We love going to France and used to go quite often for the weekend but haven’t been able to for the last couple of years. We managed to arrange a weekend just before the school holidays and had an amazing time.
If you are ever looking for a weekend in France Le Touquet is perfect because it doesn’t take too long to get there from the Eurotunnel terminal and it is a really nice place to stay.
My Mum found a good deal on an apartment within a hotel in the forest area that was great for us as there were separate rooms, Lottie and Sam shared and I had my own, we liked it there and would stay there again.
We don’t do much when we go to France but always manage to end up filling the time! We go the Supermarket in Boulogne and stock up on our favourite treats- grenadine, monster crisps, carambars, chocolate tablet biscuits and Mum’s suchard chocolates and wine!
After we had done our shop we headed back into Le Touquet where we had a walk round the town and we got a crepe- it’s interesting seeing how quickly they can make them and the choice of fillings is amazing.
We then went to the beach which is really nice and clean. We had lots of fun there playing together and digging an enormous hole!
We made dinner in the apartment that night because Sam was really tired and when we got up the next morning it was another really hot day.
Normally we would go to Nausicaa in Boulogne which is an amazing sea life centre but it was such a nice day we decided to go for a long walk and a wander round Etaples to the port, we also found a little park that Lottie and Sam enjoyed.
We would definitely recommend Nausicca if you are ever in the area though- we have been there lots of times and it is always very interesting with some fantastic fish, jellyfish, penguins and sealions to see and lots of information about the Oceans and the Planet. We will be back there again soon!
Just before it was time to go back to the tunnel we had enough time to stop at our favourite restaurant, Chez Jules in Boulogne. It’s always busy so luckily we had booked a table. The food is fantastic but we go there because they make the best chocolate mousse in the whole of France- and we have tried lots!
Soon it was time to get the tunnel back home and get back to normal life. I hope we can have another trip across soon.
If you have been reading our blog for a while you might have already heard of Le Puy Du Fou, if you haven’t heard of it then you are missing out!
It’s nearly impossible to explain the Puy Du Fou to someone who hasn’t been because although it’s a theme park it has only one small ride, although it’s historical it’s not a museum or educational centre, although there are shows, it’s not a theatre. It is however, the absolute best day out and our whole family’s favourite place to go.
I have been going to the Puy Du Fou since I was a tiny baby and still find something new and exciting every time. It is set in a huge park, with lots of trees and lakes and plenty of nature. There are lots of different shows throughout the day and into the evening, lasting between 20 and 40 minutes each, some amazing walk throughs, a park, a maze, old towns and a medieval village, traditional craftspeople and the most spectacular night time show you could ever imagine.
The themes that run through the Puy Du Fou are water, light and fire and you would never believe what they are able to do with these without seeing it with your own eyes.
When you arrive at the Parc you get a program for the day which is available in English, French or Spanish and tells you what time each show is on (you can download this the night before too) and this lets you plan the day to see as many shows as possible. When my parents first started going there was only four main shows and you could see everything in a day but it is so huge now you either need to pick your favourites if you are just there for one day or try and go for at least two days. Three days are even better because then you get time to see all the secret bits of the parc as well as the shows. They do a deal on three day tickets too so it is good value if you can visit that way
The shows are all in French and whilst you can get an audio headset translator you really don’t need it, if you know a little French it helps to get the storyline but you don’t need it to appreciate the shows.
We all have different favourite shows but there isn’t one that we don’t love and we try and see as many as possible each time. This time we headed straight for the Musketeers in the Mousquetaire de Richelieu. This is one of only two shows that is performed inside and is in a huge chateau style building, this show is brilliant, with horses, sword fights, music and flamenco dancing.
You come out blinking into the sunlight and then either dash across to the next show or go and explore the park. We decided to go and play in the water jets, which is great fun and have a walk round to the lake where you can sometimes operate the water yourself before stopping for an early lunch and getting ourselves ready to face the Vikings.
The Viking Show is near the fort and you can see blacksmiths working before you go in. The Vikings arrive to terrorise the village and there is some very dramatic fighting and even real Viking boats, there are bits that will make you wonder how they did it and even if you watch the show time and time again you will still find it hard to work out how! The Vikings were Sam’s favourite and he asked to go and see it again but we didn’t have time this year.
After the Vikings we were straight across to the gladiators in The Signe Du Triomphe. This is the biggest show with the most people in at the same time and you do have to be ready to queue for a while to see this. We were lucky enough to have ‘pass emotions’ which are passes you can book that save you queing and also allow you to sit in really good seats. These sell out very quickly but if you are able to get them then we really recommend them as it means you can see so much more each day as you don’t have to worry about queing so long for the shows.
