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MTT Travel: Bloc Hotel Gatwick

July 11, 2016
Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

Airport hotels are a necessary evil. Much like visiting the dentist, getting a bikini wax or spending 50 quid on a pair of school shoes that will shortly be scuffed to buggery, splashing out on a hotel that you need for the sole purpose of being close to the airport is not The One. Hotels are supposed to be luxuries, places you visit for relaxing weekends, breakfast in bed and 1000 thread count sheets. They’re for lovely long dinners, top…

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Surviving the Single Parent Holiday (With Bells On!): Mark Warner Lakitira

July 4, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

I always find it incredible that when I go on holiday something profound seems to shift. Literally every trip I’ve been on in the last few years has brought a positive change in some way – Thailand, New York, New York again, Paxos – and I think the perspective you gain by being somewhere geographically foreign to you is one of the most incredible gifts. You see yourself in a slightly different light, see the world in a slightly different light.…

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The Bloody Brexit

June 27, 2016
bloody brexit

I’m on holiday. And I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing with the whole Brexit fandango underway (and let’s be honest, it’s been a massive effing fandango) but it’s most definitely brought things home for me, even when away. Let’s face it: the fact we have a democratic society is a massively amazing thing that should not be sniffed at. I religiously use my vote because other women fought so hard for me to have it,…

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5 reasons why you should travel to Luxor this summer

June 21, 2016
Luxor

Luxor is Ancient Egypt at its finest. Up there with Cairo and sun bathing at Sharm el-Sheik, this majestic city is full of awe-inspiring monuments that reflect a world and civilisation we can only dream about. Recent unrest in Egypt has been hard on the tourism industry. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against travel to many parts of the country, but Luxor is not one of them. Here, security in the city is on the increase. As long…

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The First Single Parent Holiday

June 16, 2016
Summer Good Times

Next week, for the very first time, I will be taking two children abroad. Alone. Both kids have a few air miles under their belts already; right before the split we travelled as a foursome to a family wedding in Madrid and a year later a cruise with my mum from Southampton to Nice. Both trips were great but my overarching memories from both holidays are ones of juggling – juggling luggage, juggling cranky kids, juggling wants, needs, worries. We’ve done…

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12 Things to do in Brooklyn

May 25, 2016
12 things to do in brooklyn

One of my favourite places in the whole wide world is Brooklyn. Stuffed to the gills with young (and not so young) creative people, it’s a wonderland of cutting-edge restaurants, fabulous shops and insanely wonderful Manhattan views. It’s also home to Kirsty, one of my favourite people in the entire world, which gives me one huge reason to visit. I spent two weeks there with her last summer and, as this year’s countdown begins (I only visit in the summer…

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MTT Travel: Chasing Sleep With TEMPUR at Pennyhill Park

April 7, 2016
pennyhill park review

If I’m passionate about one thing, it’s ‘me time’. And sleep. OK, so that’s two things, but when you’re a sleep-deprived mother you tend to spend an inordinate amount of your ‘me time’ catching up on sleep, LOVELY SLEEP, so it goes hand-in-hand. And so, on the weekends when the children are with their dad, I quite often find myself chasing the best quality sleep possible. This usually involves one of the following: a big bed, a glass of something…

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MTT Travel: Ullswater, The Lake District

March 14, 2016
Ullswater

Have you ever visited the Lake District? I made a pilgrimage up there last year and it was one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever been. Stunning vistas around every corner, incredible lakes as far as the eye can see and gorgeous towns and villages to discover. Visiting in winter meant there was just a little bit of walking, followed by a lot of scone eating and luxuriating in front of fireplaces when the rain came, and I…

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MTT Travel: 48 Hours In Bournemouth

February 25, 2016
things to do in bournemouth

Ahhh, Bournemouth. One of my favourite places in the whole wide world. I was born there and though we moved away before I was two, we spent a lot of time back on the beach when I was growing up. I guess that’s why I like taking my two back to good old Bournemouth. To make memories, to enjoy the bracing British seaside (and it generally is very bracing). There’s something so wonderful about the sea air, that expanse of sand…

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MTT Travel: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, LHR – JFK

October 7, 2015
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/the-virgin-experience/upperclass/upper-class-suite.html

As I get older I start to realise how important experiences are. When it comes down to it, in my old age will I feel thankful for all those cheaply made Primark t shirts I thought were so important back when I was in my early twenties? No! I’ll feel thankful for that time I swam in a pool on a Bangkok rooftop or had oysters and champagne at the highest point in London. I’ll remember the glee on the…

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MTT Travel: The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset

September 8, 2015

We’ve had a busy summer this year; the children have had a couple of weeks with their dad, I’ve been abroad and juggling work, we’ve had trips into London. The six weeks have flown by! I felt like I wanted to enjoy some proper time with my two little funballs so last week we took a couple of nights to enjoy the south coast, with the first at The Pig on the Beach in Studland, Dorset. The Pig on the Beach –…

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