Camping with kids

With another bank holiday on the horizon, people will be looking to spend a few nights under canvas. We used to love camping when the kids were little, but for the past 3 years the tent has stayed in the loft. I fear that camping may not be the same when the teenager realises that a tent does not come with a PS4 and superfast broadband.

We started camping when the kids were 3 and 6, and we have many happy camping memories. Our camping experiences were definitely a learning curve, and with each trip I learnt something new. The most important one, ALWAYS pack a corkscrew for your wine, yes a HUGE error on my part. … Continue reading

Holidays are great fun, but there’s no doubt they bring with them some level of stress. Missed flights, lost luggage, and family arguments are just some of the potential disruptions to your otherwise relaxing break. To make sure you can truly relax on your holiday, here are some top tips for having a stress-free holiday.

Pina Colada at Ikos Olivia

  • Get everyone involved in the planning

Unless you’re travelling solo, don’t make all the decisions about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing yourself. Partners or family members can feel pushed out if they don’t get a say in the upcoming holiday. Give them a chance to express what they want to be doing, and how they’d like to relax.… Continue reading

My 11 year old is a huge book worm, and she can often be found with her nose in a book instead of the iPad. So when it comes to travelling, it has become a tradition that she gets a few new books to take away. And on our recent holiday to Greece, her ‘book  list for holidays’ was written well ahead of her suitcase being packed. Except I wasn’t my normal organised self.

I had failed to order the books she wanted online, and at 4.30am I found myself in the WH Smith at Manchester Airport. Half asleep and having spent a fortune, Katie had her books but I wished I had been more organised.… Continue reading

I am a creature of habit when it comes to holidays. Yes I know there is a huge world out there to explore, but if you give me the perfect holiday then I am going to find it very hard not to return. And this is how I felt when we got back from our first visit to Ikos Olivia in April 2016.

Olive tree at Ikos Olivia

We pretty much experienced the perfect holiday last year, no mean feat when you are travelling with a teen and tween. Add to this that Ikos Olivia won the best all inclusive hotel in Europe (AND second in the world), and I knew that I would be hard pushed to find another hotel that would match the Ikos service.… Continue reading

With our trip to Greece just over a week away, I have spent the past few nights organising our holiday wardrobe. We have a few essentials still to get like suntan lotion, and I am sure I can sneak a few more new dresses into the suitcase.  Whilst I love holiday shopping and browsing the shops for the latest Spring trends, my husband HATES the shops. Preferring the comfort of his own home and a laptop to do his holiday shopping.

He is a creature of comfort when it comes to fashion and style,  his favourite colour being blue and beige.… Continue reading

I recently wrote about our trip to Bath, and today I wanted to share with you where we stayed in the historic city. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I love lodge holidays. So when I found out that Bath Mill Lodge Retreat was 3 miles away from the city, it seemed the perfect place to stay.

The Mill

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

We arrived on a beautiful sunny day in February, and checked in at The Mill where you will also find the bar and restaurant. Now if you are looking for a holiday that offers activities and entertainment, this is not the place for you.… Continue reading

A few weeks ago, bloggers up and down the land were eagerly awaiting news on Mark Warner’s Family Ambassador programme. Since starting blogging back in 2013, I have heard only glowing reports from people who have been on Mark Warner holidays.  And last years Ambassadors showed us how to holiday, ski and sail…. Mark Warner style.

Lightbox

Mark Warner has been around since 1974, which coincidentally is the same time as me. Though I am sure Mark Warner has fewer wrinkles and grey hairs. In those 43 years the holiday company has grown and evolved, and it got me thinking of how much our family holidays have changed with time too. … Continue reading

Bath has been on my travel list for years, and last week I finally got the chance to visit this historic city. It was our first trip to Bath as a family, and whilst we were looking forward to exploring a new city, we also wanted to relax. As the kids are getting older they both need their own space on holiday, so I booked a 3 bedroom lodge at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, which is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Bath.

Light Box

I will be writing more about Bath Mill in the next few days, but wow what a stunning place to stay.… Continue reading

When I look back at 2016 and our year of travel, I love how many adventures we managed to fit in. Some trips were taken just me and the husband (ah blissful lie ins and child free times). Some were with girlfriends, where there was lots of chatter and far too much gin. But the majority were me, the husband and the kids. With Morgan turning 15 this year, I am under no illusion we are on borrowed time with family holidays. And whilst on one hand that makes me sad, it also makes me determined to pack as much travel and adventure in as we can.… Continue reading

At the start of 2016, I was inspired to join in with the Take 12 Trips challenge after reading Karen from Mini Travellers post. The idea is simple, to take 12 Trips over the course of the year, which was thought up by blogger Clare from Need another holiday. I have taken a total of 14 trips during 2016 (1 night or over), of which 2 have been girlie weekends, 4 trips with my husband and 8 as a family.

January

15 days into the New year and we were off on our first trip of 2016. It was a double celebration at Centerparcs, with Katie and I celebrating our birthdays whilst we were there.… Continue reading