A weekend away at the Yorkshire Dales National Park

a weekend away at the Yorkshire Dales

It has been one long year of lockdown. 

Yes, we had some intermittent breaks but now finally the light is at the end of the tunnel.

We can see hope on the horizon. Travel is back baby!

I kicked off this year’s travels with a lovely staycation at the Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK.

It was a lovely much-needed break.

I always talk about travel as your prescription to well-being, there I was taking a dose of my own medicine 🙂 

It was a delight, the fresh air, the sunshine, the scenery and of course the food.

Check out the sections below to see where to stay, what to do and food options at the Yorkshire Dales.

Accommodation at the Yorkshire Dales

At the time of writing, self-catering accommodation was the only option due to national restrictions, which was fine as the area caters for so much of that. 

Your accommodation options at the Yorkshire Dales include;

  • Cottages and lodges
  • Caravan parks
  • Guesthouses and BnBs (when they open after the 17th of May)

The best locations to aim for in the Yorkshire Dales are;

  • Hawes 
  • Skipton
  • Ripon
  • Middleham
  • Bronte

Activities at the Yorkshire Dales

Walk, hike, cycle!

It’s all about the great outdoors. You’ll find something to match your fitness level as there is something for everyone out there.

I spent my weekend away in the Dales visiting the Hardrowforce waterfall, the highest single-drop waterfall in the UK, explored the market town of Hawes, and hiked to Semerwater lake. 

Check out this for the top 10 things you can do in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Food at the Yorkshire Dales

When staying at Hawes, visiting the Wensleydale creamery is a must!

They offer both indoor and outdoor dining. You can book yourself on a cheese experience where you can go on a journey exploring the art of cheese-making. You will need to book ahead of time – check out the schedule here

Most of my meals were at the creamery, I have a love affair with cheese and the quality of the food was top notch.

There are also several local restaurants and pubs that serve many food delights, light bites, meals, and afternoon tea. 

The local chippe at the Hawes market town is a splendid place to experience the good old fish and chips. Head there ahead of your stomach starting to rumble as there will be queues! 

You will also find local shops and a small supermarket to buy supplies should you wish to cook or BBQ a meal yourself.

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How to see more of the world?

how to see more of the world

I always wanted to see more of the world.

Curiosity, a passion for exploring new things, and simply getting very bored very quickly of the same place were mainly my reasons to travel more. 

Life had it that until 2019 I didn’t really see much of the world. 

Some logistics like getting visas arranged were a big reason in holding me back.

Feeling I needed someone with me not because I couldn’t manage on my own but to feel that I’m within the confines of the social norm, to dodge the ever nonhelpful question of “how come you’re traveling on your own”, to prevent being seen as an easy target were all probably contributing factors.

Also, the deeply ingrained cultural dos and don’ts – even though I don’t agree with nor oblige to them – might have played a part in it.

It’s one of those multifactorial things that start and snowball and then you get to a point where you reflect back and go hmm wonder why I have been doing it for so long.

I suspect some of you solo females out there can identify with this, whether you are single or not. it’s always a bit harder to venture out as a woman and see more of the world on your own. 
Yet, I do urge you to find a way to break through those societal norms that are not so normal and find a way through those logistics because the experience of traveling and seeing the world is so bloody worth it. 
how to see more of the world

I reached a point in my life, where burnout from my job, a toxic relationship got me finally seeing that life is too short and I need to get on with what I always have wanted to do. Travel more and see the world!

I rose above my excuses, spread my wings, and flew away.

I came to a point where I faced the cold hard truth that no one was for granted, nothing was for granted, I take care of myself, my happiness is the most important thing and most importantly I need to live my best life now. Not in five years, not when I get round to doing it, not when and if and but and maybe, not anything else other than looking after my soul and doing it well in the present moment.


I rode on the wave of self-love, women empowerment, and solo travel and got myself out there.

As daunting as it can be, I can tell you with utmost certainty it is ever so rewarding. Traveling is truly good for the soul. Even though now I have the best travel buddy I could imagine having, I would still go and explore places solo.

how to see more of the world

My solo travel destinations in 2019:

  • Camino De Santiago, mostly solo hiking
  • Berlin
  • Vienna
  • Salzburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Osaka
  • Hiroshima
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Shanghai
  • Bangkok
  • Chaing Mai
  • Phuket
  • Kuala Lumper
  • Taman Negara
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Singapore
  • Bali, Ubud and Manggis

Non-Solo travel destinations in no particular order:

  • Iceland
  • UAE, multiple Emirates
  • Croatia, Split, and the Islands
  • Barcelona
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • San Fransisco
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Lisbon
  • Prague
  • Budapest
  • Netherlands
how to see more of the world

I am yet to beat that personal record of 18 countries, 36 cities in one year.

I did somewhat dive into the solo female traveler adventure without much research, I took it one day at a time and learned on the go.

