Give Your Holiday Some Get Up And Go!

For a lot of people, the perfect holiday is relaxing doing nothing and getting rid of the stress of everyday life! However for us we like to do a bit of both. We sure do love a good chill day by the pool or reading on a sofa but we also love to things and start to go stir crazy otherwise! We love that a holiday is the chance to explore somewhere new and experience things we wouldn’t do on a daily basis and it is of course a chance to take some epic pictures too!

Even if you’re the kind of person who normally spends their holidays on a sun lounger doing nothing, after a while that can lose its charm. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to give your next vacation a little get up and go!


If you want something a little bit different for your next holiday, why not banish things like resorts and hotels altogether and get off the grid for a little while. This can be a wonderful way to escape from all of the constant noise that has become a part of all of our everyday lives. Leave your phone, tablet, and laptop behind and just get out and enjoy nature for a while. Sure, it might not be for everyone, but there really is nothing like getting out into the wilderness and escaping from every day life for a little while.


One of the most common reasons that a lot of people end up getting bored with their holidays is that they go to the same places over and over, year after year. So why not break that pattern and find somewhere a little bit different instead? Maybe try somewhere that you’ve always been curious about but never got round to visiting, or maybe you could just head to the airport and book a flight to the first destination you see (this is on our bucket list). Sure, you could end up somewhere that you would never normally choose, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It just helps you get out of your comfort zone and experience some new things!


If you want to find the perfect balance between pure excitement and getting to put your feet up and relax, hitting the slopes might well be your idea of heaven. Andorra ski holidays let you spend your days gliding down the sides of mountains and in the afternoons and evenings, you can just put your feet up at the lodge with a blanket and a hot drink which sounds like our idea of heaven.

Now, this isn’t to say that a super active, adrenaline-fueled holiday is somehow superior to any other, it’s just a matter of personal preference. But if you’re starting to feel as though your vacations are getting a little bit stale, then why not take a chance on something a little more exciting next time?

Intrepid Travel really let me down

If I am honest I did not want to resort to writing a blog post or taking this to social media, but it seems I have no choice. I do not want anyone else to have to endure and deal with the awful experience that I have with Intrepid Travel. I booked a group tour through Geckos Adventure who are part of the Intrepid Travel group who also own Peregrine, Peak, Intrepid Urban Adventures and the Intrepid Foundation.

Its often thought that bloggers never tell the truth or write a bad review, however we are very honest and travelling is something we feel really passionate about in particular having an excellent experience and good memories to last a lifetime.

My story

I was due to travel on the Essential Thailand Tour departing from Bangkok on Sunday 24th December however I was completely miss sold the trip as outlined below.

I was very excited about my trip as I did a similar group tour last year visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and I had the best time and came home with 16 new friends some of which I still speak to now. I was excited to meet a whole new group of friends and travel around Thailand ticking many places off my bucket list. Not to mention seeing in the New Year in Bangkok.

I arrived on the Sunday morning (Christmas Eve) and checked into the hotel and spent the day by the pool excited to meet my new group and ready for the adventure ahead. However on going down to meet my group at 6pm on Sunday 24th December I was told by my leader that this was a very small tour and it was just me and couple. Imagine the thoughts going through my head, me and a couple, me third wheeling a couple for the next 7 days…… Last year I shared a room with a lovely girl called Taylor (this explained why this year a room mate never showed up, I didn’t have one!), and when we had down time and free time I would go off with my new friends to explore the new place we had arrived at. However this time, it would’ve been me and the couple and I cannot imagine they would’ve wanted to spend all their holiday with an English girl tagging along.

Anyway, I had to leave the meeting as I was about to burst into to tears. This is not what I had anticipated my trip to be like. I had picked Geckos as the website specifically says: ‘When people think ‘solo travel on a group trip’, they picture sitting alone while six couples snog around them and sing ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys. But it’s not really like that. Most Geckos’ travellers decide to roll solo. It’s pretty standard, and third-wheeling with a bunch of couples isn’t really what it’s about. Travelling alone on a group adventure means a) you get a ready-made crew of future besties, b) a local leader to stop you getting lost and feeling all scared inside and c) the option of picking your own room. So you can snore to your heart’s content. Pretty sweet, right?’ However my tour was going completely against what is written on their website, and I was to be third wheeling with a couple.

