The October Digest is a little late, but I do have a good excuse since I only arrived back in the UK yesterday after celebrating my friend’s birthday in Las Vegas . Although it is technically a November trip, I still feel like it’s an extension of the whole of October which was an extremely busy month in terms of travel – and I’ve been in a perpetual cycle of packing, washing and re-packing.

Not that I want you to think I am complaining – the complete opposite in fact. You all know how I much prefer being kept busy, but it has somewhat taken a toll on my sleep. I am utterly exhausted and hope that I settle back into a more normal routine and knuckle down to some work. I have tons of writing to catch up on.

The October Digest | My Travel Monkey

The beginning of October saw be go up North to Manchester to spend it with a group of friends. We haven’t been all together for several years, so it was a great chance to catch up and also explore a city that I haven’t been to for a while. Although we go up to see my husband’s family, we never get a chance to go into the centre of town, so it was brilliant to be able to wander the Manchester Art Gallery as well as sample amazing food and drink – my favourite being the huge roast dinner at Alberts Schloss accompanied by the fine singing voices of a gospel band at the same time.

The timing was quite perfect as the following weekend, I went away for a spa night at The Runnymede Hotel near Windsor. This gave me a chance to unwind a little and enjoy a couple of relaxing treatments. The hotel I felt was fairly average, but for the price I paid for a spa package, it was good in terms of value. And, while the hotel was full and very busy, which didn’t make the pool and spa areas as relaxing as they could have been, it was a great night away spent being able to put the world to rights with my friend who accompanied me.

The October Digest | My Travel Monkey

Before I knew it, half term was upon us. Now, I know I normally talk about the dreaded Dalton curse – whereby we are showered with rain constantly. But I am now hoping that curse has been lifted, as we were lucky enough to explore Durham in the sunshine! Not once did it rain except for the day we drove home (so that doesn’t count, does it?) and for the most part, it was bright blue skies.

We were totally blown away by Durham and all the attractions we visited during our stay with This is Durham. From the open-air Beamish Museum to a searching out sea glass on the beaches of Seaham, we packed a lot in four days. Exploring from the Dales to the coast, Durham is a wonderful region and one we will definitely return to.

The October Digest | My Travel Monkey

We even got a chance to relax after we extended our stay in Rockliffe Hall – a family-friendly spa resort. It was here the children got a chance to play in the many facilities such as a play area and Halloween trail. Hubby and I, treated ourselves to massages – so all in all, our staycation was a huge success.

After getting back, it was a manic flurry to prepare ourselves for our break in America and for Halloween celebrations. Because of our US trip, we didn’t quite go to town as we normally do, but Monkey still got to carve two pumpkins, go trick-or-treating and dress up. I love seeing how much he is growing into a funny, cheeky boy.

The October Digest | My Travel Monkey

So, while we won’t be jetting off on a jet plane now for the remainder of the year, there are still a few trips coming up for us as a family including a weekend exploring Bristol in a few weeks, as well as some day trips that are Christmas related. All the while, my mind is still ticking over all the plans we have coming up for 2019 – and some of them are pretty exciting, too!

Wishing you all a great month, and wrap up warm. Winter’s coming…