Creative ways to use your travel photos

One of the best ways to recall travel memories and experiences is to look through our old travel photos.  Not only is this a fun thing to do, but it’s a great opportunity to find our faves and proudly display them.  But how and where should we display them?

If you’ve a bunch of travel photos that you love and that deserve more than sitting on your smartphone gallery or hidden in a folder on your laptop, then it’s time to get creative with your travel photos and proudly show them off!

Not sure where to begin?

Here are a bunch of ideas to get you started.  Read on for loads of creative ways to use and display your travel photos.

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14+ vegan-friendly restaurants and plant-based cafes in Newquay, Cornwall

When you visit a new place, especially as a vegan, it can be hard to know where to find vegan-friendly and plant-based food options.  Having moved to Newquay in Cornwall in 2021, one of Cornwall’s most popular summer tourist destinations, we have been checking out some of the local vegan-friendly offerings.  We have much more to explore but have found a lot of choices so far.

So if you’re in Newquay and looking to grab a bite to eat that’s plant-based then read on.  Here are the places we’ve tried so far and keep an eye on my blog as I’m sure we’ll be sampling many more soon!

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Is eco-friendly boating possible? 13+ tips to protect marine life

Eco-friendly boating, does it exist? Can you enjoy being on the open waters while caring for the environment? Let’s explore.

When it’s time to take a break from everyday life and spend time relaxing, many people would rather leave dry land behind and take to the open waters. A day on the boat can be the best antidote to city chaos, enjoying the peace and harmony that can only be found on the water.

However, a boat trip can be harmful to the environment. Eco-friendly boating, to be as green as possible, is the best of both worlds. Let’s explore how you can still enjoy boating whilst being environmentally conscious at the same time.

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Cancelled holidays, compensation and travel insurance (what you need to know)

Does travel insurance cover you if you have to cancel your holiday? Are you entitled to compensation from the airport if your flight is cancelled or delayed? Let’s explore cancelled holidays and what you might be covered for.

Last year it was the risk of trips being cancelled because of COVID-19. This year it’s the fact that understaffed airports and airlines are creaking under the strain and cancelling flights left, right and centre as a result. 

One thing’s for sure, though – we’re not ‘back to normal’ when it comes to going abroad for a holiday by any stretch of the imagination.

When you throw in the disruption being caused by a series of rail strikes in the UK, everyone with travel plans for the rest of the year is watching nervously to see if they’ll actually make it or not.

This raises an important question. What happens if your holiday is cancelled? What happens if you don’t make it on time for your flight because of all the issues on the rail service, which is also having a knock-on effect on road congestion?

Most crucially of all – will you get your money back?

Given the high risk of holiday disruption again this summer, holidaymakers are being urged to take out travel insurance to make sure the cost of their holiday is covered should the worst happen. Here’s what you need to know.

Cancelled holidays compensation and travel insurance

Will I be entitled to compensation if my holiday is cancelled?

If your flight or package holiday gets cancelled because of the current disruption at airports, then you are entitled by law to a full refund and to compensation on top of that. The compensation rules also apply if your flight is significantly delayed rather than cancelled. The purpose of the compensation is to cover extra costs you might incur, like having to stay in a hotel overnight, or travelling back from the airport if your flight is cancelled.

Citizen’s Advice advises “You’re legally entitled to get compensation if the cancellation is the airline’s responsibility and both the following apply:

  • the replacement flight delays your arrival by 2 or more hours
  • your flight was cancelled less than 14 days before departure.”

However, there are question marks about whether the compensation amounts available will cover all travellers’ extra costs, especially for the independently booked accommodation. In cases where you have booked flights and accommodation for your holiday separately, you might lose out on at least your deposit or maybe your whole accommodation cost if you can’t travel to take up the booking (unless your travel insurance will cover this). 

Also, there are situations where airlines and travel firms aren’t obliged to offer compensation, such as if the cancellation is the result of strike action.

With the looming threat of aviation workers taking industrial action over pay and conditions just to add to the chaos, you really need travel insurance to be absolutely sure you can claim your money back.

If my flight is cancelled weeks before I fly, will my travel insurance still cover me?

This question gets asked a lot because, when you buy single trip travel insurance, you are always asked for your dates of travel. When you complete your purchase, you are told your cover starts on your departure date.

This is obviously a concern with airlines cancelling flights days and weeks in advance. If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones, does that mean your insurance won’t be of any use?

You don’t need to worry. While it’s true that most elements of a single trip insurance policy kick in on the day you travel, cancellation cover is active from the moment you complete your purchase. Insurance companies recognise that the majority of cancellations happen in advance of travel and take that into account.

What if I test positive for COVID? Will my insurance still pay out if I cancel?

As long as you have picked a travel insurance policy that specifies COVID cover, then yes it will. Even though many of the tight COVID rules that forced people to cancel trips last minute (like compulsory testing) have now been lifted, insurers recognise that people are still catching the virus and it’s not a good idea for them to travel if they are positive. 

If you are yet to buy a policy, just make sure you check the small print to find out what each provider means by COVID cover. Some policies may offer cover for medical costs should you fall ill with COVID while abroad but not cancellation cover for a positive test. And be aware that many insurers will decline to offer any kind of COVID cover if you are not fully vaccinated.

What if I change my mind because of all the disruption? Will my insurance cover me for cancelling?

Unfortunately, in most cases, no.

The cancellation cover built into most travel insurance policies is designed for circumstances outside the policyholder’s control. There are some premium-level policies that offer ‘cancel for any reason’ protection, but they are expensive and not easy to find.