As a single female traveller I was not happy with these demographics, where were my ‘crew that’s got your back’ and my new ‘friends for life’? – This has all been quoted from the Gecko’s website and I have a screen grab below also.

I was very upset and unsure of what to do so called my friend via WhatsApp who was back in the UK. As I could not call Geckos from Thailand she called on my behalf and spoke to an agent. The agent informed my friend that I should’ve been told in advance that my trip was unusually small, however I had never been contacted. If I had been contacted and told this information, then I would not have continued with the booking or paid off the remaining balance and would’ve changed my flights to a different time of year.

I spoke to my tour guide and told him that I was not happy with the demographics and asked for his advice. He was not very well equipped and did not have a clue how to deal with an upset customer and did not have any advice for me so I went back to my room feeling lost, lonely and panicking that I would be stranded on my own in a foreign country.
I went back to speak to the guide and asked if I could join another tour, he made a phone call and said I could join another tour but did not have any suggestions as to which one to join as there was no other tours leaving from Bangkok so that wasn’t an option – if I am honest he had no clue on how to handle the situation and was very panicky. He also informed me that more people would be joining the tour on December 31st but it appeared to be two more couples (I was told this morning via email that 11 people were to join the tour)

I went back to my room feeling alone and very afraid and called my parents who could tell how distressed I was and booked me a new flight home. I did not want to be going on a tour with just another couple it would’ve been a very lonely experience and I would not have felt comfortable, especially as it was Christmas the next day.

Who wants to spend Christmas on their own when it is supposed to be the most magical time of the year. Instead of spending Christmas feeling excited on route to meet the elephants in Chiang Mai (which is one of the things I was most excited about), I spent Christmas on a flight home and my Christmas was completely ruined.

I arrived home late on Christmas day and out of pocket of £1823.37 and no good memories of my trip to Thailand. I emailed Intrepid a very detailed email who said they would respond in 20 business days. With no response after 20 business days I then chased a further 3 times for a reply, each time being told it was a busy time of year and I had to bear with them.
Last month I finally received a response that was the most impersonal email that had definitely been copied and pasted together and told that I did not give the tour a chance and would not be given any money back.

I am writing this post to share my experiences with you all as you have followed us on all our holidays and do not want you to risk booking with this travel company.

As mentioned at the beginning I booked with Gecko’s Adventures which is part of the Intrepid Travel group and I strongly advise that no one books a tour with any of their affiliated companies.

All opinions are my own

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!

Travelling The World Top 5 Bucket Lists

Our travel bucket list gets longer and longer by the day, we dream about visiting and exploring so many beautiful countries. Gradually we are ticking destinations off of our bucket list but at the same time we are adding more every single day.

We thought we would write a blog place about all the different locations we want to visit, brace yourselves this list could be long AND it may leave you really wanting a holiday we know it did us.

Maldives- Is anyone elses Instagram feed full of bloggers in Maldives? Ours certainly is and we are so JEALOUS! Maldives is definitely up there with being one of the top countries we would love to visit, those water bungalows are just too dreamy. The sea is crystal clear and they have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we better get saving!

Sri Lanka- We are already swooning over Sri Lanka; The wildlife, the scenery and the heritage is enough to make us jump on a plane tomorrow. We would love to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Cave Temples because they look absolutely stunning. We would also visit the Yala National Park in the hope that we would see some of our favourite animals. Dalawella beach is a definite must visit as well we would love to have a go jumping from the palm tree swing!

Bangkok- Rach has briefly visited Thailand before but would love to go back and explore but this time with Annie!

We would of course visit The Grand Palace – you cannot go to Bangkok and visit the Grand Palace, the name kinda describes what it is and the picture Rach took when she was there makes it look very opulent and beautiful.

We have heard so many things about the Khaosan Road, good and bad, but we really want to see what it’s all about! Apparently the shops are really good and you can buy souvenirs and the famous elephant pants for really cheap! Not to mention eat crickets, worms and whatever else tickles your fancy and enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two at one of the many bars. Damnoen Sadua (floating market) is also very popular in south east Asia and we visited one in Vietnam, so would love to go to the famous Damnoen Sadua in Bangkok.

