The Travel Bug

I'm crazy about travelling, both in the Uk & abroad, and love discovering new places off the beaten track. On this page I'll share a few of the places that I've been to & hope that you'll enjoy discovering these places too! 

There's plenty to see & do!

Lisbon, Portugal 

If you love seafood, folk music & old-world charm, Lisbon is the perfect destination for a long weekend. Head to Alfama, where the cobbled streets are lined with charming pastel-coloured houses for great views over the river. Be warned, some of the areas in Lisbon make steep walking, but there's a regular tram service to if your legs aren't up to it. 

The districts of Baixa & Chiado are lined with shops selling handicrafts, gorgeous local soaps & amazing textiles. There are plenty of cafes & places to eat along the way. Be sure to try the garlic prawns & Portugal's famous custard tarts.

For culture, the 'Museum of Fado' in the Bairro Alto is the home of local music, where you can wander around with headphones on listening to some of the country's most famous guitarists & singers. Travel Interaction 9also known as Broadway Travel) do some great weekend breaks for under £200. 

 

White beaches & tranquil waters.

Rawai, Thailand 

Nestled on the southern tip of Thailand's coastline is the buzzing community of Rawai. With white sandy beaches, plenty of sunshine & dozens of accommodation options, it's the perfect place to relax & unwind. 

Along the waterfront you'll find lots of fabulous restaurants cooking up fresh seafood, steaks & traditional noodle dishes. Across the street you can have a heavenly spa treatment & at night the place comes to life with bars featuring great music. Rawai is also a great base from which to explore the sights such as the Big Buddha Statue, Elephant Trekking, Bird Garden, local markets & Thai Muai Boxing.

I'd recommend booking flights seperately (we paid just £500 pp from the UK with a brief stop in Doha) and then look for a villa rental. There are lots to be found & most can arrange car rental too, giving you the freedom to get out & about.  

 

Aberporth, Wales

Nestled in the curve of Cardigan Bay, Aberporth is a small fishing village with one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales. Bottlenose dolphins are often spotted close to the shore & further out to sea basking sharks swim the waters. 

The best places to stay in the area are the holiday cottages, which are well-equipped, stylish and cosy. Rural Retreats have some beautiful places in the area on lettings with very reasonable weekly rates. 

It's a fabulous place to relax and unwind, with coastal walks, a few great restaurants and if you speak to the local fishermen you can even arrange to have fresh lobster delivered to your door. 

For shopping and bars, Cardigan is a twenty minute drive away & has lots of supermarkets, delicatessen's and souvenir shops, as well as some excellent eateries. 

Tranquil seas & superb views.

Akbuk, Turkey

Hidden away on the coast of the Aegean Sea, Akbuk town is an absolute gem. Unlike it's neighbour, Altinkum, Akbuk is peaceful, non-commercial & slow-paced. 

The pretty harbour affords views over blue waters, warm enough to swim in most months & is home to an array of local restaurants serving delicious food. There are few hotels in the town, but plenty of rental options & car hire is relatively cheap. 

I've been coming here for ten years & never tire of the amazing views. Guaranteed to have you returning home relaxed & rejuvinated, Akbuk is the place for total relaxation.