How to stay sustainable (and frugal) on your next holiday

While you might not be thinking about travelling anywhere at the moment, that doesn’t mean we can’t think about our future travels. In fact, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the way we travel & to give you something lovely to look forward to..!

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4 Unexpected reasons why travelling by train = a low-cost day out

On my recent short break I went on a couple of train journeys. Not only was it very enjoyable to sit back and take in the scenery rather than having to drive and navigate, it also turned out to be somewhat of a money-saving venture too. Here’s why travelling by train can save you money in some rather unexpected ways…

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How to tick off your bucket list on a budget – Niagara Falls

Living on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t still tick a few things off of your bucket list. I mean, saving your extra cash for travel should be one of the benefits of a thrifty life, shouldn’t it?! Even so, there are savings to be made every time you travel and it IS possible to make a trip to an iconic destination, like the Niagara Falls much more affordable. Here’s how…

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How to travel around the US in style when you’re on a budget

Are you considering travelling to the United States? Have you been tempted by the epic road trips, the bright lights of Las Vegas or the hustle and bustle of New York City? The US has National Parks that are overflowing with many great attractions, beaches and hotspots, and the country is also rich in culture, authentic food and music. So how can you explore the US when you’re on a budget? Here are some travel hacks to help you cut costs…

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15 Reasons why you should hire a beach hut for the day this summer

Can you guess what I did at the weekend? Yes, I hired a beach hut! But this wasn’t my first time – oh no, we’ve been hiring beach huts as a family for years. Since my childhood, in fact. But why should you hire one if you’re heading to the beach for just one day? Read on to find out….

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New performers announced for Latitude Festival + acts not to miss…

With Latitude festival on the horizon, I’ve been following the festival’s social accounts to get the scoop on the latest performers to be added to the already-amazing line-up. Here are my pick of the newest artist additions and my tips for what not to miss at this year’s festival…

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Guest Post: How to have an affordable trip to London with your family

Everyone should go to London at least once in their lifetime. If the family can come along too, the more the merrier! There’s something here for everyone, with a range of activities and landmarks to enjoy. Still, the city has a reputation for being preposterously expensive in just about every way. Property, travel, and even buying a sandwich all take a considerable financial toll in the capital. In the end, most people would agree that London is simply too demanding on people’s wallets. What if there was a way to have a more affordable experience? Here are 3 affordable ways to visit London with your family…

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5 Low-cost essentials that every solo traveller should pack in their suitcase

If you’ve planned a solo getaway this summer, you’ll probably feel an extra little bit of pressure to ensure that you’ve got everything prepared prior to your departure. So whilst you’re getting everything packed up and ready, check out this checklist to ensure that you aren’t missing something essential…

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Planning to travel? Here’s how to save money on your adventures

Everyone dreams of travelling around the world at some point but unfortunately, it can become quite expensive. Don’t worry – there are plenty of travel hacks that can help you save money and enjoy a better travelling experience. Here are 3 tips to get you started:

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Thrifty ways to save money on travel (& how to spend less while you’re away)

“But travelling is expensive” is the usual response when thrifty people chose to push back another trip of a lifetime. However, just like shopping for bargain fashion finds, DIYing storage solutions or upcycling charity shop finds for a home office – there ARE ways to make travel accessible, cheaper and, most importantly, thrifty…

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6 Tips to keep your home secure when you go away on holiday

If you’re planning a holiday in the near future, today’s blog post is full of ideas for securing your home while you’re away. It can be a real headache if you’re worrying about your home and tech when you’re travelling, so here are 6 simple ways you can alleviate that stress and enjoy your break…

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6 Interesting things you probably didn’t already know about London

Did you know that there’s so much more to London than just Buckingham Palace and Big Ben? London is a city brimming with mystery, with hidden secrets and unique quirks that make it a place people love to live, work and play in. So, step away from the guide book for a moment and read on for 6 things you probably didn’t know about London

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Guest post – 3 Things to look for when buying a holiday home

Many of us harbour dreams of one day buying our own holiday home. Not only can it be a treasured home away from home, a place to escape to when your everyday routine gets tedious, but it can also be a fantastic investment for the future. This post details the most important things to look for when buying a holiday home, to ensure that your get the very best value for your money and get to enjoy your property for years to come…

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A beach holiday for every budget – 5 epic coastal spots around the world

Beaches make the ideal spot for getting away from technology and the noise of busy city streets, which is why so many people want to include a a coastal spot in their holiday planning. Whether you prefer a relaxing break, enjoy snorkelling or love getting stuck into water sports, a beach is a vital part of any holiday. Here’s how to find a coastal break to suit all budgets…

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5 Money saving tips for going away travelling

It does cost money to go travelling but not as much as you might think, especially if you apply these 5 thrifty travelling tips that will help you to see the world on a budget..!

