My Travel Diaries: Travel Chapters so far…

Recently I’ve started listening The Travel Diaries podcast by Holly Rubenstein and I’ve really been enjoying it. Each episode is an interview with a different person and follows the same format, going through the different chapters of the ‘travel diaries’ of their lives so far. As well as providing tips and an interesting insight into lots of new places, I find it fascinating how differently people approach travel but also how many similarities there are. I think almost every episode I’ve listened to has recommended India and the vibrancy that the country has. There’s also been a fair share of people embarrassed about one of the places they’ve mentioned because it feels too ‘mainstream’ or won’t be a good enough answer. But even with a whole world to explore it’s natural that we’ll take some comfort in familiarity.

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Circular Walks close to Bristol

The biggest change of lockdown for me was when we were suddenly allowed outside more than once a day for exercise, and were able to travel to get there. This opened up a huge range of different possibilities for going out walking and has meant that I’ve been able to go out and explore much more of our wider locality. James and I love walking and ever since we came back from New Zealand we’ve said we’ll do more walking at the weekends. However with one thing or another we’ve never quite done as much as we’d thought we might. With visits to other people (or them to us) off the cards and being able to get chores like washing fitted in around working from home, there’s never been a better time for us to get out and explore. Here’s a short selection of some of my favourite walks we’ve…

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125 years of the National Trust

This year marks 125 years since the National Trust was formed. I’m sure there were meant to be a number of exhibitions and celebrations throughout the year which, like many things, have now had to be cancelled, postponed or moved online. I’ve been a member of the National Trust for as long as I can remember and have a great many happy memories from visiting National Trust properties and land as I’ve grown up. Now seems the perfect time to share some of my favourite locations in my own personal celebration of its anniversary.

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New Year on the Isle of Bute

I am very lucky to have a friend who has a cottage on the Isle of Bute. In fact, it’s the highest cottage on the island which means that when it’s clear you can see some fabulous views. My friends had been encouraging James and I to visit for a while and at New Year we decided it was the perfect time. The island that had cast my friends under its spell did the same to us, and I definitely think we’ll be back again some day.

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Christmas at Stourhead

Christmas illuminations seem to have been particularly popular this year. Just in the area around Bristol I’ve seen adverts for illuminations at Westonbirt Arboretum, Longleat and Stourhead. I think I first received an email about the Christmas at Stourhead illuminations back in June – long before I’d begun to even start thinking about Christmas. However, it was instantly something I was interested in. I’d never been to a light installation before and it sounded like it would be a fun thing to do so we found a free weekend and booked our tickets.

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