15 Tips For Winter Trips

Recently we arrived home from a city break to Prague. Having visited last year I knew it was going to be cold, however this year seemed to be colder! I'm talking -5 degrees! This got me thinking about how we have managed to visit various destinations during their winter seasons. How we managed to stay warm, explore the location and have an amazing time despite the freezing temperatures! 

Some of the places we have visited during the winter have been some of my favourite trips! From Prague to Warsaw to Eindhoven, each city has been cold, but fun and exciting! 

Of course to ensure the best time away during the winter we have some tips which we follow. These ensure that we stay warm, make the most out of the trip and have the best possible time . . . read our tips . . . 


1. Wrap up warm 
Although this may seem like the easiest and most simple tip to follow, it can also be the tip which you forget. It can be easy to get carried away packing outfits that are going to look great for that certain location without thinking how cold it could be. Scrolling through pinterest can make you lust for amazing outfits in instagramable locations, however this may not be great for the time of year. Of course you still want to look good, maybe just add on a hat and scarf. 

2. Check the weather forecast 
Checking the weather is a great idea if you are travelling somewhere which can snow. For instance if you are travelling to New York you need to know what the weather is doing. The city can snow in the winter and be boiling hot in the summer. Such variety of temperatures and weather conditions can mean you may need a variety of clothes and accessories.

3. Do your research 
Being spontaneous and going with the flow is fun, however if you are visiting somewhere cold and possibly snowy you don't want to be hanging around outside, searching for somewhere to eat or something to do. Researching your destination can give you a heads up on where to eat, what fun things there are to do and where are the best spots for instagram, views and culture. Returning from a trip and finding out you missed something amazing can be one of the worst things!


4. Book a central hotel 
Travelling into the town/city can be ten times more effort/tiring when you are freezing cold and the weather is wintery, rainy, snowy and miserable. Having a hotel near everything you need makes it easier to go out and see everything you want to see and do, with minimal time outside travelling. Visiting a destination during the winter also means that it can get dark pretty early, having a central hotel can be great for getting back for the night. 

5. Have a map 
If you can figure your way around you can avoid the cold and avoid delaying getting to where you want to be. Have a map to speed up your adventure! 

6. Pack walking shoes 
Obviously walking shoes are required for all trips to explore; however in colder destinations shoes that are comfortable are even more important. Your feed are going to be cold and walking will make you ache a lot faster, great shoes can make this a lot easier. Boots and trainers are our go to's for winter trips! 

7. Create a pinterest board 
One of our favourite things to do when we have an upcoming trip is to head to pinterest. You will find food you want to eat, sights you want to see and instagram hotspots you must visit. Here you can create a mood board draft of what you would like your trip to look like. 


8. Have a good handbag 
By this I don't mean a designer bag, I mean a bag which is not too big, not too small, not too heavy and won't get ruined in bad weather. That may sound like a lot to consider but it really isn't. We tend to consider what we would need for a specific trip before we go. For instance, we would need a bigger bag for a hot trip where we need a drink at all times; a smaller bag if we are visiting somewhere like Disneyland where we will be taking it on rides and a rucksack like bag if we are hiking somewhere. 

9. Warmth can sometimes win over style 
Looking good is great but after you're freezing it may not be the best idea. Try and choose outfits, shoes and coats which look good but are super warm. After all most the time you will only see your trousers and coat in your photos. 

10. Plan adventures & activities 
Plan what you want to do to stay warm during the trip; find sights to see where you can stay out of the cold. Or even know how to get to the destination, how much it will cost and wrap up warm in anticipation. 


11. Take gloves 
If you want all the wanderlust, instagramable photos during your trip then you will need to take gloves to stop your hands freezing taking them. Shaking, cold hands don't take the best photos . . . 

12. Pack good hair products 
Cold weather means warm hats, however warm hats mean messy, dirty hair. By dirty we mean hair that has been warm and covered all day that it could do with a freshening up. Make sure you pack good shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo to keep your hair fresh, clean and looking great! 

