My favourite Travel Essential: The Cooler Backpack

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Have you come across cooler backpacks yet? They’re the coolest cooler bags in the form of a backpack!

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I’m the proud owner of one and I must say, it’s become one of my most beloved travel essentials.

It was thoughtfully purchased for me as a means for keeping my lunch fresh whilst on long days at work. There are refrigerators at my places of work, though most of them are dirty and look like their growing penicillin. As a person who works in multiple places, it has most certainly come in handy and quite possibly saved me from death a few times. However, I have now found a new purpose for it.

Great For Minimal And Cheap Travel

I recently took a four-day trip to Croatia. As it was a cheap getaway for only a few days, I didn’t want the extra costs of luggage fees. Also, I wanted to challenge myself to experience minimal travel so, opted to take the only backpack I owned and it saved me so much money.

As someone who usually likes to take pretty much every clothing item and pair of shoes, I thought It be a would be a struggle yet, surprisingly it turned out to be more than adequate for everything I wanted to take!!

Great for saving money, whilst out and about

My trip to Croatia was all-inclusive, but I was never around the hotel for every meal. Although I wanted to take full advantage of my all-inclusive status, I also wanted to spend my days exploring which meant I’d miss some meals. So, whenever I was out and about instead of spending money eating in restaurants I’d take fruit from the hotel buffet, buy sandwiches and cold bottled water and store them in my backpack. The refrigerated cold bottled water would act as an ice pack and I would frequently replace them as I drank them through the day. This helped the contents inside to stay even cooler!

Effortless To Travel Around With

It’s comfortable to wear and sits comfortably on the shoulders. There are padded adjustable straps to help with a more satisfied fit. It’s so comfortable you’ll forget you even have it on your back!

Easy To Clean

It’s easy to clean without damaging the materials. I usually use disinfectant wipes on mine but, soap and water is fine.

It’s Contemporary And Stylish

I often get compliments when I use it, and this is often before people know it’s a cooler bag. I get great pleasure in showing people it’s a cooler bag haha. They’re usually really impressed and ask where it was purchased from.

Being a frequent traveller comes with great costs. I’m always looking for ways to save money and sometimes the smallest of things can save you so much money. If you’re a frequent traveller, likes day trips or takes lunch to work I would highly recommend investing in a cooler backpack.

Click here to see the full details for one similar to my backpack. ( same brand name)





Panic moment of a rookie solo traveller

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Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here. I try to write at least once a week however, I’ve been travelling during the last week so my schedule has been a little disrupted.

Anyway in my last post I mentioned how there was a little panic moment on the day of leaving Calella. It may not seem as much as a big deal to some but, believe me when your a rookie solo traveller in a foreign country, something small can seem so much bigger.

Moment of being woken up

It’s the day of leaving to travel back home and I’m suddenly woken by the sound of the hotel phone. I answer the phone, it’s reception telling me my bus is waiting outside. I had to ask the gentleman to repeat himself because I was thinking I misheard him. He repeats himself, this time I’m in a state of panic!! I’ve not had a shower, I’m not packed properly and I’m freaking out. I ask the gentleman to ask the driver to wait, and I was coming, in which he said he would. I quickly started to get dressed and pack up all my things and leave the hotel room.

I left the safe key!

I get to the hotel reception and try to check out. The receptionist doesn’t allow me to check out because I’ve not returned the safe key. I try to apologise and tell him the key is in the room in the door of the safe, I’m not bothered about getting my deposit back and I just need to get my shuttle bus.

The thing is my shuttle bus is not directly outside as the street is too narrow for the bus to wait. The bus is actually on the main road which is about a two-minute walk away.

The gentle man doesn’t understand me and begins to speak to me in Spanish But, I don’t understand him either. I figured he was telling me I had to go back to get the safe key. I did this But, it only made me panic more in case the bus left me.

Eventually I returned the safe key and was able to check out and leave.

The bus left me!

I ran down the street, got to the main road, there was no bus to be seen! If I thought I was in a panic before well, that was nothing compared to now!! I was shaking like a leaf and didn’t know what to do!

Now here’s the thing. My flight was at 9.15am, I was told my pick up was at 6am and i would be the last person to be collected. So, I’ve missed my pick up time, the airport is at least an hour away, I’ve only got 40 euros in cash which will not cut the taxi and will need to find a cash point. I was thinking an hour in a taxi! Wow! it’s going to be so expensive!

In my head I was going to miss my flight! I was beyond the feeling of anxiousness in fact, I’m pretty sure this was a moment of anxiety.

Although it was my fault, I still rang the transfer number hoping they could help me. I dial the number several times and I’m either cut off or it’s the wrong number! I take a few deep breaths and try once more and bingo! I get through! While explaining to lady what had happened, she starts to apologise to me and says she doesn’t know what happened and why the driver come to get me earlier. What!! I couldn’t believe it! Here’s me thinking it’s all my fault! Not only that, I’d been in that much of a panic I didn’t even think to check my phone for the time!! Haha

The lady tells me she’s going to contact the driver to see what happened. When she rang me back she told me the driver decided to collect me first but, when I wasn’t ready decided to collect the other travellers at different hotels Wait for it………He had already collected the others then forgot all about me! Luckily he wasn’t too far out and was able to come and collect me. Ahhhhh fewwww!!

Lesson learnt

Now I learnt a valuable lesson here! My mistake was I panicked. If I hadn’t of panicked I would have thought to check the time and spared myself from all that stress!

Advice: Things can go wrong whilst travelling, the best thing to do is stay calm. Staying calm will help you to be able to deal with the situation better, panicking is not going to help you. Panicking adds to the situation and does nothing but makes matters worse.

