Thursday, 28 February 2019

Visiting Copenhagen on a Budget

Visiting Copenhagen on a budget - Nyhavn Canal views

This post was written in collaboration with WeSwap.

Copenhagen was such a cheap holiday! Said no-one, ever. However, travelling to the home of hygge can be done on a budget. It just takes some planning, prioritisation, and of course getting your holiday funds in order to start with.

For this trip I collaborated with WeSwap and can't sing this little card's praises enough. Read on to find out why I recommend the card to save money before you travel, and of course all of my top budget tips for your trip to Copenhagen.

If you are interested in ordering a card yourself, you can get a free £10 when you top up £50 using this link. Just enter the code MEL10 when topping up - the code is valid from 8th March 2019 for week.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Seaham Hall Hotel: Spa Break Review

Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa

After a hectic few weeks of work I was feeling deflated and tired out (you know the kind of tiredness which sleep won't solve - yeah that). It couldn't have been a better time to take a much-needed weekend to relax and switch off with a spa break. I have been to Seaham Hall hotel a few times to take advantage of their fantastic twilight spa offer but had never had the chance to stay over.

Last Saturday we woke up to the sunniest weekend we have had in weeks and I felt so happy. There's just something about the sunshine that immediately puts us all in a good mood isn't there! After a delicious breakfast at The Garage, Newcastle (read my full review here), we set off on the short 30 minute drive down the A19 to Seaham. I love how convenient Seaham Hall hotel and spa is. Sometimes you just want a staycation where you can switch off from your day-to-day commitments and unwind, without a long journey or any real effort to get there.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Romantic travel moments: guest post

In celebration of Valentine's Day I decided it was about time I shared the work of some of the fabulous travel bloggers out there. It is the the month of love after all so why not spread the love a little?  I asked these wonderful bloggers to collaborate on this guest post where they have shared some of their most romantic travel moments.

From eucalyptus forests in Australia to a candle-lit cruise in Budapest, reading these stories is guaranteed to get you feeling giddy with wanderlust and fuzzy with romance all at the same time. Without further ado, here are the most romantic travel moments, as told by fellow bloggers...

Romantic Travel Moment: Jamie from Jamie Chance Travels

I’m Jamie from; a little slice of the internet where I can just write about my
travels and get my photography out there. I’ve recently returned to England after a ten month career break in Australia and South East Asia with my now-fiancee. I think it’s fair to say that, generally, I’m not that romantic. However, in March 2018, I thought I’d pull out all the stops and ask Emma to marry me after eight years together.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Thoughtful and romantic Valentine's gift ideas

Various romantic and thoughtful gifts

Some products in this guide were provided as press samples to me, they are marked with an asterix.

It's that time of year people love - or love to hate. The one and only Valentine's Day! According to my 100% legitimate source (Wiki), around half the UK population buy gifts for their Valentine and £1.3bn is spent annually on gifts. I have always liked this time of year. To me it's an excuse to spoil someone you love, spoil yourself, or both. (I have definitely done a bit of both this year!)

With just under a week to go you might be struggling for ideas, especially for that person who has everything. Read on for my range of gift ideas from the slightly more pricey to the very affordable. What these gifts all have in common is that they are very thoughtful and romantic, none of your standard roses or boxes of chocolates here.

If you want to think out of the box a little and need some inspiration then you are in the right place. The very last gift is what I have actually bought (well, made) for my loved one this year, except he doesn't know it yet, so let's hope he doesn't read this post...