It appears I’m awful with keeping up with travel posts so expect a few about my trips from last year and to kick it off I thought I would run through five things you should do in Berlin outside of the usual tourist things.

First, lets quickly touch on where to stay.

I went on this trip with Holiday Inn Express, so naturally we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Alexanderplatz. This is actually the second time I’ve used Holiday Inn in Berlin and I’d highly recommend it. Location wise it’s perfect, walking distance from a lot of the key locations such as Alexandrerplatz and easy to get on public transport too. The rooms were recently redesigned with the IHG Next Generation concept which means the rooms feature Smart TVs allowing guests to stream their own devices in bed and the rooms all have a work area and high padded noise-reducing area, so perfect wether you’re there to relax or to work. The rooms are all very clean, modern, comfortable and the location makes it perfect to pop back into the hotel if you’re looking to recharge your phone or your own batteries after a busy day. Breakfast is included and comes with the usually continental food you’d expect and best of all pancakes!

If you caught my guide to Berlin back in 2016, here are a few extra things I’d recommend checking out/doing in Berlin

Enjoy dinner/drinks at a speak easy
I’m not a big party animal but if you are Berlin is the most perfect city. However, if you’re more like me and would rather get a drink or a nice meal then Berlin’s Speakeasies are perfect. We went to Bar Tausend for dinner, which is beneath a railway bridge (an unmarked old iron door), the getting in process is a little intimidating but once we were in we had a great dinner. I think they also have DJs depending on the night, it’s not the cheapest but I’d recommend!

Visit an art Gallery
Berlin has an incredible art scene so it’d almost be rude to not visit an exhibition! We went to C/O Berlin to a photography exhibition but there are loads to choose from!








Go on a Graffiti Walking Tour
After this walking tour I now want to do one in every city I visit. We learnt so much about graffiti (obviously), the history of the city and we got to see the city too. Graffiti tours are also very affordable so a great option if you’re on a budget.


Have a hot dog for lunch Curry 36
I love a hot dog so of course I was excited to check out Curry 36. It’s definitely not the fanciest, it’s basically a kiosk selling fast food but as a one off it’s great and it’s super affordable (which means you can splash out on dinner!) I was also surprised by the amount of locals (many in business suits) eating here too, I got a simple Currywurst and although it’s probably best to not have these too regularly I’d definitely go again!

View the city at night the Fernsehtrum Tower
We didn’t do too many touristy things but theres something magical about seeing a city from above at night and the Fernsehtrum Tower is a great place to do so.

Have you been to Berlin? I’d love to go back again soon so if you have any extra recommendation then please leave them in the comments.

Revolution suitcase revalation suitcase patternI use to thinking packing just a carry-on was basically mission impossible but this year I’ve definitely learnt it’s actually not that tricky. If you’re traveling for less than 5 days, then I think a carry-on is all you need! It’s cheaper, easier to carry and saves time at the airport- I can’t believe I didn’t start traveling with just a carry-on earlier!

Here’s my tips if you’re new to traveling with just a carry on…

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1.Choose the perfect suitcase
My new Revelation suitcase has really made my carry-on experience that little bit easier. It’s the perfect size, light-weight suitcase, with all the necessary zips and I love that it’s a bold print as on the odd occasion that I do check it in it’s easy to find. I would recommend investing a little bit more in your carry on and going for a good quality one, I’d had a few different ones before this one and they really don’t compare to this one. The cute little quotes on it always make me smile too, although I am yet to take it on a summer holiday.

I always divide mine up and the right side is for clothes and the left for everything else, it’s always worked out really well and stops me from over packing too many clothes. I also find that the zip to close the right section makes opening and closing the suitcase much easier!

2. Check Luggage restrictions
If you’re allowed a carry-on suitcase and a handbag then make the most of it but make sure you stay within the airlines rules as paying for extra luggage can be really costly. Remember that some airlines have weight restrictions as well as dimension restrictions, again the Revelation suitcase is usually the perfect dimensions.

I would also recommend taking a canvas bag in your suitcase as if you do need to check your carry-on in as they flight is full, you’ll want somewhere to put your valuables and flight-essentials in.