13. Skin care is essential 
Most people think that the warm weather is bad for your skin, although this is true the cold weather can be just as bad! The cold can make your skin dry and sensitive. Make sure you pack a cleanser and a good moisturiser. 

14. Eat properly 
Travelling and visiting new destinations can make it easy to indulge. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself, eat that delicious cake and have that extra drink. But also try to balance your food, eat fruit and vegetables and foods which are going to give you energy. Try to eat nutritious meals and eat the cultural cuisine. 


15. Pre-plan transport 
If you can hire a car during your trip it will be great, this makes it easy to get where you want to go and stay warm during the journey. Some transports in various destinations can take time to get to and make involve waiting in the cold. If you want to speed up the process, know what you need to do, where you need to go and how much it is going to cost before you arrive. 



Some of our favourite trips have been taken during the winter to cold destinations, don't be put off by the cold. Lots of city's are prettier in the winter!

Where have you loved visiting during the winter?

Love Chloe and Megan

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The Dubai City Guide

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Before visiting Dubai have a read of our guide which will tell you everything you need to know before visiting this amazing city. Dubai is known to be a futuristic city that is ever-changing and advancing faster than any other country. We visited Dubai not really knowing anything and we were very keen to explore and see everything, from the amazing malls to its well known aquariums. 

TRANSPORT
During our time in Dubai the Dubai metro was our source of transport and it was so easy to use to get everywhere we wanted to go in the city. The metro system runs above ground mostly so you are also provided with great views of the city while you get from A to B. One of the best parts of using the Dubai metro is that you can use it as your airport transfer to easily get to your hotel. 

METRO
Daily Silver Ticket - £4.50
Daily Gold Ticket - £8.60
This it the ticket that we purchased daily to use the metro as much as we wanted to get around. 

THE PALM MONORAIL
One way Ticket - £4.50
Return Ticket - £6.50
This is a tram that takes you to the end of the palm. We used this to visit The Lost Chamber Aquarium

TAXI 
Taxi's are available to hail all over Dubai. The fare is said to be reasonable but can change depending on the time of day.  
Uber is available to use in Dubai. 

BUS
There are nearly 1500 buses along the streets of Dubai if you want to feel more like a resident on your visit. 
You can also be a tourist when in Dubai by jumping on a sightseeing bus. Big Bus Tours can be found across Dubai and you can purchase 1, 3 or 7 day tickets to hop on and off and explore the cities attractions. 

CAR
You can also hire a rental car from the airport while visiting.




HOTELS
Dubai is not short of hotels all across the city. 
Atlantis The Palm Hotel is probably the most well known for it's amazing shaped building on a palm shaped island. It also features a waterpark and aquarium. 
There are lots of different areas you can stay in, in Dubai depending on what you plan to do on your visit. You could stay near the beach, shops, airport and various other location. 
We stayed in a Hilton hotel not too far from the airport as it was a good central location for everywhere we wanted to visit on our trip. 



FOOD
You will never be short of food options in Dubai! Especially with the malls everywhere full of various food places.
If you are used to your home comforts you will be able to find it all here so don't worry. There are McDonalds, Dominos and even IHop all around the city. We never ate anywhere particularly special but we had no problem in finding anything we fancied. (We did find some of the best frozen yogurt that you made yourself in the malls) 




ATTRACTIONS
There are so many different attractions when visiting Dubai that you must see. Some of them can be a little pricey but offer a little bit of a discount when you book online in advance. (Also you know you'll definitely be able to visit that attraction if that booked)

If you're visiting Dubai you've probably already heard about the Burj Khalifa as it's the tallest building in the world. If theres one attraction that you're going to visit it has to be this one! The views are like no other and the tall buildings below look like nothing as you're among the clouds.

LOST CHAMBERS AQUARIUM
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located inside the Palm hotel. It can be a little bit more difficult to get to but definitely worth the trip. This aquarium is so worth it for the massive tank alone. Full of every kind of fish, stingrays and sharks. Theres no need to book online unless you are visiting at peak times then this might be a good idea.

