April Newsletter!



Hi everyone!

So as usual I’m late putting my newsletter up as I’ve had another CRAZY few days towards the end of this month attending the fantastic Traverse conference in London! I got back from Vienna right at the start of the month, have done some exciting day trips and have taken on some new blogging opportunities too! It was so lovely to have some much needed time off over the Easter break, and here’s how my April went…


I took part in my first April fools day campaign


Right at the start of the month I produced a sponsored post in collaboration with the fantastic Netflights team showcasing five beautiful destinations that look as though they belong on a totally different planet. I had a really good response from this post from you lovely lot and you seemed to really enjoy it! For the eagle eyed readers amongst you though, you might have spotted something slightly odd… and I can now reveal that this post was in fact an April fools day campaign! GOTCHA!! Did you twig?!


I reached 3000 Twitter followers




This is a HUGE milestone for me and I’m so pleased to have finally reached the big 3K mark on Twitter! A few years ago I could never have imagined that even just 3 of you would follow me on Twitter and be interested in reading my blog, let alone 3000 of you! A big thank you to everyone who has followed me and my journey over the past few years, I can’t wait to keep growing my blog and my social presence and am eternally grateful to all of my wonderful readers. Next stop, the big 5k! 😉

I went to Blenheim Palace for the last time this year 


What a beautiful day and what a beautiful part of the world we live in ☀️☀️ #blenheim #sunshine #sundayfunday

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So if you’re an avid reader of my blog, and you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I go to Blenheim Palace an awful lot! It’s so close to my home (just a 15min drive) and it’s one of the most beautiful places in Oxfordshire. Sadly our annual passes have come to an end and we won’t be renewing them until 2018, but we had one final wander around the grounds and the palace on a lovely sunny April weekend. I really made the most of my last visit to Blenheim and went for lunch in Woodstock too to make a proper day of it. I will obviously be returning to Blenheim again soon, just not for a year or so until I renew my AP, but I’ll miss this pretty place! Until next time, Blenheim 😘


I had a girly spa day


Back in January I booked a spa day as part of my sister Sophie’s 18th birthday present for the two of us as well as my mum and other sister Hannah and we couldn’t wait for our first girly day of 2017! We headed to the super modern Bannatyne Banbury Spa in Oxfordshire, around 40 minutes from home, and were treated to back massages, facials and full use of the facilities including pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. We had lunch there to make a proper day of it and it was so lovely to spend some quality relaxation time together – I totally switched off and had a good detox. I love a good spa day and it’s even better when I get to spend it with my beautiful family!


I had an exciting meeting with a local PR company





So I can’t say too much about this at the mo, but last week I had a super cool meeting with a local travel PR company in Oxford and I think I’m going to be working with them at some point in the not too distant future on reviews and press trips! I’ll bring you more news as and when I have it, but all I can say is that I’m really excited to be working with a fantastic team and I can’t wait to get cracking on some new blog projects for 2017!


I had the most amazing weekend in London at Traverse17




Ahh I’ve just got back from a brilliant weekend in London for my second time attending the fantastic Traverse conference! I went to the Cardiff event last year and it was fantastic but this year was EVEN BETTER with more workshops, more events, more brands and sponsors and lots more parties! Michael, Paul and the rest of the Traverse team ensured every single one of us bloggers were well looked after at the Ravensbourne building next to the 02 arena and I learnt such a lot from my three days there.



I networked as much as I could, making sure I spoke to as many people as possible, and this really helped to boost my confidence. The highlight of the weekend was a river cruise along the Thames hosted by CityCruises and CheapFlights – seeing all the famous London landmarks lit up after dark was mesmerising and something I’ll remember for a very long time! Thanks Traverse team – you da best! <3


So my April was filled up nicely and wasn’t too crazy busy but it ended on a real high with my recent weekend in London. The month of May is now upon us and I’ve got some exciting things planned as well as my first beach holiday in three years with a week in Tenerife to look forward to at the end of the month! How did your April go? Let me know in the comments below!

