Amazing Places to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, there are literally endless opportunities for you to go glamping, enjoy the scenery as you go for a run, or explore clear waters whilst you recline on the beach. So, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the perfect place for your exploits, which is why we’ve decided to narrow it down for you by selecting some of the locations we would love to visit for incredible outdoor adventures (guess we better start saving)…

GLAMPING IN BALI

Glamping, as you will probably know is a combination of ‘glamourous’ and ‘camping’. Basically, it’s camping with all of the luxuries you don’t usually get when you’re just plain old camping.

One of the best places to go glamping has to be at the Sandat Glamping Tents in Ubud, Bali. Why? Because the weather is amazing, as are the views, Located in pretty paddy fields, this glamping site looks perfect for quiet relaxation in natural surroundings. There’s a communal swimming pool and a shuttle service to nearby cities, that’s if you can drag yourself away from the amazing massages.

CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA

If you prefer the normal, rougher sort of camping, then before you shop for camping gear, be sure to book a space at the Broken Hill Tourist Park in New South Wales, Why? Because you’ll get the authentic outback experience in this rather rustic location! It looks so incredible!

HIKING IN CHILE

If you’re a lover of active holidays and hiking is your thing (we love hiking) but there is nothing worse than hiking with a backpack that doesn’t fit you properly or is slightly on the old side! Why not treat yourself to a new backpack before heading to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This location is home to a globally-renowned trail where you will see exotic landscapes, as well as some incredible wildlife. Lay your head at the EcoCamp in Patagonia – the first sustainable dome hotel on the planet, for amazing views of the starry night sky and an experience that you will never forget.

DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES

If you prefer to spend most of your travel time in the water than on the beach, then you’ll fall in love with the island of Malapascua just like we have. The waters are clear and blue, and you can even swim with thresher sharks wow! An idyllic paradise island in the Philippines, which we have read has incredible exotic marine life and the prettiest coral gardens. We have also been advised to go diving at night as it’s even more magical and exciting.

ROCK CLIMBING IN ENGLAND

If it’s rock climbing that floats your boat, then you don’t have to look any further than England – the Lake District to be Specific. As well as being known for its spectacular and romantic views, there are more than a few challenging mountain climbs to be found in the lake district. We would love to climb the Hardknott Pass and have been advised this is the best place to start!

GLAMPING IN SCOTLAND

It may not be as exciting as some of the above but we are going Glamping in May in Edinburgh and we are so excited. A full blog post of our review will be coming your way soon. We love the idea of Glamping especially when there is a delicious breakfast hamper to wake up to in the morning!

What are your favourite locations for enjoying the great outdoors?

2018 To Do List

There is so much we want to do and we feel like 2018 is going to be the year were we do tonnes of fun things. We have a to do list as long as a piece of string of brunch spots we wat to try, places we want to visit, fitness goals we want to achieve and YouTube videos we want to film.

We are so excited for 2018 and it couldn’t have come at a better time, we needed a little bit of motivation to get us back on the track and to start smashing some goals.

Some of our 2018 to do list can be found below:

Run Jersey Half Marathon

Visit Edinburgh

Eat brunch at Dalloway Terrace

Film more sit down YouTube videos

Go on a bike ride

Annual trip to Brighton

Try and grow out YouTube channel

Go away somewhere hot

Host a blogging event

Work with new brands

Improve our engagement on Instagram

Run to a chosen destination, get brunch and get the train back

Celebrate turning 26 in style (gosh we are getting old)

Try two new gym classes in London

Film work out videos

Meet some blogger friends

Make time to see each other

Make sure our to do list keeps growing, weird but it keeps us motivated

This is of course just a snapshot of what we hope to achieve and do in 2018! We will be posting all about our adventures over the next year so make sure you keep reading!

What’s on your 2018 to do list?

My Vietnam Homestay experience

Whilst in Vietnam (long post to follow), we went to a homestay which is exactly as the name describes – you stay in someone’s home. This was a great way to experience Cambodian life in the heart of the country. We arrived by our bus and then had to get off at the edge of the village and walk the rest of the way to where the family lived.

We were greeted by the owner of the homestay who was very friendly and picked our rooms/beds.I was with my 3 other girlies on matressss on the floor!

We then headed straight out for a walk around the village, we stopped to see local houses and ‘kitchens’, which are basically huts with a stove. We saw how the locals grew their own fruit and vegetable and got around by boat or motorbike. We also met some lovely Vietnamese children who were so happy and loved to wave at us!

We returned to the home for some chill time where we played card games.Then the women of the house taught us how to make savoury traditional pancakes which we also got to eat! They tasted delicious and were filled with beef and vegetables.

We then all sat around and ate the most incredible home made feast: pumpkin soup, spring rolls, prawn crackers, rice, green beans, tofu and pork curry. Everything tasted INCREDIBLE!

