Pinterest Inspired: Travel Photography.

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you will be aware that I am converting my social content to a more travel based theme. I have always been interested in travelling and exploring which is why I want to focus directly on that. As well as Instagram, I will be slowly transforming my blog content and Twitter into ONLY travel/exploring content. I think it’s important for me to let you know, so you are also aware of the changes. Of course, I will be posting about things thta interest me, but it will be more structured.

I am completely aware that to be a travel blogger I will need to go travelling which is why this year I am going to adventure out. I have a few little trips coming up this year (2019) such as, a weekend in London, Paris, Italy and Barcelona. I want to create content based on seeing the world and helping others to make the most of their trips. I want to create a travel blog that can be aimed at those, like me who aren’t as fortunate to be able to go travelling all of the time.

For me to make a decision like this, I had been on Pinterest AGAIN!!! The place where all fo my inspiration comes from, honestly you need to get it….IT’S AMAZING! I came across the most inspirational travel photography which just persuaded me to do the things that I love. I think that by having this bit of inspiration, I will gain the motivation to save up and to travel to all the places I have only dreamed of visiting.

I believe that you should be able to do what makes you happy (for me that’s exploring).

Here is my travel photography pinterest board:

Where are you visiting next? And do you have any recommendations for me?

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel To The Philippines.

Visiting the Philippines is something that I will never forget for many reasons. In April 2017, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to the Philippines, with Kevin to meet a majority of his family for 3 whole weeks. Of course, there was plenty of exploring, adventurous outings and a lot of relaxation; as it was still a holiday. Unfortunately, looking back at the photographs, it appeared that I did not take many, nor are the ones that I took are any good of quality. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what I did when I was there. If you want that then comment below and I will save it for another post.

In this post, I will be giving you a simple breakdown of my favourite reasons as to why you should visit the Philippines. In my opinion, I think that being given the opportunity to travel somewhere and experiencing another culture is the most amazing thing and you should really take something from it. IF YOU CAN… DO IT!

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Baluarte (Vigan) – Mini Zoo and museum

One of my top reasons, as to why I recommend visiting the Philippines, is that everyone is so friendly. There was not at any point a moment where I felt like I wasn’t being treated fairly or that anyone was rude to me. Everyone who I had came into contact with were genuienly really nice. I had a rather pleasant stay and thought it was lovely how there was no language barrier. It’s not that I expected people to be rude, but I recognized straight away how nice everyone was, despite me feeling nervous/worried in another country and I think that is something that I will always remember. I had never been this far away from home before, so it really meant a lot to me and I appreciated it a lot. Plus, it is a cheap place to visit, not including the flight, but in general for the activities and food etc,. It’s very good value for money!

Beaches & Tourist Attractions

There are many many beautiful beaches and tourist attractions in the Philippines. I am sure you have seen those photographs of the most beautiful, calm and clear beaches… well imagine loads of those. That’s exactly what it is like!

During my time, I mainly stayed in Manila. Although, that was a city so we did have to travel to all the beautiful beaches. As you can see from the image below, their beaches are clear, stunning and just look completely peaceful. I really enjoyed visiting the beaches there as they just look so stunning and clean which is a completely different atmosphere compared to the UK. I 100% recommend these places, if you’re looking for places to visit during your stay.

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  • Vigan
  • Boracay
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Vigan – city, and province of locus Sur, Philippines.

Below are a list of tourist attractions and places that I was fortunate enough to visit:

Tourist attractions

  • Woodland Adventures – climbing mountains
  • Pottery making
  • Baluarte – mini zoo, museum, large sign (perfect for photos)
  • ShowTime – ABS-CBN – a talent television show – I had the wonderful experience of watching the filming and also taking part on stage at the beginning for their introduction.
  • Pet Cafe’s
  • There is a lot of places for your visit, as well as beautiful sights along the way.

Shopping Malls & Markets

I’ve never seen so many markets and shopping malls during a holiday before and I never even knew this was possible, not to mention how big they are. During my stay in the Philippines, I only really visited the malls in Manila… I say only, but I still remember visiting many of them. They have a lot of SM’s which I think actually stands for Super Market, but please don’t quote me on that. Also, I visited a smaller mall called Robinson’s which I remember a lot because I bought some new flip flops (smart shoes) and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. In the malls, you can find a range of shops, such as boutiques, supermarkets, fashion outlets, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres, internet cafe’s, and basically everything that you could possibly need all in one place. I could have literally spent a whole day in a mall, there’s just loads to do.

I won’t forget to mention all of the street foods and markets which you can find everywhere, even on the street LOL. I remember, when we were there, we were stuck in traffic for a couple of hours and as we were sooooooooo hot and hungry, we managed to get out of the car to get water and food at one of the street markets and still make it back into the car in time. Honestly, you’ll be so surprised. I just found it absolutely mesmerising. I think it is mainly due to the fact of how different it is in comparison to the UK.

Weather & Climate

I know what you’re thinking and yes this is so obvious! But, the WEATHER is definitely up there in my top 10 reasons why you should travel to the Philippines. It is so nice to go somewhere that is really hot, even when there is no sun! Of course, it was very humid and yes as soon as I stepped outside of the apartment, I was boiling and sweating but it was a great experience. I would recommend putting on sun cream/lotion regardless as it is a really good way to not burn, but also to keep your skin moisturised. I had many occasions where I had dry skin which wasn’t always from burning, but because my skin got a bit dried out.

Experience

One of the things that I really loved about going to the Philippines is the whole experience of it all. It is very eye-opening and does make you feel either really appreciated or give you an awareness of what is going on in the world. I found it so fascinating being able to experience what it is like living in the Philippines as well as learning a lot about their culture. It is actually amazing how different it is to the UK which is why I will never forget my visit. I am going to be completely honest, it was a little overwhelming.

I want to start documenting all of my travels and all of the great things that I am fortunate enough to experience. I really want to travel to a few places this year, so please give me some recommendations.

Where are your favourite places to visit?

5 Ways You Can Become A Tourist In Your Hometown.

Have you ever thought about becoming a tourist in your own hometown? – Well with these tips you can be a tourist in any hometown.

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A couple of weeks ago, I never thought of the idea of becoming a tourist in my own hometown. To be a tourist, it does not mean that you have to travel somewhere within the same country or even to somewhere abroad. A tourist is someone who is visiting a particular place and/or town for their own pleasure. If you are an adventurous person, like me, then you can easily become a tourist in your own hometown.

Photograph/Document Everything 

It is very important for a tourist to record (photograph) and/or document (journal) everything, including all of the activities that they do. It doesn’t matter what equipment you use, whether if that is a professional camera, phone or tablet. What’s important is that you capture every unique moment and treasure it for a lifetime. Being a freelance photographer, I can confirm that by doing this people within that place/city will instantly believe that you are a tourist. I love taking photographs of absolutely everything and even if I am just having a little photoshoot, people have still assumed that I am a tourist and have offered to take photographs of me in front of buildings, so this DEFINITELY WORKS!

Learn About The History

Speaking for myself, I can hold my hands up and admit that even I do not know about my hometowns history. Don’t get me wrong, I know a couple things, but in general I don’t have a great deal of knowledge. I think that it is important for everyone to know the history about their hometowns. A majority of places/city’s will have information at all of their tourist attractions or even a local museum.  Fortunately, my hometown is filled with lots of tourists attractions and is well-known for their beautiful buildings/statues that is accompanied with a museum.

Try Out A B&B or Hotel 

Ok, so this one is a little bit out there. But, I think that to really become a tourist in your own hometown you should definitely try out and/or review some of the B&B’s and hotels. Not only are you exploring your own hometown, but you are also having the opportunity to review the accommodation that your  hometown offers. You would be able to give the best recommendations and use your knowledge to pass on to others who are visiting your hometown.

Do Something New

Even if you think you have been to all the tourist attractions and you know enough about your hometown… there is always more! My hometown is filled of little independent shops, including restaurants and little coffee shops. You should visit lots of places, take photographs and learn something new. Going the extra mile to find out about something that not a lot of people would know is definitely a way to be recognised as a tourist. I have recently been looking and trying out the independent shops in my hometown, instead of the well-known retail stores.

Take Something Memorable Back With You

NOT JUST PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! There is actually a lot that you can take back with you. Whenever I go away on holiday, I would always bring back something as a memory from that particular holiday. It can be anything, such as a souvenir, ceramic bowls or mugs, sea shells, tickets etc. I think that it is important to keep anything that reminds you of that visit.

These are just some of my tips on how you can be a tourist in your hometown. As someone who loves to travel, I think it is a great way to explore the world without having to pay for a whole holiday. You should definitely explore and check out your own hometown.

Visiting St. Giles Hilltop In Winchester.

