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Travel Money Card Pros And Cons


I have always been against using a travel money card abroad, as I hear about charges. As I was going to be traveling Australia for over 3 weeks, the travel money card seemed the safest. 

I use currency compare websites, to see where's the best rate. It was really easy to buy currency and set up an account. However when my card came, I couldn't sign in. It was saying wrong username / email or password. I phoned up the travel money card help line and I was told I need to try different web browsers. It wasn't even letting me sign in with the app, never mind trying different web browsers. The app on my phone would have came handy, to see how much money I had left. I was able to check the money was added at a cash machine, before leaving the UK, but I didn't want to spend my holiday at cash machines. In the end I decided the easiest way around it was to use my card first. Then when it declined, I knew I spent all my money on my card and could use my cash.  

Pros
It was easy to use, than stand and count foreign currency.
I booked the Sydney Bridge Climb and Australia Zoo Koala hold online, using the travel money card. There was no charge as the websites are Australian Dollars. 
I was able to use the touch screens to pay at McDonalds, than stand and wait in a queue.   
Some shops it showed the total in my currency, so I knew how much I was paying.   

Cons
I wasn't able to access the website or app, so I couldn't see the balance.
The LEGO Store, UGG and Australia Zoo automatically changed to my currency, but in the top corner it said 2.5% charge. I asked if I could pay in Australian Dollars without the charge. They said travel cards automatically revert to your currency. I took my card out and said I'll just pay cash, than pay a charge. 
There's charges which will vary from card to card. My one there's a £3 charge for inactive months, after 12 months. So you're best to cancel it as soon as you get home. 

I still had money left on my card at the end of the holiday, so I came home with some cash. I only paid cash in the LEGO Store, UGG, Australia Zoo and a few other places. I would say it's good seeing how much you are paying in your own currency, but when there's a charge take your card out and say you'll pay cash. It will save 2.5% charge.  
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Jo Malone London | Orange Blossom Body And Hand Wash


Whenever I travel, I always try travel light as possible. Then I realise I could do with wipes or something to clean my hands. The Jo Malone orange blossom Advent Calendar size hand wash is so light weight, at 15ml and fits within the 70ml plane restrictions. I love the fruity orange smell, so I definitely will buy the hand wash again.
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Liner | Edinburgh - York




I find trains quite stressful, checking the train board with the train stopping. Is it your one ? Is it a delayed one ?. I booked a train with, Lner Edinburgh to York. I was heading to meet a friend, from York. It costed £39 and was the cheapest ticket I could find (booking 3 months in advance). 

The train was leaving Edinburgh Waverley at 9am. I arrived at The Waverley early and waited at the platform. The train arrived around 08:30am. My ticket had coach D, so I got on and found my seat number. I read online there is plug sockets to charge things. The plug socket is on the wall beside the window seat. I was an aisle seat and there was a women sat beside me, so there was no way I could charge my phone using the socket. It would be different if you were traveling with someone, to be able share a plug socket. Lucky when I travel, I take my travel usb charger. The train left Edinburgh, at exactly 9am and arrived in York a little later than half 11am. 

I was booked the 18:30pm York to Edinburgh train. I arrived early at the platform. The train came and it was crowded. People were standing, right to the doors. Then a Lner worker came along saying no one else get on and that another train was heading to Scotland, over the other side of the platform. I ran over the bridge and onto the other train. It was surprisingly empty considering the other train was packed and people standing. I had 2 seats to myself, the whole journey. It was nice not having the awkwardness, of sitting next to a stranger. The train left about 18:50pm and arrived in Edinburgh at around half 9. 

Someone told me you can claim if you didn’t get on the train you were booked on, so I tested it out. The Lner website had 2 claims, Seat Guarantee or Delayed Train. I clicked Seat guarantee and filled in my train details, which took about 2 mins. Within a week I got an email saying I didn’t qualify, as my train was only 6 mins delayed. I replied back “you have a claim for seat guarantee or delayed train” I never got my seat I was booked on, as it was too full. I got on another train. Therefore I was more than 6 mins delayed”. Another week later I got a letter in the post saying I qualified for £8.55 refund. It was a random amount the odd 55p, but not bad for something that took 2 mins to fill out. 

