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Do you enjoy a bit of winter sun?

January 31st, 2019


We do and a lot of it! The end of January through February is an ideal time for John and I to take an extended holiday and do a bit of traveling as there are no dog shows at this time of the year.

We visited South Goa 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. We just love it here… the beaches, the food and the hospitality of the locals are all great. Yes, some might say it’s a bit crazy and dirty but our little hotel is always spotless so we can’t complain (if you want the contact details, just email me).

I’ve noticed a few changes since our last visit. Vegetarian and vegan food has always been accessible but now even more so with plenty variety! A few lovely places have also opened where you can find delicious smoothies, scrambled tofu, veggies of all sorts and even vegan chai masala.

There is also a significant lack of plastic shopping bags, which is amazing! All the

shops in Goa give you a cotton bag which would make for such a nice small shopping

bag back home. If they can do it here why is it so difficult to ban plastic bags in the UK? Instead of charging a measly 5p or 10p (which doesn’t put people off from buying the

bag anyway) why aren’t they just removed and replaced with cotton or paper bags?

Since being on a little mission to reduce plastics in my life I have been using soap and

shampoo bars for some time now. They’re great to use, smell lovely, feel lovely and are easy to travel with. The bonus is that even if you are only travelling with hand luggage you don’t need to keep them in a sealable pouch! Another travel essential is my Hand Butter and this can always be found in my handbag. You just need to be careful when travelling in hot countries as the butter melts and if the lid is not closed properly you’ll be left with an oily mess. I use Hand Butter not only to moisturise my hands but I also use it as a face and body butter as I just love the smell and texture. I use it as a lip balm when my lips feel dry from the air conditioner and I even use it as an after- sun treatment. It is soothing, regenerating and aids with inflammation.

Another travel essential on our trip to India is the Bodyguard Insect Repellent Bracelet I’ve tried it in Slovakia and England and I was dying to try it here in India too. After 5 pm the mosquitoes are everywhere. Because of this I put the pink bracelet on my wrist and the blue one on my ankle if go out in the evening. The colour is just a personal preference… there is no difference in the strength. I’m happy to report that in two weeks I haven’t had any mosquito bites! The bracelet lasts for about 3 weeks and if I’m not wearing it I just put it in a bag (or a jar at home).

Our holiday is almost over and even though I love it here and it has been incredibly relaxing (yes, no alarm!), I’m looking forward to getting home. I miss my dogs so much!

Where is your favourite winter sun destination?

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