Throughout my adult years I had wanted to visit the South Cornwall coast. Being a fan of spending time near the sea, it has always made sense to visit. With sandy beaches, beautiful coastal walks and pretty harbour towns, it seemed like an idyllic part of the UK. However, being a five hour drive from my hometown of Reading, with some notorious traffic hot-spots along the way, I kept putting it off. Then one day, a musician I liked announced a show in Cornwall that I simply could not miss, so a plan was formed.

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The bucket list Lapland experience

I doubt that there is anyone who uses the internet that hasn’t seen the image of the Glass Igloos nestled in the forests of Finnish Lapland? It was years ago when I first saw them, and I was in awe. How amazing would it be to stay in one of those and gaze up at the stars, or even the Northern Lights? I put it to the back of my mind. It was bound to be expensive and I’m not really a fan of the cold. The closest I ever got to a cold holiday was an unseasonal trip to the Dolomites, where it snowed a bit in September.

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A weekend in Lille

What do you look for in a hotel for a weekend city break? For me, I am at the point in my life where a cheap and basic hotel doesn’t quite cut the mustard any more. If I need a base to explore a city for a couple of days then I am looking for a convenient location, and a room that I can relax in. On a recent visit to Lille, I found the perfect combination of those things, which is why I think that the Hotel Carlton Lille is the perfect hotel for a weekend break.

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