A woodland walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa

I am very lucky to live somewhere surrounded by countryside. In fact, I live in a city but it doesn’t feel like it. I’m right on the outskirts and on the border of Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham with miles of countryside starting just a few minutes from our home on foot.  I’m going to share with you some of this countryside in this blog post from my recent walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa. Continue reading “A woodland walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa”

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”

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”

A few hours in Weston-super-Mare

For Mother’s Day on Sunday we went on a short family trip to Weston-super-Mare. Weston is the closest beach to our home in Gloucestershire, around a one hour drive.

Weston-super-Mud!

As a child we used to always call it Weston-super-Mud!  It’s not the prettiest of beaches and the tide always seems to be out for miles resulting in sludgy sand and the water colour when it is in is very murky brown – hence jokingly calling it mud!

If you love the typical British tourist beach, however, then Weston beach has everything you need.  We spent just a few short hours there on Sunday and managed to squeeze in a few standard touristy things even though we were freezing. Continue reading “A few hours in Weston-super-Mare”

Wookey Hole caves review – kids go free!

It was only one week ago that I wrote an update on our 2019 travel and days out bucket list to say we hadn’t yet done anything, though we had planned a couple of holidays at the end of the year.  Well, now we have ticked something off!

We have actually ticked Ben’s ONLY item off the bucket list!  It was all I could get out of him when I was writing the original blog post.  Here’s the original 2019 family travel bucket list if you want to have a peek.

Here’s what Ben wanted to do in 2019:

‘Visit Wookey Hole – Ben sees an advert on the motorway for Wookey Hole on the way back from work every day and it was on Salvage Hunters so he wants to visit!’

So now we have.  We had a rare day with no plans on Sunday and I really fancied a little road trip and family day out.  I felt like we needed it.  Most weekends are spent visiting family and friends and if they’re not, then Ben usually has a bunch of DIY related stuff to do.  He did have Bella’s bed to finish as he built her a custom loft bed a couple of weeks ago, but it can wait.

We hadn’t had a family day out since the Christmas break so we really needed one!

Kids go free to Wookey Hole

Continue reading “Wookey Hole caves review – kids go free!”

Is it better to save money more or to travel more? An update on our 2019 bucket list

In November I wrote a post about our 2019 travel plans and bucket list.  That was over three months ago and now we are well and truly settled into 2019 I want to write an update on our travel plans and thoughts.

Is it better to save money more or to travel more?

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I started by saying we’d have a limited travelling year as we give our emergency fund a big push.  My target this year was £10,000.  We already had £3000 saved and we’re now up to £5000.  I’m always torn between the best thing to do.  I have the travel bug really bad and feel we never know what’s around the corner.  Something tragic could happen any day and I don’t want to regret not travelling more.

But, at the same time, I get so anxious about money.  I’m self-employed so income is never guaranteed and I always worry about one of us getting ill or losing our jobs.  Plus, in 2018 we had total car repair bills of £3000 for the year!  Something we managed to pay for thanks to our savings, but it’s made me further off my savings targets and of course anxious that we might get more repair bills like this and need the funds saved just in case.

I feel like life’s too short to not travel.  We’re also only here once and there’s so much to see and experience.  But I also feel I need to be sensible and have a good batch of savings to cover all sorts of eventualities.

It’s a never-ending battle in my head! Continue reading “Is it better to save money more or to travel more? An update on our 2019 bucket list”