“I’ve always had this deep-down conviction that I’m not like everybody else, and there’s an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.”
- Domes (sleeps 2 people or a family of 4)
- Kata Cabins (sleeps 5 people)
- Campshacks (sleeps up to 8 people)
- Group Tents (sleeps up to 8 people)
- Bell Tents (sleeps 5 people)
in the middle of Belgium, and I’m not sure how I survived as it was THAT cold,
so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But when we arrived and saw the place, I
completely relaxed and knew we would have the best time that weekend and my
gosh, we did.
of the main Lodge which had sofas, log fire, tables and chairs, and also a
kitchen. The Lodge is where breakfast was served every morning. The breakfast
catered to many dietary requirements (vegetarian and vegan). Having being very
hungover on both mornings, having a full English breakfast was just a perfect
way to get you through the day.
Next to the main lodge was a barn, which was used
for the banquet hall for the wedding, it was also used for the nibbles that was
available in the early evening. Attached to the side of the barn was the
smallest, cutest pub ever. The pub had a log fire with cute little sofas, it
felt so homely and something out of a movie. The pub was open until 2am.
Opposite the main lodge was a tipi covered in
many, many fairy lights (a girls dreams). The tipi was where the main ceremony
took place and outside that was an area where you can sit around a fire, and
also a tea/coffee/hot chocolate station. On the first night, dinner/tea was
provided (in the tea/coffee station) which was stone baked pizzas, soup and
some glorious bread.
options for where we wanted to stay.
Cabin which sleeps 5 people. The Cabin, had a decking outdoor area, which some
sun chairs, and then a tent which had a seating bench, bins, BBQ and tea/coffee
facilities and then a tipi with the 5 beds and a fire in the middle. The Cabin
was lovely, and a great size for even 5 people. Although it was a little chilly
in the night if the fire went out (although alcohol helped me through the first
night). There were 4/5 cabins in a row through the field and as we were in
cabin 1 we were directed next to the shower/toilets and also a Vanity room.
Which had an iron, plug sockets which were all used to get ready in. And the
bride and groom were also very kind to supply us with lots of cocktails in a
Altogether we paid £414 for 2
nights. (Split 5 ways it was £82.80). For
that amount, we had 2 nights camping, food on Friday evening, Breakfast
on Saturday, (food at the wedding) and then breakfast on Sunday. Which, to me
was a bargain as the food was incredible the whole weekend.
ever be forgotten.There’s even talk about going back next year in the
summer. AND I have to mention this for all dog lovers out there, there are
many, many dogs roaming around the site but mainly in the lodge so be prepared
for some cute puppas.
the wedding because alcohol). So please go check it out!
where everything you needed was. Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, pubs, gift shops and everything else a village has.
The beach wasn’t large, but the views were insane, where you could see the clifts and the sunsets are in my top
5 of the best sunset’s I’ve ever seen.
next village Burgau. Which apparently is just as beautiful, so we are saving
that for next time. On the 3rd day, the other went on a boat trip to see the coves and the other coast lines, which looked beautiful and only around 25euros per person for around an hour and half on the water.
are a perfect way to forget your troubles at home, and explore new places.
When travelling, I mainly only ever take carryon luggage, and the limited amount
of liquids that the airlines allow you.
Last week I
went to Portugal, only taking hand luggage. Now normally this wouldn’t be a
problem if it was a normal city break but as you have to take sun lotion with
you as buying it out there is really expensive, hand luggage limits you with
what you can take.
The suitcase I use is fairly new
and was a birthday gift. (You know you’re getting old when you get excited
about asking for a new suitcase for your birthday). The brand is…
The best decision I ever made was getting a 4 wheeled suitcase. When travelling
and carrying your luggage I tend to have my phone in hand, getting directions
or taking pictures. Having 4 wheels lets you carry other things a lot easier.
As I knew the weather was going
to be really nice and warm, I wasn’t worried about packing many clothes and it will
be too hot to wear anything fashionable. One trip I learnt from my mum is to
roll my clothes, they take it up less space which yes means extra room for more
or your suitcase will be less heavy. Recently I saw a Facebook video or a women
rolling all her clothes and underwear, and then putting them into sandwich bags
(clear bags you put your liquids in) and I was amazed. I’m travelling to Sweden
in a few week and will definitely be testing out this trick.
I also tend to wear the bulkiest
clothes on the plane, and carry a jacket.
I always tend to wear the shoes
that take up the most room on the plane. The advantage of going on a summer
trip, is that you don’t have to take heavy/bulky shoes. I wore a pair of
trainers on the plane, and then I packed sandals for the evening and a pair of
flip flops for the pool/beach. I always tend to take trainers with me, as I
tend to go off the beaten track as they call it. But I also burn my feet every
time, so I tend to keep them out of the sun.
