The Hotel Grinnell in Grinnell Iowa, is located in what was a former junior high school building that dates back to 1921. The school was in operation until the late 1970’s but has now been transformed into a modern hotel with 43 bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, a ballroom and a theatre!
I’m a huge fan of travel themed jewellery, especially the friendship style bracelets. Because I’m very active, I find that typical chain jewellery just doesn’t last, the chain breaks and then I end up losing them. I recently walked by an expensive jewellery shop in Greece and the store assistant was like “you need jewellery to remember your trip!” And I was like errrr got anything made out of string?!? So when I was recently contacted by ‘Life Less Ordinary’ to advertise their coordinates bracelet, I jumped at the chance!
As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of carry on travel and try to do so as much as possible. Not only does it save money as many airlines charge you for checked luggage now, but it also saves time as you then don’t have to wait at the baggage carousel or worry about bags being transferred during connecting flights! I was recently contacted by Chester Travel to try out their new Minima carry on suitcase and here’s what I think!
The colourful village of Portmeirion in Wales, UK was a project that started back in 1925 by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It looks like it’s been pulled right out of Italy and dumped on the Welsh coast! The village was a little like an art project, a creative outlet. To fund the project, he converted a building into a hotel which is still in operation today as the Portmeirion Hotel.
I’ve been a fan of Bear Grylls for a while now, I’ve read his book, watched his TV shows AND NOW there is a Bear Grylls Adventure experience at the NEC in Birmingham UK. I’m writing this 2 days after my visit and I’m still in pain…in a good way. Me and my sis did a couple of the ‘upgrades’, we had a full on day and I used a lot of muscles that I’m not sure I’ve ever used before, so they are currently in recovery mode!
Before visiting the Greek Island of Santorini, I’d heard from various people that Santorini was expensive. I’m not a traditional ‘budget traveller’ as such, but I do travel on a budget and trying to research how much it was going to cost was a bit of a nightmare. There’s only really information for the luxury budgets (the typical cave rooms and infinity pools associated with Santorini) or the extreme other end of Santorini on a budget, with all the cheap places to eat and free things to do. There’s not really any ‘mid range’ information for a Santorini budget!
Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, with a summit of 3559ft/1085m. It is the 2nd highest mountain in the ‘Three Peaks Challenge‘, a popular hiking challenge where participants have to climb the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), Wales (Snowdon) and England (Scafell Pike). Usually the aim of the challenge is to climb all 3 in 24 hours but some people choose to stretch it out to 3 days, climbing one a day. Now I’m no mountain climber, I didn’t even walk UP Snowdon, only down, and it took me a couple of days to recover, so kudos to the hikers that do all 3 in a short amount of time!