25 December, 2014

Happy Christmas!

Travel Lightbulb wishes you a very merry Christmas no matter where you are in the world celebrating! The image of a white Christmas is what most springs to mind for most people when you think of this time of year, but having spent several holidays over the festive period in the blazing sunshine, I know that a while traditional, a white Christmas isn't always the best way to spend it!

If the December holiday's you've had have always looked like the photo above, and you've never experienced a warm Christmas - I can highly recommend it! Enjoy the holidays, whether you're in the heat or the cold! Merry Christmas xx

19 December, 2014

Getting into the Christmas spirit!

There's nothing I love more than getting into the Christmas spirit by visiting my local Christmas market. It has become a very popular thing to do in the UK, and most towns and cities now have these vibrant stalls popping up in the run up to Christmas.

I don't tend to do my Christmas shopping at the markets though - instead I prefer to soak up the sights and sounds, and mostly the smells of the markets! From mulled wine to roasted chestnuts and chargrilled meat, it's a sensory overload!

I've also visited markets in Switzerland and Germany, and it seems to be the same worldwide - everyone at the markets is just getting into the Christmas spirit, and spending time with loved ones.

One thing is for sure, there's no better way to gear up for the festive period than spending time with friends, with a warm cup of mulled wine in your hand - bliss! Happy shopping, and if you've already done that, then grab a mulled wine instead - cheers!

05 December, 2014

A room with a view with a difference - The Manta Resort, Tanzania

When I stumbled across a photo of the place I'm featuring today, I was blown away. If you're looking for a remote get-away, can you really get any better than the room in the photo below?

Photo courtesy of Jesper Anhede
Located in the Indian ocean just off the coast of Tanzania, this floating cube is the underwater room at The Manta Resort.  This amazing room is anchored almost 250m away from the coast and has three levels which allow you to sunbathe or stargaze; lounge and dine on the water deck, or enjoy 360 degree views of the shoals of reef fish from the comfort of your double bed!

Photo courtesy of Jesper Anhede
If the prospect of spending a night under the water makes you nervous or claustrophobic, then you can always opt for one of the 16 beautiful rooms on dry land at the resort.

Photo courtesy of Jesper Ached
 If you do opt for that instead, you can still enjoy the marine life on the natural coral reef which lies just off the beach, attracting divers and snorkelers.

Photo courtesy of Jesper Anhede
However, as you relax on the beach you can see the underwater room in the distance (see photo above) and would you not always be thinking whether a night in that room would be an experience of a lifetime? I know I would! If you would like more information on the resort or the underwater room, visit the official website.