The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

It’s all too easy to surrender to the allure of the family package holiday. For one lump sum cost, you can secure your flights, transfers, accommodation, food, drink and excursions for every member of your travelling party.

There’s no need to worry about the planning and preparation of any holiday abroad, and you can relax knowing that somebody else is taking care of all the paperwork.

While the odd jaunt to a Balearic might be pleasant, and the volcanic vistas of the Canaries are lovely, sometimes you want to venture a little more off the beaten track and break from the norm.

If you want to provide your offspring with some more authentic, exciting and unique travel experiences, read on to discover the quirkiest destinations for family vacations.

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The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

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Iceland

When we talk about great trips abroad, we want an adventure that will tick something off our bucket list. Heading to Iceland in the winter does just that.

With kids in tow, you can marvel at the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Dancing streams of green and pink will create a laser show above your heads as night time falls; much better than another random evening spent in a Greek taverna.

During the day, you can head out on the open seas for a spot of whale watching, do a smidgen of glacier walking or take a tour of the geysers dotted around the island.

The people of Iceland are friendly, the food is plentiful, and the vibe is relaxed. For a unique family holiday, Iceland is hard to beat.

The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

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Azores

If a sunnier climate is more your bag, but you don’t fancy the usual jaunt to a Costa, why not consider venturing a tad further afield.

The Portuguese Azores are a dramatic set of volcanic islands without the tourists of Spain or France.

If you are a family who loves getting your kicks by taking part in high octane outdoor pursuits, then the Azores should be on your list of potential destinations.

Activities in the Azores consist of kayaking on the crater lake of Sete Cidades, hiking up a dormant volcano and caving on the island of Sao Miguel.

For a more relaxed experience, you could also take a dip in one of the many natural hot springs adorning the beautiful landscape.

The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

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Isle Of Skye

If you are less inclined to venture to distant shores and you’d like an experience a little closer to home, you should consider the stunning Scottish island of Skye.

The scenery is magnificent, the tourists are few and far between, and there is plenty to keep the kids busy.

Head to Portree, the island’s central hub and you’ll meet many Scottish fishermen willing to take you on a tour of the coastline.

Sea eagles are common, often diving down to catch a fish or two from the waves.

The iconic Old Man of Storr provides superb hiking opportunities as does the Trotternish peninsula high above sea level.

On those rainy days, the island’s museum is fun, interactive and a fun way to while away a few hours.

For an off the beaten track holiday, take a look at these three destinations when booking your next trip.

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The Ultimate Guide To Family Holidays Off The Beaten Track

How to See London on the Cheaper Side! - Lucy Williams Global

London is an expensive city and most of the tourist attractions have a nice price tag too! But how can you see London on the cheaper side?

Easy – use the lovely London buses, not the hop on hop off tour bus, but the big red buses run by Transport for London (TfL).

They are a great way to see the city, just try not to use them during peak time when Londoners are getting to and from work. This is usually between 6 am – 10 am and 4 pm – 7 pm.

How to See London on the Cheaper Side?

You can travel on the bus for as little as £1.50! So, top up your Oyster Card or use your contactless debit or credit card and you are well away.

You not going to have commentary of the sights in London, but the next stop is always announced when it’s approaching and when you’re there.

Just remember to press the button if you would like to get off and get near to the exit door as London bus drivers don’t hang around!

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West London

Whilst I was in London, I stayed in the Kensal area which is in West London. While in West London you must see Knightsbridge, Kensington, Belgravia, Chelsea and Notting Hill.

I was there in March and it should have been the start of Spring, but of course, it snowed! It was freezing between the wind and the snow.

As it was snowing, travelling by bus was the best way to see the sights. We managed to get a seat on the top deck at the front of the bus, so we had a great view.

Bus Route

We saw Kensington Palace (residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).

Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Square, up to Chelsea Bridge and then went back on ourselves on the same route and stopped on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

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Portobello Road in Notting Hill

We walked down Portobello Road to see the market, colourful buildings and the quirky shops.

The snow got pretty crazy, so we stopped for a coffee to warm us up! Portobello Market is known for its antiques and vintage finds.

Whilst in Notting Hill, we went to see the famous ‘Blue Door’ from the film Notting Hill.

No Huge Grant though, just a blue door! Although even in the snow, the infamous door was surrounded by tourists.

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Pie & Mash

On the top of the Portobello Road, we went to a traditional Pie and Mash Shop, called Cockney’s. This is one of the oldest types of food in London and the most traditional.

What is a Pie and Mash Shop? It is a café that sells meat pies, mashed potatoes with liquor or gravy.

Historically, pie and mash shops were everywhere in London, being a cheap meal to eat and the eels were caught straight from the River Thames. The liquor was originally made from eels; today it is a green sauce made from parsley.

