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Midnight In Bangkok, Thailand

A few hours before midnight, we got picked up from our hotel in Bangkok for a chance to experience the city in a way we wouldn’t have otherwise.

Our day had started with one of the most popular spots in the city (the Grand Palace, Khlongs and Wat Arun – see it all here) but one of the best ways to truly enjoy a city is to go where the locals go which is perhaps why I enjoyed this evening bit so much.

See, this evening, we would be off on a food tour and to be perfectly honest, I’m typically a bit wary of food tours.

I’ve been on some really amazing ones but food tours can also be a bit “Meh!”...

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The Grand Palace And Khlongs Of Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok was one city I’d wanted to visit for a long time.

Ever since we went to Phuket and Phi Phi Island, Thailand very swiftly rose in the rankings of some of my favourite places to holiday in and thanks to that, the capital city has beckoned for quite some time now.

Visiting Bangkok, we arrived in the evening and it was dark by the time we got to the hotel (the LiT BANGKOK Hotel) so between the jetlag and the travel exhaustion, the only plans we have for the evening was dinner and bed. (I mean, I wouldn’t say no to a nice cocktail or a glass of wine though… ? ).

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I maaaaay have ordered more than one mail meal! (In my defence, the portions were small so doubling up made sense…).

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The next morning, after a marathon sleep sesh, we got up bright and early eager to exp...

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Visiting The Parliament Of Canada, Ottawa

Leaving those adorable beavers behind, our next stop in Quebec was hard to pronounce (at least, in my experience ?) Outaouais.

More specifically, in Outaouais we stayed in Gatineau, a city right next to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa (like literally across the river – you can see the Parliament of Canada from here!)

*Took me a while to get there but just in case you find it handy when you visit, Outaouais is kinda pronounced; Ooot-away.

Anyhooo, we arrived in Gatineau in the evening and just decided to kick back for the rest of the day. Our biggest plans for the evening were to grab dinner which, seeing as we had no driving left to do that day, meant that somewhere with decent cocktail beckoned.

For dinner, we headed over to Les Vilains Garc?ons for some absolutely delicious food an...

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Getting Lost In Nature (And With Beavers) In Quebec, Canada

Our next stop in Quebec involved us ‘getting lost’ in nature and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for it.

Given as it was in autumn, the weather has been a bit cool for the past few days but for some reason, on this one day, it just got ridiculously warm.

Like, warm enough that the ladybugs were out flying everywhere – which is apparently a thing that happens when they’d been getting ready for the cold but suddenly get a warm and sunny day. It seems like a mundane thing to mention but they were everywhere! Like millions of them!

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But I digress… Anyway, on this day, we left Auberge and its pretty lake and headed over to the forests of Montcalm Regional Park where would be staying with Amishk Aventures Ame?riendiennes, a First Nations site where you get an interesting...

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A Morning In German City of Aachen

Leaving Burg Eltz, our final stop on this road trip before heading back to London was Aachen – a city near the border of the Netherlands and Belgium, making for the perfect stop before hopping aboard our DFDS ferry back to London (well actually, to Dover and then driving to London).

We checked into the Innside in Aachen as soon as we got there and it was probably at that point I realised we’d been on the road for about 14 hours that day!

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Much as I wanted to go explore Aachen, we decided it made sense to just call it a day and have dinner at the rooftop restaurant at our hotel (which ended up actually quite nice!).

To be fair though, I didn’t have grand plans to properly explore Aachen, there just wasn’t enough time to do it properly but that didn’t mean we couldn’t have a good go at...

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The Incredible Moselle Loop And Beautiful Town Of Bernkastel Kues In Germany

The next part of our road trip was gonna be all about the Moselle Valley of Germany and given how beautiful the Rhine Valley was, this was one part of the trip I was really looking forward to.

Leaving Assmannshausen, we made our way over to The Moselle Loop Viewpoint.

Almost forgot – to set some context, the Moselle Loop is a hairpin turn in the Moselle river and is actually quite a picturesque part of this valley

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There’s a car park near the viewpoint where you can drop your car off at and just enjoy the short but scenic stroll over to the viewpoint.

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But here’s the thing with the viewpoint – because you’re right on the edge of a high, steep hill. You can actually see the Moselle Loop but it’s such a restricted view which you can’t really see properly into the valley.

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The Beautiful German Town Of Bacharach

After two nights exploring Nurburgring and all the many adrenaline-fuelled fun to be had here, it was finally time to leave and head off on the next leg of our road trip – the bit filled with castles, vineyards and the cutest villages and towns.

Our first stop (well, more of a pit-stop really) was the Loreley Plateau, a viewpoint on our way where you essential get multiple views of the Rhine valley around you, but even before we got there, we were greeted by many a beautiful castle as we made our way through.

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The Loreley Plateau has multiple ‘official views’ you’re meant to check out here but I just say head straight through to the end of it to see all of the valley below from the vantage viewpoint (there are about 3 main ones here where you get a sense of how long and wi...

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The Northern Lights Village And Star Arctic… In Lapland, Finland

The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we packed our suitcases up and said farewell to Muotka Wilderness Lodge.

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Fun as it was, we would be moving to a different hotel for the next couple of days here (which is something we’d arrange with Inghams Holiday prior to arriving so no surprises there).

As we had a free morning to kill, we made our way over to the Northern Lights Village which is just a hive of lots of different Lapland fun.

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You can stay here (they have rooms with glass roofs so you can see the Northern Lights in bed if they come out), sauna, old-style Sami houses (the Sami people are the ones who live around here), reindeers, dog-sledding – the lot!

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The morning here started with a sort of aimless amble around the village, the kind that’s just ...

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The First 24 Hours In Lapland, Finland

The best way to make the most of winter is to fully embrace it. Like no staying indoors, waiting for it to pass but instead, grabbing those snow boots, warm coats and jackets and just heading out exploring. There’s just so much fun to be had in winter and it’s easily become one of my favourite seasons to travel.

And I’m not even talking about travel to warm places to escape winter… I’m talking about heading deep into the coldest places out there to make the most of winter at its peak.

Somehow, last year, we ended up having no real wintry trips planned (not even sure why now) and so as soon as the new year came around, a trip somewhere cold was the first thing on my mind.

Before long, we were booked onto an Ingram’s Holiday trip to Finnish Lapland, in the Arctic Circle for a f...

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A Road Trip From The UK To Germany…

I love a good road trip! It’s just such a great way to explore a new destination. You get to see and explore so much more than you would normally and have the flexibility to make your trip whatever you want it to be.

This is in large part what fuelled my excitement to go on a summer road trip to Germany from the U.K.

Typically, we’d just fly over to Germany from London but after having driven from the UK to Austria (for this amazing festival earlier in the year), it became very clear how easy it was to actually drive from here (and also how much fun there was to be had travelling this way).

The original idea was to rent a car in London, catch a ferry from the south of England (Dover) and drive from there back and forth, however, as we were due to be up north (last-minute travel plans...

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