Spring is just around the corner, at least I hope it is, so I’ve had a little tidy-up on the blog and given it a slightly cleaner look. What do you think? I hope you like it. I’ve also introduced a new feature on The Travelbunny; a monthly round up of what’s been happening in the past month and a taster of what’s coming up. I’ll recap on articles posted during the month and where my travels have taken me recently. There’ll be updates on what’s been going on in my little social media world and with other bloggers that I love to follow. It’s been a busy month. Here’s what happened in February…
February posts were all about our trip to Vietnam in January. We spent a few days on Phu Quoc, an idyllic little island off the south coast of Vietnam followed by a couple of nights in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for New Year celebrations. We then travelled to Mui Ne on the coast for a week by the sea. Sand dunes, sightseeing and lots of food was involved! Mui Ne is also the kite-boarding adrenalin hub of South East Asia but that was a bit too energetic for us so we got some exercise by playing a round of golf! Click on the images below to read more…
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Last month saw an unexpected trip to Dubai and my first visit to the UAE. This was a press trip arranged by Dubai Tourism in conjunction with Emirates and Ritz Carlton to coincide with the Dubai Food Festival.
A nice surprise was that Kathryn from Travel with Kat was on the trip. So nice to travel with friends! We stayed in the lap of luxury at the fabulous Ritz Carlton on Jumeira Beach. The itinerary was jam-packed and we attended lots of food festival events as well as a Food Lover’s tour of old Dubai with Frying Pan Adventures, a visit to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made structure, and a fantastic desert safari with Alpha Tours. If you want to learn more about Dubai, old and new, and Emirati cuisine stay tuned for articles on the blog throughout March.
February saw my first ever social media cook off. If you’re wondering what a cook-off is it’s where some of the Celebrity Cruises destination bloggers, that’s Elle, Lucy, Cherie and I all cook the same recipe at the same time at home in our own kitchens. As we worked through the recipe we Tweeted, Instagramed and posted to Facebook the pictures of our cooking skills/disasters using the hashtag #CelebrityCookOff. We got multi-tasking down to a fine art! It made for a fun evening and a delicious Seafood Mediterranean Risotto for dinner that night. It was interesting to see the results – all of our dishes turned out slightly differently despite using the same recipe.
I’m so pleased that Jayne of ‘Girl Tweets World’ and Monica aka ‘The Travelhack’ have resurrected the Twitter book club ‘TravelBookChat’. Thank you ladies! February’s book was Tracks by Robyn Davidson; an account of her 1700 mile solo trek across the Australian Outback, with only a few camels and a dog for support. Quite appropriate that I had a few encounters with camels in Dubai whilst reading the book.
To all my fellow travel-crazed bookworms I've got news! I've teamed up with the lovely @thetravelhack to bring back the #travelbookchat twitter chat. We're relaunching on the 24th Feb with an Australia theme and will be discussing (among other things) the memoir Tracks by Robyn Davidson. For details on how to get involved head on over to #girltweetsworld
If you’d like to be involved March’s theme is ‘Iceland’ and the book is Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Time & Date: March 24th at 20:00 GMT (that’s 7am Wednesday morning for those in Sydney or 3pm Tuesday for New Yorkers.)
Simply log onto Twitter and search for the hashtag #TravelBookChat.
Plans for March
We’ll be packing up the car in March and driving down to Morzine in France for our annual ski trip. We’ll ski the Portes du Soleil area taking in Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets and will cross the border into Switzerland too. There’s a new igloo bar made entirely from snow and ice in Avoriaz so we’ll be seeking that out – I love a bit of quirky cool! The Portes du Soleil has 285 slopes, 196 mountain lifts, 11 snowparks/boarder-cross/ski-cross, 90 slope-side restaurants and is 400 km². Enough to keep us busy for the week! The snow, although late arriving, is good this year and we’re hoping for some bluebird days and sunshine skiing as we’ll be there towards the end of the month.