It’s the New Year which means it’s time to serve up some brand new bloggers that have inspired us recently.

BotM Dec - Venice2

Orna O’Reilly is an Irish author and blogger who, when she’s not writing her Venice set novel, is blogging about her adventures around Italy. In this post Orna visits the setting of her novel, Venice, for a mid-winter tour. In her trip she takes in some of the city’s most famous landmarks as well as the island of San Giorgio. Alongside some fantastic photography, Orna’s post is a great guide to what to see and do on your trip to Venice.

BotM Dec - Ski2

The start of the New Year sees the ski season really take off with resorts across the Alps looking like a picture perfect postcard. For all those hitting the slopes soon, especially those skiing for the first time, Vicky from has provided a great guide to staying warm. Here Vicky suggests the use of hand warmers as a must to keep yourself nice and cosy as you travers the slopes, or just make your way to some apres-ski  drinks.

BotM Dec - Outfit

Whether taking a short flight to Barcelona or a longer flight to Turkey, it’s important to dress comfortably for the plane. Audrey from gives us a handy guide to making sure you feel comfortable while also looking stylish. Some top tips include comfy joggers (black to keep them looking presentable), trainers for all that airport walking and sunglasses for those slightly tired eyes on morning flights. It’s the perfect way to start your holiday.

BotM Dec - Rome2

Olivia, from, has written a perfect 4-day guide to Rome which encompasses everything from pasta to the Pantheon. For those planning a city break to Rome, Olivia’s guide is great as it packs in everything you could want to see and do on your trip such as indulging in the finest Italian cuisines, visiting ancient sites and marvelling at the grandeur of the Catholic architecture. The rest of Olivia’s site is packed full of equally helpful guides for a whole host of destinations.

BotM Dec - NewYear

As its January, millions of us will be thinking of New Year’s resolutions (if we haven’t broken them already). To help inspire you in 2016, Laura from has asked some top bloggers for their travel resolutions. These fantastic  resolutions will definitely be added to our list. We particularly like the ‘travel more’ plan, though the only question is where do we start, a trip to Dubrovnik or a trip to the south of France?

Are you a travel blogger? Let us know if you’d like to feature on the Monarch blog.


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