Okay where the hell has 2015 gone?!?  I feel like I’ve blinked and missed half of it…I do have sleeping beauty tendencies so maybe that’s what has happened!  So Where Did the Wind Blow Me in 2015 and I’ve added a few other reflections from the year…let’s go for a quick ride back in time.

The Staycation

Emma and I took off to Bath for a romantic weekend…be warned she does steal the covers!  We had a great weekend discovering the delights of Bath and eating the most amazing gluten free savoury scones for breakfast at the Pump Rooms.

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This years ANZAC Day service was a rather special one, so I made the effort to attend the dawn service in London which meant we stayed over night at the Intercontinental Park Lane…a fabulous hotel in London and even better when you can use your IHG points for a free night!

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I was very lucky to get invited to Sting and Paul Simon concert at the O2 with SPG and stayed the night at the Aloft beside to the Excel centre…this is a really good base and the rooms are extremely comfy, just don’t put your neck out like I did while drying my hair…a Charlie’s Angels hair flick that went wrong, doh!!  I had a great evening especially as I got to catch up with Anna again at the concert!

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G and I spent a weekend in Oxford and I really really really tried to love Oxford however I’m a Cambridge girl at heart.  We still had a great weekend even though it was soggy and I ended up with a soggy bottom AGAIN!

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Day Tripping

Buying a car has given me a huge amount of freedom to explore England so I try and do a day trip every weekend to explore the English countryside (there’s something about going exploring to relieve the stresses of a week at work).   Cambridge is super close to me and even with my Dory tendencies I managed to remember to get tickets to the Cambridge Open Weekend…I’m still surprised that I was that organised to get tickets!  Bluebells in springtime, heading into London to go on Yannick’s gluten free walking tours (Macarons and Mews plus his new Piccadilly and Petit 4’s), visiting the cute village of Elstow in Bedfordshire, taking a million photos of the cute little beach huts at Wells Next the Sea and the super gorgeous Lavenham (I’ve yet to blog about this cutie pie town!) were some of my favourite day trips of 2015.

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Castle Hunting

I castle hunted like a ninja in 2015 and my castle hunting list continues to grow for 2016!  I’ve got a few memberships however for me the best one was definitely the Historic Houses Association membership, this has saved me more than a few pennies.  Definitely some of the highlights of 2015 were discovering Deene Park (my favourite castle!), Rockingham Castle, Dover Castle, Woburn Abbey, Kirby Hall and Burghley House plus many many more.

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Passport at the Ready

G and I popped off to Brussels for a few days in February for our birthdays…and of course we ate afternoon tea and a lot of chocolate and I mean a lot…we were definitely Master and Miss Piggy.  There are more photos of food then Brussels!

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May called for a tier point run to Marrakech for G so I tagged along as who wouldn’t…it’s not a bad place to head too for a few days…Marrakech has definitely changed a lot since my first visit way back in 2003 and I was told that I saw the real Marrakech not the touristy Marrakech that everyone sees today.  We had what you would call a mixed kind of holiday in Marrakech but we still enjoyed it thanks to staying in a hotel that Winston Churchill loved.

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Pretty much right after Marrakech, I flew to Croatia to see my family for a few days…it’s a hard life…it did take Easyjet three attempts to land at Split airport and an overnight power cut due to an electrical storm left me with 3% battery life right before I was due to leave for the airport so it did have it’s moments!

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We popped over to Hong Kong and then onto Malaysia for two weeks, flying in First Class with British Airways…it was nice to actually switch off properly and it was my first two week holiday since 2012…it was during this trip that I realised that I was really taking this blogging business way too seriously and pulled out of the game in a big way.

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I managed to tick Strasbourg off my 2015 Travel Wish List back in October and I wasn’t disappointed…what a truly fantastic part of France and I would happily return to the region again…the Alsace Wine Route made me a rather happy little bunny!

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December saw me flying home to New Zealand (you’re currently getting spammed on instagram) and as my Cathay Pacific flight left from Paris, I managed to have 24 hours in the city to explore (a post still needs to follow…I will pull my finger out on that one soon I promise!).

