Our 8 day Europe road trip plan from UK – Amsterdam, Soltau, Bruges

I have exciting news – we are going on a mini 8 day family road trip to Europe!  It’s all been very last minute as we weren’t sure if we’d be going away this summer, but we’ve decided to go for it!  In this blog post I will share our European road trip travel itinerary and tips on how to plan a driving holiday in Europe.  There are lots of things you need to plan in advance and I’ll share exactly what we’ve been planning and booking before we go on our last minute family road trip. Continue reading “Our 8 day Europe road trip plan from UK – Amsterdam, Soltau, Bruges”

What to do and where to stay in Florence

I have been lucky enough to be able to travel to Florence for work, but at the same time I was unlucky to not see everything this incredible city has to offer.  As my visit was work orientated I had no time to explore the delights of Florence and so I must return one day as a tourist.

I was fortunate enough to be able to walk from my hotel to my place of work each day so I did manage to get a feel for the streets of Florence and witness some of the incredible architecture this city has to offer.

Today I have a guest post for you to share some ideas of what to do and where to stay if you are considering a visit to Florence yourself.  I’ll be taking on board all the advice for when I revisit Florence in the future. Continue reading “What to do and where to stay in Florence”

The life-changing power of a trip to California

California is one of the most popular states in the USA, as well as the world. It’s not uncommon to see people wearing Californian merchandise in foreign countries such as t-shirts that mention major cities in California such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco!  According to the LA Times, Los Angeles alone saw a record number of 50 million tourists in 2018!

California is somewhere I have spent seven weeks in total across two different road trips.  This was before meeting my husband and having a family, so I’d like to return as a family one day to experience all it has to offer once more.  There is also so much to see and do that I’ve barely even scratched the surface.  Ben has never been to America, so we definitely have to go one day and tick it off our family bucket list.

The landscapes are quite incredible in Cali and that is what attracts a lot of people to this southern state.  It can also be a great place to visit if you are looking to improve your health.  If you’re wondering why you should add California to your own bucket list, here are a few reasons: Continue reading “The life-changing power of a trip to California”

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”

My top 10 honeymoon destinations

Ben and I never went on a honeymoon.  Boo-hoo I hear you cry!  We didn’t do the traditional wedding thing at all really.   I always dreaded the thought of walking down an aisle having everyone stare at me and having to say vows in front of a huge audience, so instead we did our own much more relaxed style wedding.  We had a Wedfest in our own garden! Continue reading “My top 10 honeymoon destinations”

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”

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”