About Me

Hiya, I’m Kelly and this is my little blog where I babble about my adventures and life – basically I post about travel, fancy pants hotels, gluten free afternoon tea, cake, occasionally shoes and whatever tickles my fancy.  Originally from New Zealand, I currently call England home and shock horror I don’t live in London…I actually live in the Shires!

I’m not a fan of these “About Me” pages which are written in the third person; I find them rather cheesy so I will give you a few facts about me.

Sitting onto of a rather large sand dune in Libya

^^ That’s me sitting on top of a rather large sand dune in Libya; I’m a huge fan of North Africa and the Middle East.

I’m a Kiwi; I hold one of those fantastic little black passports that every immigration officer sees and then wants to have a discussion about the All Blacks.

I’m now residing in Bedfordshire or as I like to call it “The Shires” – I don’t have hairy feet!  Nothing really happens in Bedfordshire but it was the Duchess of Bedford that started Afternoon Tea so the county gets a rather large gold star from me!

I have a “shoe room” – yes I do! I should point out that I still leave all my shoes around the house for the other half to trip over (he needs something to complain about right?)

I’m gluten free – not trying to be trendy; I just have a nasty case of IBS that is better managed if I don’t eat gluten.  My IBS was caused by a rather bad case of food poisoning from eating a dodgy prawn in Namibia – I had food poisoning for 4 months; yeah not a week like normal people.

I love staying in luxury hotels – if I can get a free night via a travel hack then I will.  Absolutely adore the IHG brand of hotels and stay often for free via my points!  Why pay for hotel rooms?

As well as eating the dodgy prawn in Namibia, a cheetah decided to bite my feet – there was no blood (thank goodness as I faint at the sight of it!) just good ol’ teeth marks.

My favourite three countries in the world are New Zealand, Croatia and Syria.

I have visited over 50+ countries on my travels now and still love discovering new countries; my thirst for adventure still continues.

My two bits of travel advice would be to make sure you always have a pair of jandals (flip flops) with you on your travels and don’t leave home without travel insurance.

My favourite colour is red; I hate cucumbers and beetroot and I love sleeping under the stars on a clear night.

I’m afraid of the following things (in no particular order) – rats, mice, sheep, birds, heights, stairs, staples and ladders.

If you have a PR query then please read this page.



Kelly xx

P.S. The really boring stuff – I used affiliate links on my blog which means if you purchase something I may gain a small commission (it costs you nothing extra) however it means I can buy another pair of shoes.

P.S.S. If you would like to use any of my photos from this blog please contact me to seek permission prior to using.


  1. October 9, 2013 / 11:05 PM

    I had a yoghurt today that was ‘kiwi’ flavour. I swear it wasn’t the bird though!

    • Kelly Michelle
      October 11, 2013 / 7:56 PM

      I will be checking your teeth for kiwi feathers hehe x

  2. February 9, 2014 / 5:29 AM

    A CHEETAH BIT YOUR FEET?? How epic is that!!! Must have been terrifying, but what an experience!!

    • Kelly Michelle
      February 9, 2014 / 9:42 AM

      Yes it did! It was pretty epic, terrifying and just plain strange! xx

  3. July 11, 2014 / 5:27 PM

    Great to find your site! Especially love the afternoon tea reviews, I went gluten-free about nine months ago (a very similar sounding reason due to IBS, though my food poisoning came from Bali!) and am so missing cake. Had to give up dairy at the moment too but I’ll be heading straight for a cream tea when I can!
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    • July 11, 2014 / 7:27 PM

      Thanks Lucy! Nice to meet another gluten free traveller and yes finding a great piece of cake is a mission; I like to put reviews up on the blog to help out other travellers / afternoon tea scoffers with a gluten intolerance. Going diary free at the same time is difficult (guessing you may be on the fodmap diet) but a cream tea is a great reward at the end! xx

  4. Amy
    January 6, 2015 / 7:58 PM

    “not London, there is life outside of London just in case you didn’t know” SO TRUE! I like to remind foreigners this ;) haha (genuinely) thanks for the clarification on kiwi/kiwifruit. I always call the fruit a kiwi (great word by the way). I shant from now on! and I once ate one with the skin (is it a skin?) on. Forgot to shave it!
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    • January 6, 2015 / 8:12 PM

      Haha Amy you’re fabulous! Everyone thinks I live in London but there is life outside the M25 – I’m not sure what happens if you eat the skin, maybe you become an honorary Kiwi? xx

  5. March 10, 2015 / 8:21 PM

    Hi Kelly! I love your intro, much better than the third person ones. I liked how you casually dropped in there that a cheetah bit your foot!! Sounds terrifying :/

    Ash | Liakada Travel

    • March 12, 2015 / 10:04 PM

      Thanks so much for your sweet words! It was a little scary but I can laugh about it now ;-) xx

  6. May 8, 2015 / 7:51 AM

    Hi Kelly,
    I’ve been passively reading your blog for a while now, and love your ‘Days Out in England’ posts as well as all that Afternoon Tea I can always find here! :)

    This month’s Link-Up topic was my favourite by far, and I managed to get my own post in before the link closed, so yay! Thought it was as good a time as any to drop in a word and just say hi :)
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    • May 23, 2015 / 10:35 PM

      Hey Upsana, thanks so much for reading the blog and joining in the travel link up! I’m just about to start reading the link up posts now xx

  7. Tammy L Wong
    September 4, 2015 / 1:42 PM

    I just found your blog via instagram and wanted to say, what wonderful pictures on instagram, and what a wonderful blog!
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  8. November 6, 2015 / 10:40 PM

    I just wanted to say hi and thank you for following! If you have been missing my posts, its because I actually switched up my blog host. I’d love to still connect with you! You can refollow at http://sweetteasweetie.com if you’re interested. Thanks!
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  9. October 3, 2016 / 10:12 PM

    Just found your blog today :) Croatia and New Zealand are my favourites too. I’m intrigued by Syria. When did you visit? x

    • January 15, 2017 / 6:51 PM

      Hi Victoria, way back in 2003 when everything was kicking off in Iraq – it was an interesting time to travel in the region and really made me realise how much crap we are fed through the mass media. Syria was just gorgeous and my heart breaks to see the current situation of the country. New Zealand and Croatia rocks – but I may be biased! xx

  10. Ellen
    November 5, 2016 / 2:59 AM

    Hi darling. Thanks so much for your photos. Brian and I love them and have a little giggle at some of your sayings. Xx

    • September 16, 2017 / 9:26 PM

      Ahhh thanks Ellen! Say hi to Brian from me. Sending you both lots of cuddles xx

  11. February 3, 2018 / 12:46 AM

    Hi! I love your blog!! So many cool photos and writing! Feels like I’m actually visiting those places! Thanks for making it so real!
    I wanted to ask you, how did you get your social media icons on your blog?? I’ve been trying and trying to put them on mine and I love the way yours look and are set up. Please Please get back to me. Thank you! :-)

    • February 11, 2018 / 4:14 PM

      Hi Jenny, it’s part of the pip dig template. They have great templates xx

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