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The winter season has arrived! Let’s celebrate with this seasons hottest new drink trend

….Mulled Sloe Gin!

Here is my favourite recipe:

MULLED SLOE GIN: Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 litre apple juice
Juice of 4 lemons
2 cinnamon sticks
2 sliced oranges
300ml sloe gin

Method:
Add the apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks to the pan.
Allow to simmer & add the orange slices.
Add the sloe gin and stir.

Then, just add friends! It makes for the perfect festive gathering!

Enjoy.

Hannah x

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Oh. My. Word. How is it December already?!

It’s been 1 year since I started my blog

…and what a fun year 2017 has been!

For anyone thinking of starting a blog, I would say DO IT! I have met so many amazing people this year and experienced some unforgettable destinations along the way, it’s been so much fun!

I speak to so many people who are thinking of starting a blog but perhaps don’t take the leap to do it, maybe they think they can’t make it work, or they don’t have the confidence. Lots of people have the view that ‘there are so many people blogging, why should I start?’ Don’t get me wrong, there are A LOT of bloggers out there at the moment, but there are also a lot of restaurants out there, but if you do something different and offer something unique, your restaurant will stand out and succeed. It is exactly the same with blogging, if you offer something different, something unique to your readers, you will succeed!

Starting my blog was the best decision I ever made and It has opened so many new doors.

If you would of asked me 2 years ago if I would hike Preikestolen, I wouldn’t of even known where it is….1 year on, I’ve hiked it, sat on it, jumped on it & nearly got blown off it….but I did it! Such an amazing feeling & achievement.

The main aim of my blog is to help other travelers, to inspire people to try new places and to make the most out of life…If I only inspire one person to travel, I will be happy!

‘Let’s start living, plan adventures and explore this wonderful world!’

January 2017  O M A N

February 2017  C A M B R I D G E

March 2017  S R I  L A N K A

April 2017  N O R W A Y

May 2017  B E N I S S A

June 2017  B A R C E L O N A

 

July 2017   I B I Z A

July 2017  D U B L I N

July 2017 D I S N E Y  M A G I C

August 2017  S W I S S  A L P S

September 2017  C R O A T I A

 

October 2017  I T A L I A N  L A K E S

November 2017   D I S N E Y L A N D  P A R I S

December 2017 – U P C O M I N G

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain

Where have you travelled to in 2017? What has been your favourite destination?

Let me know below!

Roll on 2018…..

 Happy Travels

Hannah x

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If you know someone who loves to travel, this is the ultimate gift guide!

From unique travel journals to personalised luggage tags, you’ll find beautifully unique gifts which any travel lover will enjoy receiving!

Happy Shopping!

  My Bucket List Journal from Axel&Ash

  https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/axelandash/product/my-bucketlist-journal

Beautifully bound in stylish black cloth, My Bucketlist is a funky new journal that invites you to decide what you want to do with your one wild and crazy life by collecting all your dreams, desires and ideas in one place!

Price £23

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Personalised Wooden Luggage Tag from Maria Allen Boutique

 https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/collections/travel

Their collection of travel gifts are perfect for anyone embarking on a new adventure or travelling the world! The collection includes wooden luggage tags, compass keepsakes & beautiful personalised glass keepsake boxes.

How beautiful is my luggage tag, they even added my quote on the back! ♥ L O V E ♥

Price £21

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  Paper Map Print from Delightful Living

http://www.delightfulliving.co.uk/product/personalised_gifts/personalised-couples-gifts/paper-anniversary-map-print/

Made with your choice of bespoke map, colour and wording! Delightful Living’s map prints are truly unique. They also offer Cotton, Metal, Wooden and Linen Map prints. They have an amazing range of personalised products which make for perfect gifts! (The even offer a gift wrapping service…yes please!)

Price £27

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Personalised Leather Travel Wallet from Be Golden

https://www.begolden.co.uk/collections/christmas-gifts

Beautiful, luxurious recycled leather travel wallets in a wide range of bold, pastel and metallic colours. Can be personalised making it a super present.

Price £38

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Wanderlust Script Sign from Woodums Decor

  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Woodums

Custom Laser Cut ‘Wanderlust’ sign. Perfect for adding a touch of character to any room in the home or office!

Price £18

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Life’s a Roadtrip from Axel&Ash

 http://axelandash.com/shop/roadtrip-new/

Beautifully bound in white vegan leather with a rose gold touch, this luxury edition is the latest addition of the popular ‘Insert Your Story’ series. Designed to help you plan, experience and record the road trip of your dreams, this jam-packed journal will inspire you to escape on wheels and explore the road less travelled!

