Say yes to a girl’s holiday

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We have been going away with each other and our other girlfriends since we were 18. Our first girls holiday was in 2010 to Zante and we loved it. Since then we have been to Kavos, Portugal, Ibiza, Barcelona & Majorca. Although our holidays have changed a bit throughout the years we still have the most amazing time and have created unforgettable memories.

We have just got back from a girls holiday, which started in Barcelona on a hen do and ended in Majorca! We had been looking forward to this holiday for such a long time and it definitely did not disappoint. We had so much fun chilling, drinking and eating basically all day everyday.

In June 2016 we went to  Ibiza (which you can read all about here). We booked the holiday super last minute and before we knew it we were boarding the plane and on our way. We were away for five days and we honestly had the most amazing holiday. We fully relaxed and it was just what we needed after months of solid work. we split our days up by doing a mixture of chilling by the pool and taking part in fun activities such as a boat trip to Formentera. We also had to go to a pool party because lets be honest you cant go to Ibiza and not go to at least one pool party.

Holidays can be expensive but they don’t have to be, we paid no more than £200 for our trip to Ibiza which included our flights, hotel, food and drink (we were all inclusive). If you can’t afford £200 then why not look for a holiday in the UK we have had some brilliant weekends away that barely cost anything.

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Reasons why a girls holiday could be just what you need

Girly pool chats are the best, we discuss everything and anything! It’s the perfect time to discuss anything that you have been meaning to get off your chest for the past few months. In Ibiza we had pool chats every day with an iced coffee or Mojito in hand and it really helped us make decisions about what we needed to change in our lives on our return.

You will be sure to laugh constantly the sort of laughing that makes you cry and leaves you with tummy cramps.  We always come back from a holiday feeling like we have done a full week of AB workouts.

Days, weeks and months can fly by and you suddenly realise you haven’t seen your friends. Going on holiday always reminds you of how much fun you have when you are together and the importance of keeping the friendships going.

Going on holiday with a partner or your family is AMAZING but they don’t always get it when you need the perfect Instagram shot! That’s when you need your girls there helping you find the dreamiest backdrop.

Lots of dancing takes place on a girl’s holiday which is sure to put you in the best mood ever, need we say anymore?

We cant wait to go away on lots more girly holiday! Have you got any in the pipeline?

 

How to stay safe when travelling

Travelling and going on holiday is a very exciting time but its also important to stay safe when travelling too. We have compiled a list of things to do or have that will keep you safe when globetrotting around the world!

Bum bag – we love our bum/bun bags or fanny packs as the Americans call them. We are unsure of the proper name to be honest but you know what we mean. These are great to wear to the airport so that your passport is easily accessible. We often find at airports your constantly having to get our your passport, get our your boarding pass and fumbling in our rucksack of handbag is a pain. A bum bag means your essentials are close by at all times. A fanny pack is also great when travelling around and means your valuables are close to you as possible. We have both a fashion fanny pack and then one that you can wear under clothes. Both are useful but we use our fashion one more.

Fake wallet – this is such a good thing to have especially when going to a poorer country where getting mugged could be more likely. We carry a fake wallet with us with old/expired debit cards visible. This means if someone demands we hand over our wallet we have a fake one to hand over.

Pay for the safe / locker – we recommend using the safe in your hotel or using the lockers in a hostel. This means all your valuables are safe and secure and will also be covered by insurance.
Hide your money in a sanitary towel– you may laugh but it is something we always do! Sometimes we don’t trust the safe in the hotel so we will hide/distribute our money around our stuff and hiding money in sanitary towels is our little secret!

Portable phone charger – this is one of the best purchases ever and means our phone will never run out of battery. Your phone is one of the most important means of contacting people if you ever get into trouble, therefore make sure its always got enough power

Last seen on Whatsapp – if you turn your last seen off (we sure do!), then maybe consider turning it on when away so your friends and family know you are okay. If you haven’t replied and haven’t been online then people will know that its most likely because you haven’t got any wifi/signal or are in the middle of no where.

Take photos of all your documents – take photos but also print our photocopies/scans. This is important in case you lose your passport or anything. You may also need these documents for obtaining visas.

Travel insurance – we feel a bit silly putting this on here because its a given, however holiday makers aged 18-24 are most likely to travel with no insurance and 1/4 of Brits go abroad without travel insurance. This is super important and means you are covered should anything go wrong.

Bring your E1 11 – when we go away our parents always make sure we have our E1 11 with us. Now we are not entirely sure what it is for but know its something medical related. If our parents want us to bring it then it must be important – make sure you pack this card!

Plan your route – always plan ahead, be it the journey from airport to hotel, or having a rough idea of how you want to travel around South East Asia. Making sure you have a mini plan will ensure you stay safe.

