Monthly blog overview: March 2018+Giveaway

snowy day 1 March

March. It snowed in my seaside hometown on 1st of March. Snowed!!! Of course, I had to take my baby out so I could take his photos with the snow, his first snow 🙂 By the end of the day it started to rain and all the snow melted away. Just like that. My baby was sick also. He had cold and I wasn’t prepared for that, for him to have a fever and all. It kind of shocked me. Nothing during pregnancy and labour frightened me as much as seeing my four and a half month old baby sick. I know, he’s going to be sick a hundred more times but this was the first time and firsts can be scary. On another note he tried his first solid food with success. I was so proud!:) Sorry for all this baby talk.

What else happened this month? We put in the new floors at the end of the month and I finally booked our hotel for our first family trip at the end of May! Can’t wait! We’re going to San Marino! So if you’ve been and have any advice, do share!

On my blog I went down the memory lane and wrote about my visit to Imperial Carriage Museum in Vienna and my day trip to Ipswich among other things. Sometimes I feel like I should stop blogging until I travel again. Well….

How did you spend Easter weekend?

GIVEAWAY of annual subscription of GPSmyCity walking tours & travel article apps

So, I’m sure you’ve already seen/downloaded/ used travel article apps by GPSmyCity. Few of my posts have been converted into such useful travel article apps and if you buy them I get a small percentage (thanks!). If you don’t know anything about these apps, read here. Now, GPSmyCity went one step further and you can get annual subscriptions inside the GPSmyCity app at $12.99/year with full access to all travel articles for 900+ cities worldwide OR at $18.99/year with full access to all walking tours + travel articles covering 1,000+ cities. The subscription offer is currently valid only for iOS (Google Play due to follow suit with Android shortly).  Isn’t that something?

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My 2 year of travel blogging+giveaway

in Trieste, Italy this year

I launched the Red Phone Box travels blog on 31st August 2015. I needed a distraction, a new hobby, a new audience for my travel stories. I am most grateful for all my followers and subscribers and new blogging friends. It was a wonderful experience to see my little travel blog grow over the past 2 years. I’m not an expat or someone who quit her/his job to travel the world. I’m just an ordinary person who is mad about travel and who despite somewhat limited resources manages to travel. Even if it’s just around Europe. Whether it’s a weekend break or one week holiday I always make the most of my trips. I try to cram in as much sightseeing as humanely possible and prefer to spend my money on attraction entrances and souvenirs than on fancy meals or luxurious hotels. I’d rather take two trips than stay at a really expensive place on just one trip. I prefer city travel to outdoor adventures even though as I grow old I find the countryside and the smaller towns more appealing. My travel history includes: backpacking trips, train journeys across half Europe, boat voyages that lasted over 30 hours and many other crazy things when I was slightly younger. Moreover I’ve stayed at cheap&dinky hostels but I’ve also experienced some luxury accommodation too. I travelled with my best friend, with a boyfriend, with a group of friends, with my husband and alone. Solo travel is great and I’d recommend it to everyone but I do find travelling with my best friend or my husband more fun. It’s always nicer when you can share your new experiences with someone else.

I’ve had a rough 2016 but still enjoyed immensely my trips to Stockholm and London and various other day trips  and local trips. There weren’t a lot of travel plans for 2017 apart from a week in Germany visiting MĂĽnchen and Neuschwanstein Castle. Those plans fell through and Germany is now still just another item on my bucket list. You see, we decided to cancel our travel plans because of my long-awaited pregnancy which finally happened. We couldn’t be more happier! Of course, we’ll need to focus now on the baby. But there are some travel ideas for the next year already on my mind! I want to travel as a family but I also want to travel just as a couple too. And there’ll be more work related travel once our baby turns 1. I didn’t quit blogging or had a break when I found out that I was pregnant. I continued to blog but I published more photo posts and shorter posts. There will definitely be a short blogging pause once I give birth (which could be within a month and a half ) but hopefully after a month or two I’ll have the time/energy to post something. I haven’t turned this blog into a baby/mummy blog and I won’t do that later on. It’ll still be a travel blog but I won’t be writing about any new trips for some time. However, there will be a couple of baby posts too :).

