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The Best Things To Do In Stonehaven

Stonehaven is a small harbour town in Aberdeenshire, only a 28 (ish) minute drive from Aberdeen. Stonehaven has become famous for the spectacular New Years Eve celebrations they put on, they perform an ancient fireball ceremony where people swing fire blazing balls above their heads to ward off evil spirits, and as with any New Years celebrations, there is also a lot of alcohol consumed making it a great experience. 

Although great in all weather, Stonehaven is best when you get a lovely sunny day because it has an open air pool and the seaside to explore. There are a range of different ice cream shops and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and a drink. I highly recommend fitting in some time in your schedule to visit Stonehaven because it's a really cute little town which has more than meets the eye.

Must-See Places You Absolutely Must Experience In Rotterdam

Rotterdam sits in the southern part of The Netherlands and is the second largest city in the country, after Amsterdam. Due to the bombing in WWII Rotterdam was almost completely wiped out meaning that all of their architecture is fairly new and interesting. The photos you'll get because of this are so symmetrical and futuristic meaning your Instagram will be off the hook. 

There is so much to do in Rotterdam and around every corner you will find something different to do including many bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs. Rotterdam even boasts one of the best bars in the world, De Witte Aap. After visiting Rotterdam in May 2018 for #Traverse18 (which was amazing by the way) I am absolutely in love with the place, and you will be too if you visit these places.

How To Tackle Homesickness When Abroad

If you've moved abroad or have been travelling for long periods of time you may suffer with homesickness. It's quite a natural thing to go through, especially if your entire family are in a different country to you, it can be as simple as missing your mum, or your local supermarket, but it can be fought. I personally experience it quite a lot when I am travelling because I am in "unknown territory", but I have developed strategies to help me cope when abroad that seem to work. So below are my top tips to combating homesickness when you're abroad.

My Experience in City Hub Rotterdam

So our trip to Rotterdam didn't go 100% to plan, and we actually ended up in Rotterdam a day earlier in planned from The Hague so we had to book last minute accommodation for the night and boy did we absolutely luck out with what we booked. We managed to book CityHub Rotterdam which is a somewhat futuristic hostel that makes everyone feel welcome. I would definitely recommend a stay here if you're in Amsterdam or Rotterdam because I've never felt so comfortable in a hostel before. And it's not just the hostel itself, but the way it is run and the "hosts" employed to keep everything running smoothly.