What to do in Skegness

Skegness is a seaside resort that we have heard has a lot to offer! We have not yet visited Skegness but we would love to and therefore we decided to do a bit of research!

It appears that there is a lot to do in Skegness from relaxing scenery and lots of different attractions. It has always been a popular spot for tourists to visit for a weekend away.

BEACH

There is only one way we would want to begin our weekend away and that would be visiting the beach. There is a pier on the beach that we would definitely take a walk on! The beaches are known for being clean, sandy, and long, and the Central Beach has been awarded the coveted Blue Glad Award. Lifeguard cover can be expected from June to September, and swimming is good here. There are also body boarding and surfing opportunities.

SEAL SANCTUARY

Close to Central Beach, there is also the Seal Sanctuary, which looks like a great place to visit while you are in Skegness. We would potentially visit this after spending the day on the beach!

WALKS

We love to walk so we would of course research a couple of walks we could go on! Sometimes we even just like to put our walking shoes on and see where the path takes us!

HOTEL

Last but not least, the importance of choosing accommodation with care cannot be ignored when it comes to any type of trip. After all, a hotel or B&B can make or break your trip. The good thing is that there are lots of hotels Skegness-based and in the surrounding areas, so you should have no trouble choosing something suitable. Whether you want to be based on the seafront or in the Lincolnshire woods, you will be able to find somewhere beautiful and comfortable to stay with ease.

THE EMBASSY THEATRE

There is always something exciting going on at the Embassy Theatre. Many acts have played here, including Jimmy Carr, Jools Holland, and Lee Evans. From stage shows and live bands to comedians, we would definitely check out the events page to see if there is anything going on during your visit.

As you can see, there are plenty of different things to see and do while in Skegness, as well as lots of amazing places to stay too.

Hopefully, we have helped with suggestions of what you can do. One thing is for sure; you are bound to have a great time, especially if the sun is shining!

Typical Tourist things to do in Rome

After visiting Rome, it would be rude not to write a post like this, plus we want to share our lovely photos with you all!

The Colloseum
This place truely is a thing of beauty! Its so magnifcant and its amazing to think how old it is! We bought tickets in advance online and despite doing this you still have to queue up. The queue was over an hour long standing in the sun. We were advised to pay 15 euros each to have a guide and you skip the queue. We didn’t fancy waiting in the sunshine but also didn’t want to waste our day so decided to go for it. To be honest our guide was so boring and you could tell she hated her job so we ditched the guide and went exploring. Our tickets also included entrance to the Forum which is opposite the Coloseum.

The Trevi Fountain
This fountain is another typical place to visit when in Rome. Make sure you get that coin and chuck it over your left shoulder and make a wish. In the height of the season it is very busy here so be prepared to push your way to the front for a picture!

Pantheon
This is the famous church with a hole in the roof, its simply stunning and so cool to look up and see the sky! The sun shines right down the middle and its beautiful. As this is a church you will need to cover your shoulders to enter.

The Vatican
Again another place you must go and see when in Rome. If you want you can book in advance and the full tour and see the Sistine Chapel etc. However if you don’t want to pay then you can go into St Peters Basilica for free. Everyone said to us that the queue was ages but we queued for about 20 minutes. As its such glorious weather in Rome we didn’t want to spend our whole day inside so this worked out perfectly for us. We were still able to take pictures and say we had been to the Vatican City.

The Spanish Steps
To be honest we were a bit underwhelmed by these steps because basically they are just some steps with a monument at the top. It was so so busy that we literally looked at the steps and then left!

Not so touristy places but so worth the visit:

Roseto Comunale
These rose gardens are soooo pretty and its nice to get away from all the tourists. We literally took so many pictures of flowers! If you fancy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the main city then we suggest venturing here. They are close to the Orange Gardens (below) so you can visit both at the same time. There is also a water fountain here which is useful to know.

The Orange Garden on the Aventine Hill
The view you get from these gardens is spectacular. We chilled up here in the sunshine surrounded by pretty trees. It is worth the climb up here and is pretty underscored too so you won’t see many tourists.

Palazzo Venezia
These gardens are so well hidden and the perfect place just to sit and relax. There is also a water fountain here to fill up your water bottles. We kept going back to this place to fill up our water as it was quite central.

Top tips: you can basically walk everywhere in Rome all the places you want to visit are all close by so wear comfortable shoes and get exploring. You also stumble across some pretty stunning places on route so its defs worth it

Most of the fountains are drinking water so get yourself a water bottle and keep filling up your water, you will save a fortune!