ATLANTIS ADVENTURE WATERPARK
Not only for the kids but for adults too is the amazing waterpark at The Palm Hotel. You can spend the whole day relaxing and also getting that adrenaline rush at this waterpark. There is also a slide through the shark tank which is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. 



SHOPPING
Dubai is nowhere short of shopping. Before out visit we already knew we were going to be spending quite a bit of time in the malls. The malls in Dubai don't just have one of the biggest selection of shops ever but they also house indoor ice skating; ski slopes and an Aquarium.

As well as the malls of Dubai there are lots of local markets and souks that you can visit. On our trip the weather was too hot to do this but if we return in the future it is definitely top of our to do list!
Want some more in depth information about our favourite malls of Dubai. Have a read of our post-
The Top 3 Malls Of Dubai



TIPS

  • If you are interested in a lot of outdoor sightseeing visit when the weather is more bearable.
  • Use the Dubai metro to easily get around at an affordable price. 
  • Bring a reusable water bottle that keeps your drink cold all day!

We hope you have the best time on your visit to Dubai and found our guide helpful!
Love Chloe and Megan

The Reykjavik City Guide

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
We're so excited to share our Reykjavik City guide with you which we will try to include every bit of information you will need before your visit to Iceland.

TRANSPORT
CAR HIRE
For this trip we really wanted to have a hire car to make it easier to get around and be able to explore as much as we wanted. We found a hire car at a good price and one which we were able to get for under 25 drivers. 
If you are under 25 you are still able to get a car but will have to pay a small extra fee. 
There are lots of other things to think about when hiring a car in any country. For more details about fuel, parking and all the other bits have a read of our Iceland Road trip post. 

Planning a Road trip, have a read of our Iceland Road trip post.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you are not getting a hire car there are several other options for getting from the airport to your hotel. The main airport that you will probably fly into in Iceland is the Keflavik airport which is 32 miles from Reykjavik/ 45-60 minute journey. 
You can book your transfer online from several different sites like this one. You can also book/ purchase tickets when you arrive.

TRIPS/ EXCURSIONS
We're sure on your trip to Iceland your'e going to want to see and do everything this unique country has to offer. If you don't have a car theres no need to worry with so many great excursions; day trips; night trips and so much more. To find these you simply have to have a look online and chose the one you want.



HOTELS 
If you have looked at hotels in Iceland you will have noticed that it is quite an expensive city to stay in but if you're lucky you may be able to get a good deal. To get a better priced hotel we would suggest a few things: Book your hotel during a sale like boxing day or black Friday; stay just outside of the centre (You would ideally need a hire car for this).

The Blue Lagoon Hotel is an option for your trip. It is a luxury spa retreat hotel and perfect for a relaxing trip to Iceland. If you choose to stay here on your visit just be aware that it is quite a way from Reykjavik so you will need a car or you'll have to get taxis. 



SHOPPING
As for shopping when visiting Iceland we hope it's not the main attraction that you would be visiting for. There really aren't too many shops to go on a shopping spree. There are several souvenir shops so don't worry about not being able to get yourself a little piece of Iceland to remember your trip. 
On our visit we payed a visit to Ikea because why not?! Theres one just outside the centre and very easy to get to if you have a hire car.



FOOD
There are plenty of food places all around the centre so you won't struggle to find anything to eat. Whilst we were visiting we enjoyed a lovely meal of fish and chips in a local fish restaurant. It cost us around £30 for 2 meals and 2 drinks. There are plenty around to try and we would definitely recommend a fish and chips meal while you are there as it was the freshest fish we have ever eaten. 



ATTRACTIONS
HALLGRIMSKIRKJA CHURCH
This could be called the main attraction of Reykjavik and can be seen all across the city as the tallest building in Iceland. The church is free to enter and have a look inside where if your'e lucky you will catch the organist playing. The view from the top has a small fee of 1000 ISK/ just over £6.
We definitely recommend going up to the top! The view is amazing but it is very cold, so wrap up warm.

BLUE LAGOON
If you're planning on visiting Iceland you probably already know about the Blue Lagoon. After our visit we would definitely say this is an attraction that you can't miss. We have wrote a whole post just about our visit which if worth the read before you visit.



