Today I went to my first travel show, the Condé Nast Traveller Luxury Travel Fair at London’s Olympia. I spent a few hours peeking at the stands, mainly hosted by travel agencies, which did nothing to help my ongoing wanderlust. The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownie and glass of champagne were definite highlights, as was my magazine subscription deal which came complete with a deliciously-scented Molton Brown body lotion and a Land’s End bag that will be perfect for many a beach trip. Sadly, I couldn’t exactly book any holidays, but I did enter the odd competition for one so here’s hoping…
When I looked down at my phone over the summer to find a string of messages from my over-excited soon-to-be holiday buddy, squealing about a deal she’d found online. It almost looked too good: flights to Egypt, seven nights at the Sheraton Hotel, transfers and breakfast thrown in for less than £500. The photos of the resort looked amazing, with its big, circular pool, overlooking the River Nile and we could be there in a mere three weeks time. A couple of hours later, we were booked in.
I’ve always liked the idea of hopping on the Eurostar one Friday night after work and heading over to the continent for the weekend, but sadly budget constraints have never allowed me to do it. It doesn’t have to be expensive if you organise your trip in advance and look for deals but, lets face it, I’m generally not that prepared. You can therefore imagine my delight when my friend got complimentary tickets to Brussels from work and invited me along for the ride.
I am aware that my blog generally caters to the backpacker on somewhat of a budget, but if you’re looking for a bit of luxury, I may have something for you too. I have been lucky enough to have had a couple of hotel stays during weekend visits to Berlin. The first was at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol on the Kurfürstendamm, home to the famous KaDeWe shopping centre. I couldn’t really afford anything here but it’s good if you are need of some holiday books and the food floor is worth a look. Sadly this was a while ago, so I have no photos, but the room I was staying in was in the older part, so perhaps not as swish as you might expect at a hotel like this, however I have since visited family staying there and their room was sufficiently snazzy.