You're right, B'ham's full of incred lofts and spaces to rest your head. And while breaking and entering is still a big no-no, having a good look through the medium of Airbnb is totally allowed. Here are our pick of Brum's most enviable spots to secure, whether you're staycationing or looking for somewhere to put the rellies you could really do with not having in your one-bed.
Banish all your preconceptions of Verona as being a quiet, crumbling old town of stuffy relics and homages to that Shakespeare play. Granted, it is a crumbling old town, but once you navigate around the tourists clambering to get a glimpse of Juliet’s balcony, the city is young and buzzy.
When we've got three nights to max-out, you'll find us on mainland Europe, wearing an excessively large hat. For any lesser period, a final destination under 90 minutes from our door guarantees an actually pleasurable weekend. At the centre of the beaut Cotswolds village of the same name, The Painswick's our nearest and dearest escape of choice right now, and totally winter proof.
Yoga's been having a moment since before the first time leggings were okay. And this year, we've finally gone all in, with a week of bending and breathing and bending some more, in an unpronounceable corner of south west France.
Perfectly poised between the sea and the mountains, Casa Cook is dotted with low, white buildings, wooden verandas and potted cacti. If we didn’t know better, we wouldn’t believe the Kos beaut was the second of the concept boutique hotels from Thomas Cook. But we do, and it is.
Not short on history, Lisbon has UNESCO world heritage sites and castlesliterally around every corner. That's a 100% truth bomb. But right now, the city's having a moment as young, creative types descend to take advantage of relatively low rents and cool AF nightlife. Built on hills, which are best navigated by foot, tram or tuk tuk, maybe go foot, because if you like pastries, you’re going to get swoony over pasteis de nata. Better get climbing.
By and large we’re all about long haul hols. But sometimes you just want to feel like you’re on vacay without the jet-laggery, travel slog and hassle of sorting out your liquids from your hand luggage. At 40 mins from B'ham, Warwick might just have the answer.
So you’ve booked a last minute weekend somewhere hot. For optimum tourist time, pack this lot in your carry-on and stride smugly past the losers waiting at baggage claim.
You big time deserve a holiday. Tell your boss you do and if they disagree, tell them they can stick their stinking job before grabbing a goldfish and marching, dramatically, out of the office. And don't stop going until you reach one of these lovely UK destinations.
Six and counting — our PB for wedding invites, all happening in 2017. And despite our mammoth measures of experience, the “what shall I wear?” dilemma doesn’t seem to get any easier. So we’ve put together options for the traditional and the less conventional amongst you. But of course, no white. Never ever white.
We're almost constantly asked to recommend a bed for the night to friends, colleagues and friends who are colleagues — we don't make the rules. So we thought we'd tell the lot of you about a city centre newbie, all at the same time.
Hard scientific fact: Scandinavian cities are cool. Stockholm, possibly the coolest, has more on offer than hipster hangouts and designer shops. In the summer, the archipelago city is drenched in sun, with the longest day stretching over 20 hours of daylight. Here’s how to spend every minute of that time.
Clearly this isn't an inaugural itinerary but, having checked in with our first foreign love a fortnight ago, this is where you want to go on your next trip. Because with Barca, there's always a next trip.