I feel like I’ve written so many destination guides and festival updates recently. This is absolute peak season for me and my festival summer is FULL. Time to chill out, step back, and write in my virtual diary about what I’ve been up to. It all starts again tomorrow.  

It’s been a crazy few months, always is. Feels like I always start these updates like this – maybe because it’s the crazy times that make me feel the need to stop and take stock of what I’ve been doing.

Princess Cruises Stockholm

I’ve actually just had a glorious weekend at home, away from the craziness. Needed it. I was meant to be going to a festival in Hay on Wye – How the Light Gets In – but for various reasons I won’t go into, Ben and I decided to stay at home.

With no plans we had a lovely weekend by the sea. Ben thrashing me at Pitch and Putt, me falling asleep during Star Wars fight scenes at the cinema, doing a bit of DIY, a BBQ with friends, watching Liverpool lose, getting burnt lying on the beach, going in the sea, picnic lunches and Japanese dinners. It was actually glorious, and needed.

Reminded me of why I love living in Southsea so much, even though it feels like I’m barely ever here.

MAY

Just this month I’ve been on the Scandinavia and Russia cruise for two weeks – so much fun but pretty intense with 6 countries in 11 days, and 10 awesome bloggers to hang out with. It was an incredible experience, with a lot of laughs.

I had about 12 hours and then went to Milan on a WowTrip with my friend Fiona. A lovely weekend but I was ill the first night (exhaustion?) and then Fi was the second (cocktails?). 

Since then I’ve just been trying to catch up on life. Y’know, doing work, yoga, attempting the gym and not drinking every day.

Almost there and I’m off again…

JUNE

Tomorrow I’m going to Barcelona for Primavera Festival.

SO. EXCITED.

The line up looks amazing and this is one of those festivals I’ve been looking at for YEARS. It’s a bit of a last minute thing but I’m going over courtesy of SEAT cars, who are sponsoring it. Honestly, my itinerary looks immense. Test drives, Beats parties, massages before the festival, flying over with BBC DJs and all night at the festival. Genuine butterflies writing this I’m so excited.

I’m going a day early so I can go and see my brother and soon to be sister-in-law to catch up on the wedding plans for the Greece wedding in September. They live in Barcelona – you know that. Oh, and of course, to see my doggy nephew, Apollo.


THEN, it’s a night at the Travelodge at Gatwick and I’m off on the 7am Sunday flight to Crete. Holiday! I’m joining my boyfriend and all his friends on their villa holiday in Greece – yay! We fly out at 7am and have one night in Malia, and then off to the villa up in the mountains. I feel like I’m more excited about Malia than they are – honestly, it was my travel dream when I was 18ish. 

Five days of Greek salad, gyros, Mythos and pool time. YES.

And then I’m coming home a few days early to prepare for my next trip…

CANADA!

Yesssahhhhhhhh. I’m joining the annual Trek America blogger trip and this year it’s to Canada. From Calgary to Vancouver to be precise.

Canada catch up update

Here’s a little insight into what we’ll be doing…

  • Guided walk on the incredible Athabasca Glacier
  • Relax in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs in Banff
  • Unearth adventure in all-action Whistler
  • Stay at a rustic guest ranch at Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway
  • Leisure time at picture-perfect Lake Louise
  • Spot iconic Canadian wildlife in scenic Banff
  • Visit Yoho’s Takakkaw Falls & vivid Emerald Lake
  • Sightseeing & Stanley Park in cosmopolitan Vancouver

Three travel dreams in three weeks. I genuinely can’t believe that this is all in the next month. Definitely going to need a lie down for the last week of June.

Home time

During this last almost two weeks at home I’ve felt very grateful. On Saturday we were lying on the beach, after a few rum punches, and I felt overwhelmed by everything I have in my life. I think it’s good to take stock now and then, and I guess, to use an olde phrase: count your blessings.

me in Stockholm

If things are aligned now, as they were for me on Saturday (though not after some family news last night), it doesn’t take much for them to fall down. The fragility of life as you know it can shatter easily so I’ve always thought it important to be grateful for what you have now, knowing it could change in a second. 

So if you can sit back, count your blessings and be happy right now: clap your hands.

If not? This too shall pass.

I wasn’t actually meaning to get deep, but I’m writing this in one take so I’ll leave it. It’s obviously the message I want to give myself right now.


Finally got round to making another video this month, on my trip to Lincolnshire with mum. You can watch it on my YouTube channel, or here.


Right, I better go and pack

What does one wear to a festival with BBC DJs and exclusive parties?!

Oh, and as always, let me take you with me on Instagram Stories at @VickyFlipFlopI’ve had a break but I’ll get on it tomorrow. 

What have you been upto this month?

Anything you’d like to tell me about. Or more importantly, your top 3 blessings right now?

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