Barbados Local Gift Guide 2017

November 19, 2017

Here's my second instalment of my Barbados Local Gift Guide!

#GivingTuesday Barbados

November 7, 2017

I'm so excited to share a project that I've been working on the last few weeks: GivingTuesday Barbados!

I've been following the international #GivingTuesday campaign for a few years now, and as you may realise, community development and volunteerism are kind of my jam, so joining the GivingTuesday family seemed like a perfect fit. Not only has this been one of the friendliest communities that I've ever been a part of, but the impact of GivingTuesday is incredible and so inspiring. I can't wait to introduce it in Barbados in exactly 3 weeks.

30 until 3-0

November 3, 2017

I'm 30 days away from turning 30 years old, yikes!

Best Beaches in Barbados

October 24, 2017

Fun Fact: Every beach on the island of Barbados, including those that are part of the top resorts, is open to the public!

The beaches on the Western side of the island front the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and are favoured for swimming and water sports, while the wild but beautiful eastern side churns with the more turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Although scenic to explore by horseback or jeep, the Eastern beaches are not preferred for swimming, so do be careful! Here are some of my favourite beaches in Barbados: 

Sunshine Blogger Award

October 10, 2017

The adorable Claire Bear nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award a little while back, and it's a really fun way to get to know a little bit more about the person and the motivation behind a blog. The Sunshine Blogger Award highlights bloggers who are 'creative, positive and inspiring' and the idea is that you pass the 'Award' on by nominating another list of bloggers, who in turn answer your questions in a post and then pass it along. Thanks for the nomination Claire! My list of bloggers who I would like to pass this on to is listed below my answers.

Sugar Bay Staycation | Barbados

September 12, 2017

“People say you have to travel the world. Sometimes I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you’re going to see just about all that you can handle.” - Paul Aster. 

Friends of ours convinced us to try out a 'staycation' at Sugar Bay Barbados, a family run, boutique hotel, and we loved it! We came away from the experience totally relaxed and excited to do it again one day.

How You Can Help the Islands You Love by Women Who Live on Rocks

September 11, 2017
Image by Women Who Live on Rocks

Women Who Live On Rocks compiled a great list of ways you can help each of the Caribbean islands effected by Hurricane Irma. You can view her post here.

If you have additional organizations that you think need to be shared, please add them to the original Facebook post that was share (Which you can access here.)

Thank you for putting this together Chrissann, I hope we can continue to assist our neighbours wherever possible!

New newsletter layout!

September 6, 2017

I finally figured out how to customise and tinker with a blog newsletter! For many years this blog used Google Feedburner to send out email updates and let me tell you, it wasn't pretty. I've now updated it to Mailchimp, which is much more user friendly and easy to navigate!

10 ways you can give back to your community

September 5, 2017

Today is the UN International Day of Charity! 

September 5th is the anniversary of the death of Mother Theresa and was designated as the International Day of Charity in recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa. 

Giving back to the community can take a variety of forms. Depending on your own skill set and the unique nature of your own community, you will find many opportunities to help those around you. Here are a few ideas to spark your giving side and get you serving those who need help in your community.

Giving back doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming. A small, random act of kindness can go a long way! 

Here are 10 ways that you can give back to your community today and every day. Some of these points are specific to Barbados, but you can find your local alternative if it interests you.

Crop Over Chronicles: Crop Over 2K17

August 10, 2017

Sorting through Crop Over photos and videos is always bittersweet, but here are some highlights of our Crop Over season, as well as Kadooment day itself.

Barbados Crop Over Packing List

July 31, 2017

The Crop Over festivities are in full swing here in Barbados and it's non stop partying and liming until next week!

For those of you who are visiting Barbados for Crop Over, or participating for the first time, I put together this packing list based on my Crop Over and Carnival experiences. I've got everything from fake eyelashes to wigs and emergency contact cards.This list is compiled in an open Google Doc, so it's always being tweaked and updated. I have a different, slightly more extensive version of this coming up for Trinidad Carnival.