Liquids / toiletries
For me when only taking hand
luggage, organising my liquids is the hardest part. If you are struggling with
what you can take, I will always check the airlines website on their rules and
regulations. When traveling to Morocco, it stated that I could have 12 100ml liquids.
When arriving, they would not let me through security as all 12 liquids were in
2 clear bags and I had to throw stuff away, so ALWAYS check the website. If I’m
feeling lazy, I will buy the travel sized products from Boots/Superdrug which
they normally have on offer, but Primark have the travel bag for £1 which comes
with around 6 bottles of different sizes and shapes which is great. I know a
lot of people put some of their liquid make up in the clear bags but tend not
too as it takes u a lot of bag usage, but if they ask then of course I will.
When travelling to Benidorm last
year, I bought a hand fan and it has literally travelled with me everywhere
since. I also like to pack a book, hair accessories and some jewellery. I
always pack the extra in the net zipped part so nothing gets broken or tangled
up on my clothes.
always have a disposable camera and my instax with me. If I tend to be
documenting my travels, I will also pack a tripod (I have a gorilla pod which I
would highly recommend). This will always be packed in the zipped part of the suitcase
also, so nothing gets damaged during transport.
Money / travel documents
When you exchange money, they
always give you the little plastic pouch with your newly exchanged money in. I
will also keep my passport, any GBP and anything that I want to keep safe in
that pouch. When I get back home, the pouch usually has all my Polaroid’s and
other random bits in that I wanted to not get damaged/lost.
2x Stripe crop vest
2x pairs of denim shorts
Wearing – Dungarees & Band T-shirt
Wearing – Vans
Eye Solution (contacts)
My partner then have the SPF in his (he doesn’t take a lot).
A little taste of Luz, Portugal will be up very soon! Keep your eyes peeled.
always have big adventures, saving for the little ones can be just as hard.
really bad with money when growing up, even in university when I would receive
a very large amount every 3 months, I would blow it things that I don’t remember
and I have nothing to show for it.
out, and having my own financial responsibilities I have learnt to manage how
to prioritize bills and savings. Although, someone times I do slip up. (Especially
in the summer months).
saving money for travel, for me the biggest tip is knowing where you’re
going/what you’re saving for. I find it so much easier saving £300 a month if I
know that it’s being spend on flights or accommodation. Create a breakdown of
how much everything is going to cost you from flights to daily food budget.
here, but SOMETIMES I do dip into the savings I put away but that doesn’t mean I
still don’t save. I tend to find that throughout the summer months I spend a
lot more which is probably the case for everyone.
post, I mentioned that I spend a lot more in the summer months. Living in
Wales, you only get around a weeks’ worth of nice weather so you kind of have
to make the most of it. Spending money on alcohol, going to see that band or
taking a quick trip to get some ice-cream. They all add up.
away was my thing when I was in university. I loved it and yes I used to make a
lot of money. In recent months with moving and sorting out my life, I have a
lot of stuff and clothes that I don’t use/wear. I am currently using Depop,
which has grown significantly within the last few years. I also did a car boot
sale not so long ago, and the stupidest of things that I was just going to
at this one. I don’t eat out half as much as I used to. Ever since learning
more about cooking and trying new things, I like to cook in bulk and freeze the
extras for a rainy day. When it comes to work lunch, meal prep is your friend. Instagram
& Pinterest are great for inspirations and recipes.
have Netflix and Spotify, I split the costs with family members and have
multiple accounts so the price is cheaper for everyone. Just before summer
started I cancelled my gym membership and started running which is of course,
free. Although it was only £20 a month, that £20 goes straight into my savings
account on top of whatever else I put in each month. I did have magazine subscriptions
and other things too which I cancelled and to be honest, I don’t miss them at
option for me, I would jump at the chance. I miss living home a lot, as I don’t
get to see my family that often. Although living at home was not free for me,
it would still be a lot cheaper that what I’m paying now living in the city. I
also feel like parents will be very strict with you also and help you save for
those things that you want. And who doesn’t love getting their washing done for
out there for saving money for travel. I’m still learning and I still have
slips, but that’s just life.
you want something enough, you’ll make it happen.
tips and tricks do you guys have? Anything you think I can benefit from?
“Every time you post something online you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.”
The one plot in the book that I did connect with, was that Penny the main character suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. As a girl growing up with social anxiety but never realising that’s actually what it was and feeling really alone and different, I connected with Penny as I knew exactly how she was feeling. I felt like this could of been explained a little better and not just glossed over.
All in all the plot was good, but a little sloppy at times. I’m still debating whether I want to read the follow on books. I think there are 2 more? But if I do, you shall know.