Golfing holiday with some old work colleagues

Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.

A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.

Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.

I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.

The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.

 

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A blast from a holiday past!

I came across a news article today about a survey of holiday home guest’s bad behaviour and it got me thinking about the time when me and my friends went on John’s stag do in Portugal.

We had booked a villa for the weekend just outside Lisbon and turned up at the holiday agent’s office to pick up the key. The girl behind the desk said that the villa wasn’t ready as they had had a hen group staying during the week and they had left it in a mess, but there was a team of cleaners cleaning it up as we spoke.

Understandably a bit peeved off that the villa wasn’t ready we decided to head to one of the local watering holes for a quick drink. That drink turned into a 4 hour drinking session until we were able to get the key and we stumbled down the road with our cases in tow to the villa.

No sooner than we had opened the door, the stag (John) decided that he wasn’t feeling too good and was sick on the floor. Not a big deal you say, although he had been drinking Vodka and Red Bull all afternoon and decided to choose a nice looking white rug to be sick on.

One of our more sober friends started to clean the mess up, but it soon became apparent that the Red Bull wasn’t going to go in a hurry. The next day we headed to the hypermarket and along with a healthy supply of alcohol and snacks we also bought some cleaning products, Marigold’s and some scrubbers.

Again we tried to remove the now dry Red Bull from the rug to no avail. We even made it into a drinking game where whoever lost had to scrub the rug for 5 minutes (as well as having a penalty drink).

The weekend came and went, and it was time to check out. We admitted that we’d stained the rug to the receptionist and headed home. We didn’t think anything of it for a month or so until the best man (James) got a bill for a new rug in the post. €80 wasn’t too bad between seven of us and we still laugh about that holiday today; John however, has not touched a drop of Red Bull since, lol.

All this talk about holidays has got me thinking about this years; we’re heading to the US to drive Route 66.

Have you got any funny holiday stories? Tell us below.

Vodka and Red Bull

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Busy Sundays

As its getting close to Christmas, the wife made me crawl about the dusty cold loft to find the Christmas decorations, drag them all down and move furniture around out living room to so we could put our tree up. I also had to help clean the house as my wife had so much on, so I couldn’t play on my Xbox. After spending most of the day doing things I didn’t like I was glad to get some rest bite last night.

As you know we are planning a big holiday next year. We are looking at getting it booked either just after Christmas or in the New Year when there are some offers on. I think we are decided on the US, just not sure where about (not an easy decision as it’s a huge country). I had a look last night at possible destinations. We will be doing a fly drive holiday as we want to see as much as possible and the best way to do that is with a car. We narrowed it down to The Atlantic Coast, The Pacific Coast and Route 66 last time, so we just have to decide when we are going to work out which area is best to visit.

Both my wife and I want to go different places (typical) she wants the Atlantic Coast and I want to do the Pacific Coast which leaves Route 66 as the compromise, that or we play rock, paper scissors or my wife bribes me with sex or lack of! On the plus side, it’s not looking overly expensive, because we are taking the fly drive option as hiring a car is fairly economical. I reckon over the next few years we could do all three routes and would make for a brilliant adventure. I’ve already been to the US once to Vegas with the boys and my wife and I had a stopover in Miami after the cruise.

We’ve both really enjoyed our tasters of the US and we are excited to go next year. I did have a cheeky look at seeing what it entails to live there. My preconceptions are that it’s pretty hard to get residency. In our favour we have some money to back us up, but really we would also have to be earning money out there as well to have the best chance at residency. I had a little look at the visa services offered by these guys to see how they can help you get residency in the US. They had some positive reviews but not sure if they could help, without filling out an assessment and as of yet it is all pie in the sky.

small-football.jpgOh and finally you may have thought I had forgot or didn’t notice the nice three nil win against Doncaster for Leeds! Brilliant game and fantastic result which now sees us in the playoff zone in 6th only a point behind Reading and nine behind leaders QPR. And finally our GD in up to 9 which is a pretty fantastic achievement for us. It’s filling me with confidence for the New Year, something many Leeds fans haven’t had for a long time.

We shinned throughout the whole game getting a goal in early thanks to Smith, and in the first half we had a number of good goes at the goal. The second half was slower, with Doncaster counter attacking, however that was for nothing, especially as one of their goals was decided to be rather dubiously off side. But never mind happens all the time even to us a good number! McCormack scored in the 76 minute to take his tally so far this season to 17. And then in the last few minutes Austin sealed the deal.

