Tuscan Dreams with Simpson Travel

Florence

Like many families, we have been struggling with the January blues thanks to a sustained bout of the lurgy which has seen the whole family ill at some point this month and a distinct lack of sunshine. This has sent us busily researching the perfect destination for our summer holiday as the thought of crystal blue waters, spectacular scenery and warm summer sun can make the dullest winter day seem better. Back in 2016 we were lucky enough to go on our first cruise around the Mediterranean, which made four stops along the Italian coast; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia and Livorno.… Continue Reading “Tuscan Dreams with Simpson Travel”

Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts

Lisbon, Portugal

The weeks between Christmas and the February half term holiday always feel miserable weather wise, and this year is no exception. As I write this storm Georgina has blasted into the UK and is doing its best to batter our house and garden, with our just repaired fence looking a little precarious already. Last year we headed to Angus, Scotland in February and had the most amazing time, playing in the snow in Glen Doll, exploring Scottish Castles and sampling the delights of Edinburgh but this year we have tempted away by some winter sun and are heading to Portugal.… Continue Reading “Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts”

Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland

Santa's Lapland

There is no doubt about it, a holiday to Lapland is pricey, but it is a once in a lifetime trip. I found booking a Lapland holiday a minefield as there are so many different options available, and my biggest tip is to do your research thoroughly before you make your decision about where to visit. Top 10 Tips for Booking a Holiday to Lapland 1. Book Early Lapland holidays are released in September for the following year and this is the best time to take advantage of free child places as they disappear very quickly and to get the… Continue Reading “Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland”

Our Travel Plans and Travel Wishlist for 2018

Camp Bestival

It is the first week of January and with the wind howling and the rain drumming on the windows, my thoughts are turning to our travel plans for 2018. I would like to say we are really organised and have a plan in place for every month but with Hubby’s work constraints and Kian about to embark on his final few months of A-Levels, things are a bit up in the air. Our Travel Plans This month we will be staying close to home and enjoying some local days out. It is also Eliza’s 7th birthday and we have booked… Continue Reading “Our Travel Plans and Travel Wishlist for 2018”

Top 20 Most Visited Posts of 2017

Scotland

Looking back over 2017 has made me realise just how far we have travelled and the fun we have had along the way. As a blogger I always find it fascinating to see what posts are the most popular with my readers and I have to say there are a few surprises in there for me. Here are my most popular posts of 2017: 1. 10 Reasons to Buy a Merlin Annual Pass this January Written back in January this was very popular then and has surged up the charts again in December as people make a decision whether to… Continue Reading “Top 20 Most Visited Posts of 2017”

Our Travel Highlights of 2017

Santas Office

What a year 2017 has been! It has been a year of anticipation as I booked our dream holiday to Santa’s Lapland all the way back at the end of 2015 and have had to keep it a secret for over a year, which was not easy. But let’s go back to the beginning of the year where we started our travels with a week in Scotland. We stayed in a delightful cottage with Newton Farm Holidays in Angus and had an amazing week, exploring as much of the country as we could. Our holiday cottage was a short drive… Continue Reading “Our Travel Highlights of 2017”

Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland

Saariselka

The final day of our visit to Santa’s Lapland was a nice relaxing day in comparison to the busyness of the Search for Santa day the previous day. Check-out time at the Saariselkä Inn is 10am, so we got up, dressed and packed everything up before we had breakfast so we could make the most of the time we had left. We had been given a coach time of mid-afternoon and were able to leave our cases at the pub, where we have breakfast, where they would be looked after until it was time to leave. The first thing on our… Continue Reading “Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland”

Northern Lights Adventure with Santa’s Lapland

Northern Lights Tour

Seeing the Northern Lights is top of my bucket list, so when we discovered that you can take part in a Northern Lights Safari when we were staying at Santa’s Lapland we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. We booked it for after our Search for Santa Day which mean’t we had to leave that slightly earlier (3.30pm), but we had made sure we packed everything in that we wanted to do. It is dark in Lapland by 3.30pm, so the tour departs by coach from the Holiday Club at 4.30pm. We did chuckle that the coach drove us two… Continue Reading “Northern Lights Adventure with Santa’s Lapland”

Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland

Searching for Santa at Santa's Lapland

Day two of our three-day trip to Saariselkä was our Search for Santa day. We were given our coach times the day before we left and we were one of the first to arrive for our day that promised to be packed full of fun. Tucked in our pockets were our magic tickets (the kids letters to Santa, that we had “posted” a few weeks previously) and the timings for our husky rides, the only set time given on the day. The rest of the day we could do whatever took our fancy. We arrived to a covering of fresh snow… Continue Reading “Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland”