Why we have chosen to go to Spain this summer

We have started thinking about summer already and if you are anything like us you will have started thinking too! Spain is one of our favourite destinations and that is why we have chosen to visit twice this summer! There is so much to see and do that it leaves you spoilt for choice.

IT’S CLOSE
A flight from London to Barcelona or malaga is only a two hours away, so you don’t have to worry about being bored and restless on a long haul flight for a whole day. It’s simply like watching a movie – and then you’re there. This is also why things are so cheap, because it’s not far to get to. Just think in the time it takes to drive to the seaside in the UK you could be in Barcelona!

THERE IS SUN
Let’s face it, isn’t this the whole point of a holiday? The sun! Leaving the miserable weather of Britain behind and working on a tan and sip on Sangria all day long. Spain is one of Europe’s sunniest countries as it’s on the border of the Mediterranean – you can expect more than 300 days of sunshine every single year far into the winter season.

IT’S CHEAP
Spain is by far one of the best value destinations when looking in Europe. So when thinking about spending money as well as having to pay for accommodation, you could actually be saving a lot more than if you were looking to go somewhere else. You can look at Spain Villa Rentals on Interhome.co.uk for some ideas on the cost as well as the ratings. Essentially you can book somewhere of luxury for an affordable price without having to worry about it breaking the bank.

THE BEACHES
Spain has over five thousand miles of coastline, and that means that it has thousands of magical beaches that vary from golden sands and sapphire seas, to hidden rocky coves that allow you to explore the mystical marine life. Spain has been said to have the best beaches on the whole planet, so you won’t be disappointed.

CYCLING ROUTES
A place in Spain called Majorca (we visited last summer) has one of the best routes for cyclists to ride thanks to terrain that suits all kinds of cycling, as well as people’s different abilities and skill sets. Even if you’ve never ridden before, you can hire a bike and set off all around the town – we love cycling and even more so in a hot country!

THE MOUNTAINS
Spain offers you the rare mix of magnificent mountains with hidden beaches, all in the same proximity. You can expect to see lofty limestone peaks and high altitude pastures within a mere thirty minutes from the main beaches. There is so much to see as you drive down the bendy roads through the middle of mountains.

THE DANCING
Nightlife in Spain is an awfully exciting one. You can walk up the strip with the warm evening air brushing against your skin, browsing over all the different bars as well as the music coming out of them. You have a selection of the kind of vibe you would like to have each night. If you feel like having a go at a little flamenco or salsa, go to the local bar and within a matter of minutes, you’ll be pulled up onto the dancefloor!

THE FOOD
Other than the delicious Spanish wine, you can expect salty Parma ham wrapped around beautiful slices of sweet fresh melon that gives you a combination of the best tastes in your mouth. Don’t forget the array of over fourty artisan cheeses that have all been produced within the area, as well as freshly caught seafood every day and of course paella. If you’re a foodie, then you will be in your element in Spain.

THE SURFING
If you like to catch a wave, then surfing is a very popular activity in Spain because there is so much life in the waters. People travel down for that reason alone, because with hidden coves comes various winds, giving the water something to talk about. And this provides you with tremendous waves to fly on.

So what more are you waiting for? Book your holiday in Spain and have one of the best holidays you could ever imagine!

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?

Dalloway Terrace Brunch Review

Dalloway terrace has been on our brunch bucket list for as long as we can remember! We tried to visit in December but they were fully booked and we sadly couldn’t get a table.

Dalloway terrace is an Bloggers dream, from the decorations, the crockery and the food everything is a photo opportunity and trust us when we say we took SO many photos.

It was Annie’s birthday and Rachel surprised her with Dalloway Terrace for a birthday brunch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Prior to visiting Dalloway Terrace Rach booked two weeks before as you cannot book anymore than two weeks before. The reservations on the Dalloway Terrace website had all gone so Rach went on book a table to reserve our 2 hours spot.

