It had been a stressful month in the Wandermust Household! Moving continents is a lot of work! When we found a spare few days I quickly jumped onto the computer to look for a luxurious and relaxing break away. Darwin Forest Country Park jumped out at me as soon as I saw it. It looked like the perfect mix of luxury, relaxation and English charm. So did it live up to my exceptionally high expectations? Continue reading Review of our Luxury lodge stay at Darwin Forest Country Park
Sometimes its not about the accommodation (though I must admit the accommodation at Darwin Forest Country Park was fab – as you will discover in next week’s post), but what you can do somewhere that is the most important thing when booking a family holiday. And there are plenty of things to do at Darwin Forest Country Park. So here are my suggestions for what to do at Darwin Forest Country Park in rain or sunshine and for the young and the not so young! Continue reading Darwin Forest Country Park what to do during your stay
There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first holiday? Here are my family and some other family travel bloggers favourite places to go for Baby’s first Spring holiday.
Spring is a great time of year to travel whether you are in the Southern hemisphere or Northern hemisphere so whether you want a city break or a beach break we have you covered with some great global suggestions for baby’s first holiday ideas – a month by month spring destination guide. Continue reading Baby’s First Spring Holiday Ideas – March – May
It is undoubted that breastfeeding is easier when traveling. All you need is your boob and maybe a cover and you are good to go. But for all the formula feeding or expressing mums out there, airports and flying offer a different set of challenges. On the blog we aim to take the stress out of travelling with a formula fed baby so here is my essential guide for flying with a formula fed baby Continue reading Flying and Formula Feeding
Rome the eternal city is perhaps my favourite city in the world. I love the history, the culture and the food. So if you want to make the most out of a visit to Rome the eternal city here are our not to miss essentials so you too can Eat, Sleep and Breathe Rome: Continue reading Eat sleep breathe Rome – the not to miss on a lux family trip to Rome the eternal city!
What a month it has been in the Wandermust Family Household! If you had told me last month that I would be living back in the UK I never would have believed you but here we are! A combination of factors including the Qatar diplomatic crisis has meant me and the little lady are back in the UK with Wandermust Daddy joining us soon. As such we have been busy packing up the house, moving and unfortunately we had to cancel our trip to Singapore! But onwards!
What have you done this month? I hope it has been less eventful than ours!
Back to regular scheduled posting. I really enjoyed (if somewhat delayed) reading your posts from last month. It is so hard to choose three favourites every month but last month i particularly enjoyed:
- Can you still travel with kids by Flip Flop Globetrotters
- Road Trips with Toddlers by Baby Loves Travel AND
- A Perfect Three Day Hong Kong itinerary with Kids by Wander Mum
This month, I’m linking up with my post on Inspiration for Baby’s First Summer Holiday – a collaboration post I did with some of my favourite travel bloggers. What will you be linking?
What is The Fearless Family Travel linky?
#fearlessfamtrav is the place to come and link up all your favourite family travel posts. From days out and holidays, city trips to beach breaks, top tips, accommodation and product reviews. If it’s about family travel then we want to hear about it!
– Please share the linky love and comment on the host post and at least two others! Please add the #fearlessfamtrav hashtag to all comments!
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– The Fearless Family Travel will go live on the 1st of every month and stay live for the whole week ending on 7th.
We can’t wait to read your posts!
Sometimes it is nice to take stock and realise the influences and people that made you the person you are today. One of the things I would count myself as is a traveller and there are many influences in my life that made me the traveller I am today. As our byline says we are fearless family travellers embracing luxury and adventure around the globe! This is the story of how I became a traveller – what influenced me to become a family traveller, an adventure traveller and a luxury travel blogger!
How I became a Family Traveller
As family travel bloggers we prioritise travel with our daughter. It’s the whole reason behind this blog. But my own early travel memories are no where near as glamorous or exotic but definitely helped me become the traveller I am today.
We didn’t have much money when I was growing up but my parents always made sure we had at least one holiday a year. The earliest memories I have are vague but I remember travelling down to Weymouth in the UK and staying at a B&B. They served me ice cream for breakfast because I asked for it and that was probably my earliest travel memory.
After that, we started going to a family holiday camp in the UK called Butlins and this is the earliest strong travel memory I have. I remember spending lots of time outdoors doing activities such as abseiling and archery, but also of spending quality time with my parents.
I think the quality time is the thing that I have taken forward most into my own family travel. We are lucky that we get to travel to some amazing places, but really the most important thing is spending time together rain or shine (when I was little holidaying in England holidays were mainly rain)!
I also want to teach my daughter to have an adventurous spirit wherever she is – whether that is in the desert in the Middle East or exploring our local area in the UK. I think adventure can be found everywhere and you don’t have to travel for hours to get it! Now we have repatriated to the UK, I am really looking forward to exploring the UK as a family with trips to the Peak District, Yorkshire and my beloved (and hopefully hometown again) London already in the pipeline.
