I do love a good getaway! 🙂
This weekend I had no plans whatsoever… Actually scratch that! I ‘kinda’ had plans but most of it involved challenging myself to eat my body’s weight in free samples at food markets in London and lots of catching up on Netflix – both of which I am very skilled at but these plans changed when I got asked by Time Out London and Booking.com if I woulda spontaneous weekend away.
This was a very easy yes! Especially so as Time Out is our go-to place when it comes to looking for cool and different events in London. I can not tell you the number of times Georgia, Lloyd, Chris and I (along with lots of our other friends) have decided on a whim to go out in London and whizzed through Time Out London’s impressively curated list of everything cool that’s going on in London. I’m pretty sure if you ask any Londoner they’ll probably tell you how important Time Out is to your social life in London – especially when you’ve not made enough plans in advance.
There was a catch though… *cue dramatic music* 🙂 The catch was that I would have no clue where I would be going to until the morning I had to leave! This didn’t bother me in the slightest on the train journey side of things but it kinda worried me when it came to the hotels booking front.
Why? Well, I’ve only ever known that you can book hotels at the very latest, the day before and I remember when we had our road trip across America that we always had a mad-rush to the midnight deadline trying to book a place to stay for the next day after arriving at our hotels quite late following a fun-filled day of sightseeing, wolfing down tasty American treats and a whole lotta driving.
Thankfully, Time Out had thought this through (nice to be always be able to count on them for that) and pointed me in the direction of the Booking now app which is a special app by the Booking.com team which only allows you to book rooms starting today or tomorrow. That’s it. If you need to book rooms for ‘next tomorrow‘ i.e. in 2 days time ( a phrase I use which Lloyd is so fed up with trying to make me correctly refer to as ‘the day after tomorrow’), then you can’t use the Booking now app and have to use the proper Booking.com app. The app is also ludicrously easy to use – which is a huge plus as I just feel like things like booking a hotel should always be easy! The best part of the app is that it recognises the fact that the kind of person (like me) who’s always up for spontaneous getaways or just makes plans with very little notice, is most likely the kind of person who wouldn’t have bothered about the logistics part of the trip either (e.g. how to get to the hotel, getting a lowdown on what to do in the city…etc) and so the app sorts all of that for you automatically including routing to your hotel from wherever you are. Like seriously, even from London, when you open the app, it (if you grant it permission of course), it geo-locates you and has a door-to-door guide to get you to your hotel. I swear it felt like I had a PA for the day – it was brilliant!
In any case, off I’m out and about exploring Bristol in more detail this weekend and so far so good. I swear there’s just something about summer time in the UK generally that makes every city that extra bit special. I’ve been fairly relaxed all evening, chilling out in the park, grabbing a bite or two (or three) to eat, attended the harbour festival (which quickly became a street party) and hanging out by the pool at the hotel (if you’ve been in the sweltering heat in London this last week, you’ll know why pool time was a much needed luxury). Even without making any plans to, I’ve already seen a Banksy piece in my jaunt around the city (one of my faves as I find it so funny – it’s called “The Well-Hung Lover” and you’ll see why)… Bristol is truly an artist’s city and I plan on exploring as much of it as this weekend. I’ll put the deets on what I get up to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WingIt and/or #BookingYeah so drop by at hola at us! 🙂 😉