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Monday, 27 May 2019

Porto Travel Guide

We've touched down in Portugal and have had a desire after researching far and wide of things to do in Portugal. Porto was most definitely on our bucket list to visit. As we actually travel with our home on wheels 'Sunny' [Follow @wherewego__ to find out more about our conversion] we can take ourselves anywhere (as long as the roads aren't at a 5% gradient we can manage) so with that being said travelling can become a lot easier at times when we have all of our belongings everywhere we go, especially for someone like me who literally carries the kitchen sink with her.
Porto was most definitely a trip I could never forget, with its breathtaking views from above looking over colourful houses and the sunlight hitting lake windermere its a favourite hidden gem that will soon become an 'Instagramable' spot for all influencers and tourists.

While going barefoot on the cobbled streets through the colourful houses (Which I briefly spoke about earlier) Porto's tourism is very strong which is un-doublty due to the old town. If you visit Porto I'd highly recommend going through every nook and cranny of the streets as you can find some extraordinary places with welcoming communities. You will stumble across very unique spots that can create such amazing memories whether your travelling alone or with your loved ones.

A short walk across the bridge is something I'd highly recommend. I happily did this myself. After this we took the cable cart which cost €6 each. It is a short cable cart I have to say, but the views are just spectacular and it's extremely romantic (If thats your kind of thing, majority of the time I ruin all kind of romance) and very peaceful. If that hasn't sold you and your legs hurt I'd highly recommend to get the cable cart back across!

Before heading to the cable carts we actually explored the back streets of Porto behind the long stretch of restaurants which surprisingly took us to a gem, a place we could have only imagined to eat. While living in a van you can take food for granted so we lived it up in this quirky, sociable, coffee filled cafe.
I ended up ordering a 500ml Sangria [obviously needed it after all of that walking] a healthy lunch which included Toast, Spinach, Egg, Mushroom & Tomatoes along with a Lemon Tart to cleanse the palette.
Michael had a flavoursome brunch which included 3 pancakes with egg, avocado, bacon, chicken and crispy onion alongside with a handmade strawberry smoothie and a caramel apple crumble.
It's surprisingly nice to find places where we can order healthy food at an affordable cost as looking after our mind and bodies while travelling is one of our top priorities.

If you haven't been to Porto or Portugal as a whole I'd highly recommend going for a long stay. This allows you to explore all the wonderful sights and meet some very welcoming people. Don't forget to check out my Instagram for daily updates of where I'm heading next - @hello_jodie


Quitting my job & Leaving home | Vanlife

People undoubtedly thought I was a little crazy when I surprised them with my passion of Travel and desire to just leave everything behind and live in a van but here I am living minimally, freely and with no rules that daily life brings. The simple life chose me and I chose a little yellow van who we happily named 'Sunny' after slowly self converting him while working alongside he became our home to take us places we could have only imagined.

Leaving home and my normal routine was a little shock to my system that I almost felt I needed for my own self growth. It was something I'd always desired but never suggested as I thought it was something I couldn't do, self- doubt of not being able to afford the trip was one and the other was what everyone else would think of my choice.
I've always worked in fact I actually work two jobs and did so for the past year and a half which became difficult to keep in touch with old friends, loved ones and stay completely shane myself, I constantly worked day and night in hope of achieving my dream goal/job which is currently progressing even now!
The whole reason of wanting to personally live in a van wasn't for the 'Social media' aspect or 'Nomad Life' it was to live freely and simply with the person I love. It was for self growth to learn what you need to be happy is ultimately so little and I knew living in a van would be a test of what you should appreciate more of [A little insight into my current everyday life]  i.e - We unfortunately cannot just wake up in the morning for our breakfast our whole life in the van is a constant 'move' of objects and kneeling/crawling its a very small space but we are lucky it has everything we need. We ideally have a specific laundry day if we can't wash our clothes ourselves which takes approximately 2 hours in a wonderful car park and a day to charge our appliances so I can happily write my blog posts on the road, before we go to bed our rock and roll bed has to be unfolded and made after we've had tea and seriously being a girl in a van is not easy at times trust me. The simple things in life that you don't even think of:
  • Drinking Water 
  • Washing Clothes 
  • Having A Shower
  • Going To The Loo
Are taken away from you when you decide to buy a van like ours but slowly we get by with our own routines each day and are adjusting to a lifestyle that we could have only imagined. It makes us learn languages, ask for help from strangers when you seriously don't want to and learn skills you wouldn't in daily life and has the aspect of travel alongside so for now we are adjusting (hence the lack of posts) into our new lifestyle and you will for sure be hearing from me a little more often now in hope of producing guides while I'm away of all the adventures we are getting up-to!

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