New and Improved Bucket Lists

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The ongoing coronavirus situation has affected just about every facet of modern life. It’s made things that were commonplace unthinkable, and things that were unthinkable commonplace – and it’s done so in a matter of months.

One of the casualties of this period of change is the concept of a bucket-list. What fun is there in composing a list of things that you’re not going to be allowed to do for months?

Travel restrictions have brought the global tourism industry to a standstill. But the change probably runs deeper than that: we’ve all been given time to reflect on what’s important in life and what isn’t, and the likelihood is that this will effect our travel decisions long after the situation has cleared up, and some semblance of normality has reasserted itself.

So how might the bucket lists of the future look different?

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Domestic Travel

The gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions will come in many stages – and some countries will doubtless progress faster than others. It’s certain that we’ll be free to move within the country before we’re able to move outside of it, and thus the next holiday you go on will almost certainly be a domestic break. This shouldn’t be viewed as a drawback: the United Kingdom is packed with gorgeous tourist attractions. You might visit a Cornish beach in August, or go on a hike through the Highlands of Scotland.

Any bucket list should account for what’s local and available – after all, you can pack in dozens of domestic trips for the same cost of one that takes you to the other side of the planet.

Environmental Concerns

A related issue is the environmental cost of long-haul flights. The lapse in global travel has caused a huge drop in global emissions – which many of us will be unwilling to contribute toward reversing.

One-off holidaymakers aren’t, on the scale of things, the worst producers of carbon emissions: most air miles are actually racked up by a minority of frequent fliers, and so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much over our flying habits. With that said, any step you can take to reduce your personal environmental impact is surely going to be a worthwhile one. A train from Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour will allow you to see just as much as a plane to somewhere more exotic – and at a fraction of the environmental cost!


Our Stay at Park Plaza Hotel London

Last month, we spent a few nights at Park Plaza Hotel London. It was my first time staying at the hotel. I have heard quite a lot about it so I was eager to experience it all. The reception was very beautiful. It was the Christmas season, so all the Christmas decorations were out and it was a lovely sight. The reception was quite busy with many people checking in when we got there. It was finally our turn after about 20 minutes but then the check-in process itself was really quick. The concierge helped us with our luggage and then we went off to our room.


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The room was so beautiful. I fell in love with the decor, it was sleek and modern. The artwork on the walls were such a beautiful sight. I have never seen anything like it. All the amenities were spot on and in good working conditions. I loved every part of the room. It was a perfect relaxing environment.

The location of the hotel is also perfect for anyone who wants to stay in central London and explore all what the buzzing city has to offer. We didn’t explore as it was more of a relaxing holiday for us, but the hotel was filled up with tourists and it really gets busy.


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The attention to detail in Park Plaza Hotel London is really good. I love the fact that there were many spots to charge our devices. Many hotels these days only leave a few sockets for some weird reason. We didn’t have this problem at this hotel at all. The cleaning was also properly done every time. The toiletries were replaced everyday and we had more than enough towels.

Another thing I really liked was the setting of the room. The kids had their own section and there was a mini kitchen in between which was so handy. I love being able to store things in a fridge, boil water in a kettle, warm food up in a microwave and wash plates in a sink, when staying in a hotel. I could do all these and more at Park Plaza Hotel London.


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The WIFI was also amazing. I had no issues at all with it and it was free! We had a lovely time at Park Plaza Hotel London and we are looking forward to visiting again.

What do you think of this hotel? You can read up my last hotel review here.


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