Four Ways To Choose The Perfect Weekend Break

If you could read our texts to each other you would see that we both just want to go away again. Christmas is over now, January blues have passed and we have finally got rid of the snow. We are now in that limbo time where we want to fast track to holiday season.

With easter breaks coming up, may bank holiday weekends and, of course, the summer months ahead it’s time to start planning quality time away with our friends, family and loved ones. How do we choose the perfect weekend away? We thought we would share with you some of the ways to choose the perfect weekend away.

Are you going to stay at home or go abroad? One of the first things to consider when it comes to your break away would be to decide whether or not you want to stay at home or go abroad. There are major benefits to both, and there can be a cost and time difference. The things to consider would be how long you plan on going away for. For one night you may want to stay a little close to home, but the Easter bank holiday or another bank holiday weekend may give you those extra days and nights to enjoy somewhere further afield.

What do you want to do with your time there? The next thing to think about would be to think about exactly what you want to do with your time away. You may only have one thing on your mind, some rest and relaxation, and staying closer to home means that hotels like The Wood Norton could be the ideal escape. If you want something more energetic and active, there are some great hotels and resorts that you can consider that offer an array of sporting facilities and walking opportunities to enjoy.

What is your budget? Knowing where you want to go and what you want to do will then help you decipher your budget and how much you want to spend on the break away. You can figure out how much you want to spend and then looking online at various websites will help you determine the best deal. There are some great websites that offer last minute deals, so you may want to think about waiting a while before booking. If you can’t wait, then checking out a few different sites before booking would help you to determine the best deal. If you are traveling abroad, you may want to think about booking a hotel and plane separately so that you get a better deal.

Who are you going to go away with? Finally, you might want to think about who you want to go away with. Is it a couples escape, a weekend with your friends or even just some time away by yourself. There are many different types of breaks away you could do that would suit the company you are going to have, but sometimes just having your closest with you or your family is enough to make the break away magical.

We hope that this helps you book the perfect weekend break away soon, we have started planning ours already so let us know where you are planning on going too!

Don’t Let Your Budget Make You Stay at Home

Living in London is so expensive and so we don’t have as much spare income as we would like. We both just want to travel the world and our bucket list of places to visit is getting longer and longer, however sometimes wonder if we can afford to go on so many holidays, but there are quite a few things we can do to make foreign travel a little bit more affordable.

We thought we would share a couple of tips with you so you too can start looking into some very cheap travel for the summer. Here is what you need to do:

Travel Out Of High Season- Every destination will have its high and low seasons. For instance, South East Asia’s peak tourist season is once the rainy season is over. Summer is the high season for the majority of European countries. During these popular times, the costs of flights and accommodation will greatly increase. So, in order to find the best bargains, it’s worth travelling during the low season. Not only will it be cheaper, but you will also beat the crowds!

We also advise you try to avoid travelling in the school holidays as this is when prices rocket too, make sure you research when the summer holidays begin or when October half term is and you’ll save yourself a lot of money.

Negotiate With Operators- When you are looking in a travel agent’s for their best deals, the prices that they show you won’t always be set in stone. Many people assume that they are, though, and simply pay the price that they are told. But, you might find that it pays off to try and negotiate some further discount. It’s also worth asking if the agent’s run any credit schemes or payment plans to make it easier to pay off their bill. This will probably only be open to those with good credit. If your credit rating needs some improvement, you can always find out how to build credit with a credit card before you go shopping for holidays. Repairing credit can take time, but it’s worth it!

Don’t Fly Direct- If you don’t mind changing flights, it’s worth looking for indirect flights to your destination. Direct flights are often the most expensive options as they are the most convenient and popular. Of course, flying indirectly will mean you are travelling for longer, but the lower price should make it worth it. You might even want to find a flight that has a long layover so that you get the chance to get out of the airport and explore the city you have to change in.

Take A Guidebook- Using tour guides and tour groups to look around a city and discover everything it has to offer can end up very expensive. Instead, it’s worth buying a guidebook and using that as your guide around the destination. Make sure you buy one online or in a bookshop before you leave as they can be very expensive in airports! Top top is go to a charity shop as they always have so many guidebooks for sale.

Take Your Own Food- Cafes and food stands in airports are notorious for being extortionately priced. To make sure you don’t pay over £5 for a measly sandwich, you should pack some food to take with you. Just remember that you won’t be allowed to take liquids through security but you can take an empty bottle. More and more airports have water fountains just as you get through security so we always make sure we take an empty bottle with us.

As you can see then, travel doesn’t always have to be too expensive. There are ways you can afford a holiday this year even on your tight budget!

Say Goodbye To The Summer Blues


We have already started to wave goodbye to the care free warm summer nights where evenings were spent in the garden catching some rays and sipping on a cold beverage hoping and wishing the hot weather would last forever. Unfortunately it didn’t and as we say hello to September we can already feel autumn in the air. We are already mentally preparing ourselves for the cosy evenings spent by a fire watching The X Factor and eating our body weight in chocolate (yes supermarkets are already selling chocolate tins swear it gets earlier and earlier every year).