Price $44.99

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Peshtemal from Lüks Linenhttps://lukslinen.com/collections/peshtemals

Lüks is an ethical lifestyle brand, they work with 7 family ateliers and master weavers to produce lifetime lasting products for home and away. Their hero product is the peshtemal, which is a flat woven, cotton towel originally made for use in hammams.

Lightweight, compact, absorbent and quick drying they are ideal for those who love to travel as they take up minimal space & can also be used as a scarf, wrap, sarong & a throw for those air conditioned flights!

Prices from £20

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 Swept away by wanderlust from Axel&Ash 

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/axelandash/product/swept-away-by-wanderlust-travel-journal

Beautifully bound in an earthy latte-colored cloth, this charming travel journal creates a chic vintage feel suitable for every traveller – from the stylish jetsetter to the novice explorer. With quirky questions, fun writing prompts, witty ‘To-Do’ notes, list pages to remember the favourites and a bucket list to fill out along the way, it’s the ultimate way to capture your travel memories in style!

Price £23

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Personalised Mini Love Letter Necklace from Maria Allen Boutique

https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/products/personalised-mini-love-letter-necklace-in-rose-gold?variant=40354652820

This love letter necklace would make a great christmas gift for a loved one or friend!  It could be for a celebration, special day or just a little note from you to them. The necklace would also make a perfect anniversary gift, particularly fitting if you are celebrating your fifth anniversary, which is traditionally wood.

The necklace comes in Gold, Rose Gold & Also an option to add a photograph too – So cute!

Price £52

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 Packing Cubes from Eagle Creek

https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/travel-c4/luggage-packing-c94/packing-solutions-c301/pack-it-specter-tech-cube-p7605

Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Tech Cube’s allow you to keep your gear in good condition and helps keep everything organised, this makes packing and unpacking quick and easy. The new ‘Tech’ fabric is ultra-lightweight, durable and stronger than ever before!

Price £14.99

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Personalised ‘Candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kitfrom the little picture company

https://thelittlepicturecompany.co.uk/products/personalised-candlelit-bath-in-a-bag-spa-kit

This fabulous ‘candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kit contains all of the ingredients required to induce pure relaxation…Something every traveler needs!

Inside the kit are four spa treats to enjoy with a long (and uninterrupted!) hot soak in the bath, including a heart shaped bath fizzer, a rose petal aromatic bath bar, a mini jar of real rose petals, plus a fresh apple scented candle, all complete in a personalised canvas pouch. P E R F E C T!

Price £32

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Do you have anything else you’d love? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah x

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⇻ Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort ⇺

This chic resort is perfectly nestled in-between Lake Como & Lake Lugano. It is just 12km from Menaggio in Italy & 14km from Lugano in Switzerland making it the perfect spot to explore two insanely beautiful Lakes!

I flew from London Luton to Milan MXP for £35.  You all know how much I love a bargain flight! You can find out how I find cheap flights quickly here: https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

The train links in Italy are so easy, we spent a couple of days in Como & Tremezzo before heading to Parco San Marco for two nights, It is really easy to reach via train or bus, the bus stop (Cima) Is directly outside the entrance to the resort.

Firstly, what an amazing greeting I had from the hotel staff! They are really friendly and nothing is too much trouble. I swiftly checked in, dropped my bags and prepared to explore…

From the minute I arrived I had a great sense of excitement, especially after seeing the incredible mountain views.  Each corner you turn, you will experience picturesque scenes which will truly take your breath away!

Without a doubt, the most amazing views can be found from the highest point in the resort, the Buddha Pavillion. It’s the perfect place to soak up the panoramic mountain views in the most peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

You can also arrange to have your dinner up here, sipping champagne by candlelight…Yes please!

 B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! The suites are so spacious with a luxury contemporary feel.  I was so lucky, my suite featured a huge balcony with the most perfect Lake Lugano views….Imagine waking up to this view every day!

SUITES: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/suites/

There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained too, there are hiking trails, adventure climbing, Nordic walking, cycle paths, watersports, paragliding, horse riding & so much more

…They even have their own zoo!

ACTIVITIES: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/sport-and-fun/reiten-2-en-gb/

Parco San Marco has 5 different elegant restaurants to choose from, which leaves you spoilt for choice!

They even offer Cookery Classes, which includes preparing a four-course Italian meal in a beautiful setting on the outdoor terrace of La Masseria.

I ate in ‘La Terrezza’ Restaurant, which is the adult’s only option. The food is absolutely incredible. They have so many different options and they are great at catering for dietry needs. I noticed on the menu they have great offerings for Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free.

