12. Merry Christmas and happy travels!

For quite a while now I have been wondering what I can write on the 12th day to round the series off. My original plan was to set my goals for next year but I want 2020 to be a year of freedom and spontaneity so writing goals to stick to seemed to go against that. I have therefore decided to keep it short and sweet and write something that I really wish I had read this time last year…

If you have been thinking about going traveling then take this as a sign and go!

It doesn’t have to be for a year. It doesn’t have to be for a month. It can be a weekend if that is what feels right to you. Just pack a bag, pick a place that inspires you and go!

If you don’t feel like you’re in the right space for it now, be it financially, mentally or any other personal reasons holding you back, then make a commitment to yourself to get to a point when you are ready to go. Open a savings account and put a pound in a week, spend a night in an air BnB down the road to test out being away from home, find a map and circle all the places you want to go. Every little thing is a step closer to that trip away.

Here is a round up of all the other posts from this series, in case you have missed any, that may help you get ready to book that plane ticket:

1. Where are you going traveling?

2. How much will it cost?

3. Have you thought about packing?

4. What made you want to go traveling?

5. Did I tell you about the time when…

6. Have you traveled anywhere this year?

7. Won’t you miss home too much?

8. You have to read ____ when you’re away

9. How did you get into Camp America?

10. What’s on your bucket list?

11. Are you going to be okay on your own?

I really hope you have enjoyed this series and I cannot wait to start documenting my travels next year!

Merry Christmas and happy travels!

Go and grab another cuppa on me, Em x

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Who doesn’t want to find chocolate under the tree?

DSCF3552-2.jpgThere is no better combination in the world than Christmas and chocolate! That’s why, when the lovely people at Hotel Chocolat said they would send me over some stocking stuffers to try, I could not be happier. Every year they bring out a range of festive goodies that make your mouth water like a kid in a candy store (which in this case is actually very relevant) and all of it would make an amazing pièce de résistance to your stocking.  Hotel Chocolat are also currently doing a deal on some of their stocking stuffers where you can get 3 or more for £6 each so what better time to stock up. Now I know that you can also pop to poundland and get lots of packs of £1 chocolates, which may be a better option for if you’re bulk buying for family/friends, but if you really want to treat someone special and add a luxurious touch to their stocking then Hotel Chocolat is the place to go! I will add in here that they sent me these sweet treats but this is not a sponsored post and every opinion is my own. Blogger bit over now back to the chocolate!

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How adorable! Seriously. How adorable are these little guys! These Portly penguins are milk chocolate with chubby little white chocolate bellies. I have come to discover that they are the perfect size to melt on top of a biscuit with some marshmallows to create some yummy instant smores. Of course they are equally as delicious on their own and even though their little faces do make you feel a bit guilty for scoffing them down, they won’t last in the packet for long I can guarantee that! They can be found here.

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Do you remember those days when you used to hang little chocolates onto your tree and then try and sneak them off to eat whenever your parents weren’t looking? Maybe that was just me but these little chocolate baubles really brought back some old memories of christmas for me. This set is perfect for those people in your life who like a bit of selection as the baubles come in milk, white and dark chocolate. They are solid on the outside and then filled with the smoothest, richest chocolate filling I have tasted in a long time, definitely one for those people who like to savour their chocolates! They can be found here.

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This one would be perfect for all the little children you have in your life! Inside this adorable tiddly pot, perfect for little fingers, there is a mountain of mini white chocolate buttons. Also perfect for adding on top of hot chocolates or inside cookies! Hotel Chocolat have a whole range of different flavours in these tiddly pots, each with cute decorations on the front, and I think it would make a great gift on its own or even as a set of 3 or 4 that your loved one can then pick and choose between. They can be found here.

DSCF3505-2.jpgGo and grab another cuppa on me, Em x

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A-Z festive dating

A while ago I posted about A-Z Dating which essentially means you pick a letter from the alphabet and then come up with an activity to do on your date that starts with that letter. (If you want to find out more about it I’d recommend reading my first post.) It’s well known that winter is the most magical time of the year and also a great opportunity for some cute dates with your loved one.

Here are my ideas for some festive dates you can go on for each letter:

A – chose an angel for the tree or an advent calendar

B – board games

C – carolling (either yourself or go to a show)

D – decorating the tree

E – elf on a shelf (hide and seek)

F – festive film marathon

G – gingerbread house making

H – hot drinks at a nice cafe

I – ice skating

J – joke presents (give each other a budget and 10mins in poundland to buy each other presents)

K – (Christmas) song karaoke

L – (Christmas) light switch on

M – (Christmas) markets

N – nativity play

O – make ornaments to hang on your tree

P – pantomime

Q – go to a pub Christmas quiz

R – reindeer farm

S – skiing (mountain or dry slope)

T – make a turkey dinner for 2 or go to a pub lunch

U – ugly sweater party or who can make/find the ugliest sweater

V – watch back videos of your childhood christmas memories

W – winter wonderland or present wrapping

X – eXchange gifts

Y – decorate (and eat) a yule log

Z – make a sign to count down the zzz till christmas (this one was really difficult!) or get each other presents beginning with zDSCF3378-2.jpg

I would love to hear about any fun festive dates you and your partner get up to! If you have any other ideas be sure to leave them below for others to read

Go and grab another cuppa on me (or a hot chocolate), Em x

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