Spending More Time Travelling Around The UK

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Something Steve and I decided this year was that we wanted to spend more time travelling around the UK. We hadn’t been for a break since summer 2017 and we decided that each school holidays, we’d go away – even if just for a couple of days. We also want to take many more day trips.

We actually headed to Weston Super Mare in the February half term for a couple of days, visiting Cheddar Gorge whilst we were there. It was so lovely to spend some time discovering exactly what our home country has to offer. Whilst I love going abroad too, there is just something about holidaying in the UK – there is so much to see and do and I’ve still got so many places round the UK that I would love to see.

Steve normally drives to our destinations but we’ve considered taking the train for some of our trips. especially day trips. We are lucky enough to have a multitude of train stations within easy reach of our village so a trip on the train is totally feasible. For our day trips, the train makes much more sense than taking the car as car parking and fuel can cost such a lot – whereas anytime tickets for the train are super affordable and flexible – they can be used all day!

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So what places have we got on our list this year? Here’s just a few:

Bath

We actually meant to visit Bath on the last day of our Weston Super Mare trip but we were all coming down with a bug so decided to come straight home. It is a city that has always fascinated me so I’d love to check it out.

York

Another fascinating city, this would definitely require an overnight stay as it is a long way to travel. Steve is interested in visiting York too so I am hopeful that this will be ticked off the list this year.

National History Museum, London

I have been wanting to take Jack here for a while so I hope to get the chance to take him either in the Easter holidays or the summer holidays. He is so keen on learning that I think he would find it such an interesting place.

Isle Of Wight

Although I’ve been to the Isle of Wight before, I’d love the chance to explore the island a little more. I’ve only seen what a small part of the island has to offer.

Will you be travelling round the UK more this year? Are there any particular places you’d recommend visiting?

What To Do Over A Free Weekend

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Sometimes in life, you may find that you have a weekend coming up that’s completely free. And in such a busy world, when you have that window of freedom, it can feel incredible. But, at the same time, you really won’t always want to sit down and do nothing for two days straight! Sometimes, it’s fun to plan in something spontaneous or fun for you to do. Let’s take a look at a few ideas for you…

  1. Go To Dinner

First of all, why not go out to dinner? Because it’s nice to be able to spend time with your loved one  or friends to just let your hair down and have a bit of fun!

  1. Have A Movie Marathon

Or maybe you do want to actually stay in? Then why not think about having a bit of a movie marathon? Pick a theme, grab some snacks, and just enjoy yourself.

  1. Visit Family

If you’re someone that doesn’t get to see your family all that often, it can be really nice for you to think about heading out and seeing them when you have the time. There’s nothing like arriving for lunch or surprising them when you have a spare day. So this could be really rewarding for you.

  1. Go To A Show

Finally, you might also want to go out and see a show in the West End – especially if you never get to treat yourself to this! So take a look at the below infographic to see which show you might want to see.


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How To Style For Your Valentines Getaway Abroad

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Holidaying in 2019 is all about exposing yourself to new experiences that you hadn’t considered before. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no greater excuse for a romantic trip away. But often, an unfamiliar location brings the biggest dilemma — what to pack!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Known for its tremendous views and delicate city, a trip to Reykjavik has become very popular for Brits across the country. Have you considered this location for your quick Valentine’s getaway?

Take in the astonishing northern lights in person, you’ll be able to snap plenty of pictures for Instagram. As well as this, you might enjoy taking a relaxing spa day to another level by visiting the Blue Lagoon. There’s no denying that the climate in the Nordic country is extremely different to our own, so what should you wear?

Boys Suitcase:

Everyone who takes a trip to this city will need a big winter coat, as temperatures can become very low during some parts of the year. Rock bright hues that will make you stand out against the snowy backdrop when venturing outside — such as the Golden Circle tour. Hiking boots are also essential on this trip, especially if you’re moving outside of the city centre.

For your evening excursions, you need to dress up — but you don’t want to compromise on your warmth. Shop for some thermals that can be worn beneath your usual nightlife gear.

