Romantic getaway wish-list *

Despite being in various long-term relationships, I can’t say I’ve ever really been on a proper “romantic getaway” before. I’m not a hugely romantic person but you never know what being whisked away to far off shores could do to a gal! I’m yet to find that one out (and I wouldn’t personally consider a week on a boat on the Norfolk Broads a “romantic getaway”, as fun as it was) but a girl can dream, right? From Thailand to Australia, Paris to Austria, I think anywhere has the potential to be the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, depending on your own personal preferences. Where one couple might find sky-diving and jet-skiing romantic activities to do together, another might not (I certainly would not…) So, if I had my way, money was no object and I could deal with heat a little better than I’m currently doing right now in this ridiculous UK heatwave, here is my wish-list of romantic getaway destinations!

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Orlando

We all know I love Disney by now so any trip that involves Disney would be romantic to me! (As well as super fun and magical!) Not only would the U.S be a great place to visit, throw in Walt Disney World and you more or less have my ideal romantic getaway! I’ve only ever visited Disneyland Paris and whilst I love it and consider it my home from home, I’d like to check out one of the other resorts at some point in my life!

Phuket

I’m sure everyone has dreamed of Thailand once in their life, the beaches, the culture, the people, the food and the weather that people who have been always talk about. Although it’d probably be a bit on the hot side for me, with one of my all time favourite books and films being “The Beach”, Thailand would certainly be up there on my list of romantic getaways. If you’re in the business of wanting to visit Thailand yourself, Destination2 have some great Thailand all inclusive offers to check out!

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi sounds like a really stunning, luxurious and magical place to visit. I’ve always liked the idea of going to the Middle East where it pays to be civilized and respectful. And of course, it’s the home of the final Formula 1 race of the season and assuming that I’ll be attending my romantic getaway with my partner, that certainly would be an ideal trip for us, as two highly enthusiastic Formula 1 fans! The glitz, the glamour, the luxury and the sound of engines, what more could you want?

Santorini

And finally, a little closer to home but still utterly beautiful, Santorini would definitely be on my list of romantic getaway destinations I’d love to visit. If all the photos I continuously pin on Pinterest are anything to go by, it truly is a beautiful place to visit. I’ve never been to Greece before but it’s always been somewhere I think I’d really like. My parents first holiday together was in Greece, so maybe that’s why!

Have you visited any of these places? Where would feature on your own romantic getaway dream wish list? Let me know!

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Simple ways to save and budget on your family holiday *

I’m sure most of us are familiar with the feeling of getting back from holiday, checking out bank account and having to do a double or triple take at the figure in front of our eyes. I visited The Lake District back in 2015 and splashed away hundreds and hundreds of pounds on top of the price of the cottage and found myself frantically ringing my Mum one day when we were out exploring because neither of us had our bank cards and I looked in my purse and had no money for petrol! It was either embarrassingly ring my Mum and ask her to save me or be stranded in the middle of The Lake District. I can handle a bit of embarrassment! 

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Holiday preparation: Packing check list & things to remember!

Whether you prefer the comforts of home and enjoy a few staycations throughout the year, save up and splurge on one big luxury Summer holiday or rather jet off to exotic locations for a more lengthy period, being prepared for holidays, long or short, is super important. This is your time to relax, kick off your shoes, get away from your normal life and enjoy the benefits that a holiday has to offer. We certainly don’t want to be frantically rushing through airports, finding out we’ve forgotten underwear only when we crack open our suitcase or coming down with something nasty when we’re supposed to be relaxing by a pool! Of course we can’t predict nor control everything and these things do happen but here are my tips on preparing for your holiday and ensuring you have the most chilled time possible!

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Advice for first time skiers *

I’ve tried to incorporate travel and holiday type posts on my blog a lot more recently because holidays, trips and even short weekends away mean an awful lot to me. They leave us with some of the best memories and photos to look back on and by writing about it, I get to reminisce all over again! My most recent trip was a weekend away in Shropshire on the Severn Valley Railway, which I’ve done twice now and thoroughly enjoy and back in March, I also wrote a post about some of my favourite holidays. You’ll see that one of the holidays I included in that post was skiing, which is what I’m chatting about today!

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6 things to do in London for the ultimate tourist experience

London; you’ve probably been there. If you haven’t been there, you probably want to go there. And if you want to go there, there’s no doubt that you’ll wanna see the sights and famous attractions that London is so well-known for. I live in Essex, approximately 20 minutes on a train from Liverpool Street Station – a hub to get almost anywhere you want in London. As a kid, I was often taken to London on days out with my parents. I saw all the sights and attractions that brochures and websites always tell you to see by the age of about 10! And well into my teen life, I continued to venture into London with friends almost on a weekly basis to explore and just see where the day took us. 