I find getting on a plane a lot less stressful than a train. Also my flight to London and Dublin (which is further way) was cheaper, than my train to York. I would say the plus side I found with the train, it takes you right into the city. As you can’t fly to York, I would go to York again on the train. 
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Bridge Climb Sydney

 I dreamed of climbing the Sydney Bridge, since watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed". I can't believe that movie came out 18 years ago ! I wasn't coming home without climbing the Sydney Bridge, so I booked online using my travel card. That was the one advantage, of having a travel card. If I used my bank card, there's a fee on transactions abroad.

I booked for 9am, so I got up early and stopped for a quick McDonald's on route to the Bidge Climb. I headed into the Bridge Climb and said my name. We were told to head up stair. Once everyone from our time slot arrived a team member from the Bridge Climb took us to a room, where she went over everything. We were given medical forms to fill out and we had do a breath test to counting to 5. Then we went had to get the famous Bridge Climb suit to put on. 


I took a photo of myself and asked someone in the group to take a photo of me. The changing rooms is a good chance to get some "personal" photos wearing the Bridge Climb suit, before putting your things in a locker. Then we had to walk through metal detectors.  

We then met our Bridge Climb guide, called Tom. He asked where everyone was from. I was the only Scottish person in the group. Everyone else was from England, Ireland, America and Australia. There was a lot of safety stuff we had to go through, before doing the climb. We had to put a harness on and attach it to the pole, then lean back. Once our harness was on, we got a shot at climbing a frame inside before doing the real thing. It must have took around an hour going through safety checks and getting ready.  

Then it was time for us to head out onto the bridge. I remember walking out thinking I've always dreamed of climbing the bridge and this is it. We had to connect our harness to the pole and follow Tom the guide. There was a long path we had to follow and a few ducking under poles, before getting to the stairs. We had headphones, so we could hear Tom speak. He said we didn't have to wear them, if we didn't want to. So I put mine round my neck, so I could enjoy the climb. One person was allowed up at a time, to climb the stairs. Tom headed up first and waited for us at the top, while another Bridge Climb guide waited at the bottom telling us when it was safe to go. I remember the Bridge Climb guide saying "so where are you from ?". I replied "Scotland".  He said he had family from Scotland and gave him his history on Scotland. Then it was my turn to climb the steps. There was a few sets of steps to climb. The next set was to the right abit, then the next set was to the left. I remember getting so far up and looking up, then down thinking am on my own. I loved reaching the last few steps on the ladder and burling round. It was like scene from "Our Lips Are Sealed" movie turning round seeing the view. 


Our first photo was at the start of the walk, once we reach the top of the ladder steps. Tom told us to do 3 different poses, although I find it hard to pose when it's someone you don't know. The climb wasn't scary. It was more or less a walk way path, built at the top of the bridge. We stopped at different sections for photos. Once we got to the top, we got a group photo and Tom chatted with everyone. Tom asked if anyone knew anyone famous who's climbed the bridge. I said Mary-Kate and Ashley. He named a lot of people I hadn't heard of, so I assume its celebrities in Australia. The only person I knew of, was Bindi Irwin. He said Bindi Irwin had been up recently, with her friends. Then he pointed over the water is to Manly And Bondi Beach is. He asked if anyone heard of the Bondi Rescue and said he was surprised it's showing international. Then we stood along the middle section and got to make a short video. If I was making my own video I would have probably said "hi everyone so am doing the Sydney Bridge Climb". As Tom the guide was filming, I was nervous what to say. I said I don't know what to say. He said say something like welcome to Sydney. So I stood randomly saying "Welcome to Sydney".


We walked back down the other side of the bridge. The walk is in a "U" shape.  Then we headed back down the ladder steps one at a time. It was the same guide as the person who told us when to go up. He said something about Scotland. I just heard the word "Scotland" and he laughed, so I laughed. Then it was my turn to climb down the steps. 

We headed back along the long path, back inside. Then we took our harness and suit off. Everyone was given a group photo and a certificate. The whole experience took about 2 and a half hours, but the Bridge Climb took around an hour and a half.

