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Travelling in twos: How not to kill each other

April 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Travelling in twos can be stressful...here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other (Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Travelling in twos can be stressful…here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

So you want to travel the world and you’ve decided that the best person to see it with is your spouse, your BFF, a co-worker, or your mum. When my husband and I had been married for just one year, we went on a six-month trip to Canada, and I can tell you from experience that when you’re with somebody 24 hours a day in a foreign place, even the best relationships are tested. I know of more than a few couples who were ready to kill each other after just a week.

And so, here is how to travel in twos – and still actually like the person once the trip is over.

Cornwall: Keep calm and carry on

April 7, 2014 at 5:23 AM

Spring has most definitely sprung, and a county that is very close to my heart is truly blooming: iconic Cornwall. Stunning at any time of the year, each season gives a different but nonetheless wondrous perspective on this spectacular county. Spring comes like a breath of fresh air, giving a new lease of life to everything. Cornwall, like Devon and Somerset, weathered spectacular storms at the beginning of the year – but with true community spirit, hard work and an inspired enthusiasm, Cornwall is open, ready and excited to welcome visitors this Easter.

Friday Commentary: National Pet Day

April 4, 2014 at 7:08 AM

It’s time to celebrate our furry friends…

celebrate national pets day with us

Where will you celebrate National Pet Day?

Did you know this April is National Pet Awareness Month? And did you know Friday the 11th is set to be National Pet Day?

Yep – you can assume that all those slobbery, boxer-dog kisses have been asking you for even more attention. And why not? After all, the saying “it’s dog’s life” didn’t make it into history for nothin’. They wake us up in the morning with a pawing or rough-tongued lick to the face – acting as alarm clock (or perhaps just begging for breakfast). They drag us out of bed to take a long walk along the beach – acting as personal trainer (or perhaps just out to play ball). They stand guard at home all day – acting as security guard (or perhaps just chewing up our brand new, designer cushions). And by night time? We have our very own counsellors. No, they don’t exactly ‘chew the fat’ (well, sometimes – acting as live rubbish disposal is also a pretty great perk at bad dinner parties) but they do lavish us with unwavering love.

No one’s keeping tabs on who benefits from the pet/master relationship, of course, but our animals – big and small, furry and not so furry – are constant companions who deserve a day out. In that vein, how will you celebrate with your four-legged, winged and gilled friends this month? And where will you take them? This year marks the silver anniversary of the event – 25 years of promoting pet ownership and helping pet charities, and as such, there are dozens of fun and educational activities taking place up and down the UK.

Fundraisers; group walks; charity balls; pet first aid courses: there’s sure to be something happening near you and your pal. Or perhaps you’ll just spend a day roaming the hills, or snuggled up by the fire. Here’s what our HomeAway pet-friendly panel are getting up to.

“Where in the UK will you take your pet on National Pet Day”?

A jewel in England’s crown: The Lake District

April 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM
the beauty of the English lakes in spring

the beauty of the English lakes in spring

Spring has officially sprung, although I am sure we will experience some cooler weather again and of course the inevitable April showers will soon be upon us. But the fact that the trees have green leaf buds, the grass is lush having been watered by the recent downpours and the clumps of daffodils have bright yellow heads reminds us all that Easter is just around the corner – and with it the promise of warmer, sunnier days. Of course the shops are already stocked full of Easter treats, and I am staunchly ignoring my children’s pleas to purchase them now – apparently because they deserve a reward for whatever reason they think may sway my judgement!

I often talk about my family in posts as I love to share the travel experiences we have, hopefully inspiring other families to start their own travel memory bank. My favourite time of year is Easter. For the last 14 years we have spent the bank holiday weekend away in the UK, either just the four of us, or with friends and their children. A popular destination is the Lake district, and it’s not just a favourite of mine – it is a renowned UK destination worldwide, which isn’t surprising considering it boasts such stunning natural beauty.

Devon: keep calm and carry on

March 31, 2014 at 2:52 AM

The age old adage that when a storm passes waters are clearer and that a sense of calm and tranquillity follows is most definitely the case across the South West of England. Here at HomeAway along with Visit Devon, the Devon Tourism Partnership, local businesses and Teignmouth and Dawlish Community Interest Company would like to share how Devon coped with the spectacular storms and showed a huge energy, commitment and passion to get things up and running again.

Journalist Brian Jackman commented in his article for the Telegraph that “the South West has shaken itself off like a wet dog and is ready to play again”. I’d like to add to that it is looking sleek and well groomed and most certainly ready to welcome visitors this Easter.