I love exploring London. It’s such a vibrant city full of history and culture. I’ve never lived in London but have lived close enough to visit regularly over the years. For me, the capital has a familiarity to it,  despite it’s sprawling size. At over 600 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to …

Chester sightseeing – a perfect weekend escape You know those times where you just need to escape, even if it’s just for one night? Every now and then those moments grip me and I have the urge to get away. It’s great to have something to look forward to. The run up to Christmas …

What do you look for in a city centre hotel? I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much time pondering about city break hotel stays. More often than not, you’ll end up with an expensive hotel that doesn’t really offer great value in terms of the room rate. Recently when visiting …

[AD] I enjoy living near London. It’s always great to jump on a train for 25 minutes and be in our vibrant capital city. There is just so much to explore, and with constant new developments popping up, the decisions on what do are almost endless. One part of London that I haven’t explored …

As a Reading resident, Oxford is practically on my door step. I have often visited the city for nights out, concerts and walking tours. There has usually been a specific reason though, so I haven’t had the chance to fully explore the city. Recently, I had some concert tickets booked so decided to make …

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 …

A damp and cobbled street in Vieux Lille

One final trip of the year As autumn was kicking in a couple of months ago, I started to do that usual thing where  you check your remaining leave days at work and wonder how you can squeeze in an extra little break. It turns out that I had a few days left to …

Bath Christmas Market stalls in front of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist

I love a good Christmas Market. My first visit of the year makes me feel like the festive season has truly kicked off, although I do have a general rule that it should not be until at least the first of December. I threw caution to the wind this year though and broke those …

Planning a Caribbean trip, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For the majority, I would guess that it’s beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, cocktails and palm trees. Is that you? Well, it’s definitely me, I can promise you that. So once upon a time, my other half suggested that we go …

I don’t really know Manchester very well. Having visited only a handful of times in my adult life to catch up with friends, for work visits or for gigs, I never had the opportunity to get to know the city. What I have seen in that handful of visits over, hmm … about 22 …