Girls Suitcase:

Just like the boys suitcase, you’re going to need a stylish coat to keep you toasty. Again, you want to opt for something bright that will make you the star of the show when in Reykjavik. Thermals and hiking boots are a must for external trips.

Despite the chillier weather, you’ll need to dress up for your night outs — we’re talking dresses and heels. Remember that you can always keep warm with a faux fur coat — this is something that you can keep in the cloakroom!

Riga, Latvia

For nouveau architecture indulgence, your next trip to Riga is something all of the romantics dream for. This city has so much to offer, so you better be booking those flights!

Whether you’re into cars and want to visit the Riga Motormuseum or take a swift stroll through Central Market, you’re really spoilt for choice with this location. But what should you wear?

Boys Suitcase:

Although this place is not as chilly as Iceland, you still need to prepare for the unpredictable weather conditions that could prevail. If you’re heading out to the Old City for a romantic walk with your partner, opt for a simple tee and a neutral coloured jacket. Pair with jeans and boots and you’re sorted.

For your evening dinner parties, you can still keep it casual. However, you can’t forget your hats, gloves and scarves for when you’re walking back to your hotel!

Girls Suitcase:

You’ll be dining like a star throughout your trip to Riga. For visiting quaint cafes during the day, opt for a bold roller neck jumper and match with denim mom jeans, accompanied by some flat trainers and your favourite backpack.

For the evening dining scene, choose a sequin dress and pair with some chunky heels and wear a faux fur panel jacket to stay on trend.

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

There’s nothing that you can’t do when you visit Plovdiv. Dubbed as an exclusive city after being built around seven hills, you’ll be thrown deep into the historic culture that comes with visiting this city.

You need to set the agenda for when you visit. Will you be heading to the world’ most intact ancient theatre or taking a trip to an aviation museum? The choice is yours.

Boys Suitcase:

You’ll do a lot of walking around in this city, so you need to pack your suitcase strategically. Around Valentine’s you can expect some rain, so make sure you take a waterproof jacket with and some sturdy boots for your adventures.

For night-time, pull out your favourite suede jacket, neat tee which can then be paired with some light chinos. We recommend opting for some trainers in this city — you’ll nail the smart-casual look.

Girls Suitcase:

Go for something subtle like a roll-neck jumper, jeans and some flat trainers. Take a backpack to keep your belongings in and a jacket for when you get cold walking back to your hotel.

For evening wear, pull out a jumper dress as this place can get slightly chilly on a night. Remember to opt for a wedged boot too!

Krakow, Poland

If Krakow isn’t already on your list, it should be now. Flights to this city aren’t too pricey either, so it makes the perfect getaway for the most romantic day of the year while sticking to a budget!

Just like some of our other top picks, this city strikes a balance between historic culture and modern entertainment it an ideal last-minute getaway. From partying in the main square to visiting castles and cathedrals, make sure you have enough time to explore everything.

Boys Suitcase:

Central city strolls are perfect in Krakow, but you need to look the part. Stay casual for daytime adventures with a striped tee, leather jacket and some denim jeans. You can pull this outfit together with brogues or trainers — it’s entirely up to you!

You must save those brogues for a night time too, as you’ll definitely be sporting your favourite men’s blazer when heading to local restaurants.

Girls Suitcase:

Keep it cool in Krakow with oversized tees that have a tongue-and-cheek slogan which can be tucked straight into your denim jeans. Pair these with some flat trainers that are suitable for walking around the city with your other half.

You can wear almost anything for a night out in Krakow. But for Valentine’s Day date night itself, be the star of the show with a chic dress and matching jacket — and of course, heels!

Bruges, Belgium

This will no doubt be your most romantic getaway yet, as you’ll fall in with the canals and medieval buildings that this city has on offer. But what’s so special about it?

From fantastic restaurants and bars to shopping trips and iconic cultural landmarks, this surprise trip will be extremely hard to top. From visiting the Chocolate Museum to the Brewery, there’s something for all couples to indulge in.

