Travel Round-up: Half-term holidays

travel round-upDid everyone have a great February half-term? Lots of great adventures, a chance to chill at home or were you victim to some of the bugs going round?

As a family we have had some very successful trips at this time of the year, the best probably being a visit to Paris a few years ago when we were blessed with sunny weather for the whole time, making sightseeing a real joy. This year we stayed at home at the beginning of the week then nipped up north to Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday to visit my mum. We did hope to have a day shopping in Newcastle on the Saturday but woke to thick snow which scuppered our plans, though husband was pleased as his wallet could remain firmly shut.

Someone who did manage to take a holiday was Heather, Not From Lapland, who surprised her children with a trip to Disneyland Paris: she didn’t tell her kids where they were going until they reached the hotel. The photos from the trip show two very happy little ones: Guess What Kids?

In the comments underneath Heather’s post, Jacq from My Mumdom writes that she had also surprised her children once by not telling them the holiday destination. The trip had been to Lapland but the children, when told they were going somewhere ‘special’, had all bounced around shouting ‘Disneyland!’ I do hope Jacq’s family approved of the holiday choice this February: a trip to Norway. I’ve chosen this post because the photographs show something quite amazing: Not the Gallery: The Northern Lights

Jo, Fashion Detective, regularly takes her family to Liverpool and this half-term was no exception. The city seems ideal for a family trip with so much to interest children of all ages so I’m taking note of her suggestions for a future visit: Liverpool with the family: the city gift that keeps on giving.

I had no idea there was a Natural History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire, until The Strolling Mum wrote about London’s sister museum in her blog, Can I walk Mummy. Established by Walter Rothschild over 100 years ago, the museum is packed with interesting exhibits, is free to enter and has free parking. Now that’s my kind of family friendly attraction.

I often visit Selena’s blog, Oh the places we will go, for inspiration. Her daughter has now flown the nest but Selena and her husband visit many places which would be ideal for couples or families. Her recent trip involved staying in Zurich, Innsbruck and Salzburg, travelling by rail between each city. There are fabulous photographs to show the delights of each city but I’m going to plump for this post, only because I’m also a fan of the musical: The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg.

At the other end of the parenting spectrum, how many of us went on a babymoon before their offspring arrived? Apparently this is a growing niche market: once-in-a-lifetime trips before baby comes along. The blog, Baby Routes, has plenty of useful information about a fascinating destination: Holidays when pregnant: Babymoon in Cuba. 

Finally, a useful resource for family holidays in Asia is the website, Jetlag and Mayhem. Nicola has reviews of many hotels, flights, and gadgets as well as tips for packing. A recent post gives information about a villa holiday to celebrate the Chinese New Year: Review of Ban Haad Sai – 7 bed luxury villa, Koh Samui.

Next month I will be gathering together posts about cruises. A group of parent bloggers are currently sunning themselves on the Liberty of the Seas as guests of Royal Caribbean International. I’m hoping to include their thoughts on cruising next time but would love a few more blog posts on the topic. In the meantime, please add your most recent travel posts to the link below to share your experiences.

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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 occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto

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4 Responses to Travel Round-up: Half-term holidays

  1. Nicola 04 March 2013 at 13:33 #

    Thanks for the link! Looking forward to checking all the posts out..

    • Trish - Mum's Gone to 04 March 2013 at 18:43 #

      No problem, Nicola. I enjoyed having a look at your website – lots of interesting posts.

  2. Frog Mom 05 March 2013 at 10:30 #

    Hi Trish, great list! When you do a round-up on sunny holidays, I took my girls to Malta over the February half-term and we had a blast:

    • Trish @ Mum's Gone To 09 March 2013 at 11:52 #

      Thanks so much for pointing me in the direction of your post which was brilliant. I’ve been over to read and comment.

      Although I am going to be looking at cruises next month, I don’t usually have a theme. The idea is that I find posts from the previous few weeks to highlight each month so readers can see where the parent blogging community have been travelling. For those I’ve missed, we have the linky (above) for people to add their own posts.