Considering I’ve lived in the UK my WHOLE life, I really haven’t explored as much as I could have, which considering I’m a travel blogger, is actually pretty bad…
When Travelodge asked me if I’d like to go on a weekend break, I took it as a chance to go somewhere new. There were a few places to choose from but as my boyfriend’s family live close to Milton Keynes, I thought it would be a great opportunity to visit them for the bank holiday weekend.
We stayed at one of the new Travelodge hotels at The Hub – a nice little restaurant area not far from the main centre. Although it wasn’t the fanciest hotel I’ve stayed at it’s well worth it for the £49 a night – especially when split between two people!
After dropping our bags off in our room, we thought we’d go and make the most of the few hours we had to shop (damn bank holiday hours) and made our way to the Centre: MK. I DESPERATELY needed a new pair of shoes so we spent most of the time trying to find a decent pair – in the end it was actually Shoe Zone to the rescue.
It’s been a while since me and my boyfriend have been shopping together and I don’t think we should be trusted again as we ended up buying ourselves a drone for our travels. It was a complete impulse buy but I’m so excited to use it properly. It’s first stop will be Croatia at the end of September so I’m expecting to get some incredible footage.
As all the shops closed pretty early we decided to go back to the hotel to get ready for an evening meal. Although, my boyfriend’s idea of getting ready meant sleeping off the McGregor/Mayweather all-nighter.
We had planned on going to a Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay, however when we got there they said that they were fully booked for the whole night. We were gutted as I wanted to try one of my boyfriend’s favourite things, festivals!
There was an American Bar and Grill nearby so we decided to take our chances with that instead – I really wish we hadn’t as it was probably one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had in a long while.
The service was terrible, the food was unnecessarily greasy and the drinks were overpriced for what they were. In summary: would 100% not recommend Missoula Bar and Grill to ANYONE.
After our meal, we sat in the square for a few hours watching the world go by. It was so relaxing just to sit talk for hours and hours, probably one of my favourite moments from the whole trip.
The next morning we had the NICEST hotel breakfast, packed up our hotel room, stored our bags with reception and made out way back to The Centre: MK to meet my boyfriend’s family. They gave us a little tour before we went to the fake beach so his younger sister could play for a bit. I love the beach and even though this one was fake, it was nice and relaxing for a few hours. It’s better than no beach, right?
Before our train back home after a very shopping-orientated weekend, we thought we’d grab something to eat. After the quickest meal ever we rushed back to get our bags and then onto the station to get our 5:00pm train. We made it JUST in time, in true Kirsty style.
It was so nice to visit somewhere new in the UK, even if just for a day or two.
Thanks Travelodge, #Travelodgers!