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Few days late - but #December was an odd month for lots of reasons - but saw travel to #lasvegas for a big international trade show and then a short hop to #athens for the last visit of the year. Then a few parties for Xmas before stopping for a couple of weeks. Now back to the day job tomorrow! 
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Few days late - but #December was an odd month for lots of reasons - but saw travel to #lasvegas for a big international trade show and then a short hop to #athens for the last visit of the year. Then a few parties for Xmas before stopping for a couple of weeks. Now back to the day job tomorrow! . #travel #usa #usatravel #business #businesstravel #businesstrip #work #xmas #socialtime #greece #athens_city #lasvegasblvd #nevada #life #travelblogger #travelblog #travelling #travelphotography #reels #businessreels
2 months ago
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Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning! It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world. Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! . #travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
2 months ago
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2/6
A busy few days in #lasvegas with work! The city really is like nowhere else on the planet with the wide range of #casinos #shows and #hotels to see. It’s such a mad place. Was a really good show for work with my companies product winning an award as well. A very lovely stay @virginhotelslv 
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#usa #usatravel #lasvegasstrip #lasvegasblvd #usatrip #usa🇺🇸 #businessman #businesstravel #virginhotelslv #virginhotel #lasvegasfood #usatoday #work #worktravel #worktrip #businesspassion
A busy few days in #lasvegas with work! The city really is like nowhere else on the planet with the wide range of #casinos #shows and #hotels to see. It’s such a mad place. Was a really good show for work with my companies product winning an award as well. A very lovely stay @virginhotelslv . . #usa #usatravel #lasvegasstrip #lasvegasblvd #usatrip #usa🇺🇸 #businessman #businesstravel #virginhotelslv #virginhotel #lasvegasfood #usatoday #work #worktravel #worktrip #businesspassion
3 months ago
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3/6
Been quite a manic and busy #November! Trips to #lasvegas and #Germaany. Lit a show for @guildfordschoolofacting and had a busy time at work. @johannaspayne also fell in a tree. @max_theminiweenie just looked cute and we headed towards #xmas.
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Been quite a manic and busy #November! Trips to #lasvegas and #Germaany. Lit a show for @guildfordschoolofacting and had a busy time at work. @johannaspayne also fell in a tree. @max_theminiweenie just looked cute and we headed towards #xmas. . . #travel #business #workandplay #travelphotography #traveling #travelblogger #travelling #traveler #worktrip #worktravel #jetplane #germany🇩🇪 #usatravel #lasvegasstrip
3 months ago
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4/6
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! . . #SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography #SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
4 months ago
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5/6
It’s not been the busiest month for October with only a couple of days in Stockholm and then a stag do in London for a weekend, rest of the time has mostly been around home - which makes for a very nice change…. November and December will be very different! 
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It’s not been the busiest month for October with only a couple of days in Stockholm and then a stag do in London for a weekend, rest of the time has mostly been around home - which makes for a very nice change…. November and December will be very different! . . #travel #travelling #businesstravel #businesstraveller #businesstravellife #october #octoberphotochallenge #blogger #bloggerlife #bloggers #maleblogger #blog #travelblogger #traveblog
4 months ago
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6/6

Volkswagen Golf Review 30,000 miles on

Volkswagen Golf Review 30,000 miles on

So a year ago I bagged myself a Golf. You can read about my first thoughts here. However now 30,000 miles in what has it been like to own, drive and run? Am I still saying it's 4.5*... Well read on my fellow petrol heads!

Fundamentally the question you all want to know is am I still in love with is as I was 12 months ago. Yes.

Right that's about it then.

Well no. It's not.

There is more. If you read the first thoughts, my concern was basically over the fuel consumption. Now on the first drives I was getting in the high 40's and the height of 50mpg was a bit far fetched... However a year on in, I'm finding that actually 54-56 is really VERY achievable. Yes if it's totally town driving you are doing then your number is going to start with a 4, but any motorway miles and you'll have to be doing your best Lewis Hamilton impressions to be doing that badly. I even reached the heady heights of 62mpg on one journey just seeing if I could actually achieve that. I was driving like a granny which is no fun though.

Other gripes I had at the start was about the USB charging. This still annoys me. Although I've now moved my phones around and I use one for my music and my Podcasts I can't have two devices or phones at the same time. I use my personal one through the USB and with apple car play but the work phone sits on the bluetooth. However if you are using apple car play you can't have the blue tooth as well. It's a small thing, but on the day to day it's real annoyance.

The only mechanical issue that I've had is about the amount of oil it drinks. I know doing high mileage that I'm to expect that it will use oil, but in nearly 30,000 miles I've had to put a bottle in 4 times plus also at the service at 20,000 miles. VW swear blind that's not out the ordinary - but I still think that it is far higher than I thought it would be.

Other than that I've had to replace the front tyres once - and the rears I'll probably have to do in about 10,000 miles. That's about fair. The service at 20,000 miles was as expected and nothing out of the ordinary came up.

So Overall...

Does it still get the 4.5*. Yes very much so. In fact would I say it's now about 4.7*. Yes!

It's a great car to drive, and yes I run it daily in Eco mode, and with everything turned on such as traction control etc... but that's because I don't want to be boy racer every day. But when you want it to be a bit naughty it can be and that's what I love about it.

Frankly if the Phone link thing worked with bluetooth and the apple car play and it didn't drink as much oil as an alcoholic on a night out in town I would have moved it to 5*.  The phone thing is really a bug bear that I have to deal with daily and really does annoy me, but apart from that this really is an excellent car. Fast, fun, not as bad fuel efficiency as expected, with a real touch of class in the cabin from a brand you can really trust in.

Honestly if you want a small scale family hatch you really can't do much wrong by buying a Golf GTD

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