Travel Round-up

travelI like to think of myself as a travel blogger but I have to face facts that I can’t be on holiday all the time, more’s the pity. My blog may be ‘Mum’s Gone To …’ but as we didn’t go away for half-term I was seriously considering ‘Mum’s gone to the shops’, ‘Mum’s gone to get a takeaway’ or ‘Mum’s gone to do the ironing’, such was the extent of the Burgess family’s adventures that week.

So I’m very pleased to have some blogging material in the bank for a few months’ time because there will certainly be a post called ‘Mum’s Gone to BritMums Live’. Yes, I decided a few weeks ago that I really ought to pop my blogging conference cherry so I took a deep breath and booked my ticket.

It was while I was planning the arrangements for BritMums Live and looking at hotel accommodation that I found a review from  Emma Lee-Potter who blogs at House With No Name. Emma’s post, Hotel Review – The Hoxton, London was full of praise for the customer service and attention to detail which made her stay so memorable. I have taken Emma’s word for it and am now booked in for the night of June 22nd.

Planning a trip involving children, however, does involve far more work. I must share a post from Rachel, at This Mid 30s Life, which had me nodding and laughing in agreement: Holiday Plans – I Couldn’t Think of a Better Title . I can’t wait to hear all about the holiday; hopefully she will return safely, despite her husband booking a manual rental car for their trip to Scotland when she is more used to an automatic and can’t do hill starts.

Do you remember the film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles? John Candy’s trip home for Thanksgiving is a walk in the park compared to the trip to see Peppa Pig in Manchester tackled by Yummy Mummy? Really?.  Spread over three posts, it could have been titled ‘Metroshuttle, Trains and Automobiles’. Taking Children to the Theatre is the final instalment with links there to the other two exhausting but very amusing posts.

A more relaxed and successful trip with children was taken by Erica who blogs at 92three30. Erica and family stayed in a beautiful apartment in Cardis Bay, Cornwall. I think I was just as delighted as her husband to discover a self-catering apartment with decent pans and sharp knives.

I’m always on the look out for destinations to suit teenage boys. Liz Jarvis, at The Mum Blog,  has given me food for thought with her post, Ah Vienna – why the Austrian capital is great for kids. Liz has great suggestions for things to do in Vienna but what completely sold it to me was the gory exhibit mentioned in the opening paragraph. I just know that would be a big hit with my son.

My wild card this month comes via Suzy Guese, a travel blogger, well-respected in the travel community, who writes with passion and flair. Each week Suzy hosts her Suzy Stumbles over Travel feature, inviting bloggers from across the globe to submit a favourite, recent travel post. Suzy mentions every submission via Twitter and Facebook, before choosing her top five posts. I spotted an entry by Mary Anne which I found very intriguing and utterly absorbing: Notes on Memory and Context (and the Decontextualisation of Travel). That’s quite a title, but don’t let it put you off; it’s a fascinating read about the things we experience when travelling which can trigger long-lost memories. Suzy subsequently picked Mary Anne’s post for her top five. Excellent choice! 

If you have a travel post which I haven’t been able to feature and you’d like to share it with us, please add it to the linky below.

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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


  1. 05 March 2012 / 15:05

    You’re right about Mary Anne’s blog post. It was intriguing. I also blog because I have a terrible memory.

    • 05 March 2012 / 15:19

      So pleased you like that post, Sarah: it resonated with me too. Blogging wasn’t really around that much when my son was little so I used to scribble things down – funny things he said – or fill in a special ‘memory book’. My blog has taken those methods to the next level. I would certainly struggle to remember holiday details now without it.

  2. 05 March 2012 / 19:38

    Great round up Trish I’m going to add my Hawaii nightmare which is a bit sweary but I’m sure readers can handle it. I have to confess unless we have full-on kids camp or child care or activities with other families our vacations do not go terribly well!

    • 06 March 2012 / 18:14

      Reading about your family vacations always gives me an overwhelming feeling of schadenfreude. Very funny though 😉