Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience

If your an avid Star Wars fan, you’d probably aware that the travelling VR experience The VOID came to London’s Westfield shopping centre earlier this year. What you probably don’t know is that it’s last few days fell when our team were in London visiting an exhibition ?.

I’m not going to pretend to know much about Star Wars, I’ve seen the films once or twice and that’s where it ends. However a few people with me were big fans. Tickets were sold out with only a small number available on the door, through some impressive skills we managed to talk our way into 5 tickets!

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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.

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Mini plant tour Oxford, review

We’re a mini obsessed family, so when I found out it’s possible to book a tour of the plant in Oxford, UK, I jumped at the chance. The plant produces up to 1,000 cars per day, and the tour allows you to get up and personal with the factory to see just how that iconic British icon is manufactured.

 

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Why you should add Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach & Anaheim to your Los Angeles trip

As part of our larger honeymoon trip we decided to stop in Los Angeles for 3 nights before heading onwards to San Francisco. If you follow my blog then you probably know I took a similar route in 2013 when we drove up the west coast, this time was different, Sam and I had a long list of must see spots in LA and to his surprise we got through them in about a day.

The last time I visited LA I really enjoyed it, maybe it was because it was all new and shiny to me, maybe it was because I was with my best friend so we enjoyed stalking the celebrities, who knows! But this time it felt different, after a day in Hollywood, Beverley Hills and surrounding neighbourhoods we decided to get out in the Mustang and discover some places further afield.

Santa Monica.

Without a doubt one of our favourite stops on the trip, an authentic seaside town packed with rides and chrisma, we were fortunate enough to visit during the insane hype of Pokemon Go and the place was like nowhere I’d ever seen before. Buzzing with Pokemon enthusiasts and alive with spirit! We took a few rides whilst out on the pier and experienced some fantastic views from the top of the ferris wheel.

Tip: a great place to pick up some unique souvenirs, we came away with some great artwork painted on wood for under $10.


Manhattan Beach.

We visited during the day, a more upmarket town buzzing with great bars, eateries and boutique shops. The place is in fact a breath of fresh air from the hype and buzz of the city of LA and was for us a refreshing change of scenery. Why not order a cocktail or two and take in that beautiful Californian sunshine!


Anaheim.

I love Anaheim, home of the Mouse himself and packed with cliche bars and shops! We enjoyed a walk around Downtown Disney and collecting some related souvenirs. My favourite restaurant The Cheesecake Factory is right outside too! If that’s not for you then try Bubba Gump! The Target is Anaheim is my favourite of all that I’ve visited and sells the most amazing rainbow gum!


Top tip: if your visiting, it’s well worth your time hiring a car and seeing California in your own time!

Thanks, Rebekah xx 

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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