Pick up a taxi firm card only get in a registered taxi – pick one a taxi card up from the hotel/airport or tourist information point. This will ensure you only get in a safe and registered taxi.

Pick up hotel/hostel address card – when travelling on a group tour around Asia every time we got to a hotel our guide gave us the hotel card with address etc on it. This was very handy as when trying to get home we just showed our taxi (tuk tuk) driver the hotel card. When in a foreign country and you cannot pronounce the name of the hotel or the street name this is a life saver!

and finally, be street wise – always have your wits about you.

But most importantly HAVE FUN!

An Amtrak Adventure

We have always wanted to explore the U.S. via Amtrak, as we love the idea of visiting the country via train or bus. We have heard and read lots of good reviews about Amtrak, especially that it’s known for being very reliable and offering a comfy mode of transport. We have planned our route below so you can use it for inspiration. We have visited some of the cities before, but we’d jump at the chance of going again!

San Francisco

We would start our trip in San Fran, as it’s a city that everyone falls in love with immediately. We definitely recommend hiring bikes and cycling over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. We would suggest taking the longer scenic route and then taking the boat back to the city after a long day of exploring.

You can’t write a post without mentioning food, especially when visiting America. You have to visit In-N-Out Burger, which is a burger joint that’s only in six states. You also have to try the bread bowls filled with chili con carne or seafood chowder, as they are specialities in San Fran.

“The Princess Diaries” is one of our favourite movies filmed in San Fran. Of course, we would take a ride on the tram and hop off and visit the amusement arcade to reenact that famous seen with the Queen of Genovia.

Los Angeles

We would definitely take a trip to the famous Barry’s Bootcamp and end the workout with a delicious shake in the summer sunshine. When in LA, you must visit the Hollywood sign. Take a walk to the Observatory Griffith to get that Instagram shot.

We would also visit the Walk of Fame, where there are over 2,500 brass stars on 18 city blocks. We would take a long walk and try to spot our favourite celebrities and public figures.

San Diego

We would of course love to visit Belmont Park and take a ride on the Giant Dipper. It was constructed in 1925, but it’s still the centrepiece of Belmont Park. We love amusement parks, and Belmont Park looks like so much fun.

We would also love to try a fish taco in San Diego. We would go to Oscar’s, as we’ve heard this spot sells the best fish tacos in town. We’ve been told we may have to stand in line, but it would definitely be worth the wait.

Las Vegas 

You can’t visit Vegas without stopping by a famous pool party. We love the Wynn and the Encore. They’re so much fun, and the atmosphere is incredible at both.

We would also spend an evening dancing the night away at Drais, which is a rooftop pool and nightclub that overlooks the Strip. You should also watch the incredible water display at the Fountains of Bellagio. It takes place seven days a week, and you can find the timetable here.

To take a break from a busy Las Vegas schedule, we would take a day trip to the Grand Canyon for the breathtaking views. If you have cash to splash, then you should definitely opt for a helicopter ride for an experience you’ll never forget.

Albuquerque 

We have always wanted to visit Albuquerque, New Mexico, so we would set aside a few extra days to visit and properly explore this city. During our trip, we would stay at one of these hotels close to the Amtrak station.

We would kick our trip off with a tour of the Old Town, as we have heard it’s a reflection of the city’s Native American and Spanish heritage. We would also love to visit the ABQ BioPark, Paseo del Bosque, Petroglyph National Monument, and Sandia Peak Tramway.

New York

After spending a few days in Albuquerque, we would fly to New York. We would end our trip here because you can’t go all the way to America without visiting the Big Apple. You can read all about what we would get up to in Brooklyn here.

Now, where are our passports? We need to make this dream a reality pronto!

Whats in our hand luggage

For some people they will only travel with hand luggage – putting baggage in the hold is just so expensive anyway! When we go on short holidays we will ALWAYS travel with hand luggage, whats the point in paying the extra when you can usually fit everything into a small wheelie suitcase anyway. Additionally it means that you have your luggage with you all the time so as soon as you get off the plane there is none of that faffing about waiting for the carousel, plus the little panic when your suitcase still hasn’t appeared isn’t fun at all.

However for those longer holidays where you have check bags we thought we would share our hand luggage essentials so your holiday can run as smooth as ever.

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1) Spare underwear/clothes – this is number 1 because its SO essential you do this. If by that very unfortunate event your suitcase ends up halfway across the world in China you need to have some spare clothes and of course spare swimwear. We always pack a spare bikini and underwear in the event this might (and we hope never) happen.

