In January 2018, after sitting on the Travel Guide Blog domain for a few years, I finally made the move to work hard on the site and I intend to spend even more time on it in 2019!
Liv is at the age now where she wishes to explore more and I think we made a good start in 2018, as you will see from our year highlights for Travel Guide Blog below…
Our first holiday review
Our very first review stay featured on Travel Guide Blog was an overnight stay at the Rossendale Holiday Cottages based in Lancashire. Just a stone’s throw from our home, Liv and I got to explore an area we had never visited before and enjoy a wonderful one night’s stay in the gorgeous self catering cottages. Nestled less than 20 miles from Manchester, the Rossendale Holiday Cottages are situated in the peaceful and very picturesque Ribble Valley which is very popular with walkers and cyclists. Check out further information on the cottages here.
Becoming Geocaching fans…
We were introduced to Geocaching at a lovely picnic with Jane from A Little Lyrical, another Manchester based blogger and her family and absolutely love the outdoor activity! I didn’t realise Liv would enjoy it as much as she does, however factor in climbing trees to find hidden cache and you can understand why she does. If you are looking for a fun, family, outdoor activity to take part in during 2019, check out the Travel Guide Blog Top 5 Geocaching Essentials every beginner needs to take with them.
A great start to the summer…
I planned lots of surprise Summer staycation treats for Liv this year, which commenced with a fantastic Ironbridge Museums review in Telford. The weather was with us on the day we visited a few of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, with our favourite being the Blists Hill Victorian Town museum which is a must visit. If you plan to visit all the museums, its best to spend a good day or more taking them all in. Just make sure you book a stay anywhere BUT the Mercure Telford Hotel, which was absolutely shocking!
From our overnight stay in Telford, we travelled to Llandudno for a two night stay in the wonderful and well situated Beach House B&B. I hadn’t visited Llandudno since I was a child but knew Liv would absolutely love it, especially with the weather, the beach was the place to be!
There really was so much to see and do and with the B&B so close to the Great Orme tramway, it would have been rude not to take a trip up to the top! At just over £7 with an adult and a child only discount, the tram ride up to the summit of the Great Orme was not only fun, but seriously good value! Just make sure you get there as soon as it opens as it is very popular and the queue can be long!
The surprise trip to a childhood favourite location was much by both Liv and myself. Requests have already been made to revisit the popular North Wales seaside town and when we do, we will definitely be staying at the Beach House B&B again!
Whizzing through the trees
Zip World Betws Y Coed is conveniently located just 30 minutes drive from Llandudno and we had even driven by on our way up from Telford before our Zip World review. Hard to miss as it is well signposted on the main road, this fantastic forest based adventure centre offers everything that adrenaline junkies could hope for. The forest rollercoaster, that sees you seated in a single or double tobbogon that whizzes through the forest is superb. If you are looking for a more sedate activity, check out the Treetop nets or Treetop trek!
Our surprise staycation trip around the UK concluded with a wonderful weekend with friends at a gorgeous self catering cottage in Much Dewchurch, Hereford. Despite the Saturday offering the only rain of the summer, the weekend was the perfect way to end our trip. The weather proved why it is useful to always pack travel games when embarking on a road trip in the UK!
More Summer fun
After a small haitus, we ended our summer with another surprise trip away than included a day of fun at Alton Towers and a nearby local layover. I was a teenager when I last visited the theme park and with many new rides for us to try we enjoyed an action packed day full of laughter and screams! I managed to source a 2 for 1 ticket deal and I was grateful of online tickets as the queue to purchase tickets on the day was horrendous! My top tip – buy your tickets before you attend!
Could it be magic
How I kept this surprise quiet for so long is a mystery! Travelling down to London to visit the Harry Potter Tour was definitely the highlight of our summer and was an absolute memory maker. As huge fans of Harry Potter, it was about time we visited the tour to check out props from the films up close and personal. I booked us in for 5.30pm and with a 10pm closing time, it meant we were able to walk around at our leisure. Expect the tour to take around 3 hours and don’t forget to treat yourself in the amazing gift shop as you leave. We stayed in the local Travelodge in Watford that was literally 3 miles away and very easy to navigate to. The tour really is a must visit for Harry Potter fans and with sets and new props being added often, why stop at one visit?
Thank you for being part of our Travel Guide Blog journey throughout 2018! I hope you have enjoyed reading about just a few of our favourite memories from the year! Check out more of our 2018 adventures over on Sim’s Life – we look forward to sharing more adventures with you on Travel Guide Blog in 2019!
Happy New Year!