I have been waiting for this post for months.
Hi guys – today we’re going to be talking travel. It may surprise
some most all of you to learn that, upon first starting this blog, I actually wanted to be somewhat of a travel blogger. I know; who on earth would have got that from any of my content?
Shall we take a look at where I’ve been this year?
- … and I want to say there’s somewhere else, but I’ve genuinely forgotten.
It doesn’t matter – that’s not the point. The point is how many of these trips did you know about? How many have you read about? Hm? Huh? Oh, is that silence I hear? Yes, yes, it is – because I’m a shit travel blogger. Well, I can’t quite promise that’s going to change (can I, however, interest you in a guarantee that it probably won’t?) – but today I’m going to be sharing with you all my travel plans for December and giving you some Winter trip inspo of your own!
What am I getting up to next month? Let’s do this:
1st-4th December – Toronto
Toronto is the first stop in a two-part Christmas present I got for my mother; we fly out to Canada for a few days then fly over to America and visit New York! I’d never actually thought about Canada (or America) as potential holiday destinations, but my mum loves America and figured both places would be beautiful at Christmas, so away we go!
4th-8th December – New York
Again, outside of my mother’s influence, I probably never would have made my own way to New York – but it’s so pretty! I’m crazy excited for our holiday together; it’s going to be so Christmassy and we already have some fun shit planned. Both of us are theater lovers, so we’ve pre-booked Broadway tickets to see Kinky Boots (I’ve seen it in London and it was amazing, but my mother hasn’t so I’m making her go, then when we’re back in London on my birthday – the 29th – we’re going to go watch Book Of Mormon again) and a couple of excursions in each place!
13th-15th December – Disneyland Paris
I’m sorry, but does this even need any explanation? It’s Disneyland . . . at Christmas. I love France and spent most of my childhood summers over there (my grandad is technically my step-grandad and is French, so come the summer holidays he would take me to France in his caravan for a few weeks), so I’m excited to go back. This one’s a best friend holiday with my always fun Leila!
17th-20th December – Swiss Alps
Okay, so I’m excited about all of the other trips . . . but this one I’m excited about. Why? We’re staying in these luxury eco-pods (pictured) on the Swiss Alps and they look amazing. I’m going with one of my friends, Tara.
And now I’m going to tell you how I afforded all of this, because boy-oh-boy money does not grow on trees and my bank account is more than aware of this. (Although my recent spending habits suggest otherwise…)
So, here’s one of my life hacks: Wowcher. In case you haven’t heard of it, (in which case, what rock have you been living under and are you, in fact, Patrick from Spongebob in disguise? Blink twice for yes.) Wowcher is a massive discount site. Before you ask: yes, it’s legit – I’ve actually learnt about it at work (I just finished a digital marketing course) and been using it for years.
** Disclaimer: I’m not sponsored by Wowcher in any way (which is a shame when you think about it; Wowcher, feel free to send me on a free holiday) and all opinions/trips booked and taken are my own, BUT I am an affiliate, so if you purchase any deals from Wowcher I receive a small payment – like a tip. This doesn’t affect the price you pay in any way; it just means I get a free cup of coffee! **
If you’re flexible about the dates, you can pick up some fabulous deals on holidays and trips away. (And things in your local area; you can go paintballing with a group of 10 friends for like £10, paintballs included! There are escape rooms, meals, clubs, classes and more. It’s great!) It’s also international so, while these are trips from the UK, it’s still worth checking out to see ones near you.
All of these holidays were booked through Wowchers – and meant I saved an average of around 60-70% on them! The somewhat depressing thing about Wowcher is that deals usually run for between a week to a few months, so once it’s gone . . . it’s gone. (Although there are new deals being added literally every day.) But here are a few of the travel deals currently running that I’d consider if my December weren’t already full!
#1 – Italian Christmas Market – From £69pp
#2 – German Christmas Market
#3 – Berlin & Prague Trip
#4 – New York Trip
#5 – Swiss Alpine Eco-Pod
And the best thing about all this? These deals are all for the flights and the hotel! I know; just take a moment to appreciate the good value! I hope you guys got some serious wanderlust from this and are tempted to try out some beautiful new destinations this winter. They also have a great selection of warm countries, if that’s more your thing, but I was keeping it Christmassy. Personally, I cannot wait to jump inside one of those Swiss eco-pods – and my best friend Leila is such a massive laugh that I’m thinking Disneyland isn’t going to go quite as expected . . . Do any of you have some fun travel plans coming up over November/December? Would you visit any of these places? Let me know your thoughts down below!