Goodbye Halloween, hello Christmas season! And just like that, November 1 has arrived. While it’s not the *official* Dec 1 advent calendar Christmas countdown, this is the perfect time to start booking and thinking about what you want to do this festive season. Things do get booked up quick, but there’s still time to buy tickets and make reservations for the festive season.

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Living in the outskirts of London and being a train away from central, London staycations were never top of the list for me. That was until the pandemic hit and travel plans were constantly changing or being cancelled. We decided to try a London staycation in June 2021 and loved the experience so much that we did it again at a different hotel the following year. I’ve mainly done Airbnb for travelling and have stayed in the most unique, cosiest, sketchiest, scenic accommodations, so when it came to finding the right type of hotel in London, character and quirk was a must for me.

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Hello! Dublin has been on my list since I lived in Canada. And now I’ve been back for seven-ish years, I finally made it there.

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Well there we have it, we’re officially in Twixmas 2021. This is the first year I’ve heard the term but I somehow knew exactly what it meant: the period after Christmas and before New Year’s. A time to relax, blur the days and dates and just be. I’ve been chilling in my Christmas loungewear and slippers watching Selling Tampa on Netflix. Loving every minute.

It’s uncertain what January 2022 will bring in terms of more restrictions (or not) so I thought it might be helpful to share a few fun things to do at home that don’t involve binge watching Netflix or napping. Over the past two years I’ve tried a few different meal kits, activities etc in an attempt to make the weekends feel like an actual break before walking over to my chair again to start the week. Hope these suggestions are helpful and let me know what you plan to try or have already tried!

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Hello! Travel has been on and off the past few months with restrictions but I’m happy to say I now have some fun travel posts lined up. I posted on my Instagram about this trip last month and snapped a few photos of the rose gold bathtub (below) and lots of people asked where on earth I was. Well, here we are and here are the details.

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Mevagissey

*UPDATE* – I’ve visited Cornwall again more recently and have a few more recos if you’re staying near Penzance/Moushole area. Scroll down to read!

Did you know the reason for a thick crust in a cornish pasty was so the working miners could hold their meal without contaminating it with their fingers, and that bit would then be thrown away? I always liked the thick crust, but there’s a practical history to the design of a pasty.

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Hello! It’s been a while. I suppose the nature of a travel blog means no recent updates due to the current global pandemic! But I really wanted to share something with you, and so it got me thinking – what can we do right now if not a dreamy holiday abroad?

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While the time to go is not right now, I want to share my birthday trip to Amsterdam last October. It was a quick 48 hour trip but so enjoyable.

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About two hours out of London is the small town of Rye in East Sussex. I only knew of Rye because of the famous Mermaid street (photo above), a cobble street that looks very picturesque. We spent four days in Rye and it was a really nice and relaxing trip.

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Hello, it’s been a while! I write to you with a NYC Thanksgiving special. My first NYC blog post was over the Christmas period, and now I’ll share Thanksgiving. View Post

There is so much beauty in the UK and so much I have yet to see. Most of my UK posts are places within two hours outside of London, so a little easier to plan a weekend or long weekend away. But recently I went to Wales and it was stunning.

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It’s been a little over a month since I returned from two weeks in Tuscany. The food, weather and company was perfect. I’ve always loved Italian food, and as a vegetarian I also know that there’s enough options for me to indulge in. Between the cappuccinos, vino, pasta and gelato, there really were no bad days.

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