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Planning a European Road Trip

European road trips have always appealed to me.  I’m not at all afraid of flying but the whole process bores and frustrates me – it just takes so long.  It is also ridiculously, eye-rollingly expensive.  Driving has its own associated costs and pitfalls, of course, but I feel that the positives outweigh the downsides.  The views can be spectacular and there are any number of opportunities to pause for a pitstop, which is very useful, especially when travelling with children.  Road trips also have the scope to take on a certain autonomy.  You will plan a route but you may end up stopping somewhere that was not in the itinerary, compelled to make an unscheduled detour either by innate desire, the allure of local scenery or, indeed, an overactive bladder. If I have convinced you that a road trip is a great way to spend a summer, take a look at the following tips on how best to plan one: Prepare the car If your car is almost due for an MOT, try and get it …

The Secrets of Skin Care You Need to Know

Wherever you look, it’s hard to escape advertisements of products offering flawless skin. As the beauty industry grows by the day, it becomes even more difficult to establish what works for your skin, and what doesn’t. When this happens, it can be easy to fall into the trap of following the same tips as everyone else. Although this works for some people, it’s true that when it comes to skin, there is no one glove fits all policy. In fact, there are a few skin secrets that everyone can adapt to in their quest to help their skin look the best it ever has. It’s all about your lifestyle What you do to your body also has huge repercussions on your skin. For example, heavy smoking and drinking can cause more wrinkles and spots to appear. In your every day, you should be making sure you’re eating a diet rich in vitamins, and that you have your recommended daily intake of water. Having a regular exercise routine alongside this can boost blood flow to your …

The Best Far Eastern Film Locations to Visit as a Family

Exotic locations used in films are often popular with tourists and fans, but how do they stack up as family holiday destinations?  Understandably, many British families choose to holiday in nearby France, Spain or Italy but the Far East is fast becoming a family travel hotspot. Let’s take a look at three of the hottest places around, and the films that made them famous: Thailand – The Beach Made famous in 2000 by Leonardo DiCaprio in the popular film The Beach, Maya Bay in Thailand is an exquisite location that is perfect for families looking to get away from it all.  Keen to experience an amazing family holiday to Thailand?  There are so many to choose from; visit destination2.co.uk for more details. Bali – Eat, Pray, Love Back in 2007, Eat, Pray, Love was the must-read self-help book with a difference, and the film that followed in 2010 was just as popular.  As well as Rome, Julia Roberts’ character visited Bali, with the express purpose of finding love.  With sparkling blue-green waters and fragrant tropical …

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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

2018 Travel Wishlist: Californian Road Trip

We all have different travel wishlists that consist of various ideas and destinations we’re keen to visit. For me, I’ve put California right at the top of my wishlist. It’s known as The Golden State, and if there were Olympic medals given out for the best travel destinations, then it would certainly take home the gold! My dream is to go on a tour of California – mainly because there are so many things to do/see, and so many great cities to explore. So much so that deciding on one single place to go is impossible, so, a tour it is! If I were to go on this tour in summer, here are my top picks for where to visit: The iconic Hollywood Sign. Source Los Angeles Of course, you can’t go to California without taking a trip to LA. It’s the home of the Hollywood Hills and the epicenter of world entertainment. LA is a big city – it’s almost like a state within a state! There are so many great places to stay …