Travelling through fear

There is an ingrained societal belief that travelling alone is dangerous. A lone traveller is vulnerable, especially a female. We could get lost, kidnapped, coerced, raped, murdered. The prognosis is grim. So, we don’t travel. We stay at home and follow the expected path. Or we travel with friends, family, boyfriends, husbands or on arranged tours and with groups. As the years pass, the yearning to travel grows. But so does the fear. Fear is a learned response, children are not born fearful of travel, freedom or being alone. Fear breeds in adults. We believe it is common sense to…

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The perfect holiday

They awoke a little early on the grey, drizzly June morning. The two days of British summer in late April were a distant memory and it was the perfect time to escape the drudgery of their daily grind. The children emerged bleary eyed from their bedrooms. They knew something was amiss but they had no idea of the adventure that lay ahead. With everybody bundled into the car, they turned the Sat Nav to silent so as not to give the game away and headed for the airport. As they pulled into the car park, they wondered when the children…

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An education on the road

Before I had the children, I was always travelling. Every year, I’d go somewhere new. I was never one for package holidays but preferred to go it alone. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Venezuela and Thailand are just a few of the places I’ve explored. Since having the girls, things have changed completely. I’d love to be one of these parents that just carries on travelling but the truth is, life just hasn’t worked out like that. So instead, we are making the most of the fabulous UK holidays that are available at the moment.  In the future though, things will…

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The £10 holiday

I’ve had a bit of a brainwave. I’ve realised that we’re saving up for our holidays all wrong. And that in fact, we could have any holiday we wanted for just £10. So here’s how I’m going to achieve the £10 holiday. Most people put money aside throughout the year to save for their holiday. For us, our main holiday usually involves camping so we don’t have to save a fortune. This year, we are looking forward to heading to Scotland to visit friends and explore the beautiful countryside. But for next year’s holiday (2017) we are taking a different…

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12 UK holiday ideas for 2016

Since having the children, we’ve calmed down our travelling somewhat. Much as we love exploring the world, we’re firmly of the opinion that the children will benefit more from travelling when they are old enough to remember it. So we are busy discovering the incredible British Isles. Here are 12 UK holiday ideas for 2016 – one for every month. January Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire: Last January, we headed to Bluestone as a family and with some extended family and friends in tow. Lia was only eight months old at the time and had only recently started sleeping through…

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Christmas traditions: competition

With this being Libby’s third Christmas, we are starting to develop our own Christmas traditions. I have to admit, some of them are a little bit odd. Despite the children being so young, we have got into the habit of going ice skating every year. It’s great fun for us all and afterwards we eat muffins, drink tea and visit Santa. Perfect. The other thing we have got into the habit of doing is using our handmade advent calendar to bribe the children to behave. I know, I am officially a terrible parent. It has naturally evolved that Libby thinks it…

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Making holiday memories

I often write about my crazy holidays back in the good old days before having children. So when I was asked to share a post about childhood holiday memories, I thought it would be a doddle. I thought back to photographs of me on the beach as a child. Wearing a ridiculous sun hat, being covered in ice cream, walking along the sand and throwing stones into the sea. But since spending countless hours thinking about it I’ve realised I don’t really remember that much about childhood holidays. I think my earliest memories of holidays were when I was about ten years…

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