The Signe Du Triomphe is set in an amazing huge collosseum. It genuinely feels like you have taken a step back in time and you can imagine how it would have felt watching the Christians defend themselves. This is my Mum’s favourite show, it’s fast and exciting. There are chariot races, gladiator battles, a parade and even lions, it’s such a brilliant show and the audience get really into cheering and booing along, The atmosphere is unbelievable.
Normally we would fit another show in for the night before going but it was such a hot day we decided it would be best to just do one of the walk through shows. We went to the new one – Le Mystere De La Perouse. We were not disappointed. This is based on the final voyage of the Comte de Le Perouse which mysteriously disappeared in 1788 until the Shipwreck was discovered in 2005. It was amazing, it felt like you were on a ship and were really in the middle of the awful storm, you felt like you had no idea what was coming around the corner as you journeyed through the cabins and you even got wet! It had the most awesome ending and looked spectacular.
We headed over for a look round the Bourg 1900 (the old marketplace)- Lottie has a long list of dress up dresses from there she would like (currently she really loves Marguerite from the Secret of the Lance’s dress) and we have to go and look at these every time we go!
On the way to Bourg we caught sight of Le Ballet Des Sapiers being performed on the bridge. This was performed by the children from the Puy Du Fou Academy and is only on a couple of days a week after school. It was very funny, lots of amusing bits and dancing which Lottie especially enjoyed. Sam is obsessed with fire engines and he loved this too.
Once we were at the Bourg 1900 we picked up some postcards and Mum and Dad treated us to a new knight and horse for our castle but there is loads you can buy starting from not very expensive up to proper collectible items
We just had time to for Lottie and Sam to have a ride on the carosel before we headed home for the night. I can’t wait until they are old enough for us to stay later as we could have watched the Organs of Fire which is a nighttime show at the lake.
We stay in a house about 20 minutes up the road so were heading home for the night but you can even stay at the Puy Du Fou in one of their themed hotels. These look incredible and I would love to stay in one. I think The Camp du Drap d’Or would be awesome to stay in for a night.
We then had a couple of days revisiting some of the other great things the local area had to offer before heading back for our next day at the Puy Du Fou.
It always feels exciting as soon as you arrive and this time was no different. We headed straight to The Secret of The Lance which is about Marguerite who has to defend the enchanted chateau when the knights go to Orleans for Joan of Arc’s. This is Lottie’s favourite and involves some brilliant gymnastics on horse back as well as a spectacular battle and some very clever stunts performed by the actors, as well as some surprising changes to the set. My Mum says the music from this show always sends shivers down her spine.
We then headed across to see the bird show – Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantomes, this is mine and my Dad’s favourite show. It’s so good and the birds are so clever, you see everything from owls and falcons to huge vultures and they really do seem to dance in the air as they pass each other. There is so much going on you don’t know which direction to look at and the birds literally skim past your head!
Next it was off to Les Amoureux de Verdun. This is another walk through and is set in a trench during WW1. It’s quite scary for younger children but I love this. It has won awards and you won’t ever forget what it feels like to be deep in a trench feeling the explosions and seeing the gas fill the tunnels.
Finally we went over to Le Dernier Panache. It was such a hot day it was a relief to get inside the cool theatre this show is set in. This is the most amazing theatre you have ever seen, the audience moves and the stage moves (it doesn’t feel bad- it just gives an all round experience) This is really very sad and follows the story of a French navel officer who was a hero through to his fight for freedom during the French Revolution. This is such a clever production, you will never have seen anything like it.
It was time for us to leave the Puy Du Fou all to soon and we could have easily spent lots more time there. One of our favourite things to do when we had Annual Passes the other year was to just go for a walk around the park when the shows were on, despite there being thousands of people there you could still turn a corner and feel like you were the only people there, it’s so peaceful in places. There are secrets and things to explore everywhere you look and so much to do.
We didn’t get to see all the shows though- we missed out the Renaissance Du Chateau and we would have very much liked to see The Knights of the Round Table, this is a shorter show as it is only about 20 minutes but the timing didn’t quite work out, this is really good and has some brilliant special effects. There are also some smaller shows going on around the Parc which we missed too and will have to make sure we catch next time.
Whilst we would like to keep it a secret we really do think everyone should go to the Puy Du Fou, it entertains everyone from very young to very old and we think it’s the perfect family adventure.
You mustn’t miss Cinescenie which is a Summer night time show that you buy tickets for separately, When the sun goes down this spectacular starts up – it’s the world’s biggest nighttime show and has 2400 actors, to say it is spectacular doesn’t give you enough of an idea! We haven’t been for a few years but I can’t wait to see it again, it’s truly phenomenal with lighting effects, fireworks, projections, music and so much more it is impossible to describe!
We have had many awesome experiences at the Puy Du Fou and are so excited they are now open until November as it means next year we can hopefully go in October half term as well as earlier in the year.