2) Phone – this is most probs a given as we know everyone these days are glued to their phones, however it has to be on our list anyway. These days you can download the airline app and have your boarding pass on your phone, we LOVE this and it saves that stress of printing or losing your paper ticket. Paper is so old school now anyway 😉

3) Portable charger and cable – this is vital for your hand luggage to keep your devices fully charged. The cable is important because some airports have charging points and some planes also have charging sockets, so you will never have to worry about your phone running out of battery.

4) Magazine/books – you have to have something to read to occupy your time and in case of a delay too! We always treat ourselves to a magazine for holiday, because we rarely buy them otherwise. Plus once you have the magazines you can also read them by the pool. If you don’t want to carry so many books we recommend downloading kindle app to your phone or tablet, or even purchase a kindle.

5) Headphones – we use our headphones to listen to music on the flight or at the airport. However we often download programmes to watch on the flight onto our tablet, so will use headphones to catch up on our favourite TV show.

6) Moisturiser/lip balm/toothpaste & toothbrush – planes can make you feel so dry due to the air con so we always carry moisturiser and lip balm with us to keep our hands and lips moisturised. Brushing your teeth can make you feel ten times better about yourself and if you are travelling long haul then we would definitely recommend this one.

7) Socks – planes can be so so cold due to the air con, therefore we will always bring a pair of socks in our hand luggage – there is nothing worse than feeling cold on the plane. However if you are on a long haul flight they will provide you with socks!

8) Eye Mask – if you are on a night flight or a long flight then an eye mask will be your best friend! Eye masks are so small and easy to fit in your hand luggage, and may make that long plane journey not feel so long!

9) Local guide book – you may as well kill some time by flicking through the guidebook and getting ahead of the game with planning your trip.

10) Pen & paper – We always make sure we carry a pen and some paper with us. We always find we spend the plane journey planning the holiday and writing down the things we want to do and places we want to see, this often involves flicking through a guide book (see point 9!). Sometimes we draft out a mini itinerary too to make sure we fit everything in.

11) Anti-bacterial hand gel – this is a necessity as you never know what you are going to touch or if there will be any tissues to dry your hands. In addition aeroplane toilets are not exactly the nicest! We love ones that smell nice and fruity!

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Happy travels! 

Budapest Brunchin’

Brunch seems to be taking over the world and any new place you visit is likely to serve brunch and Budapest was no exception.

If you are visiting Budapest then you will sure be able to get your brunch fix, but where to go is the question as there are so many to choose from!

London coffee society
Okay you are in Budapest, but this place is London themed. Don’t let this put you off because this place is pretty cool. Located on a quiet street its not necessarily somewhere you would just stumble upon or end up. Even from the outside this place looks pretty cool, there are 3 tables outside which only seat 2 people per table. The inside is very quirky with a London theme, there is even a platform and 3/4 upstairs, along with a very grand clock. The menu is awesome and pretty healthy. All the dishes have a unique twist to them. The beetroot, avocados and salmon on toast is covered in pomegranate and is different but delicious. You can also choose from a variety of toast dishes but also smoothie//yogurt bowls. There are lots of different coffees too, including iced coffee. There is also a selection of healthy sweet treats including avocado chocolate brownies, which are yummy!! You can also orders pastries or sandwiches.

 

Stika
This cafe is in a popular area of Pest and close to lots of things. You can sit inside or outside and the menu is large and caters for all. The breakfast/brunch menu is very egg cantered and there are different varieties of eggs to choose from. This place was set up by 2 brothers and they will always be wearing bow ties! Definitely give this a visit when in Budapest, although the pictures are enough to tempt you!

 


A la Maison Grande
This place has such cool feel to it. It feels part French but also very typically English too. The menu is large and there is so much to choose. From egg dishes, French toast, waffles and pancakes. This place is popular so if you want to eat outside then we advise you to book in advance, as the terrace out the front is very small.
The place is also very busy so the staff are very rushed and not as attentive as they could be, and it takes a while to be served or to get the bill etc so bear this in mind!

 

Emile
This amazing place is such a hidden gem. Located on the Buda side you would NEVER visit if you didn’t know it was there. We had to take a taxi there because it’s at least an hour walk from pest! This place is located i the most random place ever, it is very very posh and kinda feels like you are in Beverly Hills 90201!!! The courtyard is stunning and has lots of tables with u breakfast, but they also comfy little pods to sit in too. The breakfast menu is small and the portion sizes are also small. However the setting makes up for it! The food however did taste amazing, just could’ve eaten the meal 3 times over!! You can have eggs on waffles or waffles and fruit. However the iced coffee was the best sampled in Budapest. It was incredible, plus there was cream on top!!

 

Szimply
Really really wish we visited here because their Instagram is SO dreamy. We were recommended this place too, however its super healthy and different and we didn’t think the boys we were with would appreciate it. However, after speaking to many people this is the best brunch in Budapest, so guess you will have to try for us and let us know what its like!

