Creating a Memorable Yet Inexpensive Holiday Getaway – 5 useful tips

Christmas is widely celebrated around the world, but how people spend theirs differ in a lot of ways. Some choose to spend their holidays just at home while others will go for a vacation. Some prefer it simple while many others would go out of their way just to have a grand celebration.

Whichever the case, much of the success depends on planning. This article will tackle some basic steps to help you plan a memorable yet inexpensive Christmas getaway should you choose this option.


Keep it within driving distance

If you’d base it on your real-time calendar, now isn’t the ideal time to plan a trip abroad. The plain tickets and hotel rates may have spiked already because of the demand, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack your bags and leave your home. Your best option is to go somewhere within driving distance. Research – ask a friend, check forums, Google the best places to visit near you. Write a short list in your mum planner or any journal that you have and then discuss the options with your family or whoever you want for company. Who knows you’re just about to discover your city’s (or neighboring city’s) hidden gems?


Split expenses

Of course, you want to be generous, but if your budget is tight, it will do no harm if you ask your companions to split expenses. This is particularly applicable among friends who want to catch up during the holidays. If your best friend shoulders the accommodation, then take the initiative to pay for the gas. Alleviate the expenses and everyone will enjoy the trip better.


Look for deals

Alright, so you finally know where to go. The next step is for you to look for deals the place has to offer. Check out local markets. Most cities host events such as holiday bazaars, trade fares, and most companies offer group discounts and bargains around this time of the year so make sure to include this pointer written down in the To-Do section of your planner inserts. You don’t want to miss a possible free entrance to the amusement park just because you forgot your assignment!


Commit less to buying

With all the possible deals, you may find it hard not to purchase a souvenir. A few here and there is reasonable, but don’t get pressured just because the advertisement seemed too good to pass. If you have kids, teach them the greater joy and value one gets from experiences rather than material things. The trip itself is the main gift. Isn’t it the best gift ever if you spend it together with lots of good times and laughter? Surely it is!


Make memories & take lots of pictures

Time flies by so fast and before you know it, your holiday vacation is over! Make the most out of your downtime making memories. Sing and dance together, make bonfires and have as much s’mores as you like. Share stories, drink wine, sleep late, wake up late, ride that carousel, make that snowman, etc.! Those simple joys are what you’ll look back time and time again so don’t forget to take lots of pictures and capture those moments. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be able to create a holiday vacation that you will never forget!

Your Dogs with Allergies Symptoms and Treatment

Almost everyone knows that man’s best friend can be the cause of allergy symptoms, but did you know that dogs could experience allergies, as well? According to veterinarians, dogs are often bothered by the same types of allergens that can set off you runny nose or itchy eyes. They can even experience similar symptoms. The most common symptom of canine allergies is all-over itchiness. This can be caused by a myriad of different allergens, but the end result is that the dog itches so much that he may scratch or bite until an area becomes bald, bloody or even infected.


Swiss Guest house review as of 2017

The Swiss-Guesthouse was completed at the end of September 2011 and opened its doors on the 1st of October. Thanks to its yellow color, the Swiss and St. Gallen flag, it is hard to miss. All nine rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fan, double bed, minibar and shower / WC. The guesthouse is currently managed by the son of the owner, in a family environment. He and his staff member, Rod, will try to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

On the ground floor is a small bistro in which we serve our guests breakfast. But snacks, ice cream, coffee and cake are also available in our bistro. Just ask for the map.



Favorite things

Hey all!  Check out some of our favorite things that we got/gave for the holidays!


How cute is this memory game from Basic Grey?  30 pairs of adorable cardboard circle pieces that fit easily into a little cylinder case.  Easy for travel, storage, and it started a competitive game between my husband and I (spoiler, I lost).

What would my bookshelf be without a decorating book?  Lauren got me the Petersik’s latest release, Loveable, Liveable Home, full of house tours and ideas!  I can’t wait to get started!


Hermes vintage Scarf

I have always loved wearing a scarf and for many years the silk (or rayon) square was the perfect accessory with many an outfit. There was somewhat of a scarf wearing lull and then the longer wrap it around twice became popular. I had a couple of Richard Allan’s, but mostly designs I just liked along  a couple of designer copies.

More recently I have become aware of the silk square once again, perhaps my love of charity shops, or the car boot sale has helped this!  Or it maybe that the idea of a vintage silk square would add to any jeans and white t-shirt.  This was further helped by a clear out of a cupboard at the top of the stairs this weekend….. (more…)

Tuesday Bake – Beetroot & Ginger Brownies

A short but brief welcome back. Having taken stock again! I have missed my blog writing so with both inspiration and encouragement from many dear people here goes. For most of the time my week follows the same kinda of pattern much I am sure like yours. I have a fairly fluid routine with days but there  are definitely days of the week I feel I like to do certain things with. Tuesday for me is a great day. It is often spent pottering at home which I love and is very definitely a cake baking day To add to the bake feeling the sun has been shining so generously giving those beautiful autumn days which I absolutely love. These cookies really do suit the season with the deep rich earthiness of the beetroot complimenting the ginger so beautifully. (more…)