This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to the Thrifty Family Travel family. The Thrifty family are part time travellers with an adventurous spirit: Continue reading Thrifty Family Travel Fearless Family Travel Interview
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?
I love Doha’s relatively new Hamad International Airport. It is leaps and bounds ahead of its old airport and is one of my favourite airports in the world. It has some interesting art, great lounges and some cool architecture. But perhaps what I loved most about it was its efficient E-gate system – a virtually instantaneous entry and exit system for residents. So when Baby E arrived, and E-gate was no longer an option for us there was a part of me that felt sad but also nervous. There are many peak travel times in Doha, i.e. Eid. I couldn’t face long queues at security and customs when entering and leaving the country so when I found out about Al Maha Doha Meet and Greet service for both Arrivals and Departures I couldn’t wait to try it out. Continue reading Al Maha Doha Hamad International Airport Review
We at Wandermust family love cruising, everything from convenience of onboard food to simply watching the sea go by. But our favourite thing about cruising has to be the ports. This list is for all you architecture lovers out there – from all of our adventures by cruise these are what we think are the top five ports for seeing different architecture
There isn’t a Greek yoghurt pot in the world that doesn’t have a picture of santorini of. The island is home to the archetypal white buildings with blue domes. The beautiful town of oia is not to be missed.
We vowed that travel wouldn’t stop when we had a baby and we are lucky that, now as parents to a 9 month old (where did that time go), we can still say that travel is a big part of our lives
Baby E’s 9 month Stats
- 11 flights
- 10 cities
- 7 countries
- 1 cruise
- 1 Christmas in the Countryside
We think we’ve done pretty well but there are definitely things we have learnt from our first 9 months of travel with our daughter
When we had our baby people frequently told us that all our travelling would come to an end! We hoped in that foolhardy way of impending parents that this wouldn’t be the case for us. Now we’ve had to eat our words on many things but thankfully we haven’t in regards to travelling. Baby E is now eight months old and has been to seven countries, on nine long haul flights, on a Mediterranean cruise and on nine city breaks. And 2017 is going to bring even more travel – so why do we travel with a baby?
Without sounding too corny 2016 has literally been the best year of my life! 2016 was the year we became parents to Baby E ! What more could we have asked for than our perfect little girl. Parenthood is a great adventure but to on top of that we have had some great travel adventures with her already!
We have been back to the UK 3 times visiting family in birmingham and having city breaks in Henley and Oxford and spending her first Christmas in Yorkshire!
We’ve been on a Med cruise – visiting Rome, Toulon, Palma, Corsica and Valencia and had a Christmas city break in Stockholm!
And the diary for 2017 is filling out already!
So on this New Years Eve I am thankfully for my daughter and the adventures we’ve already had together and promise you many more in 2017!
Happy new year everyone! I’d love to hear your 2016 highlights and plans for 2017!
Henley upon Thames, mostly known for its regatta is a lovely town just a short train ride from London and is the perfect spot for a family weekend away. So here are my top things to do on a weekend away in Henley with a baby: Continue reading 48 hours in Henley with a baby – photo itinerary
One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use
On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on
- Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
- Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
- Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
- Pjs for all the family
It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:
- Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
- Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.
Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?
I love Rome. It’s architecture, history, culture, food even its’ chaotic traffic evokes a real sense of place however sometimes its nice to escape to tranquility, especially now we have a baby and that’s where Villa Borghese Gardens comes into it! The Gardens are in the trendy Via Veneto area and are located close to the Spanish Steps. I don’t know about you but after a visit to the Spanish Steps I always need to time to recharge my batteries and escape the crowds so really the Gardens are a perfect tonic! Alternatively if you want to avoid the Spanish Steps there is an easy entrance on Via Veneto.
The Gardens are Rome’s third largest public park and along with being a beautifully landscaped garden it also has a number of buildings and museums, the main attraction of these being Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Modern Art and the Globe Theatre. Tickets for gallery entrance must be pre booked and are time limited. However, if you don’t manage to get tickets there are plenty of sculptures to keep any art fan amused.
The Piazza di Siena, close to the Via Veneto entrance, hosted the equestrian events during the 1960 Rome Olympics and is a perfect place to go for a run.
The Gardens also offer some great viewing platforms to take in some great and interesting perspectives of Rome such as that at Piazza Napoleone.
In the centre of the gardens is a beautiful lake overlooked by the stunning Temple of Aesculapius. The lake in front can be boated in good weather, but on our last trip we weren’t lucky enough to do this! But I am sure when we return when Baby E is a bit older this is something we will definitely do!
It is also one of the best places for families in Rome. It is easily accessible with a pram, there are large open spaces and plenty of playgrounds for children and lots of lovely shaded areas to sit and relax if you are there in the summer heat.
In my opinion every great city has a great park and for me Villa Borghese is Rome’s great park!
Things to remember:
- There are several restaurants within the Gardens or alternatively take a picnic
- Tickets to go into Galleria Borghese must be booked in advance
- Prams and bags of any description are not allowed inside the gallery.