Travel Round-up: Travel bloggers at BritMums Live

travelHave we all recovered from BritMums Live? Returned to our blogs with renewed vigour? From a personal point of view I was delighted to be part of the panel discussing travel blogging. I was joined on the sofa by Steve Keenan from Travel Perspective, Kelly Lees from Gogobot and Kirstie Pelling from The Family Adventure Project. We talked about the vast community of travel bloggers and how family travel blogging in the UK can find its niche. Kelly reminded the audience that writing about our own local area was just as important as writing about our trips abroad. It might be home to us but it’s a vital source of reliable information for others.

Advice was also given on how to improve the quality of our travel posts. Look no further for inspiration than Stuart and Kirstie from The Family Adventure Project whose blog won the Brilliance in Blogging Award in the travel category. Kirstie has just returned from a trip to Costa Brava with a group of other parent bloggers. I was invited but couldn’t go (cue gnashing of teeth) but just reading Kirstie’s superbly written posts and seeing Costa Brava come to life through the quality of her photographs was the next best thing. Check out this post and see how concentrating on one aspect of a holiday makes for a tighter, more enjoyable read. Is Catalan food the best in the world?

BritMums Live was also an opportunity to meet up with other bloggers; friends online who proved to be just as warm and friendly in real life:

 

  • Jane from Northern Mum loves to put humour in her posts. Her recent ‘Postcards from Portugal’ have kept me amused over recent weeks. Have a smile at this one: How a skinful leads to Agadoo
  • Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn, another finalist in the Bibs travel category, is a blogger I have known for a few years now. We became online friends when she was living in Copenhagen and she emailed me lots of invaluable information about the city before we visited on a weekend break. Since then I have witnessed her move to Munich and continue to follow her travels. This post from a recent visit to Sarajevo is certainly worth a read: City of Young Trees: Part II
  • Mari from Mari’s World was an integral part of BritMums Live, organising the Brilliance in Blogging awards and being in charge of the main room during the two days. Mari and her family towed the caravan down to Devon for the first time. Have a read of her post and let her know your opinion of Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’ in Ilfracombe. North Devon: Verity, pasties and sandcastles
  • Sarah from Mum of Three World. I only managed a quick chat with Sarah but I have followed her adventures ever since her holiday in Italy which was beset with disasters. Thankfully this recent trip seems to have been trouble-free. What to do in Barcelona
Towards the end of the travel session at BritMums Live I encouraged people to contact me with blog posts for my monthly round-ups via email, Twitter or through the Family Travel group on BritMums. Here are a few of posts that I noted down in the last few weeks after being nudged in this way.

Ever considered a sailing trip around the Greek islands? Michelle from Mummy rates it is writing a diary of her family trip. She is up to Week 7 at the moment: they hope to continue and end up in the Caribbean! My favourite post so far is this one: the photos nearly had me packing my case and joining them: Week 4: A swell time…

Jacqueline from Best and Beyond emailed me a link to her post about the Isle of Wight. I promised to put it on the round-up and here it is: Perfect English Bank Holiday – Hanging out in Yarmouth

Finally I must mention a new blog in the family travel community, Family Travel Times. It is written by Sarah and her talented daughter Jessica, aged 11. I would love you to read Jessica’s super post about a recent stay in Vienna: Five Things You MUST Do In Vienna 

Thank you to everyone who said hello after the travel blogging session. I will keep hold of your business cards and look forward to reading posts from you in the coming months.

Please pop your travel posts onto the link below to share your experiences with other Brit Mums and Dads. If you have any posts you would like me to feature next time then please get in touch. Remember you don’t need to have travelled far. Your home is another person’s destination.


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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum's Gone To Iceland' where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and teenage son. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto

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14 Responses to Travel Round-up: Travel bloggers at BritMums Live

  1. Jennifer 01 July 2013 at 08:05 #

    A great round up, thank you very much for including me and you have introduced me to some new lovely blogs. Your session at BritMums was excellent, it really inspired me.

    • Trish - Mum's Gone to 01 July 2013 at 12:20 #

      I’m keen to spread the net when looking for travel bloggers to feature in the round-up. Some are ‘proper’ travel bloggers but it’s good to find family bloggers who just like to write about a trip or holiday.

      So pleased you enjoyed the session at BritMums and you have some inspiration for the future x

  2. Alice 01 July 2013 at 10:07 #

    Great – Thank you so much for your talk at Britmums – it really has inspired me x

    • Trish - Mum's Gone To 10 July 2013 at 08:22 #

      That makes me very happy to know our travel session has inspired you :-)

  3. Actually Mummy... 01 July 2013 at 10:15 #

    Thanks for including me. The kids did all the LEGO and I just spied an angle for my review post ;)
    I haven’t read a lot of travel blogs, but I must admit I’m beginning to get hooked, thanks for all the recommendations.

    • Trish - Mum's Gone to 01 July 2013 at 12:21 #

      How fab to get the kids to do some of the work for you! It worked: such a great angle to make the review post entertaining.

  4. Sarah MumofThree World 01 July 2013 at 14:01 #

    Thanks very much for including me – and for following my pathetic attempts at travel since the bad old Italy days! Great round-up :)

    • Trish - Mum's Gone to 01 July 2013 at 20:01 #

      I still remember you travelling to Italy for a wedding and the case that went missing had everyone’s shoes in it.

      Good to read about Barcelona – such a fabulous city.

  5. Emma 02 July 2013 at 09:50 #

    Thank you so much Trish! :) xx

    • Trish 02 July 2013 at 15:54 #

      My pleasure. Emma. I enjoyed reading your posts on Sarajevo. Very thought-provoking.

  6. Sarah Ebner 03 July 2013 at 23:05 #

    Such great posts here. Thanks so much for including us – Jessica loved your comment!

    • Trish 04 July 2013 at 07:41 #

      Jessica’s post was very informative – just the right amount of detail. Lovely to see children enjoying travel and writing. Looking forward to seeing more posts x

  7. Gretta Schifano 09 July 2013 at 21:50 #

    Thank you for sharing these posts, I’m looking forward to reading them.

    • Trish - Mum's Gone To 10 July 2013 at 08:23 #

      Hopefully there is a good mix here – different locations and different writing styles. Something for everyone.