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Scoffing Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

I’ve eaten a number of gluten free Afternoon Tea’s this year and I’ve got the rolls to prove it.  My personal three favourites of 2015 are definitely Brown’s Hotel, The Lanesborough and of course Claridge’s…you can’t go wrong with either one!

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Lessons Learned from Blogging in 2015

I learnt a few big lessons from blogging this year…some good and some pretty shit.

The good – I made some great friends through blogging and found them extremely supportive in times of need or when I needed a bit of blog advice.  I really love the interaction with the community that follows along in my journey, especially the non-bloggers that take the time to email me, thank you!  The opportunities that have come my way thanks to this blog have always being appreciated but once again a big thank you to the brands that I’ve worked with in the past.  I had a blog refresh this month and it feels great to have a new look…a bit like finding a new pair of really comfortable knickers that actually look a tad sexy, that’s how I’d sum up my blog make over.

The shit – I will be brutally honest and say that I fell out of love with the blogging community this year (not all but a lot); there are some unkind people in the blogging community, the blagging seriously needs to stop (and one of the reasons why I almost quit twitter – if you want something, pay for the bloody stuff yourself!) and the reviews that aren’t honest.  I value my community so if I find out that a blogger has lied then I never share their posts with my community EVER AGAIN…I’ve worked hard to gain peoples trust and don’t fancy throwing it away with one tweet.  And don’t get me started on the whole follow and unfollow crap way of building social media stats – seriously getting followed and followed by the same blogger three times in a week was beyond annoying…more annoying than the DM on twitter asking to follow them on Facebook…if you want me to follow you then please show me some personality and give me a reason to follow with some interaction rather then spamming me with links to your blog (and I’ve being guilty of this also so I know it’s not easy!).

Going forward, I am no longer accepting anything complimentary on my blog as I want to receive the same experience that my readers will be getting rather than a “blogger experience” and I don’t fancy getting involved in the competitive nature of blogging; I find it fascinating to watch but don’t fancy participating…I think they should do a “I’m a blogger…get me out of here” youtube show, it would be so bloody hilarious.   What you see is really what you get…a blog all paid for by me and all about me me me me me!

My weight

Well I got fatter…what else can I say but since I’ve come home to NZ for Christmas my body confidence has improved hence why you’re seeing photos of me on instagram now.  Weirdly I feel people are more judgemental in the UK especially when it comes to looks while in NZ, the casual laid approach to fashion and life is a lot less judgemental…I’m sure people will disagree with me here but that’s just my opinion on things and you know what they say about opinions…they’re like arseholes, everyones got one.

So that’s my 2015 in review…I do feel like I’ve blinked and missed things but hey ho that’s life and you don’t have to be out exploring every second of every day…there’s nothing better than having a day of rest to recharge those old batteries and never feel guilty for doing so…it’s your life!

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So a few weeks ago, Lonely Planet announced their 2016 Best Travel Destinations which was a round up of their top 10 countries, cities and regions.  Not to be out done by Lonely Planet, I thought I would share my picks for 2016.  Lonely Planet and I agree on a few destinations…I’m not sure about Botswana getting their No. 1 spot, yes it’s nice and politically stable but if you’re looking at a full package country then definitely visit it’s neighbour, Namibia.  But if you do visit Botswana, make sure you use a plastic mokoro rather than the traditional wooden one when going into the Delta…you’ll thank me later…along with your dry camera equipment!

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France

I’m putting France on my list for one reason…it’s my most popular Pinterest board!  When I look at which pins are getting pinned the most, it’s not Paris but cute little villages in the country side with the Alsace region a firm favourite.  Marseille and Bordeaux have all had make overs recently and are becoming popular city break destinations…there is definitely more to France than just Paris.

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Peru

Well I’m going to Peru next year so that is a good enough reason for Peru to feature on this list however the big reason is that there are finally direct flights from the UK with British Airways again from next May which is making Peru an easier destination to reach.  I can see Peru being extremely popular for luxury travellers thanks to this direct flight.

