Have 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
- Helen from Actually Mummy (winner of the ‘laugh’ category at the Bibs) succeeds in injecting humour into a very comprehensive review. Just see what this lady will do with Lego to amuse her readers: Our dream holiday in Orlando: what makes a good theme park?
- 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.
- Jennifer from Jennifer’s Little World attended the travel session and I was delighted to hear she had found it useful. She told me all about a recent Disney Cruise she took with her family. Here’s one of a series of posts about the trip. Our Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Ports and Excursions.
- 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
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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