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My travels so far

If you don’t already know by now I love travelling, well being on holiday. I genuinely hate the feeling of not having another one booked for next year at the moment so I thought to try and take my mind off it I would write about my travels so far as I start this I am unsure whether I want to make this a series talking about all the places in detail or whether to summarise but stay with me here and we will see together.

So I guess it makes sense to start from the beginning, I will be blogging about my travels in the recent years that I have funded myself rather than ones I went on with family as I can’t then tell you the cost of things. My first solo travel without my parents was to Rhodes, Greece with Sam for my 18th birthday. We left for Greece on my birthday (4th August) and flew from Exeter which was perfect as it is a very small airport and less than an hour away from Plymouth so meant we didn’t have to travel far. Our flight was late in the afternoon which meant we didn’t get to the hotel till gone 10pm which meant most of my 18th birthday was spent in an airport and a plane. Call me spoilt but it wasn’t an ideal way to spend my 18th! We went half board which meant we only got breakfast and evening meal included. The hotel was nothing special and for our first holiday away it was perfect. Rhodes old town was about a 30 minute bus journey away and I still remember now the fear I had getting on to this bus fearful that we might get lost and would be stuck in Rhodes. By the fact I am writing this now you can guess that didn’t happen.

Rhodes itself is beautiful and I would love to go back for sure, we did a boat trip where the boat had a glass bottom and the diver was showing us different fish from under the sea. we explored the markets and the old town but looking back I wish we spent more time there as we only did it twice in the week holiday as we were so scared we would miss the bus back. I think this was more because it was both of our first holidays away from family so we were a bit nervous. I don’t really have much more to write about Rhodes as it was 2015 we visited and we both were reluctant to go very far for too long, this is definitely not the case now!

Our next holiday together was 2016 Antalya, Turkey, let me tell you this was one of the best hotels we ever stayed in. we stayed at Aska Lara Resort & Spa, it was our first experience of 5 star which we now do on most holidays. Lara Beach, the area is stunning, the beach is perfect not too rough seas and the perfect sand. We did lots of water activities like paragliding, banana boat and jet ski’s. the whole holiday was amazing and we would definitely go back that’s for sure. We went when the hotel was brand new so it was a little cheaper but I would say it is worth every penny the food is amazing, the waterpark was super fun and Turkey in general was amazing. On our last full day we did have an incident which did make us feel unsafe and not want to be there. We went to the markets to just have a browse, when we went in one shop the man was persistent in making Sam try on a jumper, little did we know the other man locked us in the shop. When Sam said he didn’t want the jumper the man shouted at us and swore at us then physically pushed us out the shop telling us to never come back. Only being 18 and 19 we were both really scared and practically ran back to the hotel, looking back now we laugh about it but at the time it was a really horrible situation which could have ended a lot differently. We tried not to let this one experience taint our whole holiday but for a while it did because it was scary, now we are a bit older we don’t find it so scary and would go back but would just watch out for this in the markets.

I think for one blog post that maybe enough but stay tuned for the next batch of our holidays, coming next Florida, Venice, the cruise and Bali.

Wooldown

So a couple of weekends ago I had the luxury of staying at Wooldown, It was out second visit and as you could have most probably seen by my stories we loved it. Wooldown is full of various one bed retreats in Bude, Cornwall,  perfect for when you need to just escape from everyday life. We have stayed in both Stargazey and Sun Seeker and both were just incredible the attention to detail is second to none.

Sun Seeker had a great view which you could just chill in the bath in and enjoy. We spent most of the weekend in the bath taking in all the views.

Upon arrival they had set up a cute towel display with chocolate and also put flower petals on the bed which just made it that bit extra special.

I can’t recommend Wooldown enough it is stunning and I am sure we will be back again. Here are some more photos from our stay.

A day in Venice

In November I flew to Venice and spent one day in the amazing city. We flew out with EasyJet on Friday evening for £22.00 and flew home on Sunday morning for £25.00. These flight times meant that we only had the day on Saturday to explore the city. This blog post will be how to squeeze everything into a one day visit.

We stayed in Hotel Abbazia which included breakfast in your stay. The hotel is located right next to the Grand Canal which is perfect, a five-minute walk from the coach station. We had a lovely room which overlooked the gardens within the hotel. Breakfast was a big buffet which included pasties and cereals.

On the first evening, we took a small stroll around the hotel but because we got there late we didn’t do much as we were so tired. The first morning we got up super early to make sure we could get some pictures before the streets got too busy. The first location was the bridge over the Grand Canal, this is a two-second walk from the hotel.

