Your ultimate guide of how to survive a long car journey with kids

Whether it’s visiting family in the Christmas holidays or jetting off to the coast in the summer break, there are occasions when we have to travel in a car with young kids, babies and toddlers much longer than we’d really like to!

Never fear though.  I’m here with lots of tips on how you can survive any long road trip with kids in tow. Discover how to prevent boredom and keep kids entertained no matter how long you will be on the road. Continue reading “Your ultimate guide of how to survive a long car journey with kids”

8 free days out with kids in Gloucestershire

Whilst we love exploring places far and wide, we also love exploring our home county of Gloucestershire for free family days out.  Whilst days out to attractions with kids can get quite costly with ticket prices, parking charges, meals and fuel costs, it can be much cheaper and even free to take the kids for local family days out.  In this blog post I will share 8 of our favourite free days out with kids in Gloucestershire. Continue reading “8 free days out with kids in Gloucestershire”

Our 2019 family travel, events and days out bucket list

This post will be updated in italics as we progress through 2019 and tick things off our bucket list!

I think 2019 is going to be a somewhat limited family travelling year for us.  I am in the middle of saving an emergency fund and I have decided to give it a big push in 2019 and hopefully reach my target of £10,000 by the end of the year.  This means we probably won’t be going on any big holidays in 2019, unless I suddenly discover a lot of extra cash or my workload goes through the roof!

[Update – we saved it during the first half of the year! Woohoo!  So we travelled a few times in the second half of the year. Read all about how we saved £6500 in 6 months to reach our £10k emergency fund savings goal]

Our 2019 family travel bucket list

I’m self-employed and so earnings are always a worry and something I feel anxious about constantly.  To ease this anxiety I want to have a substantial emergency fund saved up that will cover my household contributions for several months should work dry up for me or I need to spend time finding employment.

It’s also to cover unexpected bills, such as our Mazda Bongo camper repair bills!  I fear we purchased a money pit having already spent £400 on a new turbo and it now being back in the garage for over one week already with an engine problem that will cost us £1200 providing they don’t find anything else wrong in there…


This means we probably won’t have as many luxurious holidays away as we have been in 2018 – Fuerteventura, Center Parcs and Bluestone and several smaller camping trips/nights away.

We do already have a couple of festivals booked as I purchased tickets this year to take advantage of early bird prices.  So it’s great to already have something paid for to look forward to.  I’d also like to go away at Christmas again if we have a great time at Bluestone this year.  I’m really looking forward to our last adventure of 2018 which is a 3 night stay at Bluestone in Wales with lots of festive activities booked for the children.

Our family 2019 travel bucket list

I’ve got an idea of things I want to do in 2019 and I’ve asked the kids and Ben for their input too: Continue reading “Our 2019 family travel, events and days out bucket list”

Victoria’s ultimate travel bucket list

One of my biggest regrets of my twenties and pre-kid life is not travelling the world.  When I left school it wasn’t something that interested me or that I had a passion for.  I worked the same job for nine years before I had my first daughter and I liked the security of it so didn’t want to ever leave it to go travelling.  Now I really wish I had!  In my thirties and with two kids and a mortgage, I now, rather annoyingly, have the thirst to travel!  Only now I can’t just save up and zip off round the world for a year or so as I have responsibilities.  Why, oh, why did I not have this passion and desire in my twenties or late teens when anything was possible?! Continue reading “Victoria’s ultimate travel bucket list”

How to pack light for a family road trip

If you’re staying in the UK for a holiday or short break then I have some clever advice for how to pack a bit lighter to make the car journey more spacious and comfortable.  Going away with a baby or young children can be overwhelming when packing and you often feel like you need to take the entire contents of your house including the kitchen sink!

We’ve been there and travelled for only a few days with the kids, or when our eldest was born we travelled just with a baby, and the car was stuffed full of luggage literally bursting out of every seam – the boot, in-between seats, behind seats, in every foot well, on our laps!  It was crazy.

Depending on the type of accommodation and holiday you have planned in the UK, I have some ideas on how to travel a little lighter, even with kids and babies in tow. Continue reading “How to pack light for a family road trip”

Your ultimate guide of tips when flying with young children and babies

One of the most asked questions I see within the travel blogging and parent community is for advice on flying with kids.  For a new parent it can be very daunting when flying with a baby and, even as a more established parent, the thought of flying with toddlers or young children can be terrifying!  Children and babies are unpredictable and even adults can find flying alone quite a stressful challenge, let alone throwing a couple of kids and a baby into the mix too!  In this blog post I will share as many tips on how to make flying with children and babies a breeze, or at least a lot more worry and stress-free with some good planning. Continue reading “Your ultimate guide of tips when flying with young children and babies”