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A few months ago, me and my friend decided to go on a little adventurous walk to explore one of the most well-known hills in Winchester. It was a very foggy morning, but this did not stop us. I have heard a few people talk highly about St. Giles Hill, but never thought it would be as incredible as this. It is a great way to see the whole city, especially as it’s conveniently at the bottom of town. It is very difficult to explain how mesmerising it was, so I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

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WOW! Isn’t this view just absolutely incredible? They were right. The view is absolutely astonishing. It is so beautiful to stand up at the viewpoint and experience the outlook upon the whole city. As you can see from the photographs, St. Giles Hill is completely safe with a metal barrier in place to prevent any injuries. There is a map to the left which gives an indication as to what you are looking at in relation to the buildings within the city.

It was actually quite easy to get to the top of the hill as there were a few different routes to take which is, of course, completely dependent on your personal health and fitness. The incline up the hill would vary and some routes would have taken longer than others. I found it no problem at all getting up to the top of hill by following all the signposted directions. It roughly took a few minutes to stroll up the hill and it was definitely worth it.

Personally, I think that St. Giles Hilltop would be a perfect spot for a romantic date, whether if that is at night or during the day. There is a big massive field at the top of the hill with benches located around, so this would be ideal for little picnics. It is honestly something that is 100% worth experiencing which is no hassle at all and is completely free!

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If you’re a lot like me and you enjoy exploring, travelling, and even sightseeing then this is perfect for you. I spent approximately 45 minutes up there admiring the view, capturing shots and watching the city move. I will definitely be visiting St. Giles Hill again, perhaps when the weather isn’t foggy. I think I am going to try come up the hill in the evening to capture all the bright lights. I just think it will be beautiful!

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10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Belfast.

Hello everyone, welcome back to another one of my travel blog posts. As you can tell from the title of this post, I will be giving you tips on 10 things you must do when visiting Belfast in Northern Ireland. I went to Belfast with my boyfriend Kevin where he got the chance to meet half of my family that live over there. We had a great time interacting and engaging with everybody. It was lovely for me to see all my family again as I only really see them like once a year or every other year. We only went for 3 nights which flew by… to be honest, it was rather nice to just have a few days off work to chill. Fortunately, the weather was lovely for 2 of the days we were there and the last day is when the rain came on which didn’t really bother me as I felt like we needed it. I really enjoy going to Belfast because it isn’t that far on the plane and it has some great historical buildings and landmarks. I did a post similar to this one which was published after I went to Amsterdam, you can view it here: https://bryoniburnsblog.com/2018/05/23/what-to-do-on-a-short-city-break-in-48-hours-amsterdam/

Photo was taken outside the Belfast City Hall

1. Belfast Town Centre

I know exactly what you’re thinking and of course, with most Cities, you would typically go to their city centre to explore the shops and get a rough idea of what it’s about. However, I honestly believe that, as a tourist, you have to go to Belfast City Centre, not just because it’s the city, but because it has a lot of beautiful old-fashioned buildings that are known as they’re famous landmarks. Belfast town is absolutely massive! They have multiple shopping centres, theatres and of course a lot of tourist attractions. They have multiple old-fashioned historical buildings that are used as everyday shops. For example, the first photo below is a Primark. It is just absolutely beautiful. From the outside of the building, you would never know it was a Primark unless you saw the sign. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see everything as I was only there for 3 days, however, I do know that the next time I get the chance to go to Belfast, I would love to do one of their hop-on-hop-off sightseeing 2. Bus City Tours.  I think it would be beneficial and probably the best way to see the most important landmarks in Belfast. I believe that as a tourist it is important that you get the most out of going on holiday which is why I try to do a lot of stuff in a short amount of time.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

3. Belfast City Hall

The Belfast City Hall is a beautiful landmark, even just from the outside. Luckily, I managed to go inside, for FREE, to have a look at their interior and the glassed stained tinted windows. It is part of their exhibition to have pictures of the most famous landmarks on them. There isn’t too much to write about this because it is something that you’d have to go to yourself. It is definitely a popular tourist attraction as it was fairly busy with tours happening when we went. I will let the photos speak for themselves. I went a bit happy crazy with the camera and took photos from every angle, but here’s a few:

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Standing outside the Belfast City Hall – photo was taken by Kevin Turingan
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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Of course, I had to get a snap on these stairs – photo was taken by Kevin Turingan

This is one of many beautiful glass windows which has been designed to inform tourists of some of the most famous tourist attractions in Belfast. For example, the two yellow cranes, the big blue-fish and the building of the Titanic, including the Titanic museum open for visitors.

