Lucy Levens


Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities (and that’s not just because of its legalisation policies!), one reason is because they really encourage cycling as the main form of transport, and there are just as many cycle lanes as there are roads and pedestrian pavements. It makes it such an easier and more fun way to get around the city and see more of the sites. Check out our blog posts on things to do in Amsterdam. 

Guatemala is a stunning country. The vibrant coloured clothes that the local people wear are so beautiful. The country is like a rawer and rougher version of the US – their public buses are old school buses from America, which they paint with amazing colours, some cover them in flower garlands and play really loud music! At every stop, street sellers get on and sell snacks and drinks. People can bring on almost anything they like to transport with them, from small children to chickens and dogs and even small pigs!

  1. How to get an extra hour in Cambodia – A top tip for any first timers who are landing in Siem Reap. Remember to sort your tourist visa out BEFORE you start queuing through customs. Don’t do what we did and waste your time by queuing for the same thing twice! I know us brits love a good que, but that was taking it too far; and turned out to be a common mistake we later saw many people make. When you get in the arrivals hall with the big buddha head, turn right and go to the visa desk before joining the que through customs.

I took Makai here as a surprise birthday present. I’d been looking for some kind of quirky unusual accommodation, preferably with a hot tub, and this perfect little hideaway popped up on this great site called you should really check it out – loads of great suggestions of unusual places to stay in and around the UK. A must for any surprise birthday or gift option.
It was all really easy to book and the owners give you a code for the padlock to open the venue so you don’t even have to see another human on arrival! All very easy and chilled. The venue is really cute and perfect for a romantic getaway for two. There is a dinky hot tub and outdoor fire pit with wood provided. Inside the hideaway the beautifully decorated room has a double bed with a glass roof to star gaze whilst lying in the bed. There is a little sofa seating area and table and chairs for 2 people, which leads to a small but perfectly formed kitchen with all appliances to cook a romantic meal. The owners also left a welcome basket with biscuits, local jams, tea, coffee, and in the fridge was a cold bottle of prosecco – perfect! Beyond that is a little bathroom with shower and toilet.
We had such a lovely stay here and would definitely recommend it to everyone. It really feels like you’re in a little secret garden bubble away from the rest of the world. With quirky features and ornaments, and outdoor solar lamps that come on when the sun sets.
The venue is also very close to Canterbury city centre and the lovely Whitstable bay, both are great site seeing spots to occupy your time in the day.
The owners have other venues and we’re hoping to try out the very popular and often fully booked tree house. Check out their website for more details