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Relaxing? An Airport? Surely not?….Flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is exactly that!

They really do take the hassle out of travelling, the entire airport experience is an absolute travellers dream!

They have everything just right, from start to finish.

Why choose Doncaster Sheffield Airport

1. Great Location

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is easy to reach from the UK’s major motorways including the M1, A1 & M62. The new motorway link road from junction 3 of the M18 means it is now super easy & quick to get to.

Sheffield 35 minutes / Barnsley 45 minutes / Wakefield 50 minutes / Leeds 52 minutes / Hull 58 minutes / York 1hr 5 minutes

2. Easy Car Parking Options

This isn’t the most glamorous subject, but they really do have it just right! The car parks are SO close to the terminal, it is literally a 60 second walk to the terminal building. How perfect is that?! You can choose from Short Stay, Long Stay, Premium Parking or Meet & Greet. I opted for Meet & Greet and I am so pleased I did, it is worth every penny! I was greeted by a really friendly staff member who directed me to the terminal. My favourite thing was upon return, I was greeted by the same staff member who welcomed me with a big smile on his face and a chirpy ‘Hello Miss Denton, how was your flight?’….Now that is personalised service! I was blown away! Not only that, my car was ready and waiting for me to jump in and drive home straight away, which is exactly what you want after a flight. Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/car-parking/car-park-options/

3. Quick & Easy Check in

Doncaster Sheffield Airport certainly win the award for the smoothest and quickest check-in experience! I used the self-check in machines in the terminal and then went straight to departures and through security. All within 5 minutes – I used the fast track service too, which is included in the price of the premium lounge.

4. Premium Lounge

Oh wow, now this is airport perfection! I was so chilled in here. I instantly felt at home and set myself up near the plug sockets (always a winner!) They offer complimentary drinks and snacks, along with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. I had a beautiful tuna salad, although I have heard the Fish Finger sandwich is a huge hit…Some even say it is the best in Yorkshire ūüėČ They have so many different drink options too, you can order Spirits, wines, beers and also a large range of ciders. It is totally worth it, especially to be able to benefit from the fast track service too! Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/at-the-airport/premium-lounge/

5. Friendly Staff

I have mentioned this a few times, but it is something I feel really strongly about! The staff are amazing in the airport, whether you speak to the team on check in, or the staff in the departure terminal, everyone has a smile on their face and are always happy to help. As Walt Disney would say…‘You can design, create and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality’

6. Destinations

The world is your oyster flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  You can choose from various destinations in Spain, Ireland, France, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Portugal, Turkey & Long Haul destinations too!

I flew into Alicante in less than 2.5 hours, there are so many places you can explore! I decided to explore Alicante, I stayed in such a beautiful boutique hotel called No.4 Benissa. It was perfect, you can read more here:  https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2017/05/30/no-4-benissa-alicante/

Reason’s why I love Doncaster Sheffield Airport VLOG over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYx5xBs4JNM

Find great value Doncaster Sheffield Airport flights on Skyscanner: http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8394176-10641620

Hannah

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Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)¬†has been named¬†one of the most famous hikes in Norway¬†&¬†after completing the hike in April, I can completely see why…

It towers a whopping 604 metres above the beautiful Lysefjord, making the views absolutely INCREDIBLE!

I vlogged the entire hike & edited it down to a 3 minute video! See Preikestolen for yourself here: https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg (it is my first vlog, be nice to me ha ha!)

Preikestolen, Lysefjord Norway:

In some ways we picked a great time to visit however in other ways we would have been much better visiting in the Summer. The positives were how quiet everything was, meaning we booked our ferry to Preikestolen on the same day, at the port without experiencing any difficulty with availabilty. It also meant the hike was extremely quiet, which made it so enjoyable!  When we reached the top of Pulpit Rock there were only around 40 people already there.  We were lucky enough to capture some great shots without other tourists in view.

