Announcing: An All New Wanderbliss and an All New Ebook!

 

Why hello my lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season.

These last fews weeks I’ve been glued to my laptop, working on a complete makeover of my former blog Wanderbliss and a brand new ebook!

I’m happy to announce that on April 1st the Wanderbliss team and I (yep, there’s a whole team now!) will be launching the first of several online classes designed specifically for travel lovers.

The first class is called Digital Nomad 101, and is aimed at anyone who has ever thought about traveling the world full-time and working from their laptop.

After April, our second course will be for anyone wanting to live and work abroad (e.g. move to London and work full-time).

If either class sounds like something you’d be interested it, I’m inviting you to subscribe to Wanderbliss’ newsletter below. It will come out monthly (don’t worry, we’ll never spam you) and will include updates on the exact release dates of the classes (along with some very generous discount codes)

As a special bonus, anyone signing up using the form below will get a free e-book entitled “20 Remote Career Resources for Digital Nomads”.

I hope you all had a wonderful 2015 and I’m looking forward to sharing 2016 with you on GirlinLondon and Wanderbliss :)

 

xoxo

Girl in London and The Wanderbliss Team

A Northerner’s First Visit to London (Guest Post)

 

Emma is a 23 year old travel blogger at Inspiring Travel with a passion for writing and photography. She loves to write about her travels and inspire others to get out there and see the world! You can also follow her on Twitter @Emma_090391

Visiting London as a northerner can be both an exciting and very strange experience. We’ve all heard about the North/South divide and the stereotypes which come with it: southerners are posh and a bit soft while northerners are thick and love to wear flat caps. Whether or not you believe in the stereotyping, visiting London as a northerner is still an interesting experience.

To a northerner, London can seem a little cold and impersonal. No one chats on the tube or stops to say hello to one another, spending a pound for a pint is almost unimaginable and the phrase ‘ey up duck’ is unheard of.

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However, first impressions aren’t everything. Spending some time in London makes you realise what an exciting place it is to be. First of all, it’s HUGE. There’s such a variety of things to see and do that it can be quite overwhelming. Of course, there are all the must-see attractions like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden, but London is one of those places that you have to explore to find hidden gems.

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It helps if you have someone to take you around and show you the sights. Luckily, I did! After taking the obligatory photos of the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and a red double-decker bus, my friend took me up Heron Tower for a glass of wine overlooking the city. While I couldn’t hold back my shock at the price of the wine, the view was definitely worth it although going up 39 floors in the lift is quite stomach churning if you don’t have a head for heights!

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Our other stops included having a curry on Brick Lane, visiting Whitechapel Art Gallery and Spitalfields Market. My trip was completed by experiencing the London nightlife. Again, I felt quite overwhelmed by the choice (and prices!) but we settled on Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch and it turned out to be a good night.

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From a visitor’s point of view I can definitely see the appeal of London. The culture, the variety of things to see and do and the diversity of the city are all definite plus points. London is a hub of activity and a world away from the cities we have up north, mainly due to its sheer size and multiplicity. As one Londoner said to me: ‘if you don’t like London then you haven’t experienced it properly’, a statement which I would be inclined to agree with. Although I don’t think I’ll be hanging up my flat cap any time soon I’m certainly looking forward to my next visit to the capital.

Adventures Abroad: Making the Leap to London with Caity (Guest Post)

 

Girl in London’s first guest post comes courtesy of Caity O’Shaughnessy of Adventures Abroad. Caity’s an American girl who studied abroad in London and fell in love with the city. Now a graduate, she’s making the big leap from America back to the UK and has some great tips for others looking to take their lives across the pond :)

I began my blog when I was 20 – it was 2011 and I was a junior in college, about to embark on a trip across the world for a study abroad semester in London, England. What did I know about London? The West End theatre district is like New York’s Broadway, and everyone there speaks English – seemed like enough of a reason for me to choose that place to live. I kept the blog basically to ramble and document the adventures I’d be going along in the city and around Europe. What I didn’t seem to realize was that by the time I was packing up to head back to America, I wanted nothing more than to stay there forever. I remember sitting on the plane taking off out of Heathrow as I was trying to choke back the tears, realizing how truly amazing my life had become in those past five months.

Studying abroad showed me what absolute happiness feels like. Living in London showed me how amazing life can really be. There was not a single day there that I could describe as a bad day – In the entire half-year I was there; I never had a bad day. How was that possible? I knew that it wasn’t something I just experienced for the memories and then went back to life – I knew that this was supposed to become my life.

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So here I am, 23 years old, a University graduate, and booking my one way ticket to London. I’ve learned through the world of blogging that I’m not the only one who’s been swept up in this crazy London loving life, and wanted to keep my blog up as my adventures in the real world seem to be just beginning. Right now, I’ve been in the mix of the pre-London preparations, and if anyone is going through this, or even planning a visit, here some advice on the first few things you’ll be looking at:

Booking your flight
This is something that you need to get done earlier than the others on this list. Securing your flight is needed, but finding something affordable is essential. For anyone who has flown international, you know these flights are pricey. There are plenty of websites that offer deals for youth and students, as well as airlines that offer discount flights (without the normal added amenities, but also without the addition $500 we are all trying to save). Doing a little added research can go a long way when it comes to saving.

Finding accommodation
Flat hunting is one of the most stressful things I have been through, and am still currently going through. Especially when you are hunting from another continent. Whether you are searching for a long-term stay, or even just for a few weeks, there are plenty of forums and websites that give great area guides, full of opinions and tidbits. Personally, I love blogs to go to for my advice – Girl in London has an entire section of neighborhood guides in her blog right here. She’s one of my go-to’s for this, and also one of the reasons I’ve grown such an interest in living in the northeast.

Knowing your way around
London, like New York, is an enormous city with an enormous transportation system. Unlike New York, which looks like a perfect easy to navigate grid, London is packed with curves and circles, and at first glance it may seem like a foreign maze you’ll never understand. Within my first week in the city though, I already found myself pretty confident in finding my way around. The Tube is not at all as scary as it seems, and I prefer it to other transportation systems, or even driving! And if you’re not a fan of underground transportation, the streets of London are also easy to manage, and absolutely lovely to walk on. And if you find yourself lost, there are maps on almost every street corner that show you where you are and what’s around.

Once you get into this research, you’ll fall into looking up things to do, places to see, etc. etc. etc. London is a playground, and you won’t find a single person who has gotten bored with the city.

I may be a beginner in this new life, but in my first few years experiencing the London, I’ve been able to live as a neighbor to Westminster Abbey, I’ve been inside of the most famous recording studio known – Abbey Road Studios, I’ve accidentally walked into being able to see the Queen, I’ve slept on the sidewalk of Oxford street, and I’ve met one of the greatest living musicians in the world, Paul McCartney – and these crazy adventures were all before I even made my big move! Every time I have to leave London I feel like I lose a bit of my heart. Finally getting back with the plans of staying – this crazy dream finally come true – is one of the greatest feelings, and I can’t wait to share what’s to come next!

You can check out Caity’s fabulous blog at Adventures Abroad, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram
If you’re interested in contributing a guest post to Girl in London, click here.