landed in my mailbox I read it with bated breath not knowing what to expect. I was over the moon when I learn it was an invite to review the Reading branch. Before I knew what my fingers where doing I texted my sister and we agreed on a date. The weekend couldn’t come fast enough for we had scheduled a sisterly date. Thankfully the weather was incredible over the weekend we even managed to nap in the…

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Summer is here, the weather outside is amazing, which is a shocker for British weather. But we are not complaining, as I am busy basking in the warmth coming through my home. With summer comes the need to wear less and pack the woolies. Though I haven’t really done any hopping, I am happy to share my Favourite Summer Fashion Additions. Last week I shared on my instagram stories the mess that was my bedroom as I did a clear out. I am happy to report, I have packed 4 bags of clothes to give away to family and charity. Every 6 weeks I declutter my home but mostly my closet to give away what I don’t wear. After I declutter, a often do a small shopping to replace the essentials. Here are some of the Favourite Summer Fashion Additions to my closet. Favourite Summer Fashion Additions Looking through my…

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If you have a city break booked in, or you’re looking for ideas on how to dress in the heatwaves we seem to be having in the UK, then we’ve put together some ideas below. It can be tricky trying to look stylish, dress for the heat and make sure you’re comfortable throughout the day, especially if you have a lot of exploring planned in.  Layer up Layering can really help when it comes to dressing in the heat, you can add or take away pieces as you need to, and this is a great way to go from day to evening too. By wearing a light weight base, such as a dress or top with loose trousers, you can add to your outfit without adding too much weight. Adding a lightweight jacket or cardigan allows you to be prepared in case you get a little colder but means you…

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Periods, the babe of mine and most women’s existence and at times a nuisance to most of us. Every girl understands why we have periods but none of us agreed to suffer from it for days on end. I know for someone especially men this topic is gross, but guess what! We live it every month and have to deal with it constantly. With that I thought I put together my ultimate period survival guide. I am one of those unlucky sods who have it for 7 days and its painful throughout. But over the years I have learned ways to manage it and continue with my life. The Ultimate Period Survival Guide Why do some women suffer bad cramps whilst others barely notice it? No one said life was fair not even in menstrual cycle or anything period related. All women release prostaglandins, this is a chemical that causes…

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Everybody likes to think they can add value to their home. If you plan on re-selling at some point, it makes sense to try to add a little extra to your selling price. When thinking about your home’s resale value, there are a number of different things you can do to boost the money you’ll receive. We’ve put together this guide, which ranges from large jobs which require bigger investments, to the smaller jobs you can implement more quickly. Here’s our top tips. Significant Investment We’re starting out with larger investment, as this is the way to add the most value to your home if you’re looking to sell. The old saying is true – you’ve got to spend money to make money. Build an extension Extending your existing home is bound to increase its value. There are, however, things you need to consider before jumping into this; your overall…

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The most beautiful way to start and end the day is with a grateful heart, do you? One of the most important lessons I have learned from my parents is always having a grateful heart. Blogging wise I show my gratitude by dedicating a monthly roundup post to the sponsors. The May 2018 sponsors showcases all the sponsors I worked with in end month of May. The May 2018 Sponsors roundup is the fifth appreciation post of the year showcasing my Sponsors. On A July Dreamer we collaborate with a variety of brands and companies. Visit our Work with Me page to find out our fees and types of collaborations we offer. Thank you everyone for supporting the brands that support me. {Monthly Roundup} May 2018 Sponsors It is not happiness that brings us gratitude, it is gratitude that brings us happiness. I am grateful to all the sponsors that I…

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Beach season has begun, I am excited for all the items I will be adding to my Beach Bag Essentials. It is crazy to think the last couple of weeks have been utter bliss weather wise in the UK. Yes some parts of the country have been having rain, we have been enjoying the sun. I thought this was the perfect time for me to share my Beach Fashion Essentials. I am always envious of those who live closer to the coast as they can easily access the beach. Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky ones, I live in the middle and all beaches are an 1hr+ from me. But nonetheless, I always look forward to the times when I visit and spend the entire day snoozing at the beach. With that in mind, here are some of the Beach Fashion Essentials that I always take with me.…

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What motivates you in life? How do you get motivated? I get motivation from life quotes as well as things  my friends and family. Last week I shared 15 travel quotes that inspire me to continue traveling and maximise my travels. This week I thought I share 15 life quotes that motivate me to get on with life. I have three life quotes in my home that I look at everyday before I start my day. 15 Life Quotes that Motivate Me Life isn’t about waiting for the storm pass, its about learning to dance in the rain. This was the first quote I heard bought in a frame and a first item in my home. It is a quote that I look to daily but most especially when things get tough. Speaking of things getting tough, there was one quote my father bought in our old home in Zambia. When…

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One of my favourite travel quotes reads, travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer. I have loved this quote for as long as I can remember, it truly resonated with me as it has been my personal experience. When I speak of riches, it’s not in gold but in personal growth through exposure to various cultures. Regular readers of A July Dreamer know I often incorporate travel quotes in most of my travel related posts. I find it amusing that most travel quotes I find have a deeper meaning and are so relatable to me. It is because of this that I decided I would share some of my most used as well-loved quotes about travel. We all get motivation from different places, some of us it’s through life quotes that resonate. 15 Travel Quotes that Inspire me Regardless of whether you’re a frequent…

