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.

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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.

https://youtu.be/Xu9vbE5d-NQ

https://youtu.be/By59EUBq9hM

https://youtu.be/jtC8NB4ktDc

https://youtu.be/dEap_brXn3I

Please note this is a sponsored post with Holiday Gems.

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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.

York

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

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!

Manchester

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

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.

Edinburgh

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.

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.

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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.

Souks
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.

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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.

Transport
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!

EIX Alcudia Hotel Review 

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During our trip to Mallorca we decided to stay in Alcudia a seaside resort about 45 minutes away from Palma. The hotel we stayed at was called EIX Alcudia. It was in fact an adults only hotel which we have never stayed in before so we were interested to see if there was any difference in our experience.

Upon arriving at the hotel the reception staff handed us each a cold glass of cava, this was a lovely surprise and incredibly refreshing seeing as we had just driven 45 minutes in a taxi with no aircon. We booked the hotel directly through the hotels website as they promised a free airport transfer. We did try and get in contact with the hotel before our stay to book the transfer but we didn’t hear back from them so unfortunately we did have to pay for a taxi.

We were able to check into our room slightly early which was a result and meant we could settle in right away. Our rooms were a decent size and very clean, we were particularly impressed to see we had been given a room with a balcony overlooking the Swimming pools.

We didn’t realise the hotel had two pools, there was a large rectangle pool and also a curved pool which were separated by a bridge. We spent the majority of our time by the smaller curved pool as we preferred the atmosphere and the steps that led you into the pool where perfect for sunbathing on.

The hotel did state they had a gym so of course we had to check it out whilst we were there. We wouldn’t really call it a gym it was the smallest hotel gym we ever seen the cross trainer was practically next to the jacuzzi, needless to say we didn’t go back. When we were taking a look we did happen to notice the spa facilities on offer at the hotel. There was a jacuzzi as mentioned previously but also a sauna and steam room.

The breakfast choice was amazing they had everything you can imagine on offer (minus smoked salmon). The fry up was pretty impressive if you are into them, imagine 3 or 4 different types of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. They had an egg chef that would prepare made to order omelettes, he was also in charge of cooking pancakes, waffles and friend eggs. We also happened to notice they had cava on offer which is something we haven’t seen before.  We also loved the fact you could sit outside and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.

The Internet connection at the hotel was amazing, we got so much work done on this holiday and we were able to upload our vlogs go YouTube daily which was amazing.

We had a cloudy day in the middle of our stay and one of the reasons we booked this hotel was because we knew they had bike hiring facilities. We went to reception to book our bikes for the day and we were picked up in a minibus and taken to the bike shop. It was ridiculously cheap only costing something like €10 for the entire day.

We mentioned earlier about the free shuttle bus service that came with the hotel, the day before we departed the hotel we spoke to the receptionist who contacted the shuttle bus service and arranged our transfer. There was a bit of confusion at first as the shuttle bus company couldn’t find us on the system, but once we explained that no one replied to our email about use arranging it they seemed fine.

If we were to go back to Alcudia we would definitely stay at this hotel again the location was perfect, it was less than a five minute walk to the beach, shops and restaurant which was ideal.

If you have any other questions about the hotel please do let us know, so we can answer them for you.

 

Ways to keep you entertained on holiday by the pool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drink cocktails- need we say more?

 

TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel Review 

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Recently we went on holiday to Mallorca and during our time there we stayed in Palma for three nights. We stayed in a Melia group hotel called TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel.

We arrived at the hotel at 22:00, checked in and went up to our room. The room we had been allocated upon arrival was spacious and very clean, the bed was comfy and we had a great nights sleep (all that travelling knocked us out). We woke up early and went for a morning run, on our return we had a shower and noticed a strange smell coming through the drains. We decided to go down to reception to voice our concerns and the staff on reception were great and immediately moved us to a new room which had a lovely view of the port.

We had to a wait a few hours for our new room to be ready and because of this the guest relations manager offered us free breakfast for the remainder of our trip. If you know us at all you will understand how happy this made us we LOVE breakfast.

The breakfast was incredible, we love hotel breakfasts and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did they have a great variety of products the quality of the food was also amazing. We have noticed that lots of hotels are now offering a wide variety of milks including lots of non dairy options which we absolutely loved. We loved the fact you could also sit outside and enjoy the breakfast, quite a few hotels like you to sit inside whilst eating which is something that really annoys us. If we went back to this hotel we would definitely book the breakfast there is nothing we could fault.

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The pool was a decent size but the sun beds were rather cramped. It was a nice surprise to see they provided towels at the pool, we didn’t actually use our own towels all week which we wish we new before because towels are dam heavy! One thing we noticed is the lack of music being played at the pool, we love a bit of music at the pool but maybe that’s the norm when your not at a cheap hotel!

We didn’t actually use the gym at this hotel but we did go and check it out while we were there. The gym at the hotel was a decent size and it was well equipped for a hotel gym. They had several machines and lots of free weights etc. We got the impression the hotel was used business conferences etc so it’s a good gym for individuals that are away on business.

Taxis were always waiting outside the hotel which was incredibly handy, especially if you want to hop in a taxi and visit another part of the island.

