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Lots of you will be driving in Europe for your summer holidays soon so it seemed like a great opportunity to share with you tips and need to know advice to make the most of your road trip.  Continental Europe is probably the best place for a self drive holiday as it has so many countries you can explore and every new destination has something different to offer, even within the same country.  If you’ve been wondering what you need to do to drive in France, then this driving in

If you follow Zena’s Suitcase regularly you will probably already know that I’m in charge of  the holiday checklist and the suitcase packing list for our trip.  I’d like to think I was an expert at packing, so I thought I would share my suitcase packing tips for anyone who is getting ready to go on holiday soon.  This post will teach you how to pack a suitcase so you are organised for going on vacation. The idea of packing for holiday seems pretty simple doesn’t it? But, believe me if

If you have found my post I’m guessing you have booked your holiday in the Costa Del Sol and are at the very exciting stage of looking for things to do in Nerja when you get there.  Nerja is a beautiful town on the Costa Del Sol and I really don’t think you will be disappointed with your visit at all.  I have been on lots of holidays to Nerja, Spain over the years and it’s definitely one of my favourite places to visit for a relaxing break in the sun.  In

For many ‘serious travellers’, the thought of going all-inclusive is too much to bear. But most of them have never actually tried it before, and were they to give it a go, they may end up finding that there are many more advantages than they could have ever dreamed about. In this blog post, we are going to run through just a few of the main reasons why all-inclusive can actually be fantastic. No Planning If you are not all that great or experienced when it comes to planning trips,

Summer is a fantastic time to travel and explore new places. When the sun’s out, there’s plenty to do outdoors and it makes everything just so much more fun. It’s easy to think that having a good time requires lots of money but it’s simply not the case, here are a few ways you can enjoy an incredible summer without breaking the bank. Book a Cheap Package Holiday Travelling abroad can be expensive, however it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of cheap holiday deals online that you can

Travel and tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. New Zealand has contributed more than $10 billion on travel in the last year and our spending shows no sign of slowing. More than 2.5 million Kiwis flew overseas last year- more than 7% increase on the previous year. Tasman Valley, Canterbury. Credit: David Briody In 2017, the world economy grew at 3%, while the tourism sector grew at 4.6%. Other industries experienced slow or no growth, why has travel become so popular? Why Has Tourism Increased So Much?

Let’s be honest; nothing beats the thought of a coastal holiday by the seaside. The thought of the sea breeze blowing through your hair and the feeling of the wet sand underneath your toes makes you want to pack your bags and teleport to the seaside immediately, right? Well, not just yet! Just like any other holiday, planning a trip to the coastal part of the UK requires lots of prior preparation to ensure that you make most of the experience. The UK presents endless opportunities for every traveler and

My favourite kind of holiday is without a doubt taking a cruise, but I know some of you out there still need some convincing.  I’ve been been browsing lots of last minute cruise deals recently, simply itching to click book and it got me thinking about our first cruise.  We explored the Mediterranean while sailing on a Marella Cruise inside cabin, and it was literally our favourite holiday ever.  It got me thinking about all the reasons why booking an inside cabin for a cruise is a great idea and

What do you do every day as soon as you get in from work? Probably check your social media and, after checking up on the family, settling into a Netflix session, or else scanning the world wide web for whatever informative or amusing content it may contain. Of course, the internet can be a phenomenon tool and a source of education, insight, and communication, but it’s also not the real world, and it can easily become far too addictive when used in an imbalanced manner. So, what about your vacations

When tourists from abroad come to visit the UK, it’s often places like London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Stonehenge that are high on their bucket list. Wales can sometimes be seen as a bit of an underdog, but it really shouldn’t be the case. The country is absolutely beautiful, and there are plenty of things to keep you busy whether you love the countryside or prefer a city break.   If you were following my social media channels recently you will know that we had a fantastic time exploring Swansea Bay

Spain is one of my favourite countries to visit because I love the culture, the food and the landscape.  When I was invited to explore the region of Costa Barcelona I knew I had to accept, and I was excited to explore this region of Spain from the outset.  I’m also really excited to share with you what I discovered and I don’t think you will be disappointed! Before I get into all the fantastic things we got to see and do in Costa Barcelona, I have a confession to

After a very early flight to Berlin, and more coffee than was probably sensible, I caught the bus from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to Alexanderplatz in search of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, where I was due to be staying for the weekend. I was incredibly early for check in, but I wanted to drop off my bags before heading into Berlin City Centre to begin exploring the sights. The bus dropped me off in the main square of Alexanderplatz, and I chose to walk the 5 minutes or so to the hotel

Mauritius is a beautiful island of tranquil paradise found in the Indian Ocean and anyone visiting will be keen to make the most of their time there.  These tips and tricks will provide you with the best advice for where to stay in Mauritius including the must see landmarks and top advice about where to go. Big tip,   Mauritian food is also not to be missed! So where is Mauritius?  For those who don’t know it is situated about 2000 miles from the south east coast of Africa and flight

If you follow the Zena’s Suitcase Instagram account, you’ll already know that I’ve had quite a few Berlin city breaks over the past 18 months.  I’d like to think that this makes me an expert when it comes to things to do in Berlin during a weekend away.  With a flight time of less than 2 hours from the UK, Berlin is a great city to visit in Europe.  It’s also a place that is important to go to if you care about people and politics, as there are some

I have been lucky enough to visit Berlin 3 times now, and it’s all thanks to CHAMÄLEON Theater and their fantastic new circus performances and wonderful hospitality.  I was invited to see their latest show, Finale, last month and I was really excited to see what the new performance had to offer. My first visit to Berlin was to see Scotch & Soda, a wonderfully crazy performance from the Australian group, Company 2.  More recently, I saw a very different circus performance from the theatre called Parade.  It literally couldn’t

