Bangkok – what to do and not to do!

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  What to do and not to do when visiting the city of Bangkok We have now visited 6 times and love getting to know the city better each time. Bangkok is a crazy vibrant town but can be quite …

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The Truth behind Elephant Exploitation and How you can Help

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  The truth behind elephant exploitation and how you can help!   Elephant exploitation is rife in Asia. On our first visit to Thailand we were sat on the beach when an elephant with his mahout came up to us, and …

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Taxis – the cost of transport in Koh Samui, Thailand

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How much does it really cost in taxis and transport to get around the island of Koh Samui in Thailand?   We have now travelled to Koh Samui, Thailand 6 times and have got to know the island well. In this post …

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Day out at Nikki Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

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  Day out at Nikki Beach Koh Samui, Thailand   Our hosts at Baan Sijan Hotel, Simon and Janya recommended we visit Nikki Beach, and we are so glad they did, and have now visited 3 times. Called the “Sexiest …

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Netherlands and Norway Fjords Cruise on the Explorer of the Seas

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  Netherlands and Norway Fjords Cruise on the Explorer of the Seas Every year we try and spend a quality week with our Dad’s, Bo and John and go on a cruise. We joined the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Explorer …

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Barrusclet Farmhouse, Gondrin, France – Review of our stay.

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We had been looking for somewhere to stay in France where we could have a week away to relax with our family. We found Barrusclet Farmhouse searching the internet and it seemed to have everything that the seven of us would need. Location of …

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12 Trips in 12 Months – A look back on Paul and Carole’s Year of Travel 2016

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12 Trips 12 Months – 2016 has been a really interesting year for Paul and Carole Loves to Travel, and hitting the big 50! We both work full time but have still managed to go on 12 trips. Here is …

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Bath Marina and Caravan Park Review

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  Campsite Review Bath Marina and Caravan Park   One of our favourite things to do is to jump in our camper van and get away for the weekend. A group of us enjoy going away together and this time …

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Paul and Carole’s Instagram Top 10 Photos of 2016

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We love travel photography and have been active on Instagram since April 2015. It is a great forum for showcasing your photography skills but also for gaining information and networking with like minded individuals. We have really enjoyed putting this post …

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Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

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Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information We visited Santa Cruz in Tenerife on our recent cruise to the Canary Islands. This post contains some useful information to make the most of your day in Santa Cruz. Where is Santa Cruz, in Tenerife? Santa …

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Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

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Las Palmas Cruise Port Information We sailed to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on our cruise on the Independence of the Seas. Here are a few tips to spend the day and not be too far away from the ship …

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House Sitting with Lip and Shadow

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We have now been house sitting for a few years and have had some wonderful experiences. One of our favourite house sits is with Lip and Shadow in Cardiff and we have now house sat for them 6 times. Lip …

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Thomson Adriatic Affair Cruise – Ports of Call Review

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  Thomson Adriatic Affair Cruise Ports of Call Review   We have wanted to visit Croatia for a few years now and when we found the Thomson Adriatic Affair Cruise Itinerary it was perfect. It was a seven day cruise on …

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Thomson Celebration Cruise Ship Review

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  Thomson Celebration Cruise Ship Our Review Please note – in October 2017 Thomson cruises re branded as Marella Cruises part of the TUI group. This ship is now known as the Marella Celebration Cruse Ship, all other details remain …

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Hotel Review – Riu Costa Lago Hotel, Torremolinos, Spain

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  Hotel Review Riu Costa Lago Hotel, Torremolinos, Spain We visited Torremolinos, on the Costa Del Sol, Spain for 5 nights to celebrate my 50th Birthday and my good friend Kate’s Hen Party and we stayed at the 4 star Riu Costa …

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Restaurant review – Riverside Wine Bar, Chepstow

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We were looking for a new place to eat in Chepstow when we came across the Riverside Wine Bar. We enjoy Tapas and Dad Bo had never tried it so we thought at 83 years old it was about time …

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Cruising from Singapore to Penang, Langkawi and Phuket on the Mariner of the Seas

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  Cruising Asia on the Mariner of the Seas As part of the 50th birthday celebrations we decided on cruising Asia on the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship from Singapore. We have travelled to Asia previously spending a lot of time in Thailand but had …

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Hotel Review – Baan Sijan Villa Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

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Hotel Review Baan Sijan Villa Resort Koh Samui, Thailand   Baan Sijan Villa Resort is one of our favourite places to stay when we visit Koh Samui, an island off the east coast of Thailand.  We had our 5th visit in …

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Travel tips from the over 40’s

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Travel tips from the over 40’s One of the most surprising and rewarding things that we have discovered since we joined the world of travel blogging is connecting with like minded people around the world. At first it appeared that …

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Drinks packages – do they save you money on a cruise?

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Drinks Packages Do they save you Money on a Cruise Every year we go on holiday with our Dads on a cruise. Most cruise lines now give passengers the option of purchasing a drinks package. Those of you that know us, …

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