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How to Cope in the Summer Heat*

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Stepping off the plane at Stansted airport and being met not with dark clouds and torrential rain but sunshine and 28 degree heat was definitely an oddity a few weeks ago! I’m now back from my holiday in Sorrento and I’m absolutely delighted that summer in the UK is in full swing. I’m a huge fan of the hot weather and the barbeques, sunbathing, and bronzed tans that this brings, but coping with the warmth and humidity of the British summer can be a challenge, especially if you’re not naturally comfortable in the heat. While I was away in Sorrento, temperatures hit the high 20’s most days and when you’re out and about exploring a new city, the heat can really take it out of you. That’s exactly why I’ve put together this list of top tips for enjoying the summer without suffering due to the heat, advice which is just as applicable in Portugal as Preston! Let’s get started.

Spend or Save: What's Your Gameplan?

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Are you a saver or a spender? It can be hard to hit our savings targets especially with temptations such as takeaways, ASOS sales, and bargain flights on skyscanner just a few clicks away. Being typically British, speaking about money doesn't always come naturally but last week, the giffgaff team got a whole group of Midlands bloggers together to do exactly that, talking all things financial in honour of their new giffgaff Gameplan service. Gameplan is certainly going to be a game changer *teehee* when it comes to managing your money but before I tell you all about what I learned at the event, here's something a little more light hearted! All of the lovely bloggers at the event were invited to play the 'Spend or Save' board game to get us thinking about managing our money. Here's how it went down...

Reasons to Love North East England

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The North East of England holds a very special place in my heart. Although I'm a southerner born and bred, having been raised in the rural Suffolk countryside, I absolutely love Newcastle, York, Durham and the surrounding areas. I've spent many a summer holiday up in the north enjoying all the delights that it has to offer and this year has been no exception. This time I was technically there for work, as I was on the organising committee of a PhD study day held at the Laing Gallery in Newcastle, but I also found the time to squeeze in a day trip to one of my favourite cities: Durham. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in the city, so to give me a chance to share all the lovely photos, I've written an ode to the North East, sharing all of the reasons why I love this beautiful part of the world.

Sorrento Sightseeing: My Must-See Spots

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"Abbey, have you been to Sorrento recently? You should've mentioned it more on your blog, I had absolutely no idea." *teehee* Sorry for the holiday spam lately, folks, but I managed to take so many lovely photos in Sorrento that I just couldn't help but share them all! If you're sick of having your wanderlust kicked up a gear by all of my photos from the Bay of Naples, don't worry! My Italy post series is very nearly complete. So far, I've written about my holiday wardrobe and some very silly things that I learned during my trip, but today's post is all about must-see spots in Sorrento itself. For those of you who aren't aware, Sorrento is a coastal town located in south west Italy, perched atop some pretty stunning cliffs which plunge down into the Tyrrhenian Sea. There is so much to see and do in the city and today's post aims at giving you a flavour of it all. Buckle up, it's going to be a fun one!

8 Things You Learn on Holiday in Sorrento

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Ah, Italy! Land of culture, home of carbs. From the history of the Colosseum in Rome and the photo opportunities provided by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there's something for any holidaymaker. Even if your main vacation activity is eating (and there's NOTHING wrong with that!), there's plenty on offer. Pizza, pasta, gnocchi, gelato - it all tastes divine. As anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows all too well, I've just returned from a wonderful week in sunny Sorrento, located in Italy's Bay of Naples. I had an absolutely fantastic time and fell in love with the charming, rustic city. As always with travel, I learned so much on my holiday: some practical things and some that are just silly! I've treated you to the silly ones in today's post, so get ready to giggle! Here are eight things I learned from my holiday in Sorrento.