Review- Gillray's Gin Bar The Wanderlust Bug

Gillray’s serves wines, champagnes and beers, but it is the gin cocktails you really want to be ordering. The cocktail menu is unlike any other – rather than a list of run of the mill cocktails on the menu, each individually created cocktail has a historical link to 18th Century caricaturist James Gillray, and each one is inspired by his work.

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Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scandinavia

Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scandinavia The Wanderlust Bug

Love to travel? Check. Have a bucket list? Check. Northern Lights on the list? Check. This is the case for most travellers, but it can often get quite confusing knowing the best places and best time of year to see the Northern Lights. Being a Northern Lights specialist has its perks, and I’ve travelled far and wide on the hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Stay with me and I’ll go into a little more detail…

Scandinavia is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Fact. Auroras occur near the magnetic poles of the earth, so the further north you are the better. For us in Europe, this means the northern areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland are the perfect destination.





GOOD FOR?   Budget, weekend break, social scene

STAY?   Stay at a hotel in Tromso town, or if you’re feeling adventurous why not take a short flight up to Kirkenes for a few nights at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Re-built every year, the iconic hotel boasts show stopping rooms made entirely of snow and ice – a night you will never forget!

DO?   The reason Tromso is a popular destination for the Northern Lights is that the Northern Lights excursions that run are so efficient. Hop in a jeep with a professional guide, work out the logistics of the lights, and head right over to them. If you’re lucky enough to be spending a night or two at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, try out the Arctic king crab safari, an excursion with a difference.

GETTING THERE?   Take the direct flight from Gatwick to Tromso with Norwegian Air on any Monday or Friday during Northern Lights Season.

Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scandinavia The Wanderlust Bug




GOOD FOR?   Romantic breaks, magical scenery, unique accommodation.

STAY?   Swedish Lapland is the capital of traditional Scandinavian homely lodges. Combine your stay at one of these with a night or two at the Treehotel in Harads. Because who wouldn’t want to spend in a night in a giant birds nest or UFO?

DO?   Head out on a Northern Lights snowmobile adventure, or why not try a spot of snowshoeing, Scandinavia’s traditional form of Arctic transport? If you’re headed to the Treehotel make sure you check out the Ice Dining. You + dining + on actual ice = what’s not to love?

GETTING THERE?   Flights go from London to Lulea via Stockholm with both Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air. (Tip: Norwegian Air tends to be a little cheaper).

Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights The Wanderlust Bug


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Get To Know Me Through The Liebster Award!

Get To Know Me Through The Liebster Award The Wanderlust Bug

So there’s this super cool thing out in the blogosphere called ‘the Liebster Award’. It’s a virtual award passed on by bloggers to other bloggers…the idea is to connect to and promote other bloggers in the community. I was nominated by Birthe and Brecht from Wandering The World in February (sorry it’s taken me so long to do this guys!…oops!) Birthe and Brecht are a twenty something couple from Belgium currently on a round the world adventure. 🙂

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How To Travel Around Vietnam

Travel Vietnam

Want to travel around Vietnam but not sure how? Do it like a local of course! Vietnam is definitely well equipped for the thousands of backpackers that flood through customs every year, and all public transport routes are well-connected, have a regular service and are extremely reliable.

We used a mix of methods to travel around Vietnam on our 2 week itinerary, and all have their pros and cons. Stay with me and I’ll go into a little more detail, but first make sure you have the top 8 things in Vietnam covered…

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Top 8 Things To Do In Vietnam

Mekong Delta

Working out the must-sees and must do’s of a country you’ve never visited before can be overwhelming. And there’s no guessing why when we not only have Google to consult, but tons of travel blogs, thousands of travel websites and hundreds of social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube…(the list goes on)…

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How To Get To Sapa

How To Get To Sapa

While travelling Vietnam, I created a 2 week itinerary to make sure we got to do and see some of the best things in Vietnam. We were determined to get right up to Sapa to trek the rice terraces, meet the tribal women and experience a homestay. Our first hurdle was finding out how to get to Sapa and working out whether we actually had enough time to do it on a two week trip (the answer is yes!)…

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