Thursday, 14 December 2017

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea: Ten Coastal Destinations For Next Year

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach when you are away on holiday? Even if you don’t like the sand between your toes and feel it gets everywhere, the obligatory visit has to take place, and often a holiday can stem around your choice of location. A coastal holiday doesn’t always have to be the stunning beach, although that does form a basis of it, it can also be the vibe surrounding it. The places to see, the little restaurants or tavernas to eat in, and even the places to drink and the atmosphere. We spend a lot of our time researching the best holiday destinations before we part with our hard earned cash, which got me thinking about next year's breaks away.

December naturally is a time of year that we look to make plans for holidays. The weather is cold and frosty, the nights are longer, and many of us can crave that sun or at least something to look forward to. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the top coastal destinations you could consider for your next holiday.


Singapore is known for its island city nature. Tall buildings, a thriving and vibrant city that you could actually potentially live in just fine. However, as it is on the coast you will find that there are beaches there to making it a real viable option for a holiday as well as potential place to emigrate to. Of course, staying on holiday there could also mean that you need to look for property for rent in singapore which can easily be done online. Once you have your accommodation sorted you can head to Changi beach. However, if you are looking for more picturesque destination the sentosa island has some fantastic man made beaches that are great to enjoy. Have you ever thought of Singapore as a holiday destination? Now you know it has it all why wouldn't you?



Australia is well known as one of those places that has many coastal locations to choose from. So I would be here all day. But what I will say is there are few that have some standout beaches and coast vibes that you may want to consider the trip of a lifetime and get it booked. First of all, there is Sydney. An iconic destination in its own right but with beaches like famous Bondi, you have to appreciate that that it is more than just the Sydney Harbour to see. Moving along to Brisbane and also Surfers paradise. Some of the most beautiful and fascinating beaches in Australia. However, there are some great and more picturesque beaches such as Brighton Beach in Melbourne, or some of the outer suburbs in places like Western Australia. There is certainly a lot to see.


Miami happens to be a real iconic coastal town. Not only do you have the fantastic beach that has everyone posing, but alongside it, you have some vibrant bars and restaurants and city scraper hotels that can certainly have you not wanting to leave it. There is a real cuban and Hispanic vibe to Miami, which gives this city culture and diversity. It is certainly one to add to the list.



When you think of a beautiful beach, your thoughts drift off to white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and a fantastic beach hut on hand making you Pina Coladas. Am I right? If that sounds like your idea of heaven then the Caribbean will always be a winner when it comes to coastal locations for your next holiday. Shoal Bay in Antigua, in particular, is hailed as one of the best beaches in the world. Which is quite the accolade. Antigua is also a real popular holiday destination to consider, so you won’t be short of accommodation options or flights.


While I could talk to you about some of the great locations California has to offer. The beaches in Los Angeles, the quieter more beautiful places like Santa Barbara, there is one beach that I just needed to mention and i definitely think it would be worthy of visit if you ever find yourself in California. Glass beach is on the Mendocino coast. From 1906 to 1967 this beach used to be a dumping ground, and while this may not seem attractive right now, hear me out. Metal, glass, pot, even cars were dumped there until there was an order to clean up the sea. Toxic and metal rubbish has since been removed but the glass and pot has been broken down by the waves to create beautiful sea glass everywhere. It’s part of a national park now and people are forbidden to remove the glass, but it is definitely a beach with a difference.


I think we can all agree, that Thailand sits high alongside places like the Caribbean when it comes to beach holidays. It just depends on which direction you want to fly and what time of year you are visiting. Thailand, not only has beaches on the mainland, but if you visit some of the other islands like Koh Samui, or Koh Phangan then you will find some real secluded spots to take in. While some of these holiday hotspots are thriving with tourists there are still some secluded hamlets, and Koh Kradan providing some excellent snorkelling opportunities.


Bora Bora

Maybe you want a totally different destination to see next year. Perhaps you like the idea of heading somewhere exotic and flamboyant. Then the coastal location for you has to be a place like Bora Bora. A favourite of the Kardashian clan and other celebrities alike, this is the prime definition of what a beautiful beach is. White fine sands, bright blue waters, corals and snorkelling options with exotic accommodation to boot. It really could be the first class holiday you were after for 2018. Do you have a special occasion to celebrate?


Brazil may not be a destination that you have considered before. But perhaps now you might think it could be worthwhile. You not only have Rio De Janeiro with its remarkable sights and one of the wonders of the world in the Christ the Redeemer to see. But you also have some fabulous beaches to explore and settle down on when you want to take a moment from the vibrant city. Honey island is the place to go if you really want to feel removed from the hustle and bustle of life. It is a no car zone, and what you find is mile after mile of scenic coastline. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?

The Philippines

Okay, so with more than 7,000 islands, and more than 22,000 miles of coastline, surely there can’t be one place to see in The Philippines. Of course, it is well-known for having great coastal locations and beaches and one in particular would be Sabang on the Western Palawan. It is the definition of a tropical beach. It has a community feel, with colourful boats adorning the coastline and pretty village where you could sample drinks and foods. There are also some fabulous places to visit and the capital of Manila, is sure to be a hit if you feel like you need a bit of city life amongst your holiday escape.


