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SELF CARE TIPS

For those who follow my Instagram, throughout Spring this year I began posting a few weekly self care tips under my small new project: Self care Sunday.  This became a regular space on my Instagram stories for a couple of months where I would post a few slides educating my audience on the small things they can take to achieving a healthier mind body and soul each week.


RISE & SHINE

Are you quick to check your phone first thing in the morning? It can be easy to do so if you’re turning off an alarm and then you have a cheeky scroll as soon as you’ve woke. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel like sh*t when I do so. Discipline yourself to not do so for at least the first hour of waking up. It’ll allow yourself to wake up properly without being glued to a screen. 

Use the first hour of waking up to crack on with things that don’t require you checking your phone. Stretch, make your bed, have a large glass of water before you eat, tidy your space, get yourself dressed for the day (or for the gym).

Start tomorrow and make a conscious effort to keep on track throughout the week.


SWITCH OFF NOTIFICATIONS.

The other day I limited the notifications that come through to my phone from platforms I use the most, such as Twitter and instagram. I turned off SO many on Twitter that were simply annoying me, I don’t need to know when every single person favourites a tweet or follows my account. 

A few months ago I deleted the Facebook app, and rarely find myself thinking about it actually. I hardly go on to the desktop site, and it feels good. Facebook is pretty trash anyway. 

Spend more time focusing on yourself, not awaiting validation from others over a click of a like. 

Less time checking notifications, the better. 


THE PICK ME UP.

As we know, social media can have mad effects on our dopamine levels. We check our phones in the need of a feeling, a smile, a laugh or to feel any other emotion. Relying on social media to regulate our happiness levels and overall moods is dangerous AF.

If you’re feeling low, stay away from social media today, or any other day that you’re not feeling your best. When we’re not feeling great there’s a higher chance you’ll get into an uncontrollable scroll sesh where you are literally scrolling without any aim, and you gain nothing, your mood isn’t being improved and you’re trying to find your next fix from scrolling. Stop. Slipping into a comparison whirlwind is too easy on social media, especially when you feel naff to begin with. We’ve all been there, and would prefer not to be back there again. 

Stop looking for a quick pick me up, and focus on doing something that will physically improve your wellbeing in the long run.


SHUT DOWN

Ok so we spoke at the beginning of the post about waking up and avoiding screen time... same goes for before bed. This is what I find hardest actually.. being able to put my phone down for the last time for the night. My brain is ALIVE at night, I’m full of new ideas and my brain is ticks into overdrive with things I need to remember to add to my to do list.  If anything, I should be winding down properly so my ability to be able to get to sleep isn’t affected. 

Train your brain to come away from your phone screens by 8pm. Instead use the rest of the night phone free and either read a book, write in your journal or plan out the next day in your diary.

I understand this is difficult for those who work shifts into the night, then come home and all they want to do is graft the night away on their creative passions, you do what you gotta do! Just balance it well and make sure you get a healthy amount of sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please do share your thoughts as I'd love to hear them. 
You can keep up to date with my weekly self care stories over on my instagram.
Photos shot by ZOE LONDON.

SELF CARE TIPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE TIPS

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE

SELF CARE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA



SELF CARE SUNDAY: SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION

SELF CARE TIPS

For those who follow my Instagram, throughout Spring this year I began posting a few weekly self care tips under my small new project: Self care Sunday.  This became a regular space on my Instagram stories for a couple of months where I would post a few slides educating my audience on the small things they can take to achieving a healthier mind body and soul each week.


RISE & SHINE

Are you quick to check your phone first thing in the morning? It can be easy to do so if you’re turning off an alarm and then you have a cheeky scroll as soon as you’ve woke. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel like sh*t when I do so. Discipline yourself to not do so for at least the first hour of waking up. It’ll allow yourself to wake up properly without being glued to a screen. 

Use the first hour of waking up to crack on with things that don’t require you checking your phone. Stretch, make your bed, have a large glass of water before you eat, tidy your space, get yourself dressed for the day (or for the gym).

Start tomorrow and make a conscious effort to keep on track throughout the week.


SWITCH OFF NOTIFICATIONS.

The other day I limited the notifications that come through to my phone from platforms I use the most, such as Twitter and instagram. I turned off SO many on Twitter that were simply annoying me, I don’t need to know when every single person favourites a tweet or follows my account. 

