Last year, only three of my trips away involved plane journeys, which in one sense, isn’t a bad thing. I discovered a number of new areas right here in England. But if I’m honest, hopping on a plane and taking off somewhere new is usually my preference, so I’m excited that this year I may have a few more opportunities to do just that ūüôā

In less than three weeks I’ll be taking off on my first adventure of 2018!!! Still not ready to shout about the details… but what I am wanting to share are some new travel essentials I discovered over the last few months. All five of these are products are ones that I (and in some cases Mo) have used and have really impressed us. All of them are focused around helping you feel refreshed after your journey:


1. Twist & Spritz

These things are everywhere. I’ve had lots of different makes and models but the Twist & Spritz from the fragrance shop is definitely my favourite one. It’s smart, compact and it doesn’t leak at all – which is super important. There’s no need to waste time buying small bottles of perfume when you can simply take your twist & spritz and fill up your 8ml atomiser – which equates to 100 sprays! The right size for hand luggage and so easy to fill, total winner.

Twist & Spritz, £10 The Fragrance Shop


2. Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask

Ok ¬†I know a sleep mask isn’t revolutionary, but this one is a real winner. I’m not a fan of sleep masks, I don’t particularly like feeling pressure on my eyes. The bedtime bliss mask applies noooo pressure but still blocks out all light. ALL light. It’s light in material too, super soft.

Bedtime Bliss sleep mask, £8.90


3. No dark shadows

If there’s one thing I’m not good at it’s knowing how and when to use makeup. I can just about use it myself and always hesitant to use products on my very sensitive face, so when I first saw this concealer type stick I very much brushed it aside. It wasn’t until I took it over to my mum’s and asked her opinion that I first saw it in action. And boy was I shocked. It actually… worked? I was very confused as so many of these ‘get rid of dark shadows’ type ointments never seem to do what they say. But after seeing it on my mum, I was keen to give it a go.

So I did and I was one hundred percent impressed. What I loved about it is it simply brightens, highlights and enhances and really does steer away all that darkness. Brilliant. Super handy for anyone headed out on a long trip away. Small and compact enough to store away in hand luggage and doesn’t necessarily require the use of any makeup on top of it either.

Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows, £15


4. Rosehip oil

A natural anti-ageing product, rosehip oil has a high content of vitamin E. This stuff is packed full of anti-oxidants, the oil is extracted from seeds without heat, solvents or chemicals guaranteeing the oils purity and quality. It’s suitable for all skin types and as well as being good for stretch marks and helping with sun burn it’s a great skin reviver apres journey. Yes this random oil makes for a great travel companion. Especially if you’re on a plane journey. Aircraft air leaves your skin feeling dehydrated, just a couple of drops of rosehip oil and it will be as good as new.

RosehipPLUS Rosehip oil, £22.50


5. Rejuvenating face mask

My most recent discovery, these Body Shop masks are AMAZING. I was given these by the Body Shop at intu Trafford Centre some time ago but only got round to trying them out last week. I was totally taken in by the Japanese Match Tea as it’s labelled as a ‘pollution clearing mask.’ Well after six months of working and walking around the city centre, I thought it was high time I tac’d my pores. Ten minutes later and I felt like a different person. I am hooked! For feeling refreshed I’d recommend the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance mask.

So unfortunately, they don’t have travel sized versions, but you know what thats ok. It’s more economical to buy a larger pot and you literally just need to pack a small amount in a little travel pot and take it away with you. I can think of so many destinations I’ve travelled too where this would have been a nice treat. Days out in Bangkok, Jakarta, Cairo, any heavily congested city – I can imagine a quick mask before bed would contribute to a relaxing nights sleep.

Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance mask, £17.00 The Body Shop


I’ve used these products individually, collectively and they are definitely ones to keep close in hand luggage. A couple of the products above were gifted to me to trial and I can happily say that I have not been disappointed with any of them. So much so, I’ve decided to offer a ¬£10 amazon voucher for anyone who is willing to share the benefits of these product too!

As with all my competitions, I’ll be using rafflecopter as the winner is selected at random and is free from any bias. It’s pretty easy, simply RT (or follow for a bonus entry) and you’ll be in with a chance of winning the ¬£10 Amazon gift voucher. The competition is open NOW and you have until Friday 23rd February to enter. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Terms and conditions:

  • Last day for entry is Friday 23rd February, Winner to be announced 12:00pm Monday 26th February.
  • Winner will be selected randomly by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted by twitter direct message
  • If no response is received within a 48hr period, a new winner will be chosen.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • By entering this competition participants consent to their full names being available by request from
  • Entry to this competition confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.




