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I survived domestic violence – you can too » Absolutely Lucy

I survived domestic violence – you can too » Absolutely Lucy

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*This domestic violence post is a collaboration with multiple organisations and comes with a trigger warning.For a long time, this was a post that was never going to be shared. One that would be forever banished to the bottom of my drafts and never to see the light of day. It was a topic that was hard enough for me to broach with friends and family, I couldn’t bear to say the words domestic violence, or abusive relationship, out loud. I was humiliated and embarrassed to admit what I had been through, and not emotionally ready to confirm that this horrible period in my life was more than just a bad dream.Why talk about domestic violence?But then it really hit me. My experience, although heartbreaking and life-altering for me, was not unique. Sadly it’s the story for many women – 1 in 3 w
Authentic German Jagerschnitzel Recipe | A Couple for the Road

Authentic German Jagerschnitzel Recipe | A Couple for the Road

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This variant on the famous schnitzel of Germany and Austria is a Jagerschnitzel – a standard veal or pork schnitzel made with a deep, rich, mushroom sauce.The dish, itself, is dark and satisfying, perhaps one of our favorite takes on the traditional German schnitzel. While the recipe doesn’t call for it, you truly should consider adding one shot of the famous German liqueur Jagermeister to the sauce, and allowing to simmer. It only adds to the dish, and gives it a great kick.Enjoy!JagerschnitzelPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsServings: 4 people8 boneless pork loins each approx. 3 ozsalt and pepper3 eggs1 cup all-purpose flour2 cups bread crumbs1/2 cup vegetable oil1 tablespoon butter3 cups sliced mushrooms - mixture of button and chanterelle1 small onion chopped2 roma tomatoes1/2 cup be
How I Booked an $8,967 First Class Airplane Ticket for $5.60

How I Booked an $8,967 First Class Airplane Ticket for $5.60

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I hung up the phone with a giant grin plastered across my face. One of my oldest friends, who I’ve known since I was 14, just called to tell me that he was getting married! And the wedding was going to take place in just a few months in July. In Barcelona. There was just one slight problem. I was nowhere near Barcelona. In fact, I was exactly 7,919 miles away on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Which meant that I needed to book a flight literally across the world during the busiest travel season of the year. As you can guess, flying 30 hours from Honolulu to Barcelona was not going to be cheap. But I knew exactly what to do. After all, I’ve been flying around the world for almost a decade. I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two. It was time to put my travel hacking skills to the test.
Five great ways to capture your travel memories » Absolutely Lucy

Five great ways to capture your travel memories » Absolutely Lucy

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*This travel memories post is a collaboration with StickerYou.Everyone has their own unique way of planning and capturing their travel memories. For some, it’s a classic travel journal, for others it’s collecting fridge magnets, or even postcards on their journey. For me? It’s this blog, my photography and from the very beginning, it’s been hugely important to me that my travel memories were captured and shared in a way that was unique to me. After all, no two people experience travel, or life, the same way, so why should we all share it the same way?Over the years I’ve kept journals, scrapbooks and photo albums of photographs and things found on my travels. Despite enjoying living a minimalist life and limiting myself to only the essentials – these memories are important to hold on to.
Afternoon Tea Academy & London Burlesque Festival » Absolutely Lucy

Afternoon Tea Academy & London Burlesque Festival » Absolutely Lucy

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Featuring press and paid for experiences at the London Burlesque Festival and Afternoon Tea Academy.Any excuse for a weekend in London – how could I say no when I was invited along for a weekend of tea, cake and burlesque dancing? I’m always looking for new things to do in London, and happily it’s a city that rarely disappoints. Over the years, I’ve crammed in West End shows, food tours and even a walk over the O2 Arena! I love finding quirky new ways to experience the city and last weekend was no different. Starting my weekend at the 13th annual London Burlesque Festival, I was ready for a night of rock & roll style debauchery, before indulging in one of Britain’s finest traditions – the classic afternoon tea.Spoiler alert: This post includes a hearty dose of burlesque sass and cop
How to Choose the Best Travel Insurance for China

