Our regular trips to the Lake District in Cumbria normally involve a little cottage, walking boots and the odd pub to curl up in after a hard day on the Fells. When Travelzoo approached us about trialling one of their Local Deals, we decided to do things a little differently in one of our favourite spots in the UK and go for a posh overnight stay for Paul’s birthday.
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The Humber Bridge
February’s ‘Take 12 Trips’ was somewhat more glamorous than what we had initially planned so we were a bit more budget conscious when planning what to do in March. We decided to stay close to home and just have a day trip out one weekend to save some pennies. As Paul sat mocking a friend of ours about her home town one night over dinner, the lightbulb moment happened. We would head off to the city of Hull for the day!
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The seemingly daunting task of finding work after long term travel
Photo credit: Brenda Gottsabend
A time will come for most travellers when they need to start earning money again. Some take jobs on the road to top up funds, others develop mobile incomes that allow them to travel indefinitely. We always knew that we wanted to have a home base again and since we had no desire to take temporary jobs or set up a mobile business this meant re-entering the workforce. It hasn’t been a walk in the park but we got there in the end and learned a few things along the way.
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It’s all about the money, money, money
Photo credit: Doug Wheller
Since we’ve returned home there has been a consistent theme of questioning along the lines of “how on earth could you afford to travel for that long?” “You must be loaded?” “Did you win the lottery and not tell anyone?” Now this topic has been covered by tons of other travel bloggers but since the same questions are being asked we thought the info could bear a repeat visit. So, if you’re interested in how we did it, are contemplating travelling long term or if you just want to start taking more trips read on!
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Brooklyn Bridge Park on a gorgeous Saturday morning
New York City was our first visit to the United States just 4 years ago when Paul took me as a lovely birthday gift one freezing cold February. What is staggering to me is that in the 4 years since we’ve spent 5 months travelling around this great country and no matter how much of it we’ve seen there is nowhere in this vast land quite like the Big Apple. In our first visit we tried to cram in as much as possible, rushing around with wide eyes marveling at all the places we’d seen on countless movies and TV shows. The second time around couldn’t be more different.
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Glorious blue skies in a stunning setting
I grew up in the north east of England right on the coastline of the powerful and menacing North Sea in a small group of interlinked towns that had been the place to holiday once upon a time, by the time I arrived in the world it had sadly declined like so many seaside resorts in Britain. Once I turned 18 I decided to go to university in the nearest major city in the region, Newcastle Upon Tyne. I made this city my home for another 5 years before moving to Harrogate to shack up with the Yorkshireman that is now my husband. During my childhood I spent weekends with family roaming every corner of the Northumberland countryside right up to the Scottish border and spent so much time on the coast and in Newcastle that I was convinced there wasn’t a thing I didn’t know about the area that will always be my home.
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