A few months ago I deleted the Facebook app, and rarely find myself thinking about it actually. I hardly go on to the desktop site, and it feels good. Facebook is pretty trash anyway. 

Spend more time focusing on yourself, not awaiting validation from others over a click of a like. 

Less time checking notifications, the better. 


THE PICK ME UP.

As we know, social media can have mad effects on our dopamine levels. We check our phones in the need of a feeling, a smile, a laugh or to feel any other emotion. Relying on social media to regulate our happiness levels and overall moods is dangerous AF.

If you’re feeling low, stay away from social media today, or any other day that you’re not feeling your best. When we’re not feeling great there’s a higher chance you’ll get into an uncontrollable scroll sesh where you are literally scrolling without any aim, and you gain nothing, your mood isn’t being improved and you’re trying to find your next fix from scrolling. Stop. Slipping into a comparison whirlwind is too easy on social media, especially when you feel naff to begin with. We’ve all been there, and would prefer not to be back there again. 

Stop looking for a quick pick me up, and focus on doing something that will physically improve your wellbeing in the long run.


SHUT DOWN

Ok so we spoke at the beginning of the post about waking up and avoiding screen time... same goes for before bed. This is what I find hardest actually.. being able to put my phone down for the last time for the night. My brain is ALIVE at night, I’m full of new ideas and my brain is ticks into overdrive with things I need to remember to add to my to do list.  If anything, I should be winding down properly so my ability to be able to get to sleep isn’t affected. 

Train your brain to come away from your phone screens by 8pm. Instead use the rest of the night phone free and either read a book, write in your journal or plan out the next day in your diary.

I understand this is difficult for those who work shifts into the night, then come home and all they want to do is graft the night away on their creative passions, you do what you gotta do! Just balance it well and make sure you get a healthy amount of sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please do share your thoughts as I'd love to hear them. 
You can keep up to date with my weekly self care stories over on my instagram.
Photos shot by ZOE LONDON.

SELF CARE TIPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE TIPS

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE

SELF CARE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA



Charlotte Hole - NAKED BEACH - Channel 4

The time has come... I’m SO excited to announce that myself and 7 other body confident hosts are a part of Channel 4 ‘s brand new TV series, NAKED BEACH. 
We spent the summer helping some truly beautiful souls realise their own beauty and worth, on their own journey of self acceptance and self love.⁣⁣

COMING SOON TO CHANNEL 4

Charlotte Hole - NAKED BEACH - Channel 4

The time has come... I’m SO excited to announce that myself and 7 other body confident hosts are a part of Channel 4 ‘s brand new TV series, NAKED BEACH. 
We spent the summer helping some truly beautiful souls realise their own beauty and worth, on their own journey of self acceptance and self love.⁣⁣

Miss Selfridge SS19 collection

Spring, we neeeeeed you! I'm SO done with winter now.
The past week in London has been an absolute delight with this warm weather & continuous sunshine.
It looks like we all got our hopes up a little too soon as the rain and grey skies are back in full swing today.. fabulous, looks like I'll be raiding SkyScanner in the mean time to escape the dullness!

Speeeeaking of Spring... it's that time of the year where all of my favourite brands slowly begin to drop some of their incredible new SS19 collections.
London, UK

MISS SELFRIDGE SS19 COLLECTION PREVIEW

Miss Selfridge SS19 collection

Spring, we neeeeeed you! I'm SO done with winter now.
The past week in London has been an absolute delight with this warm weather & continuous sunshine.
It looks like we all got our hopes up a little too soon as the rain and grey skies are back in full swing today.. fabulous, looks like I'll be raiding SkyScanner in the mean time to escape the dullness!

Speeeeaking of Spring... it's that time of the year where all of my favourite brands slowly begin to drop some of their incredible new SS19 collections.
Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Hello festive season... did you come around quick or what?! This year, I've absolutely loved feeling festive. I've been surrounded by friends and family which has made it feel real easy getting into the Christmas spirit this month. This month I've felt incredibly grateful for those in my life, and the memories shared so far this year. Like most busy families, it can be difficult all year round to dedicate some much-needed time together, which is why Christmas is so important for me, since it serves me and my family some much needed time off to wind down and spend together. I'm really excited to share that I've partnered up with instax and their new instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera to embark on a digital detox and spend some time away from screens in the lead up to Christmas. 

