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Tired of the winter blues? After the magic of Christmas and the excitement of the New Year, many of us are now left feeling tired, wary and deflated. So, what better way to beat those January blues than to plan a little getaway?

London is great, but if you’re craving a change of scenery, why not plan a little staycation? Getting out of the city and enjoying a little break away can do wonders for recharging those batteries and beating the winter blues. To give you a little inspiration, below you’ll discover some great staycation ideas to keep you going in winter.

Enjoy a relaxing break by the sea

Few things can leave you feeling more relaxed and refreshed than a few days by the sea. Whether you’re looking to travel just outside of London, or you’re looking for a slightly further staycation, there’s lots of great seaside towns along the south coast to be enjoyed.

If you’re looking to stay close by, Brighton is an excellent choice. If you’d prefer to travel a little further afield however, Cornwall and Devon are pretty tough to beat. Both offer incredible scenery and a laid-back pace of life that you’ll find a refreshing change from the loud streets of London.

Spend a few days in the country

If you’re not keen on a winter seaside break, why not opt to stay in a house in the country instead? Head to the Cotswolds for a truly magical country getaway. With its breath-taking scenery and stunning thatched cottages, the Cotswolds are truly majestic. You can save a lot of money getting there too with super off peak tickets if you opt to travel during the week.

Some of the best spots in the Cotswolds to head to include Bourton on the Water, Blockley, and Lower Slaughter.

Get away from it all in the Scottish Highlands

Really want to get away from it all? A staycation to the Scottish Highlands could be just what you need. Inverness is a great destination to consider. There, you’ll find a number of great boutique style hotels, along with quaint home-from-home cottages you can stay in. Stay at a Lochside location for a true get-away-from-it-all experience.

Other highland destinations to consider include Glencoe, Loch Ness, Fort William and Aviemore. You’ll typically find winter breaks to the Highlands are surprisingly affordable.

As you can see, there are lots of places you can head to on a winter staycation. Whether you prefer a holiday by the sea, a relaxing rural retreat, or you really want to leave your worries behind and jet off to a remote mountain location, the UK has something to suit you.

Cutter & Squidge on Brewer Street has been chosen by Eaten, The Food Rating App, as the best latte in Soho!

Cutter and Squidge and Eaten are giving Londoners the chance to try a latte coffee for free between 10am-1pm on Monday, 28th January 2019!

Terms & Conditions:
1. Offer is valid from 10am to 1pm on Monday, January 28th 2019 at Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
2. Offer is limited to one regular latte coffee per customer (oat milk available)
3. To receive your free coffee, follow @cutterandsquidge on instagram, download the Eaten App, and show your unique in-app barcode to the staff in store
4. This offer cannot be exchanged for cash, credit or any other product, in part or in full and is valid for a single transaction only

Travelling is something so many of us dream of, but so few get the chance. Whether it’s financial concerns, it’s not the “right time” or you’re worried about the effect it might have on your career or relationship commitments. For those thinking about travelling solo, it’s usually a safety concern. I mean, how safe is it really to travel the world alone?

Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that with a little research, planning and common sense, you can safely travel the world solo without running into too much trouble. Something your parents will probably be glad to hear. Here we’ve put together some of the simplest solo travel safety tips.

Get your insurance sorted – now!

Ok, so we have to talk about the importance of travel insurance – are you covered? You’d be amazed at how many travellers run the huge risk of travelling without it, and then pay the price (literally) when things inevitably go wrong. Travel insurance will cover you for trip cancellation, flight problems, lost luggage and lost/damaged luggage. Your travel medical insurance will help you with medical assistance, illness, broken bones, access to medical teams, transportation to hospital and even repatriation. You might not need it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Walk with confidence

Your nose buried deep in a map, looking around for street signs, scratching your head and wringing your hands in a panic are all tell tale signs that you don’t belong, you’re lost and you’re vulnerable. Making you the perfect target for scams, cons and even theft. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower then a wandering tourist is to be expected, but if the busy streets of Cairo? No. If you get lost simply head into the nearest café or bar and ask for help, walk with purpose.

