Off the beaten path best holiday destinations you haven’t considered

Exploring new places is something everyone should do in their lifetime. You can learn so much from visiting a new city, country, or continent, not just about the culture, history, or people of that place, but also about yourself.   Travelling is rewarding in so many ways. You can gain so much life experience from opening yourself up to new adventures, new foods, new languages, new friends, and new challenges.

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White Horse Hotel, Dorking — Review

The White Horse in Dorking sits right in the heart of this picturesque market town, nestled in the Surrey Hills.   The drive there was gorgeous, along pretty country lanes, through typically English villages and then down what has been described as one of the best high streets in Britain. As the great Simon Calder once said, if you want to travel you should really start in your own back

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The garden at Mottisfont

I have been to Mottisfont at least half a dozen times now and yet I have only been in the house once.  Why?  Well because no matter the season the gardens here are stunning, and I say that as somebody who’s own garden is an expanse of grass and weeds.   These top two pics are of the kitchen garden, just outside the walled garden and they are just coming

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Cotswold House Hotel — Review

We were invited as guests of the hotel for the purpose of this review   The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is one of those hidden gem hotels.  You know the ones.  The ones you want to talk about but at the same time you don’t want too many people to know about it because you want to keep it a secret.   It also has one of the most

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Travelling around Malta by bus

As country’s go, Malta has to be one of the smallest.   Wikipedia tells us that it is only 122 sq miles and has a population of less than half a million (though to be fair Malta as a country is made up of three islands that include Gozo and Comino but I am just talking about the main island here).   This makes it ideal for exploring when over

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Alton Towers Stargazing Pods — Review

This weekend, to mark “Look Up at the Sky Day” Alton Towers Resort’s opened their brand new Stargazing Pods for the summer season and we were invited to see them for ourselves.  Sadly I couldn’t make it but Caity and Dan were all too happy to travel up to Derbyshire and try them out for us. There are 102 of the these pods, all offering comfortable accommodation with direct access

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

You would think that after visiting over a dozen times Ellie would be over visiting Warner Bros Studio Tour, but nope. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.   And you might think that having been so many times there would be nothing new to see.  Not so.  Especially this year as Gringott’s Wizarding Bank opens in its biggest expansion.   Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking

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East coast of Iceland

This is my second post detailing our stay in Iceland.  Part one is here: West coast of Iceland, in and around Husafell and covers days one to three.  Day four and we left Husafell with heavy hearts and headed to our next hotel, on the east coast of Iceland for the next three nights. Day four We arrived at the Frost and Fire hotel late afternoon, in time to make

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West coast of Iceland

Lots of people have asked me where we stayed, the names of the places we saw, and generally what we got up to during our recent week in Iceland.  So what better way than to post our diary!  Trouble was the whole week became 40+ photos and 3000 words so I have split it into a couple of posts based on where we stayed. This first one is of our

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Easter fun with National Trust

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the excitement of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at beautiful National Trust locations in and around Hampshire. Get ready for a school holiday break full of fun and discovery as you spot the first signs of spring, and experience nature bursting into life at special places the National Trust looks after. Become a nature detective and follow

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Top Tips when travelling with a baby

This is an advertisement feature ****************** Not everyone gets to travel frequently, which means not everyone has the opportunity to pick up some trade secrets along the way. Hopefully, the top ten travel tips provided here have proven to be useful one way or another. But some rules don’t apply when travelling alone—or with sensible individuals—compared to jet-setting with infants. Having another person entirely dependent on you can be stressful

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My Top Ten Travel Tips

I have been travelling for almost my entire life, having gone on my first holiday (to Benidorm) when I was 18 months old.  Since then I have been very lucky to get away most years, and even spent six years an an ex-pat flying back and forth a number of times a year.    This means that I now see myself as a bit of a travel expert and thought

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