A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square

A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square

This is the first in a series of Photo Posts as part of my visual stories. A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square will give you an exciting picture of this part of the city.

Russell Square in West London is a popular part of the city; mainly know for accommodating students from the University of London. It has numerous hotels used for conferences, networking and for a place to stay during your trip. It’s neighbouring Kings Cross and Holborn are only a few steps away.

A beautiful fancy kiosk



A beautiful fancy kiosk – the rear view


A smart row of terraced houses in Russell Square


Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel London near Russell Square Tube station


Find out more about this hotel on Booking.com


Kimpton Fitzroy London at dawn


Lunchtime vibe in Russell Square


Russell Square and the University of London


Russell Square Garden


Russell Square with Senate House University of London in the background


Have you ever been to this trendy part of London or are you planning a trip there? What did you find most interesting?

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How to create the best travel blog that will get travellers off your feet

How to create the best travel blog that will get travellers off your feet

Someone asked me the other day what travel blogging is all about. They said that they were not tech savvy and would like to know more about this art.

After explaining the concept to them they were thankful for the inspiration.

Victoria Embankment, River Thames London UK

You don’t need to have a journalist background to get going. You simply need to be sincere and humble about your stories. Here are some pain free steps on how to write an awesome travel blog that stands out and will ultimately get those travel feet moving:

Plan, plan, plan!

Decide which topic to write about

Write an outline and possibly a Spider diagram with bullet points to pinpoint each section.

Write from your gut

Add some humour and some positive as well as negative insights.

Write from your experience, for example, perhaps you would go back to Mexico because they make the best tacos or the people are friendly or fares are reasonable. Just be true to yourself!

Quality is much better than quantity

Remember the old saying. No one wants to read about a marketing post. The beauty of travel blogging is that bloggers write about their experience, which is unique! A well written, high-quality blog post is not always about the number of words but ideally 500 words and above should be sufficient, bearing in mind that you need to consider the patience of the reader. Readers don’t always enjoy a huge amount of content. Make it short and sweet, short is ample!

Although this might seem like going back to school, make sure you include the main points in the introduction without giving too much away. Keep your readers in suspense.

The introduction highlights the destination and the highs and lows with additional problem solving. Help your reader to solve a problem, like even though a destination has had bad press, write about how positive your experience was in spite of the hype and add images and videos to prove it!

Draw the reader in in the body by building on the intro. Wrap up your points and remember the conclusion should cover points not already mentioned. Avoid repetition at all cost.

Let the body explain the solutions to the problem that you set up in the introduction, e.g. why have you recommended this particular location. This where your readers are eager to know why this location is a must to visit! Could it be that the weather is hot all year round or it’s the best place to have a meal on a budget?

Add pictures, cartoons or sketches to make to make the post more fun.


Listing a post with bullet points or numbers is one of the most quickest ways to write a travel post and is less complex, it’s also ideal for those writers, bloggers and advisors with less time in their hands.

Feel free to list your points using numbers, bullet points or paragraphs. The beauty of listing is that’s it’s quicker to read with explanations.

In conclusion

Summarise and keep the conclusion short without repetitions. You can add a call-to- action, for instance, recommending your favourite airline or the cheapest time to travel.

At this point remind your readers to engage by responding to the comments to bring the post to life. Add a link to a previous post of yours or a Yakondi post of a similar destination or similar topic.

Always ask your readers for some feedback, for example, Have you ever swam with dolphins? What did you enjoy most when you swam with dolphins?

Happy travel blogging!

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Planning A Great Day Out Even If It Rains

Planning A Great Day Out Even If It Rains

Londoners always get through those rainy days. Now that the burning sun is out, the weather’s warm, the birds are chirping and the sky’s blue. People often believe that this city endures so much rain but this not at all true. When the days are longer and the evenings become shorter the best thing to do is to spend more time outdoors, exploring the beauty of London.

A London double decker bus at Victoria station

Hibernation is well and truly over, so forward planning is crucial for a quick getaway since no one knows when the heatwave will strike again. But the preparation isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. As obvious as it might seem, planning carefully ahead will help simplify your day.

More and more people are moving around London lately, day and night, looking for something to do but there is never a dull moment in this city.

The perfect plan for a great day out:

  1. Book trips and top up your Oyster card online. It’s quicker to obtain and cheaper! If you’re not sure what this card is, it is a much needed item to get you travelling around. 
  2. Have two getaway bags prepared at any time. One for the beach or for the swimming pool and the second, a picnic bags for a trip to the park or fairground. This is like an emergency bag that will save you time and money at a moment’s notice.
  3. Prepare a list of 5 attractions or places to visit as early as February. Choose a few then look out for ways to make a booking and how to get there. You might not be able to book five trips, but at least you’ll have a wider choice.
  4. Look out for upcoming events or exhibitions and vouchers offering reduced prices.
  5. Prepare a to do list.
  6. Look out for money off vouchers and buy tickets for entry into the attractions. (Booking online can be cheaper and convenient) Group bookings also work out cheaper If travelling in a group. Children of a certain age, Senior citizens and the less able might get reduced tickets. Combination tickets also work out well since you can see more than one attraction on one deal.

London Eye

Take a look at the London Eye combination ticket here.

Invite a group of friends or family – It’s more enjoyable as you can all share ideas about your experience. But if you prefer to travel solo, that’s fine too. Musicals are great fun too! London is well known for these.

Aldwych Theatre London

Russell Square Underground Station

  1. If you’re travelling by public transport, give yourself enough time to travel by leaving home early and remember to pack these essentials in your backpack:

A Bus pass

Oyster card

Contactless card (only for emergencies)

London Underground Tube station

Train tickets

A view of the City of London and the Thames river


Westminster Bridge

  1. Carry a purse or wallet full of notes and coins but keep safe.
  2. Pack a raincoat (in case the weather is inclement)
  3. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  4. Take the buggy or pushchair for the tot with tired legs.
  5. Prepare and pack a light lunch like sandwiches, deserts, with some water and drinks in a cooler bag.
  6. Load your camera with batteries or charge it up then transfer old images onto Cloud or a disc to allow room for new ones. Then make sure you take it on your journey to capture those memorable images. Alternatively, just use your camera on your phone, as it’s so handy and less bulky to carry around.
  7. Create a template list for food-shopping to keep for your next trip to save time and energy.

Do you have an essential that you couldn’t possibly do without on your great day out? Feel free to add to this list in case something’s missing.

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