[AD] Every summer I get the urge to head to the mountains. There is something about the crisp fresh air, the peace and the dramatic scenery that consistently draws me back in. There’s nowhere better in Europe than the Alps for mountain scenery, so when I was recently offered the opportunity to head to Verbier in the Val De Bagnes region of Switzerland on behalf of fellow travel blogger On the Luce, I jumped at the opportunity. You might be familiar with Verbier as a luxury ski resort, but this stunning mountain resort has plenty to offer it’s summer visitors too. With fabulous views across the Val de Bagnes valley and the surrounding mountain ranges, it is a destination suitable for those who are looking for adventure, fun, culture and relaxation. If you are looking for any of those things, you should definitely consider a Verbier summer holiday.

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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 towns and cities in the UK,  I have opted for the lower budget chain hotels. If it’s for a night or two, I find that a Travelodge is perfectly acceptable. They’ve come a long way in the last few years. The rooms are still fairly functional, but with much improved décor they are now a nice space to spend time in. I guess the whole point of a city break is that you are not going to spend much time in your room? It’s somewhere to sleep, shower and leave your belongings. Every now and again though, you stumble across a little gem in the sea of hotel options on sites like Booking.com. We did that exact thing on a recent visit to Manchester when I booked a two night stay at the Motel One Manchester Royal Exchange.

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How many of you have realised in a desperate attempt to see the world, you completely ignore what’s on your doorstep? I, for one, am definitely in this group. As a young twenty something I settled in the university and commuter town of Reading, Berkshire. It wasn’t planned. A work opportunity and some quick decision making resulted in a last minute relocation from North Wales. Being a transient town, my first decade was spent socialising (and working) with people who, for the majority, weren’t from Reading. It’s only in the last decade that I’ve really got to know the locals, got to know the history and got to love the town. Which got me thinking, if you were a tourist, what would do on a visit? So I decided to put together a short list of things to do in Reading, to show off the best of the town.

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