Amsterdam has been one of my favourite cities since I first visited back in July 2015. I adored the architecture, the culture, the canals and the people. It is buzzy, vibrant, always moving and quite chaotic at times. It makes me feel alive as it always on the go and there is something else to see around the next corner.
My two best gal pals and I decided to visit months ago when we saw a one-way flight from Glasgow for around £15. I have been desperate to visit again since I left three years ago so visiting with two of my favourite people had me looking forward to a trip back for months.
There are lots of little bits you need to get in order before travelling or else you will be a bit of a headless chicken. I usually end up forgetting something and end up picking toiletries up in the airport or relying slowly on my card when away as I forgot to exchange currency and grudge withdrawing money.
I really enjoy packing so often devote most of my time to that or I spend pre-holiday prep on more trivial matters like scouring ASOS for any last minute picks or checking Pinterest for cute Instagram spots (I’m lame I know) but in light of travelling to two cities at the end of this month I thought I’d rustle up a little check list of important things to do. Tbh, this is more for me than anyone else but I have made a little PDF print out* in case anyone wants one for themselves.
My favourite thing about holidays is having the excuse to do absolutely bloody nothing. I do that most of the time anyway but then end up feeling guilty for y’know, not getting on with my life. Ibiza provided to the perfect excuse to forget about everything for a few days and completely relax. I’m into that.
I never read much during the semesters as I’m usually bogged down in academic texts for my modules or watching Netflix on a procrastination binge. I’m an avid reader and can easily finish a book in a few hours so I made sure I packed ample for my time in the sun.
I’ve just returned from a week of sunning myself in Ibiza with my little sister and surprise, surprise, we didn’t kill one another. There was a lot of bickering but no major blow ups and I had a really lovely time on the island.
Ibiza has never been my first choice of holiday destination but when I was looking for somewhere cheap to take my sister a few months ago I couldn’t ignore the £20-ish flights to this Balearic island. A decent enough looking hotel was then found on Booking.com for a very reasonable price (breakfast included!) and it was settled – to Ibiza we were going and off-season too. The flight time is only 3 hours from Edinburgh airport so it doesn’t feel too far away when trying to find some sunshine.
I’m typing this up on and making the edits on the 28th of February. Tomorrow is the first of March. And today, Glasgow has been utterly obliterated by the Beast of the East. We’ve been sledging on a plastic lid and IKEA bags whilst Rachel tried to kill herself by going down a hill in Kelvingrove Park in her inflatable duck.
In an effort to make myself feel a bit more summery whilst there is a snowstorm blowing outside, I decided to work on a wish list for Ibiza. I can’t really afford to buy any new clothes so only gonna treat myself to maybe a bag, midi dress and some sandals but a girl can dream yes?