Travel Dreams & Our Most Special Adventure (So Far)

We never went away when I was young, I was born and raised in Buckinghamshire in England and until I was an adult that was all I knew. We didn't have the money for yearly holidays abroad, nor UK breaks or weekends away, we could barely even afford days out. My Mum was a single Mum working multiple jobs doing her best for us and I treasured the moments she sat doing puzzles with us, teaching us how to write and to draw, cuddling us on the sofa and taking us to the library. We were never the kids starting a new school year with suntanned skin and memories of days around the pool, but that didn't matter, we'd made other memories and as a 30-year-old woman I still hold on to the memories of summer days spent sunbathing on a towel in my back garden with my little brother in the paddling pool next to me.

Travelling is, therefore, something I will never ever take for granted. Every time I am able to now go out for the day to see somewhere new is an adventure, every weekend away and every holiday we go on, we always count our blessings. 

I'm certainly no experienced traveller, but the places I have seen so far have left me dreaming and hoping to be lucky enough to see more of our beautiful world. There's nothing quite like finding somewhere that steals a piece of your heart, that takes your breath away and that teaches you something new, whether that be about the place you're visiting or about yourself.

Last month my Husband and I celebrated our 30th birthdays and also 16 years of being together by visiting Dubrovnik in Croatia and I think it may well have been my most favourite holiday so far and not only because we got to visit some of the gorgeous Game Of Thrones filming locations, but because Dubrovnik was somewhere that captured our hearts, our interests and our imaginations with its outstanding beauty, it's breathtaking views, it's warm and friendly local people, it's fascinating history and it's pure charm. 

Adam and I spent our time exploring and getting lost inside of the city walls of Dubrovnik Old Town with no plans in particular and I absolutely loved it. It felt like another world inside of those walls, as we wound around the different alleys and passageways. The history was fascinating and the old, small buildings were cosy and inviting. The many stray cats there are a cat-lovers (like me) dream and what's particularly heart-warming is that the local people there really seem to take care of them with collection boxes for food, trays and plates of biscuits out for them and little safe areas with soft cushions and blankets for them to go to, which is so lovely!

Sitting outside in the warm evenings down one of the cosy alleyways surrounded by the charming city walls, with a candle on the table, fairy lights above our heads, the sound of bats flying above us, a friendly kitten bouncing over to the table to say hello and great vegetarian food on the table in front of us, was the perfect way to end our days of exploring. 

It's fair to say that we fell in love with Dubrovnik and that we truly made the most of our time there together as a couple whilst Adam's Mum kindly took care of our boys. We watched the sunset every single night, one night from on board an old ship that sailed around the island as the sun went down and another night from on top of the Old Town walls. I actually overcame my fear of heights that I've had since a child to walk the city walls at sunset and it was honestly, one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far..  I'll never forget how those golden views over the old city made me feel and how magical it was to be up there as the sun was going down for the day. 

We also took a cable car up the side of a mountain to see the incredible views over the city from the top and overcoming my anxieties to do that felt like nothing I can explain. My passion to explore and to experience moments that I knew would stay with me forever outweighed my fear and it felt so freeing. Dubrovnik is one of the most romantic, stunning places I have ever visited. It has a certain charm to it like nowhere else we've ever been to, I hope one day Adam and I will be able to go back and get lost inside those city walls together once again. 

The more of the world I see, the more that I realise how much more to the world as I know it there is. 

Thank you for reading. 
Alex xo


  1. Love this! Croatia has long been on the top of my bucket list. I hope to make it there some day and love learning about your childhood.

  2. I've not been to Croatia yet - but I have booked flights to take my mum over there for her birthday present in December, so we can go and experience the Christmas markets x

  3. I really want to go to Dubrovnik as it looks so beautiful and your photos are lovely. I can't believe how long you guys have been together, that's so lovely x

  4. I remember your Croatian travels, it looks like you had such a great time. It's a beautiful country! Good luck with the Safari competition, I got married in South Africa, and Tanzania is high up on my list! :)

  5. your photos are stunning as always Alex. Heres crossing my fingers for you that that African Safari can get a tick soon x

  6. Wow it looks and sounds as though you had an amazing time! I've always wanted to go there! Thanks for sharing your amazing stories and photos x

  7. Alex, your photos are just stunning and what a gorgeous place to have made memories in together! x