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Costa Rica

Like Peru, Costa Rica will also have direct flights from next May from London Gatwick (once again with BA)…this beautiful country, full of colourful tropical birds and butterflies has been on my wish list for years and I can see it slowly enticing UK travellers to it’s luscious shores.  There are some pretty amazing destination hotels in Costa Rica to check out!

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Mexico

I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about Mexico…mainly as Cancun seems to be a UK package holiday hell hole that I don’t ever want to visit…however the opening scenes of the latest James Bond movie had me whispering in G’s ear that I want to visit Mexico City.  Wanderlust strikes at any moment…and I wouldn’t mind David Craig tagging along for the ride.  After doing extensive google research, there is so much more to Mexico then just Cancun!

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St Helena Island

Lonely Planet and I agree on this hot travel destination for 2016 – the island finally has an airport…queue happy dance!  St Helena Island and I have a connection, one of my dad’s ancestors was known as St Helena’s Merchant King and was friends with Napoleon hence the reason why I am really keen to visit.  Wild and secluded, it’s going to draw the extremely well travelled that want to finally visit but without having to endure the long sea journey.

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The Faroe Islands

Iceland has had it’s time in the spotlight and I think many travellers are looking for the next big thing…which is the Faroe Islands.  Trust me, grass roof cottages will be popping up all over instagram in 2016!

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Morocco

Morocco has been mentioned on many past hot travel destination lists but I think the focus has really been around Marrakech…I love Marrakech however it’s very much a Disneyland destination, it’s lost it soul.  Step in Fez and Chefchaouen; I visited these two cities way back in 2003 and they were pretty amazing then but I can see them featuring more and more in the next 12 months…the only problem is that you have to fly from Stansted with Ryanair to Fez.  If you’re after an authentic Moroccan experience, visit Fez over Marrakech.  Chefchaouen holds a special place in my heart…I was flashed for the first time in my life in this town…ahhh those beautiful Moroccan memories!

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Japan

Lonely Planet and I agree on this one…Japan seemed to be rather popular last year especially around Cherry Blossom season and I think it’s only going to get bigger in the coming years due to it’s fabulous culture and delightful foodie scene.

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Scotland

The Highlands have been popular for years but I can see the Hebrides becoming more popular as staycationers look for destinations that are off the beaten path.  Rugged islands and whiskey…what more could you ask for…well how about an airport that actually uses the beach as a landing strip!

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Malaysia

Malaysia is surrounded by popular destinations like Thailand and Bali however it doesn’t feel like a big travel player but I can see that changing.  The country has so much to offer from white sand beaches, to cosmopolitan cities, jungles and gorgeous tea plantations in the Highlands…it has something for everyone and suits all budgets.

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So what do you think will be the best travel destinations and trends for 2016?  Cities or Countries…let’s overdose on wanderlust!

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So as promised, I’m starting my Luxury Travel Masterclass posts on how to get yourself free or cheap luxury hotels and have decided to start with my favourite hotel chain, IHG.  I want people to understand that the holidays that I blog about are actually all paid for by me and most of the time I’m using my points to stay at luxury hotels for free….means more money for shoes…that’s the way I roll.

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^^The view from the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Fran!

I think a lot of people don’t like using a hotels within a brand as they think they’re lacking personality and the rooms are tiny…trust me this isn’t the case!  Some of my favourite hotels are part of a huge hotel chain.

What brands do IHG cover?

IHG has a great selection of hotels starting with the very basic Holiday Inn Express Hotels (great for budget travellers and your stay includes a free breakfast), Holiday Inns, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza and the very luxurious Intercontinental brand.  There are a few additional brands within the group but these are the most recognisable.

I’m very fond of the Intercontinental brand…who doesn’t want to stay in a five star hotel but I also like their Holiday Inn brand as the beds are comfy, locations are fabulous, the rooms are tidy and they’re great value for money.

What properties have I stayed at? (Putting my money where my mouth is!)

I’ve stayed at a lot including (in no particular order)…

Intercontinental Hong Kong

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Intercontinental Marseille

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Intercontinental London (including partaking in afternoon tea at the hotel a number of times!)…

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Intercontinental Porto

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Intercontinental Berlin

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Intercontinental Vienna

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Intercontinental Dusseldorf

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…and a number of other properties!