Do you think about how secure your travel bag is when you are travelling?  Do you look for the best anti theft backpack to take with you on your next adventure or are you still looking for a secure handbag to take on your city break? Finding the best anti theft bags and backpacks can be a challenge so I wanted to share with you two anti theft travel bags I used for my recent trip to Berlin. You might recognise the RIUT backpack from my February Travel and Lifestyle

There’s no doubt that campervans and motorhomes have become increasingly popular in the UK, and this trend is set to continue for the foreseeable future. In fact, there are around 755,000 on the roads at present, with this number set to rise by a further 50,000 over the course of the next five years. If you’re one of the many motorhome enthusiasts who are set to purchase a vehicle during this time, your thoughts have probably already turned to the various locations that you intend to visit. There are a

If you know anything about travelling with kids you’ll completely understand that taking on long distance driving needs some very careful planning indeed. There is no denying that driving from Nottingham to Cornwall with children is a very long way, but I was feeling a lot happier about taking on the road trip with the Kia Optima Sportswagon 2.0 GDi PHEV Auto we were going to review for the week. I had very high expectations about testing this car out, but did it turn out to be the best car

Do you have days when you dream what would happen if you won the lottery?  When we were stuck in the house last week with the ice and snow my mind couldn’t help but wonder to be honest.  I picked up my travel book and started planning how I’d spend my millions if I was lucky enough to have my numbers come up on the lottery.  I got a little carried away with my planning so I thought I’d share the results on here. Daydreaming of warmer climates and culturally

When I began the drive from Nottingham to Surrey, the thought of some great Italian food certainly kept me going, especially when I hit the M25 getting around London.  Fortunately, the Italian cookery masterclass hosted by luxury villa specialist Bookings For You and the Giovannini family certainly did not disappoint and made the 4 and a half hour drive worth it. One of the joys of booking a villa for your Italian holiday is being able to cook your own food.  Undoubtedly you will eat out while you are away, but

If you are bored of the same old holidays – perhaps lounging on the beach no longer holds quite the appeal it once did  – and are looking to try something a little different, then look no further. There really are lots of different holidays out there that might tick all the boxes for you. Whilst there is no denying that the majority of us like a little bit of sun whilst we relax on holiday, an early summer break in the UK can provide you with just that and

We wondered whether we were being led down a rabbit hole when google maps pointed us in the direction of a rather unassuming street in Mayfair in search of Mr Fogg’s Residence.  This was to be the last stop for our theatre weekend in London and we certainly wanted to end on a high note. We waited patiently with the other guests outside Mr Fogg’s Residence for the clock to strike 3.01pm.  There was definitely a buzz in the air, as we all waited eagerly to find out what was inside.

One of my very favourite trips in recent years was my visit to Iceland, just over a year ago.  While I was there, I was keeping an eye out to see if families were traveling with kids, and if I felt it was a destination my brood would enjoy.  To my surprise there were a lot of families with children visiting Iceland, and very young children at that.  With so much to see all over the country, I could see why families would take children there. Since that holiday in

Going out for dinner is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do, so it simply had to feature during our recent theatre weekend in London.  My sister and I were very excited to be invited to Shikumen in Aldgate to sample their highly acclaimed Chinese food on Saturday evening.  The Shikumen  restaurant is about a 10 minute walk from Tower Pier so I would strongly recommend taking a trip down the Thames with City Cruises to get there.  We caught the boat just as it was getting

Hello lovely readers.  Thanks so much for stopping by for the second edition of the travel and lifestyle round up.  If it’s your first time here, you can catch up on what was making a splash in January in this post.  We’ll be right here when you get back, so please feel free to stop by and have a browse. Well, it’s fair to say that January literally flew by.  Was it the same for you?  It’s blowing my mind that we are over 1/12th of the way through the

I’m a firm fan of having something to look forward to in January, so I was delighted when Super Break asked us if we would like to try a London Theatre Break from their website.  January is a pretty dull month after all the Christmas celebrations so it was lovely to have a short city break on the horizon. When I’m at home working or looking after the children, my life is all about routine.  It keeps everything on an even keel and when it comes to day to day

Planning a holiday to Australia is a big deal isn’t it?  It’s a really long way to travel if you are taking a trip from the UK and making the most of your time in the country is going to be a top priority. When we visited the UK, we contacted Reiss Edwards to help us sort out our visas. I hope you already know how passionate I am about making sure your are ready for planning your adventures so I wanted to write an Australia travel guide that answered

Hello lovely readers.  How are you today?  I really hope you are well.  It’s a really grey day here and my thoughts always turn to holidays when the weather is like this.  My mission this year is to have you feeling totally prepared for any trip you might want to take, whether it’s with the family, as a couple or maybe your first solo trip. Follow me on Instagram for our latest pics If we feel in control of the organising and packing, it’s one less barrier out of the

With an increasing number of new companies today setting the standards when it comes to air travel, businesses of all sizes have been presented with choosing between travelling business or first class with a commercial airline, or even chartering a private jet for their business travel. Over the past ten or so years, there has been an increase in private jet companies for business, with many operating in a similar way to Uber, but for the skies. Offering user-friendly websites and apps, it’s never been easier for business travellers to

When we found out we were going to be visiting Morzine in the French Alps there was a lot of talk about what clothes to pack for a ski trip.  I had never been on a ski holiday before and literally didn’t have a clue what I needed to take.  Getting ready for your first ski holiday can feel a little bit daunting, especially if you don’t know if you are going to like it or not. When Mountain Warehouse found out I was going to be visiting Morzine, they

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