Bahamas- Okay so we will be honest with you ever since we watched the Mary-Kate and Ashley film ‘Holiday In The Sun’ we have wanted to visit the Bahamas! The Bahamas has the worlds third largest barrier reef so we would of course have to go diving during our visit. The Bahamas as made up of lots of different islands 700 to be precise so we would definitely need to do a bit of research to ensure we pick the best, although we are sure none of them would disappoint!

Abu Dhabi- We have wanted to visit Abu Dhabi ever since we watched the Sex & The City movie- how incredible did it look! We have both been to Dubai and absolutely loved it so we have a cheeky feeling we will also love Abu Dhabi and a bonus is it doesn’t matter when in the year we visit because they have sunshine all year round. We would love to visit the desert.

This is a sponsored post with destination 2, All views are our own.

A Tourist Guide to Alcudia

Alcudia is one of the main tourist towns in the North of Majorca on the Eastern Coast and we can see why it is so popular with tourists and we can especially see why families are attracted.  We visited Alcudia in July 2017 and had a great time, we had been in Palma De Majorca the capital of Majorca for a few days before so it was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you are looking to book a holiday to Alcudia this year why not book it through Holiday Gems who sell amazing holidays to Alcudia!

Old Town- Many tourists visit Port De Alcudia and don’t realise Alcudia has an Old Town which in our eyes is the best thing about Alcudia.  Alcudia Old Town is surrounded by a Medieval Wall which is absolutely stunning. We wondered around the Old Town for hours weaving in and out of the quaint streets admiring the 13th century houses.

We stayed in Port De Alcudia in a hotel called EIX Alcudia (Adults only) it was a 2 minute walk from the beach, shops and restaurants. We walked to Alcudia Old Town for dinner a couple of times in the evening as it was only a 30 minute walk and by then the temperatures had dropped.

Eating dinner in Port De Alcudia- Port De Alcudia has a great selection of restaurants we were never stuck for choice and in fact we never had a bad meal. We would recommend eating by the Port the restaurants are great and you also get to look out at the port and if you are anything like us you will be dreaming about owning one of the incredible yachts that is mooring. Many of the restaurants will offer you a free jug of Sangria if you go to their restaurant which is a nice added bonus.

There are also a couple of bars along the port that have a relaxed atmosphere and a great cocktail menu. We enjoyed a couple of gin & tonics and the odd pint of beer (there is something about drinking beer in holiday) which we have to say were delicious and very refreshing in the hot July heat.

Bike Hire- We had a cloudy day in the middle of our holiday so we decided to hire bikes for the day, there are lots of places in Alcudia that you can hire bikes from so you won’t have any problems locating a bike hire shop. It was ridiculously cheap and only cost us 10 euros for the entire day, bargain! We cycled from Alcudia to Port De Pollenca which is a 6 mile cycle along the see front, we were really impressed as they had wide cycle lanes on the side of the road (much wider than in the UK) which made us feel safe whilst cycling on the road.

Port De Pollenca is a small town that again attracts thousands of tourists every summer, we wondered around and stopped off for an iced coffee which was delicious, we are glad we visited Port De Pollenca and we would definitely consider staying here if we were to visit Majorca again. It’s was definitely our favourite day of the holiday we love keeping active on holiday whilst exploring new places so this ticked both boxes.

Boat Trip- We love going on a boat trip and almost every holiday we make sure we fit one in so that’s exactly what we did when we were in Alcudia. We paid for the cheapest boat trip because it looked great but on hindsight we wish we had splashed out a bit and either hired our own boat or upgraded to the more expensive boat trip. The boat trip we went on was incredibly busy there wasn’t even enough space for everyone to sit down which was just mad, we felt like sardines. It’s important to note that Alcudia isn’t the first pick up point so when you get on the boat there are already guests on board so it really was a mad rush to find a space.

Palma De Majorca- If you are staying in Majorca for a couple of weeks we would definitely recommend a day trip to Palma De Majorca. We stayed here for 3 days before arriving in Alcudia and absolutely loved it. There is so much to do there you definitely won’t be bored.