G and I may have made it our goal to stay at all the Intercontinental properties in Germany a few years ago (we did it!) and trust me this isn’t a full listing of the hotels we’ve spent the night.

Locations of their Hotels

There are over 4,900 hotels scattered all over the world and for me the winner is that they’ve got a number of properties within the UK to stay at…making it super easy to earn free nights overseas from spending a night or two away from home on staycations.

I’ve noticed while researching for my Peru trip that IHG haven’t got a great selection of hotels in Peru but my first night in Lima is going to be spent at their Crowne Plaza property; all paid for with our points hence I’m not paying a cent!

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How good is the IHG loyalty program?

The IHG loyalty program is definitely my favourite and it’s free to join!  You can join up here.  It has some great little perks like free wifi when staying plus the ability to collect points easily to use for free or cheap hotel stays at a later date.

If you stay at the Intercontinental branded hotels frequently then I would highly recommend purchasing (either with cash or using your points) the Ambassador Loyalty Membership as it gives you late check out (perfect for city break weekends!), a free welcome gift, a free movie, a free night voucher and some pretty grand upgrades.

The Levels of the IHG Loyalty Program

Club Membership

The benefits of a Club Membership include no black out dates when booking reward nights, complimentary newspaper and internet.

Gold Elite Member

This will be awarded if you have stayed a minimum of 10 nights or earned at least 10,000 points during a calendar year.

Benefits of a Gold Elite Membership include the above plus Priority Check in and a 10% bonus on base points earned during stays at an IHG property.

Platinum Elite Member

This will be awarded if you stayed a minimum of 40 nights or earned at least 40,000 points during a calendar year.  Or you can take the easy route and apply for an IHG credit card to gain instant Platinum status (more information shortly on this travel cheat).

Benefits of a Platinum Elite Membership include all of the above plus a 50% bonus on base points earned during stays at an IHG property, guaranteed room availability and upgrades subject to availability (we’ve always received an upgrade since becoming Platinum members).

Spire Elite Member

This will be awarded if you stay a minimum of 75 nights or earned at least 75,000 points during a calendar year.  I’m rather close to this level now…I can almost touch it….!  This is also just a new level that IHG have added to their loyalty program.

Benefits of a Spire Elite Membership include all of the above plus 100% bonus on base points earned during stays at an IHG property and having the ability to share some of these benefits with family and friends.

Is it easy to earn enough points for free or cheap luxury hotel nights?

Yes!  From our three nights in Hong Kong, I managed to earn 37,510 points which is a lot…I only need 50,000 points to redeem a free night at the Intercontinental Park Lane in London…so well over half way there.

50,000 points is the highest value you will pay for a hotel room and this is within an Intercontinental hotel but you can get some pretty great deals on hotel rooms paying as little as 5,000 – 10,000 points.

The points that you would earn at a Holiday Inn properties do add up quite quickly as well and IHG are always running point acceleration promotions…meaning more points and getting yourself into an Intercontinental property quicker…hello free luxury hotel room!

Other ways to earn IHG points

As we as earning points on stays; you can earn more points by applying for a IHG Premium Points Credit Card.  The credit card is through Barclays and offers instant Platinum Elite status within IHG which means you get some nifty benefits (see above).  Here is all the info you need to know about the card; including that you will earn 20,000 IHG reward points for just making a purchase.

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I have this card, along with my British Airways American Express which allows me to travel in First Class with BA for only £500 (yes you read that right!).

The biggest benefit that this credit card offers is that if you spend over £10,000 within a 12 month period that you will receive a free night voucher that you can use at any of their hotels…so make sure you use this voucher at the most expensive hotel…I’ve got my eye on the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes in France…oh lala but without paying a penny!

If you treat the credit card like a debit card, you can hit the £10,000 limit quite easily…just make sure you pay it off in full each month and never get into debt just to get a free hotel room (this is Kelly speaking with her accounting hat on!).

Is it easy to redeem your points?

Yes!  Actually it’s so easy that I’ve booked a free night the morning of us arriving at a hotel once and you can do it easily on line by just picking Rewards Night as your payment option.  I’ve yet to run into a problem with booking myself a free night.