Finally beautiful Fiji. One of those places that sits on your bucket list, right? The place that you may get to one day, but never make the plans to go. Why not do it? There are some crazy secluded beaches to escape to and one in particular can be reached by boat. It’s called the Vanua Balavu, and it could definitely make your holiday that extra bit special.

I hope some of these options have inspired you to consider some of the wonderful coastal locations on offer.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Top Cold-Climate Sights around the World

If you are visiting Iceland or any other cold climate for the week or if you are going there for a long holiday then you will need to make sure that you have all of your travelling destinations planned out. If you are going on a winter holiday and want to see some of the most amazing sights in the world then take a look below.

Reynisfjara Beach- Iceland

Reynisfjara Beach consists of all black sand and it is also surrounded by the columns of the famous Reynisfjall mountain as well. There is a myth that states that the three titanic rocks that can be found at the beach are actually the remains of trolls, who were carelessly hit by sunlight before they turned to stone. They face the dark caves that are on the cliff face, and make the whole beach both mystifying and incredible to look at.

Pyhä-Luosto National Park- Finland

If you stand on the highest peak of the Pyhä mountains, you’ll be able to watch the sunset over the area and this is known for being one of the most incredible sights in the world. The sunset is pink in colour and the whole thing is well and truly magical. You also have the national park, which is full of fell scenery with plenty of birdwatching opportunities and stunning landscapes which are unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Dyrhólaey- Iceland

Dyrhólaey is a gigantic pillar that is made out of lava. It stretches for well over 120 meters and it goes far into the sea. From this point, it then forms a peninsula. Travellers often stand on this point and look over so that they can see the frozen Mýrdalsjökull glacier. This is the fourth largest glacier cap in the country and it also offers you a stunning view of the Icelandic coast. Husky dog sledding in Iceland is also very popular with tourists, and it gives you the chance to see some of the best sights while also embarking on a travel experience unlike any other.

Visby, Gotland- Sweden

This site is actually a town, but it is often referred to as being the Pearl of the Baltic. It is a Viking town and the walls themselves are nearly 700 years old. There are collections of ruins and 100-year-old timber runs through the cobblestone streets. Gotland alone is home to 90 churches and most of them were established long before the 12th century.

Of course, these cold tourist locations are all ideal if you want to go out there and see the world and they are also ideal if you want to take advantage of the various wildlife viewing opportunities there are as well. From reindeer to arctic foxes and even the occasional wild bird. All in all, colder climates are hard for travellers to become accustomed to but if you book a travel package then you will be able to embark on the adventure of a lifetime while also having the chance to see some of the most unforgettable sights in the world.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Weekend in Southampton

We decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip to Southampton to visit family.  Sometimes its nice to do something without too much planning, just pack the car and go!  It was a lovely weekend, sadly, we don’t see this side of the family as much as we would all like, but then it does make the short time together that much more precious.

We went to the Showcase Cinema de lux to watch Paddington 2.  On our way there we saw a massive queue and it turned out Peter Andre was there signing calendars, if you bought a £10 calendar he would sign it apparently.  We saw him on the way out in the distance and there also seemed to have bottles of perfume or aftershave on display, so he must be promoting something he has released, but none of us are big enough fans to be bothered to queue.

This cinema is a real treat as you have electric reclining seats in every screen, so it makes for very comfortable viewing!  You have a bit more privacy too as there is enough space between each row of seats.  Apparently, the cinema also has the latest technology with laser projection and Dolby Atmos™ in each screen (whatever that means!), I never notice the difference, but I am sure hubbie did as technology is his thing!  I don’t think it cost much more than the cinema we go to usually and have normal seats, so when we are back in Southampton next I want to go again.

Afterwards we decided to check out the Christmas market, it was beautiful to look at but very busy! 

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The boys enjoyed a freshly made oreo pancake (£4 each), their friend had Churros with Nutella, these looked tasty, but I find them too salty.  I didn’t buy anything indulgent to nibble on whilst browsing as I had chain eaten minstrels in the cinema and was still rather full.

The cheese stall was appealing, the guy on that stand was so friendly and happy to dish out samples.  I bought a cheese and a jar of chutney.  I think the other stall holders could learn a trick or two from this bubbly fellow.  He makes you want to spend something just because he is so nice.  He was happy for me to take his picture (although I wasn't quite quick enough to get his modelling pose!).  It's funny I go all the way to Southampton and end up buying cheese from Snowdonia!

There was also an ice skating rink nearby, but we didn’t have a go.  I am a bit hit and miss when it comes to ice skating.  My eldest likes it after having so much fun at Lapland UK, however neither of my boys pushed to do it so I was happy not to bother.  The cinema was a big enough treat for the day after all.

We had a look in WestQuay shopping and that was rammed, I don’t know how people manage to shop with so many people in each store.  I liked seeing the Christmas tree they had up though.  Mind you the singing one in the Trafford Centre is still my favourite!

Nanny's dogs looked adorable in their Christmas outfits.

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I think our little trip to Southampton has made us feel more festive.