The best bit is that no one even notices how many photos you are taking because everyone is doing the same thing. We quickly headed back to the hotel to get changed because I sure as hell would not have been able to last all day in heels!

Next on our itinerary was, of course, St Mark’s Square, at this point we did not know that Venice was flooded. We began our walk through the winding streets and started to notice people wearing rain covers on their shoes. The closer we got to St Mark’s Square the more people we saw with these on their feet. No lie we literally turned the corner and it was flooded up to peoples knees. We quickly turned around and searched for the first shop which sold the lovely shoe covers. 20 Euros down and both of us were kitted and ready for the flood.

We spent about an hour walking around in the flooded water taking photos and face timing our families to show them just how flooded it was. We spoke to another couple who had said that the rainfall overnight is what caused the flood as the day before it was clear. Having been to Venice twice now the flood made it all the more fun.

Next stop we went for food, becoming a quick tradition on city breaks with Sam we go to the Hard Rock Cafe. The Hard Rock Cafe in Venice is located right next to the shops in St Mark’s Square, next to all the Gondola’s. I don’t personally think that it was too expensive to eat in there especially as it was right next to the tourist locations.

After food, we just wondered back through all of the back streets towards the hotel. Venice has so many back streets that you will never run out of places to snap that Instagram worthy picture. One place you must visit is the Magnum shop by the Grand Canal, for 5.5 Euros you can create your own and add whatever toppings you want to your ice cream. I think for the price you can’t go wrong.

To end the day we went to one of the restaurants near the hotel and had dinner, it was more expensive and you also get charged for bread that they put on the table even if you say you do not want it, so just beware if your budgeting. Near the hotel, there are a few shops such as Sephora and Nike so we took a little gander and shopped a bit. Before we knew it our day in Venice was over and it was time to get back to the hotel ready for our early flight in the morning.

Getting to Venice from the airport is super easy, just walk out of the airport and turn left, you will see a place which is selling tickets you just want to get a return bus ticket which cost us around 10 Euros each. The coach drops you right next to the Grand Canal and is only about 5 minutes away from the hotel we stayed in.

We did not go in a gondola as they are ridiculously expensive like 80 euros each and we both decided it was not worth it!

Is Venice cheap? Depends on how you look at it for us it was cheaper to fly and stay in Venice then it was to go to London! Although, when you are in Venice the cost can soon add up, it could defiantly be done on a budget, just don’t go to expensive restaurants.

Thank you for reading if you would more posts about my travels let me know, I have a lot more days to write about

Marella Cruise

This July I took the leap and turned in my normal beach holiday for a cruise ship. Having no singular place I wanted to visit, I began to look into cruises when I came across Tui’s cruise line Marella Cruises. We booked the Cosmopolitan Classics which took us to Palermo (Italy), Naples (Italy), Livorno (Italy), Villefranche (France) and Palamos (Spain). We took a week cruise and then a week stay in Mallorca. We booked an outside window cabin on deck 8 of the newly refurbished ship the Explorer.

From arriving at the check in at the airport, you are looked after and told about what to do with your baggage. Upon arriving in Mallorca airport, you are told to pick up your luggage and head to the Tui reps outside the terminal. From here we were taken to a coach which was the last time we saw our luggage before we were on the ship. The transfer took only 15 minutes from the airport to the port. In this time you are given information sheets about the ship and important information about the Muster. Arriving at the port you head into the terminal where you are given your cabin cards and have your photos taken. You then walk straight onto the ship.

As soon as you board the ship you are free to do whatever you chose to do. We went to check out our room, and we were not disappointed. The cabin was on the 8th deck and was at the front of the ship. The cabin had a huge double bed, TV, dressing room table, bathroom with shower and a big wardrobe. Our baggage was not in the room when we first arrived but was waiting outside the cabin later in the day.

After checking out the room we headed up to the top deck to check out the pool and the food. Perks of the Tui cruises are they are all inclusive including tips which meant we did not have to worry about spending any more money on food and drink. We were not disappointed by the array of food we were greeted with, we were spoiled for choice. The rest of the day we chilled on top deck soaking up the sun until our muster which took place before we set sail. The muster is very important and is essential for every passenger! It does not take up much of your time and is too important to not go.

After the muster we attended the sail away party which was a highlight of mine, it displayed a range of entertainment and got everyone in the mood to dance. After most probably too many drinks we headed back to our cabin. The first night I felt the motion of the ship but it was not enough to make me feel sick.

Thanks for reading my short introduction to #marellacruises by #tui I have posted already about some of the port days but will be sure to post more about this holiday and my overall review.