Holidays to Las Vegas

Las Vegas in March

If you’re thinking of flying to Las Vegas then March is a great time to go.  What can I say about the place? Well, I love it. Vegas is a unique multi faceted oasis. It is well known for many things such as quickie weddings, excesses of every variety, everything from shopping, entertainment to gambling and a more risque lifestyle. I personally have never enjoyed gambling but Vegas is one of my favourite places on Earth. I can just ignore all the casinos at the front of the hotels and take from it what I enjoy, that being the opulence, the OTT settings and even it’s vulgarity has a special kind of charm that you only understand once you’ve been 1

The hotels on the Strip are magnificent. From the MGM Grand to the Luxor, the Venetian to the Bellagio, there are many to see and they are all pretty amazing.

vegas 4

When we went for the first time, my daughter couldn’t comprehend why we would want to spend an evening looking round hotels and she needed a fair bit of coaxing to come out. Thank goodness she didn’t miss out on what was on offer. With a full scale reproduction of Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Luxor, the best that Paris and New York can offer, a replica of Venice with canals through the hotel in the Venetian that is incredible; to say nothing of the best designer shops to be found from Gucci to Prada and with more places to eat out than you can imagine, there really is so much to see and do here. Vegas draws in the top entertainers also with Elton John, Celine Dion and Cirque de Soleil being firm favourites. For free entertainment get down to the light show outside the Bellagio. The artificial lake houses thousands of fountains and puts on a spectacular display as streams of water dance to music lit by a rainbow of coloured light.  vegas 7

There’s so much to see and do here but make sure you don’t miss out on a trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s about a 4 to 5 hour drive from Vegas. Man may be able to accomplish many architectural feats but what nature can do far outweighs that. This place is guaranteed to take your breath away.

grand canyon


I know they say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but Vegas seems to be a place that people either love or hate and I’d love to hear what your views are if you’ve been.



Best places to travel in February

Best places to travel in February – Antigua

If you’re going to go away in February then why not do it in style. Antigua is a fantastic place to visit to get the feel good factor. I would also say that if you’re getting married then this would be up there competing as one of the best honeymoon destinations in February. I personally love the Caribbean. I love it’s vibrancy, I love the weather, the ambience, the people, the music, the food, in fact the country as a whole and the nice thing about the West Indies is that each country has its own unique culture. Antigua is no exception. With enough beaches to try a new one each day, I’m sure you too would love it here. There are plenty of watersports to try. watersports

While we were here we hired a car to explore the island. There are some great places to see such as the English harbour. The view from here is amazing. We had an interesting experience when we were driving along, minding our own business. Right in the middle of nowhere we were flagged down by two policemen. Worried sick that we had unwittingly broken some law, we waited as they approached the car. Imagine our surprise when they asked us if they could have a lift to the next town! Only in the Caribbean! Oh and of course we said yes. English harbour

February is an ideal time to visit this wonderful island and the weather should be just perfect, so what are you waiting for.

Large lightweight luggage

IT Luggage World’s Lightest 76.5cm Fluorescent Orange Four Wheel Spinner Case

Product : IT Luggage World’s Lightest 76.5cm Fluorescent Orange Four Wheel Spinner Case
Price : £73.50
Best place to buy : Amazon
Size : 76.5 x 44 x 26 cm – 2.3 kg               suitcase

This case has got a lot of features that I love. Although IT do an extra large version of this product, what I find is that if I have room I will fill it so I know this size is the maximum I can get away with in terms of using up my luggage allowance for a 2 week holiday. That’s why I have a different case depending on the length of my stay. I know what size is ok with a restriction of 23kgs – that’s where I use my large lightweight luggage, the medium size I can just about get up to the full quota of 20kg allowance and for a weekend bag I can normally cope with the carry on size case.

One of the things I have realised over the years is not to go with a colour case that everybody has. Try to be original. That way you’re not picking up a case off the carousel every time a similar colour to yours comes round. That’s another reason I love this make as the flourescent colours are so easy to spot . You can see your case from 100 yards away! Also, I always go for 4 wheels nowadays. True, the case can sometimes run away from you but if it is a large case packed to the brim then being able to push aswell as pull if you’ve got a 5 mile hike to your terminus certainly makes life easier. Also this case only weighs 2.3kg which is very light in the luggage world so means you can fit in an extra few pairs of shoes or outfits for that special night out.

All in all I would rate this IT Luggage World case very highly and definitely recommend it. It is worth paying the extra for the quality you get, reliability of the make and think of what you’ll save in the long run through no excess baggage fees.

Best places to travel in February


This is a good time to visit Dubai as going in the summer months is exceptionally hot. I like to be able to walk round and explore a place on holiday but I once visited Dubai in June and the heat was unbearable. It was impossible to walk round in it so I had to get taxis everywhere just to cool down a bit and keep out of the heat. burj alarab

Dubai is a very cosmopolitan city. It can be a very expensive place to stay. It is very modern with some architectural marvels but it still manages to hold on to its traditional roots. The country is epitomised in the luxury of the Burj Al Arab, a 7 star hotel, well worth a visit if you get the chance, if only to see how the other half live and drink in the opulence. However, the don’t allow tourists just to go in for a nosy round. You have to at least book a meal there. We had afternoon tea which was very enjoyable and on a par with London prices.

burj khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building and worth a trip to as are some of the luxurious shopping malls with all the top designer names on show. If its culture you’re after then there are places like Jumeirah mosque that show off a fine example of Islamic architecture.

gold souk


The Deira souk is world renowned and Dubai is known as the City of Gold. The Dubai aquarium on the ground floor of Dubai Mall is also well worth a visit.

dubai aquarium




A word of warning if you like a drink. Supermarkets don’t sell booze. You can only buy alcohol in hotels and it works out very expensive. Also be mindful of when Ramadan is. If you are caught eating or drinking in a public place, you may be arrested.