We spent the evening chatting before heading to bed for an early night. The locals all go to bed 9.30pm latest! We slept with mosquito nets to protect us from not only the mosquitos but all the large lizards and rats! Despite this and sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the humidity I slept very well!

I loved experiencing a homestay and think it’s a great way to experience the local way of living and something everyone should do when visiting a new country if possible.

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BLOGMAS Day 22- Christmas in London

We love living in London at Christmas, it always get you in the festive mood and there is so much going on to see and do! We thought we would put our favourites things to do in London at Christmas for you all to spread the festive cheer! The below are in no particular order!
Carnaby Street- Carnaby Street always have some cool and different Christmas lights that are great to go and see. We love Carnaby Street because it’s not a busy as Oxford Street but has some really cute shops. Carnaby Street starts with Liberty’s which is such an amazing department store and very typically English. We love browsing there at Christmas, even if we cannot afford to buy anything! Along Carnaby Street are some fab shops such as……… There are also some great places to eat which can be found along Carnaby Street and also in Kingly Court. Why not try Mother Mash, Dirty Bones or The Diner.
Christmas Carol Concert- There are so many carol concerts happening in London during advent so you have plenty to chose from depending on your location. There’s a great range of concerts at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, with a concert that’s even dedicated to Christmas shoppers! Langham Place the church next to the BBC also have a lot of carol concerts to go to. Or why not visit the famous St Paul’s Cathedral, we went to a lovely family Carol concert on a Saturday afternoon and it was lovely.
Winter Wonderland- It might look and seem super tacky but what a better way to feel Christmassy than a visit to Winter Wonderland. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary of being open so putting on some cool displays. Winter Wonderland can sometimes be very busy, so be prepared to queue!
London’s Southbank- Why not spend the afternoon or evening around the iconic London eye visiting the Southbank Christmas market and treat yourself to some mulled wine and browse the cute Christmas stalls. Walk a little further along the river and there’s another market outside the Tate Modern.
Covent Garden- We love Covent Garden, it’s such a fab little place to visit with lots of shops and restaurants. There is also lots going on here as the street artists love to perform here. You are more than likely to see a Christmas choir perform when you visit! The lights at Covent Garden are always beautiful so worth a visit. If you are going to the theatre in London’s West End then Covent Garden is a great place to go for dinner beforehand!
Roof Top Bar- For those who like to enjoy a drink or two, why not try London’s many roof top bars. We love Pergola on the Roof at London’s Westfield White City.

Sheffield Shenanigans

We planned a mini break to Sheffield a while ago, and got a great deal on a 2 night stay at the Hilton. We left at 6.30ish on Friday evening and drove up the M1 all the way to Sheffield, Friday night traffic and a couple of accidents we arrived 3 hours later! Straight to bed for us ready to hit the next day. Annie and I got up at 8ish for a run. As I went to University in Sheffield I took Annie on my old 10km route around the city. It was the most beautiful morning and the run felt incredible. We ran through a park too which was nice and took some cool photos of autumn leaves.

We got back to the hotel and got ready for breakfast, we had high expectations for the breakfast, especially as breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, and sadly it was a disappointment, I have most definitely eaten better breakfasts elsewhere. We then headed to the city centre to explore and do some shopping. We wandered around the city buying new clothes and bits and bobs for winter before heading to Ecclesall Road which is where Rachel used to live. The road is a beautiful tree lined road full of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and gift shops. We headed to Couch for a coffee, we had an iced coffee and shared a large slice of Chocolate Orange cake. We chilled in the cosy café for a while, watching the world go by. Then I took them to the Botanical Gardens, which are these gardens that are kind of a mini version of Kew Gardens. We then went for a wander around Endcliffe Park to get those steps up! We still had some time to kill before our early dinner reservations so popped into some gift shops and charity shops. I got an underwater camera for £5!

We then headed to Graze Inn for dinner and ooogled at the menu which had soooo much to choose from. Annie and I both went for the half chicken which came with 3 sides each! For £12.95 an absolute bargain and shows how we get so ripped off in London! The dinner was soooo tasty, I just wish I had room for dessert as the tasting platter looked amazing!

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We headed back to the hotel to get ready for our night, we glammed ourselves up and before we knew it the taxi had arrived. I had pre-booked the disco taxi for the girls as a surprise which was such a laugh!

We ended up going on a mini bar crawl dancing the night away before heading back to the hotel at 2am.

The following day we woke up to miserable weather and headed to breakfast. We stuffed our faces with food and then got ready to check out. We walked across Sheffield back to my car and the I drove us to Matlock. We wandered around Matlock and then headed to Matlock Baths. Matlock Baths is a strange place that looks like a seaside town where all motor bikers seems to congregate. We had fish and chips at a restaurant and then it was back to the car for the 3 hour journey home.

We love visiting new places in England and cannot wait for our next weekend break at the beginning of December. We are unsure where to go so any suggestions are welcome……!

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!