How to Choose the Best Travel Insurance for China

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The sound of sizzling woks and the smell of chili oil emanating from the streets of China. They will undoubtedly make your mouth water. But after devouring some pork dumplings, things may very well take a turn for the worse: an achy, grumbling stomach with waves of nausea that’ll send you straight to the hospital. And, if that happens, you’ll wish you had travel insurance in China. Travel insurance will cover both your medical bills and protect you against other incidents that could happen in China. The truth is, you never know what could happen to you while traveling. You could hurt yourself hiking up the Great Wall. Or someone could snatch your backpack while your nose is in your camera at the top. Travel insurance is, by far, the most important thing to take with you on your trip. A
Traditional British Bubble and Squeak Recipe

Traditional British Bubble and Squeak Recipe

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Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast made from boiled potatoes and cabbage. In more modern times, it is a dish made with the shallow, fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner, although increase in vegetarian eating has led to a more traditional reinvention of this classic British dish.The main ingredients are potato and cabbage, but carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, and a host of other vegetables may be added. The chopped vegetables are fried in a pan together with mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. As the cabbage cooks, you’ll hear a squeaking sound from the cabbage as it cooks in oil, and bubbles forming on the surface – thus the name.While the dish itself is vegetarian, it is often served with cold me
Best Travel Destinations in Nordic Territory

Best Travel Destinations in Nordic Territory

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While planning for a trip or a vacation there are various factors to consider. This will help a person get the best and have a memorable experience. Vacations are costly and some require a certain age limit to go to a certain destination. One may decide to go to a certain place to experience a completely new culture and learn about diversities on earth.There’re places that one can’t afford to miss out. One among such includes the Nordic regions. Traveling to this place ensures that one gets to experience the geographical appearance of several landscapes. The Nordic region has countries that include Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Denmark.In order to get the Best Nordic Tours & Trips 2019, a person must contact the right tour agencies.There are various traveling spots which
Russian Cucumber Salad | A Couple for the Road

Russian Cucumber Salad | A Couple for the Road

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Russian Cucumber Salad is a side dish, but an important on in Russian cuisine. It’s healthy, it’s tasty (if you like cucumber), and it’s very simple.Let’s be honest – something has to offset the hearty cuisine of Northeastern Europe, and most often a simple salad that’s heavy on a vegetable or two will do just the trick. This one, in particular, pairs great with Stroganoff to complete a simple, sustainable family meal.Keep in mind that this is a very simple, fairly traditional method of making Russian Cucumber Salad. If you want to dress it up a bit with extra acid and sweetness, toss in some extra chopped tomatoes (double the portion), perhaps add a little Feta.Sure it makes it a little more like a Greek Salad, but Feta is good on everything.Russian Cucumber SaladPrep Time15 minsCook T
8 epic and underrated national parks you should visit

8 epic and underrated national parks you should visit

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As a big nature-lover, a huge motivator for my travel is getting to explore beautiful parts of the world including national parks, and experiencing incredible animals in their natural environment. I love escaping the crowds and heading into beautifully untouched parts of the world to enjoy nature’s playground. From camping under the stars, to spending days hiking trails, swimming in the ocean and climbing trees – it’s a wonderful way to experience a country and see a different side to the busy cities. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some incredible national parks during my travels and wanted to share some of the more under-rated ones for those who love getting away from the crowds at larger parks.National Parks to add to your bucket listKhao Sok National Park, ThailandOne of my absolute
How to Make Classic Swedish Meatballs

How to Make Classic Swedish Meatballs

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The classic Swedish Meatball is something that’s popular everywhere from the country that gives it its name, to quick TV dinner manufacturers in the United States. It’s a simple, comfort dish that is as hearty as it traditionally Swedish… or is it?Rumors persist that the traditional Swedish dish actually is based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from (what is today) Turkey in the early 18th century. Regardless of the origin, Swedish Meatballs go hand-in-hand with overpurchasing of throw pillows at IKEA, and childhood.That’s good enough for us!Classic Swedish MeatballsPrep Time20 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 minsMeatballs½ pound ground lean meat beef, pork and/or veal1 egg1 small onion about ¼ cup (2 ounces) minced; sweet red works nicely2 tablespoons milk or cream¼ cup
Create a capsule wardrobe for all your summer travels

