My August Travel Blogging Round Up

A random collection of photos from my August including glamorous, delicious dinners on cruise ships, long walks in the last of the summer sunshine, homemade truffles and cute doggies. Perfect! Where I've Been August has been Read more

What NOT To Do When Visiting India

I've already written lots about things you should know before visiting India, what you should wear in India and my thoughts on the country since my trip there last year. It's a colourful, crazy, Read more

Top 6 Places to Visit in Italy

Italy is one of my absolute favourite countries in the world. Whenever I think of Italy I think of the delicious food, beautiful scenery, incredible history, stylish Italian people, laid-back lifestyle and of course Read more

What's in my bag when I travel?

I get a lot of people asking just what exactly is always in my bag when I travel. There are quite a few things I can't leave home without whether my trip is long Read more

How to Pick the Right Accommodation for Your Trip

You know that familiar scenario - you've booked every other detail of your trip except the accommodation, because every time you go to look it seems like there are way too many options? Yup, Read more

10 Reasons to Love the South of France

The South of France, also known as the Côte d'Azur or French Riviera, is one of my absolute favourite regions in the world. I've been lucky enough to have travelled there many, many times and Read more

Scenes from St Petersburg, Russia

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As a travel blogger and writer one of the questions I’m always asked by people is “what is your favourite place that you’ve visited?” and each time I can’t answer it. Asking me to pick one favourite place in the 35 countries and countless cities I’ve visited is like asking a parent to pick which of their children is their favourite.

ST PETERSBURG, BEST PLACES TO VISIT

Usually when I’m asked the question I offer up a handful of places that I’ve visited and loved but one which always passes my lips is St Petersburg in Russia.

It’s a place I’ve only visited once but absolutely fell head over heels in love with. I’d return in a heartbeat to explore more of the city and learn more about the fascinating history that exists here. Read more

Taking Part in the Race for Life

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Yesterday I took part in an extremely important event – the Race for Life 2014 in Glasgow. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of it before then it’s a women-only 5 kilometre run, jog, walk or whatever you want to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
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My Top Things to do in Summer

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I LOVE summer. Who doesn’t love summer actually? Those long, sunny days and light, mild evenings are the stuff of dreams. Everything feels better, easier and more fun and I have loads of things I want to do this summer to make it even more memorable.
THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER ACTIVITIES

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Idyllic North Berwick, Scotland

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One of my favourite places in Scotland is, without a doubt, North Berwick, an adorable seaside town on the east coast. It’s a small town that feels incredibly peaceful and is blessed with absolutely stunning beaches that don’t really look like they belong in Scotland.
NORTH BERWICK, NORTH BERWICK SCOTLAND, NORTH BERWICK BEACH

It’s the type of place that you can go to for a weekend and feel like you’ve been gone for weeks. It’s got a proper small town feel to it – the people are warm and friendly and you can walk absolutely everywhere. The pubs are quaint and unassuming and the main street is lined with adorable shops and cafes. Read more

Spelunking aka Caving in Iceland

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“You know in the US this caving thing is known as spelunking” said the chatty American girl with the dazzling white teeth and waterproof jacket to match.

Spelunking.

CONFUSED-GIF, SPELUNKING, CAVING, ICELAND

What?! As a Brit I’d never heard this term before. Exploring caves is known as caving. Functional and descriptive. Typical British efficiency. I decided spelunking sounded a lot more fun so let me tell you about the time I went spelunking in Iceland. Read more

Some of the Best Park Resorts Worldwide

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The perfect holiday means something different to everyone, some people love a holiday relaxing on a glorious sandy beach while others prefer holidays climbing up mountains or backpacking across faraway lands. Others enjoy adventures closer to home such as an exciting caravan trip in the UK where they can explore the country in the comfort of their own caravan. Gala Bingo are now offering caravan-themed giveaways in May to cater for all the caravan and camping enthusiasts in the UK. The prizes are valued in excess of £50k and include a caravan giveaway + 2 years park fees and another 10 holiday giveaways to Park Resorts. Despite the fact that camping and caravanning has a somewhat prejudice link to being a cheap holiday, there is a far more luxurious side to it. Below are some of the best, most luxurious and most expensive holiday park resorts around the world.

Shorefield Country Park

In Hampshire lies this award winning five star country park that is full of extravagant activities such as pampering and massage facilities, steam rooms and bubbly Jacuzzis’. This well-established park is situated in a stunning rural location near the sea and ideal for those who want to find a small piece of heaven on earth on their holiday this summer.

Image from tripadvisor.com

Image from tripadvisor.com

Privately-Owned Island in Alaska

If you want to really get away from it all (and spend a fortune in the process) then jet off to this privately-owned island in not-always-sunny Alaska. There are tons of activities here including hiking and kayaking, making this destination ideal for the more outgoing and adventurous types. You will stay in a comfortable 20 ft.-diameter yurt which includes its own propane cabin heater, stove and on-demand/hot water heater. Electricity is provided by solar power and each cabin has an ocean view.

Image from glampinghub.com

Image from glampinghub.com

Forest Treehouses in South Carolina

Go back to your childhood with these forest treehouses. It is the largest private Wildlife Refuge on the Edisto River but you will have to access it by canoe as this is the only way to get there. The area is astounding, hosting stunning views of a 160 acre refuge. Somewhat like a fairy-tale, this choice is perfect for those with kids as they will really feel like they have dived into a fantasy world.

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The Outback of Australia

For those who really love camping, this exclusive bush camp brings those who stay here into the beautiful and remote wilderness of Australia. Surrounded by beautiful dunes, Sal Salis’ sports nine spacious Wilderness Tents that are raised on platforms with splendid sea views. Each tent has its own eco-ensuite bathroom and comfortable beds to sleep in.

Image from salsalis.com

Image from salsalis.com

If you have your own motorhome, there are a number of well-equipped holiday parks in the UK for you to choose from. To find out further details about the amazing Gala Bingo giveaway, click here.