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Five Things You Must Never Forget Before You Travel

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Travelling is an adventure. There is no doubt about it that no matter where you choose to go or how you choose to do it, travelling is going to change your life. Every single trip to a new place changes you, and before you go on your next one you’re already picturing all of the amazing things that you’ll see and the people that you’ll meet. You’ll think of the accommodation, and where you’re going to be seated on the flight

Above everything else, you’ll be thinking about packing. This trip is going to change things for you, and you’re already feeling anxious about what to wear and what to bring on the plane for entertainment. What you should be concentrating on is what you must never forget before you travel anywhere. There are more important things than your sandals, so, let’s take a look at five things that you should not forget when you are off on an adventure!

 

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  • Don’t Forget Your Chargers – Or Adapters

Wherever you end up in the world, you need to be able to charge your devices. This means bringing the wires, and bringing adapters so that your chargers work in those countries! You need to make a list of the devices that require charging, and then make sure that you tick them off.

 

  • Copy Your Travel Documents

It’s so important that you have everything when it comes to your travel documents, from an updated passport to your visas from E Visum Services. Without these essentials, you can be refused flight, and this is why it’s vital to have copies. If you did somehow manage to lose your paper copies, you can still get onto the flight! Hard copies and digital copies are a must if you want to be taken seriously by the airlines.

 

  • Know Where To Get Money Help

You’re on a holiday in a completely different country halfway around the world. Your bank card suddenly stops working and won’t let you draw any money out or pay by card for any goods and services. You are stuck. However, if you are smart and make a note of your banks’ customer service and helpline numbers, you’re going to be able to get some help. The same is true if you lose your bank card!

 

  • Get Insured

It’s an added expense, it’s not nice to pay out for, but without travel insurance you could lose a lot of money in adverse weather that cancels your flight. Or if you lose your luggage! You don’t want to fall ill on your trip and then end up with nothing. You need to get a good travel insurance policy so that you have backup in times of trouble.

 

  • Check Your Health

You may need to get vaccinations for the place you are travelling to, so get an appointment with your GP so you know whether or not it’s a necessity for you. You can also use the time to get a printout of any prescriptions that you have to bring with you.

 

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Our stay at Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

We spent our October  half term week at Butlins Bognor Regis. It was our first time visiting the resort so we were really excited to explore it all. I will be writing a post in the next few days about the resort itself but for this post, it is all about our stay at Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis.

We were a group of 8, so we got 2 family rooms next to each other. My first impression of the hotel was good. I liked the fact that the hotel was close to the entrance of the resort and the attractions. The colourful reception also caught my eye. It was quite bright and inviting. The kids loved it.

Now this is going to be a very honest review. It might be too honest if I am being honest.

 

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What we liked about Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

Location, decor and some nice staff

Like I previously, the position of the hotel is super convenient. It is next to the entrance and all the activities going on so it was easy to get around. The colourful decor all over the hotel is super pretty. I think the rooms are well decorated with the kids in mind. The children’s room is super cozy with the lights and all. We all liked the hotel decor a lot. Some of the staff members were really nice and friendly. We met a few around in the restaurant and other parts of the resort and they were really helpful.

 

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What we didn’t like about Ocean Hotel Butlins Bognor Regis

Checking in and the lift

I didn’t like the fact that it took forever to get a free lift. We had a toddler in a buggy so steps were not an option. It was super frustrating to spend forever everyday waiting for a free lift. Checking in was super slow. The were long queues and it felt like the staff at the reception desk would work faster with more hands on deck. After a long road trip to get there, waiting in line for ages was not fun with 5 children.

 

Dining and housekeeping

The rooms were cleaned everyday but it would have been great to have the beddings changed at least every other day. The beddings were not changed all through our 4 night stay. The toiletries provided in the bathroom were so basic. I expected a lot more for the price we paid. Thankfully, we came with all we needed for our stay.

There is no room service available. All dining in the hotel has to be done in the restaurant, which is usually packed and very overpriced. We had the misfortune of having dinner there in the first night, and the food was shockingly bad and very expensive. We never made the mistake again, but breakfast was ok.

 

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Temperature in the room

Now this was a massive issue for us. The rooms were really warm, it was super uncomfortable especially at night. The thermostat in our room didn’t seem to control anything. It was so bad for my daughter’s delicate skin, that she broke into a rash. The rashes disappeared as soon as we checked out of the hotel, and I am still not 100% sure what caused it. My guess is the heat in the room caused her rashes but it could be a combination of other things from the hotel. Maybe the bedding wasn’t cleaned properly before we came, it could be something else from the room, I am not sure. But I was so happy to be out of there.

Before we left, we popped into the first aid to get some advice, they checked out the rashes and advised to see a doctor but luckily we didn’t have to. All the rashes cleared up within 24 hours of leaving the hotel.

 

No free WIFI

The hotel advertises free WIFI but that is not true because you can’t do anything with the free wifi. We all had to buy data to be able to stay connected on our phones and tablets for the children. You would think a hotel this expensive in a family friendly resort would at least have decent free internet connection.

 

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We won’t be returning to this hotel ever again and I cannot see myself returning to Butlins Bognor Regis if I am being completely honest. My thoughts on the resort will be in my next travel post. So keep reading. You can also catch up on my last hotel review post here.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day wherever you are.

 

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Exploring Sheffield Winter Garden

With the kids back to school today, I can get back into the swing of work and a proper routine. We had an amazing summer holidays and I cannot wait to tell you all about what we got up to. Last month, we visited the lovely city of Sheffield. It was our first time visiting the city and we had a blast! We stayed over at Novotel Hotel and we were lucky to find this amazing spot next door. The Kiddies were looking forward to exploring the garden so we went over for a quick look. Sheffield Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK and the largest urban glasshouse in Europe. This lovely winter garden has more than 2,000 plants from all around the world.

 

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We had a lovely time exploring the plants and all the beauty. It was quite warm when we visited some weeks ago. The warmth would be amazing in the winter months. I can imagine it would get even busier then. The structure has a building management system that that controls the temperature. It keeps the plants cool in summer and warm in winter. It is such an amazing place! We were blown away.

 

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The Sheffield Winter Garden was officially opened in May 2003 by Queen Elizabeth and has been a famous spot ever since. I can see why it is so popular. It is definitely a place to relax and take it all in. If you love nature, then you would love to explore this lovely clean indoor garden. There are benches to sit and relax and I made the most of them once I was done looking round.

It is a fun tourist spot in the middle of the buzzing city of Sheffield. We spent about 30 minutes exploring the area so do remember to visit this spot if you are in the area and not visited already.

 

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We had an amazing time here. You can watch my short video of the lovely garden and do subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already. I post new videos every week! So subscribe to get notified.

 

 

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What do you think of Sheffield Winter Garden? Have you visited before? Please share your thoughts, let’s chat. Also, can you answer the questions in the photos below? Do let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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