New Home | Progress

You may have seen from my previous post that this year we decided to buy a new house! I say decided but we sort of just fell into to it really! We had no plans to move but we went for nosy one day and decided to make it happen. We have been in around 8 weeks now and it has flown by! We spent two days moving ourselves in and unpacking which actually rather straight forward and less stressful than expected.

Read More

Nervous Traveller? You Can Still Enjoy The World | Travel*

Travel is never a waste of time or money- it’s a chance to open your mind, experience new things and have a whole lot of fun. However, if you’ve not travelled in a while or suffer with a condition like anxiety then it’s natural to be nervous about being far away from home for extended periods. If you find travel a little daunting, these ideas might help. 

Read More

Cruise Tips | Travel

As mentioned in previous posts regarding our Honeymoon, we wanted to go somewhere that neither of us had been and have an experience that neither of us had had before. We floated (no pun intended) the idea of a cruise for a while but was a little put off due to the stories you hear about the weather at this time of year. After speaking with a travel agent the reassured us that we would be fine so we went for it! My parents had previously been on a European cruise and said we would really enjoy it so we thought why not!! I spent a long time deciding which one would work for us but it sort of all came down to what date would be appropriate for us. We knew we wanted to go on Honeymoon pretty quickly after the wedding and we knew we wanted to go to Miami too so we found one that allowed us a few days after the wedding to head to Miami for 4 days then travel to Orlando to board our cruise.

I read SOOOO many blogs about what to pack, what to book in advance, cruise tips etc. I visited the cruise website a million times to have a look what activities where available, what the menus where in the different websites and what excursions we could book. Despite the advice we didn’t book any excursions in advance we waited until we were on board which wasn’t a problem for us as the activity we choose wasn’t fully booked (luckily) I would say if you are a family or a group I would book to make sure you all have a space. I also would take the ‘cruise tips’ with a pinch of salt as not all where applicable for us!

Cruise tips I actually took on board: (Again with the puns!)

Pack a highlighter – this is actually helpful to highlight what activities you want to do each day

Book a speciality restaurant – we loved the speciality restaurants we only ate the regular one twice!

Watch the parade – we actually saw this by accident as we had not planned to see it but it was actually really good!

Include your tips – especially for us English folk who aren’t used to it, it’s far easier to pay them upfront so you don’t have to while on board.

Order as many dishes as you want! - We didn't actually even have to do this as our waiter one night was like oh wow your English, you love curry! So we said year sure, and with that we had a full new plate of food on our table, it was great!

Buy the drinks package - It made our lives so much easier as we didnt have to worry about racking up a huge bill at the end. We tried loads of different cocktails, had champagne some nights and it was all unlimited! Worth the money for sure. 

Don’t bother with the Wi-Fi – Unless you actually need it why would you bother! You’re on holiday take a break from social media and the outside world! Plus its really expensive!

Stay on the ship / Come back early - There is nothing to say you cant stay on the ship you don't have to disembark. One of our days we decided to head back early and it was bliss! Plus they usually have discounts in the spa's etc!

Wait for the Deals/Sales - This applies to being on the ship and pre-cruise. We got an email prior to the cruise to say if we booked within 24 hours we could get our drinks package discounted! This goes for on the ship too, we booked the speciality restaurant package once on board for a cheaper price. The shops on board have 'sales' too. 

Make any reservations early for the best times - we selected any time dining and then booked a slot on the day, this was better as we preferred to be flexible however it is risky as you may miss out on something with it not being available at the time you require so prioritise your bookings!

Cheers, have the best time!

Bucket List Inspiration To Keep You Motivated | Travel*

Sometimes it is nice to spend some time thinking about the future. Of course, there are some practical things we can do when it comes to future plans. We can think about retirement, perhaps the lifestyle we will want to lead when a career is finished and any children have all grown up. Maybe your future planning is a little more closer in terms of timescale. Perhaps adding to your family, moving home, or getting married. It can be easy to forward think for these practical things, but not many of us allow ourselves to think about other aspects of our future, the more fun factors like travel. A bucket list has become somewhat of a conversation starter for many these days, and many people might have a mental list of places they want to go or things they want to see. But do they actually really make it part of the future plan? Often people might be talking to you and you mention travel plans or things you may have seen and the response might be, “that is on my bucket list,” but is it really? 

Read More

New Home | The Journey

I recently wrote a post all about how we where looking at moving house, this was a little over a month ago now and A LOT has happened since then. As this is our second house I wanted to document the journey as much as possible not only to help others and offer my own advise as we go through the journey but to also look back on this and think ah it was allll worth it! 
Read More

How To Plan The Perfect Travel Experience | AD*

Are you thinking of going travelling soon or in the not too distant future? If you are, then you might need some advice on how you can plan the perfect travel experience. There are a lot of things to consider, and I have made a list of them for you down below so that you don’t have to scour the internet to find the information that you need. If you are interested in finding out more about planning the travel experience of your dreams, then keep reading down below where you will find lots of helpful advice to make this time one of the best! Let’s take a look at some of the things that you need to consider in order for this to happen.
Read More

Exploring Manchester | Travel*

Last Friday my husband and decided to have a night away in Manchester! As we both lived in Manchester for a number of years we often drive over to visit friends and spend time there. I would say its one of my favourite UK cities and if it wasn't for previous circumstances we would probably have still lived there now, however, I do love being able to drive down the M62 to visit. Some friends had bought us a hotel gift voucher as a wedding gift last year and as it was our 10 years of being together anniversary this month we decided to use the voucher and enjoy a night away. 
Read More

Summer Lovin’ | The Essentials That Every Woman Needs Ahead Of Summer 2019 [AD]

To be totally honest, I’ve been kidding myself that it’s summer ever since the clocks changed. However, the truth is that the long hot days of summer are now edging closer by the day, meaning it’s time for everyone to get excited. I know I am.

Here’s all you need to make 2019 the best summer ever!
Read More