24 hours in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is still one of my favourite cities in the world, love it or hate it you just can’t help but admire all it has to offer. Most people have the impression that if you’re not in to overpriced vodka or Avicii pool parties then it’s not for you, but how wrong they are. In fact, if you choose to avoid the pool vicinities then you aren’t likely to come across the drink culture at all! We recently spent 4 days in Vegas, but I’ve condensed our trip into a 24hour itinerary of what you really need to see on your visit to Sin City.


Almost all the hotels and casinos offer a buffet breakfast, although it can come with quite a hefty cost if you’re not into all you can eat on a morning. If this isn’t for you then head over to Denny’s on the Vegas strip (located just next to the Coca-Cola store) for a traditional American breakfast complete with hash brown and pancakes. Full of food and buzzing with life, nows a great time to work off your breakfast and no doubt it’s upwards of 35 degrees out, head into the hotels and casinos for a walk along and explore all the malls have to offer.


When the heat gets too much it’s a great time to head down to MGM Grand and visit Television City, the guys here are looking for volunteers to watch pilot episodes of new shows and films not yet aired! The process takes around 1 hour, you’re required to watch the programme, and then provide an honest review of your findings. You’re provided with coupons for local eateries in exchange for time and you can expect to see shows such as Big Bang Theory, New Girl, or something completely new! We reviewed Bull, and are happy to have seen something before anyone else.

After you’ve finished admiring the casinos jump in an Uber and head down to Stratosphere, if you’ve a free hour to spare you can stop off here on your way to Freemont Street. The Stratosphere is home to the best rides in Vegas, for $20 you can ride the elevator to the top and grab some breathtaking views of the strip, for an additional $5 you can experience a ride!

Once you’re done with the Stratosphere go down to Freemont, the street experience is great to see and you’ll find lots of little eateries down here for a fraction of the cost on the strip! Feeling flush? Here you can zipline from one end of the street to the other.


If your looking for a show then Tix4Tonight have just the thing for you, they offer shows daily at discounted rates, and in Vegas, there’s a show to suit every taste. Tickets for Britney retail at around $100 and Magicians range anywhere from $40-80. We saw Penn & Teller whilst visiting who have a residency at The Rio, the show was spectacular and both magicians take part in a meet and great after the show, the personal touch really makes the experience worth every penny.

You’re sure to find so much to see and do on your trip to Vegas, I’d love to hear of any other tips you have of must sees whilst visiting!

Check out my YouTube below for more of what we got upto on our trip.

Review, Aria Sky Suites, Las Vegas

Travelling to Las Vegas on our Honeymoon I figured now was as good a time as any to ask for an upgrade. I didn’t realise how easy this trick was, and being typically British, didn’t think I qualified! How wrong I was. We were upgraded to the Aria Sky Suites by a front desk representative and appointed a high level room with an impressive strip view. 


Our room was on the 40th floor with an exceptional view of the strip! Rooms were inclusive of 2 queen size beds, a shower and an oversized bath. Impressively, the electronics of the room are controlled by iPads, from the comfort of our bed we were able to open and close blinds, dim lights and alter the air conditioning. We would also be able to order room service, browse the hotel and casino information and control the television. 


Staying in the Sky Suites came with it’s own set of benefits, not only did we acquire a large suite, we also had the luxury of using a private pool for sky suite users only, and a private lobby stocked with complimentary food and beverages. 


The Aria offers all you would expect and more from your Vegas stay, attentive staff really do help make this 4,000+ room hotel feel like a boutique. The hotel is centrally located, and contains within it shops, restaurants, patisseries and bars. Everything you need should you choose not to leave the resort and casino. 

Rosebery Hotel, Jesmond Review

From the moment you step into Rosebery Hotel you enter a world of excitement and imagination, this hotel is purely unlike no other. Decor incorporates both vintage and up-cycled design with unique, local creations! The outcome is simply breath taking, and the passion of the hotel owner (Janet) is etched into every element of the hotel. Located in Jesmond, just off the high street, it’s in a prime location. Navigation is easy and effortless with the high street displaying an abundance of busy bars and niche restaurants to suit your every taste. 


Visiting the hotel for an overnight stay we were fortunate enough to stay in one of the larger rooms the hotel has to offer. Furnished in the most beautiful colours, the vibrancy and charisma of the room is heavily reflective of the hotels charm. All the beds in Rosebery have been up-cycled and were either collected for free from sites such as FreeCycle or purchased for a small fee from Gumtree. Janet has given old unwanted furniture a new lease of life, and in such a beautiful way! 
Of my love for my room, my favourite element was the bath. Up-cycled roll top baths have been installed along with mirrored tiled walls, which enhance the luxurious and romantic feel of the room. With me, it really is about the attention to detail, and Rosebery did not disappoint. An abundance of soaps, gels and lotions are at your disposal along with complimentary face masks for your evening of total tranquility. 


Contained within our room was a table for dining, situated by the oversized bay window and set for a breakfast of kings! Janet provides guests with an array of breakfast options, from local patisseries and muffins from the Newcastle Farmers Market, to cereal and fresh fruit.


