August | Yorkshire, Travel Plans and the Fear Of Missing Out.

Oh August, the last month of summer here in the UK. A month where we have to make the most of the slightly-warmer-than-usual weather before the freezing cold sets in for the winter.

And I got that off to a good start by going to see my Mum and step-Dad down in Spalding at the beginning of August. They live in a cute little cottage, surrounded by cabbage fields and usually, when I visit, the weather’s not so great so we’re cosied up by the fire indoors.

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Cabbage fields

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Summer time 🙂

On this occasion though, it was fine BBQ weather for the whole weekend and what made it better was that my sister, step sister and step brother also visited to stuff their faces with BBQ food and beer.

Oh and I got to meet this little pooch. Guys this is Sam, an absolutely gorgeous springer spaniel who’s Pippa’s new little buddy after our dog Lucy died a few months ago. ISN’T HE A CUTIE?!

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Sam the pooch

I’ve also had massive travel withdrawal symptoms this month. I have to admit I’ve felt a bit demotivated with pretty much everything this month and I’m going to say that’s directly correlated to having no travel plans what so ever in the pipeline. Does anyone else ever feel like that when they have no adventures planned? Because of that, it’s lead me to take some rather extreme action. I’ve booked a trip to Hong Kong with my friends in December and my Dad and I are going to Barcelona for a few days at the beginning of October. YAY travel plans! I’ll talk more about them as those trips get closer but you can read about why I’m going back to Hong Kong here. I’ll give you a sneak peek, it’s all to do with a serious case of FOMO.

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Now, I’ve been living in Leeds a good 4 months now. I like the convenience of living in the city but I sure as heck do miss the country side. And seeing the sky. I can only see the sky from my flat if I stick my head around the side of the window. BOO. So, with a craving for fresh air and fields full of sheep, I headed to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of my favourite places in Yorkshire.

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Bretton Hall at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I used to work here, my Mum used to go to University here and I’ve been visiting ever since I was a kid so this place is pretty special to me. And it never, ever gets old. This park is full of artwork, sculptures, nice countryside walks and there’s always some good cake in the cafe if you get peckish. If you’re ever in Yorkshire and want to see one of the county’s finest attractions, definitely take a trip here.

Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Why The Wild Ones Are Richer Than Most | A great wanderlust inducing post about what it’s like to have the experience of travel. The Globe Wanderers are on point when they say the wild ones are making memories that can’t be bought and they’re learning every day. Take a read and see if you’re a wild one too…

An Intensive Analysis Of The Philippine Islands | Yet again the Pillipines have grabbed my attention this month and it’s all because of this beautiful post from Erica over at Girl Unspotted. Seriously, who’s going to come with me to the Phillipines? Because I need to go!

Can Travel Bloggers Have “Normal” Holidays? | Taking a digital detox on my next adventure abroad is something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while and Ayla’s post on Mrs Ayla’s Adventures has inspired me to do just that in Barcelona. It can be hard to switch off sometimes when you’re brains constantly thinking of what you could blog about so I think I just need to truly switch off for a while!

What have I been writing?

Places Around The World I Would Love To Revisit | Because everyone’s got a few destinations they want to go back to at some point, haven’t they?

30 Before 30 | My 27th birthday is next month. In the last 3 years I’ve achieved quite a bit but that time has gone by so quickly. I want to achieve a lot in the next 3 years too and hopefully this list might make me a bit more accountable.

A Summer’s Day In Whitby | Whitby is one of the prettiest coastal towns in Yorkshire. Totally worth a stop for some fish and chips and a paddle but just watch out for the horrible swooping seagulls. THEY’RE EVIL.

Is Fergburger The Best Burger In The World? | Well is it? I’d love to know what you think if you’ve ever been to this legendary place!

The Top 8 Things To Do In Miami | Miami’s fun but there’s a lot of stuff you could miss out on if you’re just going for the beach and bars.

Going Back To Hong Kong And The FOMO | I found out a couple of my friends were thinking of going, the next thing I know I’m booking flights myself to go out there too…

What’s been going on in the world of Instagram?

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What have I been listening to?

To be honest, no music has grabbed my attention this month. Mainly because I haven’t really been listening to much apart from a few Disney tunes at work. But, has any one been watching Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix? It’s a TV show prequel to the fabulously awful Wet Hot American Summer film that was made 15 years ago and the cast have reunited to fill in the huge gaps that were there in the film’s story line. And there were a lot of gaps. ANYWAY, it’s the theme tune I’m obsessed with.Jane by Jefferson Starship is probably the best part of the TV show.  Apart from Paul Rudd’s character.  He’s pretty funny too.

Coming up in September…

September is going to be a crazy busy month. I’m going to an event with Air France and KLM in London before heading to BlogStock this weekend! Let me know if you’re going to either, it would be awesome to meet up! I just bought my tent so at least I’m half prepared for the camping! It’s also my birthday which I have nothing planned for yet. Boo. But IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

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What have you been up to in August? Do you have any more travel plans for the rest of the month?  Do you have any blog posts to recommend or some better music I should be listening to?

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  • Mum

    Can you believe the log burner has been blazing away the last few days here at the cottage! You are always welcome here for your birthday and you can give Sam a cuddle by the fire. Xx from a proud Mum

    • It’s been a bit cold hasn’t it? Looking forward to seeing you Mum 🙂

  • Ahh Emma!! Thank you so much for including our post… SO pleased you loved it and so honoured that you thought it good enough to feature. Huge thank you! Can totally relate to the misery of having no travel plans in the pipeline! We had that realisation a few months back and then in the space of one weekend had booked an adventure in Greece, a weekend in Rome and a trip to Berlin before the end of the year. YAY! Hong Kong sounds amazing, excited for you! Can’t wait to read about your adventures. Thanks again Emma. Made our Tuesday.

    Gabby

    • Ah Gabby, you’re too sweet! Of course, I loved your post so I had to feature it in my monthly round up 🙂 Haha, it sounds like you did the same thing as me by booking a lot of trips in one go 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have a lot to write about Hong Kong! I hope you’re having a good week 😀

  • Glad you enjoyed my post Emma and hope you mange to do some switching off in Barcelona. Hong Kong also sounds like a fabulous trip so you have lots to look forward to now. Unfortunately I won’t be at Blogstock this year but hopefully there’ll be another travel event soon so we can catch up 🙂

    • I hope I manage to switch off too, I need a break for sure! I’m so excited for the next few months though, I have a few trips coming up now so my tichy feet are being cared for, for the moment! Hopefully I will catch you at another event soon, Blogstock was fun but it was so cold on the Friday night so I chickened out on camping on the Saturday…It’s such a great event though!

  • book it I’ll meet you in one of the islands! 😍

    • It’ll have to be a trip for next year if I do but that place has gone right up my list of places to visit!

  • Aww what a lovely dog! I love Springer Spaniels, you’ll have to have lots of energy for a dog like that. I’m originally from Cumbria and I have to say as much as I love Manchester I do miss all the greenery and countryside on my doorstep. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you (properly at least) at Blogstock on Saturday but I hope you had a lovely time! 🙂

    • Yeah I think he’s running around a lot at my Mum’s house, he’s gorgeous though 🙂 Oh Cumbria’s lovely, I’m not surprised you miss it. Manchester is fun though, I should make the journey over the Pennines more often! Oh Blogstock was great wasn’t it? Did you have a good night on the Saturday? Sorry I only really got to say hi and bye but hopefully I’ll get to meet you properly at another event 🙂