In the summer of 2009, between finishing my second year of university and starting my third, I spent 6 weeks in Thailand with two of my best uni buddies.

I had never been travelling before and I can genuinely say it was 6 of the best weeks of my life.

Whilst we were there we met several people who taught English in Bangkok during the week and spent each weekend on a different island. Heaven! Due to the low cost of living, they could experience absolute luxury come Friday, on a shoestring budget – staying in beach huts, eating massaman curry and drinking their weight in Chang beer and Sangsom buckets, all for less than the price of a single night out in England.

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Over the May bank holiday weekend we were lucky enough to be gifted guest passes (which basically meant we had slightly nicer toilets with a much shorter queue. Result!)  by the BBC to join 25,000 people each day at Earlham Park, in Norwich, for this year’s Radio 1 Big Weekend.

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If flying over England in a hot air balloon is on your bucket list then it is one thing you should definitely get ticked off this year. (or next, depending on what the weather decides to do!)

As this was something on my boyfriends list I decided to get it for him for his birthday last June so we could tick it off together. Although I realise I probably peaked a bit early with my first present, and a pair of novelty socks aren’t going to seem quite as exciting this year!

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