Travel: How was your summer?

travelHow 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.

Hiking in the Harz Mountains

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.

Green Gathering 2017 Review

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.

What to do in Portmeirion – 8 amazing ideas

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.

10 Tips For Venice With Kids

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.

Graduation road trip: Shingle Lodge at Knockinaam Lodge hotel

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.

Sailing in Menorca with 1 kid and friends

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. 

Glamping Pods at Longacres Campsite, Lingfield, Surrey

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.

Our Motorhome Adventures in Weymouth

Lucy Mackcracken of Momma Mack enjoyed a motorhome break in Dorset with her family.

Camp Bestival: Our 2017 Review

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.

Our Disneyland Paris Adventure

Emma Shilton of Life According to Mrs Shilts had a magical time at Disneyland Paris with her family.

9 reasons you should visit Europa Park in Germany

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.

Moonfleet Manor – Luxury Baby & Toddler Friendly Hotel In Dorset

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.

6 Things To Do In Tarragona

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.

Go Mad for Judith Leiber Bags At MAD Museum in New York

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’.

Discovering Dartmoor With The Moor Otters Trail

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.

A Two-Week Cambodia Itinerary With Kids

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!)

Two Weeks Cruising To The Canary Islands, Madeira And Lisbon With Children On Ventura With P&O Cruises

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.

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.


  1. 08 September 2017 / 11:11

    Thanks for featuring my post! I’m not surprised Trish and I both went there. We clearly have good taste 😉

    • Gretta
      09 September 2017 / 09:49


    • Gretta
      09 September 2017 / 09:50

      Absolutely Nell!

  2. 08 September 2017 / 11:20

    I’ve just read your Cinque Terre post. It looks so beautiful. It’s on my list of places to visit in the next couple of years. This is such a great roundup. I love finding new holiday inspiration. I love the range here, from UK holidays to world cruises! 😀 x

    • Gretta
      09 September 2017 / 09:51

      Thanks Chloe, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts – and I definitely recommend Cinque Terre.

  3. 13 September 2017 / 17:06

    Thank you for including me here amoungts some amazing travel experiences. There’s lots of fab blog reading here