Travel

Far flung destinations

As soon as I stepped through the door of Generator London, tucked away in a residential area only a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, I felt like I’d become a tourist. It’s strange to be surrounded by people exploring my city, but it automatically made me feel excited, remembering all the hostels I’ve stayed in around the world.

Generator isn’t a normal hostel, though. It’s fair to say that it’s a lot more clean, innovative, and pretty than a lot of the places that I have stayed in. With lots of social areas, including a piano for anyone to put on a show, this is a social space for London travellers.

So why was I pretending to be a tourist for the evening? Generator invited a handful of London bloggers to find out about the hostels around Europe, give cocktail making a try, and even flip a few pancakes on camping stoves. It was an unusual evening filled with chats, laughs and stiff drinks. Sounds perfect, right?

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I may be a Walt Disney World veteran, but now I’m mixing it up. I have always been to Florida every few years, so I’m not due for another trip until at least 2018. Yet, a few months after I got back from Orlando, the urge to book another holiday was overpowering. Of course, I could have booked a weekend break or a big trip to another part of the world. But if you know me, you’ll know that I can’t resist Disney for too long. Combine that with two friends that eventually wore me down, and it equals one trip to Disneyland Paris.

I’m going for four nights in early April. We have good times on the Eurostar, so I hope this will mean that we get to do all the big rides, see all the shows, and meet lots of characters as well. As well as Carrie and Sabrina, I’m going with all the girls that I went to see In The Heights with, so it will be good to get to know them all better.

Also, a five-day park ticket is around the same price as an annual pass soooo I might be purchasing one of those as well. Did someone say Christmas trip? The festive period is my favourite time of year and I have never been in a Disney park while the decorations are up. Could 2017 be the year to change that?

For the next two months I’m going to be researching Disneyland Paris tips and tricks to try and get some semblance of knowing what is going on. There’s also so much to learn about the 25th anniversary. Wish me luck! I’m sure it will all turn out fine because I’m being shown around by Disneyland Paris veterans. What could possibly go wrong?

Where are you going on holiday this year? Anywhere Disney related? I’d love to know! Share you plans in the comments. Also any tips for Disneyland Paris are very welcome! What things do I absolutely have to try and do when I’m there? 

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I went on an adventure at the weekend. It was technically a work trip, as I had to write an article for one of my magazines we create, but it was a lot of fun. I got to stay in a lovely country hotel, eat incredibly fancy food, and have a spa day. As far as weekends go, it was pretty great.

I vlogged the whole trip especially for you, so put the kettle on, sit down, and have a watch. Then come back and read my review of the trip. Enjoy!

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The end of the year always gets me thinking. How did it all go? How does 2016 compare to the years that proceeded it? It was a year of mountainous highs and bottom-of-the-ocean lows. Like most people, I find it a lot easier to remember the negative. But the year that brought us the horrors of Brexit, also gave me a lot to smile about.

To spread a bit of 2016-positivity, I thought I’d share some of my top moments of the year. When I think about it, this year was actually a cracker.

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The festive season is in full swing so I couldn’t let a weekend pass by without doing something Christmassy. I last went to Windsor in May and bought a ticket to the castle. As well as granting a day inside the castle walls, it offers free return entry for up to five days over the next 12 months. I haven’t been back since, so it seemed like the perfect time to get my full money’s worth while also getting to see all of the royal Christmas decorations.

I had to battle train delays and a trek across the entire capital city on the premiere shopping day of the year, but eventually I made it into the town. The gorgeous atmosphere and quaint streets meant that I couldn’t resist digging out my camera. I filmed a few bits throughout the afternoon.

As I mentioned in the video, no photos are allowed in the State Rooms. It’s such a shame as there are some truly beautiful rooms. So, instead of my photos, here’s one that I’ve borrowed from British Heritage. It’s beautiful, right? This year, the red bows were substituted with miniature crowns and there was an adorable Corgi toy sat at the bottom.

Christmas Decorations 2014 at Windsor Castle.

The best part was that the Queen was actually in residence. The Royal Standard was fluttering high above the ramparts – or hanging might be a better word as there wasn’t a breath of wind. We probably wouldn’t have noticed if we hadn’t overheard one of the staff members talking about how the Queen had arrived the previous evening. We spotted lights coming from a few of the rooms that weren’t open to the public, where we decided that the Queen must be. Plus, a Rolls Royce was parked up outside. Surely only a few people would be important enough for a ride.

After the castle closed, we went for a wander in the town centre as the market stalls were starting to pack away for the evening. They seemed to stay for as long as the light did, so we swapped the independent retailers for the bright lights of Zara and Topshop for a bit of retail therapy.

It was definitely a short and sweet visit, but it was definitely worth the trip to get to see the decorations and to experience the magic of Windsor Castle again. If you’re ever in the area, I definitely recommend a visit, particularly around Christmas.

Have you been to Windsor? What did you think? Do you know any similar places that I can visit next? I always love suggestions! 

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