Happy New Year everyone! Anyone else have absolutely no idea what day it is? I’ve spent the last week or so huddled up at home in Weymouth with my (massive) family, playing toys, eating sweets, watching about 8 kids films a day, and generally loving life. With five siblings and NINE nieces and nephews, my Christmasses are always too big and too chaotic, and I absolutely wouldn’t have it any other way. Christmas is my favourite time of year, because it feels like childhood again. Not because of all the magic and toys etc, but because there are way too many of us squished into one house! We’re all on top of each other, driving each other crazy, but this is what growing up in the Luxton family was like, so I like to recreate that chaos (in small, temporary doses!). I hope that everyone had an amazing Christmas, wherever you are in the world! December has been a hectic month. On the 1st, I was in Bangkok – and from there I travelled across Thailand, … [Read more...] about December Round Up
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BACKPACKING solo is a well-documented rite of passage for scores of young adults who are seeing the world for the first time. If you're lucky enough to have the time and money, the thrill of meeting new people and sampling unknown sights can be an unforgettable experience. Is backpacking safe? Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, many on pre or post university Gap Years, don their backpacks every year and head off around the world. Data by Hitwise, the UK’s largest online behavioural research tool, shows there was a 143 per cent increase in "solo travel" searches over the past three years. Hotel booking sites have reported similar trends with hotelscan.com giving a 170 per cent increase in the last 12 months for those looking to book a room themselves. But, as the case of tragic backpacker Grace Millane shows, even "safe" destinations such as New Zealand can be dangerous for lone travellers. While more women than ever are travelling on their own, occasional … [Read more...] about Is solo backpacking safe, should you go hiking alone in foreign countries and what are some tips for travellers?
By Dan Frith on Nov 15, 2018 in Austria, Europe, France, Regions, Switzerland, Western Europe Imagine waking up on Christmas morning, you cast a glance out of the bedroom window and lo and behold the world has turned white. Actually, it’s been white ever since you arrived in resort but it’s still nice to see the ‘snow on Christmas day’ box ticked. Choose any of the resorts below and it’s pretty much guaranteed that that will be the case. There’s something quite magical about being in a chichi ski resort in the mountains at Christmas. Snow plays a big part in the imagery but so do the cosy wood-clad Heidi chalets, the smoke wisps from the chimney’s from the open log fires, all redolent of childhood memories of the quintessential picture postcard festive season. Zermatt As Switzerland’s premier resort, Zermatt attracts visitors from all over the world, all year around. The skiing ranks amongst the very best to be found in the Alps. Zermatt … [Read more...] about Top 5 ski resorts in Europe for Christmas
Rebecca Hennes Updated 3:09 pm CST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 Alamo Tamale & Taco 809 Berry Road, HoustonThe H.'s review: Got 8 dozen homemade pork tamales for a football watch party and were a big hit. Had never been here before but will return(Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle) less Alamo Tamale & Taco 809 Berry Road, HoustonThe H.'s review: Got 8 dozen homemade pork tamales for a football watch party and were a big hit. Had never been here before but will return(Michael ... more Photo: Michael Paulsen, Houston Chronicle HOT Tamales4103 Fm 2351, FriendswoodTerry O's review: Have been getting tamales here for 20 years. The absolute very best tamales around. Would not get them anywhere else. Be sure to get the queso too ! its AwesomePhoto courtesy Jason D/Yelp less HOT Tamales4103 Fm 2351, FriendswoodTerry O's review: Have been getting tamales here for 20 years. The … [Read more...] about Where to get the best tamales in Houston for the holidays
By Craig Hlavaty Published 10:00 am CST, Friday, November 9, 2018 DISSECTED: Famous holiday traditions On Friday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Sunny 99.1 FM in Houston will switch over to all-holiday music until just after Christmas Day. >>>See where some of our most-treasured holiday traditions came from... less DISSECTED: Famous holiday traditions On Friday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Sunny 99.1 FM in Houston will switch over to all-holiday music until just after Christmas Day. >>>See where some of our ... more Photo: Mat Hayward PHOTOS: The true stories behind 25 Christmas traditionsEver wonder where the tattle-tailing "Elf on the Shelf" came from or why people kiss under the mistletoe? Check out the true story behind these and other Christmas traditions.Click through to learn new things to impress people with at Christmas parties this year... less PHOTOS: The … [Read more...] about It’s the most wonderful (or annoying) time of the year for Christmas music on the radio