December 2017 – Monthly Round Up

December 2017 – Monthly Round Up

Happy New Year!!! How is it 2018 already? I remember drinking and dancing my way into the 2000’s (albeit underage, but still….). Yet here we are a new chapter in the book of life and we can’t wait to start filling it with great things. We hope you had the best Christmas (if you celebrate of course) and are ready for the adventures 2018 is going to throw your way? After a month of excess, you know the score – I think I’ve actually turned into a wheel of cheese, January is all about making some better choices and chilling out, especially now Friends is on Netflix (thank you NetFlix gods). We still have some trips in the diary but slower paced ones. December was crazy and much like 2017, passed us by in a gin-induced (joking….or am I?) blur, here’s what we got up…..


Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Food in the Market Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Donuts in the Market Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Having arrived home from almost 30 degrees in Abu Dhabi, I (Vicky) quickly unpacked my summer wardrobe and repacked for a winter weekend break in Rotterdam with some girlfriends. From the second we arrived until the second we left – it snowed and I don’t mean a light dusting of the white stuff, I mean massive flakes falling thick and hard. Needless to say, I completely had the wrong shoes on and my poor suede tan boots are now good for nothing – boo! Because the weather was so bad our options of what to do were quite limited, but as I have visited so many times before I didn’t feel that I was missing out and instead made a beeline for the Market Hall which is now my most favourite spot in the city. I also brought an unwanted souvenir home – a big fat cold!!!

Northern England on The Northern Belle

Champagne On The Northern Belle
Main Course Northern Belle

Mr ESLT finished for his Christmas break on 13th December (lucky sod!) and what a great start to the festivities a 7 course Christmas Dinner on the Northern Belle was. If you have ever had the pleasure of travelling on the Northern Belle you will know it is simply something else. Our journey was chartered by the Dove House Hospice, a hospice in our local area who provide fantastic support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It was a fantastic day from start to finish – the train, the service, the atmosphere, the scenery etc and I certainly was not going to let my cold stop us having a great day – cold and flu meds washed down with champagne is most certainly a winner!

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Germany
Gingerbread at Frankfurt Christmas Market, Germany

We love Christmas Markets, especially German ones having previously visited Düsseldorf, Cologne and Berlin therefore when a friend suggested we head to Frankfurt for a few days the week before Christmas we simply couldn’t say no. We chucked a couple of thick jumpers in our case and jumped on the plane to see how this Christmas Market compared to previous ones. Needless to say, it was amazing and we ate and drank our fill of sausage and beer amongst a lot of other yummy delights on offer. It was also a lovely opportunity to catch up with a wonderful couple of friends who we met in Cape Verde 5 years ago and their gorgeous 14-month-old little girl.

Basel, Switzerland

Town Hall, Basel, Switzerland
The Rhine, Basel, Switzerland

Our last trip of the year is one we have just got back from and that was 5 days in Basel, Switzerland for New Years celebrations. Basel has been a popular destination over the past year or so, especially in blogger circles and with so many positive reviews and write-ups, it was somewhere we were very excited to visit. We were slightly worried that 5 days was going to be too long and that there wouldn’t be enough in the city to occupy us for that amount of time but we were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Basel and visiting Switzerland (country 71) for the first time. It was an awesome place to be to see in 2018.

Upcoming Travels


North Yorkshire, England

This weekend we are heading to Pickering up in North Yorkshire to meet up with some friends who have recently (actually more like nearly a year ago – wow where has that time gone?) moved back to England after living in Dubai for stint and Canada and their two little ones. I imagine there will be a lot of catching up, laughter, food and wine – the perfect evening.

The Lake District, England

We are then going to head straight to Ambleside, our favourite place in the Lake District for a cheeky night away at the Ees Wyke Country House. Fingers crossed for dry weather, as we really would love to talk some long walks and get some fresh air whilst there as it really is a beautiful place and one we love spending time in and somewhere we like to visit at least once a year.

Gdansk, Poland

Our last trip of the month is to our 72nd country – Poland, I really can’t believe it’s taken us this long to organise a trip there. We’ve heard so many great things about Gdansk, we’re really looking forward to exploring it for ourselves. If you have visited and have any tips/ recommendations/ blog posts you would like to share please feel free to do so in the comments section below.

Travel Planning

Travel Planning

Travel planning has taken a back seat this month to actually travelling and Christmas. Plus we are nearly fully booked for the whole of 2018 (and even early 2019). Although we still have a few days spare here and there as we never know what opportunities/ bargain deals will pop up.

Competitions, money-saving and cash back codes

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Travel Blogger Interviews

This month we featured interviews from the following fantastic travel bloggers:

This month we featured interviews from the following fantastic travel bloggers:

We are always on the lookout for Travel Bloggers who would like to take part in our Travel Interview or Hometown Tour Guide Series, if you fit the bill and would like to feature please drop us a line –

Until next month…… travels ?


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  1. January 4, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Happy 2018 again!
    Sounds like fun 2017. Will be great 2018 we bet

    • January 5, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you and Happy New Year to you too. 2017 was amazing travel wise, 2018 is going to have to be extremely special to top it! Do you have any upcoming plans for the year in place yet?

      • January 6, 2018 / 7:08 am

        Off to Bangkok in a month! Lots of business travel in between for Mel!