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Best vegan road trip food ideas (with no fridge)

On our European road trip, we travelled 1700 miles across Europe in our Mazda Bongo. The longest drive was 10 hours! As a family of vegans (2 adults and 2 young kids), we had to come up with lots of vegan road trip snacks, main meal vegan food ideas and packed lunchboxes that didn’t need refrigeration. Our Bongo is not converted and we only had a cool box, which wouldn’t keep food cold for long when we set off from home in the UK. If you’re looking for vegan road trip food ideas that don’t need a fridge, read on as I share a huge list of road trip food ideas based on what we took with us!

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Looking good when flying long-haul: our top tips

Managing to stay flawless and fashionable when you are taking a long-haul flight can be a tall order. While some of our favourite A-list celebrities may have it down to a fine art, the rest of us can find it a struggle.

Not only do we have to combat travel fatigue and that dreaded high-altitude bloat, but we also have to contend with crumpled clothing, dehydrated skin, and static hair.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your poise and look as fresh-faced when you disembark as you looked when you first boarded. Read on for our top tips for long-haul beauty that lasts!

The perfect outfit combo

Even the most dedicated fashion devotee understands that the key to a long-haul flight is cosy and comfortable clothing that you can sleep in and move around in with ease. Arguably, one of the best outfits for a long journey is also the simplest; black leggings, trousers, or your comfiest pair of black jeans, paired with a tank top and an oversized jumper.

Finish the look with some compression socks for safety and a pair of stylish black boots, and you have an ensemble that will carry you effortlessly from one airport to the next. Comfort and understated elegance: tick!

Add style to every detail

For a long-haul flight infused with glamour, it’s not just your clothing you should consider. Choosing the right accessories can help you to look and feel your best on your travels. The right accessories can help to complete a look

Whether it’s designer hand luggage, a chic scarf knotted artfully around your neck, or perhaps a Gucci card holder for men, there are plenty of simple but effective ways to surround yourself with style.

Staying fresh-faced

To help your skin stay as plump and moist as possible, despite the bone-dry re-circulated air of your aeroplane cabin, there are a few simple hacks you can try. Prepare a little waterproof bag with some travel-sized toiletries that you can take with you to the bathroom whenever you need a little freshening during the flight.

Include your favourite moisturiser and apply it liberally to rehydrate your skin. You can also soothe chapped lips with a nourishing lip balm or gloss. Eye drops are another product you may want to bring along to help prevent your eyes from drying out. Aeroplane travel is renowned for causing eye dryness and other discomforts, so being prepared will be warmly welcomed. Another top tip for healthier post-flight skin? Try and get as much rest as you can. Sleep is vital for restoring your body’s cells to their former glory – and prevents those dreaded eye bags.

Nourish yourself

Long-haul flights can be physically and mentally draining, so it is vital that you keep yourself nourished during your journey. If you are not keen on aeroplane food, treat yourself to a healthy and filling meal at the airport before you board. You may also wish to purchase snacks to nibble on during the flight.

As well as dressing to impress, making sure that you take good care of yourself during your long-haul flight is the best way to help you look and feel your best when you walk into the arrivals hall at your next destination!

St Erth to St Ives train ride (STUNNING coastal views)

If you’re looking for an easy way to access St Ives without the hassle of trying to find a parking spot in one of the busiest towns in Cornwall then read on. Here’s our St Erth Park and Ride review with lots of helpful information to plan your journey.

It’s also one of the best coastal train rides in the whole of Britain with stunning scenery. I’ll share some photos below so you can see the type of amazing coastal views to expect!

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How to throw a yacht party (that everyone will be talking about!)

A yacht party is a great way to celebrate any occasion, from a birthday to a retirement party, or even just an excuse to get together with friends. However, not all yacht parties are created equal. There are many different ways you can throw one and each has its own unique qualities. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make your next yacht party the best one yet, read on. Here are some tips for throwing the perfect boat party that everyone will be talking about!

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Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth, South West Coastal Path walk

Since walking from Perranporth to Newquay and also from Porth to Whipsiderry to Watergate, I’ve really wanted to explore the next stretch of the South West Coastal Path walking from Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth.

I finally ticked it off my to-do list this week as I enjoyed an amazing 10km walk from my home in Newquay, past Whipsiderry and along the South West Coast Path at Watergate Bay to Mawgan Porth… where Ben greeted me with a lift home and a warm pasty! Yum! (Cauliflower and onion bhaji from The Cornish Bakery if you’re wondering… vegan-friendly!)

Read on to see my thoughts and photos from this glorious stretch of the coastal path.

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Glendurgan Garden, National Trust, Cornwall

Last Sunday we visited Glendurgan Garden in Falmouth, Cornwall. It’s a National Trust site and so we had free entry and parking with our membership. Glendurgan is around a 50-minute drive from our home in Newquay through some lovely leafy country lanes around Falmouth.

The weather had looked a bit iffy on Sunday and likely to rain, so we looked for something to do that might be slightly sheltered or indoors on the National Trust app. Glendurgan looked great as although outdoors, perhaps sheltered with large trees and they had a couple of activities for the kids and a cafe if needed!

Thankfully, the weather stayed dry for our visit, but it was freezing! After a week of warm 20 degrees celsius, it was around 15 degrees on the day we visited and we really felt it, even in coats and trousers!

Since living by the coast we have really found the weather so unpredictable, especially with the coastal winds which can really cool down the temperature if they are cold!

Anyway, here are some photos from the Glenurgan gardens and a little information about what to expect if you decide to visit yourself.

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