I’m a millionaire for a day! #24hrMillionaire

Update: The votes are in and I’m going to Paris for the day. If you have any suggestions for things to see and do in Paris with a big budget, please do let me know!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to share this post. This is so surreal and also a dream come true because next week I’m going to have the most amazing 24 hours. Let me start at the beginning….


Did you know that if you won £1 million you’d have £2,739.72 per day for one year!!?

Imagine that, an entire year filled with epic days, enormous shopping sprees, extravagant meals, 5* hotels and amazing holidays. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!

I know I’m not alone in buying Lotto tickets and genuinely thinking I’m going to win. Every time I play I start planning my adventures and deciding how I’d share it with my friends and family.

It’s become a popular game during long road trips and sleepless nights. It’s the ‘What Will you Buy First when you Win the Jackpot’ game, and it never gets old.

So when I received an email from The National Lottery asking if I’d like the chance to be a millionaire for the day, I really couldn’t refuse!

Yes, that really happened. An email pinged into my inbox asking if I’d be interested in living like a millionaire for 24 hours.

As you can imagine, my immediate response was to begin skipping and dancing around the house like a loon. Once I was suitably out of breath I began imagining where I could go and what I could do in my 24 hours as a millionaire until I got all excited again and the skipping and dancing commenced  once again. I’m seriously having to stop myself from skipping and dancing as I write this email because I’m so excited.

I’ve been given this amazing opportunity as a way to celebrate the fact that every Wednesday in May there’s an extra chance to become a millionaire with Lotto thanks to an additional £1m prize on the raffle (on top of the usual jackpot!) 

Now it’s time to decide what I’m going to do for 24 hours with over £2,700 and I’d like you to help me choose.

My millionaire lifestyle will begin at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th May and end at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th in time for that week’s Lotto draw when someone’s ticket will make them a millionaire for real.

I haven’t been abroad since I was 26 weeks pregnant with George so I’m desperate to get on a plane and travel! I’m thinking a city break with a 5* hotel, a big shopping spree, some luxury experiences and, of course, there will be some surprises for you guys too!

Out of these cities, which do you think would be the best to visit as a millionaire?

  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Barcelona

Let me know which city you think I should visit and tell me how you’d spend £2,739.72 in 24 hours!

This will all be happening on May 19th and 20th and I’ll be sharing my trip on , and using the hashtag #24hrMillionaire.






  1. May 11, 2015 / 10:01 am

    That’s so exciting! I’m going to say….Berlin – mostly because it’s somewhere I really want to go to and would love to see your photos from the trip.

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      Berlin seems like a popular one so far…

  2. May 11, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Berlin I think! It’s less obvious than the other 2 for millionaires, but I bet they know how to live it up. Mind you, Paris has Chanel. Hmmm decisions.

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      It would be cool to find some of the luxury things to do in Berlin – like you say, it’s much less obvious.

  3. Grace
    May 11, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Sod those….I’m thinking Cannes, Monaco, St Tropes!
    Have an amazing time!!!

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Now Monaco would be a good one! The only problem is that I only have 24 hours and some destinations won’t work with flights and timings. Maybe I need a private jet….

  4. May 11, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Amazing! I’m so excited to watch what you do! I’d pick Barcelona only because it’s somewhere I’ve never been and….SUN! 🙂 Berlin is one of my favorite cities in Europe, though, so I’m sure you’d have a blast there, too!

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      SUN!! I really can’t argue with that argument!

  5. May 11, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Amazing!! It has to be Paris. I would pretend to be Carrie Bradshaw and stay in a suite at the Plaza Athenee and head to Dior for a shopping spree (hopefully not falling over in the doorway!)

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      Haha, trust you to get a SATC reference in there 😉

  6. Renee
    May 11, 2015 / 10:49 am

    BERLIN! Because that’s where we met! 🙂 Have fun love.

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      Aww it was! Such fun times. It would be fun to see Berlin with a bigger budget than on a budget walking tour!

  7. May 11, 2015 / 10:50 am

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to see how you spend it. Maybe Italy? Definitely some shopping and an amazing dinner with champers 🙂

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Champers for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  8. May 11, 2015 / 10:56 am

    It’s got to be Paris … I can imagine exquisite boutique hotels, luxury spas, amazing Parisian Fashion houses.

    Looking forward to watching your rich adventure xx

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      You’ve just nailed it Jen. That sounds like my dream day.

  9. May 11, 2015 / 10:57 am


    This is SO exciting!!! OK, so I would go to Barcelona and hire a massive yacht and some sexy Spanish men to wear tiny shorts and feed me grapes all morning.

    Lunchtime I’d sip cava and eat tapas by the street, and then hit Avenida Diagonal and buy some diamonds.

    THEN I would head to a top restaurant with killer views, like Dos Cielos or somewhere and just stare out of the window with a bloody great smile on my face!

    Enjoy your day! Such an exciting idea!!

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      That sounds amazing! And it sounds like you’ve thought about this already! 😉

  10. May 11, 2015 / 11:01 am

    You lucky thing!! I’d go for Paris or Barcelona, but I think Paris would be more enjoyable with such money. Have an amazing time.

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks Daisy! It would be a dream come true to go nuts in Paris with lots of cash.

  11. May 11, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Wow! Super exciting!

    You were in Paris not too long ago, so I’d scrap that one. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities and there are some gorgeous hotels/apartments there. Plus, sunshine, the beach, amazing food….the list goes on. I got engaged in Barcelona so I’d love to see some more pics of the city. Are you taking George with you? I’m sure he’d vote Barcelona too 😉 x

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      How romantic!
      No, George is staying at home with his dad and grandma. They’re all very jealous! Vicky Flip Flop is coming along with me so I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun (and lots of phone calls to check Georgie is OK!)

  12. May 11, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Nice one Mon! That sounds amazing and, dare I say it, a little stressful! Better make sure you plan well so you get your money’s worth! I’d go for Barcelona out of those three 🙂 Have fun!

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:46 pm

      It might be a little stressful actually, you’re right! I think I’ll end up with a detailed itinerary to make sure it’s an amazing 24 hours.

  13. May 11, 2015 / 11:50 am

    WOW! How exciting!

    Surely Paris for shopping/expensive dinner and luxurious hotel? Although I’d be tempted by Barcelona too – I’m sure there’s enough to spend your money on there.

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Yes, Paris was my first thought too. It ticks all the boxes for luxury and shopping and amazing experiences. And it’s so close to home so it’s perfect for the 24 hour experience.

  14. May 11, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Well, this is fun! As if you could stop the skipping & jumping to write this post 🙂
    Go to Paris! It’s such a great city, made so much better if you have money to burn. The Four Seasons there is incredible if you’re looking for a 5* hotel to indulge in! Can’t wait to read all about your day as a millionaire x

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:48 pm

      I’ve just been looking at the Four Seasons, it looks a-mazing. I’ve also been looking at The Shangri-la but I think that might be a little bit out of my budget 🙁

  15. May 11, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    WOW what a fantastic opportunity! I’d have to say Barcelona – such a beautiful place!

    Josie XOXO

    • May 11, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      I’ve never been to Barcelona so I am tempted. But that could make it difficult with just 24 hours as I’d spend half my time finding my way around. Decisions, decisions!

  16. May 11, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Wow – how amazing!! I think all three cities would be amazing but for a day of living the champagne lifestyle I just don’t think you can go past Paris. I’m picturing the amazing boutique hotel, the fabulous shopping and of course the incredible food – and champagne! Can’t wait to follow your day, wherever you end up 🙂

  17. May 11, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    What a dream come true! I don’t know a lot about Berlin so I think that would be my vote. I would like to see what it is like to be there as a millionaire. Have a wonderful time spending your money!

  18. May 11, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    I’d rule out shopping spree- too low a budget. With chauffeur 5* hotel, first class flight and Michelin star dining you may be short on cash. Paris is the chic place to do it. Don’t forget you only book via a concierge service live Amex travel.

  19. May 11, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    It would have to Paris – everytime – have fun !

  20. May 11, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I think Paris get’s my vote!

    The cuisine, cocktails, fashion, beauty, spas, culture & glamorous parties all wrapped up in a whirl wind 24hr trip – sounds like heaven!

    Have fun x

  21. May 11, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    How incredible! Any would be amazing but I think Paris would be such a great place to swank around.

  22. May 12, 2015 / 12:17 am

    I’d definitely travel as well! If it were me, I’d choose the city that I’d most been hankering to visit or wanted to go back to! Can you donate some of the money to charity, too? Nepal is really suffering, along with many many other places.

  23. May 12, 2015 / 5:51 am

    You’re crazy if you pick anything other than Paris. Your destination has to be a place where living it up big has big advantages and would be way too far out of reach for you in any other circumstance. Paris is the way to go.

  24. May 12, 2015 / 7:50 am

    A millionaire for a day? Cool! Pick Paris. Parisians certainly know how to live well – and rich :-).

