Taking on the Lost Luggage challenge in Slovenia

Ljubljana lost luggage

Over the years I’ve become more and more of a light packer. I only check in baggage once or twice a year if I’m travelling long haul, and have downsized my carry on to a smaller suitcase. I’m happier the less luggage I have to cart around with me, but travelling without any luggage at all? That’s a whole new challenge – and one MoneySuperMarket asked me to try out on my recent trip to Slovenia. It’s all part of their #MSMLostLuggage blogger challenge, to highlight just how important it is to have travel insurance…. 

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Camera Obscura views, Edinburgh

Visiting Edinburgh on a budget

The Scottish capital might be best known for its August festivals and Hogmanay parties, but Edinburgh’s got a whole lot to offer at any time of the year. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town with its cobbled streets, Gothic buildings and narrow alleyways. Or the wide streets and Georgian mansions of the New Town…. 

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Motel One Edinburgh Royal, reviewed

Motel One Edinburgh Royal, reviewed

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels, Z Hotels – with varying degrees of success. But now a new option has arrived in… 

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April 2016 On the Luce

April 2016 On the Luce

So May has arrived and with it comes the first of two Bank Holiday weekends here in the UK. Normally we’d be digging out the BBQs, but instead it’s been the umbrellas and thermals. Snow in April? Sort it out please English weather! I might have spent a bit more time inside by the radiator… 

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The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Underground Edinburgh: The lost streets of Mary King’s Close

Above ground the streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile are a mass of tourists, souvenir shops, pubs and busking bagpipers. A walk across the Old Town is a journey through history, from Edinburgh Castle at one end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. But not all of Edinburgh’s history is on the surface. Deep below… 

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Alternative things to do in London

Alternative things to do in London

According to Samuel Johnson: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” And he’s got a point – it’d take you a long time to work your way through all the attractions London has to offer. But if you’ve already visited… 

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One Aldwych London

A luxury London stay at One Aldwych, reviewed

When I visit London it’s usually a whirlwind of meetings and catch ups, and wherever I stay is just a bed to pass out into. But on my last trip I took the opportunity to stay over on a Sunday night and transform my usual hectic London trip into a relaxing mini-holiday. And I couldn’t… 

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A weekend in York

A weekend in York

I suppose you could say York was my first ‘solo’ trip – it was the first I went away without my parents on a school trip aged 10. Since then I’ve been back a couple of times and have found different things to love with each visit. With influences from the Romans, Vikings, Normans, Tudors… 

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March 2016 On the Luce

March 2016 On the Luce

Happy Easter everyone, hope you had a great long weekend and are feeling suitably stuffed with chocolate (I’ve been going for the ‘eat it quickly so it won’t hang around tempting you’ approach, always a winner). So it’s still not feeling too much like spring here in England, which might explain why I’ve fallen victim… 

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10 Fabulous French weekend break ideas – On the Luce travel blog

10 fabulous French weekends

I’ve spent more time in France than anywhere else in the world – from childhood holidays in Normandy to house-sitting in Paris and a winter skiing in the Alps. And one of the things I love most about the country is its diversity. Whatever kind of trip you fancy you can find it in France… 

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Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project: Cornwall’s Garden of Eden

Holidaying in Britain in the spring is always going to mean taking your chances with the weather, but there’s one place in Cornwall where you’re guaranteed it’ll never be cold or raining – the Eden Project. This 35-acre patch of land has been transformed from a barren china clay quarry to an oasis of greenery…. 

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