There's 3 different prices for the climb. Day Climb costs $303, Twilight Climb costs $368 and the Night Climb costs $263. I choose to do the Day Climb, as I wanted to see the views. Night you are seeing lights, but depends on your preference. The Sydney Bridge Climb is a once in a life time, so am glad I done it.  A lot of people get shocked when you tell them how much it costed, but it's not like you will do it again. My Australian family joked I could have climbed their house roof, for 100 dollars haha. 

The Bridge Climb gave me the photos, to write about my experience. You can buy your Bridge Climb photos, for $60.
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My 30th Birthday

I set plans to go to Los Angeles for my 30th birthday. Then one day my mum said she'd take me to Australia for my birthday, telling me it would be something better to write about on my blog. All I was told was she booked through a travel company called Trail Finders. Normally travel agents show photos of the hotel room before booking. The hotels were soo bad the beds were folding hospital like beds. Thats why when I book holidays I always look up photos of the hotels and reviews online, before I book. Some days my mum would tell me I was to share a hotel room with my parents, other times I was told I had my own hotel room. So I assumed she was joking about the whole share a room thing. When we arrived at the 1st hotel the reception woman said "it's got you down for sharing a room, is that correct?" My mum replied yes. When I quizzed my mum why I was treated different when my brother and his wife got 2 holidays (flight and hotel room) paid for for their 30th birthday, my mum replied "because they are married". I believe marriage is only for when you meet the right person, so I ended up laying awake most nights in the hotel room feeling closed in.

I planned to spend my birthday shopping  and seeing all the Australian shops. However my mum booked for us to go to the Neighbors Tours. (I have never watched Neighbors in my life). I ended up spending my birthday on the Neighbors tour bus sitting closing my eyes, while they played the cheesy Neighbors theme song and showed round the set which meant nothing to me. At least walking looking at shops after a 20 hour flight, would have kept me awake.  

made the most of being in Australia and done things I dreamed of doing, since I watched Mary-Kate and Ashley's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed" : 

Climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge


Visiting Luna Park 


Bondi Beach


Holding a koala at Australia Zoo
     

And I met my Australian family

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Jo Malone London | Orange Bitters Cologne


It’s December so am going to start by saying I started Danielle UK, just over a year ago and it’s had over 100,000 views. How crazy is that ? Who’d have thought that many people would stop by ?. It was getting nearer, so I set myself a target to get to 100,000 before New Year. It was nice waking up to 100,000 page views. I’ve noticed the views go up dramatically. since I wrote about traveling. You may see some more travel posts coming soon, as I have a few trips planned this month. Also I was given a gift card last year and I have felt guilty, not being able to use it and I wouldn’t want to waste the persons money. Today I finally used up the card and got a Nando’s (lemon and herb chicken, peri peri chips and peas, incase you’re wondering haha). 

Am going to be showing you what’s in the Jo Malone Advent Calendar, everyday until Christmas Eve. Starting of with the first of December, (today) I got Orange Bitters Colone. I found it really strong, which could be all in the name of “bitters”.. I think it would smell nice on a man. Jo Malone is unisex, but I would say this is the man scent. I’d maybe wear this if I was heading somewhere and wanted the smell to last. I find the stronger Jo Malone scents, last longer. 

The advent calendar Orange Bitters Cologne is 9ml, so it’s a perfect size for traveling in hand luggage. 
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Ryanair | Edinburgh - Dublin



I flew with Ryanair for the first time to Dublin. If you’ve never heard of Ryanair, it’s a Europe budget airline. I have heard a lot of things in the media with Ryanair, so I’ve decided to share my review of flying with them. I saw an advert pop up online for from £12, 1 way to Dublin. I had never been there Dublin in my life. Ryanair fly Edinburgh - Dublin. I clicked the advert and saw there was a few flights a day and a lot of them were £12. I thought I could go to Dublin for the day, as it showed up just over an hour flight. I booked and got my confirmation email. The confirmation email said booked seats can check-in up to 60 days before travel, but if you don’t pre book seats you can check in 4 days - 2 hours before traveling. I looked at choosing a seat which states from £4, but ever seat I clicked around the plane showed up £5 extra each way. I was traveling myself, so there was no need want to pick a seat. The only downside I had to wait till 4 days before traveling, so I could check-in online. There’s a £55 airport check-in charge, I assume is to encourage everyone checks in online.

