Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle

In the recent Easter holidays we ticked something off my 2019 travel bucket list which was to visit Snowdonia National Park.  We stayed in Machynlleth which is in the Dyfi Valley at the southern tip of the park.  In this blog post I will share what we did for three days with kids in Snowdonia, Wales.

You may remember me saying in this recent blog post that I was hoping to book a last minute sunny holiday abroad for a week in the Easter holidays.  I had hoped so, but Ben’s work is making potentially 20% of staff redundant in May and regardless of this he wants to go self-employed making handmade rustic furniture and as a handyman in Gloucester so we decided it would be better to not spend so much money on a holiday right now and to have a shorter UK break.

We booked a three night stay at a self-catering apartment which I do not want to mention or give any credit to as it was awful.  I wouldn’t return to the accommodation, but I definitely would return to Snowdonia as it’s absolutely beautiful.  We barely scratched the surface in three days, but we were so impressed with the places we did visit and see.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the biggest mountain which is Snowdon, but of course that means we just have to return to explore more another time!

Here’s what we got up to for three days with a four year old and a six year old in tow… Continue reading “Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle”

How to pack minimally for your summer holiday

Nearly every time I go on holiday I take too many things.  I’m very minimal at home with my décor and belongings and so on, yet when it comes to travel I am guilty of taking a bunch of clothing I never even wear.  Not only is this wasting time packing and organising them, but it means I’m lugging around a stack of extra weight that I simply don’t need to.

I also really hate packing and even worse is unpacking when home.  It’s a travel chore!  So I really don’t want to waste any extra time packing and unpacking things I don’t even use.  I’ve decided to make my packing for travel recently a lot more minimal and I will share tips in this blog post on how you can pack light for your next summer holiday.

Firstly, here’s a reminder of the benefits of packing light:

  • Save time (less time packing and choosing outfits)
  • Save money (less luggage and clothes to buy)
  • Less weight to carry (so much easier at the airport and carrying suitcase to hotel room)
  • No overweight luggage to pay for
  • Less stress overall

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Here are my top tips for how to pack minimally for a holiday: Continue reading “How to pack minimally for your summer holiday”

A few hours in Weston-super-Mare

For Mother’s Day on Sunday we went on a short family trip to Weston-super-Mare. Weston is the closest beach to our home in Gloucestershire, around a one hour drive.

Weston-super-Mud!

As a child we used to always call it Weston-super-Mud!  It’s not the prettiest of beaches and the tide always seems to be out for miles resulting in sludgy sand and the water colour when it is in is very murky brown – hence jokingly calling it mud!

If you love the typical British tourist beach, however, then Weston beach has everything you need.  We spent just a few short hours there on Sunday and managed to squeeze in a few standard touristy things even though we were freezing. Continue reading “A few hours in Weston-super-Mare”

Wookey Hole caves review – kids go free!

It was only one week ago that I wrote an update on our 2019 travel and days out bucket list to say we hadn’t yet done anything, though we had planned a couple of holidays at the end of the year.  Well, now we have ticked something off!

We have actually ticked Ben’s ONLY item off the bucket list!  It was all I could get out of him when I was writing the original blog post.  Here’s the original 2019 family travel bucket list if you want to have a peek.

Here’s what Ben wanted to do in 2019:

‘Visit Wookey Hole – Ben sees an advert on the motorway for Wookey Hole on the way back from work every day and it was on Salvage Hunters so he wants to visit!’

So now we have.  We had a rare day with no plans on Sunday and I really wanted a family day out.  I felt like we needed it.  Most weekends are spent visiting family and friends and if they’re not, then Ben usually has a bunch of DIY related stuff to do.  He did have Bella’s bed to finish as he built her a custom loft bed a couple of weeks ago, but it can wait.

We hadn’t had a family day out since the Christmas break so we really needed one!

Kids go free to Wookey Hole

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