Germany: Road Trip through Bavaria & Beyond

If you’re looking for cosmopolitan cities, fairy tale castles and towns, picturesque countryside and delicious food (and beer) you really should consider Germany. Particularly Bavaria. Located in southeastern Germany it certainly has a lot to offer. Having spent a fair amount of time exploring beautiful Bavaria we cannot recommend it enough. We have a really big soft spot for Germany. Therefore we visit as often as we can. Usually at least a couple of times a year. Having visited most…

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Why Full Time Travel Isn’t For Everyone, Including Us

We’re sure we’ve all thought or even said out loud at least once ‘I wish I could just jack it all in and go travelling’ or ‘if I won the lottery the first thing I’d do is book an around the world plane ticket‘. We certainly have. The idea of packing our stuff and flying off into the unknown holds a massive appeal for us. However, it is just something we could never do. Are we too old? Are we…

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USA: 10 Southern Cities For Your Next Romantic Break

Feeling the pressure to the plan the “perfect” romantic break? Especially with Valentines Day coming up. We’ve all been there. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a week-long adventure, picking out the ideal spot can be a major headache. But if you’re looking for a picturesque romantic trip, have you considered the Southern United States? We really can’t recommend them enough. From affordable spots with stunning architecture to unique beach outings that are maybe a total change of pace from…

Montenegro: 5 Reasons To Visit Kotor

Kotor is one of Montenegro’s most visited cities and having visited for ourselves last summer, it is easy to see why. It is a beautiful walled city and easily accessible from neighbouring cities, towns and even countries. Many people visit as day trippers from Dubrovnik, just over the border in Croatia. It is also a port of call on many cruise routes. Therefore allowing cruisers a few hours taster session of Montenegro. We on the other were based in the…

The Essentials For Your First Camping Adventure

We remember the first time we went camping. We rocked up at the campsite with a starter tent (looking back now it could have actually been a child’s play tent). It was £30 from Asda and that included two paper thin sleeping bags!). Having never camped before we didn’t really know what we needed to pack to ensure we had an enjoyable, comfortable and most importantly, dry camping experience. But we thought for a mere £30 we had it covered. Needless…

Are We Born To Travel?

As we move further down the road to adoption it’s made us question a lot of things. We guess that’s common after all there are no nine months of preparation. Once we’re approved as adopters we could be matched at any time (eek!) When someone has a baby naturally the ‘oh doesn’t he look like his dad’ and ‘oh hasn’t he got his mum’s temper’ observations are thrown around like confetti.

Our 6 Self Care New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a great festive period and are raring to grab 2019 by the horns. We know we are. Even though we are only a week in, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion 2019 is going to be one of, if not the best year yet over here at ESLT 🙂 and we hope it is a great one for you too. 2018 was an OK year. It had its highs, it had its lows,…

Does Taking An Organised Tour Make Me A Terrible Traveller?

Are you planning your 2019 trips? Maybe you already have some booked? We certainly do. In a couple of weeks, we’re heading back to New York, one of our favourite cities in the world. Even though we’ve visited on a number of occasions we still have plenty to see and do. It’s the city that never sleeps after all. Vicky’s cousin Hannah is coming with us and visiting the Big Apple for the very first time. She is beyond excited…

Ensuring We See The World With M&S Opticians

Do you do everything within your power to protect your sight? Are regular eyesight tests and check-ups things you ensure you have? Are your glasses kept to hand for when your eyes start to feel tired? Do you stick to the time limit given to you by your optician regarding how long you should wear your contact lenses for? Up until recently, we’ll be honest, we would have had to say no to all the questions, especially Vicky. Being able to see…

December 2018 – Monthly Round Up

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Christmas, we sure did. Although we have definitely eaten and drank way too much. In fact, we ate and drank too much all month. From the 1st December if a beer or chocolate was put under our nose we used the excuse ‘well it is Christmas’. Apart from eating and drinking, exchanging presents and spending time with friends and family, we have been loving Netflix. Our personal favourites during December have…

