So now the World Cup and Love Island are over and the sun here in England appears to have gone missing, is summer officially over? Let’s hope not as we have no plans to escape this month. We need the month to recuperate after a jam-packed July. It was that busy, it seems to have flown by in a blur. I think the main reason for that is because we were out of the country for two weeks of the month on our main summer holiday in three countries in The Balkans. We have also finished our initial adopting training which means we are one step closer to mini ESLT joining the team. We still have a long way to go (which will involve A LOT more paperwork no doubt) but as we are always busy, the days, weeks and months are whizzing by – yeah! We hope you had a lovely July like we did, here’s want wonderful things we got up to.
Montenegro had been on our ‘to-visit’ list for a very long time. As Mr ESLT gets set holidays, this year seemed like the perfect time, as the weather in Europe during July is usually great and this year did not disappoint. We had one downpour but the rest of the time the sun was our best friend. We spent time exploring the country including Budva, Kotor and Podgorica and had a great time. It’s a truly beautiful country and still mostly untouched by tourists. We spent a lot of time relaxing too, which was fantastic as we’ve had quite a stressful year and it was a great opportunity to spend some quality time together.
We headed into Albania from Montenegro and even though the countryside looks exactly the same, the country itself certainly had a different vibe. We visited three different cities – Shkodër, Durrës and the capital, Tirana. Each one is different and has different things to offer. Also, it is super cheap compared to England, which meant we didn’t spend anywhere near our allocated budget. The cities are not the prettiest places I have ever visited and it is not a country I would rush back to but I’m glad we made the trip.
We also visited Dubrovnik. Having visited Split a couple of years ago I was excited to visit Dubrovnik and it was just as I thought it would be, only busier and hotter. It really is beautiful and I can completely understand why people flock there all year round. We only scratched the surface of Dubrovnik in the short time we were there, therefore, we would love to return but maybe not during the height of summer next time. Having never watched Game of Thrones before I have now vowed to try it so next time we visit I can be as excited as Mr ESLT was looking at random buildings, flights of stairs and doorways.
August is a quiet month on the travel front. However, Mr ESLT’s mum and stepdad are visiting us for a few days from Wales which we will be lovely as we have not seen them for a few months. It is also Mr ESLT’s birthday in the middle of August and we/he has a lot of plans with friends to celebrate. We have, however, been invited to visit Southport (a large seaside town in Merseyside, England) towards the end of the month, so we’ll be jumping in the car and heading across the country. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the sunshine makes a reappearance in time.
This month has been one of changing future travel plans. We had originally planned to visit Lisbon, Portugal for New Year. However, by the time I worked out how much annual leave I had left, I didn’t have enough to take the trip because of the day the flight returned to England. Therefore, I went back to the drawing board and found a great deal to Antwerp in Belgium instead which will get me back to England before I’m due back at work, which means I don’t have to take ANY annual leave!
New York, USA
The next one was a bit more complicated. We had Caribbean/Central America cruise booked for January 2019, however, because we do not know when we will be approved as adoptive parents or when we will be matched with a child, we thought two weeks out of the country may be too much and count against us. Therefore, we have moved the deposit that we paid for the cruise to a long weekend to New York, one of our favourite cities in the world. Even though we are not visiting until January, I already have a list as long as my arm of things I want to do.
Competitions, money-saving and cash back codes
Money Saving Codes
- If you are heading somewhere and only travelling with hand luggage why not check out Travel Toiletries 2 Go and pick up your favourite toiletries in miniature, space-saving size. By using the code ESLT10, you can get 10% off your order.
- I recently road tested a pair of copper socks from Copper Clothing. I found them to be a great pair of compression socks which kept my feet fresh for the duration of wearing them. If you would like to try a pair or anything else from their website (apart from animal beds and blankets) use this code to get 15% off your order – ESLT15 (valid until 31st August 2018).
Cash Back Offers
- We use Booking.com more often than not when booking hotels, do you? If so use this link https://www.booking.com/s/eatsle02 you will then get £15 back on the card you used for the booking when you have stayed at the hotel. We will also get £15 for referring you.
Travel Blogger Interview
This month we featured an interview with the following fantastic travel blogger:
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next month……..safe travels ?