FOOD: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/restaurants-and-bars/

 One of the things that attracted me to Parco San Marco is the location.  It’s the perfect place to explore both Italy & Switzerland. There are so many places to explore with such easy transport links.

If you love to go on adventures as much as me, I would definitely recommend visiting Monte Brè in Switzerland, it’s easy to get to from Parco San Marco & it’s really close to Lugano town too.

It was a little misty when I climbed, but still the views are insane!

Cadenabbia in Italy is also a short bus ride away, I hiked to San Martino church which took around 1 hour to reach the top, It was pretty steep but totally worth it to see these views overlooking Bellagio! Lake Como has lots of hidden gems, it’s very easy to reach from Parco San Marco via bus and it’s cheap too, only around 4 Euros!

Any Questions? Let me know, I am happy to help!

See you soon

Hannah x

http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/resort/

 

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Known for its beautiful alpine mountains, stunning lakes and (literally) the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted, Switzerland is one of the world’s most picturesque destinations!

You all know how much I love a spontaneous trip and this trip was no different!

Tuesday night I was sat in the lounge scrolling through my feed as usual, when I scrolled past Catherine’s unbeliavable photo, that was the point my research started and I knew it was time to head to Switzerland!

I mean, just look at that view…

@swissblisstravel https://www.swissblisstravel.com/

By Friday our bags were packed, Swiss map in hand and off to Folkestone we go to the Eurotunnel! It’s so quick, within 30 minutes we were in Calais. Let the fun begin!

Calais to Switzerland is then around a 8.5 hour drive (The not-so-fun part, although a ridiculously beautiful drive!)

After hours of research (and lots of helpful tips from Catherine) we decided the best place to head to was Kandersteg & Interlaken. We only had Saturday – Monday so we really needed to make sure we were in a good, central location.

We didn’t have any accomodation booked by the time we got into the car, so the search began whilst Quinn took the wheel!

Because it was so last minute, I was really struggling to find anywhere central & good value as most places were fully booked. I didn’t want to waste unnecessary money on  average accomodation knowing we would hardly be there, thats for the adventure funds!

So….This was our home for the weekend!

We camped, I’m so glad we did! It was totally glamorous as everything was clean and ready for our arrival.

The Manor Park Farm campsite in Interlaken is perfect, firstly it has the most scenic surroundings. It’s right between Lake Thun & Lake Brienz meaning the views are breathtaking. Each night we would watch the sunset over the lake whilst enjoying a BBQ in the great outdoors! (What more could you want?!)

Secondly, It’s only a 30 minute drive away from Kandersteg, which was absolutely perfect for what we wanted to do. Interlaken is a pretty central point to explore which was great for us and our limited time frame.

Thirdly, the facilities are better than a hotel! We had so much space, the tent was huge and really well equipped.

There is plenty to do there, you could easily stay at the campsite for the week and be totally entertained. They hire out kayaks, pedalos & canoes plus offer parasailing & paragliding which is an absolutely amazing way to soak up the views.

We booked Manor Park Farm, Interlaken via hoseasons holidays. It was £130 for a 3 night stay.  They do have caravan options too. http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/holiday-parks-in-europe/manor-farm-park-manf

Kandersteg

Picnic in hand, we drove to Kandersteg ready to hit the mountains!

There are so many amazing hikes in the area, ranging from 30 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes. The entire UNESCO site is beautiful. You could spend days exploring everything, but due to time, we decided to cheat and get the cable car half way up (18 CHF) and walk back down!

Directly at the top of the cable car route is the Summer Sleigh Run, which of course we did. We can officially say we have slid down a slide in the Swiss Alps. Such fun!

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/G8PEKc0qKxU

The walk to Oeschinensee is like a scene from the Sound of Music! The endless views of mountains & waterfalls make you never want to leave.

Keep a look out for these little cuties along the way. Listening to their bells ringing whilst walking through the mountains is something I’ll never forget!

Oeschinensee Lake is literally one of the most pristine mountain lakes I’ve ever seen! The water is so perfect for swimming.

It’s so tranquil and peaceful in the morning, there were only about 10 other people there when we arrived, although that quickly changed by the time we left!

Come well prepared with a picnic and you could happily sit and watch the world go by all day. There are plenty of spots for a BBQ too!

Walking back down is pretty steep, make sure you have good walking shoes on with good grips to reach the bottom comfortably.

Switzerland is definitely one of those places that leaves you wanting more…

Hannah xo

…Any questions, please feel free to ask! I’ll help with your upcoming trip as much as I can! The travel community is an amazing place, I wouldn’t of packed my bags as quickly if it wasn’t for Catherine’s help!

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