What to pack for a holiday to Iceland in October

Aurora Borealis or northern light above kirkjufell mountain in iceland

Visiting Iceland has been at the top of my bucket list for a few years and we have finally booked to go and are counting down the days now. Visiting Iceland in October gives you a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, however, it is also their wettest month of the year so you need to be prepared for rain and cool temperatures. Average temperatures for Iceland in October range from 2 to 7 so it won’t be quite as cold as when we packed for Lapland, however some of my tips still stand and we will be using… Continue Reading “What to pack for a holiday to Iceland in October”

Preparing your car for the colder weather

Vintage Cars

The weather is changing quickly, the nights are getting longer and the roads more slippery thanks to falling leaves and rain, but is your car ready for the change? Our car maintenance is always scheduled for the month of October to ensure that our cars are ready for the inclement weather we experience at this time of year. Sadly one of the cars failed its MOT, needing two new tyres and a new brake cable, but at least I know it has been fixed and will take his through winter with no problems. Many auto centres offer free car health… Continue Reading “Preparing your car for the colder weather”

A visit to the beautiful town of Shaftesbury

Gold-Hill

Living in Dorset, we are spoiled with the Jurassic Coast on our doorstep, but we always neglect visiting the north of the county. When dropping Kian back at university in Bristol, I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to visit Shaftesbury and the famous Gold Hill. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a fascinating history going back to Saxon times, but has since found fame as the home of “that Hovis ad”. We parked in the main town car park and set off to explore. You can find Gold Hill on the main High Street, but… Continue Reading “A visit to the beautiful town of Shaftesbury”

5 Travel Essentials for a Sunshine Holiday

Plane

You have booked a sunshine holiday and now the planning us begun, but what essentials do you need to take with you. If you are travelling by plane, beware of weight restrictions on your suitcase and whilst it is tempting to take a different outfit and shoes for every day and night, realistically it is just not possible. 5 Travel Essentials for a Sunshine Holiday Sunglasses Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but they are also a travel essential for any holiday as they protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is important to buy a good quality pair which… Continue Reading “5 Travel Essentials for a Sunshine Holiday”

Staying at Summer Mews with Kent and Sussex Cottages

3-Summer-Mews

When travelling, as a larger than average family, we prefer the convenience of staying in a holiday cottage rather than a hotel as it gives us the space to relax without getting under each others feet. In May we were offered a weekend break with Kent and Sussex Cottages and got to stay in a the beautiful Summer Mews townhouse in Littlesea, Kent. We couldn’t have asked for a better location, as the property enjoyed views over, not one, but two golf course, glimpses of the sea and countryside in the distance. It was also a mere 5 minute walk… Continue Reading “Staying at Summer Mews with Kent and Sussex Cottages”

How to Travel with Kids

Small Planet Airlines

Taking a family vacation is a great way to bond with your children, help them discover new cultures, and create beautiful memories together. Those memories shouldn’t have to include cranky, sleep-deprived kids on the verge of a full-blown temper tantrum in a foreign country, though. Follow these tips on traveling with kids to plan a successful trip and make sure everyone enjoys the adventure! Plan ahead In my own experience, most of the things that I could do quickly on my own take twice as long when my kids are in tow. Make sure you’re setting aside plenty of time… Continue Reading “How to Travel with Kids”

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”

Why a visit to Iceland is top of my bucket list

Aurora Borealis or northern light above kirkjufell mountain in iceland

Visiting Iceland has been top of my bucket list of destinations for a few years now, but events have conspired against us each time we have tried to book a visit, but we are hoping that next year is the year we get there. Why visit Iceland? As a student I had a real fascination about Geology, volcanoes and earthquakes and where better to indulge in my inner geek than Iceland. The country lies on the divergent boundary between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate and is one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth, where almost… Continue Reading “Why a visit to Iceland is top of my bucket list”

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”