Places to visit during the lockdown from the comfort of your couch

For any travel-hungry individuals who are looking for ways to discover a new place but aren’t physically capable to due to the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve got good news for you!

Did you know that many bucket-list worthy places can be visited online?

If not, we’ve put together a list of incredible places all around the world you can visit from the comfort of your couch.  Get ready for some virtual travel! Continue reading “Places to visit during the lockdown from the comfort of your couch”

Missing travel? How to have a holiday in your own home during the coronavirus lockdown!

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives in so many ways, but mostly we are unable to travel and restricted to staying in our own homes the majority of the time in the current coronavirus lockdown.

Not only are we banned from travelling abroad or on holiday, but we are not even allowed to travel locally unless it’s for one form of exercise per day in our own neighbourhood or to grab essentials from local shops.

All other forms of travel are currently banned in the UK unless you are a key worker or your job is excluded from the current lockdown.

Many people have had to cancel their travel plans and there’s no knowing when travel restrictions will be lifted.  Airports are closed and it could be 12 months, according to some reports, before these worldwide travel restrictions are properly lifted.

With regards to travel and taking holidays we are living in a period of uncertainty for the foreseeable future.  All local attractions have even been closed including National Trust sites and even children’s play parks so there are no days out at all for the time being.

At least for now there has been a silver lining.  It has been really sunny and even warm in the UK for the duration of the lockdown.  This is pretty amazing considering a couple of years ago it snowed at the end of March!

So, if we have the travel bug, but we can’t travel, then what can we do instead to stop cabin fever setting in?

Why not take a holiday in your own home instead?

If you can’t travel and go on holiday, then bring the holiday to you!

Here are some tips on how to have a holiday in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading “Missing travel? How to have a holiday in your own home during the coronavirus lockdown!”

Spending diary for our budget family holiday to London. 3 days, 4 people, only £350!

London on a budget is totally possible, even if you’re travelling with kids, so long as you’re willing to make some sacrifices and take advantage of the free things you can do in London.

In this blog post I reveal our spending diary as a family of four in London for three days. Continue reading “Spending diary for our budget family holiday to London. 3 days, 4 people, only £350!”

Our 3 day London family itinerary + travel diary

Just before Christmas we went on a two night budget stay to London with the kids.

Bella, age 7, has been asking for about three years to go to London since she learned about it at school.

She was dying to see a red double decker bus!

It was one of her wishes on our family travel bucket list for 2019 and we managed to squeeze a budget trip to London in just before the year was out.

We went on a tight budget so decided to stay within walking distance of the free museums to keep our spending costs as low as possible.

We found a cheap place to stay, took a coach from our home city of Gloucester and ate as cheaply as possible with total spending money whilst there of £150 for four of us. I share the total costs of our trip in my London spending diary.

So what did we get up to?

We managed to squeeze in Buckingham Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Hyde Park and some sightseeing.

Here’s a look at our family London itinerary for three days and our photos and videos. Continue reading “Our 3 day London family itinerary + travel diary”

Visiting Skenfrith Castle in Wales with kids

On Saturday it was Ben’s Dad’s 70th birthday.  We didn’t actually know it was his 70th, but we did know it was his birthday!

I did ask Ben how old his Dad was and he had no idea, so we had to ask.

For a treat, we picked up his Dad and his Dad’s wife and took them to explore 13th century Skenfrith Castle with us. Continue reading “Visiting Skenfrith Castle in Wales with kids”

8 day Europe road trip costs for family of four

In case you missed it, we recently went on an eight day family road trip in Europe with two kids in tow.  I meticulously kept records of every last penny we spent on the trip to see exactly how much it cost us in total.  In this blog post I will share with you a breakdown of how much our trip to Europe cost as a family of four.

I will also share some tips on how to save money when travelling on a budget in Europe later on in the blog post. Continue reading “8 day Europe road trip costs for family of four”

Save £25 on your first Airbnb accommodation booking

If you’re looking online for an Airbnb referral then you’re in the right place.  I have an Airbnb refer a friend link that can give you up to £34 off in total.

You can save £25 as an Airbnb first booking discount if you’re a new customer, plus an extra £9 can be saved if you book an Airbnb experience worth £36 or more.

Read on to discover how to get this great Airbnb deal and save money when you travel. Continue reading “Save £25 on your first Airbnb accommodation booking”

How to get the cheapest train tickets

Travelling by train can be an exciting and fun way to travel.  When travelling with kids it’s really quite an adventure!  However, the ticketing system in Britain isn’t always fair and you could end up paying far more than you need to.  In this blog post I will share some of the ways you can get very cheap train tickets. Continue reading “How to get the cheapest train tickets”