Planning a Staycation in Bournemouth

This post is in collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own. With restrictions being put in place, it can feel disheartening faced with the prospect of a second extended period at home. If you have had to cancel your holiday abroad this year, you may be looking into a staycation here in the UK as an alternative. Having lived in Bournemouth and the surrounding towns for over twenty...

Making the Most of Our National Trust Membership this Summer

A few weeks ago, Ed and I took a trip with my mum and the kids. We didn’t have much money to spend, so kept things affordable with last minute Booking.com hotel rooms and making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. We also spent our days away visiting multiple National Trust venues, to save money. We signed up for National Trust membership last summer and have...

Planning a Budget Last Minute UK Break Post-Lockdown

During lockdown, I booked a week of annual leave for mid-August, not really knowing what the situation would be by that point, but with the assumption that Ed and the kids would be on their summer break, and it would be nice to have a break, even at home, together as a family. Once lockdown restrictions began to ease, and UK breaks were allowed once again, I figured it would...

A Visit to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

•Press Visit• Despite living only an hour away, and reguarly visiting The New Forest, I had never actually heard of Exbury Gardens before. When I was asked if I would like to go along for a visit with my family to explore, I was so shocked to read about this beautiful place, so close to us, which we had yet to discover! As well as plenty of beautiful themed gardens...

Exploring Dorset’s Hidden Gems

With holidays abroad not something we are looking at in 2020, we have been focusing on exploring the UK this summer instead of travelling to another country. As I am still working four days a week at the moment, we have stuck to days out in Dorset for the time being, and it has been amazing to discover hidden gems I hadn’t seen before, despite living in the area for...

The Bournemouth Venues Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – With Reviews

•Features previous press visits• I have seen a list of the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown. I wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, so that those looking to visit have a point of reference. The...

Planning For Future Travel

Collaborative Contributed Post  Although travel is not something that many people can do yet, or even feel comfortable doing, it can still be fun to pass some time by thinking about and planning some travel for when Covid-19 is under control. This could be exploring new places in your own country or finding amazing spots that you would like to visit abroad. Having this time to plan will give you...

Why Santorini is Top of My Travel Bucket List

Although travelling abroad is not something I would feel comfortable or confident doing just yet, I have been spending some of lockdown reassessing my travel bucket list, looking ahead to a time post Covid-19 when hopefully travel will return to at least some semblance of normal. Topping my list for international travel is Santorini. I have only been once before but it’s safe to say it made an impact, and...

Visiting National Trust Properties in England as Lockdown Eases

Although I haven’t felt confident enough to attempt trips out to the shops, or been ready for a visit to a pub or restaurant just yet, we have been going out for the past few weeks to visit local outside attractions. We signed up for National Trust membership last July, on trip to the Lake District, and made a lot of use of it during the summer. Unfortunately we didn’t...