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Thought of the day

Thought of the day

It’s been a bit quiet round here again recently hasn’t it!? I guess the lack of motivation hit me for longer than I hoped. The winter is always difficult for me, I find the lack of sunlight, ability to go outside and general warmth hard to deal with. It affects my mood and makes me particularly prone to being a bit apathetic. I’ve invested in a daylight lamp, I’ve also recently just got back from Cuba so I’m feeling a… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

It’s funny isn’t it when you say to yourself that you’ll get back on top of blogging, you enjoy writing, you enjoy reliving your trips and you fear you will start forgetting those moments and then you don’t get back on top of it. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the miserable weather. Here’s hoping I get the flow back soon!

2017 Review – What a year it was!

2017 Review – What a year it was!

We did a lot in 2017 and boy can I feel it now. It’s probably the first year I haven’t got frustrated about where we are going next or have time for the wanderlust bug to really hit as there was always something around the corner. Which I appreciate makes us very very lucky!! I’ve still got some content to come around our amazing safari in Tanzania as well!  It’s been hard to narrow down our favourites of this year… View Post

Tanzania Photo Tour

Tanzania Photo Tour

I thought it only fair while I’m still digesting our trip to Tanzania to show you some photo’s first. It was a real once in a lifetime trip (although, you know if I get the chance to head to Botswana I probably will!) and the photo opportunities were aplenty! Here are a few of my favourite snaps!

A Squash Festival and the Old Town of …

A Squash Festival and the Old Town of Esslinger

One thing I really loved about Stuttgart was it’s accessibleness. You could get anywhere really easily, either by walking or the S & U bahns. It meant we could easily get out to Ludwigsburg within half an hour and back into town in no amount of time. I love German transport and Stuttgart really makes the most of it. One of the draws of heading to Stuttgart, other than the beer festival, was a squash festival. As in, pumpkins. Yup,… View Post

Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart

Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart

Other than a work out at Wasen our weekend in Stuttgart was filled with a museum, a squash festival and a walk around the town. First up was the Mercedes Benz Museum. Stuttgart is home to two car giants, Mercedes and Porsche, both have museums in the city but we opted for Mercedes as it was closer to the beer festival site. Carl Benz’s first car built in 1886 is what the museum is celebrating with more than 160 vehicles… View Post

Cannstatter Volksfest – Stuttgart Beer Festival

Cannstatter Volksfest – Stuttgart Beer Festival

When the world thinks of beer festivals they think of the obvious choice Oktoberfest…but if you’re after a slightly less crazy but equally awesome option head a little further south to Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is the home of Cannstatter Volksfest, or Wasen. A large beer fuelled festival that runs at the same time as Oktoberfest. I’d say that Wasen has a slightly more family feel to the event, less stag do’s and more work parties. We saw everyone from teenagers… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

No matter who you are or how far you go, you’ll always be in someone’s heart. The world can seem vast and expansive but at the end of the day we are all the same. We all want to be loved and cared for. Your family may be far away or you may feel far from your friends but there is always someone who cares. I travel because I don’t want to be scared of the world, of the unknown.… View Post

A weekend in the mountains

A weekend in the mountains

For the French part of our weekend adventure we caught an Easy Bus from Geneva airport to Morzine in the French alps for a couple of days of fresh mountain air. The drive was about an hour and a half with lots of twisty roads up into the mountains which made for some good window watching. Morzine is a small village that revolves around skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. It’s a cute place but does… View Post

Looking forward to 2017

Looking forward to 2017

It’s been a bit quiet round here recently, I’ve been feeling a bit apathetic towards writing down what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning to do going forward which is a bit of a shame. I don’t really know why, it’s been a busy time so I guess it’s just been my brain being a bit preoccupied. I love to write down what we have experienced as a way to remember, a way to digest the trip and… View Post

Tanzania 2017

Tanzania 2017

We have returned from our 7 day safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania! Hence the radio silence over the last few weeks – it’s been a bit manic! I’m currently shifting through the thousands of photo’s we took and experiences we had to create some posts (also still have content on our short stay in the French alps and the Stuttgart Wasen). We were extremely lucky and saw everything we wanted too plus more! Stay tuned!!!

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

Getting ready for a two trips this weekend. First is a trip to Stuttgart and the second biggest beer festival in the world for my birthday next weekend and then a trip we have been waiting for all year in 19 days!!! For now here is my thought of the day.

24 Hours In Geneva

24 Hours In Geneva

One of my sister-in-laws moved in Geneva 5 years ago but it has taken us until this year to make the journey to see her. Which is terrible if you ask me, especially considering it the flight was really quick! We spent a whirlwind 24 hours in Geneva and I can safely say it won’t be the last time! Unlike 99% of our trips this was not one organised by myself which did leave me a little uneasy but I… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

We had a lovely time in Geneva, Switzerland and Morzine, France with my sister-in-law last weekend. It already feels like it was yonks ago  but we have a couple of exciting trips coming up in the next 2 months! eek!!!

How to make the most of your money …

How to make the most of your money at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta

We last went to the West Dean Chilli Fiesta in 2015 so we thought it was time to head back this year. What shocked me a little was how much the tickets had increased in price and how almost unaffordable it has become. Given that I wanted to look for ways to make the most out of your ticket price. The main jist of the festival is around chillis (obviously) so there are a hundred odd stalls selling everything from… View Post

How to maximise your time off!

How to maximise your time off!

Part of what I am proud of is that we manage to hold down 2 full time jobs, run a household, look after 2 house rabbits and travel as much as we do. Yes, we don’t currently have any children so it is a little bit easier but it does take some pre-planning. Come January my first job is to sort out what time off we want in the following 12 months to get the most out of our days.… View Post

The peninsula named Tihany

The peninsula named Tihany

While spending some down time in the Lake Balaton area of Hungary we made a small side trip to a small peninsula called Tihany. It was about an hour’s drive around the lake from Siofok and was pretty easy, Hungarian roads make lots of sense and are easy to navigate! You do have the option to take a ferry across the lake instead but it didn’t fit in with our timings. There are several things to do on Tihany, most famously… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

On the 5 year anniversary of me being at my current job I think this is very apt! It’s a balance to get the most out of life whilst holding down a job, sometimes we get this balance just right and other times we don’t. But I guess that’s part of life!!!

Siofok & Lake Balaton

Siofok & Lake Balaton

After spending a few days in Budapest the second part of our Hungarian adventure was about to start. We picked up a car and headed down the M1 to the Lake Balaton area. Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (not the largest in Europe as Stuart had spent a large portion of his life thinking) and is beautiful. Its one of Hungary’s hot spots for holiday makers, we were early in the season so it hadn’t… View Post