Europe: Our 2019 Budget Friendly City Break Bucket List

We love European city breaks and try to take as many as possible each year. We are lucky to have a number of budget airlines operating from England and love grabbing ourselves a bargain, chucking our stuff in our carry on and exploring a new city. Over the past two years, the majority of our spare cash has been ploughed into our house – new kitchen, a wet room, redesigned family bathroom and more recently a dining/day room extension. With the exception…

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USA: 5 Downtown Salt Lake Restaurants To Try, Utah

Downtown Salt Lake City in the wintertime (or any time) is magical. The twinkling lights against the dark sky, the shopping, the concerts and events all make the capital of the beehive state a great place to visit. Whatever reason takes you downtown, you can always count on finding a delicious meal. There are dozens of downtown Salt Lake restaurants. Many of them can be found right in the heart of Temple Square. Check out some of these local favourites,…

5 Ways To Prevent Being Left Out of Pocket If Travel Plans are Cancelled

You have spent hours planning in your head, on paper or even on a very in-depth spreadsheet for your next trip. You talk through all the options (flights, hotels, attractions etc) with your travel companion(s). Your budget is allocated. Bookings are made. The excitement builds. The time nears. And then your travel plans are cancelled or you have to cancel them – UGH! Can you believe that this has happened to us 3 times in the past year? From cancelled flights…

Moving Abroad – Should You Stay or Should You Go?   

How many of you have ever considered moving abroad and living the expat life? I’ll tell you now Mr ESLT and I have. Over the years, for Mr ESLT especially, there have been a number of job opportunities come his way. Each one has always started a conversation in our house about whether we should do it – pack up and start a new life somewhere else. Needless to say we have never done it. Even though we love travelling,…

6 Important Questions To Ask When Booking a Hotel

With 2019 fast approaching you may be thinking about booking a trip (or ten) for next year? If you are planning on booking a hotel and are safety conscious like we are, there are a number of questions to ask the potential hotel you will be staying at. Enjoying your stay is important, however, your safety while doing so is paramount. Maybe you enjoy the travel industry so much you’ve decided to open your own hotel or guest house? That’s great,…

2018 Travel Round Up – The Year That Was

2018 was always going to be one that we spent close to home. We wanted to do work on the house and start on the long road to adoption. Therefore, at the beginning of the year, we made the conscious decision that we would not venture outside of Europe and instead have one ‘big’ summer holiday and a few smaller city breaks and a spattering of staycations. Needless to say, we didn’t stick to the plan and instead ended up…

England: The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, Lake District

We have visited the beautiful Lake District a number of times. In fact, it is one of our favourite places to head when we want to get away from it all, even in winter. However, we had never visited the village of Grasmere, much to many people’s surprise, until recently. We had the pleasure of spending the evening at the 4 Star Wordsworth Hotel & Spa which has 38 bedrooms and suites and is part of the Robert Parker collection of luxury…

England: Afternoon Tea at The British Museum, London

When we plan our trips after we have booked flights and hotels the next thing we do is pre-book as many trips and experiences as we can. This way we know what we are doing and when (we love a detailed itinerary) to ensure that we do not miss out on anything the city or venue has to offer. We find it also helps us when budgeting for our travels. If we can book and pay for things in advance of…

The Winding Road To Adoption. The Next Steps.

Remember back in June (wow where has that 6 months gone?) when we broadcasted to the world via the power of the internet that we were starting on the road to adoption? A number of people since then have asked us questions about the process and how’s it going. Well, we have an update! Since mid-April, we have had every aspect of our life put under a microscope. We have filled in countless documents and questionnaires. Our family and friends…

England: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, Lake District

Escaping to the countryside and switching off for the weekend is something we love to do. We find it hard to do, but we love it nonetheless. As we live busy lives, we often find it hard to relax and just do nothing. We personally don’t think its in our natures. However, we have learnt it is vital. No-one can live their life full throttle all of the time, it’s bad for your health both physically and mentally. Therefore being…

November 2018 – Monthly Round Up

Christmas is coming – whoop! And now it is officially December, we can get can truly get into the festive spirit. We are ready for Christmas jumpers, cosy walks, great food, a lot of booze, exchanging gifts and most importantly – spending time with friends and family. We also have a fair amount of travel planned, but more about that later. So, November – how was yours? Ours was pretty good and we had a great balance of home and travel…