Sunday Roast

As I was in London on a Sunday we went to the Parlour in Kensal Green. It is a great place to have a traditional Sunday roast dinner but also specialises in quintessential British food using local and seasonal produce.

It is also listed in the top 50 gastropubs in the UK. They are also famous for their soda bread and a dessert list to die for, including the classic artic roll! This place gives British food a good name!

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Essential Info

Bus Route: 452 Kensal Rise to Vauxhall – vice versa back.

Bus route – started in Kensal Green, down Ladbroke Grove, through Notting Hill, Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street, past Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, through Knightsbridge (Harrods & Harvey Nichols), down Sloane Avenue (all the designer shops), around Sloane Square which is Chelsea, Chelsea bridge and by the river in Battersea and then back the same route and wandered around the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

Weather: Winter: 0* – 8*C / Spring 8* – 15*C / Summer 16* – 22*

Currency: Pound Sterling

Language: English

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What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Arundel is a beautiful old town just outside Chichester in West Sussex. It is famous for Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral.

These are both very statuses buildings and give a lovely view coming into Arundel or driving past.

Arundel is a quaint little town beside the River Arun with beautiful scenery, independent shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

What is there to see in Arundel?

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is the main feature of Arundel. The original castle dates back to 1067 and belonged to Earl of Arundel. It was built to protect the mouth of the River Arun and to protect Sussex from attack.

Between 1870 and 1890 the castle was almost completely rebuilt. Apart from the gatehouse, barbican and the lower part of the Bevis Tower.

What to See in Arundel West Sussex England

This is how it can be seen today, all the features from when it was rebuilt. It has a grand Victorian gothic style. Today the castle belongs to the Duke of Norfolk.

The castle can be viewed from the end of March through to the end of October. It is closed to the public between November to the end of March.

There are car parks in Arundel, but they are not huge, so bear that in mind if driving and arrive early to get a parking place. Especially at weekends and school holidays.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

There are different tickets to see different rooms in the castle. If you have not been there before I recommend buying a ticket to see all the rooms that are viewable by the pubic as the castle is very grand inside and is fascinating to see.

The manicured gardens that surround the castle are beautiful to walk around, as there are different themes. There are special events that take place at the castle so always check online before you plan your trip there to see if there is a special event when you go.

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Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and has dramatic gothic architecture. It is on top on the hill and towers over the town along with the castle.

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Arundel Museum

The Arundel Museum is by the carpark and has lots of history about Arundel. Their friendly staff are on hand to give you a wealth of local knowledge about Arundel and the surrounding areas.

Arun River

The Arun River runs through the town and is nice to walk along on or take boat trip down. There are pubs and restaurants on the water to have a relaxing drink or meal.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Arundel Town Centre

The town centre of Arundel is a pretty area to walk around. Look at all the old buildings, have a stroll around the shops and stop for coffee or lunch.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Eat in Arundel

There are lots of great cafes and restaurants. My favourite café/restaurant is Pappardelle. It is an Italian café/restaurant; downstairs is a café perfect for coffee or light lunch and upstairs is the restaurant with amazing Italian food perfect for lunch or dinner.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Shop in Arundel

All the shops are lovely in Arundel as they are all independents. It is a great place to find something different.

My favourite shop in Arundel is Gray’s of Tarrant Street. It is a shoe and accessories shop with a beautiful selection of seasonal shoes and accessories and it is very different from anything you would find on the high street.

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How to Get to Arundel

To get to Arundel from London you can take the train from London Victoria to Arundel. From the train station it is a ten minute walk into the town centre. If you are driving, it is on the A27 between Portsmouth and Brighton.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: Winter: 3 – 11*C Spring: 6 – 10*C  Summer: 16* – 21*C
  • Wear comfortable shoes as it is mainly walking up hill.
  • Arrive early if driving to get a parking space.
  • Public toilets cost 20p to use by the carpark
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling

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Best Cocktail Bars in Budapest

 

Famous for its picturesque architecture and fairytale setting – Budapest’s bustling nightlife can seem a bit overwhelming, which is why I have teamed up with Last Night of Freedom, to put together a roundup of Budapest’s best cocktail bars guaranteed to make your next trip one to remember!

Blue Fox In the Bar

If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, then this cocktail bar is for you! Full to the rim of mesmerising cocktails, Blue Fox is the ultimate mecca for all Instagram worthy cocktails. Presented in the most elegant and imaginative way, this bar is the perfect backdrop for a girl’s day out. This place is known for mixing the classics right, and the innovative new drinks with flair and precision -making you forget everything you thought you knew about cocktails, after an afternoon here.

Tuk Tuk Bar

Take a journey back in time and celebrate the enchanting era of the 1920s, with a stop at the colourful Tuk Tuk bar. Modelled and designed on the period, when women were first allowed to walk accompanied and look glamorous while doing so. This bar offers nothing but a celebration of culture and colourful cocktails. Savour the fresh ingredient, homemade syrups while you watch in awe as the skilled bartenders pour up your favourite cocktails – keeping you entrained all night.