Love Jess X



Also here's me loving life at #CanaryWharf just because tube station tourists have more fun 🚇🚇 #youknowit #TravelTuesday #I'mageek

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Five Other Worldly Destinations That Don’t Belong On Planet Earth


Planet earth. I love our planet, I love everything about it. I love the oceans, the green fields and the desert plains. I love the glaciers, the mountains and the coastlines. We have everything we could ever need, all around us, all the time. But there are some places on this planet that look as though they really shouldn’t be here at all. They look other worldly, almost from a completely different solar system, and not like they should be on this earth with us. I’ve been looking at some of these destinations and they’ve been giving me alllll the wanderlust feels, so much so that I’ve teamed up with Netflights, one of the UK’s leading internet based travel companies supplying flights, hotels and more, to put together a little inspo list; let’s see what you think of these out of this world landmarks…

Salar de Uyuni (The Salt Flats), Bolivia



Located amid the Andes in South West Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is home to the world’s largest salt flat, a prehistoric lake that turned dry over thousands of years, leaving behind an 11000 square kilometre landscape. Filled with unique rock formations, bright white salt and stunning islands, this incredible landmark stands almost 12000ft above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. Covered by several metres of salt crust, the flats give the most amazing reflections in the bright sunshine and they’re also a major breeding ground for a number of different flamingo species.


Las Coloradas (The Pink Lagoon), Rio Lagartos, Mexico


Naturally Pink Lagoon in Mexico 🌴⛅ Photo By @marisahampe #boredpanda

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Possibly the most instagrammable place I’ve ever seen, this baby-pink-cotton-candy natural lagoon is located on the Yacatan Peninsula in the tiny fishing town of Las Coloradas, just 3 hours away from Cancun. Surrounded by amazing white salt banks and dreamy blue skies, this Barbie pink lagoon gets its beautiful colour from the micro-organisms, such as red plankton and shrimp, which live there and dye the water with their chemicals. If pink is your thing you HAVE to check this place out – it’s giving me serious wanderlust!


The Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon, (Diamond Beach), Iceland



Located in south east Iceland, this enormous glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park was formed when the glacier started to recede from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. At almost 250 metres in depth, the lake has recently become the deepest in the whole country. The icebergs get their differing bright blue and wonderful white colours depending on how much air is trapped within the ice, and the lake is home to a variety of sea life too. Diamond Beach lies the other side of the road and is filled with ice cubes, illuminated ice crystals and icebergs and complete with beautiful black sand.


Vinicunca (The Rainbow Mountain), Peru



An undiscovered land in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, the Ausangate Mountain, also known as the Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is striped with bright and beautiful colours giving the most amazing landscape. Sitting at over 6000 metres above sea level, and located 100km from the busy city of Cusco, this geological wonder gets its rainbow like colours from its rich and varied mineralogy. During your trek across the mountain you’ll find herds of llama and alpaca waiting to greet you while you fumble for your camera trying to get the photograph of the year.


Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Zhangjiajie, China


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Said to be the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in blockbuster Disney film Avatar, this 266 square mile scenic forest-like attraction is home to more than 3000 quartzite sandstone pillars, natural skyscrapers as tall as the Empire State Building. The tree like figures in this UNESCO World Heritage Site were formed over 400 million years ago through a series of geological events giving us some of the most unique rock formations on planet earth. Standing amongst lakes, ravines, gorges, waterfalls, natural bridges and over 40 incredible caves, this place creates the most incredible landscape in the Zhangjiajie area of China.


So there we have it, five of my favourite other worldly destinations. Have you ever been to any of these places before? They’re all now firmly planted high up on my bucket list, so I’d love to know if you’ve visited any of them. Speaking of other worldly destinations, did you know that Netflights has launched the NEW TS48 spacecraft running flights to outer space? Yes, you heard me right, actual REAL OUTER SPACE!! Operating out of a top secret location in the Lake District, you can now fly from earth to infinity and beyond. To become a pioneer of the Netflights outer space journeys, register your interest and find out more here:

This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with NetFlights, but all words are my own. Instagram photos credited accordingly.



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