Looking for a camper van

This is a collaborative post. I’m not sure where the idea of the girls having an education on the road came from. My husband and I have always loved to travel but when we had the children, we accepted that we’d have to settle down for a few years. The problem is, whilst we were both ready to have children, settling down was never really on either of our agendas. When we went to Busfest last week, we both realised that we needed to start travelling sooner than anticipated. We’re not about to sell up and drive into the sunset…

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A visit to Busfest and the beginning of a plan

On Saturday, we headed to Busfest at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This is the largest VW van festival in the world and as it’s just up the road from us, we decided to go along for some inspiration. The big travel plan Both my husband and I travelled quite a lot before getting married, but neither of us did so as children. For me, there were road trips with the school brass band that took us into Europe and one holiday to Crete with my mum. But I never went further afield than that, so when I had the opportunity…

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A family holiday to the Elan Valley

After my trip to the Black Forest in Germany, my husband and the girls were all desperate to get away for a few days. Whilst it wasn’t practical to book any accommodation at such short notice for the bank holiday weekend, camping was the perfect alternative. So we headed off to the Elan Valley – which seems to be the only place in the UK that isn’t heaving with people during the last weekend in August! Accommodation It’s not often you go somewhere that forces you to completely unplug and get back in touch with nature. In fact, the Elan Valley is…

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Taking the stress out of travel with Holiday Extras

A couple of months ago, I was invited to do a spot of yoga at Airparks Birmingham with Holiday Extras. The idea was simple – they take the stress out of travelling so you head off on holiday feeling chilled. And it sparked my interest. In some research conducted by Holiday Extras in Birmingham, they discovered that 40% of people said that getting to the airport and long queues inside make them feel tense by the time they go on holiday. And I have to admit, I tend to be one of them. I usually get the train to the airport – and…

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The Black Forest – Europe’s best kept secret

Holidays have changed for us since becoming parents. Gone are the days of jetting off to New Zealand, South Africa or Venezuela on a whim. Throwing a few clothes into a backpack and trekking through the jungle, leaping out of a plane or scuba diving with sharks. And whilst these things are out of reach for now, I still crave that elusive family holiday to a little-known destination. Where tourists are catered for and welcomed with open arms, but swimming pools aren’t crowded, breakfast doesn’t always consist of a fry up and the countryside is clean, beautiful and unaltered. When I…

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Amsterdam with children

This is a collaborative post. When I got married, I didn’t really want a hen do. It seemed like an unnecessary expense when we were already shelling out for the wedding and a honeymoon to New Zealand. But as it turned out, the weekend before the wedding, there happened to be a water polo tournament in Amsterdam. So, I had that hen do after all – and totally fell in love with Amsterdam. Sadly, as is often the case with these things, I didn’t see as much of the city as I wanted to. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to head…

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Travel Zen Yoga at Airparks Birmingham

Last week, I was asked to take part in a really fun campaign for Holiday Extras, which involved Lia and I heading to Airparks Birmingham for a spot of yoga. The campaign was based on the fact that opinions are so divided in Birmingham over whether holiday travel is the start of the holiday, or a stressful nightmare. In a survey conducted by Holiday Extras, 35% of people felt that the journey to the airport marked the start of the holiday, whilst 39% felt that it was the most stressful part of their holiday preparation. So, travellers were invited to find…

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