Europe family road trip day 5 – Munster, Germany

The fifth day of our trip was in Germany to see Ben’s gran one more time before we headed onto Belgium the next day.

Again, we wanted to spend as little money as possible as we’d already spent as much as we’d really wanted to – £1200 – and still had a day in Bruges to go where we wanted a tour of the city, plus the petrol costs to get back.  There will be a blog post soon with a breakdown of all the costs from this trip.  Our ideal budget was £1000, but this was adventurous with needing to buy European breakdown cover for a 24 year old car (£150 for this alone), travel insurance for a pre-existing medical condition (£50) and so on. Continue reading “Europe family road trip day 5 – Munster, Germany”

Europe family road trip day 4 – Soltau, Germany

Happy birthday Ben!  Today was Ben’s 36th birthday!

Today we headed into Soltau from Munster which is around a 20 minute drive.  Ben’s late mum was German and his Gran lives in Soltau in Germany.  Since we have been together we have visited almost once per year.  I think this is our sixth or seventh visit to Germany.  Last time we visited was August 2017 so two years ago, which is the longest we’ve left it. Continue reading “Europe family road trip day 4 – Soltau, Germany”

Europe family road trip day 3 – driving from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Munster, Germany

On day 3 of our European road trip with kids we had to check out of Campsite Vliegenbos by 11am.  We actually left a little earlier than this, just as soon as we were up, fed and ready.  I’m not a breakfast eater, but we used the camping stove and kettle to make a hot green tea each and Ben and the kids had some breakfast.  We took long-life organic soy milk so we didn’t need a fridge for the cartons and the kids and Ben had cereal each morning and fresh fruit. Continue reading “Europe family road trip day 3 – driving from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Munster, Germany”

Europe family road trip day 2 – exploring Amsterdam

Day two of our Europe road trip with kids was an entire day in Amsterdam!  We did not travel anywhere in the car today, only by foot, boat and tram to explore the sights of Amsterdam.  We literally had one full day in the main city of Amsterdam so had pre-planned what we wanted to see and do. Continue reading “Europe family road trip day 2 – exploring Amsterdam”

Europe family road trip day 1 – England to Netherlands / UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk / Camping Vliegenbos

If you recently read my Europe road trip plan with kids then you’ll know we planned a very last minute trip away to Europe in our Mazda Bongo campervan!  This is the first of 8 posts of my travel diary of what we did on our family European road trip! Continue reading “Europe family road trip day 1 – England to Netherlands / UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk / Camping Vliegenbos”

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”

How to make a road trip with the whole family stress free

Although you wouldn’t believe it right now as we had a thunderstorm today and rain the past few days, the summer is almost upon us and we are all thinking about road trips and holidays with our families and friends.  Whilst travelling with a bunch of grown-up and relatable friends can be fun and exciting, travelling with kids and your entire family is a different ballpark altogether.  In this blog post I will explore how to make a road trip with the whole family less stressful.

Going on holiday or a road trip with parents, siblings and children is different because you are more likely to suffer disagreements across the different generations.  The holiday needs to be suitable for everyone, across all age groups, as well as budget friendly for all.

So what sort of accommodation do you pick?  Continue reading “How to make a road trip with the whole family stress free”

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”