With the house decorated so perfectly (by my wonderful mum!) it makes it a really cosy time of year for us all to spend some time together at home. Me and my family have a bit of a yearly tradition of spending the evening taking part in a family quiz. My sister will spend a while curating her own quiz and put me and my parents to the test... trust me, it gets real competitive. 

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


By finding an activity such as a 'quiz night' that we all enjoy, we find that it's the perfect way to get take a break from our social devices for the evening. This means, no phones (It's a no-brainer, it'd be too easy to search the answers online right?!) NO TV! Since my dad has always got his teeth sunk into a series each evening it's nice to pull him away from this... Also, no laptops or reading devices either! A good digital detox is required when spending quality family time together. Capturing moments like this as a family is still important though, which is why I brought my instax SQUARE SQ6 along to the quiz to make sure we could still create some lovely memories from the night. 

I've had an obsession with photography since I was a small child. Having studied Photography at college, I soon found my love for film photography and the joy I had from developing each film I shot was more than enough to make me stick through further education.. 

I first fell in love with instax around about 2 years ago, with my pink instax Mini 9. I took it to every festival with me and captured moments I'd be unable to recreate with a digital camera. That’s why I couldn't wait to get my hands on the instax SQUARE SQ6. The new features this camera has excites me a lot, so let's talk about them and why I'm so excited by them!

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


THE FILM IS SQUARE

Let's state the obvious... the SQ6 is a square format camera. The print outs are larger, that little bit of extra added space in the photos which actually allows you to capture a whole lot more. This worked perfectly for me and my family when we were getting a group shot all together in our Christmas hats, that leads me on to the next feature...


SELF TIMER IS HERE!

YES! Having self-timer on the new instax is an absolute game changer.
I self-shoot A LOT. I'd say most of my Instagram shots are taken by me and my tripod, so a camera with self-timer is an essential. I wanted to get a photo that wasn't a selfie of me and my family so this really worked in my favour on doing so. I simply propped the camera up on a flat stable ledge, squared up the shot through the eye hole, directed and re-adjusted everyone to fit in perfectly, clicked the self-timer button (situated on the back of the camera, it's hard to miss!) then I popped myself in the photo and we waited for the flash countdown to finish before the photo took. The pictures came out so well.


COLOURED PHOTOS MADE EASY

The instax SQ6 comes with 3 coloured flash filters to pop over your flash so you can add a splash of colour to your photos. This is such a cool feature and is like adding an Instagram filter to your photos, absolutely perfect for parties, gigs or just for that edgy shot!


AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE

Kiss goodbye to manual exposure on this instax, the automatic exposure makes it super easy to achieve the perfect shot each time! There are also a few more options to change this from auto depending on the shot you're going for. There's a landscape & macro option, close selfie mode, as well as lighten & darken modes in case the auto isn't working out too well for you. 


DOUBLE EXPOSURE

There's one new feature I couldn't miss out! Probably the most exciting new feature to come to the instax is the new double exposure mode. You can overlap 2 shots within one frame with this new mode, I've always been super keen to play around with this since I got it, I'm excited to have fun and try this one out with different festive backgrounds this season! Expect lots of snaps with plenty of tinsel shots coming your way...

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6


FEATURES ASIDE..

Have fun with your instant photography most importantly. Experiment with plenty of colours, textures, props, people.. & anything that sparkles and glitters, especially this time of year! I loved shooting me and my families new Christmas hats, playing around with plenty of tinsel & party poppers! There's so many incredible ways to make a picture fun and playful, I absolutely love the shot I got of my sister hanging a red bauble over my mum's nose to replicate a reindeers one! It's all about being silly and having fun. 

It's SO important to remember to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! That's why I love these cameras so much. Since you get only 10 shots per film pack, it really makes the moment captured special when taking them! Each shot should be a memory to treasure. 

There's also so many different ways you can display your instax moments. This Christmas, I'll be popping mine on the Christmas tree and on the garland this year for that unique touch.

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

Thank you to instax for partnering with me on this special project.
You can purchase an instax SQUARE SQ6 at selected retailers in store and online.

How do you like to have fun with your friends and families at this time of year?
Have you considered trying a digital detox out yourself?

