After my trip to Paris in June and realising that flying isn’t that bad (it was my first time on a plane in 13 years!) I’ve now got the travel bug and I can’t wait to go away again soon. I had plans to go away either for my birthday or in October half term but due to getting a new job and not being able to book the time off, those plans have gone on hold for now. 

One of the places I’m hoping to go to next year is Rome, I’m a huge history nerd (I have a degree in Archaeology!) and it’s been on my holiday wishlist since I was small. Planning a trip away is often really stressful as you want to find the best flights for the cheapest price and a nice place to stay. When I was booking our flights to Paris, I really didn’t know what to do – I couldn’t work out which website was the best one to use to get flights at the right time but also at the best price for us.

 Luckily, I’ve discovered a website called Amadeus which allows you to plan your flights and find the perfect one for you. All you need to do is enter your destination and the dates you want to travel on and it comes up with a list of flights listed from the lowest price to the highest. It also tells you the predicted temperature and the price trends for the place you want to go to. Using this website I’ve managed to find return flights from Birmingham to Rome for the bargain price of £175 next summer. I won’t be booking a trip just yet but at least I know for the future that this website is the best place to go to. If only I’d known about Amadeus in April when I was booking my flights to Paris, it would have made the whole process a million times easier!

Since discovering the website, I’ve been having a play around and have made many ‘plans’ on there to different destinations. I’m hoping to visit South Africa in 2015, so I’ve made a plan for that and another for each of the European cities that are on my travel wishlist. Amy’s recent travel posts have made me want to go to the USA as well.

Have you got any holidays planned? Will you be using Amadeus to plan your flights?
This is a collaborative post

It’s that time of year where everyone is off on their summer holidays – everyone but me. I’ve already been on two holidays this year, one to Paris in June and another to the Isle of Wight in July which I will be writing about soon. I would love to go on another holiday later on in the year, however I really can’t afford it at the moment and I’m sure that a lot of people are in the same boat.

Luckily, UKBreakaways are running a competition which is open to all bloggers to win £250 in cash which you can spend on whatever you want! All you have to do is write about your favourite place in the UK, in no more than 600 words and you could be in with the chance of winning the money. 
I know that we all have at least one place in the UK that is close to our hearts. 

Whether it be somewhere we used to visit as a child, a favourite holiday destination, the place you were proposed to or simply somewhere that you used to live. I’ll definitely be entering this amazing competition myself  next week, I’ve got a couple of places in mind already. I just need to decide which one is my favourite. 
If I won I would spend the £250 on a trip down South to see my friends from uni and also on a trip up to Edinburgh and then over to Berwick to see Amy. I might even teat myself to train tickets instead of getting the ten hour overnight coach! 

First prize: £250 in cash
Second prize: £100 in UKBreakaway vouchers

3x runners up prizes: £50 in UKBreakaway vouchers

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter! The competition closes on August 31st.
You can find all of the rules for entering on the link above. Good luck everyone!

I’m not sure if I’ve actually mentioned it on here, but on Friday morning me and Chloe are off to Paris! I only went in October and we were actually planning a trip to Amsterdam in October so I’m not sure how we ended up booking Paris but I’m not complaining! I’ve been four times now and there’s still loads of things that I want to do and loads of places that I want to see. Here’s the list of things I’m hoping to do while we’re there this weekend:

  • Disneyland! I’ve been before when I was ten but Chloe’s never been. I’m sure it will be just as magical at twenty four as it was when I was ten. I’m hoping that we see more characters than I saw the first time, it was raining and there weren’t many about. I’ve already bought my Minnie Mouse ears and I’m planning on wearing my Bambi tshirt while I’m there.
  • Eiffel Tower – I went up the Eiffel Tower with Amy in October but again, Chloe’s never been and the view of the city that you get from the top of it is just breathtaking so of course I want to go up again!
  • Arc de Triomphe – This time I’m hoping to go up the top of the Arc de Triomphe and see the spectacular views of the city and then we can go shopping on Champs Elysee afterwards.
  • Catacombs – I didn’t manage to find these last time but I’ve been told how to find them now so hopefully Chloe won’t mind seeing a load of bones and skulls underneath the city.
  • Notre Dame – I’ve been outside the famous cathedral but I’ve never been inside, so it would be good to do it this time around.

That’s all the things I can think of at the moment, although obviously I’ll have to see what Chloe wants to do too!
Aside from being a holiday, this trip has a second motive; I’m hoping it will give me the potential to help me brush up on my French, as there are a number of international blogger conferences I’ve looked to attend.
Should my French not progress as fast as I’d like, then the most helpful website I’ve found belongs to the language solution agency thebigword  , who offer professional translations and interpretations at such events.

Is there anywhere you think I should go while I’m in Paris? You can check out my posts from last year here.