Holiday Inn Media City Review

Media City Manchester

This weekend I headed to Manchester as I was due to attend BlogOn Conference at Hotel Football. As my husband was weekend off, we made the decision to all go to Manchester, so they could explore everything the vibrant city had to offer whilst I did all things blogging. We made the decision to stay in at Media City as not only is it home to BBC and ITV studios, but is also houses the Blue Peter Garden and the Imperial War Museum, has brilliant transport links into the city centre and was a short walk to Hotel Football, which… Continue Reading “Holiday Inn Media City Review”

Sri Lanka – the perfect destination for a family holiday

Elephants

One of my earliest travel memories was visiting Sri Lanka as a child. I am not sure exactly how old I was, but I remember the locals used to love patting me on the head, possibly because of my long blonde hair. I also remember hairy taxi rides, staying in a brilliant white hotel which was situated right on the beach and getting the chance to ride an elephant. Plus, there being an extremely long flight and randomly watching the muppets on TV in Bahrain airport when we stopped off. It’s funny what you remember about travelling. I think it… Continue Reading “Sri Lanka – the perfect destination for a family holiday”

Visiting Stonehenge with Kids

Stonehenge bluestones

Stonehenge has been on our days out wishlist for a long time and now we are English Heritage members we decided to take the hours drive north to visit. Luckily we managed to dodge the Dorset Steam Fair traffic, as it was going in the opposite direction, but did get to see a couple of steam engines trundling along on route to the event. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Amesbury, near Salisbury and is somewhere we have driven past many times and you can see the stones from the busy main road. We arrived to find a small… Continue Reading “Visiting Stonehenge with Kids”

Travelling While Pregnant: Top Tips

Travelling when pregnant

If you choose to travel while pregnant, there are plenty of considerations to bear in mind – your health as well as that of your baby is paramount. Here are some top tips to bear in mind to ensure smooth sailing when you’re travelling while pregnant. Pack efficiently There are extra considerations to take when packing for your holiday. Pack everything you need for a more comfortable trip, whether it be compression socks to limit swelling during your flight or even ginger lollies to combat nausea. Remember the medication you might need, too. Whether it’s Panadol for the inevitable headaches… Continue Reading “Travelling While Pregnant: Top Tips”

Top tips for staying safe on your beach holiday

Kayaking

When you’re looking forward to soaking up the sun’s rays and swimming in the sea on your summer holiday, injuries and accidents are often the furthest things from your thoughts. However, it is worth bearing in mind that many British holidaymakers are injured at the beach every year. The sea, rock pools and cliffs are frequently the cause of slips, trips and falls, while unfamiliar safety standards in foreign countries can lead to holiday-related accidents.    To make sure an injury or accident doesn’t ruin your time away, follow our top tips. Be vigilant when swimming in the sea Check… Continue Reading “Top tips for staying safe on your beach holiday”

Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou

The Îles de Clovis

When Britmums invited me on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France I was intrigued. Labelled as a theme park and rated as the best in the world, I am still struggling to find the perfect words to describe it, other than “WOW!!”. What Puy Du Fou (pronounced Pwee de Foo) does offer is spectacular, immersive and awe-inspiring shows, rather than rides, that get your heart soaring and spark your emotions and the fun begins as soon as you step into one of their unusual hotels, which promise to send you… Continue Reading “Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou”

How to travel with confidence

View from Pena

Whenever I book holidays for my family, I like to be prepared and plan ahead much as I can. Because we travel with kids, I am always keen to make sure our trips are budget-friendly and hassle-free. Here, I share with you some of the best tips I have learned along with way. I hope that they will inspire you to do the same before you set off on your next adventure. Once you pick your destination and know how long your holiday will be, the next step is to do your research. A great way to start is by… Continue Reading “How to travel with confidence”

Travelling to Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal

When booking our holiday to Portugal, I spent quite some time researching airlines to find the best deals on flights to Lisbon. Prices varied depending on the times and dates of flights and I wanted to make the most of our short break, so booked an early 6am flight so we could make the most of the first day of our break. The cheapest deals were with TAP Air Portugal, who were also offering 9% cashback on Top Cashback, so I saved both ways. Hand luggage was free but I did pay extra for one large case for Hubby and… Continue Reading “Travelling to Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal”

Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One

During our visit to Portugal in half term, we spent two days staying centrally at the Martinhal Chiado hotel, which is set in one of the trendiest areas of Lisbon. The hotel is the perfect base to not only stay with the kids, but is also within a stones throw of the main transport network, offering the chance to explore everything Lisbon has to offer, whether by foot, underground, tram, bus or even tuk tuk. On our first day in Lisbon we decided to get our bearings and explore Chiado by foot, finding stunning artwork, historic buildings and huge statues around… Continue Reading “Exploring Lisbon with kids – Day One”

A visit to Pena Palace with the kids

Pena Palace

In my last post I talk about visiting the beautiful town of Sintra and Castelo Dos Mouros with the kids. Once we had climbed down from the castle, we caught the 434 tourist bus to take us up to Pena Palace, the most popular tourist attraction in Sintra. It is possible to walk it but it is situated at the second highest point of the Serra da Sintra so not ideal for little legs. Thankfully we jumped the queue for tickets as had bought a combined ticket for both attractions earlier in the day. Once inside you can walk up… Continue Reading “A visit to Pena Palace with the kids”