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Car safety checks for a long journey

We love going away for a weekend, or an over night stay in a hotel, somewhere nice to get away too. I love picking a nice place to stay that we haven’t visited before, packing our over night bags, jumping in the car and getting away from it all.

Car Safety Checks

I have to say that car things are my Hubby’s job, generally I just get into the car and drive it. It’s very rare I think about doing safety checks, do you? When heading out on a long journey it is even more important to ensure that your car is ready for the trip ahead.

Before you set out on your journey make sure you carry out the following checks.

Tyres

Car Safety Checks

Make sure your tyres are within the legal tread limits, a minimum of 1.6mm. If you are unsure what that is then you can use the 20p test. Place the 20p in the tread grooves if you can see the outer edges of the coin then you need to get some new tyres. Did you know you can be fined up to £2,500 and 3 points per tyre if they are not within the legal limits.

Check your tyres are in good condition, remove stones and any other but stuck within the tread. Look out for cracks and odd bulges in the outer wall. If you are unsure about the condition of the tyres then pop down to your local Kwik Fit to get them to check for you.

Before you set out, get that tyre pressure correct. If your tyres are under inflated it can lead to blowout especially when travelling at faster speeds. Check your handbook to make sure you know what the correct pressure is for each tyre. I always check mine at the petrol station, it’s free to do.

Your spare tyre also needs checking to ensure that should it be need in an emergency then it is in good condition.

Under the bonnet

Make sure your coolant is at the correct levels and if not then top it up. The coolant stops your car from overheating, if you notice any leaks then make sure you get it checked.

Keep your oil levels topped up, use your dip stick when the car hasn’t been running. Oil keeps the car lubricated and all the parts moving well.

Making sure you can see when your driving is always a bonus, so keep your screen wash topped up. I always use one made up with anti freeze throughout the winter months.

Car Safety Checks

On the outside

Make sure your window wipers are in good condition. Check for any signs or wear like splits in the rubber. The windscreen needs to be free of cracks or chips. Did you know if you have a small crack in the windscreen and hit a pot hole, it could crack the whole windscreen.

Make sure all of your lights are working. Brake lights, reversing lights, indicators, fog lights, headlights and also the interior lights. If you get someone to help you check your lights it is so much easier.

Next time you are heading out on a long journey make sure you carry out car safety checks.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Kwik Fit. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

How to visit London on a budget

Heading off to the big city with just a bit of pocket money doesn’t immediately seem like something we’d want to do. With such an amazing nightlife, it would almost be rude not to enjoy it, right? It is, in fact, possible to explore the city without spending a full months pay on it – as long as you know where to look.

Here is a neat guide to help you enjoy London even though you’re on a strict budget so that you get to enjoy travelling a bit more often.

Face the tube

Let’s start with the easiest first. London has a fabulous public transport system, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. While the city is big, it also has a lot of people and many of them happen to be on the tube as well, making it a crowded and warm experience.

By coming to terms with the crowd and familiarising yourself with the tube system, it all becomes a bit more manageable, though, so try not to wimp out and order a cab every time. I first time I used the tube I had to double and triple check the maps to make sure I was going on the right line and in the right direction.

Besides, when you use the public transport system and get yourself an Oyster card, you get to explore the city like a local. They wouldn’t spend their hard-earned money on those overpriced cabs, so why should you?

If you’d like to sit down somewhere more relaxed and be served for once, it’s a good idea to check out a shisha lounge or two – they have great food and a relaxed atmosphere, making it a perfect place to spend a few hours with your friends.

Use the freebies

It’s really easy for tourists to save money as long as they take advantage of all the free things to do in the city. The British Museums, Tate Modern, and the National Gallery are just a few examples of great things to enjoy for absolutely nothing. It’s cultural too – and even a bit educational if you pay attention.

Walking around in the parks, admiring the Thames, and experiencing the Changing of the guards are also fun alternatives that will cost you nothing except for the energy you spend on getting there – or a tiny amount of your oyster fare.

Since you’re probably in the city to do a bit of shopping, why not check out some of the charity and secondhand shops too? Blitz is a well-known option, and they have a vast selection of cool preloved clothes that would just love to join you back home.

The wonderful markets

Booking a table at Duck and Waffle with a magnificent view of the Shard is a great time to spend your afternoon, but not the best alternative when you’re on a budget. Steer clear of the overpriced restaurants and eat at the local markets instead – buy your groceries there as well, by the way, if you’re money-wise enough to stay somewhere with a kitchen.

Borough Market is a great alternative, but you’ll also find excellent street food options at Camden Market. The portions they serve are usually gigantic too, so it should keep you full for a while.

Top 5 Honeymoon Locations in Thailand

Choosing the location for your Honeymoon can be a bit of a mind field. Unless you have always had your heart set on a destination, when you start to look at different places it can become a little bit over whelming. So to add to that have you thought about traveling to Thailand on your honeymoon?

Thailand is often thought of as a backpackers stop off, which often it is however it is also so very much more. Offering those beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise sea, luxury accommodation and amazing food, I truly believe it could be the prefect location for your honeymoon. I have put together my top 5 honeymoon locations in Thailand.