We didn’t realise that Dalloway Terrace was part of The Bloomsbury Hotel so we were surprised to see that it was when we arrived.

We were shown to our table and although Dalloway Terrace is outside (well in a Terrace) it was warm as they have several heaters. We were sat by the door and there was a slight draft but nothing that a blanket couldn’t fix.

We ordered our usual coffees, Rach went for a soya latte and Annie had an Americano with a dash of soya milk. We were really surprised with the size of the coffees as we usually find restaurants always serve the smallest coffees but not at Dalloway Terrace we got a mug and of course we fell in love with the mug and wished we had them at home ourselves.

We ordered a basket of pastries to start which included pan au chocolate, pan au raisin and plain croissants. We did ask for them to be served to us before the rest of our food but unfortunately this didn’t happen and all our food came out at once which was a little annoying but never mind.

Rach ordered the pancakes (obv!) which were served with lemon curd, berries and maple syrup. There were 3 fluffy pancakes on the stack which is pretty standard for London brunches. The berries and lemon curd worked really well together and of course it was then smothered in maple syrup. The maple syrup came in a mini jug so you could pour as much or as little you wanted – obviously she used it all!

Annie went for the avocado on toast which normally came with poached eggs but she opted to have scrambled eggs and they were more than happy to accommodate this change. The amount of avocado given was unreal, it was basically a whole avocado on the toast, some of it was smashed and then there were big slices of avo too. There were also a handful of cherry tomatoes on top too which had been roasted in the oven to perfection.

The portions sizes were very generous at Dalloway terrace and this is one of the reasons as to why we loved it so much and why would we return. We do find when going for brunch in London they are very stingy with portion sizes, usually we get a teeny coffee or a pathetic amount of avo or salmon – not at Dalloway though!

We spotted an outside seating area which was also beautiful (everything about this place is) and we will definitely be visiting again the summer and making use of this area. We can imagine taking a lot of pictures in the summer here!

The toilets were located in Bloomsbury hotel and on our way to the toilets (which were clean FYI) we spotted another restaurant which was The Coral Room. We recognised it straight away from Instagram and just had to step inside to have a look. It was beautiful and we noticed they serve the same food so always worth a try it Dalloway Terrace is busy.

We will definitely be returning to Dalloway Terrace we were not disappointed and it was everything we hoped it would be.

Why we are going to Make Broadbeach Our Next Holiday Destination

If you’re looking for your next holiday destination, but you can’t seem to find any inspiration, let us help you out by suggesting Broadbeach in Queensland, Australia.

We visited Australia in 2016 and still look back at the pictures from our time there and wish we could teleport back to this amazing country.

Australia is always a popular destination due to its inviting tropical climate, enchanting wildlife and beautiful beaches, and it is fair to say that Broadbeach is one of the best parts of Australia, especially for travellers from the UK. Here’s why:

AMAZING BEACHES

Broadbeach is home to some 50 miles of pristine golden beaches right on the Gold Coast. Whether you live for lounging on the beach topping up your tan or you love the surf, you will not be disappointed by the offering there.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

The Gold Coast, which is where Broadbeach is located, is home to many luxury apartments and holiday homes, which you can find out more about now. If you’re looking to get away from it all in style, it is the perfect place to be.

THE SUN (almost) always shining

Broadbeach gets approximately 245 days of sunshine each year, which means that your holiday is unlikely to be a washout if you travel there. We have been on so many holidays expecting amazing weather and it’s just rained and been a disappointment. However in Broadbeach you’ll certainly be able to work on your tan, explore the local beaches or check out the Australian wildlife at your leisure.

THE THEME PARKS ARE FUN

The area in and around Broadbeach is home to several extremely fun and thrilling theme parks, including Dreamworld and Infinity Attraction, as you can see here. We love to be active on holiday as well as chilling so if you’re like us and looking for thrills and spills, it really is the perfect place to base yourself in Australia.

THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH FESTIVAL

The Blues on Broadbeach Festival is held each May in the suburb, and it is a fantastic party with some of the best music. The most chilled out people and the biggest spectacles you’ll see all year, oh and it’s completely free too, we love anything that’s free!

THEY LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE

Broadbeach is also home to a vast array of bars and nightclubs catering to every possible taste. Whether you prefer to sip posh cocktails in a chilled environment or you prefer to dance the night away in a dark club, Broadbeach has you covered and what’s better than drinking a cocktail in the warm weather!

EVERYTHING IS NEARBY

Whether you’re looking for cafes, nightclubs, restaurants or grocery stores, if you’re based in Broadbeach, you can find it all within easy walking distance which means that it is a very convenient destination for the average traveller. As you already know we love walking so anywhere that allows us to walk to places it’s a yes from us!

THE SEA FOOD

Eat at any beachside cafe or restaurant in Broadbeach, and you won’t be disappointed by the freshness of the seafood on offer. Seafood always tastes better on holiday and it’s no different when visiting Australia!

DESIGNER GOODS ARE IN ABUNDANCE

Broadbeach is quite an affluent suburb of Queensland, and as a result, there are lots of designer shops located there. So, if shopping is your thing, you really couldn’t find a better place to be, not in Australia anyway. Make sure you leave space in your suitcase to bring stuff back!

ITS PEACEFUL

Because it is in the suburbs, Broadbeach is also a pretty chilled out, relaxing place to be, especially if you head there off-season. So, if you’re looking for relaxation with all of the home comforts, it will outdo itself.

Put simply Broadbeach is the place to be!

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!

GET OFF THE GRID

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.

FIND SOMEWHERE NEW

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!

HIT THE SLOPES

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?

The Boat House Restaurant Review in Jersey

The Boat House is a restaurant located in St Aubin’s which it is part of The Boat House Group. The Boat House is the group’s flagship venue and is described as a contemporary restaurant and bar which we would very much agree with.

The Boat House is a restaurant we always choose to visit when we are in Jersey. We love everything about the restaurant; the food, the views and the atmosphere.

The restaurant is located upstairs (upper deck) overlooking the sea, you can see for miles on a clear day.  It’s important to know that the upper deck is only open at the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

The menu is predominately fish (like most places in Jersey), they have an extensive menu that made it difficult for me to choose what to order as there was so much I could have chosen.

We started with a bottle of Moët champagne which was a lovely treat as we were celebrating my mums birthday.

For starter I went for the Jersey Crab which was served with fresh lemon, celeriac remoulade, capers on toasted sour dough bread. It was so delicious and incredibly filling, I would definitely recommend it as a starter.

My parents ordered the Fish Mixed Grill to share which includes a selection of fresh seasonal shellfish and is served with new potatoes. This looked pretty epic and my parents said it tasted delicious as well. It cost £46.50 and for the amount of fresh fish they got it was amazing value.

I went the the Duck which was served with a gravy and blackberries. It also came with roasted pumpkin and potato. I ordered some broccoli to have on the side as I do love a bit of veg! I would 100% recommend this dish and I would definitely opt for it again.

I was so full after my main course I unfortunately couldn’t fit in a dessert! I did see the dessert menu though and they all looked super tasty!

There is also a bar and restaurant on the ground floor (main deck) where we have also been for a drink, the vibe is completely different and much more relaxed to the upper deck. They have TV’s for major sporting events and also sell an extensive range of beers and wine. The main deck is open seven days a week and has an a la carte menu.

There is also an outside seating area which on a nice day is absolutely heaving giving the place a lively atmosphere.

We are yet to try any of the other Boat House Group restaurants but they are definitely on our list. The Tree House is located in St Brelade and The Farm House is St John.

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!