The Cotswolds: Planning The Perfect Weekend Break

Stretched across six counties, The Cotswolds are made up of lots of beautiful Cotswold villages. Think thatched cottages, golden coloured townhouses, beautiful churches, and country estates. The Cotswolds is a beautiful location and a place we like to visit frequently.

The Cotswolds is a great location because there is so much to do and see! From hiking and horse riding to shopping and enjoying the local surroundings, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

We have come up with some great ideas of things to do in The Cotswolds that should help you organise your trip.

The accommodation is incredible

Throughout The Cotswolds, there is some amazing accommodation to choose from. From traditional pub inns in Bourton-on-the-Water, such as The Old Manse pub and inn to Cotswold lodges at Watermark near The Cotswold Water Park (which we visited the other weekend and absolutely love, if you visit you have to go to the beach and go on the giant inflatable). Cheltenham is also a great place to visit and also has a number of pubs and bars if that is something you enjoy.

The food is fantastic

The Cotswolds is home to some of the best food in the UK, Think organic produce, seasonal dishes, and locally reared meat and fish. The number of farms in The Cotswolds mean that the food on offer is truely what you would call fresh. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of Gastro pubs, quaint English tea rooms, delis, and farmer’s markets to choose from. We always make sure we visit Trip Advisor and have a read of the reviews for each place before going!

The villages are stunning

The Cotswolds is made up of some incredible villages (and towns too). There’s Bourton-on-the-Water, crowned ‘The Venice of The Cotswolds’ due to the lovely river running through it. Just a short walk from here, down a country path you will find Lower Slaughter, a quaint hamlet with a beautiful country pub called The Slaughters Country Pub we have read that this is the perfect place for a spot of lunch or even a quick coffee.

Stow-on-the-Wold, the next town across is a market town that is home to the Fosse Gallery and the Famous St. Edwards Church. It’s also home to the historic postbox, one of the oldest postboxes in the UK.

Winchcombe is another Cotswold village that has a beautifully timeless quality to it. Imagine Cotswold stone cottages combined with black and white Victorian-era buildings, narrow cobbled streets and charmingly quaint houses. This small town is famous with walkers, due to the number of trails it has all around it.

There are towns and cities within reach

In addition to the villages and towns of The Cotswolds, there are also an array of other towns and cities within each reach.

Cheltenham is one town that has a lot to offer as we have previously mentioned. There is great shopping facilities, hotels, bars and restaurants.

Burford is also a beautiful town. It’s smaller than Cheltenham and far more traditional, but it’s still a wonderful place to explore. Complete with a small high street full of delis and eateries, this small town is so beautiful and we recently visited and went on a lovely long walk, it was just stunning.

The Cotswolds has so much to offer, which is what makes it such an ideal location for a weekend getaway! We would highly recommend a visit.

Breakfast at Highgrove House Hotel

After enjoying an incredible dinner at Highgrove House we knew we were in for a treat with breakfast, which we were incredibly excited about because as you know we love breakfast. As the hotel only had 8 rooms breakfast was a lovely quiet affair with relaxing music and attentive staff.

At this hotel there is a small buffet and then the option to pick your hot dish from the menu.
The buffet consistent of croissants, pain au chocolate, yoghurt and granola, fresh berries, fresh fruit salad and a selection of cereals. There was also a jug of milk and a jug of orange juice.

The waitress also offered us tea or coffee, of course we opted for coffee, which was delicious! We also asked for a jug of tap water which was ice cold and infused with lemon slices.

There was a large selection on the hot menu with choices such as the big breakfast, lighter breakfast, veggie breakfast, scrambled egg on toast, porridge, French toast, hot croissant and jam. It was hard to decide what to go for as the big breakfast sounded incredible, however in the end Annie opted for the scrambled egg with hot Scottish smoked salmon and Rach went for the French toast.

The French toast came with 4 large slices with a generous pot of maple syrup and 2 rashers of bacon. The toast was fluffy and cooked to perfection (Rach always worries about this as she doesn’t actually like egg!). The French toast is definitely a dish we would recommend if you visit Highgrove House and it only costs £4.75 that is a bargain!

The smoked salmon was really tasty and Annie doesn’t often have it hot but it made a nice change. The eggs were cooked to perfection and were seasoned perfectly, the menu did say it would be served on toast but mine didn’t come with toast (maybe because we ordered toast on the side). The smoked salmon and scrambled egg was priced at £6.50 which again we thing is incredible!

We sat inside as it was early morning and wasn’t warm enough yet, but we can imagine in the height of summer the tables outside will be lovely. You don’t necessarily have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the breakfast as the sign outside shows breakfast is from 9-noon. If you are in the area this is the perfect place for a delicious breakfast.