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Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala 2018

You might look at me and think I don’t look like the sort of person who is interested in steam trains. And you’d be 100% correct – I’m not. But last year, I enjoyed my weekend on the Severn Valley Railway during their Autumn Steam Gala in September so much that I knew I wanted to go again this year, for their Spring weekend. Spring it was not as we were inundated with snow and icy temperatures for two of the days but it was a lovely weekend nevertheless. Although the engines are pretty impressive and yes, you feel like you’re on the Hogwarts express, I just think it’s a really nice, relaxing weekend and a chance to get away from the norm. 

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My favourite holidays *

I’m most certainly not a travel blogger: I don’t go on nowhere near enough holidays or trips for that to be a reality unfortunately. As much as I wish I could book a dozen small getaways a year, that’s not realistic for me… And probably for a lot of other people too. However, over the last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed talking about holiday type things a bit more. I recently wrote a post about what holidays mean to me and I have a post coming up next month about my favourite Disneyland Paris attractions. These are a nice addition to my blog, I absolutely love writing them and it’s always lovely to look back on wonderful holidays you’ve taken. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do today! I’m dipping my toes in the nostalgia pond today and talking about some of my favourite holidays; both near and far.

Also, apologies for the quality of some of these photos. Some were taken way before a decent camera ever entered my hand!

France (skiing)

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What holidays mean to me *

As you may know, I’m not really a traveler in the sense that I’m not planning to up sticks and travel around Asia for the foreseeable future. I admire those that do lead a travelling lifestyle and some of my favourite blogs are written by women who do just that. But personally, I don’t think that would work for me for a variety of reasons.

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2018 travel bucket list *

I’m not a huge traveler in the sense that you probably won’t ever find me backpacking around Thailand or moving to Australia for a year. Firstly, those places are far too hot for my delicate ginger complexion but mostly, it’s just not my sort of thing. I love a holiday – as most of us do – but lengthy travel isn’t for me. However, lately, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of places I would absolutely love to visit. In an ideal world, if I were to win a hefty amount on the lottery, I’d certainly be booking some holidays and short breaks to the places in this list. But in the meantime, I can just dream. Here’s my 2018 travel bucket list (or where I’d go if I won the lottery!)

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Choo Choo: A weekend on the Severn Valley Railway

I’ve been really enjoying writing more personal posts recently and it’s something I want to continue to incorporate into my blog. I wrote about my smear test, what I got my mum for her birthday and about my birthday day out at Paradise Wildlife Park. I like injecting a bit of my personal life into my blog because I love reading those types of posts too! So today, I want to tell you about a trip away I had in September to the Severn Valley Railway! It was a new experience for me but one that I really enjoyed. 

First of all, it was a spur of the moment decision to go. My boyfriend’s grandparents were supposed to be going but didn’t so there was some spare space so I decided why the heck not! We drove to Bridgnorth from Lincolnshire on Thursday morning for the beginning of the Autumn Steam Gala, which runs along the line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and uses various different steam engines – some of which are over 100 years old. I’ve never actually been on a steam train before myself but I quickly found out that they’re really quite nice – a lot like the Hogwarts Express and the scenery along the route is to die for.

Bridgnorth to Kidderminster takes roughly an hour and a quarter on the train so it really was a slow, relaxing holiday. Plenty of time to listen to music, read, chat, think and just look out of the window at the lovely scenery. You’d think it would be boring, spending the majority of 4 days on and off of trains but it really wasn’t, there is so much to look at and so many people to meet that it’s impossible to get bored. The stop off times vary and you can always get off at each individual station and have a look around. They’re super cute and quaint, most of which had little book sales (which I took advantage of) and were plastered with old school advertising posters as they would have been back in the day.

We stopped for dinner each night, my favourite being a pub meal at The Ship Inn and my burger and chips was to die for. The trains also ran throughout the entire night on Friday and Saturday so I stayed on well until it got dark (and until I got too tired) and it’s a whole different experience, being on the trains in the dark. It’s really eerie but I loved it. My boyfriend’s family have taken these holidays his whole life but this was my first one and not something I ever thought I would enjoy. But even if you’re not that interested in trains (like me), it’s definitely not all about that.

Have you ever been on the Severn Valley Railway? Would you like to go? Where’s your favourite staycation destination?