Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Where Can I Stay In Southern Turkey?

Turkey is a huge country and there are so many holiday resorts to visit. Turkey has become popular again over the past year after a decline in tourism affected the country. Although the Aegean coast is more popular with the English people, holiday resorts on the Mediterranian coast are becoming more and more popular with the English, despite being primarily popular for tourists from Germany and Russia. I visit Antalya on the Mediterranean coast because I like the different nationalities that go there. With more English people going to the Mediterranean coast, I thought I would share the best resorts to visit.

Monday, 11 June 2018

What Should I Pack For A Backpacking Holiday?

When you decide to go on a backpacking holiday, you often have to think about how heavy your bag is going to be because you will be carrying it around a lot of the time. Also if you're going by plane, there is usually a 15 or 20kg weight limit to think about. If you're going somewhere that's hot, carrying a heavy rucksack is not ideal because you're going to sweat. When you pack your bag, make sure you pack it sensibly. Put heavy bits in the bottom and lighter stuff that you might need as you travel at the top.

Photo by Brandon Kaida on Unsplash

Friday, 8 June 2018

What Is The Best Way To Travel As A Backpacker?

 So this year you fancy giving backpacking again for your holiday? I did it last year with Tilly and it was the best most economical holiday I've ever been on because we went away for nearly a month and it cost us less than the price of a package holiday at the height of the summer. I know that a backpacking holiday can seem quite daunting to start with, but it really is easy there just a few things that you need to take into consideration and this is where I'm here to help and today we will be talking about plans to make when you first decide to go on a backpacking holiday. How you're going to travel is one of the most important things to think about because you want to be safe as well as stay within your budget. There are a few things you need to consider when you are backpacking too like the weight of your luggage as most planes have a weight limit and you don't want to pay extra with the luggage. Also, think about whether you want to book all the travel in advance or if you are going to buy it as you travel. Buying it all in advance restricts you to times and places, but if you pay as you go along, you end up paying more but you can make the journey up as you go along.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Swim Wear And Beach Wear For A Trip To Turkey

Recently we went to Turkey for a 12 day holiday. It was fantastic and the weather hit 35/36 degrees. Something that is never heard of in England! We had a fab time but it was made even more special with the beachwear that we took with us from Simply Beach and Simply Swim.

Everyone wants nice stuff to go on holiday with and this is a round-up post, but I will add the link to the full posts on my lifestyle blog www.misstillyandme.co.uk.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

First Aid Kits Ideal For Travel

Tilly is always falling off her bike, she gets adventurous and then races off along the seafront and then I have to pick her up off the floor - Thank goodness for cycle helmets to protect her head! But what about the cuts and bruises that she ends up with too? I for one do not carry plasters about in my bag, so I needed an alternative first aid kit for her that she always had whilst on her bike.

We were sent a saddle bag for her bike from SJ Works on Amazon for £27.00 and it pops on the back of her seat and is there in case of an accident. This will save me panicking in the middle of nowhere because I cannot stop her bleeding. The saddle bag contains everything you could need for a small accident, and also some extra bits in case it is a slightly bigger accident. When you order from Amazon, you get it on next day delivery with Prime.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

12 Things For Kids To Do At Alba Queen Hotel, Antalya

I had only ever stayed in the Alba Queen with a friend of mine for a girls holiday, so when I took Tilly it was a completely different experience! I wasn't 100% sure if there would be enough to keep her occupied for 12 days, but there actually was, and in fact, she said that there were things that she didn't get round to doing. I had stayed at the Alba Resort before, the sister hotel that is two hotels down, but felt that the queen had a better kids facilities and the position of the kids club was in front of the pool, where she could get to it without going out of my eye line.

So what was she able to do whilst she was on holiday to keep her occupied?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Visit To Madrid

Thankyou to Marta for her lovely guest post on the blog today. Marta works in Social Media fora living and for fun. Citizen Marta is her project of travel and lifestyle blog.
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First time travelling to Madrid? Don't panic. Here you have a guide to first-time travellers to Madrid, starting with the basics and covering all the places only locals know.

Arriving in Madrid and moving around

Most of you would be arriving at Madrid Adolfo Suarez Barajas. From there, you can take the underground, Metro, to practically everywhere in town, buses (not the best choice, if you don't want to be stuck in traffic) or train, called Cercanias (terminal 4, but a free bus connects all terminals), which connects you with Madrid and surroundings. Madrid is also well connected by train, coach and road, may you want to make it part of a longer trip through Spain.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Taking Tilly To Turkey On Holiday

One month today and I take the first holiday alone with Tilly that I have ever really taken. We have been abroad before, but usually with someone and we have taken day trips by plane but never actually done a holiday with just the two of us. I am so full of emotion, I am excited, I am scared, I am nervous, I am looking forward to it.

I have chosen a hotel that I have stayed in before with friends and I know that they have a good kids club, but I have never used it. The hotel is primarily German and I am worried that Tilly will have problems understanding what is going on but when you're a kid, you just play together, language isn't a barrier. We have chosen Alba Queen Hotel

Sunday, 1 April 2018

What Is Parkdean Romney Sands Like To Holiday At?

Have you ever booked a holiday through the Sun newspaper? We did just that, last weekend when we booked into a caravan at Romney Sands holiday park. Romney Sands is only about 25 miles from where I live but it doesn't matter because the holiday is a holiday isn't it?

