24 gorgeous gifts for travel lovers

It’s nearly time for Christmas shopping, so I’ve put together this list of gifts for travel lovers, which would also work for birthdays and special occasions all year round to be honest. As someone who loves travel, I’d be made up with any of these things. In fact, I already have quite a few of them, so I can vouch that they actually are nice things to have.

Before you settle in to peruse my travel-themed present ideas, I just want to assure you that this list does not contain scratch maps, novelty passport cases or any other useless stuff that’s been done to death… Enjoy!

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18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway

18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are 18 of (in my opinion) the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway when you don’t want to venture further afield. And as well as sharing my own favourite UK city breaks, I thought I’d rope in some other travel bloggers as well so that I could cover more of the country and include tips on UK cities that I’ve never visited or have visited but don’t know well enough to write about in any detail.I asked around and some fellow travel bloggers obliged me with their own UK city break ideas, which I’ve included below after my ones.

You’ll notice that London is not listed. Before anyone asks why, it’s because a) I don’t like it, b) it’s already been done to death online and c) I wanted to write about great UK cities that don’t get as much attention.

So, get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one…

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What to pack for a winter city break

What to pack for a winter city break | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s a few tips for what to pack for a winter city break. Winter is a tricky one to pack for because big thick clothing takes up SO much room in your suitcase. You can’t afford to make any mistakes with your packing list or you’ll end up going over the old baggage allowance. Winter outfit choices are also a pain because you don’t want your holiday ruined by feeling cold all the time when you’re out and about in the day. I find I end up wrapping up much more than I do when I’m at home because usually I’m just going from the house to the train to the office, not wandering round loads outside so not feeling the cold as much. On holiday, especially a city break, you’re outside pretty much all day.

Anyway, 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 hot chocolate or other winter-themed drink of choice, because here are my winter packing tips…

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32 cheap European city breaks for an affordable getaway

Cheap European city breaks for an affordable holiday | PACK THE SUITCASES

I wanted to put together a post about cheap European city breaks because it’s January as I’m typing this and I don’t know about you, but I’m broke as a joke. Affordable, cheap trips are sounding very appealing RN.

This post is going to be a tad different from my usual waffle. As well as sharing some cheap European city breaks that I’ve enjoyed doing myself, I thought I’d get some inspiration from others. So I asked around a group of fellow travel bloggers and they obliged me with loads of affordable holiday ideas that I’ve never done myself. I added another few of my own and voila – here you have this huge list of 32 cheap European city breaks to give you some food for thought for your next trip on a budget.

Get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one…

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Pack The Suitcases’ 2018 travel roundup

Happy new year!

This is becoming a bit of a tradition. Every new year since I started Pack The Suitcases, I’ve dished out the ‘best of’ and ‘worst of’ for all that year’s travel.

Precisely no one reads it because who cares? I know you all just want lists of places to eat for whatever city break you’re going to do. But when did no one listening/reading my stuff ever stop me…?! So I’m doing it again for 2018.

To be fair, this might give you some ideas about where to go (and where to avoid?) for 2019…

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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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