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    Europe,  On a Shoestring,  Travel

    Amsterdam: On a Shoestring

    Amsterdam, famed for its liberal attitudes, artists, stunning Dutch architecture, tulips and canals. This city is one of the most popular in Europe and a trip here can quickly add up if you don’t watch your spending. It is however very easy to visit Amsterdam on a budget through a variety of different means. “I love travelling, I honestly believe it’s one of the only things in life that makes you richer. Experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and making memories with your loved ones.” My weekend break with three friends to Amsterdam was the final one of my seven trips abroad this year and it only cost me £290…

  • Live,  UK

    Goodwood Revival: Stepping back in time

    Goodwood Revival weekend has a well renowned reputation and many people know about this prestigious event via word of mouth rather than its marketing collateral. Having thought about visiting for years it wasn’t until I started thinking about what to get Chris for his birthday present this year. I took the plunge and booked tickets for the Sunday 9th September. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Goodwood Revival is the one of the world’s most popular motor race meetings and the only one in the UK that recreates the golden era of motorsports. Things to consider before you visit Goodwood Revival  Will you stay overnight or just visit for the day?  General…

  • Isle-of-wight-in-a-day-chairlift
    Travel,  UK

    Conquer the Isle of Wight in a day

    Over the weekend, we celebrated Chris’s 25th Birthday which consisted of staying down in Southsea at an Airbnb to be closer to Goodwood. We were looking for things to do and subsequently a spontaneous trip to the Isle of Wight occurred. It’s somewhere I’d visited a lot over the years and Chris didn’t know much about. We visited Isle of Wight in a day and managed to pack in a lot. We booked the 2.30pm ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne with a return time of 7pm giving us just four hours to explore the island. FOUR HOURS?!! I hear you cry, erm isn’t that impossible. Well you must remember three things;…

  • Europe,  Sensational stays,  Travel

    Elle Goes to Madeira

     If you’ve been following my trip on Instagram and Facebook or are just looking for some inspiration for your holiday; my new blog series is ideal for you. Take a look at the highlights from my recent trip to help make your holiday to Madeira memorable….  We found Villa Mirage through James Villas, it’s a stunning property with a peaceful ocean-facing setting located just 15 minutes drive from Calheta. With three bedrooms, a spacious open plan kitchen-lounge-dining area; there is plenty of room for up to six people to stay. The interiors have a stylish and contemporary decor whilst the exterior has a rustic charm with basalt stone. Outside you can enjoy a game of table…

  • Travel

    Travelling with Friends

    Travelling with friends is a lot of fun, but combining different personalities, wants and needs to keep everyone happy all on one holiday can leave your head spinning. Having been on a few holidays with friends over the years I share my top tips for ensuring your trip is a relationship strengthening exercise not a social nightmare…    Know your role As is the case with any group, each person has their own personality and subsequently their role within the group dynamics. Naturally I am a planner, an organiser and a leader but in some groups I have to take the back seat purely because some friends are a little less…

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