Our next game is on Saturday against Barnsley, they are bottom of the league however they have proved troublesome in the past. However they do seem to be struggling but then again that doesn’t mean they can’t get a win or draw past us. We are at home so that should help us a bit (crosses fingers).

 

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Getting in the Halloween Spirit

As it is the 31st October and Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Witching Hour, e.t.c. I thought I might add a playlist to get you in the frightening mood!

Enjoy

Tonight I will be mostly hiding out in our darkened house not answering the door to trick or treaters as I am a tight Yorkshire Man.

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Travelling abroad

Las Vegas New York New York Statue of Liberty on blue skyI consider myself a bit of an expert traveller, well an expert at finding good deals for great hotels. I like to think I am pretty good at choosing good destinations as well, as we have never run into any trouble whilst away. We manage pretty well abroad, trying out local languages and cuisines and we do try to understand local customs. Which can be a bit of a trying point for British travellers. We have a bit of a bad reputation when travelling.

Because we are planning to go to the USA next year, we thought we might have a bit of an in-depth look at the country. I mean, it’s pretty similar to the UK, however unlike the UK laws differ from state to state. Some laws, seem pretty much common sense and other well there really is no sense there what so ever.

Whilst I was looking into the US and all its craziness, I came across this article: Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials? Which is based on research by IXP Visas, it shows the USA as having the most intimidating border control officials. Topping the list with the UAE, Mexico and Canada falling below them. Out of all the countries in the World, the UK makes it onto this list too in 6th place.

It is a bit of a concern going to the US, I have seen a number of stories on US sites about heavy handed border officials, the TSA. Groping and searching elderly passengers, disabled passengers and even children. They have also been caught ogling at women going through their x ray scanners and taking them aside for a pat down as well.

Those who answered the questions about why they found the US official intimidating was because they had; “obvious weaponry on display,” a “lack of humour,” and a general “intimidating demeanour.” Still it won’t put me off travelling there, I will just have to remember to behave, bite my tongue and try not to look suspicious. Perhaps I should shave my beard beforehand.

Image courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt

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Holidays in 2014

Road Trip!As the weather turned for the worst this week, the wife and I realised (shock and horror) we hadn’t got a holiday booked. Normally when we take a holiday we have another one booked. However at the moment we don’t even have anything planned for next year. We do like to plan ahead as well as take last minute breaks however at the moment, we have no ideas.

The wife suggested popping into town and getting a load of brochures, but as it was raining I decided against that and so go the laptop out and we sat down scrolling though holiday websites looking for inspiration. We have been really lucky in the last few years to visit some wonderful destinations, from South Africa to the Caribbean and a few guys/girls holidays in between.

So the question is where we shall go next. We are torn, for a big holiday in the US together but where. There are a number of places we wish to visit in America, unfortunately given the expanse of the country we couldn’t visit them all in one visit. So we have to look and see which ones we can do in one year. We have narrowed it down to the Atlantic Coast, The Pacific Coast and Route 66.

The Atlantic Coastal Route takes you from New York, down to Florida. This is the wife’s preferred route. She wishes to take a cruise ship across to New York (Cunard One) and spend a few days there taking in the sites and shopping. We then drive down hitting points such as Virginia, Wilmington, Daytona Beach and Miami before landing in Key West. It also means we can take in sites in Washington DC, many historical sites and of course Cape Canaveral and Disney World in Orlando.

On the other side of the country you have the Pacific Coast. This journey sees you starting in just below Canada, in the Olympia National Park. This route has some fabulous scenery to take in and some wonderful national parks along the way. Popular cities along the way include Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. I’d like to hit, Yosemite National Park along the way as well as really would like to drive around the Pacific Coast High Way!

Probably the most famous road in the world, the Route 66 has inspired movies and songs alike as well as been an important US route across America. The Road takes you from Los Angeles to Chicago, one city on my wife’s list and one on mine as must visit places. There are a lot of places to visit along this trail, some there before the route and some came after it was built. It’s certainly a trek and quite adventurous, we can hit Las Vegas (I’ve been but the wife hasn’t), through the Zion National Park and a great insight into the history of the country, across the states of Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa, finish in ‘The Windy City’

As you can see, even with these three options, it’s quite a decision. So we have both thought we would head out for lunch somewhere nice to mull it over……

Bear on a Road Trip Image Courtesy of -snugg-

 

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