Highgrove House Hotel Review in Ayrshire

Highgrove House hotel is a beautiful house located in Ayrshire on the outskirts of Troon. Highgrove House Hotel was incredible and we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed our final night in Scotland (Ayrshire).

Highgrove house is part of the Costley & Costley group which was founded in 1988 by Bill and Cath Costley. Since 1988 they have built up a business and now have four award-wining country house hotels. Highgrove House has a special place in their hearts as it was the first hotel in the Costley group.

Highgrove House is located on a hilltop overlooking miles of coastlines across the firth of Clyde and to the Isle of Arran. We particular enjoyed the views during the evening when the sun was setting as it was a beautiful sunny day.

There are eight individually decorated bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms at Highgrove House. We were in bedroom number one which was located at the top of the stairs. The room was luxurious and had all the facilities we needed including TV (with Sky), Hairdryer, tea and coffee (which took us a while to find it was tucked away in a cupboard).

The bedroom was a good size with two single beds, arm chairs and a chest of drawers. We loved the decoration of the room it was very countrified and we immediately felt at home.

The en-suite bathroom was ginormous, we could have had a party in there! It has a shower, bath and double sink. We loved the shower products they provided they smelt great and the shower cap came in handy when we didn’t want to wash our hair.

We arrived at Highgrove house in the late afternoon, unpacked and made our way down to the outside terrace. We enjoyed some rose Whilst sitting outside in the evening sun watching the sun starting to go down. The wine was delicious and we liked the fact we could order a jug Instead of a bottle.

We chatted on the terrace for ages it was so peaceful and the waiter came out every so often to Check we had everything we needed.

Highgrove House is renowned for its cuisine which was evident to see as the restaurant was full all afternoon with customers enjoying Sunday lunch. The restaurant sells seafood, steak dishes, along with home-made ice creams and chocolates. We have written a post all about the restaurant (it really does deserve a post of its own) at Highgrove House which we will be posting soon.

We also have to mention the breakfast because it was absolutely delicious. We will also be posting a separate blog post all about it so stay tuned.

The staff a Highgrove House were incredibly polite and always on hand to help. They really do take pride in ensuring everyone is happy during their stay or visit.

The hotel is only 2 miles away from Troon and on Sunday morning we decided to go for a run. It didn’t take very long at all and you can definitely walk there.

It’s was nice to stay in the countryside overlooking the town of Troon but also be able to easily access the town without having to get a taxi. It as a lovely run and very picturesque!

Gleddoch Spa Review

We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful hotel that is Gleddoch which you can read all about here! The spa at Gleddoch was very small but perfect for a couple of hours. We were really looking forward to a nice relaxing few hours especially after the long week we had.

They provide you with robes, towels and slippers so don’t worry about bringing your own. You will find this in your locker so just ask reception for a locker key!

There is a large swimming pool 17m to be precise and also a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Outside is also another jacuzzi with gorgeous views of the river and Ben Lomond which we sat in for a longggg time. On the terrace there is also lots of outdoor seating and also deck checks available. It was a lovely day so we did opt to sit outside for a little while.

There is a very light and airy room with hot stone chairs to chill in and magazines to read. We also chilled here whilst we were drying off waiting for our treatments. There is also a water machine- which is very much when in a spa as you need to remember to stay hydrated.

The staff were very attentive at the spa and always made sure they were on hand to help. We also noticed they liked to keep things clean and wiped down the hot stone chairs after they had been used.

Before our treatments we were told to make our way to the relaxation room. The relaxation room was very relaxing indeed and we loved the music that was being played, it made us feel very zen. We sat on the beds for a little while before it was time for our treatments to begin.

Rach went for a 1 hour massage full body massage and absolutely loved it! She was really looking forward to a massage and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Annie opted for the shellac nails as she loved getting her nails done but can never really find the time! The shellac nails took about 30 minutes and it was ever so relaxing. I opted for a purple/mushroom colour as I wanted to go for something quite summery! Would definitely recommend the shellac nails at Gleddoch!

After our treatments Annie went to the hotel gym which was next door to the pool area. The gym was really well equipped and it was completely empty which was great. Rachel went back to the pool to swim some lengths before we both had a shower.

We had a lovely afternoon in the Gleddoch spa, it was very relaxing and the perfect way to spend our Saturday.

The Hottest Holiday Destinations: Europe’s Favourite Locations!