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Guest post: 12 Things you should do when visiting Anguilla

This island may be a small Caribbean island but don’t let its size fool you. At 15 miles long and 3 miles wide Anguilla boasts no less than 33 beaches! It’s a perfect place for your Caribbean holiday, as there are plenty of things to do in Anguilla. It is one of the least populated islands in the Caribbean with only 13,000 residents. Below are some of my suggested things to do in Anguilla and I can guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable experience on this beautiful island…

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Versatile clothes you should pack for your next holiday

With the scorching hot temperatures we’ve been enjoying this week and the fun-in-the-sun feeling I got from the bank holiday, my thoughts turned to holiday season. So, I’ve come up with a suitcase packing list of super-versatile clothes that are worth investing in this summer…

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What NOT to bring home when travelling…

Travelling is a fantastic opportunity to explore places, experience different cultures and maybe even see things in a new light. Of course, you may want to bring home souvenirs from your trip, but there are a few things that you should really never bring home when travelling…

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Top 5 winter holidays on a budget

I’ve put together a list of my top budget winter holiday destinations to help you beat those winter blues and save cash by travelling out of season…

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How to plan a budget camping trip now to save money next year

If you’re anything like me, you’ll already be planning your holidays for 2018. If you’re super-excited about planning a getaway but aren’t so keen on the idea of spending a lot of money on a trip abroad, then a staycation might be best for you. More and more individuals, groups of friends, couples and families […]

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That was a rookie error: How to avoid classic travel booking mistakes

Do you know someone who almost always snag the best travel deals and never seem to experience any hitches with their booking plans? While I love hearing about the bargain trips that my friends and family have booked, I always wonder how on earth they are getting such great deals?! As soon as I start […]

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How to tan safely on your next holiday

When we head off on holiday, one of the things we hope for is to return with a great tan. After all, we can’t wait to get back and show everyone our summer glow. And it can make all those cute summer dresses look extra fabulous. But getting a safe tan is harder than it […]

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The countdown to Latitude Festival 2017 has begun..!

After a whole year of waiting, over 4 months since the line-up was announced, and two months since my last blog post about the acts I’m hoping to see, Latitude festival is now only 8 days away. As soon as July arrives, the countdown starts and I become more and more excited as the days […]

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Create a holiday-home inspired interior fit for a staycation

This little run of bank holiday weekends has got me thinking about the summer holidays – has it been the same for you too? If so, I thought I’d share a little staycation inspiration with you this week! I’d love to help you enjoy a holiday in your own home – after all, that’s what […]

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Travel aspirations for 2017 – Amsterdam

The trouble with Instagram is that it makes you want to travel. I can barely open the app without spotting photos of my friends flying to far-flung destinations, skiing down a picturesque mountainside or swimming in a turquoise blue sea. And it can’t just be me that’s seeing daily updates like this, can it? Okay, Instagram […]

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No wifi for the weekend

When was the last time that you went offline? For me, it’s probably been years. Ever since I got my first smart phone I’ve not had a day away from the internet. Well, when you’re carrying a computer in your pocket at all times, and your job is based online, and your friends contact you via […]

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Norman Foster’s Willis Building in Ipswich – 1970s architecture & interiors

Today’s blog post is rather photo-heavy, but I wanted to share some snaps I took while touring Norman Foster’s famous Willis Building. My husband and I went into Ipswich as part of the Heritage Open Weekend and visited half-a-dozen or so historical buildings that are not usually open to the public. Among them was the […]

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Tips for a day out at Ipswich Transport Museum

If you like buses, trams, motor bikes, old trucks and fire engines (or lawnmowers, for that matter) this is the museum for you. I’ve always enjoyed travelling by bus, so why wouldn’t I want to go to a museum full of them, eh? It’s packed full of vintage vehicles and, while it looks unassuming from the outside, […]

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My summer so far…

It’s only half way through the school holidays and I’ve already been having a wonderful summer break. I’ve been on a few day trips, I’ve visited a handful of places and got a few of my “to-do’s” done. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, here’s the goss…I went to the seaside. During the very […]

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How a new dress can help you stay cool this summer

So I went away last weekend. I didn’t go far, just on our yearly jaunt to the Essex coast, but boy was it nice to be beside the seaside. The cool sea breeze was really needed after that heatwave the week before. Even stepping off the promenade and making my way inland caused instant overheating. […]

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My favourite photos from Latitude Festival 2016

Just wanted to share a quick blog post today with some of the photos I took at this year’s Latitude Festival. Some of my personal highlights included watching a breath-taking performance by festival novice Jane Horrocks in the Film & Music arena, and sitting in on the Standard Issue Magazine discussion in the Literature tent, […]

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A romantic tour along the Amalfi coast

For romantic couples all over the world, the Amalfi coast has always been a favourite destination; not only because this region attracts the crème-de-la-creme of high society and offers a glamorous opportunity to mingle with the rich and famous (experience a chic and luxurious holiday even if you are on a budget!) but also due […]

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Why catching the bus is the thrifty travel option

Did you know that 4th-10th July is “Catch The Bus Week”? As a thrifty gal who likes to save money on travel this really interested me. Other than using park-and-ride services to travel into big cities like Cambridge and Norwich (which is a really thrifty way to park in cities like this, not to mention […]

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2016 Latitude line-up & my unseen photos from last year

