Travel Planning – Part 1 – Get organised

 
 
As I mentioned, I am starting a holiday planning series for people wanting to break away from the holiday brochures and go it alone planning their holidays. Whether you want to go off the beaten track or want to source individual elements to save money, holiday planning is my ultimate favourite thing to do.
I have holidays planned years in advance, I am that organised. When I see a great tip, or museum review or some key dates, I like to jot them down for future reference. 
 
To start with, I like to keep notes. I mean lots of notes. From tips on travel website deals, frequent flyer log in details, hotel recommendations, taxi numbers and booking confirmations. I make lists of lists. I am THAT person. I’m not even ashamed. I make shopping lists to compare prices from UK to duty free to the destination which is handy if you know you want to buy that new perfume but you can work out where it is the cheapest and make note of it and all the other cool brands you might want to try on holiday.

I quite often like to theme my notepads around a venue or theme of the holiday. For example,  I have a notepad for an upcoming trip to Paris, I have  New York specific Moleskine from their City range, a notepad with cars on the front from our trip to Cuba and a book with cherry blossom on for Japan which I hope to visit in the next year or two. I always aim for A5 as I find that fits in most of my bags and isn’t too cumbersome if I carry it with me while I am on holiday or read on a plane.

I find stationery helps me get organised and focused. I usually buy my stationery online and always err on the side of functionality over appearances. From hard covers and wipe clean plastics to multi packs. My most recent haul of stationery was courtesy of Viking Direct. An online retailer, Viking sell everything from paper to pens to office chairs. The whole works in one handy place.  Viking have a great selection of notepads and diaries from utilitarian to cutesy coloured ones and everything in between. If you have a home office it’s a good place to start to keep yourself stocked up!
 
In my handy notebooks, I can pin clippings from travel brochures or magazines. I always keep a handy highlighter and pack of page markers with my pad for annotating guide books and passages on print outs and booking confirmations.
Mr Tramp is a recent convert to Planning journals. He would amble through a holiday with scraps of paper and beer mats with addresses on or just wander round hopelessly looking for a bar he heard was good. With good planning, you can jot the address down and have it to hand. Having a planning journal isn’t about planning your holiday time out with military precision it is about having all the information you could need in one place.
 
While we are away I find it a good place to keep tickets, receipts and business cards that you would want to keep as momentos safe and undamaged. You can jot down what you ate in restaurants or people you have met along the way.
The other good thing about keeping books like this is if a friend goes to the same place, you can pass on the notebook for their use. If you revisit a place you can always add more to a book and it makes a nice keepsake to keep as a memory, especially if things change over time. I am big on experiences and getting the most from holidays so I find this is my sure fire way to get organised so I don’t miss anything and certainly wont forget anything.
 
Are you a holiday planner or do you like to just turn up and let a guide lead the way?
 
 
* Stationery, in part supplied by Viking Direct – Paris book, Destination book, Red Moleskine + Highlighters. Everything else bought by myself
 
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OOTD : Springtime Sight Seeing

OOTD : Springtime Sight Seeing

Hello Lovelies,

The weekend before last, I whisked my Mam away for a lovely trip to Edinburgh to celebrate her birthday. We walked our little socks off, soaking in all the sights and sounds ( and the torture of Arthurs Seat!). I’m glad these brogues are so comfy!

I thought I’d show you my outfit of the day (OOTD) as it’s a spring look I am absolutely loving and it is perfect for the adaptable weather. In one day we had baltic temperatures, baking sun and torrential downpours. 

Coat on and a vest top under the shirt helps warm up with the scarf on a chilly day but the coat open, rolled up jeans and no socks for one of those warm rare spring days.



Belted trench   |   £23.20   |   Yours Clothing
Spot shirt   |   £17.99   |   New Look
Brogues   |   £54.99   |   Clarks
Coral Scarf   |   £2.10   |   Ebay
Jeans   |   £26.99   |   New Look
Pewter bag   |   £65   |   Zatchels (seen previously HERE)
Sunglasses   |   old   | Patrick Cox ( seen previously HERE)



What are your staple pieces for Spring?
 
 
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Travel Planning….

Travel Planning….



Hello Lovelies,

It may be the tail end of March and not even really Spring yet but I have already booked this years “Summer” holiday. Unfortunately it is in December so no scope for tan lines here!

I have been very lucky because this entire holiday has been planned with military precision to maximise flight sales, cash back bonuses and lots and lots of Marriott reward points. I have holiday planning OCD.

We generally build and create our trips ourselves rather than use package tours so I have started my new blank travel journal where I put all my research and details. 

Over the coming weeks and months I am going to share my top tips of maximising your holiday for little to no effort, for either this year or a future stay.

As the summer months roll round I will be running some of my travel favourites and tips for shopping, packing and styling!

In the mean time, why not check out one of my travel money saving posts I wrote last year HERE 

The first post in the series is how I get organised when planning.


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Raithwaite Estate Hotel, Whitby

Raithwaite Estate Hotel, Whitby

At the tail end of 2013, we visited Raithwaite Estate near Whitby to experience a night in pure luxury as well as learn more about the latest addition to the Raithwaite Estate  compliment – luxury self catering cottages.

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Wynyard Hall – Food + free gifts!

Wynyard Hall – Food + free gifts!

Hello Lovelies, 

Every year, despite being married, we still celebrate the anniversary of us getting together. It falls on December 23rd and even though we have our wedding anniversary to celebrate, it’s nice to take a day out of the Christmas madness and spend some quality time with each other as we are always running around tending to everyone else.



Image from Belle Bridal Magazine


Over the last few years, we have been going for a festive meal at Wynyard Hall in the Wellington Restaurant. For a ‘Christmas lunch’ in such a luxurious venue, we find the prices to be extremely reasonable and the setting, just out of this world.

Greeted with a red carpet at the door, you are escorted through the grand reception rooms of the Hall, all bedazzled and decked with beautiful decorations and on to the restaurant. Sitting in the ante room overlooking the lake and terrace with a pre dinner drink to peruse the menu, it’s like sitting in the set of Downton Abbey.
We have our table all booked already but what landed in my inbox this week? Only a bloomin’ exciting email about a free gift pot luck for all diners! I have done a quick copy + paste for you below.

 Wellington Restaurant Christmas Giveaway

Join us in the Wellington Restaurant for Afternoon Tea, Lunch or Dinner between 23rd November and 24th December 2013 for your chance to win a luxury gift from Wynyard Hall!

On arrival each guest will be given an envelope which (if you’re one of the lucky ones!) will reveal your prize.

Prizes up for grabs include overnight stays, spa treatments, Sunday lunches, afternoon teas and much much more.

To make a reservation for the Wellington Restaurant, book online or call 01740 644811 Option 2.

 

I thoroughly recommend Wynyard Hall for a special lunch or a perfect afternoon tea with your girlies or loved one in the run up to Christmas.

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