On the other hand, traveling to¬†Stavanger in the ‘winter’ months meant we were unable to reach Fl√łri 4444, Kjerag or Trolls Tongue¬†easily. We were relying on public transport on a Saturday & Sunday which was impossible to get there in a short duration (we travelled Friday – Monday). The ferries don’t run as often in the winter months, therefore I would be sure to check the schedules before you book anything if these are the hikes you would like to do. (we were gutted we couldn’t make it to Fl√łri 4444, the view from the¬†steps look incredible http://bit.ly/2p4LNHH!)

Whilst we were there, we looked at loads of different timetables/websites and it seemed June РSeptember is the best time to go for ease of public transport around the hikes, although I am sure that will also mean it will be super busy!  If you are thinking of just hiking Preikestolen, I would definitely recommend late April.

We used a company called ‘Tide’ to book our Ferry & Bus tickets together, they were 350 NOK each when booking at the terminal on the same day. ¬†I have¬†since looked online and it is displaying at 320 NOK each, therefore it is cheaper to pre-book!¬†Another bonus, is their website is really clear unlike alot of the other Norwegian websites >¬†http://bit.ly/2qISkF2¬†<

We¬†would definitely use Tide again, they offer some great tours in the summer, including trips to Troll’s Tongue & Kjerag.

The Hike

We caught the 11:15am ferry from Stavanger which meant we arrived at the bottom of Preikestolen around 12:30pm. It took 1.5 hours to reach the top of Preikestolen and boy, was¬†the hike¬†worth it! It was a moderate hike, the start was pretty steep however after the first 10 minutes it flattened off slightly and became much easier. I would recommend having good quality walking boots and lots of layers. We were¬†cold¬†at the bottom, hot in the middle and freezing at the top! It was also extremely windy at the top¬†therefore bring a woolly hat and gloves to keep warm – I forgot my gloves and couldn’t feel my fingers! Saying that, we saw lots of people walking their dogs along the way and we even¬†saw¬†someone wearing a suit and brogues, they were sliding everywhere on the ice, but it shows it can be done in casual gear!

We were so suprised how quiet it was at the top, We spent around 40 minutes taking photos and then started to hike back down to escape the wind. There are some lovely little spots along the route too, which are perfect for a picnic.

In total, we were 3 hours 40 minutes. We started to hike at 12:30pm, reached the top in 1 hour 30 minutes and then we got back down to the bottom at 4:10pm, our bus left at 5pm – We made it in good timing!

The Lysefjord is absolutely beautiful and I would happily book a flight to Stavanger, to simply complete the Preikestolen hike. Our flights were so cheap too, find out how on this link > https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

We also did a cruise along the Lysefjord the next day, can you believe this is Pulpit Rock from down below? You can hardly believe that tiny little ledge is so famous!

Stavanger¬†itself is¬†really pretty too. We spent lots of our time in Ovre Holmegate, which is the most colourful street in the city centre. There are loads of cute little bars and restaurants, our personal favourite was Boker¬†og Borst,¬†it was so¬†cosy! They had¬†an entire bookshelf full of games and books….We were entertained for hours whilst we waited for our flight!

We stayed for 3 nights in the Thon Hotel Stavanger, which was great as it is so central. They included breakfast and also an evening meal, which was¬†really helpful as Norway isn’t the cheapest country I have ever been too!

Take a look at the hike over on YouTube  https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg

Any questions, let me know!

Happy Hiking – Hannah xo

 

 

 

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Sustainable boutique hotel, set alongside one of Sri Lanka’s finest lakes, Lake Koggala.

Nos Da Ty (meaning ‘Good¬†Night Hotel’ in Welsh) is a stylish, magnificently restored seven-room residence in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

This unique, intimate lakeside property is ideally placed for visiting the south coast¬†of Sri Lanka. Nos Da Ty¬†is just footsteps away from Koggala Beach and within easy reach of many of the region’s favourite landmarks, including Galle Fort.

