Holidays For 2019

Happy New Year to you all. And, with Christmas now just a memory, tell me, who’s now thinking about holidays for the Summer, or maybe a break for this Spring? if the answer to this question is yes, then maybe you need to think about a holiday somewhere a little closer to home, one that avoids passports, airports and Brexit. I’m talking about a UK break.

It seems odd to say this, but many people who travel the world often admit that they haven’t really seen the best of what the UK has to offer. In the quest to see the world, they have missed what is in their own backyard. I have to admit to being one of these people, so while I have been thinking of booking for 2019, I have been looking at some of the places which I have yet to visit in the UK.

Here are a few places that have made my must visit list.

Brighton

Brighton is one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the UK. A stunning seaside town that boosts of one of the most bizarre of all Royal palaces – The Brighton Pavilion. Created by George IV as a seaside pleasure palace, it resembles something you would find in India rather than on the South Coast of England.

You can get good deals on tickets for the Brighton Pavilion and it is well worth a visit just to see this unusual, Grade 1 listed palace and try to imagine our current Royal Family living there – something tells me this would’ve been more to Fergie’s taste than Meghan Markle’s.

Morecambe

One of the great things about discovering the English seaside is that it is also a voyage of discovery for fans of all things Art Deco. Morecambe is a key case in point. You can’t pay a visit to Morecambe without saying at least one night in the restored Midland Hotel. An Art Deco gem of the Streamline Moderne style that was built and was at its heyday in the 1930s, in recent years the Midland has been restored to its former glory and has glorious views over the sea.

Don a beaded flapper dress and imagine staying here in the time of The Great Gatsby.

Southport

If you love the idea that the English seaside town was at its height during VIctorian times, then Southport might be your perfect idea of the classic seaside town. Southport is a typical British seaside town, complete with grand seafront hotels and the Uk’s oldest iron pier. Amusement arcades, plenty of shops and traditional carousel rides all make it a wonderful place to visit if your favourite song is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’

Top Tips For Travelling To Mykonos

Many people dream of travelling to Mykonos, the Greek island that has some amazing views. Of course, like with any travel destination, there are some things that you should know before you jet off. Here, we are going to talk you through some of our top tips for travelling to Mykonos. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Consider The Temperature

When you are booking your trip to Mykonos, it is important to consider the weather that you are going to have when you are there. The warmest months in Mykonos tend to be June, July, August and September so you have plenty of time to get some sun. Remember that Mykonos is an island so there is plenty of wind and it might be slightly colder in the evenings.

Stay In A Villa

If you are planning on travelling to Mykonos this summer, then make sure to choose a luxury villa for your accommodation. There are some great hotels on this island but when you choose Mykonos Villa Rental by BlueVillas, you’ll get to stay somewhere amazing. Not only will you get your own pool, but you’ll have a private space and plenty of amazing views. Don’t fall in to the trap of staying in a hotel, book your villa today.

Ask For Directions

The local people in Mykonos are known for being really friendly so if you need to get somewhere don’t be shy – ask for directions. It is very likely that the locals will know the place that you are looking for as it is a very small island so make sure to ask someone as most of them should be able to speak English. This will make your trip a lot easier and it will save you a lot of time staring at a map.

Make Dinner Reservations

When many people are off on their holidays, they don’t tend to make reservations as there are so many restaurants. Of course, Mykonos can get very busy over the peak season so if you don’t make a reservation, you might not get a table in that popular restaurant. Make sure to plan ahead and save yourself some time as these tables can get very hard to get.

Visit Delos Island

If you travel to Mykonos and don’t get a chance to visit Delos Island, then you will be missing out. This historic island has a lot to see in terms of architecture and views. You will need to get a boat to this island and if it is windy out you might find that the boats are delayed or cancelled. Make sure to plan ahead for your trip to Delos Island and bring your camera to capture the amazing sights.

Watch The Sunset

Mykonos has an absolutely amazing sunset just like the other Cyclades islands so make sure not to miss out on it. If you are unsure where to go to see the sunset then you should check out Little Venice, Saint John or Agios Stefanos which have amazing views. Make sure to find out what time the sunset is at because it can vary depending on the time of year that you are there.

Try Some Water Sports

Mykonos is a very windy island, so it makes sense that people take advantage of this and do a lot of water sports. If you are planning on heading to Mykonos this year, then you should make sure to try out windsurfing and the other activities offered along the beautiful beaches. You will have a great time and even if you don’t enjoy it, you can sit back, and watch others get out there on the water.

Try The Food

Our final tip for those who are travelling to Mykonos is to try the local food. You will find that there will be plenty of restaurants with food that you would typically find in the UK but there are also so many authentic Greek restaurants. If you have never tried Greek food before then you should expect to find a lot of amazing Greek salads some Mykonian sausages and some Kopanisti which is a famous cream cheese made in Mykonos.

Final Verdict

It is important to do your research before you go anywhere on holiday. You should know about the type of weather to expect; what sort of food is on offer and what are the best activities to do. Of course, if you are just planning on heading off on a relaxing holiday filled with sun then you will find that Mykonos is still ideal. This is a beautiful island with a lot to offer so make sure to book your trip to Mykonos in time for next summer.

 

A Trip To London With Snap And Buckt

Half term is now over, and the kids are heading back off to school, but hopefully more memories will have been made this school holiday, more trips taken and more days out enjoyed. One of the nicest days I spent with my boy this half term was a trip to London which we took, using Snap coach travel to get to the capital from Birmingham City Centre.

I booked the trip for myself and Joe using my Buckt subscription. A Snap trip for two was one of the month’s options, and with Joe having a training day on the Friday before half term I thought this could be a fun way to spend a few hours in the capital without having to worry about over subscribed trains which seem to cost more every time you use them and often prove to be unreliable.

I was really pleased with Snap. We had a coach booked for 10.05am from the Bullring, but there are other stops in Birmingham where you can get on, including Moseley Village and Kings Norton. You get a text that confirms you coach is on its way, and can then track its movement. It was bang on time, almost to the minute, seriously impressive in the mess of roadworks that is currently the state of Birmingham.

The coach was comfortable and warm and you could choose your seats. There is a rule about no hot food which is stated at the time of booking, which means you are not dealing with someone’s smelly breakfast, but you can bring you own hot drinks/cold snacks. The driver was friendly and the journey passed fairly quickly, with multiple points in Central London where you can get off. I was pleasantly surprised that this is a cheap and easy way to get to London, and was very impressed that even in the very busy traffic of Friday in the city, the coach was punctual in picking us back up. (we did our return journey on the same day, but you can do it whenever you like if you are staying for a longer period.)

London was chilly but bright, and we spent some time shopping on Regent’s and Oxford Street, checking out Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, and basically enjoying a pleasurable few hours in the Autumn sunshine. Joe really enjoyed his day and is already looking forward to a return trip to London, where I would definitely use the Snap service again.