Create a capsule wardrobe for all your summer travels

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Five years of travelling have taught me a lot about creating the perfect capsule wardrobe for all my summer travels and now I want to share all I’ve learnt with you. Because the truth is, we don’t need three suitcases bulging at the zippers in order to feel stylish when we travel. What we really need – is to become more creative with our clothing, and a bit more organised! It doesn’t matter how much of an over-packer you were in a previous life, there’s potential for all of us to start creating a much more sustainable summer wardrobe that will keep us looking fabulous season after season.Throughout the year so far, my travels have taken my to Thailand, and soon to Germany and Italy, with more trips coming up. But despite all these different destinations, I’m taking a very similar wardro
Our Favorite Travel Clothes and Accessories: Spring 2019

Our Favorite Travel Clothes and Accessories: Spring 2019

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We’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for spring to arrive… and it’s finally here! So we’ve compiled some of the best travel clothes, accessories, gadgets and other gear. Trust us—we’ve been those people at the airport with broken backpacks spilling out all of our clothes. Just like we’ve been those people caught in the rain, stuffing our electronics about our shirts to protect them. And we’ve had our fair share of lost and stolen stuff, wishing we’d put trackers on things. So the team here at TravelFreak has handpicked and battle-tested each product on this season’s list, so you know everything on here is legit. It’s a bunch of stuff that, sure, you might not think you need—but that we sure as hell wish we’ve always had. Our Favorite Travel Clothes Here are some our favorite travel clo
How to Spend a Weekend in Barcelona

How to Spend a Weekend in Barcelona

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Barcelona, one of the most popular and alive cities in Europe. So what there is to do here? Quite frankly, everything! But that’s a matter of time, and if you have only a weekend to spare, no need to worry. Experiencing the city of Barcelona can be done in a weekend without losing too much and still having an awesome time. Here we are going to focus on main aspects, sites, and activities to make your weekend in Barcelona worthwhile!No better way to start your weekend than in one of Barcelona’s most beautiful and historic spots.Consisting of 4 neighbourhoods each with their own identity, The Old Town or Ciutat Vella is where you will be able to marvel at the architectural beauties like The Barcelona Cathedral, discover history, stroll around lovely streets that are filled with buzzing to
Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe | A Couple for the Road

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe | A Couple for the Road

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Chicken Tikka Masala is a magical food. It’s the national dish of Britain, yet Indian, while also an extremely popular dish throughout the rest of Europe where the Dutch East India Company once plied their trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Paradoxically, however, Chicken Tikka Masala wasn’t even created at this time, and really isn’t a traditional Indian dish, despite it’s popularity. Rather, it seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the mid-20th century.The prevailing story behind the creation of the U.K.’s most popular dish is that Pakistani chef Ali Ahmed Aslam claimed to have invented the dish in Glasgow , Scotland in 1970, when a British gentleman found his Chicken Tikka was too dry and requested some gravy or sauce with it.With a little magic and a thick sauce later – poof! Cul
Lindie Botes Globetrotting YouTuber, Speaks 10 Languages

Lindie Botes Globetrotting YouTuber, Speaks 10 Languages

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“The point of learning a language is communication. You’ll most likely be understood even if you have bad grammar.” - Lindie Botes I’m honored to have interviewed Lindie Botes for our new Add1 Insights series. Born in South Africa, Lindie has lived in France, Pakistan, the UAE and Japan. She speaks 10 languages (to varying levels), including Afrikaans, English, French, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Malay, Arabic and Hungarian. You can find her on YouTube, where she shares language learning tips with her 100,000+ subscribers. Add1 Insights: Learn a New Language in 90 Days Add1 Insights is our new feature where we interview polyglots, language teachers, language learners and even folks from outside the field of language learning. We’re getting straight to the point, asking
How to save money for travel – 10 ways to start today

How to save money for travel – 10 ways to start today

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One of the questions I get the most is “how to save money for travelling?” Before I went travelling, I too thought of travel as a once a year treat – something that was too expensive to enjoy more often. I understand how it can seem crazy that someone could afford to travel so much. But as someone who has been travelling for nearly five years – I’m here to tell you that travel is both affordable and attainable. Travel is without doubt the best experience of my life and I’m so glad that I have invested so much time, energy and money into it. For every penny I have spent, I have had a lifetime of adventures that have grown and shaped me as a person.Whether you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and book a big trip, or if you’re still undecided, I’m here to have an honest chat about wha
Best Dishes to Have in Germany

