The crisp, cold air of winter with the sun hanging low in the clear evening sky. Very few sounds apart from waves lapping gently on the beach, a single fishing boat chugging it’s way along the shore and the distant hum of conversation and laughter coming from a nearby pub. Sometimes, evenings are made for a solitary walk. Taking time for yourself, to lose yourself in your thoughts and soak up your surroundings. That’s exactly what I did one evening, when I saw a potentially beautiful sunset while staying at my mother-in-law’s house. I seized the opportunity to jump in the car and take a 15 minute drive to the sleepy fishing village of Staithes in North Yorkshire.

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I’m sure we all have ideas in the back of our minds about bucket list holidays that we want to take. Often, there is something holding us back though. Is it the potential cost? Or maybe the fact that because the trip has to be just perfect, it needs a lot of careful planning? I’ve had many of these trips in the back of mind that I haven’t taken (yet). One trip I have been keen to take for a very long time is a Lapland winter holiday. Crisp powdery fresh snow, clear skies and the Aurora Borealis dancing through the sky. It’s been a dream of mine for years. Or at least it was, until I decided to plan a one week, bucket list trip to Finnish Lapland.

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If you live a fair distance from a theme park or attraction, it’s likely that you will want to make the most of your trip. I find that for many theme parks it’s worth spending a couple of days exploring, especially if it’s not a park you can visit regularly. Alton Towers, deep in the Staffordshire countryside, is one of the those theme parks that you will want to spend some time exploring without being rushed. With a large number of attractions, spread across a large area with beautiful scenery, I always like to spend two days there when I visit. For this reason, I choose to stay at one of the resort accommodation options to make life easier. In this post, I’ll run through some tips on how to make the most of your Alton Towers overnight stay.

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