Over the last few weeks Mo and I have been taking it easy. I decided to switch off from my phone, get some distance from being constantly switched on, swapping small screen for the big screen and a bit of binge tv series watching (in between work of course). We watched a number of movies, one of the stand-outs being ‘Lion’, the Oscar nominated film based on the memoirs of Saroo Brierley.

If you’ve not seen the movie, it tells the tale of a five year old Indian boy who gets himself lost in Calcutta, thousands of miles away from his home after falling asleep on a train. After a series of potential life threatening events, he is adopted by an Australian couple and the second half of the movie addresses his plight to find his long lost family.

Watching the beginning is quite heart-wrenching, as it took¬†us through the real life situations occurring every day on the streets of India. The dangers young innocent children face and the harsh reality of people being too busy to notice, or in this instance, care that a young child is fending for himself. The credits point out that nearly 80,000 children go missing in India every year, of course the reality is it’s probably far more as I’m sure many cases are undocumented.



Why am I telling you all this? There are so many great movies out at the minute (and by that I mean Star Wars of course) so why has this one become so etched in my mind…

I started a new job this year and I love it. It was made for me! And I can finally spend my working days using the creative side of my brain that has been bubbling away in the hope of one day being unleashed at full steam. I have my blog to thank for this shift in daily life too. If it wasn’t for the skills, the knowledge and the experience I have gained through writing and working on this online journal, I would not be in the position I am today.

Writing on here has never been an issue in the past I’ve always made the time, found the words shared the photos. But there have just been far too many instances in the last year where I’ve almost rejected putting up a blog because it’s felt, dare I say it, unnecessary. I travelled to Myanmar at the start of 2017 and it was a truly memorable experience.

I came back hopeful about their future (politically), knowing it wouldn’t change overnight but that in time the persecutions happening unnecessarily would be addressed and stopped… only to find that I was wrong and the situation for the Rohingya became much worse. Crushing any sense of hope I had for the country and stopping me from sharing the rest of my journey as the last thing I wanted was to inspire people to travel, and fuel money into the pockets of a country who’s government is quite simply, allowing a genocide.

It’s so hard to know what’s right and wrong anymore? Like the rich, high flying war lords on the planet of Canto Bight supplying weapons to both the First Order and the Resistance (yes, I’m talking Star Wars), how are we supposed to distinguish the good from the bad if they both use the same middle-man? How can I travel to America when there is a racist in charge? How can I comfortably visit countries in the Middle East when they are partnered with said American racist? How can we comfortably visit Eastern Europe when late last year there was the largest ever march of far right nationals in Poland?

2017 was definitely the year I accepted the world had well and truly gone mad. Sky News used one my images (well Mo’s image) on their news report a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t even enjoy seeing it on the front page because it sat right next to reports of protests and attacks in Palestine after the ridiculous US declaration about Jerusalem.¬†I then realised that because of my new job and leaving behind the world of travel alerts, I was starting to lose awareness of world issues, I had become too busy to read what was happening away from the safety of my little bubble.

I was struggling with the writing because I was scared of putting something together that is somehow supporting a bad cause. A bad situation. Or even worse, neglecting an important situation for the sake of not wanting to write something bad or for my own personal gain… (can you tell I’m an over-thinker?)

Ok now what has all this got to do with my movie review?

The most beautiful component of ‘Lion,’ the part that really inspired me, was that it was the story of Saroo’s journey. His journey through life and the different stages that he went through. I loved that this movie, based on his book, told his story and he was able to trace back his steps through the memories and the feelings of his every day travels as a child.

And just like that, all the words started to float around. I spent the last week just going back and reading my own blog. I know damn well it’s not at all a sophisticated piece of literature but I love that it tells my story. I love that I have a place to share my journey. The good things, the bad things, whether I’m right or wrong, all of the pieces I share are my tales and experiences.



I recently found all my families old passports, my Dad’s in particular, pages and pages filled with stamps and dates and as I went through them with my parents they spoke of their travel memories… some of which I remember, some I have absolutely no recollection of, or they never shared up until now. Travel is like nothing else, it gives us these moments to share and it teaches us far more than we can ever learn staying put doing the same thing over and over again.



Now that we’re here on the first day of 2018 I have no real resolutions except to keep pushing myself and to not be scared to present my stories on here. For Mo and I to keep aiming for the top and more importantly, to encourage others to do the same. I pray that 2018 is a better year for some of our friends and family who have struggled through hard times. And I look forward to making much more use of my voice and not shying away from contributing my opinions.