Lonely London: The Best Solo Attractions On Offer

Although there are two of us we also like to be very independent, we love travelling on our own, shopping on our own and going on long walks on our own, you get the gist we are still very independent. We absolutely love our own company and we are defiantly not the kinda people who are embarrassed to do anything on our own.

Many people who visit London will often visit on their own, and although it’s very very easy to find somewhere to stay in London it may not seem as easy to find things to do on your own. So to help you out with this we have compiled a short list of things to do when visiting London exploring some of the best solo activities in the heart of where we call home, London.

Theatre- Finding the perfect activity when you’re on your own in a new city is always a challenge. In a place like London, though, you need only think of what the place is famous for to be able to start coming up with some ideas. Having a long history in the field of performing arts, theatre can be one of the greatest choices in this situation. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy some of what London is known for, but you will get to do it in a way which doesn’t require someone else to make it fun. Most people will enjoy a play once they get into it.

History- Being an incredibly old place, visiting London to soak up some history is always a pleasure, even when you’re by yourself. Museums are the perfect place to go when you’re looking to burn some time enjoying a slice of the past. London is packed with different options, from the Natural History Museum to the numerous heritage centers found around the city. This sort of activity will be perfect when the weather is bad outside.

Artwork- History might feel a little bit too dry for your tastes during a break, and something lighter might be on the cards. For similar reasons to visiting museums, going to art galleries is a great way to learn about a place and the people who live there. London is home to loads of important galleries, and is a great place to learn about art from across loads of different eras. These are some of the best value attractions London has to offer, giving you hours of entertainment for nearly nothing.

Sightseeing- A lot of people will go to cities like London simply to see what’s they have to offer in regards to sights. Websites like vlondoncity are some of the best to help you with this, giving you the chance to learn loads about the place before you get there. From Big Ben to Windsor Castle, you have plenty to explore on your journey to London.

Fitness- If you are into fitness we would definitely recommend trying out some of the fitness classes that are available in London! There are so many and if you type #londonfitness into Instagram you are bound to find one that you like. There are also lots of free running clubs, running is a great way to explore the city, it’s one of our favourite things to do when visiting a new city.

Coffee & Brunch- London’s brunch scene is booming so what better way to spend your morning. There are so many amazing brunch spots you are bound to stumble across a few on your travels. Have a coffee stop in the afternoon and make sure you go to an independent coffee shop the coffee always tastes SO much better!

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking into ways to make the most out of your next solo London trip. An adventure like this doesn’t have to be boring, and most people will be able to find loads of different activities which they will really enjoy. Of course, you won’t know until you’ve researched it, though.

Morning Run in Jersey

As you know by now we always start every trip we go on with a morning run, it set us up nicely for the day and also gives us a chance to look around running to sites and viewpoints we wouldn’t otherwise get to see. I visit Jersey quite frequently so know the island relatively well but that doesn’t stop me waking up in the morning, tying up my laces and getting outside.

I set out at 7:00am when it was still dark outside, as I was running the sun began to rise and I was quite literally running into the beautiful sunrise. It was so peaceful outside with only runners in site. As I am training for a marathon I knew I had to run a fair way as I always save a long run for the weekend, I googled the distance from St Aubin’s to St Hellier and it said it was roughly 5 miles so a rounded trip would get me up to 10 miles which was perfect.

It was such a beautiful morning it looked like the sky was on fire, by the time I got down to the harbour I just had to stop and take some photos to share with you all.  I wish I could wake up every morning and run along on the beach, I even saw horses galloping along the beach it was truly magical.

Rachel will be joining me in Jersey in June for the Jersey half marathon which we are already so excited about, for someone who has never been to Jersey before running the half marathon will mean she hopefully gets to see a large amount of the island in one go (the island is only 9X5 anyway).

We cannot think of a better half marathon to take part in, the views are going to be truly stunning, if any of you are also running the half marathon in Jersey then please do let us know! Fingers crossed the wind and weather in on our side on the 10th June.