Making Choices What do you know about Hawaii? How many islands? Can you name some of the top attractions? Surfing, ukulele, luaus, flower leis, volcanic beaches, poke, Jurassic Park, Moana. That’s about as much as I knew. It’s an American state. Practically summer all year round. All true, but only a fraction of what Hawaii…

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No matter how well you plan your trip abroad, it’s easy to get caught out by hidden travel costs. Planning everything down to the last detail certainly takes the spontaneity out of travel, but it’s definitely one way to help make sure there are no nasty surprises! Hidden travel costs can creep up anywhere. Some of…

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Pousadas of Portugal, Paradores of Spain, and French Chateaux are all essentially the same thing: palaces, castles, convents and other historic buildings converted into luxury hotels. You can literally sleep like a king in one of Portugal’s many palaces turned hotels. I’ve recently come to the conclusion that this category of hotels is my absolute favourite and…

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I can only speak for where I’ve been When you think of nightlife in Europe, your mind probably goes first to somewhere like Berlin. But hold on a minute, Berlin? Pill-popping, warehouse sweating, alternative pumping, 24-hour-raving Berlin? Is it that obvious I’ve never been there? But I have been to Barcelona and I’m with you there, Barcelona…

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Instagram is where I get a lot of my travel inspiration. Just by following a few friends, bloggers and igers you can quickly discover the best and most popular places to visit around the world. It’s our generation’s way of saying we were here! Like a postcard. Social media is having a huge influence on tourism and travel. Especially…

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There’s something I need to rectify quick time, the lack of blog posts about Portugal. I’m half Portuguese and yet, I haven’t written a single thing so far about Portugal! The reason is pretty simple. Portugal is home. I live in London, but I still go ‘home’ as often as possible to visit my family and…

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  Now that I’m a Myconian wife, I’m officially an authority on all things Mykonos. So let’s get started. Mykonos is a beautiful Greek Cycladic island just north of Paros and Naxos. The island is great for its party beaches, picturesque churches, easygoing vibe, iconic windmills and 24 hour town centre. And it’s beautiful. But like…

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What’s this blogger got that the others don’t have? A house in Mykonos! And we still have availability this season from the end of August through September. In February I posted Exclusive: Mykonos Villa in Agios Ioannis, offering all Miss Portmanteau readers a unique opportunity to book our Mykonos summer home for the 2017 season. There…

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Activities, such as trekking, rafting, or rock climbing are great fun on holiday. In a previous post Top 5 Things to Do in Mendoza I recommend spending at least a day doing an activity. Past holidays I’ve quad-biked over the Egyptian desert. Swum with huge sea turtles in Barbados. Jumped off a mountain in Rio de Janeiro and…

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Barbados is the perfect Caribbean island for escaping the winter because it has Cobbler’s Cove, one of my favourite boutique hotels also boasting the best restaurant on the island. I first came in 2012 and couldn’t wait to get back in 2015 and now to go again in 2018. Here’s why I recommend the island and the…

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Packing Checklist Mykonos is a place of extremes. The sun is hot, the wind and nights are cool. Local boutiques and souvenir stores sit alongside Louis Vuitton and Chanel shops. Some beaches are empty and quiet while others are throwing the party of your life. If you’re wondering how the hell you pack for such a…

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