The benefits of school trips abroad

When I went to school there were various school trips abroad.  I’m not talking about primary school, but at senior school as a teenager.  Unfortunately I never went on one as they were far too expensive.  There was also an awesome sounding trip in year 6 at junior school to a place called PGL (Parents Get Lost!).  Again, I couldn’t go due to the cost.  I was raised by just my mum, a young single mum, and money was always really tight.  I secretly never minded about the PGL trip as I’d hear they build water rafts and I couldn’t swim well at that age, so worried I’d drown!  I remember having to go into the class below for the week whilst the rest of my class was away.

Again in senior school I never expected to go on any of the trips abroad as I already knew we couldn’t afford it.  Luckily this time it wasn’t as if the whole year went (there were over 200 pupils in each year), but they always sounded like the most amazing experiences.  I hope Ben and I stay together and our financial situation stays strong so we can afford to let Bella and Reuben go on these school trips if they so desire.  We will definitely encourage them to go though as they are a great life experience.

They might even meet their lifelong partners!  Amazingly a school friend of mine got her first boyfriend on a trip abroad when we were at school and 20 years later they are still together, happily married with children!

As well as the trips being fun, there are also lots of evident life and educational benefits to school trips abroad.  Here are some of the reasons I’ll be encouraging my children, when they are older, to go on school trips abroad if they are offered: Continue reading “The benefits of school trips abroad”

My very honest Bluestone review – 3 night Christmas break in Wales

For the first Christmas ever, we went for a little festive stay to Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales.  In this blog post I will share my honest review of what it’s like to stay at Bluestone in-between Christmas and New Year and I will review all the activities and facilities we used on our stay including Kingdom of the Elves. Continue reading “My very honest Bluestone review – 3 night Christmas break in Wales”

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light review and photos 2018

On Saturday evening we attended the Spectacle of Light event at Sudeley Castle.  It was an event I only heard of last year as a friend had attended, so after visiting the castle in the summer this year with the children, I knew I wanted to take them back to explore their light show event.  Having mentioned our plan to attend to my mum and sister, my sister thought it an excellent Christmas gift for us so she bought our tickets and we all attended together.  In this blog post I will review our family day out in Gloucestershire to Sudeley Castle for their 2018 Spectacle of Light event. Continue reading “Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light review and photos 2018”

Get discounts on family attractions and travel with Kids Pass

Going for a family day out to a local attraction can be quite costly.  For the four of us to enjoy a day out at a wildlife park or theme park, for example, can cost well over £100 once you factor in entrance fees, parking, getting there and so on.  In fact, it can often cost a lot more than this.  It’s quite mad how a lot of theme parks and similar now also charge a parking charge for the day!  Surely it should just be free to park in their car park whilst a visitor?!  It’s madness.

With this in mind, it’s always great to cut costs wherever possible and to make a saving on ticket prices when we can.  Sometimes searching high and low online for a discount can do the trick, but if you are looking for an easier way to make massive savings on family days out then I am going to introduce you to Kids Pass in this blog post. Continue reading “Get discounts on family attractions and travel with Kids Pass”