  25. May 12, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Oh this is so cool! I definitely think Paris!! x

  26. May 12, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Oh my god! What a ridiculously awesome opportunity! I can’t wait to see the pictures and read all about it. Which location is going to offer you all that you want to cram into 24 hours as a millionaire? Amazing location, impeccable food and drink, world class shopping..? Champagne all day, and the rest will just figure itself out 🙂

  27. May 12, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Oh Monica I am green with envy – what an amazing opportunity! My vote from those cities is Barcelona (based on my friend’s recent experience) but I’m sure any spot will be incredible with such a budget!


  28. May 13, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I’d say Paris. As this city is quite expensive to visit, you would now be able to experience it without having to avoid the lovely terraces on the Seine, enjoying the appartment/hotel with an Eiffeltower view… etcetera. Berlin and Barcelona would both be do-able with such activities on an ordinary day with an ordinary budget 😉

  29. May 13, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I really want to go to Barcelona, so I’m going to go with that!
    Think of the sun, the shops, the sangria, oh the fun you will have! 🙂
    Tres Jealous – I’d be happy winning £200 to spend, in fact even a £20 note would do me quite nicely 🙂
    HAPPY MILLIONARING (just made up a word)
    x tink x

  30. Louisa Jackley
    May 13, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Paris for sure! Wow that would be amazing!!!

  31. Meredith
    May 13, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Paris. Hands down.

  32. May 13, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Congratulations Monica! What an exciting prospect! You’d be hard pressed to spend this amount of money in Berlin in only one day — it’s such a cheap city! I’d go to Paris for all its delights <3

  33. May 13, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Definitely go for Berlin – there are loads of ways to live like a millionaire there! You could do some designer shopping at The Corner (super-cool boutique) and stay in the Adlon Kempinski Hotel, which is right by the Brandenburg Gate.

  34. May 13, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I would say Barcelona. The city has an amazing atmosphere, great food and wine and is on the water. I would stay at the W Barcelona Hotel, get a treatment at the Bliss Spa and then hit the stores for some well deserved Retail Therapy. And of course do not forget the amazing restaurants!

    By the way – I am a travel consultant based in NYC (until recently I was a very unhappy attorney and thanks to blogs like yours, I finally had the nerve to quit and change my life – now I am starting my career in travel consulting) and would love to work with you on this trip! Feel free to email me at any time.

  35. May 13, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    oh man, PARIS, hands down. Living the luxurious life in Paris is wayyyy more expensive there than in the other cities, so I feel like going to Berlin would be squandering it, almost! Live the good life in Paris 😀

  36. May 13, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Awesome this is going to be amazing cant wait to follow along……..but NOT Paris your money will go further in Barcelona or Berlin 😀

  37. Yasmin
    May 13, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Congrats! Whatever you choose, choose wisely and plan well, do some research. 24 hours fly by quick! I would balance it with an unforgettable experience and one very special item to remember this unique trip!

    • May 13, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      That’s such a good point, the day is going to fly by! And I like your spending tips, an amazing experience and something special sound perfect.

  38. Cynthia
    May 14, 2015 / 2:23 am

    I’d say Berlin just because one doesn’t normally think of it as a luxury destination, so it’d be exiting to see it from that perspective!
    Good luck and enjoy!

  39. May 14, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Firstly, congratulations!! That’s such an amazing opportunity. Secondly, although I’d like to visit Berlin as it’s the only one of the 3 cities you listed I’ve not been to, I think Paris would be most suitable for a millionaire lifestyle. Paris has the most amazing hotels, shopping, restaurants. I’d definitely go for Paris.

  40. Tiffany
    May 14, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    I think it would easy to spend it in Paris but like everyone else has been saying Berlin is the less obvious one. It could be so fun researching the luxurious things to do there and you might even experience something surprising and different.

  41. May 15, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Paris is definitely the place to drop some £££. I’d stay at Le Bristol/Plaza Athenee, have dinner at Monsieur Bleu, afternoon tea at Peninsula Paris, cocktails at Hotel Costes and a shopping spree at Colette or L’Eclaireur. Can’t wait to see how you spend it.

  42. May 16, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I’d say Paris – where else can one enjoy the best of haute couture and gourmet dining? No trouble spending your daily quota there 😉

    What a fun experiment! Have a great time!

  43. May 20, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I think up the most ridiculously lavish things I would do as a millionnaire almost every time I buy a lottery ticket (I’m sure I’m not alone). What an amazing opportunity.. I see that Paris won! (great choice) Hope you’re having fun!!

  44. May 22, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    Hi Monica, I would suggest Malta in Europe! I follow your blog and I’m curious to know if you ever plan to visit my home country in the Mediterranean 🙂

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