Are you looking for inspiration for your next holiday? If so, we may have some ideas for you! It’s never been easier to spread your wings and fly away (as long as you have some dolla), but saying that there are so many affordable flights now days that is has opened us up a host of new destinations. Although Spain continues to be the destination of choice for most people, other locations are catching up.

Spain is the most popular holiday destination for European tourists, but there are signs that other countries are becoming increasingly appealing. Maybe it’s media attention or the availability of cheaper flights but other locations are appearing on the map. Croatia, for example, has become a leading tourist destination in recent years- a county that is definitely on our bucket list.

We recently visited La Palma, it wasn’t very touristy at all but it was so cheap and such an incredible Island. It was a four hour flight from London and before you know it you are in this beautiful little haven.

Budapest is another country that is ridiculously cheap when you are there! Budapest is the perfect mix of city break and relaxation. Rach loved it when she visited and cannot wait to go back with Annie.

We visited Ibiza a couple of years ago and it barely cost us any money which we were really surprised about. Quite a lot of people are put off of the idea of visiting Ibiza due to its party reputation, but we have to say it was truly stunning and didn’t even visit the party town.

Bulgaria is another country that we would love to visit! Any tips on where to go in Bulgaria would be fabulous! We have heard the skiing there is pretty incredible in the winter months as well!

If you’re looking for a holiday destination, and you fancy a change of scenery, why not consider visiting somewhere you’ve never been before? There is nothing quite like the thrill of exploring new places and discovering different cultures.


Infographic design by Tour Croatia

Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Review in Glasgow

Gleddoch Hotel is a gorgeous hotel that is located just a 15 minute drive from Glasgow airport.Gleddoch Golf Club is the home of two golf clubs both a ladies and men’s golf club. It seemed like a very popular golf course, there were lots of people playing during our stay.

The old house had stunning views of the river Clyde and Ben Lomond and certainly makes for the perfect getaway. The main house is home to ‘The Residences’ and then up the hill and towards the back are the rest of the standard rooms in a more modern looking building.

The Residences are a collection of simply stunning rooms all with their own unique charm and character. As the rooms are in an old manor house all are ever slightly different and quirky shapes and sizes.

We were taken to the Bridal suite which was amazing, the jacuzzi in the enclave by the window was to die for and we can see why it is so popular for newlyweds. There was the main bedroom and then a lounge area with a plush sofa and a tv screen.

We were then also taken to another room which had a gorgeous 4 poster bed with views of the river to wake up too- not a bad way to start your day if you ask us!

The part of the hotel we stayed in was bigger than the residences and there were plenty of rooms, we were lucky enough to have a view of the river and it was so nice to wake up to the view in the morning.

We had a twin family room which had 2 HUGE beds which were extremely comfy and very generous with the pillows, 4 on each bed in fact!

One thing we did notice which for us is really important is the amount of plug sockets (in accessible locations) and full length mirrors. They had definitely thought out the layout of the room and put sockets in all the right places!

The bathroom was the perfect size and it had a large shower with two shower heads (which was perfect if you only wanted a body shower). The shower products they provided were Elemis and smelt delightful!

We also enjoyed waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee with the coffee they provided. There were also Borders biscuits which made for the perfect afternoon snack. The water provided was in glass bottles and all they asked was that you left the bottles in the room as they recycle them.

We had breakfast included in our night stay which was served from 8am until 10:30am. We arrived at around 9am and we were shown to a table. Unfortunately the terrace area was not open otherwise we would have opted to have sat outside as it was a nice morning.

The breakfast was a buffet there was a selection of hot and cold options that we were able to help ourselves to. There was also a menu that you could order dishes such as eggs Benedict or pancakes off of.

We both started with a bowl of fresh fruit (watermelon & pineapple) before moving onto a full English. We tried haggis for the first time and surprisingly liked it, we actually thought it tasted like a steak and ale pie!

There was fresh bread and pastries as well so we made sure we had some toast and jam to finish off our breakfast! There was of course cold meats, cheeses and a selection of cereals as well.

The hotel also boasts a spa which we will be posting about separately. You can also enjoy a 18 Hole golf course, but as we aren’t really golfers we didn’t experience this!

The hotel also has a gym which was really good considering it is a hotel gym. It was really well equipped and had everything we needed. There was no one else in there either which is always a bonus. The gym opening hours are 8am-8pm at the weekends.

There are several bars and lounge areas at Gleddoch house. They have a gin and whiskey bar and also a chill out lounge that had beautiful yellow leather chairs in!

The ladies at reception handed us a goody bag for our journey which consisted of a packet of crisps, bottle of water, apple & some biscuits which was really sweet!