Here’s some of what I learned from traveling to see more of the world

– I wandered around mostly on my own but when I could I took day trips which were a great way to meet locals and also other solo travelers. 

– I rarely took taxis, unless I have booked through a trusted provider. I walked a lot and used the metro and buses.

– I went on the hop-on-hop-off bus if I was too tired to walk or had too little time in the city just to see as much as I could. If you buy the ticket from the bus stand, always negotiate the price.

– I took cooking classes when I was traveling which is a great way to experience the native food and the culture.

– Facebook groups are a good resource to research destinations, to find travel mates, or simply find someone to have dinner with then go separate ways (or not).

– I read a lot of books to keep me occupied. I love reading and it was a great opportunity to catch up on some of my wishlist items. May I suggest ‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Single’ as cheesy as it sounds it was a good read and challenges you to think about societal norms in a different way, ‘ Eat, Pray, Love’ the book not the movie and ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’.

– You need to have your wits and common sense switched on when you travel solo, some countries are safer than others but general rules of don’t walk in a dark alley, don’t hand your personal details to anyone who asks, don’t carry too much cash, etc. apply.

What I would do differently next time:

– Take my books on the Kindle/tablet rather than paperback copies

– Use a fitness app/video series or even a meditation app while on the go to help put more structure to my days. They were very busy days during some of the trips but there are always 30 minutes somewhere that you can spare to focus on your wellbeing and create a morning routine. 

– Take fewer clothes. Over the year I definitely refined my packing technique and have matured massively in this area. 

Check out the free packing guide I created, guaranteed to take out the overwhelm when you pack and stop you overpacking. 

– Take more steps to be a sustainable tourist. I did my best but there’s always more that we can do for the environment.

– Travel more! 

Seeing more of the world, especially solo is about resetting my body and mind.

I have become more open to new ideas, I have taken on more challenges, willing to take more risks, try new things, speak my mind, know what I want, have a different perspective, and getting better at letting go of old ways, old things, toxic environments, and people.

Solo traveling has been a journey for me in itself, a very enjoyable, well worth taking one. If you have ever thought about it and doubted that you could do it, I urge you to take the plunge and go for it, long or short it doesn’t matter, it will be rewarding.


Nowadays we have more time on our hands and what a better way to spend some of it other than setting out your travel wishlist or you planning your bucket list lifetime trip to give you something to look forward to.


I’m working on my own travel wishlist at the moment so I have a bank of travel ideas ready to go post-pandemic.


Life is too short to be lived in one place … Let’s go!

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How to plan a solo trip to China?

How to plan a solo trip to China

No country in my opinion is off-limit for a solo traveler.

You just have to be mindful of the culture and customs for some before you embark on your solo trip. Some can be vastly different from what you are used to and know how to stay safe and healthy is paramount when venturing solo away from home. 

I visited Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai for a 9-day solo trip. 

It was an experience, one that could have been easier for me with a bit of research so I hope you come across this to help you plan and set expectations before you set off. 

How to plan a solo trip to China
How to plan a solo trip to China
How to plan a solo trip to China

Where to stay?

Beijing: Wangfujing (where I stayed), Nanluoguxiang or Houhai, Qianmen, and Xi’dan are all highly recommended.

Xi’an: Xi’an city center, Beilin, Weiyang, Lainhu, Xincheng (where I stayed) are all good areas to look at.

Shanghai: the bund and people’s square (where I stayed), old town, Pudong, and Xintiandi area.

Best time to visit?

Beijing: September and October. May and June with early summer weather are also good choices

Xi’an: Spring (March) to Autumn (November), especially in June, July, August, and September

Shanghai: October to November, Summer months are packed with tourists and the Winter months can get quite chilly.


I visited all three cities in March, Beijing was a tad chilly, Xi’an was perfect weather, and Shanghai rained all the time. be mindful of the items you pack according to the time that you visit. 

What every solo traveler should know?

1) Have the address of your hotel/destination printed out in Chinese, it’s also best if you have a common phrases handbook to help you get by.

2) If you haven’t sorted a VPN app on you’re phone prior to arrival then get used to using BING. That is the only English search engine you can access on local WiFi.

When you get a Chinese page on your browser after connecting, type BING in the search box, and then you’ll be able to look for things in your own language English or otherwise.

3) Resist paying anyone standing outside an attraction to be your guide, it might seem like the easy option but you can pick up an audio guide for all major tourist attractions and go at your own pace for a fraction of the price.

4) Don’t carry your passport out and about, I think that applies to any country, to be honest. You’ll be asked frequently for a passport when accessing tourist attractions but you can use your driving license any other form of photo ID.

5) You will lose your personal space! Get used to it!

6) Carry extra hygiene items with you at all times, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, gloves, waste bags, etc.

Food recommendation

Holiland bakery, you must check it out when you're there


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Carry a Chinese phrasebook or an offline translation app

Coming soon

  • How to cover Beijing in two days
  • 10 things to do in Xian
  • Top attractions in Shanghai

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