You can also pay with points and cash; handy if you don’t have enough points in your account.

Does IHG offer good upgrades?

We’ve had some great upgrades over the years including staying at the Presidential suite at The Mark Hopkins in San Fransisco…this was pre-blog just in case you were wondering!

Each hotel offers different upgrades to it’s loyal guests.  If you’re an Ambassador staying at an Intercontinental property then you can expect at least one level above what you’ve booked…some hotels (Intercontinental Dusseldorf) offered two levels above the room I’d booked.

Customer Service

For me, customer service makes or breaks a hotel – I’m not going to say that I’ve had a perfect stay every time as that’s a giant fib but overall I have to say I’ve had some pretty great customer service moments at IHG hotels over the years and I’ve always felt welcomed.

A hotel is your home away from home and for me, if I don’t feel welcomed then I feel uncomfortable in the hotel – I’ve always been greeted with big smiles on every stay and even been greeted with a glass of bubbles while checking in.

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The Intercontinental Hotel in Vienna was definitely a stand out for me…an eye sore from the outside but inside the hotel is gorgeous and the customer service is impressive from the great concierge right through to the staff at breakfast who knew as soon as I gave my room number that I was gluten free and was shown around the breakfast buffet.  A customer service win and I would quite happily return to this hotel over and over again!

Social Media Prowess

On the weekend we stayed at a Holiday Inn in Ashford and received our upgrade which was the disabled room however it wasn’t the nicest and it smelled (thanks to a air conditioning unit blowing out musky air).  I tweeted my disgust (as you do rather than calling the front desk…within minutes I was chatting to the Duty Manager and offered a different room).  That’s what I call fabulous customer service via social media…the twitter team had contacted the hotel with my concerns.

Instagram is my social media crack and unfortunately I think IHG have fallen behind on Instagram as the account is slightly boring and uninspiring – I booked 3 nights at the Intercontinental Marseille after seeing a photo of Instagram a few years ago!  I would love to see the return of great photos on this account at some point in the future.

Price Guarantee

As I’ve stayed a lot at IHG properties over the years and booked directly via their website, I’ve never worried that I’m not getting the best price.  The Price Guarantee that IHG offer is the best of any hotel chain…get this…if you can find the hotel cheaper on another website within 24 hours of making your booking (with the same terms and conditions) then IHG will give you your first night free…that’s how sure they are that you’re going to get the best price on their own website!  None of this 10% or 20% discount that almost every other hotel chain offers…you get your first night free…it doesn’t matter if you’re staying one or ten nights!

So have I converted you to signing up for a free IHG membership and trying out their brand of hotels?

Since this is my first Luxury Travel Masterclass, is there any other information that you want me to add?  I hope this post will help you get some free or cheap luxury hotels for your next holiday.

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After spending a pretty relaxing 9 nights in Malaysia, we were spending one night in Hong Kong before heading back to London.  We had a few things planned and I had a few places I wanted to visit that we didn’t have a chance to see on our previous stay in Hong Kong.

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We left a relatively dry but humid Kuala Lumpur and landed into a rather wet and humid Hong Kong…and that weather stayed with us…don’t wear a long dress in this weather otherwise you will end up having to tuck it into your knickers and then endure odd looks from the locals.

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After our Rolls Royce transfer from the airport to The Peninsula Hong Kong…we were checked in and then after a quick chat with the concierge (who was fabulous), we were off exploring Hong Kong.

I love kooky things and the Goldfish Market sounded weird and wonderful…it was pretty weird in that we only found two shops selling goldfish…

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…but I found a cat that reminded me of myself…weirdly I found her inside a goldfish shop and she looked like she had overindulged once too often in goldfish…plus she looked like she didn’t give a damn about anything…after a few stern words she looked up and grimaced for the camera….totally me as a cat…having a fat day…

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Our next stop was the flower market and guess what it sells flowers….

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…and plants….

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…and bouquets!  The bouquet of small teddy bears actually freaked me out somewhat!