Boys Suitcase:

Every man needs to take his partner to Bruges in Belgium, but you need to know what to wear for the trip. Keep is casual during the day with a sporty jumper and some matching joggers. With chillier weather at bay, make sure you wear a matching hat.

Night time is a different ball game though. Stay suited and booted when venturing out to Bruges’ world-class dining scene with your bae.

Girls Suitcase:

When heading for a romantic walk around the city and stopping at cafes, you can keep it casual with a jumper dress or jeans and pumps — again, keep it lively with bright tones!

For evening trips to places like the brewery, you want to dress to impress. Head out formal with heels and a sophisticated dress; for the walk home, you should always take a matching jacket to ensure you always look on point.

 

Where will you be heading this Valentine’s Day with your special someone? There’s a lot to choose from — but wherever you go, we’re sure it’ll be super romantic.

Enjoying A Holiday Off The Beaten Path

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Sussex has long been one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit in the UK. With places such as Brighton and Eastbourne based in the county, it is hardly of any surprise. This is a location that has so much to offer. There is something for everyone to do – no matter their age or their interests. However, there is a lot more to Sussex than meets the eye. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to take a look at some off-beat places to stay whilst visiting Sussex.

Let’s begin with Lewes. This is a town you may have heard of, yet it does not tend to be high up on the places to visit when going to Sussex. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not worth a trip, because it certainly is. Lewes provides a special vacation and the people are extremely friendly and welcoming. If you’re going on your own and worried about interacting with new people, don’t be – this guide to making friends is a great resource. Going away on your own can be therapeutic, especially when going through difficult times, and you will find that Lewes and the friendly ambiance here could be just what you need. Charming is the word that perfectly sums up this town. There are lots of cottages in and around the town, providing the ideal base for your stay. These cottages are filled to the brim with character. They supply a cosy and luxurious place to reside whilst enjoying a weekend away. There is a great assortment of pubs in the area, but two really stand out, The Snowdrop and The Lewes Arms. The former is an excellent choice if you are looking for a bite to eat, with all the food being locally sourced. On an evening there is often an acoustic band or live jazz band playing. The Lewes Arms has a wonderful history, having been around since the 18th century. This undoubtedly adds to the charm of the establishment. If you like a pint of beer you will love this pub, there is a full range of Fuller’s ales to try.

The quaint and beautiful pubs only scratch the surface of what Lewes has to offer. You definitely won’t leave the town empty-handed. There are loads of unique places to shop, whether you want to pick up some exquisite jewellery or unusual decorative items. When it comes to sightseeing, the castle is worth adding to your list. William de Warenne built this in 1068.  It’s a truly spectacular sight to behold! And, if you are looking for a place to grab a bite of eat at lunch or dinnertime, there are plenty of scrumptious restaurants. Pelham House Hotel and Laportes are both places to consider.

Reuben Hustler

Another great gem is Wadhurst, which is a lovely village situated in East Sussex. This bustling village centre dates back to Anglo Saxon times. The ambiance is truly unique, thanks to its colourful history. One of the great things about this small country village is the fact that it has a delightful country feel. Bewl Water is nearby as well, which serves as an excellent place for those that want to explore Wealden countryside, as well as enjoying watersports, cycling and walking. You can enjoy all of the old school village traits as well, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker!

If Lewes or Wadhurst don’t sound like the places for you, what about Rye? If you want any proof that Rye is a magical small town, all you need to do is take a look at its history. In 1573 Queen Elizabeth I actually bestowed the title ‘Rye Royale’ on the town after she had stayed there for three days. It was deemed a medieval haven that Royalty periodically visited. Moreover, a lot of celebrities, artists, musicians, and authors have made their home in the town. Sussex, on the whole, is known for being a scenic location, with plenty of picturesque sights to witness, and Rye epitomises this. The stunning river that meanders to the coast is truly beautiful and can be seen from several of the town’s vantage points. One place that is certainly worth visiting when in Rye is St. Mary’s Church Tower. Not only is this a special place, but also it gives you the best views. If you want to experience the magic of visiting one of the UK’s best ancient towns, then Rye is the town for you. Imagine all of the cobbled streets and the ancient buildings – it’s spectacular.

