Family travel diary: Half term holiday exploring Cornwall’s north coast from The Towans to Fistral beach

For half term we were meant to be in the Lake District; a holiday I had been waiting for as Ben, my husband, is from the Lake District and spent the first half of his childhood there, but I am yet to go. However, it was cancelled only two weeks before the summer half term as there was a water leak in the property we were staying in. They were unable to repair all the damage in time for our stay, so refunded us our money.

Panic!

It was only a couple of weeks until the half term and with travel abroad still banned, EVERYONE in the UK was going on holiday to the UK. It was short notice to book somewhere and I was up until the early hours searching for a week away that didn’t cost the Earth!

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Cheddar Gorge family day out + campervan stay at Bucklegrove Campsite

On Friday evening we drove to Cheddar in Somerset for camping at to see Cheddar Gorge for the first time. Read on to learn things to do in Cheddar Gorge, the walk we did in Cheddar with amazing views and where we ate.

But first, things didn’t really get off to a great start for our camping trip away…

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Motorcycle vs Car: 5 reasons why motorcycle sales are booming

According to Bloomberg the pandemic has kick started a motorcycle boom!  Sales of motorcycles had been increasing year on year, even before the pandemic and current events only intensified this increase.  Year on year sales were raising 11% since 2010, but in 2020 there was a whopping 31% increase in sales compared to 2019.

It’s a huge jump and I’m certain the pandemic played a large part.  Let’s take a look at 5 possible reasons why motorcycle sales are booming and probably won’t slow down any time soon.

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24 hours kid-free in Wales: Port Eynon, Swansea + Caerleon Amphitheatre

We had a kid-free 24 hours over the bank holiday weekend and had planned to paint our block paving driveway, however the weather forecast had patches of rain and we needed a full 24 hours rain-free and warm for the paint to dry. So, not wanting to be stuck at home for a weekend when we had the opportunity to get away, we booked a last minute night away on Airbnb to Swansea to explore more of the wonderful Gower!

The Gower is around two and a half hours drive so it’s not too far for a quick one night stay. It’s also stunning and provides the perfect scenery for long walks, talks, ideas and clearing of the mind – much needed after the year we’ve had. It was great to get away from our home too where we have felt so trapped in recent times.

There were no stays left in Gower, but Swansea had a few choices and I decided to spoil us with one of the best looking. It was our ten year anniversary earlier in the year during lockdown and we couldn’t do anything to celebrate, so this was my excuse!

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Things to consider when buying a caravan for the first time

In the UK, caravan sales have been booming as more people are interested in holidaying within the UK because of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

Although we haven’t purchased a caravan, we have been exploring this as an option.  We currently have a Mazda Bongo campervan and love the freedom it brings. 

A caravan or motorhome would be even more freeing and when it’s time to say goodbye to our beloved Bongo (who is now over 26 years old), we will likely pick a caravan or motorhome for the extra freedom they provide when it comes to travel.

Are you also thinking of purchasing a caravan for the first time?  Read on for things to consider when buying a caravan for the first time to help you make the right caravan choice.

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Tips for travelling with jewellery

When going on holiday you often want to look your best for both day and evening, which may include taking some of your favourite and expensive jewellery with you. 

Travelling with jewellery can be a little nerve-wracking, especially if it’s valuable or sentimental, so read on for plenty of tips on how best to travel with your jewellery.

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3 night family break in Landrake, Cornwall: travel diary + photos

On Good Friday I had a quick look on Airbnb to see if there were any holidays available for under £100 per night in Devon for the end of the Easter holidays.

The lockdown restrictions were easing as part of the government roadmap out of lockdown and we were allowed to stay in self contained accommodation from 12th April 2021. Yippee!

Amazingly I found a cottage for just £70 per night in Landrake, Cornwall just next to the border of Devon. It was very lucky as there were only two accommodations available in the entire of Devon and Cornwall for the last weekend of the Easter holidays for under £100 per night.

So we nabbed it!

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Tips for travelling abroad with allergies

If you suffer with an allergy, then travelling abroad can feel like quite a daunting process, especially if you are travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language.

To put your mind at ease, I have collated many tips for travelling with allergies so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Read on to learn how best to manage travelling with allergies.

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National Trust Ebworth Estate + Sheepscombe Common: a family walk + picnic

On Easter Sunday the weather was surprisingly very warm and sunny. After we had been teased with weather forecasts of potential snow and freezing temperatures, we had planned a family day at home watching movies and eating vegan Easter eggs. However, the weather was so warm we decided to pack a picnic for lunch and venture into the countryside. A place we only just found out about, which is surprisingly close to our home, is the National Trust Ebworth Estate with free parking and access to amazing walks through Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve.

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Alternative wedding locations

If you want to showcase your individuality, there’s no better time to do it than on your wedding day. While many might opt for tradition at such ceremonies, there’s no obligation to do so, which means your day can be anything you want it to be.

In the UK, the ceremony itself needs to take place in a venue approved by the local authority, but there’s nothing stopping you from holding the reception somewhere that means the world to you and your partner.

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