I bought a back pack online for my day trip. I picked a standard size one and didn’t think much of it, until a friend said does it fit within Ryanair size ? I said it’s a standard back pack ? Only when I checked the Ryan Air website, my back pack was too big. I started packing looking at other bags I have. I wanted a bag big enough to buy souvenirs, if I wanted to buy anything. Then a friend said to me they won’t have time to stand measuring everyone’s bags, as long as it fits under the seat. I knew it would fit under the seat, as I’ve had a bag and shopping from Duty Free and it fitted under the seat.

A few days before my flight, I checked in online. There was so many seats available on the flight and like the media said i was allocated a middle seat. It didn’t bother me, I was going because it was a cheap flight. I also wasn’t going to spend £5 extra each way, to get a window or aisle seat. After I checked in, I got my flight ticket. I always screen shot the ticket and print it. Airline apps are handy, but I like to have back-up options.

The day I was traveling, I headed to Edinburgh Airport. As I was already checked in online, I headed straight to airport security and scanned my mobile ticket. It was really easy to use. I just used the screenshot, than clicking the app and finding my ticket.

It was a 08:15 flight and they started calling priority people first at 07:50. They started of calling sections, then it was everyone. I showed my phone with my flight ticket and passport and one of the staff scanned the ticket on my phone. Then everyone headed outside, standing in a queue. I have heard people referring to budget airlines like getting on a bus. I can see why, when you’re standing outside near the runway haha. I read online non priority people, hand luggage suitcases have to be checked in. I was surprised seeing luggage handler staff taking suitcases from people, standing beside the plane. I imagined you’d check in the hand luggage suitcase, at the check-in.


I got to my seat about 08:05, so I knew it wasn’t going to take of in time. I fitted my back pack under the sit and saw others, with bigger bags than me coming on the plane. There was still people coming on the plane at 08:10. The pilot the made an announcement saying “we’ll be leaving soon, depending on how quick the passengers take to sit down”. I laughed to myself,  I’ve never heard a pilot say that. We left around 10 mins late, but it still arrived in Dublin on time.

The plane coming back, was at 20:25. There was a gate change, but it did leave on time.

I booked Dublin, as it was only £24 (standard ticket) return. I saw it as a fun day trip. I done a lot in Dublin and I saw a city, I have never been to before. I don’t know a better way to describe Ryan Air, than getting on a bus. You don’t get the service like, BA or United Airlines, but if you’re willing to stand outside waiting on a bus, Ryan Air is no different. If you want to upgrade to priority, choose a seat and bring a suitcase, I think you could be just as cheap flying with an airline that’s about quality, than budget. Ryan Air a cheap way to see another city. I had no faults with Ryan Air and I’d fly with them again.
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Glossier Priming Moisturizer


I picked up the Glossier priming moisturizer, at the Glossier Showroom in New York last year. I realised I hadn't used any of my Glossier products, so I took them on my travels to Australia. I actually thought the dry perfume would be perfect for the long travel, so I ordered that on the Glossier website before heading. It was nice having a perfume after being stuck on a plane, but I got stopped at every airport airport because of it haha.    

So my thoughts on the Glossier priming moisturizer ? I used Glossier priming moisturizer, before putting on my makeup. The first few times I squeezed a small amount on the back of my hand and put it on face. I was using far too much. It felt like I was wearing a face mask. You couldn't say my face wasn't mouistorised haha. It wasn't too bad with the Australian heat, I waited around 5 mins for it to dry. Then I was able to apply my makeup.  

I had a couple morning flights in Australia and didn't want to apply makeup and apply makeup again when I landed. So I just applied the Glossier priming moisturizer before heading to the airport.  Sometimes I feel I don't feel good without makeup. Just applying the Glossier priming moisturizer my skin looked better. I used it over 3 weeks and there's more than half the tube left. I honestly thought £18 was quite expensive for it, but after using it am glad I bought it.    
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24 Outfits

 I have a list of ideas of things to write about from Australia, so be prepared for a series of Australian - ness. I didn't have enough shorts to last me 3 weeks in Australia, never mind underwear haha. So I bought some new clothes for going on holiday, which you can see what I bought by clicking the link (click here).