If you do manage a trip to Palma then definitely try our Ice Wave they do the most delicious frozen yoghurt!

Enjoy your holiday, let us know if you have any questions about Alcudia, as always we are happy to answer!

We also vlogged our trip and you can watch all our videos! We have linked them below.

Please note this is a sponsored post with Holiday Gems.

A long weekend in Dubai

Dubai is the most amazing place we have ever visited, it feels like a dreamland – everything is so well serviced and so clean. However Dubai is also very expensive so we would recommend a long weekend there, 4-5 days will be plenty of time. However if you can afford to go for longer then you will not be bored as there is just SO MUCH to do/the weather is amazing so 2 weeks by a pool or by the beach is a dream come true! With the flight only taking 6 hours it not too bad to get to either.

One thing to point out that everything in Dubai is so spread out, you cannot really walk from place to place, however taxis are ridiculously cheap and one journey can sometimes only cos you £2!

We have done an itinery starting on a Thursday, as Dubai’s weekends are Friday and Saturday so you should definitely try and go for these days.

Day 1 (Thursday):

Zero Gravity Beach Club – this place is insane, you can go and drink and get merry or you can go a chill. We went on a Thursday so the atmosphere was very chilled. If you go on ladies day its a little busier and more lively. You pay entrance but you also get a meal token so its pretty good value.
The food is also amazing, there is lots on the menu and its delicious.
The place itself is gorgeous, you can sit by the infinity pool or on the beach. The pool is a great size and there are lots of bed, if there are lots of you you can get a large circle bed.
Make sure you take epic pictures at the infinity pool and also with the Dubai skyline.


Dinner at Pai Thai is the most amazing experience ever. This restaurant is in the Madinat Jumeirah hotel. If you get your taxi to drop you here you can then walk through the hotel, into their gardens and take a gondola to dinner. The setting is absolutely incredible and feels like a dream world. We would recommend the prawn red curry because it is simply delicious! We were dreaming about the curry for days and we personally believe it was just as good as the real thing in Thailand!
You can then take the gondola/boat back to anywhere you like, however we recommend going to the souks to have a wander around and maybe buy some souvenirs.

Day 2 (Friday):

This is the day for bottomless brunchin’ and it’s amazing! There are so many different ones to choose from, if you want a wild brunch with lots of dancing then go to Candypants at Habtoor Grand. If you want something more classy and where you can dress super super fancy then Saffron is where you want to go, plus this is in Atlantis The Palm. However the list is endless, so have a research and go where you fancy, you will not be disappointed!

Most of the brunch places have an after party, so head to the after party of your brunch or jump in a cab and go to another after party!

Day 3 (Saturday):

Head to the beach at JBR and its a free public beach, plus you can see camels. You can however pay for a bed and a towel to make that sunbathing experience more comfortable. Spend the day here and choose from the many restaurants along the beach front to grab some food. We recommend going to Eggspectation which as the name suggests most the dishes are egg based, so its a breakfast lovers dream!


Head to Karma Kafe for the most amazing dinner in the evening. Ensure you book a table outside so you can have views of the Burj Khalifa and the hourly fountain show that takes place at the The Dubai Fountain whilst tucking into delicious sushi.


This is just a whistle stop tour of Dubai however there are many other things that can be explored:
– A visit to the Dubai Mall is a must for all shopping lovers
– Pier 7 on Dubai Marina has a different restaurant on each of the 7 levels
– Boat Tour from Dubai Marina is the best way to see the skyline from the sea, not to mention seeing Atlantis the Palm and, The Palm and The World

5 UK Cities We Want to Visit in 2018

We do love to write about the places we have visited, but this time, we thought we would write a post about the cities we want to visit in the UK. City breaks are great because you can go away for a long weekend, and it can feel like you have been away for ages.


We have wanted to visit York for a while not only to see the beautiful cobbled streets but also to visit Betty’s. Of course, with us, it’s always food-related, but Betty’s Tea Rooms are famous in York, plus the food looks divine. However, we would be torn whether to go for brunch in the morning or for tea and cake in the afternoon because they both look so yummy — guess we could go for both.

We would also like to walk down The Shambles, which is the maze of twisting lanes that we have seen in lots of pictures. Of course, we would also visit the famous York Minister, which is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.