Disneyland Paris Top 10

There is so much to see and do at Disneyland Paris that we thought following our recent visit we would write a post so that you don’t miss out on all our favourite parts of the park

1) Firework Display – lots of people do not realise but at close of the park there is the most amazing firework display. As the display is at close the time of it can vary throughout the year, the park usually stays open a little later in the summer than in the winter. The firework display also changes depending on the time of year you visit as they like to update it to be in keeping with the current films and popular characters. The display is amazing, there is music and images are projected onto the castle whilst an epic firework display happens – all at the same time! This is the one thing that is not to be missed!


2) Parade – The parade happens (weather permitting) everyday. Again the time of the parade can vary, its usually either at 3pm/5pm/5.30pm . The parade is a magical event full of all the popular characters parading down Mainstreet to a catchy tune. It pays to get yourself a spot for the parade early. People start sitting down on the sidewalk up to 45 minutes before the parade starts. You want a spot so when you take pictures the castle is in the background – this is the ideal anyway! We recommend grabbing a coffee (its it cold), or an ice cream if its hot and making yourself comfortable on the sidewalk to grab your spot! Make sure your camera is ready to take pictures and some of the characters may even come up to you and interact with you!


3) Buffalo Bills Wild West Show – this is at 6pm and 9pm (at time of writing) and we think is excellent. You watch a fantastic show featuring Mickey and his friends along with some real life animals and stunts whilst tucking into the tastiest 3 course meal. They also refill your beer constantly throughout the show! This is one that is not to be missed and is ideal for all.

4) Character meet and greet – you cannot go to Disneyland and not get a picture with your favourite character. On arriving to the park make sure you pick up a guide with all the timings in it. Then pick the character(s) you want to see and go and queue to see them. You have to be prepared to queue and wait your turn but its definitely worth the wait. Depending on the characters you want to see you will either be queuing inside or outside. In Disneyland you will queue inside to the see Mickey and the Princesses, however in Studios you have to queue outside to see Mickey. For children you can get the characters to sign your autograph book. These books can be bought from any merchandise store, however you will also have to buy the pen too. The characters can only sign using a special (thicker) pen so you need to buy one of these too!

5) Character dining – dining with the characters is so much fun and you can have character dining at Auberge de Cendrillon, Inventions and Plaza Gardens Restaurant. Character breakfast is our favourite! This is the most magical experience ever but must be booked way in advance.

6) RIDES! – we have put our favourite and must queue rides for you all to enjoy!
6a) Big Thunder Mountain – this has recently been reopened and its such a fab roller-coaster. The ride is so much longer than you expect it to be, it goes very fast but doesn’t go upside down. Try and get fast passes for this ride for sure!
6b) Rockin Roller-coaster – the ride goes upside down so be warned, it goes very very fast and does plenty of loop de loops! There is loud pumping music whilst you scream your head off!
6c) Indiana Jones – this is such a classic and we love it. Its even more fun going on this ride in the evening when its dark.
6d) It’s a small world – you cannot go to Disney and not go on this ride and get the song stuck in your head – its a small world after-all……
6e) Pirates of the Caribbean – the crazy thing about this ride is that it is not based on the film, rather the film was inspired by the first ride! Walt imagined this ride just before he passed away and its so good. You can also go on this ride in America too, and if you are lucky Johnny Depp might make an appearance. This ride is suitable for all and you sit in a large boat and go on a journey around the pirate world.
6f) Crush’s Coaster – as the name suggests this is a Finding Nemo/Dory themed roller-coaster. This is a good one to help introduce the young ones to a roller-coaster, and parents love it too!

7) Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular – you HAVE to watch this show at the Studios. Its an amazing car show with fire and lots of cool stunts. We love this show and cannot recommend it enough.

8) Shops – make sure you visit the shops to look at all the amazing merchandise you can purchase. Al the merchandise is exclusive to the parks so you won’t be able to buy it anywhere else. We love our Mickey Ears and we just HAD to buy them, plus look how cute they look!

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9) Disneyland Hotel – if you have all the money in the world then you HAVE to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. We haven’t stayed ourselves but it is a dream of ours. You are literally staying right at the entrance to the hotel and can imagine you can see the castle from your hotel window! The hotel is the best hotel in all of Disneyland Paris resort so if you are wanting that super magical visit then this is a must stay. Imagine watching the fireworks at the end of the day from the comfort of your hotel room…. two girls can dream eh!

10) Photopass – why not get a Disney photopass to capture all the memories from your time at DLP. Whenever you get your picture taken, be on a ride or with a character you can get it saved/downloaded to your photopass. You have 10 days to buy and download the pictures, or even have the special pictures printed.