Our Travel wishlist for 2017

Carnival Vista

Writing a travel wishlist for the year is always trickier than a days out one as a lot depends on being able to get time off work and having the money to do it. Our travel plans have already changed this year with our holiday to Disneyland Paris during the kids extended half term break, cancelled as Hubby cannot get the time off work. To say we are disappointed is an understatement as every time Sebby sees an advert on the TV he exclaims that he wants to go there. Lesson One: Book school holiday time off as early as… Continue Reading “Our Travel wishlist for 2017”

Taking a Novasol European Tour

Eco Gites Lenault

Have you heard of Novasol before? No? If I am honest, neither had I before they asked me to run a fun quiz in my house with a bunch of my friends, all about the locations in Europe where they have holiday homes. Novasol Holiday Homes  is part of the Wyndham Holiday group and have over 44,000 holiday homes in 29 countries, all across Europe. Whether you want to rent an apartment in Spain, a houseboat in Germany, a thatched cottage in the Netherlands, a Chateau in France or a lakeside villa in Norway they have something for everyone and… Continue Reading “Taking a Novasol European Tour”

My Top 10 Posts of 2016

Omaha Beach

I always find it fascinating looking at my stats and seeing which posts have been the most popular in the last year – it is rarely the ones you think it will be and this year is no exception. I enjoy researching travel almost as much as travelling itself and it looks as though I am not alone. 1. My top post this year was a bucket list post for visiting Thailand and I have to say that looking back, I can see why as the images draw you in and whisk you off to a warmer climate. 2. My second most… Continue Reading “My Top 10 Posts of 2016”

Top 10 Tips for Saving Money when Booking a Holiday to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

It is that time of the year where we are in limbo between Christmas and New Year and my thoughts have turned to booking a holiday for 2017. The kids are all desperate to go to Disney as our last visit was 4 years ago. Unfortunately, Florida is out of our reach but I have been busy researching the best deals for visiting Disneyland Paris. Finding a bargain can be a challenge, but I have I do have some hints and tips for you: 1. Book Direct Booking directly through Disneyland Paris is the cheapest way I have found to book… Continue Reading “Top 10 Tips for Saving Money when Booking a Holiday to Disneyland Paris”

#Win a Pair of Cinema Tickets to see Rogue One to celebrate Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris

Star Wars

Do you have a Star Wars fan in the house? Hubby is Star Wars mad and has passed his love of it onto both Callan and Kian, with Isaac (8) starting to like it now too. In super exciting news, did you know that you can now fulfil your Star Wars destiny from 14th January to 26th March 2017, as Walt Disney Studios® Park, Disneyland Paris awakens with the Season of the Force. Buckle up and blast off to a galaxy far, far away, where you can see breathtaking shows exploding with special effects and live Star Wars Characters who… Continue Reading “#Win a Pair of Cinema Tickets to see Rogue One to celebrate Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris”

My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa

Baptistry

The fourth port we docked in on our Mediterranean cruise aboard Carnival Vista was Livorno which is a short coach ride from Pisa and Florence. We made the decision to just visit Pisa and take the kids along for the ride as it was a relatively short excursion in comparison to some. We parked in a car park at the edge of the town and hopped onboard a trolley (land train), which took us on a bumpy ride around the town, showing us the sights before ending up in Miracle Square itself. I never realised that there was so much… Continue Reading “My Top Tips for visiting Miracle Square and Pisa”

Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista

We have just returned from an amazing holiday aboard the Carnival Vista cruise ship which has so much to see and do onboard that you don’t actually have to step onshore if you don’t want to. Some activities only run on sea days and we only had one sea day on our 8 day Mediterranean cruise so you need to be on the ball not to miss some activities. Our top ten things to do onboard the Carnival Vista are: 1. The Sail Away Party Hosted on the Lido Deck as you leave the first port of the cruise, in… Continue Reading “Ten Things Not To Miss Aboard Carnival Vista”

Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane

Condor Ferry

Back in February we made the journey from Poole to St Malo in France for half term. It was a holiday we thoroughly enjoyed, although surviving a ferry journey with kids in bad weather was a steep learning curve. Taking the ferry is far less hassle than travelling by air, as you avoid long queues to check-in, excess baggage charges and a 2 hour wait for your flight to even board. Taking a ferry means you have to be at the terminal an hour before you need to board and can arrive closer to your final destination by choosing the closest… Continue Reading “Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane”

Our top places to visit in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Vista first took is to Messina, Sicily, then Naples where we made a visit to Pompeii and the next stop was Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. There were plenty of planned tours to purchase onboard the ship, however, we made the decision to explore Rome on our own which involved a coach taking us on the 90 minute journey to the city and leaving us to our own devices for several hours. The coach dropped us a mere five-minute walk from the Colosseum and armed with just a basic map of the city and a… Continue Reading “Our top places to visit in Rome”

Top Tips for exploring Pompeii

Pompeii

When we first found out we were docking in Naples on our cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, a visit to Pompeii was a must. Pompeii is a Roman town frozen in time, thanks to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and is the only place in the world where you can begin to understand how the Roman’s lived as much of it was frozen in time after it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). We decided to take an organised tour arranged by the ship which included a guided tour of… Continue Reading “Top Tips for exploring Pompeii”