A first timer's food guide to New York

July 18, 2017

Visiting New York City for the first time can be extremely overwhelming to say the least; there is just so much to do, see and eat in this incredible city.

You can literally find anything in New York, from dumplings to donuts, and everything in between! In a city with this much choice, it's usually best to visit with some sort of game plan: this ensures that you not only get a table at the more popular restaurants, but you can also budget and plan around your food schedule. Trust me, there's nothing as frustrating as settling for a mediocre meal because you are just frustrated and resorting to the easiest, quickest option. Here's a list of a few tried and tested food spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you have some places you would like to add to this list, please let me know! I'm always down to try something new.

Last updated July, 2017.

Global Shapers Youth Forum

June 15, 2017

A national Youth Forum set for June 28th will gather nearly 200 young people from various youth organisations to discuss the youth perspectives on the Barbados economy. 

The Forum, a free event be hosted between 9.30 am - 12.30pm, June 28th at Olympus Theatres, organised by the Global Shapers Bridgetown Hub, will offer young people an opportunity to voice their opinions, share ideas, and think together about what they can do to improve the current situation in Barbados.

Island Diaries: Surprise Soiree at Sea

June 13, 2017

Tuesday was one of those days when you feel super grateful to live in paradise: bubbles, boats and an afternoon spent with great company, all thanks to my good friend Sam's boyfriend Mark, who organised the entire thing!

Sustainable Travel Tips

June 9, 2017

During the Sustainable Travel Summit hosted by Immersion Magazine, Randy Durband, CEO of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) listed a few practical tips on how to be a more sustainable traveller.

The sustainable travel summit was a great even that brought sustainably minded individuals and organisations together from all over the world. Randy's discussion highlighted many interesting points, some of which I had hear before and others which really made me think about the impact I have when I travel. I really look forward to more events from Immersion Travel Magazine!

Crop Over Party Schedule 2017 | Barbados

June 6, 2017

Sustainable Travel Summit

June 1, 2017

I'm participating in Immersion Travel Magazine's The Sustainable Travel Summit which is starting today and runs until June 4th!

The Summit explores sustainable travel from the inside out, exploring topics such as learning about what sustainable travel really is, how to create a low-impact itinerary, why sustainable travel matters and keeping things authentic.

Join in to the live feed here.

The Sustainable Travel Summit is free to attend, but you need to sign up to get updates, sneak previews, special content and a goody bag full of treats that will get you started on your next trip, as well as discounts from sustainable travel companies. 

This even is supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

5 great reasons to visit Barbados this summer

May 27, 2017

From parties to rallies and performing arts to lower prices and mud parties, there's quite a lot going on in this little island in the coming months, so I've put together this list of 5 great reasons to visit Barbados this summer:

European Film Festival | Barbados

May 19, 2017

There's a European Film Festival taking place in Barbados next week and I'm super excited about it! Since moving home a few years ago, I've always been on the look out for different things to do on this wee little island, and surprisingly, there is always so much going on, you just need to know where to look for certain events. The European Film Festival has been taking place for 9 years now, and it always features a wide range of independent, documentary and feature films.

Guest Post: Best-hidden gems in Barbados

May 12, 2017

Royal Westmoreland asked a couple of bloggers who have visited Barbados or are lucky enough to call it home, to talk about some of the best-hidden gems around the island. One of my favourite 'gems' is watching the racehorses swim in Carlisle Bay. Is there anything else you would add to this list? Check out their post here.

Shark Diving | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

May 11, 2017

She was so beautiful; graceful and inquisitive, yet reserved and kept her distance. We were in her space, yet she give us enough room to feel comfortable. I felt incredibly relaxed, yet in total awe of this magnificent creature gliding next to us. Not quite what I expected to feel as I chilled at the bottom of the ocean with a 10 ft long and roughly 100 lbs pregnant, female bull shark in Mexico.

