Having three little people has really inspired me in so many ways. I have been inspired to give up work, start a blog, then a YouTube channel, to buy a huge house and embark upon a massive renovation project and in general to live a healthier, kinder lifestyle. I love the magic of every day and I want to create as many fantastic experiences and memories for them as I can.
These tiny humans inspire me every day, and I have decided that we are now in the right place in our lives to inspire them too - I want them to see the world. Travelling with three children can be daunting, and it's something that I put off for a long time. Holidays seemed an expense we didn't need and the hassle of saving, researching and packing all seemed too much. That was until I started reading online about other families who travel. Families brave enough to embark upon a plane with small children. My Instagram feed showed me glorious sunny beaches, little toes splashing in water, laughing children at sunset. They also showed me the bright white of snow on the ski slopes. The bright colours of ski suits and the glisten of the sun on a cold glass of beer enjoyed après-ski. They showed me city sights, sparkling tower blocks and brilliant museums. I was shown that there is so much out there in the world, and I desperately wanted my children to be a part of it, to experience it, to love it. I want them to see the world, to experience the warm sand between their toes and to feel the cold wind on their face as they ski down a snowy mountain.
I looked to the online world, to my blogger community for inspiration, and they haven't come up short. My favourite blogs have made me want to travel more and more. Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and her adventures with her three little ones have made me feel like it could be possible with small children in tow and Lucy at Capture by Lucy's post about their ski holiday made me think that type of holiday could really be for me. My wanderlust was certainly fuelled by their beautiful photography!
I am now filled with such a joy for travel that I want to book a new break as soon as I return from the last one. We work so hard every day, it is wonderful to have something to look forward to, and what better than some quality family time on holiday while taking your children to experience what wonderful things the world has to offer.
We have so far made two trips this year, one to Disneyland Paris and the other to a forest lodge in Cornwall. Both remarkably different holidays but both so special in their own way. Not every holiday will be the same, nor do I want it to be, but when I am planning travelling somewhere there are some things that I am looking for. Not necessarily all of them at once, but these are the holy grail - my real 'must haves' when I'm looking to travel, and I've put these things into a little 'mood board' to share with you. You won't find sunglasses or suntan lotion on this list, it is a list of dream elements, the things I want to experience. It's a list of things I want to share with the children on a holiday, the things that make a holiday different from home - the reason for us going. Of course my mood board is modelled on Instagram's tiny squares - little squares that can really inspire.
- Comfy bed - my husband says there is no place like home when it comes to his bed! A comfy bed is a must have, although it doesn't have to be the height of luxury, it might just mean a blow up bed in a tent, as long as we are warm and comfy!
- Nice food - we like to indulge our senses on holiday and that stretches to enjoying the wonderful food a different place has to offer. We love tasting local cuisine and eating all the ice creams that we can fit in. Holidays are definitely a time for excess food wise for us!
- Beauty - the world is such a beautiful place. I love taking photographs and it is always lovely to visit somewhere where there is something pretty to take a photo of!
- Learning experience - I really like it when a holiday is the best of both worlds - a relaxing experience, but also a chance to broaden our horizons and learn something new. Be that visiting a museum, learning local history, grasping a few words of a new language or learning a new skill like snorkelling. It's wonderful to be able to come home and say that you have learnt something new.
- View - I do love a beautiful view to wake up to. It makes me feel so contented and peaceful. I could take a million photos of a beautiful sunrise or sunset if there is a wonderful view.
- Snow - If we are going on a winter holiday it is lovely to have some real snow! We don't get much snow here so it is a real novelty - and quite essential if you are going skiing like we want to one day.
- Hot tub - We recently went on our first holiday to somewhere with a hot tub. Boy was it a treat! It's the little luxuries like this that make a holiday so special.
- A Pool - Again, if somewhere has a pool the children will be happy and content. They love cooling off in the water, swimming and playing games. We always come back from a holiday with a pool with their swimming skills much improved which is wonderful.
- A Beach - we love the beach, walking along the warm sand, building sandcastles and burying each other. I always think if you have a beach the children will be content for the day just playing with a simple bucket and spade and running in and out of the sea. Now they are a bit bigger I'm looking forward to taking them into the sea snorkelling, windsurfing and jet skiing.
- Hot chocolate - This one is probably a little quirky one specific to us, but wherever we go, we enjoy a hot chocolate in the evenings. This might be the perfect warmer after a day in the snow or a tiring day in the city. But even on a sunny holiday we like to snuggle up at the end of the day as a family with a warm drink and reflect upon the day.
This post is an entry into the Mark Warner Holiday's Family Ambassador Programme. I'd definitely recommend taking a look at the holidays they offer - they look absolutely amazing, and brilliant for families. They really do offer the complete package - I can imagine one of their holidays would tick most of my 'must-have' boxes.
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