Hope you had a good Christmas and enjoyed the celebrations last night and wishing you heaps of good luck and fortune for the year ahead…

Happy New Year ūüôā






As much as I love coming home after a trip away, like many others I’m always prone to a stroke of the holiday blues. It’s always a little bit sad to get back to the everyday comings and goings of normal life. But alas holidays can’t last forever!

Spending a week choosing and sharing photos on Instagram always helps me keep those memories fresh and alive, inspiring me to keep writing and remembering all the wonderful things we did. I’m really enjoying getting to grips with the photo sharing app actually and as I’m working on improving¬†my photography it’s helping me focus on fine-tuning those skills. So IF for some crazy reason you are not following me on Instagram and missed all the photo fun, heres a round-up of some of my favourite snaps:



These are just a few of the many thousand, so I’m sure I’ll be posting the odd extra pic here and there when I find some hidden gems. So if you fancy following along you can find me on here – @jet.set.chick – or if you have any tips or know of any good blogs on photography do share, I’m always wanting to learn more!

Hope you’re having a good weekend, I’m back off to spend the day at the Saatchi Gallery in London, taking a break from looking behind the lens and instead enjoying my first love before the days of digital, the beautiful world of fine art.

Have a good Sunday!



Are you on instagram? Share your links! I need more accounts to explore ūüôā



There was so much going on in December, I didn’t even get a chance to write a gift guide. In fact, I hardly had any time to buy any gifts! Marvellous Mo took the reigns and managed to get all the bits and pieces we needed in time for birthdays, Christmas and other celebrations.

As great as it was to have him take care of it, it did make me sad that I wasn’t able to go out and see all the exciting novel products that appear when the holiday season is upon us. Although I’m not a big fan of shopping, I absolutely love buying gifts! So with a number of events coming up in the next few months, I decided to get myself all prepared from now. And during this preparation, I have had my eyes opened to a fabulous website that I’m excited to share with you,

I’m a big fan of personalised, handmade gifts. I love sites like notonthehighstreet and etsy, and I’ve used them both for years, so when I was sent information on uncommon, I was excited to have some fresh ideas to¬†choose from. Not just that, but as I was looking into¬†the company itself,¬†I discovered that uncommon goods have sustainability and care of the environment at the heart of their mission. They love working with artists and manufacturers that utilise recycled and organic products, oh and most importantly they do not sell products that cause harm to people or animals, no fur, no feathers!

I have a number of occasions coming up that require extra special gifts and thankfully there is plenty on offer to cover all of these occasions! There’s a section on gifts specifically for women, perfect for my MIL’s birthday, a section on anniversary gifts perfect for mine and Mo’s upcoming special day. Then there’s G’s birthday, Mo’s birthday and luckily the fab section on home d√©cor will be perfect for finding gifts to suit new home celebrations (not mine).

But of course my favourite products are ALL travel related, I couldn’t help but share a few of the ones I’ve bookmarked:


1. Cork Globe


Cork Globe


My last gift guide featured a pinboard wall map, which my dad ended up buying for me and I love it!! BUT now I also reeeeeeally love this cork globe!! It would be such a lovely accessory for an office, study, lounge.




2. Travel Stub Diary


travel stubs diary


This travel stub diary, may not be for everyone but I know I would certainly use it. Yes I don’t like to keep excess junk as it all builds up and creates clutter etc. But at the same time, I normally have a whole pile of things I do keep from travelling, perhaps because I haven’t had the chance to blog about it yet and I keep it to remind me. At the moment all that stuff lives piled up in a box. This diary would definitely be useful in helping me keep organised! (it’s so cute too!)




3. Anywhere Travel Guide


anywhere travel game cards


Mo and I travel a lot with friends and family. Fantastic four trips are a regular occurrence and these travel cards would be such a fun treat on our trip! Each card has an interactive prompt designed to get you to do something unusual, something you wouldn’t normally do on holiday, sounds like the perfect addition for a group trip away!




4. Wanderlust Cross stitch map



I know I know I’m choosing yet another map! I can’t help it, I love them so much, I look at a map and instantly want to travel, so you can never have too many right? And this one here, well it’s a cross stitch one!?!?! Crafty-travellers dream!! If my sister wasn’t also inundated with maps I would totally be buying this for her!!




5. Automatic Handbag Illuminator


handbag illuminator


A lot of people might look at this and think what a gimmick, who would buy this? ME. I would buy this. Because I must literally spend half my day rummaging through my handbag trying to find usb’s, camera storage cards, pens, tickets, money… my bag is a complete dumping ground and this seems like the perfect addition for my portable black hole.



What travel inspired gifts have you found recently? Are you a map hoarder too?



