How I became a traveller – my influences and travel characteristics!

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.

Early travel blogger pose
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.

Ice cream for breakfast

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.

Early travel memories

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!

Hiking in Alaska
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.

Trekking in Uganda

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!

Luxury in Uganda
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? 

Fearless Family Travel Interview – Travelling with our kids 

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. 

Travelling with or kids family

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!

In Northumberland

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!

In Northumberland

Thanks Sam – we loved reading all your responses and can’t wait to follow along with the rest of your adventures this year. You can follow along via twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

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