Monday, December 17

Finding Last-Minute Cruise Deals with Azamara Club Cruises

We are big fans of a last-minute booking – our Vietnam trip was booked just a month before we left and, most recently, we booked flights to Orlando with just under two weeks to go. Having a short countdown makes it much more exciting and you can start planning knowing you don’t have long to wait. 

Something we’ve never done is book a cruise, even though the idea of visiting lots of places is exciting, because of the price. However, if you look for a last-minute cruise deal with Azamara Club Cruises you are guaranteed a reduced price on their staterooms. All the cruises are departing in the next two months (so it doesn’t have to be super last-minute) but there are cruises leaving as early as next week if you want to escape the British weather for a while.

The cruises themselves look amazing! New Year’s Eve in Rio sounds like such a party, New Zealand looks beautiful and the Antarctica would be an adventure. I know I would find it so hard to pick where I would like to go. If you’re a real risk taker you could wait until the very last-minute and snap up a bargain to somewhere you’ve never thought of before.

I think this time of year is perfect for booking your next holiday with the freezing cold temperatures outside and the busyness of Christmas it would be great to have something to look forward to in January or February.

My boyfriend and I prefer to spend our money on traveling so instead of Christmas presents and birthday we’ve been to Budapest, Ho Chi Minh City and Orlando this year which has been beyond my wildest dreams. It would be a great option, if you haven’t already bought all your presents, to look at Azamara Club Cruises and see if you can get yourself a good deal on your next holiday.

This blog post is in collaboration with 
Azamara Club Cruises but love of last
minute holidays is all my own!

Friday, December 14

Popcorn Shed Review

Last week a box stuffed full of delicious sounding gourmet popcorn from Popcorn Shed arrived and I've been tucking into it since. Popcorn Shed are a family company who make all their popcorn in the UK with natural ingredients. I also love the sound of their chocolate popcorn goji berry bark recipe so I'll have to give that a go in the run up to Christmas too. 

You can see how hard they have worked to get the flavours and textures just right. Ever flavour I've tried had been better than the last so I can't pick a favourite. I did love the whole nuts in 'Butterly Nuts' and 'Pecan' pie. 'Berry-licious' really is delicious. Even my boyfriend admitted he enjoyed them when he didn't think he would. 

They have two cheese flavours - 'Say Cheese!' and 'Sweet Cheesus' which I'm going to pass onto him because they don't really appeal to me and my sweet tooth. 

It's easy to see why they have won great taste awards for 'Salted Caramel', 'Say Cheese!' and 'Berry-licious' flavours. The shed boxes are a nod to where the company started and are really fun. They would make the perfect gift for someone who likes to hide out in the shed. 

Each shed box is £3.50 and the snack bags (the perfect size btw) are £18 for 14 bags. If you see them in your local superdrug, coop or John Lewis I'd recommend picking up a box. 

Tuesday, December 11

Aspire Lounge at Manchester Airport with Holiday Extras

I hate going through the airport, I find security stressful, everywhere is busy and everyone is in a rush. We've talked about booking a lounge before our flights a few times but not being sure what to expect we've never done it before now. 

Our lounge passes to Aspire Lounge in terminal one were complimentary from Holiday Extras* before our flight to Orlando from Manchester. My boyfriend always books car parking through Holiday Extras and it is really easy to add on lounge access at that stage. 

These would have cost us £45.98 - just £22.99 each which once you consider the price of food and alcohol in the airport seems really reasonable. There was a buffet breakfast available so we filled up on scrambled eggs, sausages and pastry. We also helped ourselves to as much tea and coffee as we could drink which is always a blessing first thing in the morning. 

There is also a full bar available if you are there at a more sociable hour and different meals available throughout the day. You can check out the full menu on their website before you book. Best of all it was a nice quiet place to chill before your flight and make sure your phone is fully charged too.

If you have the budget to book into a lounge before your next flight I'd 100% recommend it. Aspire Lounge at Manchester Airport was good value for money, the staff helpful, decent food and a nice atmosphere to relax in. 

I'd read mixed reviews for this lounge online which almost put me off but all the negatives couldn't be further from the truth the day we visited. The whole place was perfectly clean and there was plenty of food and drink to enjoy.

Huge thank you again to Holiday Extras* for the passes. Just don't make the mistake of getting to the airport slightly later like we did...