Travelling Alone – Advantages of Going Solo

Feeling the need to explore and travel can be hard one to get rid of, so if you have had it for a while now but no travel companion to go with it might be time to think about going it alone. My husband who is a long haul pilot and spends much of the month in different cities around the world alone always seemed to enjoy his time away and took great advantage of exploring the cities and surrounding areas he was visiting. It always seemed a bit daunting to me but after opening Blackthumb Decor and having to go do some travelling alone as well I actually found it could be really awesome and these are the reasons why.

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Travelling alone can hardly be considered a misfortune. It’s a great way for you to really focus on what you want without the distractions of others, I always find when going it alone if you have an objective of why you’re there it really helps. For example, I plan to hike that mountain, get my scuba certificate or take a yoga course, it will give you a clear direction and take away any worries about being lost aimlessly. It’s also amazing when you can visit museums, go to a concert or change your plans based on a want to stay somewhere a little longer or shorter and you can do all this without having to take into account without taking into account the wants or needs of your usual companion. Basically, freedom is the key word here.

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If you think you can’t handle travelling alone because it will just be too much ‘alone’ time think again, you will soon meet others at your hotel or hostel, cafes, and attractions, some might even turn into life long friends! In my experience most ‘locals’ can be so friendly and helpful and can point you to some real hidden gems.

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Meeting others can also help you save money for certain attractions through group discounts if there is a must see on your list and you want to do a tour, I’d try to explore this option by asking some people you’ve met that will be staying in the same city for a few days.

Of course, thеrе аrе a fеw thіngѕ уоu hаvе tо tаkе іntо соnѕіdеrаtіоn іn оrdеr to mаkе уоur еxреrіеnсе mоrе рlеаѕаnt. Rеmеmbеr tо be twісе аѕ саrеful, and uѕе уоur соmmоn ѕеnѕе. If your gut feeling is telling you something is up, it’s generally a good idea to listen, аnd dоn’t nеglесt ѕаfеtу аnd ѕіmрlе ѕесurіtу mеаѕurеѕ.

It’ѕ hіghlу recommended thаt уоu lеt уоur fаmіlу оr frіеndѕ knоw the аddrеѕѕ оf еvеrу place уоu аrе gоіng tо stay аt during уоur trір, аnd hоw thеу саn соntасt уоu. The best way to do this is just buy a sim card with data as soon as you arrive, it always pays off for me, but some like the idea of being disconnected from technology. Like everything, it’s up to you!

Sсаn the раgеѕ оf уоur раѕѕроrt аnd ѕеnd thеm аѕ аn е-mаіl аttасhmеnt tо уоur оwn еlесtrоnіс аddrеѕѕ: thіѕ mіght соmе vеrу muсh іn hаndу іn саѕе уоur раѕѕроrt іѕ lost оr stolen. Whіlе trаvеlіng аlоnе, аlwауѕ kеер уоur еуеѕ ореn аnd bе аwаrе оf thе people аrоund уоu.

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Most importantly have a good time!

Here are a few helpful links for travel:

Lonely Planet
Nomadic Matt
Air BnB

All images via: Blackthumb Decor

10 Tips to Decorate Your Home with Plants

Adding plants into your home is a great way to add some nice energy to the space. Even if you’re like me, someone who really does not have a green thumb, it’s still nice to incorporate some plants throughout the home that are easy to take care of and don’t require a ton of attention.

Here are 10 ways you can decorate your space with plants that are both modern and minimal!

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1. Place plants in pots and containers that can be hung on the wall. That way you can have smaller plants arranged at eye level in a nice visually appealing way. Here I’ve placed cherry blossoms in a Pocket Organizer in the guest room so it feels fresh and inviting.

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2. Use plant stands that will also lift plants off the floor, this makes them more of a furniture piece within the room.

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3. Hang plants from the ceiling.

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4. Place herbs on your breakfast bar, that way they’re close at hand when you are cooking, and the pop of green looks great in this white kitchen. Our Herb Stand is perfect for this since it has the scissors close at hand too!

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5. Decorate windowsills with plants, also a great way to ensure they get lots of that much needed sunlight.

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6. Small bud vases allow you to add a little spring of life throughout different spaces in the home, from the bedroom to the bathroom.

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7. Have a large windowsill that needs some love? Arrange a small collection of cacti and succulents, you can even decorate the pots yourself for a fun DIY weekend project.

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8. In large open rooms try adding bigger plants to help make the space feel warm and inviting.

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9. Decorate frames with leaves or flowers and add it to a gallery wall or shelf, it looks stunning. These Moebe frames are great.

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10. Make a floating flower wall, as recently seen over on Lark and Linen blog, this wall is gorgeous! See how to create your own DIY floating flower wall here.

Photo credits:

Image 1 through 6 & 9 – Blackthumb Decor

Image 7 – Marthe Bo Blog – http://marthebo.no/

Image 8 – My Scandinavian Home – http://www.myscandinavianhome.com/

Image 10 – Blackthumb Decor, image 10 – Lark and Linen Blog – http://www.jacquelynclark.com

Save 15% on your Mother’s Day gift

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Find something for every Mom out there!

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For the Mom who loves to cook, pamper her with new Aveva Design 100% Wool Kitchen Products.

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To the well organized Mom who will love the Accordion Folder by Hay Design, available in two sizes.

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To the Moms with the green thumbs try the Herb Stand by Normann Copenhagen.

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5 Best Ways to Get You Ready for Spring

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Declutter the entrance
Organizing the front entry will immediately give your space a more airy feel. Hanging coats, hats and umbrellas on conveniently placed hooks will keep everything perfectly organized. The Normann Copenhagen hooks are a great choice for a compact and visually appealing front entry.

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Invest in bedroom accessories
Freshen up your bedroom with new accessories that will help keep your space organized. From beautiful new hangers, storage boxes, to the Flip Mirror by Normann Copenahgen keeping your most used items close at hand for daily use.

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Decorating with wall art
A fabulous way to add art into the home without blowing your budget. We have a great selection of prints in a variety of sizes available. What’s more, take 10% off all prints in the shop from April 8th – 11th by using code: artwall at the checkout.

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Give your sofa a face lift 
If your sofa and lounge chairs are looking a little tired, give them a face lift with new cushions and throws. The Hay Dot Cushion is simple and charming, made with high quality fabric, combine contrasting colors to create an inviting space.

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Organize your belongings
Storing magazines, books, toys and even plants in baskets, boxes and hanging wall storage containers is simple and convenient. The Pocket Organizers are a simple way to lift things off the counters and floors.

Images used in this post are via: Hege in France, A Merry Mishap and Pinterest