TIPS
  • If you're visiting in winter wrap up warm because it gets very cold! Also its good to be prepared for snow.
  • Hire car is by far the best way to get around.
  • Try to book a hotel with parking as it can become quite costly to park all day in the centre. 


We hope this guide was helpful and you have an amazing trip to Iceland and love it as much as we did!

Love Chloe and Megan

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Iceland Roadtrip | The Guide

Location: Iceland

Iceland is a country which is on a lot of travel-enthusiasts and adventure-seekers bucket lists. Home to some of the most spectacular scenery within the world and landscapes like no other it is a country which is mesmerising to anyone who visits. With the capital city being the main attraction and visited location within the country, lots of tourists and visitors like to get out of the city. Reykjavik is home to lots of hotels, sights to see and food to eat. It is also one of the closest places to Keflavik international airport; this is the only international airport in the country and the only one you will be able to fly in to. 

Having booked our hotel within the city centre we didn't plan to adventure too far outside of the city. The airport is however 32 miles from the centre, therefore getting car hire is a great idea just to get to Reykjavik and sights outside the city like the blue lagoon. 

Read on to find out where you should explore outside the city on a time limit . . . 


Car rentals 

From Keflavik international airport you are able to rent a car from four different companies: Avis, Europcar, Budget and Hertz. 

You are able to book car rental in advance from each company HERE

Or you can book a car when you arrive at the airport, however there could be limited availability and if you are a young driver like us then you are only able to drive certain car types, which could have sold out. Like all companies you are able to choose a car size to suite your liking, this can vary depending on your age and driving experience. 

Getting to the car rental desks . . . the offices for the car rentals are not located within the airport, however they are only a short bus trip away across the car park. When you walk out of the airport front door you will see signs to direct you to the bus. It is a short 100 metre walk down a covered path to the bus, you then get off at the stop where your rental company is. 

If you have pre-booked then picking the car up is quick and easy! 


Driving to the city 

Now the fun part, driving to the city . . . 

Driving in a new place, in a different car, on the other side of the road and sitting on the other side of the car can be daunting but also exciting! 

32 miles from the airport to the city centre can seem like a lot but it is nothing when you start driving. The majority of the journey is on one straight road with two lanes. The right lane is the normal lane and the left lane the overtaking. The speed limits are clearly signed and the roads are well cleared of ice and snow. 



Where to explore 

If you are only in the city for a few days or your main purpose of the trip is to see Reykjavik then you may not want to or can't explore too far outside of the city. But don't worry you will still be able to see the nature of Iceland. As soon as you leave the city you will be amazed by the beautiful scenery and landscape. When people say that Iceland is like to other place then are not wrong. The country has not too many trees and can appear to have its own climate. During our visit everywhere was covered in snow. This made it appear like a scene from frozen and completely magical. 

Visiting during the winter can however have its pros and cons, although it can be stunning, driving in dark, snowy conditions can be challenging. Bare this in mind if you plan on driving far. 

Pingvellir National Park 

Not too far from the city is Pingvellir National Park. Approximately 34 miles and an hour to get to, it is perfect to see the true Iceland on a time limit. The national park is home to lots of walking trails, waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Due to its beauty it is still a popular destination even when covered in snow and freezing cold. 

The cute little church below is located at the national park, only a short walk from the car park. 



Tip: Wrap up warm, Iceland is so pretty, you don't want to miss seeing it because you're cold. 



Important: You are only allowed to drive 4x4 cars on F roads, these are highland roads located in land.


Having a car in Reykjavik 

Staying in the city centre with a car is not a problem. Although most hotels do not have parking, you are able to park on the street. Every road has parking bays which are payable at the parking machines. You can pay for as long as you need and from 6pm - 9am parking is free. However bare-in-mind that it can get quite busy with people parking and you may have to park a little away from your hotel to get a space. 


We hope you have as much fun exploring Iceland as we did.

You can also read our other Iceland post: The Blue Lagoon | Iceland

Love Chloe and Megan

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