35 Days Of Travelling With My Boyfriend

I'm sure you're all aware by now (or not) that for the past 5 weeks, I have been interrailing; traveling to 11 European countries via train with my boyfriend.

That is 35 days straight, with my boyfriend. I don't think anyone but my mum or sister would really know this, but if I spend too much time with anyone for too long, you'll drive me mad! I personally think everyone would act the same if you were in that position but hey ho, I'm going to tell you about my experience.

If you didn't already know, prior to our travels, we had already been living together for over a year, in a shared family environment. With work and doing our own things in between our days and having other people around, we can't say we've fully experienced ever having to spend so long together consecutively.

So before I express my feelings, yes he is still alive and yes we are surprisingly still together (nearly 3 years strong actually)

Now, weeks before we were set out to travel, we had to have the talk (okay that's sounds too serious) more like a proper adult discussion about the stability of our relationship and giving full warnings that this would be a proper test for us. They say holidays can make or break a couple, we've been on several holidays already but this is a big one! Except for toilet breaks, we are pretty much side by side for 35 days straight. Sounds crazy right?

Personally, I wasn't worried. Maybe, a little. Okay, not really. Although I claim to get annoyed with ones company I've been with for too long, I knew we would be alright as I believed we are so much better together than apart anyway.

2 weeks in and we're still happy! Not going to lie, it was a shock for me. Like I keep saying, not that it was about our relationship but about how I am personally.

I'm not going to deny that as time kept going, I started feeling that irritated itch, not because he was actually doing anything wrong (well maybe, boys are annoying) but because I like my space and I no longer had that. I like to do things in a particular way or I like to take my time doing this or that and being with someone for so long, you start to realise even more details you had not noticed before.

I've had my fair share of tears and tantrums because I simply wanted to be left alone. Especially with having anxiety and wanted to fulfil every journey to the fullest, sometimes it got a bit overwhelming and it's not something the the other half always understands.

We've bashed heads over little things but nothing that has changed us. To be fair, it's nothing too out of the ordinary of simply living with me, well I hope so anyway. If anything I've learnt a lot about myself, we're all a little bit selfish and sharing this trip with another had taught me to be more patient and that I'm not always going to be right. I definitely cannot control everything and sometimes just be spontaneous. 

It has definitely been an experience for both of us, not just the time we've spent together consecutively but the memories and adventures we've created together as a couple that has made us stronger and have made us realise that this is what we want to be doing for the rest of our lives.

What is the longest time we've spent with another person? ...Have you killed them yet?
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Open Letter To My Future Self


Dear Future Self,

Remember when you were 11 years old and you told yourself you'd travel the world, and when you were 23 you began those travels interrailing around Europe for 5 weeks and that was only the beginning.

Don't worry about money and all the materialistic stuff, you've worked hard to get where you are and you'll work harder to get to where you are. You'll find your dream job and you'll be the best in whatever you do.

Remember when you told that job seekers allowance man you'll come back in a week with a job? And you did? And you will do it again. Believe in yourself like you did back then. 

It may take a long time to achieve your goals, but it doesn't matter how long it takes you, as long as you're making your path, you're already half way there. 

You'll learn along the way that you can't control everything like you used to think, but that's okay. It will all work out for the better, you'll soon see that. 

Between now and then, you will learn to love yourself more because no one can ever replace you and that's pretty darn special if you ask me. You are who you are, don't let anyone change that.

Oh, and you know that boy you're spending all your travels with? He's a keeper, let him know that. Appreciate him everyday because guys like him don't come around that often. He's special, he'll always look after you. I know he's the one.

Continue to be great, I know you'll make me proud.

From your Less-Confident Present Self


What would you tell your future self?
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Back To Blogging - Life Update

(picture taken in Botanical Gardens in Zagreb)

Well well well, it's been a while since I've blogged on here. A solid 2 months, if I recall, I did say I'd only be gone for a month but then life happened.

Not that I feel the need to explain myself but I do want to keep a little record for myself to look back on why I've had such a gap in my personal blogging journey.

It's a bit self explanatory really, if you've started following me through my joint blogs: foodandbaker / foodandbakertravels, then you'd know blogging is nothing new to me but then again, if you're a blogger yourself you'd know that blogging itself is a full time job and trying to juggle 3 blogs and all its socials and having a full time job was just a tad bit too much for me. Then naturally this third blog became a chore and it started to feel very forced, so I decided to give myself a little break.

I told myself one month as I had many posts drafted for when I would have started my travels, with is a month ago now but then I just got too busy with handling all of that and a lot had changed since then.

I've quit my job, my job for nearly 3 years, I've personally wanted to quit for a while as it's not my passion and I felt I was still to young to settle into a job I didn't love, don't get me wrong, it was a terrible job and the people were so lovely but it just wasn't the career field I was looking to stay in and travelling for over a month was another factor in leaving and just seemed like killing two birds with one stone.

