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For the first time in 6 years, I will be going abroad on holiday this year. In fact, it’ll be the first time I’ve been away properly for a 2 week period in as many years – best I’ve managed recently is 4-5 nights away in places like Wales and the Lake District.

As those of you who follow me on Twitter may have guessed, I’m going to be spending the first 2 weeks in July in Western France. Flights are booked from Stansted to La Rochelle, although unfortunately they’re with Ryanair.

I’m going with a good friend who I’ve been walking with a lot and we’re now working out what to do when we get there. There’s the cities of Nantes, Poitiers and Bordeaux within travelling distance so we may visit those, and I’ve head Ile de Ré is also nice. And there’s Futuroscope which I haven’t visited for many years.

At the moment I’m focussing on travel insurance (best quote so far was just under £17 from Endsleigh) and how to get to Stansted, which will probably involve getting a Megabusplus from either York or Bradford to London and then the Stansted Express. Ironically the Megabusplus, which is actually a coach to East Midlands Parkway and then a train to London St Pancras, may only cost me £1 all in compared to the £13 for the Stansted Express.

I’m also away next week, on a 4 night walking holiday in North Wales with a larger group of friends, which should be fun hopefully.

In any case, if you have any suggestions for fun things to do in Western France, especially if they’re not too expensive, please let me know!

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