Canterbury is only an hour’s train ride away from London so it’s easily accessible and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of London.

Someone recommended we do a walking tour that takes 90 minutes, so we would definitely take part in that. We often go on walking tours when visiting a new city as firstly, we love walking, and secondly, it’s a great way to see all the city and learn about it. The tours leave twice a day, so you’ll be able to join one of them!


We stumbled across a blog post about Manchester once, and ever since then, we have wanted to visit! It seems like there is so much to do there, and it is so easy for us to get to Manchester from London!  We would start our day with a run through Heaton Park like we do with any trip we go on!

We would head down to the quays at night to grab some dinner along the waterfront. We feel like when in Manchester, you have to do something football-related, so we would do a football stadium tour.


Newcastle is another city in the north of the UK, and although it may be famous for that crazy TV show called Geordie Shore, it’s also a City we would love to visit!  Newcastle sure does have a crazy night out (including a treble vodka mixer for £5), but there’s much more to the city than that. We would  choose to walk over the Tyne Bridge, as we feel like that is a must if you ever visit Newcastle.


We have only ever heard good things about Edinburgh, so a visit will definitely be on the cards for 2018. As you probably already know, we love walking, so this would be the perfect city break, as we could visit Arthur’s Seat and challenge ourselves to climb the main mountain in Edinburgh. It wouldn’t be a trip to Edinburgh without a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle.

Have we left any cities off our list that you think we should visit? We would love to hear your recommendations; there are so many beautiful cities in the UK that we need to explore.

A Christmas Day in Bath

We went away to Bath recently for a girly trip away and oh my gosh we well and truly fell in love with the city it is beautiful and we cannot wait to return. There are so many things we want to do in Bath that we didn’t get the chance to do, our weekend was cut short due the snow which was such a shame but even more of a reason to go back.

Run- We always go for a run whenever we stay in a new city, we love waking up at the crack of dawn and getting outside when it is still nice and peaceful it’s the best way to explore a city. This time I was sadly alone but I had such a great run and ended up running 5 miles around Bath seeing sites I would never have seen otherwise. No one ever told me how hilly Bath was though my run started with an incline and pretty much went up and up but it’s true what they say what goes up must come down which was a nice way to end the run.

Brunch spots we want to visit- We made brunch at our apartment this time but if we return we would love to go to several brunch spots in Bath as they all look delicious. Brunch spots we have added to our list our; The Ivy Brasserie, Cosy Club & Boston Tea Party. We have been to several Ivy’s before but we just love them so would love to see what this one has to offer. Boston Tea Party is definitely top of the list though it looks super cute and quirky and the menu looks incredible.

Markets- Bath has become really well known for the Christmas markets and this is one of the reasons why we chose to go to Bath. Luckily we went when the markets were still up as they close on the 10th December (although we have heard rumours they may be extending next year). We loved the hustle and bustle as we walked the streets weaving in and out of the Christmas markets.

Coffee- would it really be a girly weekend away if we didn’t do a bit of coffee shop hopping? As a group we all love coffee and it’s the perfect place to sit down and have a catch up we don’t always get to spend good quality time together so it really was lovely. There are so many independent coffee shops around Bath and we really wanted to try some of them out but as you can imagine they were packed and with a group of six it was hard to get a table so this time we opted for Neros, but we have made note of other coffee shops we will have to go back to so stay tuned for another post!

Mulled wine in the Lodge- We love the Lodge we actually visited last year and spent all afternoon inside sipping on mulled wine so we had to go back again this year. It was the perfect place to stop after a long day of walking and shopping. Its super cosy inside (although you may have to wait for a seat they are in demand).

If you have never been to Bath before we would definitely recommend a visit we will be returning sooner rather than later! We had quite a chilled trip but next time we will be doing more activities and we will definitely we visiting the Roman baths!

Marrakech- The City That Comes Alive At Night

Before this year I had never been to Marrakech before and in fact I had never even thought about going there. It wasn’t until my sister happened to mention what a great time she had had when she visited a couple of years ago and how amazing the hotel was she stayed in.

During our time in Marrakech we opted to stay in an all-inclusive 4* resort which was close enough to the city centre, luckily our hotel put on a shuttle bus during the day which was perfect as it took us right into the centre of the Medina.