*This blog post was sponsored by instax

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STEPPING AWAY FROM SCREENS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH AN INSTAX CAMERA

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Hello festive season... did you come around quick or what?! This year, I've absolutely loved feeling festive. I've been surrounded by friends and family which has made it feel real easy getting into the Christmas spirit this month. This month I've felt incredibly grateful for those in my life, and the memories shared so far this year. Like most busy families, it can be difficult all year round to dedicate some much-needed time together, which is why Christmas is so important for me, since it serves me and my family some much needed time off to wind down and spend together. I'm really excited to share that I've partnered up with instax and their new instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera to embark on a digital detox and spend some time away from screens in the lead up to Christmas. 

With the house decorated so perfectly (by my wonderful mum!) it makes it a really cosy time of year for us all to spend some time together at home. Me and my family have a bit of a yearly tradition of spending the evening taking part in a family quiz. My sister will spend a while curating her own quiz and put me and my parents to the test... trust me, it gets real competitive. 

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


By finding an activity such as a 'quiz night' that we all enjoy, we find that it's the perfect way to get take a break from our social devices for the evening. This means, no phones (It's a no-brainer, it'd be too easy to search the answers online right?!) NO TV! Since my dad has always got his teeth sunk into a series each evening it's nice to pull him away from this... Also, no laptops or reading devices either! A good digital detox is required when spending quality family time together. Capturing moments like this as a family is still important though, which is why I brought my instax SQUARE SQ6 along to the quiz to make sure we could still create some lovely memories from the night. 

I've had an obsession with photography since I was a small child. Having studied Photography at college, I soon found my love for film photography and the joy I had from developing each film I shot was more than enough to make me stick through further education.. 

I first fell in love with instax around about 2 years ago, with my pink instax Mini 9. I took it to every festival with me and captured moments I'd be unable to recreate with a digital camera. That’s why I couldn't wait to get my hands on the instax SQUARE SQ6. The new features this camera has excites me a lot, so let's talk about them and why I'm so excited by them!

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


THE FILM IS SQUARE

Let's state the obvious... the SQ6 is a square format camera. The print outs are larger, that little bit of extra added space in the photos which actually allows you to capture a whole lot more. This worked perfectly for me and my family when we were getting a group shot all together in our Christmas hats, that leads me on to the next feature...


SELF TIMER IS HERE!

YES! Having self-timer on the new instax is an absolute game changer.
I self-shoot A LOT. I'd say most of my Instagram shots are taken by me and my tripod, so a camera with self-timer is an essential. I wanted to get a photo that wasn't a selfie of me and my family so this really worked in my favour on doing so. I simply propped the camera up on a flat stable ledge, squared up the shot through the eye hole, directed and re-adjusted everyone to fit in perfectly, clicked the self-timer button (situated on the back of the camera, it's hard to miss!) then I popped myself in the photo and we waited for the flash countdown to finish before the photo took. The pictures came out so well.


COLOURED PHOTOS MADE EASY

The instax SQ6 comes with 3 coloured flash filters to pop over your flash so you can add a splash of colour to your photos. This is such a cool feature and is like adding an Instagram filter to your photos, absolutely perfect for parties, gigs or just for that edgy shot!


AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE

Kiss goodbye to manual exposure on this instax, the automatic exposure makes it super easy to achieve the perfect shot each time! There are also a few more options to change this from auto depending on the shot you're going for. There's a landscape & macro option, close selfie mode, as well as lighten & darken modes in case the auto isn't working out too well for you. 


DOUBLE EXPOSURE

There's one new feature I couldn't miss out! Probably the most exciting new feature to come to the instax is the new double exposure mode. You can overlap 2 shots within one frame with this new mode, I've always been super keen to play around with this since I got it, I'm excited to have fun and try this one out with different festive backgrounds this season! Expect lots of snaps with plenty of tinsel shots coming your way...

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6


FEATURES ASIDE..

Have fun with your instant photography most importantly. Experiment with plenty of colours, textures, props, people.. & anything that sparkles and glitters, especially this time of year! I loved shooting me and my families new Christmas hats, playing around with plenty of tinsel & party poppers! There's so many incredible ways to make a picture fun and playful, I absolutely love the shot I got of my sister hanging a red bauble over my mum's nose to replicate a reindeers one! It's all about being silly and having fun. 