Hidden Treasures Video | Barbados

May 9, 2017
Photo via Cielo Productions
I just came across this beautiful video of our little island in the sun and I had to share it! This is produced by Cielo Productions, a local videography and photography company in Barbados. It's mesmerising to see such well known locations from a different perspective!
You can find more incredible work by Cielo Productions on Facebook and their website.

Hidden Treasures (HD) from Cielo Productions on Vimeo.

PS: This is not a sponsored post, I just love this video and want to support local talent.

Best places to visit in Canada | Creative Travel Guide

May 5, 2017

As the 150th birthday of Canada approaches, Creative Travel Guide collaborated with other travel bloggers to bring you the best places to visit in Canada. There are some drop dead gorgeous spots in this feature, see if you can spot mine!
Hint: It begins with 'M' and ends in 'skoka'...

Are there any other spots you would add to this list?
You can check out this great post here.

The Errol Barrow Memorial Trust of Canada

April 25, 2017

In the week leading up to Errol Barrow Day earlier this year, I was doing some research on our Father of Independence when I stumbled across the Errol Barrow Memorial Trust of Canada - a non profit organisation whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to Barbadians and other Caribbean Commonwealth citizens wishing to pursue undergraduate education in Canada and the Caribbean. I had never heard of this Trust, and was immediately intrigued by this great opportunity for West Indians to study abroad.

Imagine my surprise when I read that my grandfather, the late Peter Morgan, had founded the Trust in 1989 while he was High Commissioner for Barbados in Canada.

Blogger Balance

April 24, 2017

It's been a hectic but lovely few weeks; from a quick New York minute, to celebrating Passover in New Jersey, visiting friends in LA and a PG visit to Vegas, I have quite a few travel stories and snaps to share on this old bloggaroo.

#IslandDiaries: Over the moon when we're under the sea

March 25, 2017

Hannah and I arranged another swim on Friday, to shake off the stress of the week and to get ready to celebrate the weekend!

#LifeinLeggings | Part 2

March 11, 2017

Hundreds of men, women and children took to the streets this weekend to rally against gender based violence. The energy was incredible, the mood almost electric. 

We started in Queen's Park and walked through Bridgetown, chanting and singing, encouraging bystanders to join in.

It was the first time I participated in something like this in Barbados, and I couldn't be prouder of the group of people who organised this event, and those who showed up to support the cause. By showed up, I mean showed up, banners, energy and all.

#LifeinLeggings | Part 1

March 10, 2017

It's shocking and embarrassing to know that in 2017, women and children are still not given the same level of respect and rights as men.
It's also shocking to think that for many of us in the Caribbean, sexual harassment, disrespect because of our gender and the threat of violence is a daily occurrence.

Playa Del Carmen | Mexico

February 24, 2017

Playa del Carmen is a a small, laid back coastal resort town in Mexico, about 1 hour South of Cancun, known for its scuba diving and nightspots ranging from local bars to clubs.

A hot minute in Tulum | Mexico

February 23, 2017

Travelling in Mexico in the 1920s, DH Lawrence wrote that the country 'has a faint, physical scent of her own, as each human being has…'

Tulum had the faint aroma of sea salt and humidity, as the Caribbean breeze sweeps through this quaint coastal town and yet there's a heavy, sticky heat that leaves you gasping for a beer. 

Lucky Number Seven

February 21, 2017

Seven is one of my lucky numbers, so I'm working on creating as much as possible this year. 2017 has started off on a great note for me personally, so I want to transfer some of that positive energy to various projects and passions throughout the year.

Magical Mexico

February 20, 2017

Our first trip for 2017 was nothing short of magical: Mexico is incredible!

From the delicious food, to the beautiful weather, historical sights and natural beauty to the friendly people, we were unexpectedly blown away in a short space of time.

Opening Gala at the Barbados Independent Film Festival

January 12, 2017

The inaugural Barbados Independent Film Festival kicked off at the new Walled Garden Theatre at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society last night with the screening of Stephen Lang's film "Beyond Glory." If the Opening Gala was any indication of what's to come at the BIFF, we're in for quite the treat this week.