The excitement is beginning to build and I’m hearing more and more mentions of the festival on social media. It can only mean one thing; it’s almost time for Latitude festival. Yes we’re only a few weeks away from East Anglia’s biggest music, arts and comedy festival and I can’t wait to go. It’s the highlight […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Sun, sea & shoes

The school half term holidays are over and we’re finally entering the last term of the year. That means only one thing; the countdown to the summer holidays has begun! The last week has been rather grey and drizzly here but, as if by magic, today the sun is shining and it’s the warmest weather […]

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4 Low-cost + fun days out for the school holidays

We’re mid-way through the summer term and that means one thing – a sunny half term break with nothing to do! This is one of my favourite holidays of the school year, because it’s warm enough to get outside and enjoy last days of Spring, yet it’s not the over-priced days of the summer holidays […]

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Free weekend activity – Wild flower walk

Can you guess what we’ve been up to recently from the title of this blog post? Last weekend my husband and I set off on a lovely weekend walk in the countryside, planning to find a bluebell wood which (having googled it) we knew was nearby. After a long period of cold wintry weather in […]

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One week, no jeans challenge

We all have a style uniform, don’t we? A particular style of outfit that you pull on day-in-day-out without really thinking about it. For me, it’s comfy jeans combined with a jumper in winter and the same jeans rolled up with a t-shirt in the summer. I reach for my skinny jeans instinctively every morning because I […]

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What’s your dream honeymoon?

After attending a wedding fair this weekend with my bride-to-be bestie, I started thinking about honeymoon destinations. We were browsing the wedding fair stalls when we came across a stand covered in photos of dream honeymoon locations and it got me thinking about where I’d like to go, if I could choose anywhere in the […]

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Pack a picnic + my ‘cheese crunch’ sandwich recipe

It must be the slighter sunnier weather, or perhaps the impending Easter holidays, that has got me thinking about days out, picnics and flasks full of tea. In fact, I went on my first picnic of the year yesterday lunchtime and, after all these dark winter months of eating lunch indoors, it was so lovely […]

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Party ideas for a big night in – I heart NY

It’s all about love this Valentine’s weekend and I wanted to do something special for my husband. We’re being especially frugal this year (saving for a home of our own) so there won’t be any lavish nights or holidays to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. But that doesn’t mean it will pass by unnoticed. Instead, […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Get your skates on!

If you don’t already know it, skating rocks! I’m sure that many of you have been roller skating as a teen, shuffled around an ice rink at a Christmas market or even grabbed a skateboard earlier in life. But to do it as an adult is a whole different experience. It’s actually fun. If you’ve not been […]

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Art & culture lovers tour of Sicily

While I’m planning on staying at home with not much to do for the whole of December, I sometimes envy those people who have booked an inspirational trip away during the festive period. Even though I love Christmas in the UK, skipping all the stress that sometimes comes with it does sound appealing! For those of you who […]

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A relaxing day out at the Suffolk Punch Trust

It’s half-term this week and we’ve been enjoying a few days off, sorting out all the things that you never usually get round to during a normal working week. But it’s not all been hard work; My husband and I decided to have a relaxing day out earlier this week and visit a local attraction […]

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My Segway adventure & tips for visiting Thetford Forest

This week I enjoyed an exhilarating challenge in Thetford Forest – a Segway adventure – and I’d love to share some photos of my day out with you. I’m hoping that this post will serve as inspiration for your own summer adventure and give you some tips for surviving a day out at High Lodge Forestry […]

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Map geek – My guide to Southwold Pier

This week I took a trip to the Suffolk coast to enjoy a day of traditional seaside fun and, more importantly, to hunt out Southwold Pier. This hidden gem is a classic seaside attraction and I really can’t think of anywhere better to spend the day when the weather is as glorious as it has […]

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The National Railway Museum at York

I know that many of you will be enjoying a little bit of time off this week for the school holidays and I wanted to share my experience of visiting the National Railway Museum with you to give you inspiration for something to do with the little ones during half term (including my tips for […]

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A new attraction in Blackpool & tips for a school holiday trip

With the school holidays approaching with 9 whole days of entertainment needed for the children, I thought it would be a good idea to share a series of blog posts with you this week to give you some ideas for days out during half term. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my tips for surviving a bank holiday trip […]

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The magnificent North Yorkshire Moors & our stay at Ox Pasture Hall

Over the past week I’ve been sharing photos of the fabulous places that we visited during our ‘West to East’ tour of the north. After a waltz round The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and spending a day exploring historic Harrogate, we headed east for the last stop on our trip, where my husband and I stayed […]

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Interior design inspiration from The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Earlier this week wrote about the start of my West to East holiday, which kicked off in Blackpool over the Valentine’s weekend. I shared photos of my long awaited trip to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the amazing seafront hotel that we stayed in – if you missed the post, please check it out here. Today I’m simply […]

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A Valentine’s Day to remember in Blackpool

Hi everyone, I’m back from the most amazing holiday and can’t wait to tell you all about it. After 14 years together my husband and I took our first ever ‘proper’ holiday lasting a full 5 nights. Yes, even our honeymoon didn’t last that long! Last week we toured from the west coast to the […]

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