Friday, 30 March 2018

Car Seat Safety Tips For This Summers Road Trips

Today we are talking about car safety in a sponsored post for when you take a driving holiday somewhere. Well, not actually car safety but car seat safety! Sometimes we think our child is safe in the car seat but actually, they might not be. So we are bringing you some tips on keeping your kids safe whilst you go on a road trip in the UK or abroad.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Visiting Northern California

Today on the blog we have a guest post from Shanna who blogs at www.femmeunfiltered.com where she Empowers and connects women through storytelling and the power of positivity. You can also find her on

The Real Northern California (Hint: Not San Francisco)

If you’re looking for Bigfoot, you might just find him (or her) in Northern California. The vast square miles north of San Francisco is more often than not wild and unruly. Growing up in the San Francisco, I always considered myself a Northern Californian, until my parents moved when I was 16. The real Northern California is actually far and away a different world from San Francisco.

The Drive

Two major highways run the length of California north to south, Interstate 5, which is dry, dull, and boring. It will get you from Canada to Mexico, and it runs straight down the middle of the dry valley land of California. Then there is Highway 101, which runs alternately along the west coast, with peeks at the ocean and through enormous mountains covered with giant redwoods. You will see grapevines in Napa and large-scale agricultural plots in Monterey. It is a beautiful, scenic way to see California, and it is what takes me from San Francisco to Humboldt County and back again.

The Real Northern California

My parents moved to a small city in Humboldt County exactly 300 miles from my doorstep to where my sister lives now, in McKinleyville. McKinlevville was settled by dustbowl migrants from Oklahoma during the Great Depression. They and their descendants actually call themselves Okies from Miskogee, they are proud of their far back Portuguese roots, and they built a beautiful little city on the sea.

Humboldt Bay is home to many little towns along its coast and one big, thriving city, Eureka, where you’ll find a mall, a Costco, some small teenage “gang” activity, a small prison, and an “old town” with so much character it attracts people from all over the country. Humboldt County is where the mountains meet the ocean. You can take a hike through huge redwood trees in Redwood Park that would require ten people holding hands to reach around it, and fifteen minutes later climb rocks above crashing waves at Moonstone Beach.

The weather is usually cool and breezy with the sun peeking out from behind clouds that alternate between dark and angry grey and bright and fluffy. That is when it is not raining. It rains so much in Humboldt that you may as well be in Seattle, Washington.

Go for a Run

Because the weather is so mild, if it is not pouring down rain, one of my favourite things to do in Humboldt is run. I am a runner, but in the SF Bay Area, I have to be careful about my timing. Running at high noon in the Bay is not advisable in most areas. Heat stroke is a real thing here.

But in McKinleyville, when I visit my sister, I look forward to a run at any time of day. My favourite trail is The Hammond Trail, a gravel path that runs between trees, seemingly away from all civilization, weaving in and out of ocean views. You can run this trail for miles and miles as you hit paved roads and run through neighbourhoods and then reconnect with the gravel or dirt path.


If you get a chance, take the drive, visit Old Town Eureka, walk the hills through Humboldt State University in Arcata, and take a run on the Hammond Trail in McKinleyville. You could spend a full week in Humboldt County and still not get a chance to enjoy all the fun food spots, the hiking trails, the beach walks, and the trail runs.

But you should definitely try.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Five Fun Places To Visit In Warsaw For Children

Today we have a guest post from Ania who blogs at  www.thefilthofthevoid.com. She is originally from Poland and is sharing some fabulous places to visit in Warsaw. You can also find her on Instagram and Pinterest

Warsaw, the capital of central European country Poland has recently been the love interest of many travel agencies as an affordable yet beautiful destination that’s suitable for everyone and anyone. Families and couples alike have been praising Warsaw for its crazy nights out, fun day activities and delicious street food to keep your energy flowing.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tips For A Budget Holiday

When we go away we always try to do it as cheap as possible and quite often it's so much cheaper to do it on your own. I always have people asking me how I afford to go away so often but there are little tricks on how to go on a budget break, and this is how:-


We always book way in advance and we go to either Premier Inn or Travelodge if we are holidaying in the UK, and with Travelodge having the option of Super rooms now, you can get an almost executive stay. We have been known to stay in youth hostels before because you can stay there for around £40 - £60 for a private family room, often cheaper than a hotel, especially in the heart of a major city. To get a good price on a hotel, you will need to book in advance, quite often a few months. We always stay at a Premier Inn next to Chessington World Of Adventures as its 75% cheaper per night than the official Chessington Hotel. We don't get the View of the Safari animals but we can see them when we are in the park anyway. Tilly thinks that every hotel is a holiday. Another Tip for a cheap hotel if you leave it till last minute is to look on hotel websites and pick a mystery hotel. Sometimes you can get a Five-star Hotel for less than £40. In the past I have even mystery shopped hotels and got the whole lot for free :)

Monday, 5 February 2018

Pirates Quest In Cornwall, Half Term Fun

Have you been to Pirate's Quest in Newquay? It is a  walk-through experience about pirates and they have a brand new storyline for 2018 which gives visitors the chance to discover Blackbeard's forgotten legacy, on the 300th anniversary of the infamous captain's death. The new adventure will premiere during February Half Term 10th – 18th for a Special Preview Event. 

Join LIVE performers as they portray members of Blackbeard's Republic of Pirates; a real band of buccaneers who ruled the sea during the 1700s. The crew have travelled to Cornwall in search of the hidden treasure of Henry Every, an infamous pirate captain from Plymouth, who was rumoured to have hidden his vast treasure near Lizard Point in Cornwall.