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After getting our second themed market out of the way I thought we might as well visit the Bird Market…for a person that is petrified of birds, I’m not sure that this was my smartest move ever so I let G walk through the market…I asked him what it was like…he said there were birds…no way, really!  Yes really!

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G and I found this highly amusing on our walk between the various markets…we may have got slightly lost when we ventured across the stadium!

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G had a real fascination with the markets and buying tat while I on the other hand didn’t enjoy the markets at all.  Maybe the 10 strawberry keyrings that I purchased in Cameron Highlands was my wake up call…stop buying tat…anyone want a keyring?  I had to remind G that having an umbrella with The Peninsula slapped all over it wasn’t going to get him the best deal in town.  I ventured back to the hotel to read my book while G bought tat in the markets.

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Waking up bright and early the following morning to find that it was still raining we ventured out sightseeing in the rain…much to the disgust of G who just wanted to spend the day in the creche i.e. the spa!

The one place that I hadn’t ventured too in Hong Kong was Man Mo Temple and I wasn’t leaving Hong Kong without visiting and I’m so glad that I sloshed my way through the rain as the temple was just stunning and everything that I hoped it would be!

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I loved how the locals and the tourists mingled together in the temple and if you only have a day in Hong Kong then I highly recommend you make the time to visit Man Mo Temple.

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

When the concierge at The Peninsula Hong Kong gave us tips on places to visit in Hong Kong…she came up with the suggestion of riding the longest escalator in the world and of course we instantly wanted to ride it…it’s not continuous but when in Hong Kong you need to ride it just for the novelty factor alone!

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

The views from the escalator are rather cool as you get a great birds eye view of the streets below…

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

…all the crazy signs are in your face…

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

…more signs…

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…and you can spot all the taxis that you couldn’t find yesterday when you needed one!

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

After riding the escalator like small children, we wandered down to Hollywood Road as the concierge said it’s a great place to take photos of buildings….I may have told her I like taking pictures of doors…she didn’t judge!

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

You could get slightly carried away…

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

…ok I may have got carried away taking photos…

Hong Kong Travel Inspiration - Thinking of visiting Hong Kong on your next vacation to Asia, let me show you what you can fit into a one night visit to this incredible city including a posh afternoon tea that the locals visit to a number of other fantastic places to visit   Click through to the blog for more travel tips and things to do for Hong Kong.

G realised it was better for me to take photos of the gorgeous buildings rather than heading into dangerous little shops like these dotted around Hollywood Road!  I would have been lost inside that shop for hours.

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We headed back to The Peninsula for Afternoon Tea and then packed our bags ready for our flight back to London.

Only having one night in Hong Kong meant that we focused just two different areas to explore to make the most of our time.  If you only have 24 hours in Hong Kong then make sure you visit Man Mo Temple as it won’t disappoint.

I loved Hong Kong; the vibrancy, the craziness and the grubbiness just appealed to me!  It’s hard not to fall in love with Hong Kong.

Travel Tips for Hong Kong

  • The underground is easy to use however we preferred using the Star Ferries to cross the harbour due to the fantastic views and history to this way of travel.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable as you will do a bit of walking around Hong Kong
  • For our one night in Hong Kong we stayed at The Peninsula Hotel (full review here) which is Hong Kong’s most iconic hotel, it will set you back a few bob however it’s a gorgeous property and the service is just incredible. If you are looking for a hotel with great views over Hong Kong then I would recommend The Intercontinental Hong Kong (full review here), great hotel and you can redeem your IHG points at this property if travelling on a budget.
  • We loved our afternoon tea at The Peninsula Hotel and they served up a respectable gluten free version as well; this is where the locals head to for afternoon tea.  We also tried the afternoon tea at The Mandarin Oriental if you want to try somewhere different.
  • If you have more than 1 night in Hong Kong then would recommend checking out my post on what we got up to for 4 nights – albeit a typhoon bought Hong Kong to a standstill and our travel plans!
  • Hong Kong is a great destination and I would recommend either using it as either a stop over from Europe to Australia or New Zealand or tagging it onto the beginning or the end of another Asian adventure like we did – we spent over a week exploring Malaysia.

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xx

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