How I became an Adventure Traveller
Perhaps the biggest change to my travel life came when I met my husband at university. Whereas I had only really ever left the country for a quick trip to Eurodisney he was a seasoned traveller having grown up an expat. Suddenly within a year of dating I had taken my first flight and travelled round Alaska – somewhere I would never have dreamed of going growing up!
Now we have been to over 30 countries together with plans for a round the world trip next year! Without him I don’t think I would have ever been adventurous enough to go gorilla trekking and chimp trekking in Uganda and Rwanda or hiked in the Tongass rainforest in Alaska.
How I became a Luxury Traveller
What can I say I love 5* hotels, top notch nosh and fantastic service but I don’t think there is an origin story there – it is just me!
I love being pampered and feeling special when I travel. Whether I’m trekking in Uganda, finding relaxation in Sri Lanka or going on a baby friendly holiday luxury is never too far away!
That’s my story of how I became a traveller – family, adventure and luxury!
What type of Traveller are you and what made you the traveller you are today?
We love learning about otter families travel plans and habits. As part of our monthly feature fearless family travel – we interview other families to gain inspiration and insight about family travel around the world. This month Traveling With our Kids tell us about our how they make the most of their part time travel.
1. What is your family travel? Full-time, part-time, digital nomads etc.
We travel part time when our work allows us to take a break. Sometimes we only have one holiday during the year other times we have more. As we have 2 family businesses it can sometimes be a juggling act to get time to travel.
2. How has your travel style changed since becoming a family?
No, I wouldn’t say it has changed for me. We still do the same type of holidays that I did as a child, we also do similar days out as well. On the other hand, Nick had hardly ever been on a family holiday with his family so he has learnt to go with the flow!
3. What was your baby(ie)’s first trip? Why did you chose to go there? What were the highlights/lowlights etc?
Big K’s first trip was when he is 16 weeks old to Austria and Germany. It had been a road trip that had been in the planning for a while so we decided to go for it. Unfortunately, my older brother passed away a month before we went so we were still trying to get our heads around this. We tried to make sure we had a good time but being first time parents and I was struggling with post-natal depression it was a pretty tough holiday. Our highlights were seeing Salzburg as it’s such a pretty destination to explore. Our lowlight would have been Big K falling ill one night and us having to call the local doctor out to help. Luckily, we had our EHIC, which meant we didn’t have a large bill to pay for.
4. What is your favourite family travel gadget and why?
The kids tablets *hides* If it keeps them quiet for a while I think there is no problem in them using them. They can watch videos, play games or do educational apps too.
5. What is your favourite family travel destination and why?
I think our favourite so far has been Majorca. It was such a lovely place to visit, the weather was great and the public transport was cheap so we managed to explore without hiring a car. The boys had so much fun which makes it all worthwhile.
6. What is the most family friendly accommodation you have ever visited?
We normally go for self catering accommodation like caravans, apartments, or houses. Pretty much all of them have been great for the kids. We have just got back from Bamburgh in Northumberland and our self catering accommodation there was pretty amazing!
7. Family travel bloggers can be guilty of showing only the good stuff – what is your worst family ravel experience?
I think as above when Big K got ill and we had to get the doctor out who spoke no English. It was so stressful and I was in such a state that I probably didn’t help at all! Oops.
8. What are your top three tips for other families who wish to travel?
1. Go for it! It is so worthwhile and they learn so much! We always try get the boys to learn some of the local language too.
2. Try packing cubes, they really do help with packing
3. Plan and research – lists are your best friend…well they are for me! I find looking through other bloggers experiences one of the best ways to do research as they are more honest. They are going to say it as it is and let you know if somewhere isn’t child friendly.
9. What do you wish you had known or done before starting family travel?
How the journey to your holiday destination can be part of the family holiday itself. We love road trips and find them much more enjoyable than flying. With some planning and research it can really make or break the holiday.
10. What are your future family travel plans?
This year is actually pretty busy for us. We have Italy in May, then I walk the West Highland Way in June with my mum, July will see us cycle down the River Danube from Passau to Vienna. August we have a family wedding in the South of England, September is a business trip to the Isle of Arran (one of our favourite places!) and finally October is a family holiday to Lake Garda in Italy. We can’t wait!
There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first holiday. Here are my family and some other family travel bloggers favourite places to go for Baby’s first Winter holiday. So whether you want some Winter sun or Winter now we have you covered with some great global suggestions for baby’s first holiday ideas – a month by month winter destination guide. Continue reading Baby’s First Winter Holiday Ideas
If you have been following along my social media accounts you will know that our summer plans changed unexpectedly! We are going to be spending an unexpected U.K summer and are actually really looking forward to our unexpected U.K. Summer travel: here’s why: Continue reading Embracing an unexpected uk summer travel