Am going to share the outfits, I wore over the 3 week in Australia. (It was actually 3 and a half weeks, if you include the travel time). I thought the Sunday top was funny and perfect to wear for traveling, as I left Scotland on Sunday night and arrived in Australia on Tuesday. I mostly wore my Nike trainers, as they are quicker to walk in. On the rare occasions I wore sandals or flip flops, so there's no point saying what was on my feet. 

Day 1 (Traveling day)
Sunday top - Boohoo
I was wearing blue leggings from Forever 21, but I don't seem to have a photo wearing them.
Tiara - Amazon

Day 2
Addias black top - JD Sports
Black leggings - F&F Tesco
Tiara - Amazon
Personalised sash - am not sure where my mum got it

Day 3 
I made it in New York top - Victoria's Secret 
Nike quarter length trousers - Nike Store
Backpack - Boohoo

Day 4
New York Knicks top - Madison Square Garden Shop
Nike black quarter length trousers - Nike Store
Backpack - Boohoo

Day 5
Full Time Blogger top - Next
Nike black quarter length trousers - Nike Store
Backpack - Boohoo
Bracelet - Nomination and Tiffany & Co

Day 6
Mon Cheri top - Boohoo
Denim skirt - River Island
Rayban sunglasses - my mum bought me them years ago.

Day 7
Nike grey top - Nike Store
Nike black quarter length trousers
Black bomber jacket - River Island 
Bracelet - Tiffany & Co

Day 8
Green dress - H&M
Black bomber jacket - River Island
Bracelet - Nomination 

Day 9
Maroon/grey top - Pink Victoria's Secret 
Black leggings - F&F Tesco
Bag - Kate Spade
Bracelet - Nomination 

Day 10 
Maroon/white top - H&M
Black leggings - F&F Tesco 

Day 11
White slogan top - River Island 
Black Nike shorts - JD Sports
Denim shorts - Top Shop

Day 12 
Peach strap top - H&M
Nike peach shorts - JD Sports
Black bomber jacket - River Island

Day 13
Black top - River Island 
Spotted shorts - Boohoo
Backpack - Boohoo
Rayban sunglasses 
Luna Park wristband 

Day 14
Grey jumper - Hollister
Denim skirt - River Island 
Backpack - Boohoo
Rayban sunglasses 

Day 15
White top - River Island
Peach Nike shorts  JD Sports
Backpack - Boohoo

Day 16 
Nike grey top - Nike Store 
Nike black quarter length trousers - Nike Store
Black bomber jacket - River Island 
Bag - Kate Spade 
And a few shopping bags from the airport.

Day 17
Pink top - Victoria's Secret 
Nike black shorts - JD Sports
Backpack - Boohoo
Rayban sunglasses 

Day 18
Nike black top - Nike Store
Nike Black shorts - JD Sports
Bracelet - Tiffany & Co

Day 19
Dress - Primark 
Sandals - Primark 
Rayban sunglasses 
Bag - Michael Kors

Day 20
White top - River Island 
Spotted shorts - Boohoo
Black bomber jacket - River Island
Rayban sunglasses 
Bracelet - Nomination 

Day 21
Green dress - H&M
Rayban sunglasses 
Bag - Michael Kors

Day 22
Nike black top - JDSports
Nike black shorts - JD Sports
Bag - Michael Kors

Day 23 
Black velvet top - Hollister
Nike peach shorts - JD Sports
Bracelet - Nomination & Tiffany & Co

Day 24 (Traveling day)
Reebok black top - Reebok Store
Black leggings - F&F Tesco
Bracelet - Tiffany & Co
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Sephora New York Haul


Every time I visit Sephora, I always find myself looking for new products. I planned to pick up the new Elizabeth and James perfumes while visiting New York, the I saw the Elizabeth and James Amethyst was in the Sephora Favourites perfume sampler and seemed a good deal. I do like buying the large size perfume bottle, however it's the medium size bottle you get when you exchange your certificate but I saw it as a chance to get mini's.   

Products : 

Sephora Favourites Perfume Sampler
Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Nude Lip
Milk Makeup Highlighter Kit 
Bite Lip Set 
Sephora Travel Bag
Clinique High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara Mini
Tarts Drink Of H20 Mini
Elizabeth and James French Grey 
Elizabeth and James Amethyst 

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