This beautifully restored residence has been lovingly built and created by co-owners Peter & Indra. Peter brings lots of Welsh charm to the residence, whilst Indra brings his culinary expertise and expert knowledge of the Island. Together, they have created a wonderful residence oozing charm and sophistication.


This exclusive island retreat boasts a stunning open-air restaurant, which serves up fresh, organic produce directly picked from the lush gardens on-site.  Their in-house chef creates a selection of fabulous Sri Lankan dishes as well as contemporary options for lunch and dinner every day.

Behind Nos Da Ty’s entrance¬†gates¬†you will find spacious, airy interiors with high ceilings and¬†a¬†comfortable lounge area to enjoy a drink in the evening. Behind each hand-crafted¬†doorway, you will find large,¬†generous¬†bedrooms.¬†Each¬†of¬†the¬†deluxe¬†ensuite bedrooms have¬†substantial¬†amounts of space, natural light and offer beautiful views of the estate, each featuring a spectacular mahogany king-size four poster bed.



A 20-Minute Tuk Tuk Journey will lead¬†you to the hip, boho-chic¬†Fortress¬†of Galle, where you can find locally designed artwork, exquisite linens¬†& super healthy¬†& laid back eateries. I was totally taken by suprise by this utterly magical city.¬† You can wander through the streets all day soaking up the culture and strolling through the shops, here are some of my favourites…

Shop: The Barefoot brand is famous in Sri Lanka for their eccentric designs and quirky pieces.

Shop: Stick No Bills is famous for its classic Sri Lankan posters, postcards & prints.

Shop: Exotic Roots is a family run business, selling colouful prints with unique and authentic designs.

Shop: LUV SL Galle. Must visit, just to see the pool and Tuk Tuk inside!

Eat: The Calorie Counter offers authentic Sri Lankan cuisine with a healthy twist.

Find more details and rates online at: http://www.nosdahotel.com/

For UK booking details contact Laurie Tilley Phone: 01273 961810 or Mobile:07900825123.

Email: laurie.tilley@travelcounsellors.com Website: www.travelcounsellors.com/laurie.tilley

Hannah

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Friendship Beach Bar & Restaurant is one of the coolest places to hangout along Tangalle Beach.

You can grab a drink at the bar, pull up a chair on the beachfront or swing in the hammock & watch the world go by as the sun goes down. The atmosphere here is so chilled, you will never want to leave!

It’s a Family Thing: The owner, Dami has started up the business from scratch with a little help from his friends & family. They’re a¬†talented bunch – They can sing, dance, play guitar, beat on the bongos, not to mention their surfing skills make for great entertainment!

     

The Location: This is one of the best locations in Tangalle. The sea is really calm here compared to other parts of the beach making it a great spot for swimmers & surfers! We sat here all day, with the occasional dip in the sea in-between drinks of course!

     

The Food: They have a really unique menu offering a modern, healthy¬†twist on the traditional Sri Lankan favourites. They have some amazing Seafood options¬†that are all freshly caught along with a full range of Vegetarian options.¬† The owners wife is Vegetarian, which is why they have such¬†varied¬†options to choose from on¬†the menu. (Try the Guacamole, it’s the BEST!) They have loads suitable for Vegans too – Which is always a big hit!

We came here for a quick lunch one day and ended up staying all afternoon for lunch, drinks & dinner. The food is that good! We had quite a selection between us РFresh Lobster, Crab, Prawns, Mahi Mahi & Red Snapper. Not forgetting, they make an amazing Mojito too! (The best one we tasted in Sri Lanka!)

Such a cute little find, a secret gem on the beach!

Enjoy – Hannah x

Website: http://bit.ly/2odPLss

Address: Friendship Beach Restaurant. Meadilla Road, Meadakeatiya. Tangalle. Sri Lanka

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We love nothing more than a cosy little winter getaway in the UK, therefore when Citystay got in touch offering the chance to visit the beautiful city of Cambridge, we jumped at the chance to visit!