 

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Kiosk

One of the most famous cocktail bars in Budapest, this metropolitan is the perfect place for your holiday celebrations. Situated in a grand former university theatre, this bar makes the geometric centre of Budapest. Boasting unique style and flavours, the cocktail menu offers everything from Chai KIOSK, with its Chai tea, infused Absolut vodka, fig jam, Strongbow, gold cider and chocolate bitter – to the equally lethal Margarita Reloaded, made from Corralejo blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, cardamon syrup and smoked with absinthe.

Warm up

Like the name suggest this bar is the perfect place to start your night out. Changing perceptions of cocktail bars since its opening in 2014, this bar is committed to shake, mix and twist each guest drink in a unique way. To get your very own bespoke cocktail, all you have to do is tell the bartender what kind of flavours, scents and historical eras you enjoy. Warming up has never been more fun!

Bar Pharma

If you’re looking for something a bit different then Bar Pharma is the place for you. Daring to be different, you can enjoy the science of all things alcohol. Designed in vintage pharmacy interiors paired with dim lighting and periodic tables lining the walls, you can enjoy shots of in medicine bottles. When you’re there why not try their signature Millionaire cocktail? Which evokes an ethos of Prohibition-era with cola reduction, vanilla, egg yolk and shaken egg whites.

 

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Boutiq’Bar

Listed in drink International magazine’s 50 best cocktail bars in the world, the neo-speakeasy Boutiq’Bar, is favoured by ladies looking for a sophisticated hen night.

Thanks to its outstanding reputation, the bartenders are committed to mixing your perfect cocktail.

Get lost in the plethora of ingredients, including Mexican chilli and African vanilla, to Caribbean rose peppercorn and Thai lemongrass to create mouth-watering concoctions. Hanky Panky, Vesper Martini and Flying Dutchman are all Boutiq’Bar classics, but, if you want to truly embrace Hungarian culture on your hen weekend, grab yourselves a round of pálinka – a super strength fruit brandy.

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Best Cocktail Bars in Budapest

7 Free Things To Do in Paris

If you’re heading to Europe you don’t want to miss out on Paris.  Indeed, Paris is one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations due to the fact it has so much on offer from a cultural, gastronomic, shopping, artistic and sightseeing perspective.  Yet, it isn’t cheap.

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In reality, with so much to see and do it’s probably best to organise a guided tour in Paris, as this way you’ll squeeze a lot more out of your stay than you would from organising it yourself.  Yet, if you’re on a budget or just fancy giving your bank card the day off here are five things to do in Paris that won’t cost you a penny.

1.Visit Notre Dame Cathedral

Almost everyone has heard of the hunchback of Notre Dame.  The great news is that despite its popularity there’s no charge to enter the Cathedral which is covered in gargoyles.  This Gothic landmark is wonderful to view even from the outside. There are a few particularly nice viewing points such as the square in front of the cathedral and along the river.

2.Basilique du Sacré Coeur

This white marble church provides incredible views over the city.  The best time to visit is just before sunset so you can see the contrast of day and night.  It stands on top of a hill in the lively Montmartre district meaning after you have watched the sunset there are plenty of things to do in the local area.  You can enter the church for free, however, you have to pay to climb the dome and enter the crypt.

3.Feel the love at the Love Wall

Not too far from Basilique du Sacré Coeur lies this peculiar wall.  Paris is known as a romantic city and one of the most expressive places of this is the Love Wall.  This mural has “I Love You” written in hundreds of languages and is designed by Fédéric Baron.

7 Free Things To Do in Paris

4.View the Eiffel Tower at Parc du Champ de Mars

The park area around the Eiffel Tower is a vibrant spot full of tourists and locals alike.  The park is kept in an amazing condition and it can be lovely to sit there with a fresh baguette, some local cheese and bottle of red wine day or night.

5.Walk La Promenade Plantée

This walkway is on an old elevated railway line.  It was opened in 1993, prior to New York’s similar High Line project.  Hiking the 4.5km tree-lined trail is a great way to explore Paris as it takes you on a journey that sees you climbing up and down staircases, along viaducts, and crossing streets with a bird’s eye view of the area.

6.Relax in Jardin du Luxembourg

Built in the 17th century, Paris’ second largest park contains hundreds of fountains, statues and monuments.  Close to many famous sights you can easily spend the afternoon here, wandering around, people watching and relaxing.

7.Stroll along Canal St-Martin

Wandering along the water’s edge where all the cool people hang out can be a great activity in the early evening. It’s a great place to view the Notre Dame Cathedral and meet the locals at waterside bars.

Enjoy Paris!

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