About  My Vida Loca

Hi, I'm Lou. I have lived and worked in some of the most luxurious places in the world. It really has been a crazy life - I lived the Vida Loca in Dubai in the late 90's, enjoying the expat life as part of a team of suppliers for the fit out of the Burj al Arab hotel.


My life as a professional chef has taken me from Regents Park and life as cook and ladies maid - think Downton Abbey on steroids! to private chef in Cannes and Nice, and finally host of a beautiful rental villa in Provence - working as one half of a couple that not only managed an 11 bedroom rental property, but for five years farmed the 749 olive trees and 3 hectares of vineyards that the villa nestles amongst.


I am not only passionate about travel but love to eat like a local and seek out the very nicest spots to sit and people watch whilst enjoying a cocktail. I am the go to person in my family for a bargain - my internet shopping skills are legendary - but the thing I love most, and what gives me the biggest kick is to find holidays and trips with big discounts and preferably lots of upgrades and/or freebies thrown in! I have travelled all over the world and stayed in some of the most beautiful places, always on a shoestring budget. I hope you enjoy my blog and the top travel offers and upgrades I post on here as I spot them.