This month has been all about CANADA. I went on an absolute dream of a trip with Trek America, starting in Calgary and ending in Vancouver. My fourth time in the country, but definitely my first time falling in love with it. So beautiful, fresh, clean and just all round lovely, and spectacular and incredible.

All the superlatives.

My June

I went with an awesome group of bloggers who made me laugh, a lot. And just wanna say a big shout out to our group leaders Heather and Will who just made the Trek America trip the incredible and unforgettable experience it became. Love them and miss them.

We had a film crew follow us round for the 10 days so I’m excited for them to get it done so I can share the trip with you.

It was tiring, camping for 8 nights and being on the go from at least 7am most days (5am one of them), but it was one of those trips that really challenges you, and they’re the kind that change you for the better.

Crete, Greece

Two days before that I was coming to the end of My Big Fat Greek Villa Holiday with Ben and our friends in Crete. Greece is definitely my number one holiday destination, as in, the best country to go to relax and recuperate. I’ve been to a few islands now and loved them all. If you’re looking for a traditional beach holiday location, that’s my number one recommendation.

I feel like I didn’t really actually see much of Crete, mainly because we had this big beautiful villa to enjoy, but I liked what I saw of our little area of Elounda.

Loved it. Would do again. Five outta five. 

Barcelona and Primavera Festival

And then, before that, I went on a last minute trip to Barcelona for Primavera Festival. I was working with SEAT cars, who sponsored it all, and I got to test drive their new cars around the city. Again, an incredible experience – in fact these three trips are probably my favourites from the entire year.

Check out what I got up on the video here…

My blog posts

When I was in Canada I didn’t really have Wi-Fi – definitely not enough for any blog posts anyways. So since I got back I’ve been busily trying to catch up with the schedule – excuse the bombardment of new posts if you’re signed up to my RSS feed. Normal sporadic service will resume next week.

Where to Go in Canada in the Summer

My Big Fat Greek Villa Holiday, in Crete

My Primavera Festival Experience

The Coolest Gadgets and Tech for Festivals

Time to Reset: 5 Tips to Help You Calm Your Life Down

iPhone vs Samsung for Travel

I’ve just had a nice relaxing week in Southsea to finish the month, complete with 30C sunshine. Unfortunately I’ve been inside for most of it – beavering my way through the workload from two weeks away, but that’s fine. I can sit in my office with the window wide open and my new headphones, loving life.

Southsea Beach Yoga

I’ve been back at the gym, going to yoga (did a class on the beach last night!), going out for dinners with friends and pimping up my house a bit.

I also went to see the Zuiderdam cruise ship, docked in Southampton, last week. Ben and I were treated to an incredible five course dinner and a tour of the ship. It’s from the Holland America Line fleet and is beautiful. They’ve mixed the traditional gold and gilt cruise style with modern design, and it definitely looks like a ship I’d like to spend more than an evening on!

The invitation expired at about 10pm though, and we had to disembark. Southampton was looking pretty impressive that night though!

On Wednesday I got to go and have cocktail and dinner on board the Zuiderdam, which was docked in Southampton. The ship was beautiful, it felt modern but still had that cruisey gilt. We explored, we drank and we ate bouillabaisse and fresh perch with some interesting characters from the cruise world. Had a great evening. One of the highlights was seeing Southampton from a different view, on the upper deck. It’s not my favourite place in the world but from there it looked kinda lush, with an interesting skyline and I loved imagining what people thought when they docked in to that big looming IKEA. Fun night, and a good transition from the highs of Canada to the norms of sitting at my desk. // #zuiderdam @halcruises #hollandamericaline #cruise #cruiselife #iliketocruise #cruising #southampton @four.travel_uk #halcruises

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Last weekend Ben and I cycled over to Hayling Island a few miles away with a ferry in the middle for the water bit. We went to the kitesurfing festival, and this weekend, we’re going to Portsmouth Seafood Festival. See – so much to do here!

I’m really trying to explore my locale a bit more, to see what’s on my doorstep.

But first, Antigua on Sunday!

Going to Antigua

I’m off to the Fat Buddha Yoga Retreat at the Galley Bay Resort to practice my Downward Dog and Lotus. It’s going to be exactly the health kick I need.

Mornings and evenings will be filled with yoga, while the rest of the time we’ll be relaxing at the hotel, going out on a catamaran and making the most of the watersports on offer there. Make sure you follow along on my Instagram Stories @VickyFlipFlop!

And then, home

And then for the rest of July it’s a mix of a wedding at Hampton Court Palace (well excited to see Fiona walk down the aisle!), one in Southsea, a midweek trip to see friends in London and then the Warriorfest Festival at the end of the month. It’s put on by my local brewery, the Staggeringly Good Brewery, and is basically a celebration of beer and dinosaurs, on a boat.

Should be interesting.

And look what I’ve just found!

Feedspot have decided I’m the number one Solo Female Travel Blogger in the UK. Don’t think I’ve ever been number one at anything before, very exciting! Although I literally made a vow yesterday to stop comparing myself, but yay, celebrations!

solo travel blogger

Hope you’ve had a good June –
would love to know what you’ve been up to!

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