Carry the business card or your hostel/hotel

This one is great if you’re not overly confident with the language yet or the signal or battery on your smartphone has let you down. Showing the business card to a local or even a taxi driver means they know you need help trying to get back to our accommodation.

Take a break

Travelling is incredible and immersing yourself in a new culture and vibe is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s also exhausting and you sometimes you need to give yourself a time out. Becoming overwhelmed whilst travelling is common, so take a day to chill at your accommodation, head to a cooking class, or even take a guided tour of the cities best tourist spots.

Blend in

Try to avoid flashing your wealth or looking distinctly foreign. If the country you’re visiting is conservative then they might have dress codes you need to adhere to – so do a little research. Be respectful and polite. Things like buying a local paper will help you look more like you belong and it’s a great ice breaker too!

Once Christmas is over, the tree is taken down and the last coffee cream-flavoured chocolate has been put out of its misery, it’s time to think about your summer holiday. This might seem like a tall order, especially when you’re looking over your bank and credit card statements, but good financial planning starts early. It also (unfortunately) starts with the boring part – paying off debt!

Spend January working on your Christmas debt

Hopefully, you don’t have too much debt because you used a budget calculator before Christmas last year to avoid overspending. Even if you’re pretty much in the black, you may still have some lingering credit card balances or a small overdraft, so work on reducing or eliminating these hangers-on so that you’re as free as possible.

Have a dry month

Everyone else is doing Dry January, so why not follow the crowds for once? You might find you have no choice anyway if all your mates have sworn themselves off the sauce until February! Think about how much you spend on those cheeky Martinis after work on a Wednesday, as well as how much more you spend on a Saturday, then put these amounts towards debts or savings. Don’t live like a hermit, though, or you’ll end up splurging sometime around January 20 and you’ll ruin all your good work. Organise a cheap pot luck night or have an evening of board games.

Start thinking about next Christmas

Seriously. You can’t start early enough! Scour the sales for anything that you know will come in handy next Christmas. Only buy it if it’s got a steep discount (at least 50% off) and won’t go off or look dated by December. If you’ve already stolen a bit of a march here, then you won’t feel so restricted when you think about summer hols.

Start looking for cheap flights

If you have a destination in mind, or even if you don’t, then start looking for flights and accommodation deals. Depending on the season you plan to travel in, there’s an ideal flight booking window of time. For summer it’s around 45-50 days before the date of travel, so you do have some wiggle room. Of course, you might prefer to hold out for a last-minute deal, but if you don’t know what the going rates for flights and villas are, then you won’t know a good deal when you see one.

Deposit savings into an international card or account

If you know which currency you’ll be using on your holiday, then you can start converting small amounts as you save them. If you turn down a night out, convert the £40 you would have spent into your destination currency. If you decide to buy fewer cakes and coffees at lunchtime at work, then deposit the £2, £3 and so on into your prepaid international card. Watch out for Brexit news, because whatever happens it’ll affect the value of the pound and it might be worth converting your travel money into Sterling and back again if there are big movements.

2019 marks 500 years since the city of Havana was founded. In this auspicious year, a London pop up experience is celebrating in the quintessentially Cuban way -  with live music, salsa dancing, and rum. Having launched in late 2018, Last Nights Of Havana brings the distinctive tastes, sounds and spirit of pre-revolution Cuba to Tobacco Dock and is the perfect place to pay homage to this legendary city.

Originally known as Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, 1519 was the year in which Havana was founded by Spanish settlers, making it the seventh village of Cuba. This city, which buzzes with music and is rich in colour and culture, is celebrating by restoring some of its historic building and planning a huge programme of parties, cultural events and concerts. Last Nights Of Havana will run for a limited number of nights this Spring, allowing Londoners to enjoy a taste of these celebrations.

A celebration of rum, jazz, dance and decadence, Last Nights of Havana brings the glamour of pre-revolution Cuba straight to London's Tobacco Dock. Guests can dance the night away with professional salsa dancers and enjoy live jazz from Cuban-born band Sambroso Sambroso, while sipping on delicious rum cocktails and munching authentic Cuban street food.