I make it no secret that I’m shit poor, in fact I probably go on about it too much. But this blog is a part of my life and so is my current job/financial situation so I wouldn’t ever not talk about it. Anyway, being in the situation I’m currently in means I’ve got to be really frugal – meaning no holidays are getting booked until I’m back in employment. *Sobs.* Until then, we’re having to be a little more clever with our getaways.
Our anniversary is the day after Valentine’s Day, so we usually spend a couple of days celebrating and more often than not have a little city break with a night in a hotel to treat ourselves. This year we stayed at 42 The Calls in Leeds (review coming soon, no doubt) and had set aside a full day to wander around our home city.
We’ve both lived in Leeds all our lives (except my 3 year stint in Nottingham for University) and yet there are still so many places we’ve not tried. We went walking all day, took tonnes of photos of the city and made sure we treated the city like we were tourists. We ended up having the BEST day!
We found buildings we’d never noticed, cafés we hadn’t tried, bars we’d not been to yet and side streets we didn’t even know existed. We really felt like we’d been on a little city break rather than just a night away in our home city and it was so special. Most importantly, it felt like a break for us which we both desperately needed, rather than just another day in our home city.
Just before our break, I put an together an outfit for a day in the city all from MandM Direct. I think I have a really easy style when it comes to days like this – I’m definitely a jeans and a jumper kind of gal as you’re probably all aware. I went with my trusty ASOS jeans, these nude trainers from Onsker*, this striped jumper from Jaqueline De Yong* and this khaki bomber jacket from Only You*. Perfect for a chilly but sunny February day of walking!
The few days just to ourselves was so needed. Living with Joe’s parents, we don’t get much time just me and him so it’s always nice to get away and have some quality time together – even if we only get on a train for 10 minutes.
I feel like there’s a lot of competition with travel, especially in the blogging world. How many places have you been? How many breaks can you fit into a year? Where’s the furthest you’ve been? How many weeks in the sun can you fit in next month?
It’s easy to get caught up in it and let it get you down, especially if you don’t have the money to jet off here there and everywhere twice a month. Sometimes I think it’s good to take a step back and decide what you actually need, rather than what you think you need. Our hotel cost us £99 and because we’re from the area, we knew the cheapest places for food, we barely spent anything and we still came away feeling as relaxed, happy and like we’d had a break as if we’d jet off to Amsterdam for 5 days.
If you put your mind to it, anywhere can be a holiday and sometimes being a tourist in your own city can be that much needed break you’ve been looking for.
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