A piece of advice I often give to parents with regard to family holidays, particularly if the trip involves sightseeing, is to give your offspring a camera as soon as you feel they can manage it. Once we started taking our son Rory on city breaks abroad, probably from about the age of 9 or 10, there was far less whining if he could snap away to his heart’s content. The photos were always a pleasant surprise as he would see things I would never have thought to photograph.
I was thinking about this when we were on our half-term trip to Suffolk a few weeks ago. My hands were numb with cold as we started to walk along the beach at Aldeburgh so I handed Rory the camera and told him he was in charge. He’s 16 now and I expected him to grumble about this, but he snapped away quite happily, and with far less fuss than I usually make. I think his shots that day prove he should be the family photographer whenever we’re away: Mum’s Gone to Suffolk: Aldeburgh and Thorpeness
I think I can just about remember what it was like to take a baby on holiday for the first time. Someone who has done just that is Cathy from Mummytravels. In a series of posts, Cathy shares the ups and downs of her daughter’s first foreign trip to Lanzarote. Her most recent post, The Baby and the Volcano proves that having an adventure is still possible with a baby in tow.
Amelia’s Mum has also been tackling travelling with a baby for the first time. Although they didn’t go abroad, the trip still needed careful planning. I defy any parent not to smile at the first two words of her post, Have Baby, will Travel.
Just back from a trip to South Carolina is Ruth, aka DorkyMum. Sharing some stunning photographs and fabulous memories, this is a post which explores the way a holiday can have such a huge impression on a young child. I think DorkySon is going to remember it for a long time: Much to be thankful for.
It can be quite an eye-opener to try a holiday which wouldn’t normally be something you’d choose. Cari Rosen, who blogs at The Secret Diary of a Secret Diary usually takes her family, with their pale legs and fondness for peace, on self-catering holidays in Scotland. It was a huge culture shock to try an all-inclusive holiday in St Lucia. In her post, Sun, sea…and small children Cari was most surprised to discover the flight was enjoyable and, worried there would be enforced jollity at the resort, she was actually allowed to do nothing at all. She rather liked it.
Liz from The Mum Blog has just returned from a very exciting travel experience in the Far East. Visiting both Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and Singapore, the two cities couldn’t be more different. Take a look at the photographs she has taken to get a real flavour of these destinations: Good Morning, Vietnam and Singapore Snapshots.
My final choice for this month’s round-up is from Melissa who blogs at Talk About York. I was exhausted just reading about the family trip to Panama: the 36 hours getting there from York, via Manchester and Amsterdam, the colourful characters, the scary journeys and fascinating sights. This is a fabulous read for anyone who loves an epic travel story: Panama – a family holiday with a difference.
I hope you enjoy the travel posts I have selected for you this month. If you’ve been out and about lately, please share your posts in the linky below and do get in touch if you have a trip in December that I should keep an eye out for next month.