We had such a fabulous time at Gleddoch, the hotel was lush and was the perfect way to start our weekend away in Glasgow! We would highly recommend!

5 Unhealthy Mistakes New Travellers Could Make

Travelling for the first time can be an absolutely incredible experience, Rachel’s first solo trip was to Australia. Just like us any new traveller goes through a rollercoaster of different emotions; feeling scared because they are away from home for the first time, excited at being in a new place alone, apprehensive because they don’t know what to expect while also feeling thrilled.

When you decide to go travelling, it’s a turning point in your life (lol sorry but it’s true). However, many new travellers make unhealthy mistakes that can ruin their trips and end up cutting them short. Read on to find out what they are so that you don’t end up doing the same!

Buying Street Food In Quiet Areas
Street food is a great way to save money on meals while you travel, but buying it in a quiet area is usually a mistake. This usually means that the food isn’t as fresh, so you could end up falling ill with food poisoning. It’s much safer to get food from places where there are a lot of people around. This way, you can be sure that it’s freshly cooked.

Drinking The Tap Water
This is something your parents may have drilled into you from a young age, but we will say it again; drinking the tap water in many foreign countries can result in a horrible illness, and you could find yourself on the toilet for the remainder of your trip (sorry if TMI). Always buy bottled water, and feel better about contributing to plastic waste by making sure you recycle it or take a reusable bottle with you.

Failing To Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an absolute essential. In some countries it is compulsory, in others it isn’t – but you should get it wherever you decide to go. Travel insurance won’t stop you from falling ill or hurting yourself, but it’ll help to protect you financially should you need hospital treatment or to cut your trip short. You never know what might happen, so don’t risk it!

Dressing appropriately for the weather, comfort depending on your activity, and the culture that you’re visiting is a must. You might even find that it’s better to buy clothes once you arrive as they are really cheap and help you fit in with the locals! Make sure you do lots of research you can find out lots of info on the countries you are planning on visit online, whether that’s on how to enjoy a healthy umrah or something else you’ve put on your bucket list.

Drinking Too Much
Not only is waking up with a hangover when you’re supposed to be exploring no fun; it’s pretty dangerous. You never know what could happen so always have your wits about you. If you’re travelling alone you’re putting yourself at risk just a little bit more! Limit your drinks and something we have always done is written a note in our room, saying where we are going and when we expect to be back. Try and make some friends in your hostel and head out with them!

Forgetting Sunscreen
If you’re doing anything other than a beach holiday, it’s all too easy to think that you can forget about sunscreen. Wrong! Sunscreen is important even if the sun isn’t shining, so make sure you take some with you and slap it on before leaving. In many counties you can buy massive suncream pots with handles, so just tie to your rucksack and you’ll never be caught short!

Preparing For Your Summer Holiday

Preparing for a holiday is extremely exciting but it can also be quite stressful! Don’t worry though as we have got a check list for you to work free to make sure you have a stress free holiday!

Passport in date
Make sure you check your passport to see it is still in date, there would be nothing worse than realising your passport is out of date a few days before your holiday. Always make sure you check this prior to booking your holiday and some destinations need you to have at least 6 months left on your passport expiry date.

Travel insurance
We cannot stress enough how important it is to get yourself some travel insurance. Obviously no one goes away with the intention of becoming ill or being involved in an accident but it can happen! We tend to purchase our travel insurance for the year if we are off on several trips as it definitely cheaper. Have a look on Bupa for your travel insurance!

Buying the essentials
Don’t forget to buy all the essentials you are going to need especially sun cream. If you are taking hand luggage only remember you won’t be able to take a big bottle through security so you can always purchase it in the airport. If you are going to purchase it in the airport we would advise that on write yourself a check list so you don’t forget any of the essentials.

Check in
Don’t forget to check into your flight before going away unless you want to be met by a fine at the check in desk (not all airlines charge but a fair few of them do)! Once you have checked in you can then print your boarding pass! We actually tend to use the apps now instead of printing out our boarding passes.

Travel money
Check whether or not the exchange rate is better in your own country or when you are abroad. Some countries you visit like Morocco you are not allowed to take their currency out before you arrive and when you leave you have to change it back. If you are taking your money out when you arrive make sure to tell your bank!

Travelling to the airport
How are you getting to the airport? It’s far cheaper if you book your car parking space in advance, the later you leave it the more expensive it is going to be. Why not get the train? The majority of train that go to the airports run through the night as well and can be really cheap.

Traveling to your final destination
How are you getting to your final destination once your land? Have you hired a car? Is there a train line or are you going to hop in a taxi? It’s always worth being prepared so you have a smooth journey and organised start to your holiday.