How was your summer? I hope that you managed to get away somewhere. My summer started with a wonderful surprise trip to Italy’s Cinque Terre with two of my oldest friends (see my post How to explore Cinque Terre, Italy). For our family summer holiday we had a relaxing time at Spain’s La Manga Club resort, and we took one of my son’s friends along with us – I wrote about it in my post What’s it like to stay at La Manga Club. I also had a fun weekend away with my sister at the 1980s Rewind Festival – you can read about our experience in my post here.
I love exploring different places and I enjoy reading about other people’s travels and finding inspiration for future trips. There are some great posts in this round-up which have definitely added ideas to my wish list – thank you to everyone who contributed.
Emma Chaplin blogs at Our Fairytale Adventure and she and her partner went on a three-week road trip from the UK to Denmark with their two toddlers. They drove through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, and Emma says that the Harz Mountains in Northern Germany were one of her favourite stops on the trip.
It sounds like Lauren James of Inspire Create Educate and her family really enjoyed this festival, despite the unseasonable weather. The focus of Green Gathering is sustainability and it takes place in Chepstow.
Leona of Wandermust family shares her tips for exploring the Welsh tourist village of Portmeirion in this post. Portmeirion was constructed by an architect in the Italianate style and sounds like an interesting place to explore.
Louise Fairweather, who blogs at A Strong Coffee, has some very helpful tips for enjoying a trip to the gorgeous Italian city of Venice with kids.
Trish Burgess of Mum’s Gone To… went to Scotland with her husband and son, and her description of Dumfries and Galloway, and of where she stayed in particular, has definitely made me want to go there.
Coincidentally Nell Heshram, who blogs at the Pigeon Pair and Me, and her family went to the same part of Scotland as Trish. Nell stayed in a cottage in the Galloway Forest Park, and it sounds idyllic.
Zen babytravel went to Menorca with her family, and she and her four-year old spent an idyllic day exploring the coast by boat, snorkelling and swimming the sea.
Zoe Holland of Juggling on roller skates and her two children went to try out a glamping pod in the Surrey countryside. The site and accommodation sound excellent.
Lucy Mackcracken of Momma Mack enjoyed a motorhome break in Dorset with her family.
Aby Moore of You Baby Me Mummy and her family love Camp Bestival so much that they travelled from France to be there this summer. The popular annual festival is designed for families with young children.
Emma Shilton of Life According to Mrs Shilts had a magical time at Disneyland Paris with her family.
Sarah Christie of Extraordinary Chaos went to check out Germany’s Europa Park and wonders why this impressive theme park is not better known in the UK.
Jo Addison of Kiddie Holidays went to Moonfleet Manor, a luxury baby and toddler-friendly hotel on the Dorset Coast, and it sounds like a wonderful place.
Jenny Eaves of Monkey and Mouse and her family went on holiday to Spain, and enjoyed a day trip to Tarragona. Jenny shares her tips for interesting things to do there.
Museum of Arts and Design is a small, quirky museum in Manhattan. Shobha George of Just Go Places and her kids went there to see an exhibition featuring dozens of evening bags. Shobha says: ‘My tween daughter loved it, my son not so much.’
Maria Hughes of Happy Mummy had a brilliant time at Butlins with her family – Maria says: ‘I would go back in a heartbeat’.
Zena Goldman of Zena’s Suitcase and her daughter went to Devon and had a great time spotting otters on the Moor Otters Trail in Dartmoor.
Cathy Winston blogs at Mummy Travels and she and her daughter toured Cambodia this summer. Cathy’s published this very helpful itinerary in case you’d like to follow in their footsteps (yes please!)
Nichola West of Globalmouse Travels went on a cruise with her husband and three young children, and it sounds like they had a brilliant time. This post gives a great overview of their experience.
Catherine Boardman of Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays was delighted to be able to visit a 20-mile long dam on a trip to the Netherlands.
Next travel round-up
The October travel round-up is all about city breaks. If you have a travel post about a city break from this year which you’d like to be included, please send the link to me on Twitter @grettaschifano by Friday 22nd September. I’ll feature up to 20 posts.