Last but not least, Forest Row is another off-beat place you should consider taking a trip to. If you are someone that enjoys natural landscape, wildlife and such like whilst on vacation you will love Forest Row. From foxes and deer, to badgers and swallows, there is plenty of wildlife for you to witness. There are plenty of great attractions nearby as well, such as Bluebell Railway, Chiddingstone Castle and Ashdown Llama Park. This is a place that has grown substantially since it was a small hamlet. It’s definitely somewhere worth considering.

So there you have it, an insight into some of the offbeat places you can visit whilst in Sussex. From Rye to Lewes, all of the places that have been mentioned in this post present great places to stay. The obvious places, such as Brighton, Chichester and Eastbourne of course generate all of the attention. Yet, there are a lot of places in Sussex that have unique sights, their own distinct charm and much more. If you want to experience something out of the norm, you should definitely consider one of the options that have been touched upon. If you take a look on the Internet you will see that there is a lot of traditional and quaint cottages for you to select from as well. This can really enhance the overall feel of your vacation and you will be able to take advantage of some of the most unusual and secluded spots.

 

Five Family-Friendly US Vacation Ideas

Travelling to America for anyone in the UK is going to be a big trip. You have to deal with international flight costs, car rental costs, and accommodation costs. Just a few short years ago these costs likely totalled so high that for many of you the United States of America was simply off the table, but today, there are so many budget-friendly options out there waiting for you.

From cheap flights to ride shares, to even private rentals for accommodation, now you can travel to the United States once a year and still fit it into your budget. The money you spend, however, is probably not something you want to scoff at, especially when you travel with kids, so to enjoy your next vacation to this massive and diverse nation, follow these tips:

Types of Family-Friendly Adventures

There are so many different types of family-friendly adventures that the first step to planning any trip is to decide on what you want to do. Do you want to enjoy nature? See a world-class city? Enjoy a festival? See an alligator in the wild? Once you narrow down the type of experience you have, you can choose more accurately where you want to go and when.

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Five Family-Friendly US Vacation Ideas

To help give you some suggestions on what you can do in the states, here are a few great ideas to choose from:

  • Visit Any of Their Incredible Cities

There are so many great places to travel to in America, and their cities are no exception. There are great cities to enjoy throughout the country, from the ultra-modern masterpiece of New York City to the historical towns of Boston or Alexandria. Choose a historic destination, a cultural destination, a modern destination, or anything in-between. If this is your first time travelling to the US, choose something on its east coast. At the very least this will cut down on travel time.

  • Go on a Road Trip

If you have the time, try to go on a road trip. It is in the US that the romanticism of the open road first started, and with as many dramatic landscapes to see there is no shortage of great waypoints you can enjoy.

  • See Any of the Natural Wonders of the World  

America’s national parks are something to behold. From deserts to canyons, to massive trees that stretch dozens of people wide, there is no shortage of incredible natural wonders to see and experience.

  • Enjoy the Warm Beaches

From the warm beaches of LA to the crystal blue waters of the Florida Keys, you have options on both the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Plan Your Trip

Once you have chosen the perfect destination, it’s time to find things to do and see. Start first by finding a great vacation rental home on VacationRenter that is close to where all the action is. They also have guides you can peruse through so that you can get a truly authentic experience of whichever US vacation destination you have decided on.

Elements of your trip to plan in advance include:

  • Flights
  • Taxis to and from the airports (at all destinations)
  • Car rentals
  • Accommodation
  • Popular activities and experiences

There are so many ways to have an incredible and unforgettable experience in the US, but when you have a family, you need to keep in mind your children’s age, their limitations, and how family-friendly the area is. Plan what you want to do and budget beforehand so you can have as stress-free a trip as possible.

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