Hey my lovelies!

I hope you are having a lovely start to autumn. At this cosy time of year I like nothing better than curling up with a great film on the tele-box (popcorn and hot chocolate of course compulsory!) I wanted to write about some of my favourite iconic female movie characters and what their roles mean to me. Why not snuggle down infront of a stunning Panasonic 4K TV this Autumn and enjoy some favourite classic movies?

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter

Of course, as a British gal who grew up surrounded by Harry Potter madness how could Hermione not be number 1 on my list? She is such an inspirational character for young girls (and young at heart girls!!) who love the Harry Potter world and everything about it. Although Harry is the main hero, Hermione is responsible for so many of their triumphs and her intelligence, bravery and strength really makes the stories what they are. I think it’s so important for young girls to have a character like her to look up to. Fictional or not, Hermione will always be someone who I look up to and aspire to be more like.

Moana

I must admit I was as pleased as the next person when this new Disney-Pixar delight graced our screens last year. Moana, as a movie, is just a joy and the animation, songs and characters make it a family classic already. However, the reason I love Moana as a character has nothing to do with her singing. I actually found myself quite moved by this movie, mainly because of her true grit and determination to follow her dreams and save those who she loves. She literally never gives up. Even when she does give up it’s for about 5 minutes and then she finds the strength within to carry on! She doesn’t need a prince, or even a love interest at all, to save her; she’s a strong, independent girl who shows everyone what she can do. Love it!

Elle Woods – Legally Blonde

An old favourite; I love Elle’s character in both the Legally Blonde movie and the West End musical! Yes, okay she starts off pretty shallow and flaky and she chases boy all the way to law school just to make him ‘love her again’ but come on that in itself takes a huge amount of resilience and determination! Then – once there she finds she can hold her own with the lawyer big boys and she ends up realising how clever and capable she is, and forgets about the boy all together! Go Elle!

Elastagirl – The Incredibles

I knew I had to have a super-hero in this list but perhaps not the most obvious choice. The reason I’ve picked Elastagirl over your standard Wonder Woman/ Cat Woman etc is because she is downright awesome! In the movie, she’s given up saving the world to raise her kids and faces the same family problems that we all go. Then, when her husband is in trouble, she re-discovers her super powers, kicks ass and goes to save him and, in the process, the world! With the help of her epic kids as well. Awesome.

Katherine Johnson – Hidden Figures

When I saw this movie I could not believe how long the secret that several black women had such a key role in the American space race had been kept. The character of Katherine Johnson, who of course is a real person, is super inspiring. Not only is incredibly smart and runs rings around the so called ‘experts’ at NASA but she also conducts herself with amazing integrity in the face of ill-treatment, disrespect and racism at work.  In the face of adversity she showed true courage and strength and deserves recognition as the legend that she is and what she contributed to history.

 

Let me know who your favourite TV and film characters are? I love a good chit-chat about favourite movies. Whatever you are watching I hope you have a cosy and wonderful start to Autumn.

 

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I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a bit of travelling, both alone and with others. I love writing about the places I’ve been but some of them are so different and special in their own way they are impossible to compare! So instead of doing a ‘Best Places’ article I am going to do a series of ‘Best Places For…’ something.

My top places in the world for solo travelling.

ONE. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The coolest city in Europe, in my opinion, and it’s packed full of backpackers, young people, art and culture.  Apart from the obvious draws of partying, cheap drink and the possibility of dabbling in a naughty herb without getting into trouble, the city has an amazing vibe and is extremely beautiful.  I went to Amsterdam alone for a few days and stayed in a backpackers hostel, which pretty much guarantees you meeting some cool people as long as you are a relatively friendly person. It’s also a super safe place if you do fancy wandering around on your own and the local people are really lovely. Dutch people are some of my favorite people in the world.

TWO. Sydney, Australia. I absolutely loved my time in Sydney. I turned up on the other side of the world by myself and checked into the Base Sydney hostel for three weeks wondering what on earth I would do with myself. By that evening, I had met the best bunch of people who all happened to be staying in the same dorm as me! They were the closest friendship group that I formed for during my whole trip because we were all sharing a room and all seemed to be staying for a reasonable period of time. That’s one of the things that makes Sydney a great place to travel alone; a lot of the backpackers there are in it for the long hall, looking for jobs etc so people don’t change too much and you have the opportunity to build some good friendships.  Sydney is a party town too so everyone is there for a good time and is open to meeting new friends.  Also, in terms of the backpackers circuit – literally everyone comes here, all nationalities, all cultures and all types. There is no shortage of people to befriend.  I met some fantastic people here from all over the world and never once felt lonely.

THREE. Thailand Island Hopping.  The south of Thailand is home to more iddylic beach islands than you could wish for. They all have their own merits and some are more well trodden than others, but many travelers take ferries in between and spend a few days on each to experience the different vibes. Again, these are well trodden on the backpacker circuit (particularity the Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Ko Tao side) so it’s easy to meet people, but I’ve selected this one for people who are potentially travelling solo because the like spending time with number one.  I spent a few months on Ko Tao as well as time on Ko Lanta, Phuket and Ko Samui and they are fantastic for travelers who just want to kick back, relax and be alone with their thoughts. Ko Tao and Ko Lanta in particular have a really chilled vibe and as a solo traveler I never felt hassled or out of place. They have everything you need; beaches, bars and places to stay, and something about being on an island makes you feel totally removed and disconnected with the real world. Perfect enjoying your own company and reconnecting with yourself.

FOUR. Anywhere in New Zealand. Good God this country is easy going. I love kiwis they are so so friendly and nice. I traveled the length and breadth of New Zealand (both North and South Island) on a backpacker bus called ‘Kiwi Experience’ and it was literally the time of my life. The Kiwi Experience is famous for it’s amazing bus tours and everyone loves them. It is honestly the best way to meet amazing people and make friends for life. The trip is organised for you, you travel with the same people and stay with the same people in hostels along the way, stopping in all the beautiful and interesting places New Zealand has to offer. You can be flexible about it; spending longer in one place and getting the next bus, but I really enjoyed sharing the whole journey with all my new friends. The bus drivers are brilliant as well and get everyone involved and interacting with games on the bus. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone travelling alone. Unless you don’t particularity like other people, in which case, probably not for you!

So they are my top 4 places where I have had the best experiences travelling alone and found it most easy to fit in and meet new people. I have never had a problem with being alone on any of my trips, but these were just my favorites. It also is very much luck of the draw as to the people you get, but generally I have found fellow backpackers open, friendly and hilarious people. My one piece of advice to anyone traveling solo for the first time, or anytime, would be; give it a chance. An example: after having an amazing time in Sydney my next stop was Byron Bay which I had heard fantastic things about. However, when I got there I just didn’t gel with the girls in my room and found myself super lonely and sad for 3 days! I pulled myself together, did some things on my own and before I knew it some new dorm mates had moved in and I made friends with them instantly. You are not always going to be surrounded by loads of friends, but it’s a good time to build your independence and ability to spend time in your own company. Solo travelling is a seriously liberating experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

xox