2 days in Hamburg, Germany: things to do, see and eat

2 days in Hamburg, Germany | PACK THE SUITCASES

Spending 2 days in Hamburg, Germany is a perfect city break, with loads of things to do, places to visit, and of course (most importantly) amazing places to eat and drink. Although I’m calling this 2 days in Hamburg, it was sort of 3 days really – one being a day trip. More on that further down.

This was the second part of a multi-destination week-long trip, beginning in Copenhagen and then getting a train that goes onto a ferry to Hamburg. HOW exciting is that? A train going ONTO a ferry! Obviously I’ll be writing a massive blog post about that soon…

Hamburg is like Berlin’s less pretentious seafaring cousin. It has loads of history, a gritty industrial edge, amazing places to eat and drink, and a vibe that’s uniquely its own.

Here’s what I recommend doing, seeing, eating and drinking over 2 days in Hamburg…

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I’m longlisted for a UK blog award 2018! Please can I have your vote?

UK blog awards 2018 | PACK THE SUITCASES

Hiya. I don’t know how to say this so I will just start typing. I have a big announcement. I’ve ended up on the longlist for the entire UK Blog Awards! 

Those of you who’ve followed me for a while will recall when I was shortlisted for a Northern Blog Award and my subsequent complete failure to get placed. Despite past lack of success, I am now on the list for the blogging awards that cover the entire country. Of course?!

So I am obviously here again to beg you, my lovely readers, for your vote in the travel category…

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20 things to do in Southport, UK

20 things to do in Southport, UK | PACK THE SUITCASES

After a gorgeous autumnal day out there, I decided to write up some of the best things to do in Southport. I grew up in a village near to Southport, so I spent a lot of time there when I was younger and used to know it really well. But since I moved away over 10 years ago, SO much has changed. I’ve only ever been back on flying visits rather than for a full day out (usually just drunken evenings to be honest). So returning for a day in Southport this autumn was like visiting an entirely new town for me.

If you don’t know it, Southport (or ‘Sowie’ as locals used to call it – possibly still do) is a seaside town in the North West. It was a popular Victorian holiday destination and like most coastal towns, has had its fair share of shops closing down and an air of faded grandeur. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to return, sober and in the cold light of day, to find it’s actually a really nice day out now. Southport even has pockets of real brilliance in the form of art, craft beer and food.

Anyway, onto 20 things to do in Southport – in no particular order…

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The Isle of Man by public transport: a 3-day itinerary

The Isle of Man by public transport: a 3-day itinerary | PACK THE SUITCASES

It’s surprisingly easy to do the Isle of Man by public transport – much easier than other weekend getaway destinations like the Lake District. As an added bonus, the Isle of Man’s public transport isn’t just boring buses. Oh no. You’ve got horse trams, the electric railway and the steam train – so the transport is as much a part of the experience as the places you’re using it to get to.

I thought I’d share my 3-day itinerary for doing the Isle of Man by public transport, which I made for a long weekend this summer (using only one day of annual leave because of desperate times).

Get the kettle on – wait no, get a G&T because you’re not driving – and read on…

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What to pack for an autumn city break

What to pack for an autumn city break | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s a few tips for what to pack for an autumn city break… Or I suppose ‘fall’ city break for the 28% of my audience who Google Analytics tells me are based in the US. Hello over there. I find autumn the easiest season to pack for because it’s when my own style is in season: black tights, ankle boots, trench coats, jumpers, dresses with sleeves… and pure joy. I am in my ELEMENT. But it still requires a good bit of planning when autumn clothing weighs a lot more than summer and airlines somehow expect you to deal with that within 20kg so it’s not like you can just throw everything you own in and hope for the best…

Like I’ve said in my other seasonal packing guides, if this helps even one other woman staring at her ‘floordrobe’ and wanting to burn it all the night before going away, I’ll feel I’ve done some kind of heroic good deed.

Anyway, settle down with a cuppa (or should I say, a pumpkin spice latte) because here are my autumnal packing tips…

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The Northern Blog Awards 2018: an update and a thank you

This year has been a momentous one for this travel blog. Pack The Suitcases has gone from getting a couple of hundred views per month to up to 25,000. What used to be the occasional ‘like’ on its Facebook page has now escalated to emails and messages flooding in every week from people all over the world asking me things like ‘Where can I find soy milk in Madeira?’ (I have no idea mate). And most exciting of all, I was shortlisted for a travel blogging award in the Northern Blog Awards.

I thought I’d better update you on it because I haven’t mentioned it on here since. So here is said update…

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