Portland is a city after my own heart, famed for its coffee, doughnuts and food trucks.  I was always going to feel right at home here!! Here is my micro guide to Portland, and no not because Portland is known for its microbreweries (though that is true, a 2016 Forbes article claimed the city has 68!!).  Rather I was in town for a conference, so I only had half a day to explore. However, it made such an impression on me in that short time that I would love to go back one day. One thing that stood out to me about Portland was just how friendly the locals are. I think Aussies and particularly Perth peeps are a friendly bunch, but my time in London has left me craving some human kindness (to be fair Londoners are friendly when you get to know them). Within my first half hour of…

You may have heard about travel hacking before, and wondered what it was. It’s a bit of a hobby of mine, and I’d like to share it with you. Here I am going to give a quick introduction, explain how it can benefit you and how you get started! Travel hacking when you boil it down is about making your travel dollar go further. It can be about getting free flights, free hotel stays, or it can be about taking a luxury trip that you otherwise couldn’t afford. It can also be about ways to get the best deals, cheaper airfare, or free accommodation. Personally, my primary motivator behind travel hacking was the desire to travel in business or first class which I couldn’t usually afford. I have been taking this seriously for just over a year now, and in that time I have already had many great benefits (I’ll…

Sunday brunch https://www.instagram.com/p/BR1BF3SBMO7/?taken-by=a.girl.around.the.world Ozone coffee roasters in Shoreditch always hits the spot; I’ve never left there unsatisfied! Eggs benedict is my favourite brunch food, but often many places get it all wrong. I think that cafes in Australia are ahead of the Benedict game than ones here in London. I struggle to find one I like. There needs to be a balance between the muffin and the eggs if it’s too thick, then the egg to bread ratio is all off. The hollandaise ratio is also important as is the yolkiness of the egg. Undercooked eggs mean runny whites which I don’t like and overcooked means no runny yolks which I do like. This time however Ozone mixed it up, and instead of coming on a muffin, the eggs were atop bubble ‘n squeak cakes. I will allow this straying from the classic since I enjoyed it so much. Instagram…