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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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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Top 10 tips on packing light

This post is for you, my husband who no longer has any idea what packing light means. There was a time, not so very many years ago when we could go on holiday without the kitchen sink. In fact, we coped for a month in New Zealand with just a motorbike pannier each and a small rucksack between us. These days, we travel with two kids, two large dogs, an estate car and a folding camper (over-sized trailer tent). We have even had a genuine discussion about whether to bring the cat next time. So to remind us how it’s…

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Best laid plans…

I’ve never really been a planner. Before having the children, holidays tended to be a last minute affair. If I’m honest, work often went the same way. I have been known to wander off to America, New Zealand and Australia on my own at the last minute. There was also the occasion when a friend and I booked a trip to Venezuela against all advice. We’d had a bottle of wine, we didn’t care. Both of those trips were amazing and I wouldn’t change them for the world. Let’s face it, how many people will be able to tell their…

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Thinking about holidays

After a fabulous and unexpected holiday at Bluestone in January this year, we’ve been a bit reticent in getting around to booking or planning our breaks for the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been one for booking holidays early. In fact, I’m a bit of a last minute wonder. Hubby is definitely the organised one, he’s a bit of a stress head when it comes to getting things done.  The time we spent at Bluestone has put a completely different perspective on holidays for us though, and made us reconsider the sort of thing that we will all…

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