Citystay Vesta are in the perfect location, just 2 minutes’ walk from Cambridge Train Station and a further 10 minutes into the Historical city centre. See more: http://bit.ly/2lHwa3i

From the second we booked we were made to feel super welcome. The entire booking process is really personal, which I love! We dealt with Aimee who is Citystay’s Guest Services Co-ordinator. She¬†was¬†incredible from start to finish!

Aimee text in the morning to find out our ETA, which was a nice touch as we knew she would be there to greet us. We ended up getting a little bit lost trying to find the apartment, but Aimee was on hand to get us back on track!

Aimee guided us into the car park, then up to our apartment. She explained how everything worked in detail, showing us the washing machine, cooker, heating, key controls etc plus a little bit about the local area. The location by the station is great, as it means right outside the apartment is a Sainsburys Local, Pret-a-manger and Wasabi, therefore if you did need to grab something quickly, you can do!

Aimee gave us her contact details & left us to explore…Explore being the key word, as the apartment is massive! We had apartment 73, which is a 2-bedroom Vesta apartment. They offer 1,2 or 3 bedroom Vesta apartments too.

First things first‚Ķ.FOOD! You don‚Äôt get this kind of welcome in a hotel! It‚Äôs so nice to have the essentials in the cupboards to make it feel like home. The welcome pack is completely complimentary. Plus if you are travelling for a special occasion you can request additional items such as wine or chocolates for your arrival. Check out ‚Äėenhance your stay‚Äô on the website. http://bit.ly/2lHwa3i

Also, just a note that the kitchen cupboards are really well equipped with all the cookware you need, making it super easy to cook a big dinner if there are a few of you.

The bathrooms are really well equipped too with huge white fluffy towels & The White Company toiletries. We had a full range of toiletries in each of the bathrooms, we had an ensuite with a shower plus a main bathroom which had a shower over the bath too!

My favourite thing about the bathrooms though is the heated floor….It was freezing this weekend & the under floor heating was amazing & massively appreciated. It was all these little things that make these apartments perfect, I am not surprised they win so many awards!

The entire apartment space felt like home. They have thought of every little detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each bedroom has a TV, Sony Radio, Slippers (My unicorn slippers come everywhere with me, I didn’t need to bring them after all though as they have slippers here!) They even have separate heating controls per bedroom which I thought was pretty nifty. Most importantly though, the beds are ridiculously comfortable. They are so cosy and soft….I could’ve stayed there all day! Another thing to note, they have plug sockets by the bed….Which is something so simple, yet so annoying when there is no plug near to you!

 

Exploring Cambridge

Something completely unique to Citystay is that when you book with them you can Punt for FREE! Which is such a big benefit.

Citystay work with Scudamore which is Cambridge’s original punting company founded in 1901. You can choose from a selection of self-hire punts, kayaks, canoes and rowboats….All with the compliments of Citystay!

More details here: http://bit.ly/2kZA3R8

Cambridge University:

The best word to describe the different colleges of Cambridge University is MAGICAL‚ĶIt felt like we were wandering around in a fairy-tale, or in Hogwarts! I was in awe of the students who get to call this home. There are so many passageways, alleyways and doorway‚Äôs to explore ‚Äď I was scared to wander through half of them, although I‚Äôm sure I could pass for a student right?! ūüėČ To know that Hawking, Byron, Newton &¬†Darwin have wandered these exact same paths is something pretty special!

Christ’s College is¬†right in the heart of the city. We were just doing a spot of shopping and stumbled across the beautiful grounds of the college.

Lunch Stop: No Valentines is complete without Crepes right?! We stopped at Benet’s Café which overlooks Kings College, the perfect location for a little afternoon sugar craving!

They do hot food too, along with some of the best cakes and ice cream flavours I have ever seen!

Location: 21 King’s Parade, City Centre, Cambridge CB2 1SP

Here he is….The only photo I managed to get of him all weekend!

What a great weekend for Valentines….We can’t wait to come back again in the summer!

Post in collaboration with Citystay Apartments, Cambridge.

See you soon.

Hannah. x

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