It's SO important to remember to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! That's why I love these cameras so much. Since you get only 10 shots per film pack, it really makes the moment captured special when taking them! Each shot should be a memory to treasure. 

There's also so many different ways you can display your instax moments. This Christmas, I'll be popping mine on the Christmas tree and on the garland this year for that unique touch.

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

Thank you to instax for partnering with me on this special project.
You can purchase an instax SQUARE SQ6 at selected retailers in store and online.

How do you like to have fun with your friends and families at this time of year?
Have you considered trying a digital detox out yourself?

*This blog post was sponsored by instax

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It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last travel post, so I’m back to talk about my trip to Turkey earlier this year! Me and a few others road tripped the incredibly gorgeous turquoise coast of Turkey. 

Last year I headed to Benidorm to explore the alternative side of the seaside town. Besides being swarmed with British tourists each year I managed to seek some incredible spots which has since opened my eyes to the popular destination. I’m always looking to experience places that exceed expectations, was Turkey going to surprise me with its incredible scenery? (Slight clue: absolutely). 

During our short 5 day stay we managed to fit in 5 different cities. Our intense itinerary looked a little like this: Bodrum > Marmaris > Dalyan > Olu Deniz > Fetihye - pretty crazy right? That’s a lot of land to cover in less than a week.

Turkey Back Alley Photography


DAY ONE

Let me start from the bottom and work my way up. We landed at 4am to Dalaman airport, little did we know we were about to embark on another 3 hour journey to Bodrum to spend the night. We were kindly welcomed at Royal Asarlik hotel with a breakfast before heading up to our rooms. Sadly the rooms weren’t as great as the rest of the hotel looked, they smelt of cigarettes and looked like something from the late 80s (now, I'm all for the retro vibe but... this had just been left too long for a refresh!) but since we were only there for one night I didn’t mind too much! They did have a stunning sunrise view which I soon found out the following morning. We really enjoyed a lazy day around the 2 pool areas the resort had to offer, the bar & entertainment staff were so incredibly kind and welcoming, and definitely accommodated to our needs. 

We managed to head out to the Bodrum marina- it was absolutely gorgeous! The winding white washed alley ways were so wonderful to walk through. I really wish I had done my shopping here, since there were some lovely stalls and shops! Before sunset we headed to see the best view of the city, which is opposite the stunning amphitheatre! I’d really recommend this stop if you have a spare moment.

Exploring Turkey 2018

Turkey Holiday Guide 2018


DAY TWO

After a well needed sleep, we were up and ready to head to Marmaris. We had a pit stop at Atalyans ocakbaşı muğla for lunch. They accommodated for my vegetarian needs with some stunning traditional Turkish dishes! It really seems like this place is in the middle of nowhere, which was a perfect mid way stop on our journey.

As we arrived into Marmaris later on that evening, we headed straight to our next resort, SENTIDO ORKA lotus beach. This place was my favourite spot of the whole trip. It truly is paradise with its tranquil location. The beach is incredibly calm with the most scenic mountain views. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, and joining the hotel on the rooftop bar for some welcome drinks. Spending only one night here wasn’t enough, I could had easily spent a week there & not moved!

Sentido Orka Lotus Beach Sunrise

Sentido Orka Lotus Beach Rooftop


DAY THREE

Whilst we were in Marmaris we checked out the Bazaar shopping centre. I’ll make it easy for you guys: If you like cloned designer bags, or other wise known as ‘genuine fakes’ this is the place for you. It’s full of them. I really didn’t like this place so I can’t recommend to go there... I personally love markets that sell authentic local goods. After the market, we checked out the marina which was super gorgeous- full of amazing food and drink spots. Me and a few of the girls stopped for a coffee whilst watching the beauty all around us.

Since we were spending a second night in Marmaris, we checked in to the stunning Green Nature resort This resort hosted a huge activity pool with plenty of sun beds surrounding it, with direct access to the beach. The energy was alive here, it was a super busy hotel & the high season wasn’t in full swing yet. 

The rooms were stunning too, mine was super large and airy with a beautiful view of the sea. I absolutely loved the fact you had a private sealed off balcony to each room too. My room had an incredible view to the main stage performances that take place each evening. On the night we were there, a Colombian dance show took place & it was truly UNREAL!



