My Favourite Holiday Moment

When our thoughts turn to Spring, a lot of people also turn their thoughts to their Summer holiday. Whether you are planning a long haul trip, something with a short flight, or even a UK break, a holiday is a time to create wonderful new memories, and our choice of destination can often be influenced by previous, fabulous holidays. I have yet to book for this year, but have been browsing and have often found a cheaper deal here. One of the places we have been considering is Cyprus, where we not only spent our holiday over the last couple of years, but also watched my little brother get married.

Cyprus is a place that is full of wonderful holiday moments for my family. For a start, it was the first time my whole family had been together for a holiday since I got married in Rhodes in 2005, and this time there was the added joy of having my son and niece here too. Every element of the trip was fun, from drinking Prosecco on the plane and browsing around the duty free, to the leisurely days spent by the pool, or the long meals that seemed to go on forever. It is a place where I would love to spend a longer amount of time in a five star hotel, it would definitely be a place to spend a bit of money on if I won some money on a bet or bingo game.

Cyprus was experiencing a heat wave, but floating around the lazy river at our hotel, that didn’t really seem a problem, and with lots of mocktails during the day, and cocktails when the night had fallen, it really did feel like paradise. We stayed in Coral Beach, but loved to travel to the Paphos area for the bars along the harbour, and the air conditioned shopping centres, where, lucky for us, every shop seemed to be having a sale.

And then, of course, there was a wedding to attend. On a beautiful jetty stretching out to the sea, with crystal clear waters reflecting the perfect blue of the sky, my brother married his beloved surrounded by family and friends. It was a beautiful, romantic occasion, complete with poems, doves, lots of Champagne, lots of swing music, a just all round lovely occasion. It brought back lots of memories of my own wedding, and was just perfect, in a wonderful setting with an idyllic atmosphere.

 

Travel Tips for Short and Long Distance Trips

People travel often between different cities and countries and for many different reasons that including business and pleasure. When you are ready to pack your bags and leave, make sure that you are well prepared to pave the way for a smooth trip. The following are some useful tips that you can use to ensure a positive outcome whenever you travel.

Packing

  • Packing is a major aspect of traveling and you should focus on carrying essential items. Whenever you pack your bag or suitcase for a trip, remember that the less you pack, the more manageable your luggage will be.
  • Packing everything that you want will lead to the inconvenience of a heavy bag and the increased risk of losing your items during the trip.
  • Write down what you need in advance and use a checklist to make sure that you have all the important things. Pack what you need according to where you are going and how long you will be away. You may be able to take your pets with you but if this is not an option, make timely arrangements to ensure that your pets are taken care of when you leave for your trip.
  • Prepare the items that you want to have close to you at all times, such as your money, phone, charger, headphones and diary.
luggage full and ready to travel

luggage full and ready to travel

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Research

  • Go online and find out more about your destination, the weather conditions and the activities that are available there. If you have a limited amount of time between bookings and traveling, make sure you know what the current weather conditions are.
  • If you are traveling to a destination where the national language is different, spare some time to learn the basics. This will make it easier for you to communicate, interact, ask for directions and order for food.

Travel Costs

Use online travel guides that provide useful suggestions regarding different activities and costs. The information provided is usually accurate and reliable. Select activities that everyone you are traveling with will enjoy. The earlier you begin planning for your travel, the more time you will have to save money for it. Find out how much you will need for various aspects of your trip and plan for unexpected costs as well. Look at where to save and where to splurge, for instance, if you are travelling for business, it may be worth using a chauffeur service to travel to and from the airport. This creates the perfect first impression for a new client and ensures that you will arrive punctually and feeling great. A chauffeur service like Driven WorldWide also provide WIFI in their cars so you are not going to miss out on important emails and zoom calls on route to the airport, and offer an international service which means you can have an efficient service at both ends of your trip.

Quick Travel Tips

  • If there are special events that you want to attend, it is advisable to make prior reservations especially during busy seasons.
  • Walking around is a good way to learn about your destination while you enjoy scenic walks.
  • Make sure that you have enough leisure time for fun and unexpected experiences that you will remember for years to come.
  • Maintain a cordial atmosphere during your travel and avoid any unnecessary altercations.

 

If I won the Lottery just what would I buy?

I love shopping! There, I’ve said it. I love the feel of getting something new, of finding a bargain, of treating myself, or a loved one, to something that has been admired, but may have been too expensive, and has maybe had to be saved for. But monthly bills and expenses, and also the ever growing expense of having a child who seems to grow out of things at an alarming rate means that my shopping habits have to be frugal and careful. How I wish that money was no object!

I’ve become one of the best bargain hunters around. I love to shop vintage, adore charity shops, and enjoy the sales so much. I love eBAY, and preloved sites where you can sometimes pick up coveted designer items for a fraction of the original price (my most recent purchase was a Furla bag that is just the softest, most gorgeous item.) And I love TK Maxx, where you can find both High Street and designer items at real bargain prices. But all this bargain hunting doesn’t mean I don’t dream of what I would do if one day I won the lottery. A lottery win is the stuff of dreams, but somebody has to win it and for the cost of the ticket it has to be worth a try. Many lotteries offer far more in prize money than the UK National Lottery. What damage I could do in Selfridges with that sort of money. I often daydream, after winning the lottery, what would I buy?

 

As money is now no object, I would also add a little piece of Victoria Beckham to my dress collection. Victoria’s close are known for being understated and elegant, but this abstract print metallic midi dress is probably as disco as Victoria is ever going to get, and I absolutely love the style and the print, although I’m guessing I would have to let if out a bit…I’m not exactly a VB sample size.

A holiday would be nice too. The place at the top of my wish list is New York. I would love to see a show on Broadway, and, as a massive Sex in the City fan, I would have to follow in Carrie’s footsteps by checking out all the sights from the hit TV show. Where to stay? It would have to be the The St. Regis, a bargain at around £500 per night. Show me the way to the penthouse suite please.

Shoes and Bags

Just like Carrie Bradshaw, I have a real passion for shoes and bags. Winning a fortune would leave me with a shoe collection that would rival Carries, and of course I would have to add some Manolo’s and Jimmy Choo’s to that collection.

New shoes need a new bag, and this season’s lust have BOTTEGA VENETA pouch leather clutch is just so gorgeous it would have to come home with me. The price? Well, put it this way, there’s no change from £1000. Definitely one for the lust list.

What else? A supermarket sweep around Tiffany’s would be nice, as would being let loose in the Foyles book shop on Tottenham Court Road. I also wouldn’t mind buying my favourite football club West Bromwich Albion if money really was no object.

We can all dream, can’t we.

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