They also have a special Christmas show, we have never been to this but would love to, it looks amazing and we think the Grand Parc would be stunning in the winter.
You absolutely must go and experience the Puy Du Fou for yourself!
Disclaimer: We were incredible lucky to be gifted tickets and Pass Emotions for the Puy Du Fou but all thoughts and opinions are our own based on our experience this year and over previous years. It’s fair to say we love it!
We went away for a stay the other weekend in the Isle of Wight. My Mum and Dad used to go there before we were born but haven’t been for years. After all that time we weren’t sure what there would be that we would like but we were still really looking forward to going.
We got the Wightlink ferry at lunchtime on the Friday and it was so quick- we were there before my Mum had finished her coffee! It was really strange to be able to be able to see Portsmouth so clearly at the same time.
We couldn’t get on to the campsite and into our mobile home until 4pm so we went to Newport for a walk. From the bit we saw Newport was a bit like every other town, busy, lots of cars and the same shops as most other places and I didn’t really see what all the fuss was about because it was just like our own town centre. We left the town and went for a drive across the Island and suddenly everything was really peaceful and quiet and much more like the place my parents said they remembered.
We went for a walk around Shanklin, the beach looked really nice and we had a look at the tourist shops. We got some treats from the rock shop, where they have amazing fudge and then after a little bit more of a walk we headed over to the campsite. This was back across the Island in Thorness Bay.
We were staying in a Parkdean Mobile Home and it was good, everything in the mobile home seemed really new, the only tricky bit was that we couldn’t park near the mobile home. The site had things to do like a pool and shows at night but we weren’t really there long enough to do any of these things, we did use the park though which Sam really liked.
The next morning my Mum and sister wanted to go the The Isle Of Wight Pearl. I stayed with Dad and Sam but Mum and Lottie said there was loads and loads of jewellery on display to see and buy and also lots of interesting things like huge oyster shells and wedding dresses. They ended up getting Lottie a little bracelet and then fishing for an oyster to make a necklace for my Mum. They picked the oyster and watched as it was opened and the pearl was taken out and then saw how it was filed down slightly to be set in the necklace Mum had chosen.
We spent most of the rest of the day at The Needles. There was quite a lot to do there and it was a strange mixture of old and new with arcades and rides but also history and interesting things to read and see. I loved watching the sweet making tour, it was really good how they made these fruity sweets so quickly and we even got to try a still warm sweet which was AMAZING! I would have liked to have seen the glass making but we missed that session and would really like to go back and see that another time. We did look in the glass shop and they have loads and loads of different shaped glass in all the colours you could imagine.
We also saw all the different colour sands that form and each got to fill an ornament with it which looked really good. The lady showed us how you pack it in really tight and add water to make it not mix but she was able to poke a stick in and make a pattern in the sands for us too if we wanted. You could also go to the funfair, crazy golf and the chair lift out to see The Needles there but with three of us this sort of thing is sometimes very expensive so we didn’t do that.
We then went and played football on one of the beaches, it was early evening by then and there was hardly anyone else there.
We were heading home on Sunday but had enough time to visit the donkey sanctuary near Ventnor. It was a really nice place to visit. My sister had fun checking off the names of the donkeys on an activity sheet and seeing if she could spot them all and you could read a little bit about each donkey.
Some of the donkeys would let you stroke them, they were very friendly! We paid £5 and Lottie was able to groom a donkey which she absolutely loved. You just make a donation to go in and it was a good place to spend a couple of hours, we couldn’t believe they had nearly 100 donkeys who had needed to go there and it was nice to be able to read about them all. We also had a cream tea at the donkey sanctuary and that was delicious- the scones were huge!
It was soon time to head back to the ferry but fortunately it doesn’t take long to get there! There was loads of other places we would have liked to visit and now we know there is so much to do for the whole family we will definitely be asking to go back to the Isle of Wight for a longer visit- I would like to visit the Robin Hill Country Park, Lottie wanted to go to Amazon World and Sam would have loved the Steam Railway- maybe next time!
I love having Christmas at home, we buy our tree, visit a Santa, see lots of friends and eat lots of food but I have always wondered what it would be like having Christmas abroad and I do think I would like to try it one year, I bet it would be brilliant. Imagine it being hot enough to go on the beach on Christmas Day!
The people at Destination2 have asked what we think Christmas abroad might be like, we had lots of fun imagining what we might expect. I would love to go to Ras Al Khaimah which is one of the seven Emirates in the UAE. My Mum went there before I was born and she has always wanted to go back for a holiday with us.
We think that Christmas would be the perfect time to go, it would be much warmer than here but it wouldn’t be too hot that you couldn’t do lots of things. I think we would be able to buy all the presents we need easily- they have a huge shopping mall which would be a good place to start and then we could visit the souk and try out our bargaining techniques to get a good deal on the rest.
