Ystradfellte waterfalls: Brecon Beacons National Park four waterfalls walk

On Sunday we did the iconic four waterfalls walk in Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It was the farthest I’d been from my home since the whole coronavirus pandemic began in March!

The drive was two hours from our house and it was my birthday day out!

9 years ago, just before we had children, Ben had surprised me with a night away in the Brecon Beacons and we did the this very same Ystradfellte waterfalls walk.

It was great to return with the kids and show them this amazing place, make some memories and capture them too in the below photos. Continue reading “Ystradfellte waterfalls: Brecon Beacons National Park four waterfalls walk”

9 amazing places to visit in the UK for couples

According to the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey, there were 40.9 million visits to the UK in 2019.  In both 2018 and 2019 the UK was ranked as the world’s 10th biggest tourist destination!

From the rolling hills of the English Cotswolds and rugged Welsh Mountains to the hustle and bustle of city life in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and beyond, the UK has a lot to offer tourists and couples looking for a romantic break or kid-free adventure.

It may appear to be a small island, but it’s packed with a diverse range of scenery, architecture, museums, history and culture.

With the coronavirus lockdown severely impacting and restricting everyone’s travel plans, I am now keener than ever to have a weekend away with my husband.  To see something other than my local neighbourhood and begin to scratch that travel itch!

Not from the UK?  If you are travelling from abroad then make sure you check the UK visa requirements and latest travel advice to ensure a smooth journey.  If you’re in the UK then a staycation is a great idea.  The UK has so much to offer for couples and families alike.

See some of my favourite recommendations below. Continue reading “9 amazing places to visit in the UK for couples”

5 reasons to choose a staycation

Just about everybody looks forward to holidays, short breaks and even day trips. They punctuate our lives with fresh experiences, new sights and sounds, and enrich memories over the years.

You don’t always have to travel to far-flung, exotic-seeming lands to experience something new.  If you’re pondering your next great escape, and are concerned about the health implications of travelling abroad while the pandemic is still active, here are five good reasons to consider staying within our own borders.

Continue reading “5 reasons to choose a staycation”

Tips for booking a family ski holiday

With lockdown no doubt wiping out your spring and summer holiday plans you could be forgiven for being a tad miffed. Don’t get mad, however, get skiing!

Even if you have never skied before, there are plenty of great resorts across Europe that are accepting bookings for the winter season. Unlike spring and summer, ski resort tour providers have still been able to offer their full range of holidays as if Covid-19 hadn’t happened.

They are eager to do this again, and as skiing holidays could be a good bet going forward should we end up in lockdown in the future, now is a good time to start shopping around for your first or next skiing holiday.

So how do you choose the perfect ski resort for you? Continue reading “Tips for booking a family ski holiday”

Staying healthy on vacation

While on vacation, the last thing you’re probably worrying about is your health. It’s a time for relaxation, eating and drinking whatever you want, and leaving behind the anxieties of everyday life.

Unfortunately, without healthy habits, you could ruin your vacation. An upset stomach, unflattering bloating, or lack of energy can really put a damper on your adventures and make it hard to enjoy your trip.

Here are a few easy, stress-free ways to stay healthy on vacation without making big sacrifices. Continue reading “Staying healthy on vacation”

Places to visit during the lockdown from the comfort of your couch

For any travel-hungry individuals who are looking for ways to discover a new place but aren’t physically capable to due to the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve got good news for you!

Did you know that many bucket-list worthy places can be visited online?

If not, we’ve put together a list of incredible places all around the world you can visit from the comfort of your couch.  Get ready for some virtual travel! Continue reading “Places to visit during the lockdown from the comfort of your couch”

Does vegan paella exist in Valencia Spain?

Today I have a fabulous collaborative post all about paella and whether paella can be vegan and found in the home of paella, Valencia in Spain!

Spain is famous for many things, not least being able to boast about a delicious traditional cuisine. One of the dishes that usually sparks the most recognition is paella.

Traditionally a staple dish, created out of necessity with what you had on hand, alongside the essential rice that makes up one of the most important ingredients.

Even though most would argue that there needs to be seafood or sausage in paella, it is possible to find great vegan alternatives as well.  We cooked our very own vegan paella at home recently for the first time and it was delicious!

Is vegan paella then considered to be authentic paella? Continue reading “Does vegan paella exist in Valencia Spain?”

Missing travel? How to have a holiday in your own home during the coronavirus lockdown!

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives in so many ways, but mostly we are unable to travel and restricted to staying in our own homes the majority of the time in the current coronavirus lockdown.

Not only are we banned from travelling abroad or on holiday, but we are not even allowed to travel locally unless it’s for one form of exercise per day in our own neighbourhood or to grab essentials from local shops.

All other forms of travel are currently banned in the UK unless you are a key worker or your job is excluded from the current lockdown.

Many people have had to cancel their travel plans and there’s no knowing when travel restrictions will be lifted.  Airports are closed and it could be 12 months, according to some reports, before these worldwide travel restrictions are properly lifted.

With regards to travel and taking holidays we are living in a period of uncertainty for the foreseeable future.  All local attractions have even been closed including National Trust sites and even children’s play parks so there are no days out at all for the time being.

At least for now there has been a silver lining.  It has been really sunny and even warm in the UK for the duration of the lockdown.  This is pretty amazing considering a couple of years ago it snowed at the end of March!

So, if we have the travel bug, but we can’t travel, then what can we do instead to stop cabin fever setting in?

Why not take a holiday in your own home instead?

If you can’t travel and go on holiday, then bring the holiday to you!

Here are some tips on how to have a holiday in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading “Missing travel? How to have a holiday in your own home during the coronavirus lockdown!”