We visited the Medina in the day time arriving at roughly 11 o’clock, we headed straight to the square where there were a large selection of drinks stalls selling fresh juices for about 20p we couldn’t get over how cheap they were when in London you would be paying at least £4.50. The juices were amazing they were so fresh and made to order we got one orange and the other mango and they were both so delicious.

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The Medina in the day time was fairly quiet, there weren’t many tourists walking around instead it was locals trying to sell fresh local produce. We did notice however, there were a number of snake charmers in the square which was quite scary (especially if you are terrified of snakes) so we avoided them like the plague.

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When we returned to the Medina one evening the atmosphere was COMPLETELY different, as you can see from the title of this blog post it is literally the city that comes alive a night. The atmosphere was buzzing, there were hundreds of people walking around the Medina visiting the different performers, it was amazing and the hustle and bustle was exactly what we were expecting to see when we went in the day time.

Visiting the souks in the day and night were two completely different experiences and we would definitely urge everyone to visit in both the day and night. The souks are under cover keeping you out of the heat in the day which is amazing as it would be far too hot otherwise.

During the day time the souks were basically deserted, apart from the market stall holders and a few stray cats roaming around. Every stall and shop we passed would try and entice us in telling us all about their products. It is a known fact that you should barter with the shop keepers when in Marrakech so that is exactly what we did, it was so much fun and you could see the happiness in their eyes when you agreed on a price and purchased the item.


In the evening the souks are literally as busy as Oxford Street the shop keepers are occupied by customers who are already in their shops as this is obviously prime time for them to make their money. During the day we noticed locals riding through the souks on their mopeds and bikes which was something we kept having to dodge, we didn’t expect to still see this happening in the evening but I guess they have got to get home somehow.

As we were browsing the souks during the evening taking in the atmosphere and culture we happened to notice the young boys working in the souks all had their phones out watching something very intensely. We wondered for a moment what they were watching when we noticed it was football it’s funny that you can be in the middle of Marrakech and there are still young boys obsessed with football- the sport that speaks one language.

Food Stalls
When we first visited Marrakech in the day time we were looking for the food stalls as we had been told we had to visit them during our stay. We couldn’t for the life of us find the food stalls and it wasn’t until we returned back in the evening that we realised they were only set up at night.

The food stalls were such an experience and something we would definitely suggest everyone visit during their time at Marrakech. The men working on the stalls were hilarious, they were coming out with some hilarious English phrases; ‘M&S simply the best’, ‘you are well skinny minny, you must be starving marving’, ‘where are you from Wembley, Hackney, Chelsea Essex?’.

We decided to go back to the first man we spoke to as the food on their stall looked so delicious. We were seated at the table and all the staff behind started to sing ‘….’ It was hilarious and they were all so full of life.

We decided to try the mixed skewers, chicken tagine, vegetable cous cous and of course some of the traditional bread we saw being sold. It’s safe to say we were so full after so it was nice to finish the meal with a Moroccan tea (fresh mint) although they seem to like putting sugar in their mint tea in Morocco so it is incredibly sweet, I wasn’t a massive fan but that’s probably because I am not used to it.

We were lucky to have a shuttle bus at our hotel but we happened to notice lots of other hotels did as well. We would definitely recommend the shuttle bus/coach so if you are thinking of booking a hotel a bit of the way then find out if your hotel puts on this service.

If you want to use a taxi we would suggest using a taxi that your hotel recommends. We found that the same taxi drivers often sat outside the front of hotel. One evening we had to get a taxi back from The Medina as the last shuttle bus was at 8pm, all I can say is that if you want a real life experience of Grand Theft Auto then by all means go ahead and take a taxi because my gosh we did and it was the  scariest taxi ride of my life. We might have just been incredibly unlucky with our taxi driver but just be careful when you do get into a taxi as health and safety goes completely out of the window.

There are lots of horse and carts in The Medina that will take you around the city, we didn’t do this so we are not sure how much it would cost but everything in Marrakech is so cheap so it probably wouldn’t set you back too much.

Marrakech is an amazing city and like nowhere we have visited before, we would 100% recommend visiting!