A Guide to Scottish Slang

One of the things I love about being Scottish (and there are many) is that us Scots have our own little Scottish words, phrases, slang and accents. I know from travelling a lot that Read more

Why You Should Visit Scotland in Autumn

Autumn is such a perfect season. I love the yellow, orange and red leaves as they transform from green through the colour spectrum. I love the piles of leaves sweeping around as they're caught Read more

My Favourite Travel Beauty Products

As a travel blogger and writer, travel is an enormous part of my life and I spend a lot of time on the road away from home. In the last year or so I've Read more

How to Alleviate Wanderlust Without Travelling

This past weekend has been a little bit of a disappointment. I was supposed to be exploring a new city for me, Madrid, yet I ended up staying at home. Why? Well, I was meant Read more

A Perfect Few Days in Venice

Venice is a place that I absolutely adore, no matter how filled with tourists it is, and I've written here before about my unwavering love for the city. So, when my partner, Thomas, and I Read more

Amsterdam Again

I've visited Amsterdam before, back when I was just 14 years old on a long weekend with my parents and I remember having a really great time, so when I had a long layover 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.

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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.

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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.

50 Best Road Trip Songs

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I LOVE a good road trip and one of my essential items is a playlist full of amazingly good road trip songs. Good music always makes a journey better and there’s few things better than driving along open roads with the wind in your hair and some great music blasting out.
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Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon Iceland

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One of Iceland’s most famous attractions is the relaxing, steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon and I sure as heck wasn’t planning to miss an opportunity to get some pamper time during my trip!
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Iceland’s Golden Circle

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One of the things I knew I just had to do whilst in Iceland was to tour the Golden Circle. 

Why I hear you ask? Well, because I’ve been dreaming of Iceland for years now and so many of the stunning images splattered around the internet, books and television are from the Golden Circle and boy does it look AMAZING.
GOLDEN-CIRCLE-ICELAND, ICELAND-TOURSIt’s something that the majority of visitors do when coming to Iceland and it’s easy to see why. If you’re visiting Iceland than I cannot recommend the Golden Circle route more, whether you do it by yourself or as part of an organised tour that’s up to you. Just. Do. It.

The Golden Circle takes you to Gullfoss Waterfall (a must visit when in Iceland!), shows you the original Geysir, from where the name geysir actually originates, and offers an amazing overview of the jaw-dropping otherworldly landscape of this beautiful little country. Read more

Discovering Dumfries and Galloway

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Dumfries and Galloway is a region located in Scotland’s western southern uplands and one I had the pleasure of discovering recently. Despite living less than two hours away from Galloway and Dumfries it is an area I didn’t know much about until now. I visited briefly last year but sadly didn’t get enough chance to really get to know this little gem of a region.

I had no idea that it was quite so rural, green and beautiful, let alone that it was blessed with over 200 miles of coastline and some utterly stunning beaches that you wouldn’t believe were really in Scotland.
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And how lucky were we that we picked the gorgeous Balcary Bay Hotel as our base for our mini break?! Read more

Quad Biking on the Hills Above Reykjavic, Iceland

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I LOVE a little taste of adventure when I’m travelling and Iceland is certainly a destination where you can get adventurous with all those hills to climb, volcanic caves to explore (I’ll be sharing my caving experience soon!) and glaciers to walk on.

When my brother and I spied the opportunity to go quad biking (that’s ATV’s to all you American folks!) we jumped at the chance. We were picked up from our hotel in the centre of Reykjavic and taken to the Safari Quads centre where I got my first glimpse of how giant the bikes were. Wow! They’re bigger than some small city cars!
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We got a very quick safety demonstration and were shown how to use the bikes before donning our super sexy boiler suits… Read more