Now don’t get us wrong we love autumn, well in fact we love all the seasons in the UK we just wished that the cold months didn’t last as long and that we actually had a proper summer and not just a hot day here and there. Living in the UK though means we are going to have to get over this though unless we migrate to another country where summer is there to stay for the majority of the year… dreams.

Just because summer is coming to an end in the UK as much as we don’t want to admit or believe it it doesn’t mean our moods have to as well. We have collated a list of top tips to help you get over the summer blues, if you have any others then please do share them with us!

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1). Keep living your summer life- why is it that everyone goes into hibernation during the winter months and cannot be bothered to socialise? This year we are going to keep living our summer social lives well into the winter months, okay so a glass of Pimms may be swapped for a mulled wine and a pair of sunglasses for a bobble hat but that’s okay we can deal with that.

2). Book a getaway- why not book a getaway so you have something to look forward to. It doesn’t even have to be in a hot country it could be a ‘staycation’ after all aren’t these the new ‘vacation’? We are going to make sure we have lots of fun things crammed into our diaries at the weekends so we have lots of things to look forward to.

4). Start a new hobby- why not start a new hobby during the week after work so you have things to look forward to after work. We all remember that horrible feeling of going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark, so make sure you have something to look forward to in your spare time. We are going to try some new fitness classes in London this winter to help keep us motivated.

5). Get outside- just because its winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, wrap up warm, show off your new winter coat and get outside. We love walking in the winter and always like to visit new national trust places, the UK is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer.

6). Get a good night’s sleep- make sure you get enough sleep, it will leave your body and mind feeling refreshed, revitalized and motivated to beat the summer blues!



Ways to keep you entertained on holiday by the pool


We love going on relaxing holidays. The sort of holidays that involve checking in, chucking on a bikini, grabbing a towel, finding your spot by the pool and not moving for a week or two. For the first couple of days we can just sit there ALL day long basking in the sun saying over and over again ‘this is the life’ because lets be honest life cant really get much better. The only thing you really have to worry about for the next week or so is whether or not you have got enough sun cream on because burning is certainly not on our agenda.

But are we the only ones who start to get itchy feet after a few days? We are so used to have hectic schedules where we are running around here there and everywhere that by day three we have some energy to burn. We therefore decided to collect and combine a list of of our favourite things to do to help keep us entertained and gives us another excuse to have an afternoon nap in the sunshine because lets be honest we deserve it!

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Lilo or Ring- who ever said lilos and rings were for kids? We always purchase a new lilo or ring when we go on holiday because firstly they make the perfect floating sunbed and secondly they are just fun. This year we both had watermelon rings from Primark, they were such a bargain and only cost us £5, when other stores were selling them for like £30!

Uno- this is one of our favourite games to play around the pool and can keep us entertained for hours. If you haven’t played Uno before then you really need to purchase it for your next holiday trust us your competitive side will definitely come out.

Play bat and ball- at the beginning of the holiday we are always shocking at bat and ball we can barely keep a rally going but with a LOT of practice by the end of the holiday we are pretty happy with our rally!

Magazine- Chilling by the pool reading a magazine catching up on the celebrity gossip or latest fitness craze. This year we opted for women’s and Men’s Health which we really enjoyed reading and also learnt some new work out tips as well. Does anyone else on holiday find themselves reading the same magazine over and over again until you eventually read every single article.

Books- we always manage to read so many books on holiday, its one of the only times in the year that we actually sit down and just read. We absolutely love getting stuck into a book that we cannot put down and always try and stick to reading when we get home but then life gets in the way and its not until the next holiday that we get our nose stuck into a book again!

Play would you rather- if you have never played would you rather its a game where you ask someone a question that starts with ‘would you rather’ and ends with a dilemma for example  ‘would you rather shave your head or not go to the gym for one year’.  The more you play the game the more ridiculous the dilemmas become.

Drink cocktails- need we say more?


Hitchen Lavender Farm

Now who would’ve thought visiting a field full of lavender could be such fun!?

We came across this farm by chance after seeing some friends visiting we googled lavender farm and found the beautiful farm in Hitchen and just had to go!

Hitchen is about an hours drive from us but it was well worth the trip, you arrive at this farm pretty much in the middle of no where to a car park heaving with cars. We overheard the carpark attendant telling a customer that when he took the job he didn’t ever think it would be this busy. I think this concept has really taken off.

You pay 4 pound fifty and get give a large brown paper bag, pick up (borrow) some scissors and the huge field is yours. You can spend as long as you want and fill your bag with lavender that you have cut yourself. It was soon therapeutic and lovely to walk through the delicious smelling lavender and of course take many instagram worthy pictures!

You can even get married here in a marquee looking out over the fields – imagine the photos!

There was also a cafe, however as it was such a sunny day the cafe was heaving. Instead we headed to the local village and went to the pub.

We cannot wait to return next year (the farm is now closed, season is over!), and I think I might have to treat my mum to a visit, she would love it!

Enjoy the pictures!