Category Archives: Explore

Caribbean Cruise 2019

PART ONE – OOOOHHHH MARTIN

Our first cruise experience was a mixed bag in so many ways, but overall it met our objective of finding out if cruise holidays are for us (more on that later). Part one of this trip started at Heathrow, were we met up with Chris and Bailey, our friends, cruise experts and tour guides for the next 10 days. The first leg was a flight into Miami and a few days soaking up the SoBe (South Beach) lifestyle ahead of boarding the ship.

Chris had overseen booking 3 nights in a SoBe hotel, with a brief for somewhere nice, central and not too pricey. Technically he met this brief, however, there was a significant oversight to the Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar…it had an outside pool, bar and party area, with a live DJ playing until 5am every night of the week. Guess what our rooms overlooked? Ear plugs saved Chris’ hide!

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Riviera Maya: Not So Relaxing

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Category : Explore , Mexico , North America

This post is somewhat overdue given that we returned from Mexico on 3rd October 2018 and today’s date is 11th January 2019! The reason for the delay is because the last quarter of 2018 was one hectic period to say the least. The list of things we’ve had to deal with seems never ending; house break-in, car stolen, almost losing our house buyers, transferring to a new employer, buying a new car, packing up a 5 bedroom house, putting everything into storage, leaving our home of 8 years, staying in temporary accommodation for 5 weeks, moving into our new home, unpacking, DIY disasters, buying new stuff, snagging a myriad of problems, giving a home to a new puppy, Xmas/New Year illness and the final configuration and testing of a new computer system at work…did I forget anything?

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Kusadasi, Turkey – A Must Visit

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Category : Asia , Explore , Turkey

A week away in the sun is never a bad thing; however, this trip was a mixed bag to be honest. We booked a week at the Club La Costa Kusadasi Golf & Spa resort through our holiday club. I’d wanted to visit this particular resort for a few years, mainly because the discounts were large, the resort included a golf course and I love kebabs! Although named after the seaside town of Kusadasi, the resort complex was 16km inland and perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding area. The other issue that became abundantly clear relatively quickly after check-in was the fact that this was not a normal Club La Costa resort. A large amount of the complex, I’d say 80%+, was available to holiday tour operators to use rather than being exclusively for CLC members. In addition, the onsite restaurants charged a premium on top of the all-inclusive fee, apart from the free-for-all buffet that was horrendously busy and full of unruly kids and disinterested parents. Within a few hours it was clear we wouldn’t be returning for a second visit.

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Thailand: First Far East Adventure

Category : Asia , Explore , Thailand

As our first trip to the Far East together we chose Thailand, with 3 nights in Bangkok and 8 nights in Hua Hin. We also decided to play it safe and book it as a package deal, including transfers, through Virgin Holidays rather than booking the various elements ourselves. Visas were not required, but we needed to play catch-up on the appropriate inoculations even though we weren’t planning on venturing too far into mainland Thailand…better safe than sorry. The Far East has always been on our bucket list and we agreed that Thailand was a good place to start. It didn’t disappoint on any level.

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Boston Weekender

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This was our first visit to Boston and I have to say we were very impressed. We used our air miles to supplement the cost of the trip and booked 3 nights at the Boston Park Plaza hotel. People constantly tell us that we are mad travelling long-haul for anything less than 2 weeks, so you can only imagine what we hear when we say we are heading away for only a few nights!

The hotel was in a good location, just off Arlington Street and South of Boston Public Garden, a large park area. It was not in the heart of the tourist area, but near enough to make everything accessible. The standard of accommodation was excellent, which you come to expect when visiting the States. After getting checked-in and dropping off our bags we ventured out to explore the local area. It was already 7pm, so we weren’t planning on going too far.

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