When Life Before Work Travel asked if I wanted to go on their YachtLife trip, island hopping in Croatia for a week, I’d basically already packed before they finished the sentence. I’ve got this thing with boats you see (here’s a list of six reasons why your next holiday should be on a boat), plus I’ve never been to Croatia and LBW is an ethos I can really get behind.
Bordeaux is only a one hour and twenty minute flight from Dublin, who knew? Oh, all of you, ok. Well, I hadn’t been to France since I was a child so I was pretty excited to head over to what’s basically the centre of the wine universe last week. The lovely people at Lidl played host to our gang of about 25 and I was lucky enough to stay in the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux, a gorgeous five star hotel in a seriously fancy 18th-century building right in the city centre
While I may have earned myself the nickname ‘Rebel Yogi’ on my notionzy yoga sailing trip in Turkey last month, I guess it’s sounds healthier than just ‘rebel’, right? I drink alcohol, I eat meat and sugar, I miss a class here and there…and WHAT? I started yoga earlier this year in an attempt to find some kind of activity that didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out like how I feel entering a conventional gym. Something I could keep up for life, that I could do any time, anywhere.
I’ve just come back from spending a week sailing on a gorgeous traditional Turkish wooden gullet yacht on the Aegean Sea and I honestly felt weird being back on land! It doesn’t take much getting used to, even for scaredy cats like me and I’ve already booked my next sailing trip to Croatia next month…I can’t get enough. So what are the reasons why you should have your next holiday on a boat?
I try to wear less make up (and clothes, admittedly) on holidays plus I’m always conscious of baggage allowance, but I’m a sucker for limited edition summer packaging so this lot made it into my holiday make up bag on my recent trip to Turkey. What are your summer sun make up must haves? The edit, clockwise from top: MAC Turquatic EDT // Benefit They’re Real Mascara Beyond Blue // Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Cream Eye Shadow Stylo // Clarins Aquatic Treasures Waterproof Eye Pencil Aquatic Green // The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome // Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector Coral
Packing for a week on a boat, do I travel light and go with the bare minimum or max the baggage allowance? Some clear packing cubes, wet bag, swim shoes (big up Lidl!) and shades, my Penneys haul, new GoPro Hero 4, plus a shit load of SPF (my guide to high factor products here) and yoga clothes and I’m nearly done. Next stop: Yogacruising Ahoi, twice a day yoga on a gorgeous wooden gulet yacht, hiking and swimming, healthy eating, reading and soaking up the sun in Turkey…I can’t bloody wait.
Last week I popped along to the launch of the Vintage Tea Party in the Beacon Hotel. Bubbles, make up, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner …so yeah, basically a few variations of food and drink with some girly fun thrown in for good measure – the makings of a bloody good night away.