DAY FOUR

The following morning, we had a trip planned in Dalyan to check out the cleopatra mud baths. All week I had been super excited to experience my first mud bath! We indulged our bodies in the mud and laid out in the sun to dry out completely, before washing off & heading into the sulphate thermal baths to make us feel incredible. This was one of my trip highlights, I absolutely loved seeing the Lycian rock tombs along route too. 

After our boat trip we headed to check in to our final hotel, ORKA Sunlife Hotel. This gorgeous resort is set up in the hills away from the beach in Ölüdeniz. I was in shock when I checked in to my room, it was more like a penthouse! There was a large living room area which lead to a separate bedroom, with panoramic views around it. When I thought the suite couldn’t get any better, I spotted a jacuzzi bath as soon as I walked in the bathroom! After checking out the tasty dinner selection, I headed back early for some me time in the tub! (Accompanied by a glass of white of course).




DAY FIVE

The next morning we woke up to a HUGE thunder storm, which delayed our departure to start the day in Fethiye. Since this was our last day we wanted to make the most of our time here, so we headed down to Ölüdeniz beach via an incredible viewpoint of the blue lagoon. Later that afternoon we had plans to relax on a yacht for the afternoon with ALESTA yachting. Thankfully the weather cleared up, and it turned out to be a stunning afternoon. The yacht experience was pure bliss, I loved the comfortable lounge spots on the top deck. We were kindly invited to ALESTA Hotel which lays on the marina, for some rooftop cocktail drinks. We convinced our guide to take us to the local market, where we could see a more authentic atmosphere where the locals shop and eat! We tried a range of local cooked goods, and plenty of fruits! I personally LOVE moments like these whilst on a trip to a foreign country. I love seeing how everybody works and communicates together, I love seeing how people spend their day.


Fethiye Blue lagoon view




Local Turkish Market

Local Turkish Market

Local Turkish Market






Later that evening we headed to Rixos premium belek for our final dinner before making our way back to the UK. Now... this place truly is sensational. This resort looked so incredibly luxurious upon arrival, and it certainly didn’t disappoint as we were showed around. Rixos is a 13+ resort, which is perfect for those who want a quieter get away when visiting Turkey. The dinner was good, though they really need to widen their vegetarian menu... I’m not sure I could come here and live off of pizza for my main course each evening. 

Thank you to each of the hotels for hosting us throughout this memorable trip.



Muğla Province, Turkey

TURKEY: 5 CITIES IN 5 DAYS

It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last travel post, so I’m back to talk about my trip to Turkey earlier this year! Me and a few others road tripped the incredibly gorgeous turquoise coast of Turkey. 

Last year I headed to Benidorm to explore the alternative side of the seaside town. Besides being swarmed with British tourists each year I managed to seek some incredible spots which has since opened my eyes to the popular destination. I’m always looking to experience places that exceed expectations, was Turkey going to surprise me with its incredible scenery? (Slight clue: absolutely). 

During our short 5 day stay we managed to fit in 5 different cities. Our intense itinerary looked a little like this: Bodrum > Marmaris > Dalyan > Olu Deniz > Fetihye - pretty crazy right? That’s a lot of land to cover in less than a week.

Turkey Back Alley Photography


DAY ONE

Let me start from the bottom and work my way up. We landed at 4am to Dalaman airport, little did we know we were about to embark on another 3 hour journey to Bodrum to spend the night. We were kindly welcomed at Royal Asarlik hotel with a breakfast before heading up to our rooms. Sadly the rooms weren’t as great as the rest of the hotel looked, they smelt of cigarettes and looked like something from the late 80s (now, I'm all for the retro vibe but... this had just been left too long for a refresh!) but since we were only there for one night I didn’t mind too much! They did have a stunning sunrise view which I soon found out the following morning. We really enjoyed a lazy day around the 2 pool areas the resort had to offer, the bar & entertainment staff were so incredibly kind and welcoming, and definitely accommodated to our needs. 

We managed to head out to the Bodrum marina- it was absolutely gorgeous! The winding white washed alley ways were so wonderful to walk through. I really wish I had done my shopping here, since there were some lovely stalls and shops! Before sunset we headed to see the best view of the city, which is opposite the stunning amphitheatre! I’d really recommend this stop if you have a spare moment.