*** This post was kindly sponsored by uncommongoods, however as always all opinions are completely my own. Please note I only ever agree to sponsored content if I truly like and am inspired by the company, which I definitely was with uncommon! ***


First trip of 2017_Myanmar image


If you read my travel linkup post earlier this month you’ll know that after many months of waiting, I am finally headed to Myanmar!!! And in less than three days!?!¬†What’s more I’ll also get¬†to spend a day in Hong Kong too, which is kind of a surprise addition to my original itinerary. There was a point where I felt like¬†this trip would never come and now that it’s nearly here, I can’t believe it’s happened so quick! (yes people like me are just never satisfied).

On one of my¬†Facebook blogger groups, the lovely¬†Jane asked what blog posts everyone’s writing today¬†and when I commented saying I was working on this one,¬†Claire from¬†@GoodEggFoodie rightly pointed out that surely I should be concentrating on packing rather than writing. Spot on¬†Claire, I totally should be! but,¬†luckily for me, over the last few weeks I have had a team of wonderful helpers who have been busy prepping in the background, without me having to boss them about ūüôā

Mo and my dad have been busy creating an essential bag of goodies, with all the required toiletry and medical products. My sister, took charge of my clothes and magically made a two week wardrobe fit into two packing cubes (if in fact this turns out to be all I need, I shall be sitting her down to write a post with me on how the heck she managed this. I’m still in awe.) And my dear¬†mum has done all the running around chores everyone requires pre-trip, getting me a good rate on my currency and making sure I actually have food in my fridge whilst I battle through the last week of work.

I know you’re reading this thinking wow what a lazy¬†so and so (I was going to use the¬†‘B’ word but remembered my mums started reading this) – but the truth of the matter is working full time, writing a blog and trying my utmost to get back into graphic design, well its hard. Really hard. And if you watched one of the TED talks I recommended on Sunday, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and ask for help. Luckily for me, I have¬†the above network of people who pre-empt me asking and just get on with it anyway!!

After reading a number of great blog posts, today is the first time I have started to actually get excited. This is the first time I’m travelling solo without friends or family in seven years and it’s so strange packing and planning just for me and no one else. I’m actually going to have to map read, eat out, visit attractions all by myself… it’s going to be¬†very odd.

What’s on my agenda for this long lonesome trip?

Well first of all, it’s not going to be too lonesome. Once I land in Yangon, I shall be joining a group and I’ll be travelling with them to all the various destinations in Myanmar. The tour has been booked through Intrepid travel, I’ve never been on one of their tours before but from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty great.

Why did I decide to join a guided tour you might ask? After all, I’m a travel blogger, surely being able to travel and explore on my own are things I should be able to do without guided instructions. I booked it for three reasons: timing, safety and ease.

With just over ten days to explore, the last thing I wanted was to come back not having ticked everything I want to see off my list. When Mo and I went to Spain a few months ago we had no time whatsoever to plan beforehand and I knew with the state of our affairs these days, I would never have had the time to sit down and pre-plan a solo trip. There are many travellers who can jet off and wing it. Totally not me. I’m a planner, and if I can’t plan it, then I expect somebody else too!

Safety was also a slight concern for me travelling solo, working in travel risk I’m fully aware of the problems that are occurring at the border, and even though we are nowhere near, I wanted to feel the security of a group.

And finally ease… I can’t explain how much of a relief it is right now to know that I am not having to worry about how I’m getting from A to B. I cannot wait to just sit back and enjoy the view.

Hopefully it’ll be like this…


burma-bagan_balloons.image taken from


Whilst I’m away, I’ll be doing my¬†utmost to share as much as I can, internet permitting, across social (perhaps a blog or two if I can manage it!) so please check them out ūüôā I’m on twitter, Facebook and Instagram – I’ll be posting on whichever works fastest! Hopefully Instagram as my mums got it downloaded on her phone, ready to see some pretty pics. Wouldn’t want to disappoint her now would I.

If you think of any tips or food suggestions (I really really love food suggestions!) then please drop me a line on any of my networks, or in the comments below. Better yet, if you’re out there right now let me know, cup of tea?

I also feel I need to warn you, in my absence there will¬†be a couple of posts popping up by some of my Jet set chick crew, as they are attending a number of exciting events (WITHOUT ME!?!) over the next few weeks which I’d like them to share – ONLY if they think it’s something worth sharing though of course, they know the rules. Just try not to like their posts more than mine ūüėČ

Right well I think that’s all for now, I’m going to get back to the important task of google searching new-travel-related-story-books-to-download-onto-kindle. I’ve got some long journeys ahead…



Any tips, tricks, advice for Myanmar? Or Hong Kong? Or how about a book recommendation? All advice welcome!! oh and thank you if you have already sent me stuff ūüôā