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 kids 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. 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 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 free family days out.  We are very lucky to have a few great places nearby to visit if we don’t fancy spending a lot of money or even any at all.  If you are ever in my neck of the woods in south west England then here are a few of the best places you can visit with kids without spending a penny. Continue reading “8 free days out with kids in Gloucestershire”

Our 2019 family travel, events and days out bucket list

2019 is going to be a somewhat limited 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 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!  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…

Arg! 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”