3. Check the weather and plan outfits
I’m not great at this but it can be one of the most useful things to do. Try on all your outfits and take photos of them on your phone, this will mean you won’t overpack and it’ll even save you time when getting ready whilst on holiday.

4. Sharing is caring
If you’re traveling with friends or a boyfriend there are things you can share which will save valuable space in your luggage. Share a toothpaste tube, shampoo, hair tools, laptop and even camera.

5. Wear bulkier items
Wear you coat/jacket and any other bulkier items, especially as you’re probably on a short-haul flight if you going with just hand-luggage. For example, I’ll always wear/carry my leather jacket as it’s really heavy, jeans, a t-shirt and a jumper (if I need a jumper).

6. Pack minis
Beauty items can weigh so much, I like to save sachets and smaller products for travel. If you’re quite loyal to a product you can pick up little travel pots to decant your skincare/foundation into.

7,Keep liquids accessible
Makes life so much easier when going through security, I like to back my clear bag at home so I don’t have to go through my whole suitcase at the airport. 8. Leave tech behind

8. Leave tech behind
Not always possible I know but if you don’t need to take your laptop for your romantic weekend in Italy than don’t take it. It all weighs so much and takes up valuable shoe space, plus it’s the perfect excuse to just relax and not work whilst you’re there.

Would love to hear your carry-on tips in the comments!

Snapchat is quickly becoming one of my favourite social media platforms, I love how instant it is and that they only last 24 hours. I catch up on Snapchat everyday before bed and view them as mini unedited YouTube videos so I thought I would share my five favourites…

Desi Perkins (Username: desiperkins) One of my all time favourite Snapchatters, Desi’s makeup always looks incredible but what makes her Snapchat is her relationship with fellow Snapchatter Lusterlux- they’re both very funny and it’s nice to see it from both sides!

Laura (Username: buynowbloglater) Laura is still probably my favourite ever YouTuber despite having stopped making videos many years ago but I think her Snapchat really helps fill the void. It’s a mixture of her outfit, makeup and her life in Dubai.

Lily Pebbles (Username: lilypebbles ) I was speaking to a few of my friends who all agree that Lily Pebbles is currently their favourite too especially as she uploads so regularly. Lily’s Snapchat is like her weekly vlogs except more chatty, therefore more personal and you really feel like your living her day with her. Most excitingly of all Lily has mentioned she will being going Snapmas, like vlogmas but on Snapchat, combining two of my favourite things- I’m already excited for December!

Victoria  (Username: inthefrow ) Victoria posts a great variety of fashion, beauty and her incredible travels. Although all her snaps are amazing I have never had such travel envy, a few weeks ago she was in the Maldives (/heaven) which looked like absolute paradise!

Sarah Ashcroft  (Username: sarah_ashcroft ) I don’t follow too many fashion bloggers on Snapchat but Sarah is my favourite, it’s great to put a personality to the Instagram photos and join her at events/shoots.

Also of course, I’m going to plug myself here too, join me on Snapchat, username: alittleobsessed, I’m off to Spain tomorrow for two days and would love to bring you along…

Who are your favourite Snapchatters?

1. Opt for a darker nail colour

2. Go for a walk
Autumn is one of the pretties seasons, you can walk throw all the crunchy leaves before winter sets and it gets too cold to be outside.

3. Experiment with some new hot drinks
I’m yet to try a Pumpkin Spice Latte but love Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates and all types of teas.

4. Make Halloween Plans

5. Get back on Netflix
Catch up with your favourite series that you haven’t had a chance to watch all summer or start making your way through all the films you’ve been meaning to watch. My favourite series are Hart of Dixie and Modern Family although I am currently addicted to Suits

6. Swap your summer dress for scarfs, jumpers and coats
Layering up can up fun!

7. Make your way through your candle collection

8. Give baking another go

9. Start thinking about Christmas

10. Volunteer
This can be a little scary but it’s also very rewarding, if you have a little bit of extra time volunteer in your local community, visit an elderly person or offer to serve Christmas lunch.