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New travel article app giveaway

Christmas in Vienna

Back in June I did a travel article app giveaway and since it’s Christmas approaching I’m doing another giveaway. This time you can get a free upgraded version of my travel article app Christmas Markets in Vienna by GPSmyCity. So if you’re planning to visit Vienna, Austria any time soon you’ll need my guide for Christmas markets! Where to find them, which are the best and what can you do at Christmas markets, it’s all in my travel article app!

What’s a travel article app and why you need it

Of course, you can read my post Christmas markets in Vienna online, here on my blog, for free. But you can read my travel article app offline any time you want and anywhere, for free. Once you download it (and downloading is free) you don’t have to access the Internet. If you have bad reception on your mobile phone while travelling, then no worries because you can read a travel article app offline. But what’s really useful with these travel article apps is their GPS navigation system. So, let’s say you’re in Vienna and you want to visit some of the Christmas markets I wrote about. No problems, you don’t need to carry heavy guidebooks or maps or ask someone for directions.

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TRAVEL ARTICLE APP GIVEAWAY

Monaco
Monaco

Hello!

First of all, I’d like to thank all my readers, followers, subscribers for the support and comments I have received so far. It’s almost one year since I’ve started this blog to document my past and current travels. Most of my blog posts are personal stories about my travels while some can be viewed as guides. Blogging is my hobby and it brings me happiness and frustration at the same time, as all the best things in life usually do (including cats and chocolate). I hope that you’ll continue to follow my travel stories and that some of them might inspire you to travel to a place you’ve never been before or to simply travel.

Secondly, I’ve got a big announcement! Some of my blog posts have been turned into travel article apps for your IOS devices! Exciting, right? But let me explain everything first. A few months ago I was approached by GPSmyCity to host a giveaway for their Self-Guided City Walks app. Naturally, I accepted and you, my readers, had the chance to win several  self-guided walking tours apps for your mobile phones, tablets, etc. So when GPSmyCity offered to turn some of my blog posts into travel article apps I was curious and I’ve decided to accept their proposal.

The travel article apps are individual apps that can be downloaded for free and used offline which means that you can access them whenever wherever. Whether you’re on the plane, in a shop or walking down a street you can access a travel article app without paying for the Internet on your device. You can also upgrade the travel article app for a small fee and then you get an offline map showing the points of interest you’ve read about and giving you a route to them if you are in that city. Doesn’t that sound great? You don’t have to carry around heavy guidebooks and maps anymore when you can read about a city and walk down a suggested route simply by downloading a multi-purpose app. What’s even better this is the newest technology on the travel app market.

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A guide to Cannes + giveaway

Cannes

Worldwide famous for its annual Film festival Cannes has become synonymous with film star glamour and glitz but you can enjoy it too especially if you don’t visit during the festival frenzy. Cannes can be appreciated even if you can’t afford to stay at Carlton because there are many things to do that don’t cost much.

So here are my suggestions for a day or two in Cannes (really you don’t need to stay longer unless you want to take day trips to other beautiful towns along French Riviera):

1. Walk along the Boulevard de la Croisette

Whether you want to do some people watching or do some window shopping or you want to imagine how it would be to stay at Carlton or Martinez this is a must while in Cannes. When you get overwhelmed with everything sit at one of the blue chairs and relax your eyes by staring out to the sea 🙂 You can refresh yourself with an ice-cream or a drink from kiosks along the promenade and you can even get a temporary tattoo or buy a painting or sunglasses.

2. Climb the stairs to the top of Suquet hill and wander the streets of the Old town
The bet view of Cannes is from the little square at the top of Suquet hill. You have to go through the clock tower and you find yourself at the square with the Virgin Mary statue in memory of the fallen soldiers. From here you can see the entire bay of Cannes and the Lerins islands. If you want you can visit Musee de la Castre or go inside the church Notre-Dame-de-L’Esperance. After you’ve rested your feet and took numerous photos you can go down and explore the winding alleys back to the Rue Meynadier or even buy something fresh at the local market (Forville).

the view from the hill
the view from the hill

3. Find your palm twin at the walk of fame around Palais des Festivals et des Congres
Sorry, but the building of the Film festival is so ugly. However, it might be fun to take your photo at the red carpet on the stairs or to walk from the Tourist Office to the little park on the left and try to recognize the names of the film stars in the pavement. My palm is the exact size of Sharon Stone’s. 🙂

casino&film festival palace
casino&film festival palace

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