Phi Phi

Phi Phi is a collection of islands located to the west of Phuket, and only accessible by boat. Making it the perfect romantic get away. Phi Phi is a relaxed island, with beautiful sandy beaches and clear turquoise sea, paradise at it’s best. Phi Phi offers many different types of accommodation from budget to luxury hotels, there is also a variety of restaurants and bars for the evenings. Phi Phi not only is a stunning collection of islands it also offers plenty for you to do, including amazing snorkelling, shark watching tours, rock climbing not various boat trips. Phi Phi is popular with people popping over for a couple of nights, why not book one of the many luxury hotels for a couple of nights of paradise before heading back to mainland Thailand.

Karbi

Karbi is a collection of small islands located around 400 miles south of Bangkok. The islands not only have those stunning beaches and turquoise sea, there are also lime stone cliffs for those who love to rock climb and rainforests, with a wealth of historic monuments to visits. The islands are home to many small fishing villages where you are able to taste lots of local produce. With numerous different excursions to take part in you will never be short of something new to do while staying in Karbi.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s oldest resorts, it offers something slightly different with a real mix of old world charm and modern living. The beaches in Hua Hin are as beautiful as the smaller islands, with water sports being very popular in this area. Of course there are plenty of adventures to be had in Hua Hin, with caves and waterfalls to explore. As Hua Hin is a fishing town there are so many restaurants for you to be able to try the catch of the day not forgetting the traditional Thai food. Hua Hin is a great place for you to visit while on honeymoon with various accommodation types to fit your budget.

Khao Lak

Staying in Khao Lak gets you away from the busier resorts in Thailand, like most of the resorts it offers beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and accommodation types to suit any budget. One thing that makes Khao Lak a must have visit for me, is that it is located near to the Khao Lak­ Lam Ru National Park. Giving you the chance to see wildlife at home in its natural environment, elephants, tropical birds, monkeys and so much more. If you are planning on doing some island hoping Khao Lak is a great place to start with regular boats leaving to various islands. Why not use Khao Lak as your base and spend a few days visiting the different islands.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third largest off the islands of the east coast of the main land. Koh Samui is becoming increasing popular with honeymooners, an island that offers everything you could wish for. Beautiful beaches, fishing villages, luxury hotels and history with various Buddhist monuments and temples around the island. If like me your partner is more interested in exploring the island and the cuisine than reading a book on the beach or by the pool, then Koh Samui would be perfect for you as it offers both. Take a boat to out to the marine national park to see the conservation work that is happening to protect the marine life around Koh Samui.

All of these locations offer just about everything you could possibly want from a Honeymoon, activities, relaxation, luxury and not forgetting making amazing memories. Which of my top picks would you chose for your Honeymoon to Thailand?

*This post was made in collaboration with Destination2.co.uk holidays. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Top 10 amazing things to do in Tokyo

When we think of Tokyo, many of us picture a bustling, packed and technology infesting city. You wouldn’t be wrong, as Tokyo is the hub for many amazing and innovative technological discoveries such as talking robots and Pokemon (just kidding). But there is actually a lot more to see and do in this fantastic destination than you’d think, and we are going to take a look at some of them now. By the end of this post, you’ll want to add Tokyo to your ultimate travel bucket list.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park and Gardens which was originally the residence of the Naitō family during the Edo Period. It is full of beautiful plants and flowers and is a relaxing place to take a picnic.

Sensoji Temple

An ancient Buddhist temple which is located in Asakusa, Senso-Ji is a popular tourist attraction amongst many. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, built in the year 628. This place has an impressive history and remains one of the most important landmarks in the city of Tokyo.

Asakusa

Located on Nakamise Street close to the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa is home to an array of craft shops, food vendors and places to buy souvenirs.

Ueno Park

This large park sits by the Ueno Station and is the first westernised park in the city. It is one of the most prolific cherry blossom spots in the capital and contains a stunning array of flora.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

A museum dedicated to the Edo period of history, this building was erected in 1993 and holds a host of scale replicas of the towns and building from that point in time.

Tokyo Tower

With an Eiffel Tower inspired structure, this communications tower is an impressive addition to the surrounding landscape. There are two observation decks located on the tower, one which stands at 150m, and another which is at 249.6m for the more adventurous.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Shoken. It is a beautiful area and is visited by many to pay their respects to the fallen emperor.

Chidorigafuchi

You may know that Japan is associated with Cherry Blossom, and this park has an abundance of them surrounding the area. It is located around the moat of the imperial palace and contains a cemetery, river, and path for walking.

Samurai Museum

The world of the Samurai is highly interesting and historical. These weren’t just any soldiers, they put honour before everything. This museum shows an in-depth insight into the lives of these soldiers and even allows you to see the armour and swords used by these warriors.

Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongi hills)

This stunning location allows you to see a full panoramic view of the city of Tokyo from an observation deck. You’ll want to bring your camera with you for this one.

Now that you know what this city has to offer, why not book some cheap flights to Tokyo and tick off another item on your bucket list?