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The island of Sicily in the Mediterranean is quickly becoming a hot travel destination. Millions of travellers visit Sicily every year, mainly due to its long list of beautiful beaches, great restaurants, local culture, and exciting things to do. The best way to enjoy Sicily, however, is by digging deep into the local culture. By being part of the way locals live and exploring their culture, you get to see the other side of the island that is truly magical. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started with enjoying the best of Sicily. Cities and Villages Every city and village in Sicily offers something interesting, so do enough research before your actual trip to learn more about the best ones to visit based on your personal preferences. You can decide the kind of holiday experience you want to have and set your itinerary accordingly. Palermo, the capital…

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Take Twelve Trips is a travel challenge I joined back in December of 2015 in order to maximise my travels. For this month’s edition I am sharing Seoul Highlights, a city I have visited many times and had great experiences. It was the first city I did a long haul solo flight, it was both terrifying and exhilarating. Solo traveling was not something I ever considered and because of that I wasted years waiting on others. Earlier in the year I decided to restart the travel challenge and so far it has been absolutely incredible. In my latest escape I went off to Seoul, South Korea with a travel buddy turned friend and confidant. Friends that travel together stay together, no truer statement has ever applied to my travel buddies and I. If traveling is an addiction then I happily and willingly participate because it allows you to expand your…

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, when will you take yours? The Take Twelve Trips series is a travel challenge I joined back in 2015/2016 to expand my travels. Our recent adventures came in a form of Barcelona where I took my parents for a couple of days. This was my second time visiting the city and it was just an incredible as the first time I went. A job can fill your pocket but an adventure goes beyond and fills your soul, best quote ever. When I decided to start solo travels, my intention was to maximise my travels. Little did I know that in doing so, I was slowly filling my soul with every adventure. It is for this very reason why I decided to start sharing my adventures abroad with my parents. In the Take Twelve Trips May 2018 edition, our aim…

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Fashion always looks better when you feel good on the inside, a favourite quote of mine. Every last Monday of the month I take a moment to revisit some of the fashion ideas I had shared. The Fashion Favourites series was born back in December 2015 and every last Monday I share on the blog. This month’s roundup is the Fashion Favourites May 2018 edition. Not much had been shared on here in regards to fashion as I lost my fashion mojo. But if I am honest, I am losing my blogging mojo too, a break is in order. Fashion Favourites May 2018 edition is the fifth instalment for 2018 but 31st article since the series inception. Over the last 2+ years since I started this series, I have enjoyed doing this recap for my readers. But I feel, if this is series is to continue then some change has to happen. Whilst…

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Recently I shared my latest fashion purchases in the New-in my wardrobe post. What the article did not cover was the items that I bought and regretted it afterwards. Often when I shop, I rarely try clothes on because well I don’t care much for changing rooms. But on this occasion I would have been better off trying the items before buying them. But, I did not and here we are with me sharing the 3 items I bought and regretted buying. We all have moments when it feels like life is an episode and it can decide to teach us a lesson. The lesson for me it was I should start trying on clothes before I buy. This not only allows me to avoid disappointment when I get home but allows me to pick something else. There are times we buy items that we hope will fit on us as it does…

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Father’s Day is a special day dedicated to all those incredible dads doing there very best. Like Mother’s Day it is a day dedicated to showing extra love to the dads in our lives. Father’s Day celebrations started back in the Middle Ages mostly celebrated by Catholic families during the month of March. In the twentieth century it was adopted by countries like the USA who in turn changed the date. The new current Father’s Day celebrations falls on the third Sunday in June. Knowing we have only 4 weeks left before Father’s Day 2018, I thought I share some gift ideas. Whilst Father’s Day celebrations are not all about gifts, it is still nice to gift our loved ones. Here some of the items I am moving and am sure my father would love them too. Father’s Day Celebrations – 2018 Gift Ideas Looking back to all the Father’s…

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Over the last couple of months I have made several purchases and have a couple of new-in my wardrobe pieces. Fashion is something that can allow one to express themselves and can be used as an identifier. We all know someone whom we consider fashionable or even up-to-date on fashion issues or trend followers. Whilst nothing wrong with trend following, I personally just love adding a twist to what’s trending. Most of the time I ignore new trends altogether and prefer to create my own style adding uniqueness to my outfits. The majority of purchases that I have made have been replacing the items I gave away. Others were to replace some items which are now worn out due to excessive washing or wear and tear. With that being said, here are some of the items that are new-in my wardrobe. New-In my Wardrobe When it comes to purchasing clothes,…

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Are you off the Zagreb soon or in the near future and looking for affordable but elegant accommodation? Well look no further than Tesla Boutique Apartments, centrally located in Zagreb off the main Ban Jelacic Square. I recently traveled to Zagreb for business trip and from experience I knew I had to seize the moment. Last time I traveled to the USA, I spent all 5 days indoors and missing out on all the tourist stuff. This time round, I decided I would take an extra two days for personal time. It was the best time ever, Tesla Boutique Apartments is located on a very popular street.  Whereto Stay in Zagreb: Tesla Boutique Apartments Not many people can tell you where Zagreb is nor which country it’s the capital city for. Why is that? Well, many had heard of the former Yugoslavia but most are not familiar with the breakout countries.…

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