Best Dishes to Have in Germany

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Are you a renowned meat lover? And just maybe planning a trip to Germany and wondering how to experience the country through its cuisine? Then congratulations, you just hit a jackpot! Germany is very well known for its cuisine and dishes rich with meat. So what are we waiting for? Let’s find out the best dishes to have in Germany!Sauerbraten is one of our favorite German dishes, consisting of slow-cooked beef that is really simple to make (check out our Sauerbraten recipe here!). It’s delicious, rich beef that’s cooked low and slow and served with a hearty red wine sauce, normally with pickled onions or cabbage and potatoes as a side dish.Our favorite side dish that goes great with Sauerbraten is a traditional German potato pancake, called Kartoffelpuffer, that is normally served with s

Japanese Honorifics: How to Show Respect in Japanese

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Japanese honorifics can be something that takes a little while to get your head around when you’re learning the language. But they’re an essential part of Japanese, so you must learn them. Here’s why Japanese honorifics are important. If there’s one thing to know about Japanese culture and language, it’s that everything is extra polite. Watch any Japanese movie or show, and you’ll witness plenty of ways the Japanese show respect to one another. They bow, have set phrases to show appreciation, and add -?? (-san) to the end of names. If you look at the subtitles while watching a Japanese movie, you might have noticed that -san translates as “Mr.”, “Mrs.”, or “Ms.” This is a Japanese honorific and the most common one. But there are other Japanese name endings too? In fact, ther
Most Traditional French Dishes | A Couple for the Road

Most Traditional French Dishes | A Couple for the Road

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French cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most significant on the planet. It’s elegant, colorful and delicious foods can dazzle anyone, and that’s why missing out on France’s best dishes while strolling around the Eiffel Tower or lovely streets in Marseille’s old town would be a sin! After all, French gastronomy has become a part of the UNESCO cultural heritage list for a reason.  Let’s have a look at some of the best dishes you can have in France!Tracing back all the way to the Roman times, the French Onion Soup or soupe à l’oignon regained its popularity back in 1960 thanks to the United States Of America and its interest in the French Cuisine.This heartwarming and lovely soup consists of beef broth and slowly cooked caramelized onions and served with croutons and cheese on top, usuall
My ultimate guide to planning your New York city breaks

My ultimate guide to planning your New York city breaks

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*This post is a collaboration with New York Harbour Boat Tours.Planning New York city breaks is no easy task – there’s no end of amazing things to do and see in the Big Apple – but how do stop yourself from wasting time? When you’ve been looking forward to your trip for months, you want to make the most of every second and focus on the things YOU really want to do, not what everyone tells you that you “should” do. The city may never sleep, but let’s be honest, if you did the same you’d be dead on your feet. So this post is all about how to cram in everything you want to see and do, without feeling like you’re rushing around like headless chicken!As someone who has visited the city five times, I’ve had the opportunity to visit as a tourist keen on sightseeing, and the chance to return an
Is it Safe to Travel to China? Tips for China Safety in 2019

Is it Safe to Travel to China? Tips for China Safety in 2019

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From the sprawling bamboo forests in Sichuan to the buzzing neon lights of Shanghai, it’s easy to see why many travelers are eager to check China off their bucket lists. For once, the Far East actually doesn’t feel, well, all that far. But even in a country full of iconic landmarks and natural wonders, you may be wondering about China safety: “Is China safe for travelers?” Although China attracts over 100 million visitors a year, it’s not immune to crime. Traffic accidents, theft and scams are just some of the problems that could happen during your trip. When traveling to China, you should always be prepared. While travel insurance can protect you in most situations, it’s still critical that you learn about the different safety issues that could arise. Is it Safe to Travel to China? T
How to Choose the BEST Travel Insurance Companies in 2019

How to Choose the BEST Travel Insurance Companies in 2019

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The word “insurance” can be intimidating. Maybe it’s because big insurance companies are notorious for bullying every penny out of you. Or maybe you just don’t want to think about worst-case scenarios in which you’d actually need insurance. Either way, the best travel insurance companies make it feel a lot less daunting. The truth is that buying travel insurance (and also using it) doesn’t have to suck. Travel insurance is ultimately your friend. It’s arguably your most loyal travel companion. In times of turmoil, travel insurance can quite literally save you. If you have to cancel or change trip plans, travel insurance is there to help you. And if you lose your luggage, travel insurance has your back. As a wise man once said, “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to

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