This is definitely what helped me in the end. As I calmed down and took a few deep breaths I was able to dial the transfer number correctly. It hadn’t been working as I had been dialling the number incorrectly due to my state of mind.

One Last Thing

It was probably a blessing it happened this way because I actually forgot to set my alarm clock!! I can’t even begin to imagine how that would have gone! Haha

Thanks for reading I really appreciate all the support from each and every one of you 🙂

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5 Essential Things For Your Malta Trip

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Should you find yourself booking a trip to Malta. Here are a few items I would highly recommend and will most definitely come in handy whilst on your trip.

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1: A Cooler Backpack

I’m the proud owner of a cooler backpack and whilst out and about in Malta it saved me a good few euros. In my Malta blog you will find I rarely stop for food and I don’t eat out too much. This is because I packed and stored my food and drinks in my backpack. The backpack kept everything fresh and cool and was a convenient way to store everything in one place. My hotel was nice enough to store my Ice pack for me as my board was room only.

2: Water Bottle

These cool foldable water bottles are not only space efficient if needed to be but, funny unique and have a choice of five different colours. They also have a leak proof valve and are perfect for both hot and cold drinks. This is probably one of my best buys for travel and convenience.

3: Microfibre Lightweight Towel

As mentioned in my blog, Malta is surrounded by beautiful beaches and water. Whilst on your travels you may decide to take a dip or take a rest on one of the beaches, either way you can be prepared with one of these microfibre towels. Towels usually take up a lot of space but, these towels are space efficient and are very lightweight you wouldn’t even feel as if you are carrying a towel around.

4: Sensible lightweight footwear

Forget about bringing those sandals here! I doubt you’ll be wearing them much. Malta is a place to be explored so, if you want to get the most out of your trip, you will be venturing out and doing a lot of walking. Sensible lightweight footwear which still have a summer holiday look are definitely the best option. The beaches are also quite stoney too so, sensible footwear is a must.

5: Phone charger on the go

Don’t be like me and run out of phone battery. Especially when your in one of the most prominent places in the world! When I visited the Citadel my battery went, and I was not able to capture any pictures. Malta is definitely a place you really would not want this to happen. Take a charger on the go to avoid this or you will be extremely disappointed. I now own one of these chargers. Their small compact, easy to carry and work just a good as the more expensive ones.

5 Tips For Visiting Malta

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My trip to Malta was booked with absolutely no research whatsoever. It was booked solely on the cheap price at the time of booking.

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Everything was learnt and discovered whilst there. This meant I didn’t benefit from some of them as it was too late during the trip. Although, my trip was incredible! These tips would have further improved the quality of my trip.

So, hopefully these tips enhance your trip.

1: Use Public Transport

In my opinion, public transport is the best way to move around Malta. It’s the cheapest way to travel and the best way if you want to explore in your own time. I also believe it’s possibly the safest way to travel around. My experience of the driving in Malta was, it was kinda crazy! Bus drivers are familiar with these driving conditions. Your best bet is, let them do it whilst you enjoy the scenery

Single journey tickets cost €1.50 in the winter, €2 in Summer and €3 if you’re travelling at night. These tickets can take you to anywhere you want and have a 2-hour expiry time. E.g if you travel somewhere local and spend half an hour there, you can reuse your ticket. All these bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

In addition to this, they have Tallinja Cards available

Explore 7 day Adult card €21

Explore 7 day children card €15

12 single day journeys €15

For more information on Tallinja Cards click here

Using the ferries are also a convenient and cheap way to travel. For example, my trip to Gozo by ferry cost €4.65 return.

For children aged 3yrs to 12yrs this would cost €1.15

children under 3 are free

2: Be Prepared When Taking Journeys

Although, I recommend using public transport, bear in mind public transport here is not always efficient. Buses are often late, especially on the popular tourist destination routes. On these routes the buses are often overcrowded. People will hustle their way on to secure a seat or avoid having to wait for the next one.

Avoid travelling through rush hour. Travelling through rush hour in Malta is absolutely horrendous! Many locals avoid using public transport so, there are too many cars on the island. With Malta being such a small place, the roads are heavily congested during this time.

3: Avoid Summer

My trip was booked at the end of February so it was not too hectic. However, when visiting tourist attractions such as Valletta and Gozo travelling back was rather hectic. The buses and ferry were crowded and quite stressful at times, having knowledge of this would have prepared me better for the journeys and made it less stressful. Whilst thinking about this at the time, I did wonder how frantic this could get during peak season.

“When’, speaking with locals they suggested it’s best enjoyed visiting October to April. So, presumably I visited in one of the best months to visit.

They also mention how in Summer temperatures soar, the nights are humid, the beaches are too full, restaurants are full and public transport is a nightmare and with it being such a small place it gets too overcrowded.

4: Spend more than one day in Gozo

Don’t be like me and make the mistake of going for half a day. Gozo is only a third of the size of Malta but it has so much to offer. You will only get to see the main sites and miss many other things. For instance, I arrived in the afternoon so, didn’t get round to many things including the Gozo Coastline. If you can’t spend more than a day here, I highly recommend you leave super early and arrive in the morning to benefit more.

5: Book in Advance

For some of the most popular sites you will need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Example, I wanted to visit the Hypogeum however, it was fully booked for a good few months down the line.

Malta is such a unique place packed with gems, It’s definitely a shame to miss some of the main attractions. Next time I plan to travel here I’m definitely going to be more organised and plan an itinerary.

Here is website Get Your Guide where you can book excursions or get ideas to create your own itinerary.