Travel Round-up

“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”  So says Lao Tzu, Father of Taoism. 

He obviously didn’t travel with us then. I like to plan things to the nth degree: I need to know exactly where I’m going, where I’m staying and how long it’s going to take me. Husband, Dougie, is always prepared for every eventuality, filling a large plastic box with a pill or lotion for every conceivable medical condition from thrush to worms and ensuring he always has his trusty duct tape packed to rescue wobbly frying-pan handles and burst lilos. We don’t travel light.

Travel doesn’t always have to be a big adventure. I will be choosing a selection of travel posts each month and, to give you an idea of which subjects can fall into this category, this week I’ve picked out a few examples of posts which cover the whole spectrum.

To start things off, a great post from Cheryl, who blogs at Madhouse Family Reviews. In order to go away anywhere with children, parents have to make sure the journey itself is as stress-free as possible. Cheryl provides us with a comprehensive list of things to do: Keeping your kids entertained in the car. Her travel treasure hunt is inspired and I’m hoping she has room in the back of the car for me as I’d love to join in.

Here in the UK, Not a Notting Hill Mum writes an excellent review of a local family tourist attraction with the brilliantly titled post, “Burn granny burn!” Is the London Dungeons too scary for kids?. I’m assured the granny in question survived her ordeal.

Still UK based, I’ve chosen a review of a travel book which has been a great hit with parents, including me, over recent months, not least because it’s only 99p on Kindle. Missie Lizzie, at Me and My Shadow, was clearly impressed with Ben Hatch’s book about his hilarious epic journey around Britain and her post, Are we Nearly There Yet?’ also includes an interview with the author. 

Moving into Europe now, I was pointed in the direction of Kay at Brinkofbedlam who has recently typed up her holiday diaries from a summer Fortnight in France. The fabulous tale of her extended family’s trip to the Perigord region is covered in three posts (so far!) but I urge you to put the kettle on (or, better still, open a bottle) and read all about the hire car with a cracked window, mistaking lavender for rosemary to make a more fragrant stock than usual and children amusing themselves by shovelling gravel. 

On a more global scale, I have to highlight a very inspirational blogger, Victoria at It’s a Small World After All. Victoria, her husband and three young children, aged eight, six and four, have just returned home after a nine month journey around the world. Visiting countries in the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the USA they experienced the trip of a lifetime the rest of us either dream about or couldn’t even contemplate. Her posts, often simple ones such as the regular A short list of things I’ve learned this weekwere honest and enlightening. This truly beautiful piece, Luang Prabang, is an example of her skill in finding just the right words to capture the essence of a place.

I’ve been give scope to cast my net further into the travel blogging scene and this month I’d like to  showcase Heather whose blog, Heather on her travels, is a perfect example of how to take blogging to the next level, working with integrity and professionalism with PR companies and advertisers.  A Bristol-based mum to three teenagers, Heather’s blog is full of useful information about each destination she has visited, including superb podcasts, videos and excellent photographs. I have spent the last few weeks planning our summer holiday to Sweden, so I’ve already made a bee-line for her most recent podcast, Our winter break in Gothenburg.

If you have written anything on travel recently, whether it’s a trip abroad or a stroll down to the local park, pop the post onto the linky below. If you see any good travel posts you think I should feature next month, find me on Twitter at @mumsgoneto and give me a nudge. 

BritMums also has a ‘Travel with Kids’ group: all members are welcome to join. 

 

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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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

10 Comments

  1. 08 February 2012 / 11:36

    Thanks for including my review!

    What a brilliant round-up. That’s me busy this afternoon then. x

    • 08 February 2012 / 12:10

      Thanks, Liz.

      ‘Are we Nearly There Yet’ had me in stitches. I thought it was great you included an interview in your review. He’s such a nice bloke on Twitter!

  2. 08 February 2012 / 12:50

    Hello
    Didn’t we meet on a trip down the Thames in a power boat!
    Thanks for including me.
    What a nice surprise !!

    • 08 February 2012 / 13:03

      Indeed we did! That was a great day, wasn’t it?

      It was the title of your post that caught my eye – really made me chuckle….the rest of it was pretty good too 😉

  3. 08 February 2012 / 16:07

    Well done Trish.
    We have just booked a week in Costa Rica at Easter and I’m SO excited I can barely wait. I’m not much of a planner, but apparently there’s so much to do I will need to get the old calendar out and figure out when I’m going zip-lining. Oh yes!

    • 08 February 2012 / 19:05

      Knowing how your holidays usually turn out, I think I may pencil you in for April/May!!

  4. 08 February 2012 / 19:08

    Great selection of posts, thank you!

  5. 08 February 2012 / 19:28

    So pleased you like them, Jennifer. I notice you’ve got write-up on Devon on your blog. Have made a note of it, thanks.

    • 08 February 2012 / 19:30

      Jennifer, I’ve just spotted, you’ve added your Devon post to the linky! Brilliant!

      • 12 February 2012 / 21:30

        Yes, I added it in, hope that you like it! I love writing about the places that we visit, but it tends to be more about days out these days. Oh, the travel blog that I could have written pre-children! Hopefully those days will come again!