Exploring Turkey 2018

Turkey Holiday Guide 2018


DAY TWO

After a well needed sleep, we were up and ready to head to Marmaris. We had a pit stop at Atalyans ocakbaşı muğla for lunch. They accommodated for my vegetarian needs with some stunning traditional Turkish dishes! It really seems like this place is in the middle of nowhere, which was a perfect mid way stop on our journey.

As we arrived into Marmaris later on that evening, we headed straight to our next resort, SENTIDO ORKA lotus beach. This place was my favourite spot of the whole trip. It truly is paradise with its tranquil location. The beach is incredibly calm with the most scenic mountain views. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, and joining the hotel on the rooftop bar for some welcome drinks. Spending only one night here wasn’t enough, I could had easily spent a week there & not moved!

Sentido Orka Lotus Beach Sunrise

Sentido Orka Lotus Beach Rooftop


DAY THREE

Whilst we were in Marmaris we checked out the Bazaar shopping centre. I’ll make it easy for you guys: If you like cloned designer bags, or other wise known as ‘genuine fakes’ this is the place for you. It’s full of them. I really didn’t like this place so I can’t recommend to go there... I personally love markets that sell authentic local goods. After the market, we checked out the marina which was super gorgeous- full of amazing food and drink spots. Me and a few of the girls stopped for a coffee whilst watching the beauty all around us.

Since we were spending a second night in Marmaris, we checked in to the stunning Green Nature resort This resort hosted a huge activity pool with plenty of sun beds surrounding it, with direct access to the beach. The energy was alive here, it was a super busy hotel & the high season wasn’t in full swing yet. 

The rooms were stunning too, mine was super large and airy with a beautiful view of the sea. I absolutely loved the fact you had a private sealed off balcony to each room too. My room had an incredible view to the main stage performances that take place each evening. On the night we were there, a Colombian dance show took place & it was truly UNREAL!



DAY FOUR

The following morning, we had a trip planned in Dalyan to check out the cleopatra mud baths. All week I had been super excited to experience my first mud bath! We indulged our bodies in the mud and laid out in the sun to dry out completely, before washing off & heading into the sulphate thermal baths to make us feel incredible. This was one of my trip highlights, I absolutely loved seeing the Lycian rock tombs along route too. 

After our boat trip we headed to check in to our final hotel, ORKA Sunlife Hotel. This gorgeous resort is set up in the hills away from the beach in Ölüdeniz. I was in shock when I checked in to my room, it was more like a penthouse! There was a large living room area which lead to a separate bedroom, with panoramic views around it. When I thought the suite couldn’t get any better, I spotted a jacuzzi bath as soon as I walked in the bathroom! After checking out the tasty dinner selection, I headed back early for some me time in the tub! (Accompanied by a glass of white of course).




DAY FIVE

The next morning we woke up to a HUGE thunder storm, which delayed our departure to start the day in Fethiye. Since this was our last day we wanted to make the most of our time here, so we headed down to Ölüdeniz beach via an incredible viewpoint of the blue lagoon. Later that afternoon we had plans to relax on a yacht for the afternoon with ALESTA yachting. Thankfully the weather cleared up, and it turned out to be a stunning afternoon. The yacht experience was pure bliss, I loved the comfortable lounge spots on the top deck. We were kindly invited to ALESTA Hotel which lays on the marina, for some rooftop cocktail drinks. We convinced our guide to take us to the local market, where we could see a more authentic atmosphere where the locals shop and eat! We tried a range of local cooked goods, and plenty of fruits! I personally LOVE moments like these whilst on a trip to a foreign country. I love seeing how everybody works and communicates together, I love seeing how people spend their day.


Fethiye Blue lagoon view




Local Turkish Market

Local Turkish Market

Local Turkish Market






Later that evening we headed to Rixos premium belek for our final dinner before making our way back to the UK. Now... this place truly is sensational. This resort looked so incredibly luxurious upon arrival, and it certainly didn’t disappoint as we were showed around. Rixos is a 13+ resort, which is perfect for those who want a quieter get away when visiting Turkey. The dinner was good, though they really need to widen their vegetarian menu... I’m not sure I could come here and live off of pizza for my main course each evening. 

Thank you to each of the hotels for hosting us throughout this memorable trip.



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