Rosebery Hotel is a delightful change from norm, it itself is a work of art and admiring all the trinkets and memorabilia is inspiring! Staying with Rosebery was like staying in an art gallery. Decor is fun and creative with a hint of marvellous madness! A show stopper of a venue and unlike anywhere I’ve stayed before, this boutique hotel comes with the highest of recommendations and we hope that you enjoy your stay as much as I did. 


A night at Rosebery Hotel, Jesmond costs between £90-200per night/ breakfast included/ complimentary WIFI/ street parking offsite.

You can view our video here.

Rebekah Esme was invited to Rosebery Hotel as a guest, however as always my review is my own. 

5 ways to discover more outdoors

Today’s Britain is a society of Netflix devotees, Youtube starlets and online gamers, as a nation we spend 90% of our time indoors, why! As a travel blogger it’s my passion to get out there, explore, and immerse myself in new activities. Here, I give you 5 ways you can shake up your routine and explore more outdoors.

Discover new cultures

Travel is all about discovery and pushing your limits. How many photos have you seen of the limestone caves of Thailand, or the selfie on the edge of the Grand Canyon? When considering your next holiday ask yourself, how can you make the most of the surrounding areas, check for inspiring walks and seek out the best viewpoints.




Explore more locally

Travel isn’t always about catching a plane. Can you say you’ve discovered all your surrounding areas have to offer? I’m blessed to base in Teesside, which is positioned on the verge of the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland & the East Coast. We spend our weekends taking local walks, it costs nothing but time to get out there!



Mountains & Hikes

Set yourself a challenge, this month my fiancé is taking part in the 3 peak challenge which consists of climbing the 3 largest mountains in the UK (England, Scotland & Wales) in 24 hours. Not quite up to this extreme? No problem, choose one and take a leisurely stroll up, we promise the views from the top will be worth the hike.


Say no to hotels, say yes to alternative accommodation

A weekend away? A hotel? Been there, done that! Research alternative accommodation surrounding your chosen destination, how about a narrow boat on the canal? Or a Treehouse in the forest? Canopy and Stars have something to suit everyone.



Take up an outdoor activity

Find something you love doing outdoors, for me that’s Geocaching. No matter where you are there is always a Geocache close by. The worldwide outdoor treasure hunt has allowed us to discover a range of area’s we would never have visited. Thank you Geocaching!



Have you any further tips for discovering the outdoors? Share them!

Article in conjunction with Canopy & Stars*

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48 Hours in Oslo, Norway

When you think of Norway, you think of breathtaking landscapes, Fjords & Trolls, you rarely even hear travelers talking about the countries capital Oslo. Why?! Before we flew out I did my standard search for fellow blogger recommendations and top tips for my stay, and yet I was able to find very few blog posts. The lack in my ability to research and plan left me thinking Oslo must be quiet dull and unappealing, how wrong was I!

Oslo was so much more than I expected. This beautiful, eco city was a world away from the cliche capitals of Europe. The city is bursting with history and culture, and Oslo is most definitely the quietest and most underrated gem I have had the pleasure of coming across. Here new architecture and design meets classical Norway, and after just over 48 hours in the city, I share with you my top tips for Oslo.

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Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Review.

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Almost a year to the day since we stayed with St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, we have visited sister company Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond. This spectacular establishment oozes class and sophistication, swimming in history and elegance, it really was the most perfect way to begin our Easter break. Step away from the hustle of Newcastle City and you’ll find the quaint village of Jesmond, home to Jesmond Dene House Hotel. Perfectly situated a little over 10 minutes from the centre means visitors really do experience the best of both worlds, calm and tranquil surroundings, yet a stones throw from the inner city vibe. There’s no surprise we loved this hotel, and with their long, ever growing list of awards you’re sure to engage in an exceptional stay with Jesmond Dene House.

The Suite:

Rooms at Jesmond Dene House are elegant, spacious and favorably contemporary. None of the 40 bedrooms and suites are the same. Rooms are reflective of the hotel’s original character and preserve architectural features such as fire places and bay windows as they would of been displayed historically. Our room was equipped with a spectacular king size bed, perfect for a sound nights sleep! You really do have everything you need supplied at Jesmond Dene House, from the mass of complimentary lotions to the hot water bottle for those cooler winter nights.


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Botanist Review, Chester

Nestled down a little ally off the famous streets of Chester is a wonderfully quirky and contemporary restaurant and bar that hit the UK scene by storm. The Botanist, sister to The Alchemist, was always going to appeal to my heart with it’s reflective connotations of Harry Potter crossed with the Secret Garden. Myself and Sam were fortunate enough to visit the Chester branch during our recent stay in the city and will most definitely be returning very soon.

I’ve previously visited one Botanist within their chain on Boar Lane, Leeds and I confirm they achieve such a simalar ambiance. Both nestled away from the crowds, you’d be lucky to spot it without knowingly seeking, this for me makes them that little bit more special than the average bar.


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