‘There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots and the other is wings’ 

This quote has been at the forefront of my mind recently. Our eldest will be turning 16 in the summer, and I am well aware that we are on borrowed time when it comes to family holidays. It will soon be time for him to spread his wings, go off on his own adventures with his own friends. Every holiday has me treasuring the moments we are together as a family, even those times when he is bickering with his sister.

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When Simpson Travel opened their travel ambassador programme, they wanted to know what inspired you about their holidays. … Continue reading

Our travel plans for this year are slightly different. Having managed 14 trips away during 2017, we will be travelling far less this year due to one thing…. GCSEs. Holidays are on hold for the first 6 months of the year, but I have made up for our lack of travel with our summer holiday trip. This is how 2018 is shaping up so far.

Our travel plans for 2018

January

The husband and I managed to escape for a night to celebrate my birthday. We booked one of our favourite Premier Inns at The Trafford Centre for the bargain price of £29. We ate, shopped, drank gin, but sadly we were tucked up in bed before 10pm as hubby was suffering with the flu.… Continue reading

Ipoh city guide

You are surely going to fall in love with Ipoh, a city that is fast becoming popular with the local and international tourists in Malaysia. Loved for its tropical rainforest climate, delicious food and the abundance of artwork and cave temples, you are sure going to miss a fantastic historic spot if you don’t visit Ipoh on your trip.

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The pleasant city is definitely a welcome break which provides an exciting place for an urban interlude. Just browse Traveloka Malaysia and see how you can reach the convenient gateway for travel to the Cameron Highland. Ipoh lies at the heart of the world’s richest tin-producing field, the Kinta Valley. … Continue reading

I thought I had better update this post, as Ikos Olivia can no longer say it’s the 2nd best all inclusive hotel in the world. It has been voted THE BEST all inclusive hotel in not just Europe, but THE WORLD too. When I heard the news, which was announced on TripAdvisors 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, I was thrilled for all the staff at Ikos Olivia.

Ikos Olivia

When I wrote this post last year, we had only been to the hotel once. We returned last April and the service, as you would expect from a hotel that is crowned best in its category, was impeccable from start to finish.Continue reading

If you follow me on social media you will know that we went to Bath just before Christmas. As soon as I realised the kids were breaking up on the 15th December, I knew it would be the ideal time to get away for a little festive break. A chance to escape the chaos of the Christmas build up, and reconnect as a family.A festive break to Bath

Bath was top of our list, having enjoyed our trip to the city back in February. We returned to Bath Mill Lodge retreat, which is the perfect place to come and unwind. The kids had had such a busy run up to Christmas with mock exams and rehearsals, they were longing to kick back and relax.… Continue reading

I love writing this post which gives me the chance to look back at our travels for the past year. In 2017 we managed 14 trips of 1 night or over. 2 of the trips have just been myself and the husband, 1 has been a girlie night away, 9 trips with the family, and the kids have enjoyed 2 school trips.

2017 - Looking back at our year of travel

February

Our first trip of 2017 was to the beautiful city of Bath. Staying in a luxurious 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, it was the perfect base to explore the city. We enjoyed visiting the Roman Baths, wandering around the stunning Bath Cathedral, and enjoyed a bus tour around the city.… Continue reading

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Maui, Hawaii with kids

Maui is an island in Hawaii that is blessed with 30 miles of beautiful beaches, making it one of the best family destinations in Hawaii.  There is an abundance of activities to explore here, and fun filled activities for the whole family. Families flock to this Hawaiian island to enjoy the Polynesian culture and those pristine beaches. As Maui is not packed with tourists, families can head just about anywhere and explore the adventure that is on the island. You can choose to stay in one of the beautiful homes for rent in Maui and enjoy a comfortable stay.… Continue reading

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With the holidays nearly upon us, it is that time of the year when a family vacation becomes just one of those unavoidable things. And if you have kids who are not prone to mid-air meltdowns, you may actually even look forward to it. Planning a holiday with kids has got to be meticulously planned – and I say that from ten years  experience. Your holiday must revolve around their interests (at least some of the activities) and respect their body clocks. I try to mix things up a little, with things that are both fun and educational.… Continue reading

Up until our little Northumberland trip we had only had 1 night away during the summer holidays, so our 3 day break to Slaley Hall was very much needed.  After our traditional stop at Tebay Services on the M6 (the BEST services as it’s like your favourite farm shop opening up on a motorway) we arrived at our 3 bedroom lodge.

3 Bedroom Lodge at Slaley Hall

I knew what to expect as we had stayed at Slaley Hall last year, but you still get the wow factor when you first enter. We have stayed in A LOT of lodges over the years, and Slaley wins hands down for the biggest lodge.… Continue reading

About 6 months ago the teen arrived home from school clutching a letter which was promptly handed to me. Now this in itself is extraordinary as school letters often remain crumpled and unloved at the bottom of his school bag. And judging by the hopefulness spreading across his face, it was something he desperately wanted to do.

School Trip to Iceland

The letter was from the Geography department about an October trip to Iceland. A beautiful country where he would experience Plate Tectonics and Glaciation, all supporting his learning towards his GCSE Geography exam next year. And yes my husband and myself were very jealous of this amazing opportunity.… Continue reading