The wifi at this hotel wasn’t great in our room which was the place we were mainly using wifi (uploading YouTube videos was painful). Wifi in the communal areas was far better and we were not the only ones desperately trying to get a wifi connection over breakfast because we nearly chucked the laptop against the wall waiting for our YouTube video to upload in our room.

The aircon was brilliant and we loved the fact there was a dial next to the bed for us to use at night if we wanted to turn the aircon up or down. We didn’t have to pay extra for the aircon either like you do in some hotels which was nice.

The location of the hotel was superb, we were a 15 minute walk away from the town centre where there were lots of shops and restaurants to eat at. There were also several restaurants opposite the hotel on port which offered a very picturesque view.

7 ways to keep you entertained at the airport

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We love the airport. Its one of our favourite parts about going on holiday, so much so that we often give ourselves longer a the airport than we actually need.

No matter how much you love the airport no one wants to see the words ‘delayed’ pop up on the screen because if there is one thing we love more than the airport its sitting by the pool with a cocktail in hand. Instead of being trapped trapped inside an airport when its not your own choice.

We decided to collate a list of ways to keep you entertained when you do see the dreaded word ‘DELAYED’ appear right before your eyes.

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1). Treat yourself to a coffee and a bite to eat- usually by the time you are through security you just about have time for a coffee and before you know it your gate it open and you are boarding your flight. If your flight it delayed your airline may even give you free food and drink vouchers.

2). Shop around duty free- buy a magazine or a book, treat yourself to something that you have been eyeing up for a while because airport money isn’t real money its Monopoly money right? At least that’s what we tell ourselves!

3). Pay to be upgraded to business class lounge- we recently did this and oh my gosh it was definitely worth it. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast served with prosecco of course, unlimited wifi and free magazines.

4). People watch- this is literally one of our favourite things to do in life! It is so fascinating watching people and trying to figure out there lives etc just make sure you don’t get caught staring as that could be slightly awkward.

5). Make sure you have downloaded a selection of programmes to watch on your Ipad/tablet/phone- this is a must for any flight, we always make sure we have a selection of programmes downloaded on our Ipads. We always pack our headphone splitter so we can enjoy programmes together as well.

6). Use it as a time to research the country you are visiting- we are usually quite organised with our planning and most of the time we lists of places we want to visit and things we want to see but there is no harm in looking at more hashtags on Instagram and lusting over some delicious brunch spots. If you have purchased and tourist book of the city or country you are visiting then this would be the perfect time to sit down and do some reading.

7). Play card games- who doesn’t go on holiday without a pack of cards in there bag? We love playing cards on holiday and one of our favourite card games of all time is Uno! So remember to pack them in your hand luggage as they are a great way to pass some time.

What do you get up to at the airport? we would love to know! 🙂

 

Hotel Arai Review-Barcelona

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We went away to Barcelona recently for our friends hen do. We didn’t do much research on where to stay prior to booking which is unusual for us but the hen found a beautiful hotel she had her heart set on so we agreed and went ahead and booked the hotel. As the time got closer to us visiting Barcelona we looked up the location of the hotel and realised we were staying in the gothic quarter which looked beautiful!

When arriving at hotel Arai we were greeted by the staff who made us feel incredibly welcome. We weren’t able to check into the hotel when we arrived as it was only 11am and check in wasn’t until 3pm. The hotel staff offered to store our luggage while we went out and explored the city which was a great help. The hotel took our phone number and called us when the room was ready which was handy.

When we arrived back at the hotel ready to check in the hotel staff had already moved our baggage to the room which was incredibly helpful of them (considering we had a lot of luggage as well). We were shown to our room by the hotel staff and we had already fallen in love with the hotel the decor was beautiful.

There were four of us sharing a room/apartment, we had 1 double bed and 2 single sofa beds. the room wasn’t that spacious for 4 adults and we did feel like we were living on top of each other. For the money we paid for the room we would have expected a slightly bigger room. Saying that though we didn’t spend much time in the room as we wanted to make the most of the beautiful Barcelona weather.

The hotel provided us with a bottle of red wine on our arrival which was nice touch. We enjoyed this one evening and it was probably one of the nicest wines we have had it was so delicious.

The Wifi at the hotel wasn’t too great we kept losing connection which we wouldn’t have usually minded when on holiday but we did have quite a bit of work that we needed to get done. When on holiday blogging doesn’t just stop and we do rely on a good internet connection.

We were really lucky to have a hotel with a roof top pool and this was one of the reasons why we booked the hotel. The pool wasn’t massive but we didn’t expect it to be as we had seen the photos on the hotels website. We chilled most afternoons on the roof top sun beds using towels that had been provided by the hotel, it was so lush and very relaxing. We spent our evenings on the roof top prior to going out for dinner, the sun was going down and the lighting was beautiful-perfect for photos.

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We could have asked for a more perfect location. we just had to step outside the hotel and we were already in the middle of the gothic quarter.

The gym at the hotel was like any other typical hotel gym it was small and limited but that didn’t bother us as we chose to go on morning runs instead of using the gym.

We would definitely recommend this hotel for the Future and we would be sure to visit again. The hotel staff couldn’t be faulted and we felt incredibly safe in the hotel.

 

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!