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.
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.
I’m pretty fortunate to say I’ve always lived only a couple of hours drive from the Lake District, England’s biggest national park. Made up of a number of breathtakingly beautiful lakes, the county is also home to Scarfell Pike, England’s largest mountain which along with Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Snowden (Wales) makes up the UK’s 3 Peak Challenge.
The Lake District entices a vast amount of tourists each year inclusive of Hikers, Campers and Adventurers. The spectacular natural surroundings makes it one of my favourite places to holiday which is why I’ve collated a list of things not to be missed on your weekend to the Lakes.
So, if your like me and you constantly search for cheap flights then you’ve probably done a lot of experimenting with different dates, incognito browsers, you get the gist. Well, I read somewhere this week in a Cheapair.com article that the best time to book your flights is EXACTLY 47 days before you fly
Recently I met the wonderful Claire, blogger/writer/contents strategics from Peterborough. Claire invited me along to a Jack the Ripper event in London which was when I discovered her talented blog. Claire is passionate about travel and has written a piece expressing her views towards taking the next step when travelling.
“As a travel lover, I’ve always fancied the idea of taking the next step and making the travel life my daily reality. In fact, after I left University, I was pretty sure that my plan was going to be to move to Canada for a year, maybe even two, but circumstances dictated that I didn’t in the end. I’ve not ruled it out though – at 24 (okay, okay, I’m 25 next week!), I’m still young enough that in a few years, I can head on out. Besides, I’ve lived in America for work aged 19 for 3 months, and I get to go away at least three times a year, so I’m not doing too badly!
My ‘little’ sister, however (she’s nearly 22… but she will always be my little sister!), has just moved to Australia and I’m going to be eternally jealous (until, of course, I eventually do it myself!). Despite not being an envious person in nature at all, when it comes to the fact that it’s bitterly cold over in not-so-sunny England, it’s hard to deal with the fact that she’s lazing around on a lovely warm beach in Sydney. My sister (like me!) can be a bit of an anxious person, and so I’m really proud of her for taking this step. She’s one of those people who has mentioned doing this for quite a while, but I sort of never imagined she’d actually do it. Now, however, she has a job and everything, and she has an apartment with her boyfriend and some nice flatmates right on the Harbour.
I’ve always been one for the weird and wonderful, some might say a sucker for a ghost story, fable or myth so when Claire of Dafity invited me along on the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour on behalf of the London based organisation I was there! A dull Sunday evening in the beginning of January was a great time to take a 2 hour trail through the back streets and ally’s of East London learning the horrors of the Legend, Jack the Ripper.
Ripper Visions Jack the Ripper Walk prides it’s self on being London’s number 1 tour in the East End, I’d quite happily agree with that statement! Our tour guide Richard was charismatic, he kept us gripped throughout the entire walk, and his knowledge and beliefs on the story of JTR made me buy into it so very easily!
So, when there’s so many different companies why pick Ripper Vision? JTR Walk are the first of their kind to take the conventional story telling into the 21st century. A hand held projector is used by their tour guides during the walk to project photographs, letters and memorabilia from the time of Jack the Ripper (as imagined, not for the faint hearted!), and wow, what a revelation! Projecting visuals gives so much depth to the story, increases credibility and generates empathy amongst the on looking audience, Jack the Ripper Walk leads the way in so many aspects.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour meets outside Whitechapel Art Gallery in Aldergate East and runs 7 days a week. Tour tickets are at a cost of £10pp when booked online. Leave Aldergate East Tube Station at Exit 3.
To book your tickets visit them here: http://www.thejacktheripperwalk.com or tweet them at @jackripperwalk
I love New Year, out with the old and in with the new, Auld Lang Syne & a glass of fizz, what more could we want? I’ll tell you, to travel and embrace new experiences in a multitude of diverse cultures. New Year is a special time and all parts of the world celebrate in various different ways.
I put together my top tip of places to see New Year in, if you’re still looking, get booked! If not then add them to your bucket list.
1. York, United Kingdom – Hundreds flock to York Minster for the 12 chimes, if you’re lucky (and early) you can go inside and take a seat! I’ve never been that early which means standing outside in the wonderful atmosphere surrounded by the wonderful Yorkshire Folk. If you’ve never visited York it’s a must for your travel calendar, Christmas is a magical time in this historic city.
2. New York, America – We move from a historic York to an ultra-modern New York! Counting down the seconds in Times Square is most definitely top of my bucket list for the near future! Having visited the city 5 times I’ve never been quite lucky enough to experience a New Year in the big apple.
3. Koh Panyang, Thailand – arguably a much more roudy New Year celebration but I spent this summer in Thailand and the people spoke of how fantastic the Full Moon Party is for New Year. Celebrations on the beach with a bucket is why this a top pick for me!
4. Sydney, Australia – we’ve seen the TV, how incredible does the firework display off the Sydney Harbour Bridge look! If I didn’t already want to visit Australia then I do now!
5. Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya crossing is the place to celebrate New Year, a little like New York you can find yourself surrounded by the masses ringing in the chimes!
I’ll leave you on a festive note, The World says Happy Christmas!
Have a great New Year everyone, looking forward to sharing my 2015 adventures with you all xx