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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 

4. Titanic Museum

The Titanic museum is an interactive museum open for the public, from 2012, to give them the Titanic experience. You get to explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depts of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began. If you are into history and like to find out the truth to get a better understanding then I 100% recommend this. I am very much into history and I love learning about the past. I thought this was incredible. The museum is so life-like and it does give you the feel like as if you are on the Titanic. I was able to capture some great photos to give you an idea of the sort of things that you can see.

Standing at the front of the NOMADIC ship
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Unfortunately, I was unable to upload The Ultimate Titanic Experience, so here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA4taWMtS9A&t=125s

5. ViewPoint From Hannahstown Hill 

A part from Hannahstown Hill, there are many places where you can get a beautiful view of Belfast. There are many mountains surrounding the City Centre which creates beautiful views all around you. My favourite place to stand to look at Belfast City is the viewpoint from Hannahstown hill. I managed to get a little photo of this, although, it was slightly foggy the day I decided to adventure up. I just think it is absolutely beautiful.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

6. Range Of Shopping Malls: Kennady Center, Burcher Road, Lisburn

Other than all the beautiful tourist attractions, Belfast is well-known for having a lot of shopping malls. Whether if they are small or big… they are everywhere. I absolutely loved spending a whole day shopping and travelling to all the shopping malls. It is so nice to see all the different shops, especially ones that I have never been to before. I didn’t actually buy a lot which is unusual for me, however, I did buy from Urban Outfitters and Primark. I had to be careful with my purchases as I had to make sure I could fit it in my suitcase to bring home. I suppose this is good because we all know I love shopping. I would have bought loads LOL. I have attached a couple of photos below for you to see what I bought in Belfast.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

7. Lisburn Bowling Alley & Arcade 

For mine and Kevin’s last night in Belfast, we decided to do something that we both love to do. We decided to go bowling. Bowling is so much fun and I love it so much. I get very competitive though. We played two games and guess what… I WON BOTH OF THE GAMES! I am pretty sure that Kevin didn’t let me win LOL. We had a lot of fun and it was lovely to just spend a little time together. We both work full-time which does make it difficult for us to actually spend time and do things together. I honestly had so much fun. After, bowling we went into the little arcade which is right next to the bowling alleys. There were so many games to play and the fun part was winning the tickets. Our favourite machine to play was the flappy bird game. It was sooooooo fun much. I loved how it was two player and after you got tickets for a prize. We managed to win 428 tickets and we chose 2x Rubik’s cubes, a large rubber and a dancing laughing emoji. These were just small prizes as it is designed for children, however, we did have fun… I must admit.

8. Grand Opera House: The Wizard Of Oz 

As you all know, I am a big fan of shows and I love to watch shows in London on a yearly basis. It was so lovely for my auntie to plan a show for us to watch and boy what a great show it was indeed. We watched The Wizard Of Oz that was a children’s production. It was very clever and well thought out. I loved how many children there were apart of this production. At one point, there must have been over 80 children on stage. All of the children were brillant and definitely very talented. The girl who played Dorothy was incredible…like mind-blowing. I am honestly so pleased I had the chance to watch a production like this as it was definitely a lot different to the types of productions you see in London. Being a Drama student, hoping to pursue my career as a Drama teacher, I love to watch shows to give me ideas on what I can do to make my acting different or better. I have definitely learnt a lot from watching this childrens production.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

 

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Things that I want to do in Belfast next time:

9. Belfast Castle

I am very intrigued by the history of places that I travel to which is why Belfast Castle is definitely up there on my things to do. I have been for mini holidays to Belfast 5 times which is why next time I know I am 100% visiting the castle. I have looked it up online and the photos taken of it are absolutely stunning. As you are probably aware, I love visiting places that have big historical old-fashioned buildings that have history to them. I think they are mesmerising and I love capturing these types of photographs.

10. Belfast Zoo 

I would love to visit Belfast Zoological Gardens to see all the cute animals and take some beautiful photographs of them. I went to the zoo for the very first time about a month ago and absolutely loved it. I liked seeing the animals up close for the very first time and seeing how they live. I would really like to visit the zoo in Belfast to see what it’s like and how different it is to Marwell Zoo that I went to.

Thank you so much for popping back onto my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found it somewhat useful. If you have any feedback, opinions, comments or any ideas for me, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Stay tuned for more holiday blog posts. Have a great day!