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MONTHLY FAVOURITES – DECEMBER #31

WHAT YOU’VE MISSED ON SOPHIE’S SUITCASE THIS MONTH

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

3 days in Budapest Itinerary

This is my final monthly favourites of 2019. How crazy is that?!

I literally don’t know where the year has gone and when I sat down this afternoon to write this favourites post, I realised how much I have done this year! This year I have been to Jersey, Switzerland, UK, France, Scotland, Cyprus, Portugal, The Maldives, Bournemouth, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Hungary and now I am about to sit back and relax for two weeks over Christmas after a crazy busy four months. 

I am now planning my trips for 2020 and already have some exciting plans including skiing in Austria, a winter trip to Switzerland and a scottish highlands trip for Bella’s birthday. As well as planning my hen do, wedding and honeymoon. WOW! If I thought 2019 was busy, I need to get prepared for 2020. Stay tuned for updates on Instagram! And check out my latest content from Budapest too!!!

I also want to stay a MASSIVE thank you to all of you who have supported me over the past year. 2019 has been overwhelming and it was the year I finally started seeing this lil blog of mine as a business and the only way I have been able to do that is because of you guys, my loyal readers! Thank you for all of your support and I can’t wait to continue my journey around the world with you in 2020. LOVE YOU ALL!!!

What are your plans for Christmas? Message me on Instagram – I’d love to know what you are up to this month! Have a lovely month! Speak next month! S xxxx

Reethi Faru Maldives Accommodation

MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Launch of Sky Princess with Princess Cruises

In October I headed on another amazing trip with the team at Princess Cruises for the launch of their brand new ship Sky Princess. We flew in to Trieste in Italy, before heading out of port on a five day cruise around the Mediterranean stopping at both Kotor in Montenegro and Athens in Greece. The launch of Sky Princess was amazing with a launch party in the evening of our first day, lots of dancing and celebrating for both passengers and staff. We had two days at sea too, which meant we could really explore this amazing ship, from top to bottom, exploring the various restaurants, cafes and bars onboard, go and see a show or two at the theatre, head for a game of basketball on top deck, and even getting a massage in the middle of the ocean. I have a lot of content coming your way from this trip next week, so stay tuned, subscribe to my YouTube channel for the vlogs and watch out on here for a Sky Princess Cruise Ship Tour and more information on cruising. —> READ MORE

How to Make Money and Save for Travel

Travel is my life, it’s what I live for, save for and dream about. The experience of meeting new people, immersing yourself in new cultures, and eating a great deal of food from all over the world, is all part of the adventure. This year may nearly be over, so it’s the perfect time to start planning the backpacking trip you always dreamed about. You may still decide to jet off to the far flung countries of South America and experience dance classes, red wine and steak, go to the Greek islands for sun, sea and sand, or head east and check out everything South East Asia has to offer, including the amazing Thai food, temples and tuk tuks. —> READ MORE

Christmas Gift Guide: 25 Unique Travel Gifts

If you’re looking for unique travel gifts, you’re in the right place. In this blog post I have pulled together 21 gifts for friends going travelling, or for those that simply love travelling. These unique travel gifts will provide you with great ideas on what to get your travel-loving friend, sister, boyfriend or dad. Returning from far away lands with a sun tan and a lot of stories to tell, the wanderlust traveller is a force to be reckoned with, and somebody that (for some reason) is incredibly difficult to buy gifts for. What do you get the person who has the world? Here are my suggestions… —> READ MORE

10 European Winter Destinations

Holidays aren’t just for summer, they can be taken in winter too. As winter sets in, the only thing you start to crave is another holiday. That’s why a winter city break is always a good idea. Good news, why not combine the two trains of thoughts (minus the sunshine) and arrive at something magical. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re looking for a travel deal. The Christmas/New Year’s holiday is the most crowded and expensive time to take a holiday almost anywhere. A Christmas holiday destination should be cosy, magical and if it’s snowy then that’s even better. But who wants normal? Here are my favourite 21 alternative Christmas getaway ideas. If this list leaves you feeling festive, then getting searching for flights there on Skyscanner —-> READ MORE

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