For the longest time I've wanted to travel the world, just like most people, I just wanted to see more and experience what the rest of the world had to offer. I've even considered travelling solo and if you know me, that's a big statement for me to make but luckily I don't have to do it alone and I didn't.

As I am writing this I am currently just over half way through my month long travels in Europe with the love of life, who I share the food and travel blogs with. We are truly blessed to be where we are and without our hard work with our joint blogs and socials we wouldn't have be able to exactly do everything we've done already.

When we go back to London Town, James would only have about a month left living in London before heading back to Sheffield for his last year of university and well, I don't have a plan as of yet. Am I worried? A little, but I have hope that I'll find something bigger and better for me out there.

Long story short, I've never been one to not know what's next but things have changed, I've changed and it's all for the better. I'm hoping to get back into my personal blogging and I'll start with one post a week - I've already got some posts in mind and some drafted from before so I hope you've enjoyed this little update and I hope you'll stick with me through this journey!

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Everything Happens For A Reason

I am a strong believer of the quote "Everything happens for a reason" I can imagine that to some it's just simply a cliche thing to say but it really is.

Over the years I have even learnt that the most terrible things that happen in your life were also meant to be, I know it's not nice to say but it's true.. Can you think of something that isn't the best that has happened to you and tell it hasn't taught you a lesson you needed to learn?

Some things happen in life that we simply just don't know the reason to it yet or some never really ever find out - some things will always stay unanswered by sometimes that might even be for the best.

How I see it is, God wouldn't put you through something you couldn't handle. So go you, if you are going through something and you feel like nothing can make it better, just remember, you are one tough cookie and you can get through anything if you set your mind to it.

If you are looking for a sign to hold on, this is your sign.
Don't give up.

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Forehead Kisses

This is really a quick appreciate post to be honest.
A boyfriend appreciation post.

This is for you James Baker.

Thank you for being patient with me, thank you for giving me everything I need, thank you for massaging me for a whole month, thank you for holding my hand when we walk down the street, thank you for those tall forehead kisses, thank you for wanting to share your life with me, thank you for being my rock, thank you for supporting me and thank you for bringing out the best in me.

Last week we celebrated one whole year of living together, from getting together "quick", to living 2 hours (via train) apart, to moving in with each other, to all the darkest drama one couple could go through, we have done it all and we have done it together.

We are the best we have been, we are at our highest and I know, no mater what happens next, even with you moving away again (he's going back to uni for his last year) we will make it work and we will be stronger than ever.

We have so much more to look forward to, with travelling in just over a month for over a month, for a few more months of living together and just simply wanting to spend the rest of our lives together.

So again, thank you, thank you for being you and thank you for accepting me for who I am.

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My Own Self-Care Routine

So I've seen many and I mean many post about how each individual likes to spend their free time, their very own self care routine and in no disrespect to any of these posts of the people who wrote them, but there is also of generic things on there and all mostly the same thing.

Self-care is about pampering yourself, taking out the time to do the thins you like, to calm yourself to just enjoy your own company. Now I'm not saying mine is any better or the right way but I thought I'd share with you my ideal self-care day. 

First things first, I am a crisps lover, I can fully eat 40 packets of crisps in one sitting, no word of a lie, so that would so be my first thing to do. Open up the laptop and eat packets upon packets of crisps as I browse around.

Also, who remembers Nik Naks? I used to have these after school all the time, but these appeared in my house the other day and now they're gone ;)

If you know me, you'll know that my nails are probably my most liked feature of myself, but I am one lazy shit head when it comes to looking after them, so when I do have time to myself or like now when I want to have a little pamper session, this is my go-to thing as it is a serious once in a blue moon moment.

I would love to always have my nails perfectly painted every week, but I honesty never have the time to, so this is really something I love doing when I have the chance and makes me super happy and fresh when it's done. Great satisfaction and accomplishment feeling.

Here comes the big shocker! Netflix!

I'm not a TV watcher, I don't sit in front of the TV at a certain time to watch certain series or episode at the time it's being shown on the TV. This is why Netflix and On Demand are my best friends, as I never feel like I have the time to do anything, I always go to Netflix on my spare time, even sitting on the toilet to throw a quick episode on because it's just that great for on the go, as well as having that serious binge moment, you know, eating more crisps and that.

Just simply having that time to yourself to enjoy and be in your own little word for a while.

Of course I have that very very rare bath with candles, when I'm in the mood I read a book and when I'm feeling inspired I write 3 blog posts in one night. So there it is, my ideal self care routine, not your typical routine but it's what I do and what makes me happy to do these very simple little things.

What is your ideal self-care routine?
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