A long weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland

When I told people I was going to be spending a long weekend in Belfast they asked me if I was sure and if it was dangerous to go there.  Now, I’m just old enough to recall some of the recent history Belfast has had, they call it “The Troubles” and I was a little…

My Top Holiday Reads

What’s better than burying your head in a book, relaxing by the pool or water and feeling the warmth of the sun? I’m fairly old schools and still take actual books on holiday with me (I do have a kindle but I think there is just something lovely about physical books).  I find when I’m…

Four days in Milan and Lake Como, Italy – part 2

(You can read part 1 of this blog post about Milan here). After the heat and hustle and bustle of the city Lake Como was a breath of fresh air.  With lots of pretty villages to explore and the sparkling blue water of the lake it was like being in a different world to that…

Four days in Milan and Lake Como, Italy – part 1

When Mr HD and I saw a Wowcher deal for a four-night “surprise” break in Italy we decided to go for it.  The surprise was that you wouldn’t be told which destination in Italy you would be going to until you had booked.  Milan isn’t somewhere Mr HD or I had ever thought about visiting and…

The gateway to Swedish Lapland – Skelleftea

I have a confession to make….I love cold weather.  I much prefer cold weather to hot, I’m a snow seeker.  I just love how snow makes everything look perfect and pristine and how it bathes everything in stillness and quiet.  So, when Mr HD and I were looking for somewhere new to explore one February…

Movies to inspire wanderlust

Do you ever watch a movie and find yourself paying more attention to the location than the drama unfolding on the screen, or get so inspired by the scenery you want to pack your bags and jet off immediately? (No? just me then.) Below are some movies I have watched which have made me want…

A Week in Rhodes

If you want a short break somewhere hot and sunny with beautiful beaches and pristine waters you can’t go far wrong with Rhodes, Greece. I had been to the Greek Islands (Zakynthos) when I was younger and had always wanted to go back to a different island.  We had originally wanted to go to Crete…

Travelling in my Grandfathers footsteps – an Alaskan roadtrip

One of the things I remember most about my Grandad was his love for travel.  He and Grandma were always going off on adventures after they retired and would come back and show their photographs or home movies.  One of the places he spoke most fondly about was Alaska.  Alaska is somewhere I had never…