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Eight things that happened at Icelolly Holidays’ #BlogAtTheBeach Event

Can you imagine a party in the middle of winter with a tropical theme, a strict dress code of Christmas cheesiness and an abundance of social media, blogging and travel chat? Complete with cocktails, mulled wine and food of course. No? Well, Icelolly Holidays threw their #BlogAtTheBeach event, and that’s exactly what happened. Being a travel barmy girl (what, like you didn’t notice?!) who is always wanting to up her blog and social media game and is partial to a drink or two, I couldn’t say no when the invitation landed in my inbox. So, are you wondering what went…

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The votes are in, and I’m going to Rome!

With so many cities, resorts and landmarks in the world that I am dying to see, booking trips can become quite the challenge. Do we go to that quaint village we’ve been wanting to visit for a while? Or shall we go for some winter sunshine? Maybe we should go to that resort where they hold an annual festival? My boyfriend and I recently managed to whittle it down and decided we wanted a city break. But the question still stood: which city?! And that’s where you guys came in. I gave my followers on Twitter the opportunity to decide…

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Seven Things to do with a Week in Paphos

When you consider the collection of clear, sandy beaches,  the labyrinths of ancient history to explore, the lively towns and bars (not to mention the all year round sun!) it’s no surprise that Paphos is one of the most popular Cyprus resorts no matter what time of year you visit. I experienced Cyprus for the very first time this year myself, and I can safely say it was the ideal place to go on holiday – lots of sunshine, plenty of cocktails, numerous things to see and do and a stunning back drop to go with it. Whilst I didn’t…

Beauty

A VIP Airport Experience with World Duty Free

Let’s be honest: hanging around in an airport for three hours whilst you wait for your flight can be quite the bore sometimes. I usually get my bags checked in, head straight for a mandatory pre-flight Burger King (it’d be rude not to, right?), browse the shops and wish I was rich enough to buy everything, and then find myself sat around just waiting and w a i t i n g for my gate number. Just get me in the sunshine already, pur-lease. But, this wasn’t the case when I flew to Cyprus last month. In fact, I had…

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Appreciating the Unexpected Surprises when you Travel Without Plans

In case you haven’t noticed so far (and you haven’t, wth?!), I am a sucker for a getaway. Whether it’s a quick city break, a cheap and cheerful staycation, or an all out luxury sunshine holiday, there’s something that makes me so happy about getting away from everyday life. I mean, browsing the web for holidays I can’t afford but dream about pretty much daily is literally a hobby of mine. But the really exciting part? Booking a break on a whim. Going away with no plans. Just letting each day happen as it comes. And when you travel without plans,…

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Ultimate Relaxation in Cyprus – Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Paphos

This year, I was lucky enough to cross another country off of my list when I experienced Cyprus for the very first time in October thanks to On the Beach. After being chosen to work with them on their winter sun holidays, I jetted off to stay at two of their top neighbouring hotels in Paphos. Having never travelled outside of the summer months, I was a tad dubious as to whether Cyrpus would still be as warm as I’ve been used to on other holidays. I needn’t have worried. As soon as we stepped off the plane at the…

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A taste of luxury at the Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, Mexico

Mexico. A dream holiday destination for oh so many, right? And as of August this year, I can safely confirm that it is indeed the stuff of laptop screensavers, holiday brochures and Hollywood movie scenes. Endless azure seascapes, soft crystal white sand, palm trees galore and a clear blue sky disturbed by nothing but the sunshine’s rays and the occasional baby cloud quickly passing by. Having wanted to go to Mexico for years but sadly never having the funds, my boyfriend and I well and truly struck lucky when I won a competition with Virgin Holidays on Twitter, and after…

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6 Reasons I Want to Go Back to Paris (plus win a weekend there!)

Look at lists of places you need to visit before you die and you’ll most likely find Paris sitting on there somewhere.  A capital full of history, culture and beautiful scenery, this city of love has a certain je ne sais quoi whether you are visiting for your first, second or one hundredth time. Having played tourist in Paris a number of times, I’m still not bored of visiting, and already can’t wait to head back to experience everything I love about the wonderful city all over again. I was lucky enough to visit Paris earlier this year after a…

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Experiencing Cyprus for the First Time Thanks to On the Beach

Back in June, I attended an amazing event called #BloggersBall which was organised by Scarlett London. In between the copious amount of nibbles, drinks, mingling and networking, I grabbed a photo with the On the Beach stall and left my details with them. I let everything slip my mind just a few days later when I jetted of to Benidorm for a week, so imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail whilst I was in Alicante airport telling me that On the Beach had chosen to work with me and send me to Cyrpus in October to review two…