Monthly Favourites – March #23

Another month, another monthly favourites. How’s it going ladies and gents?

March was busy. But to be honest, I feel like I am saying that every month at the moment. January I went to France skiing, February I went to Aberdeen for the weekend, and in March I headed to Manchester for the weekend, was away for work twice, headed to The Cotswolds for 24 hours, and ventured to Bath on a separate trip. I think I will just sleep in April… who am I kidding? I can’t sit still for very long!

Of course, with all the travels in March, I’ve got lots of content going out over the coming month, including video diaries from Manchester and The Cotswolds, and blog posts from all of those trips above, as well as wedding planning posts. And make sure you check out my blog post below to see what the next six months holds for Sophie’s Suitcase!

What are your plans for April? I have a fairly quiet month, and I don’t plan on going anywhere too far away from home. I am working lots and spending time with family and friends. Tweet me – I’d love to know!

Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Manchester

Manchester is slowly becoming my favourite city in the United Kingdom, and this blog post will certainly tell you why. As with my travels, most of the time I head off on a flight to somewhere in Europe, but back in March I decided I wanted to head north for a weekend in Manchester. The city is home to football, architecture, rooftop terraces and quirky Northern Quarter. And it’s also a pretty compact city with it being possible to walk from one end of the city to the other in less than 15 minutes, and everything seems so close and accessible. Here’s my city guide to a weekend in Manchester…. —–> READ POST

24 Hours in Bath

To celebrate World Sleep Day in March, I took a 24-hour trip to the wonderful city of Bath in the UK to stay at the newly refurbished Abbey Hotel. The stylish Abbey Hotel is perfectly located for a weekend break in Bath, with art-filled corridors, a classy bar and glamorous bedrooms. It was the perfect base to spend some time in the city with my friends Monica, Vicky and Emily, providing us with great access to the tourist hotspots but also somewhere to relax, unwind and get some sleep. —–> READ POST

The Beginner’s Guide to Europe Interrail Routes

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. Europe is amazing and with its abundance of cultures, cuisines and access to transport, it’s no wonder every man and his wife is heading off on a two-week itinerary to Europe at the moment. It is the place to go, with the continent being as big as Europe, there being over 50+ countries to explore and cultures varying over a few hundred miles and you can use these top tips for interrailing on a budget.

Travelling is all about finding yourself in a new place and learning the culture. It doesn’t matter whether you have a few years of basic language skills from high school or you have to use a mixture of interpretive dance and enthusiastic pointing at a map to communicate; it doesn’t matter whether you have been here before a long time ago or you are a total newbie; it doesn’t matter whether you are taking a well-deserved gap year after college or a long break during retirement. Travel is still the best way to encounter the extraordinary. —–> READ POST

Exploring The Cotswolds

Another Friday means another weekend break, and this time I headed back to one of my favourite places in the UK, The Cotswolds. This time however I was staying at The Painswick in the south of the region for a night away with one of my friends Anastazja. You could argue that every inch of idyllic England is wrapped up in the Cotswolds with the region running through five counties and countless towns and villages. The Cotswolds is the most beautiful place I know with rolling hills, ancient woodlands, houses oozing with history, world renowned arboretums and villages built upon honey colored stone of course…

The Painswick was the ideal location for our girls weekend away, situated in a handsome, 18th-century house with a restaurant and 16 stylish bedrooms. Formerly the oddly garish Cotswold 88 hotel, it was acquired by the Calcot Manor group who have given it a wonderful makeover, injecting panache for this former local historical manor. —–> READ POST

A night at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire

Another month passes by, which means I get to catch up with my girls again. We are making a regular thing of our monthly get together, and most recently, we headed to Buckinghamshire to visit the decadent Chicheley Hall, just outside of Bedford. Tucked away in 80 acres of beautifully kept grounds, Chicheley Hall, Chicheley is ideal for weekends with the girls, couple getaway or grand event. Its secluded location offers a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and its proximity to the M1 and lines to London make it a super easy place to visit for a weekend. —–> READ POST

Maximise annual leave in 2019

Just because its April doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of those annual leave days! Mine have just rolled over again, so I am starting to plan my annual leave for 2019/2020. Grab life by the horns and start ticking off those bucket list experiences. And there’s no need to quit the job, pack up your life and head to the hills. You can still travel all year round, and see those incredible places around the world, with a full-time 9-5 job. Even with only 26 days’ annual leave you can actually double your leave in 2019 using these simple organisational planning tricks —–> READ POST

Using my Minomug Reusable Coffee Cup

Last month the lovely lady who own Minomug got in touch to ask if I would like to try her reusable cups whilst I am on my travels. Of course I said yes and I have been loving them ever since! The reusable cups help you both save the environment and save money – every time you reuse your Minomug you are helping save the world – one cup at a time. They also come in three lovely pastel colours; pink, green and blue! The cups are high-quality and is made from products that ensure it is shatterproof and durable. The cups comes in a multi-pack of three, 1 x 16oz cup and 2 x 12oz cups. And as if that wasn’t enough they are also eco-friendly and BPA free; made with biodegradable plastics to reduce your carbon footprint on the world. 


Other posts that may help you:

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Ultimate Guide to a Weekend Break in York

Ultimate Guide to Columbia Road Flower Market London

Log cabins with hot tubs in the UK

25 Fun things to do in Bali


Thank you for reading and as always happy adventuring! 

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Sophie X


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