I have been reading about Ras Al Khaimah and I think that would make Christmas a great time to visit, it sounds like it would be a really nice atmosphere. You could visit one of the Churches if you wanted to or you could go to the tree lighting or carol services put on at many of the hotels.
If you go at the right time you could even pop across to Abu Dhabi for Winterfest and see all the excitement going on there- I think that might be a bit like going to Winter Wonderland with Ice Skating and shows and rides.
I wonder what it would be like with so much sand at Christmas? I can’t imagine going in the sea on Christmas Day but perhaps we could build a sandman instead of a snowman! We could use shells for the buttons and eyes and seaweed for his scarf!
Lottie and I think that Santa’s reindeer might not be used to the heat so perhaps they get a rest when he gets there and he lets the camels take over pulling the sleigh. I wonder if one can do it all on their own or if he would need a whole lot of them- my Mum went to a camel farm and she said it was a bit smelly but I suppose Santa might be used to that with his reindeer!
We would really like it if the Palm Trees were all decorated with tinsel, lights and baubles and if the presents were left underneath them!
I don’t know what food they would eat in Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas dinner, I know you can get all sorts of things like you do in the UK but I would love to imagine it was a huge feast with a long table full of delicious foods and that it would last a really long time with lots of yummy desserts.
I know exactly what present I would like if I visited Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas- I would LOVE to go on one of the desert safaris in an open top jeep, it looks amazing. My Mum said it was brilliant and terrifying at the same time. I would send her on a camel ride which she has done twice before and said ‘never again’ about!!
I think it would be great fun to go abroad for Christmas and would love to do that one year. We had lots of fun looking at the Destination2 website and imaging where we would choose!
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post written for Destination2
We recently got back from a brilliant holiday to France over half term. We had taken loads of books and activities to do as we expected most places to be closed as it is now off season, but we found out that although some of our normal favourite places are closed there is still loads to do.
Our favourite place that we visited during the holiday was the amazing Park of Futuroscope. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and I can’t believe we haven’t been before- it was awesome!
The park is very modern and funky- along with the unusual buildings there are sculptures and artwork all around which you could spend ages looking at by themselves. It is also quite a peaceful place with lots of water, grass and trees. There are huge bean bags everywhere so you can sit and watch the world go by and massive garden chairs to climb up on and get settled onto.
There is so much to do it was difficult to know where to start. Luckily the maps and programmes detailed the times of all the shows and rides and whether they were continuous or just at specific times, these were available in English and German as well as French. If you are still struggling to know where to start you can visit a robot who will help you plan your day!
It would be very easy to spend two or three days at Futuroscope- you certainly wouldn’t get bored and one day isn’t long enough if you are hoping to do everything but you can still have a really good time if you only have a day there- we would just recommend making sure you knew exactly what you wanted to do and getting there as early as possible so you can squeeze as much in as possible.
We decided that we would concentrate mostly on the rides and pick a couple of shows we really wanted to see as that would let us get the most done during our visit. We were lucky enough that we had all received Premium Passes and whilst these are 20 Euros a person extra they made a huge difference as they meant that you were allowed fast track access once to each of the main attractions and we would definitely recommend getting one of these if you were only going for a day as it meant you didn’t need to spend too much time queuing.
We went on lots of different rides – I won’t spoil it by telling you all of them but they were all different and some of them were really mad- one you sat on these funny seats and then realised you were in what was basically a public toilet before you shot off! In another you started by feeling like you were boarding an airplane before you got to the main part of the ride and took off. My absolute favourite though was the shortest ride but it was brilliant fun and as soon as I came off it I wanted to go back on! It was Dances with Robots and you can see from the clip below how much fun it is.
My sister was just a bit too small for Dances with Robots and she was jealous as she really wanted to go on it- she’ll have to grow for next time! There is three settings so you don’t have to go upside down if you don’t want but I think that’s the fun part. My brother and sister liked the fact that they could go and watch the ride from a viewing platform- my sister said it was like being at a disco. We haven’t been able to get the song from it out of our heads ever since!
We went to the Ice Age show, this was a 4D showing on a special Ice Age film with plenty of special effects. We also went to the Drone Academy Show which was brilliant- it was so clever what they had managed to do with the drones and bits of it were quite funny. I loved this one as I have wanted to fly a drone for ages. We had headsets that could translate the shows into English but to be honest with both of the ones that we saw it didn’t matter if you spoke brilliant French or not because you could still understand what was happening.
One of my favourite things we did during the day was visit Futur L’Expo which was an exhibition of things of the future- we planned to just pop in for ten minutes to have a look and ended up staying for over an hour, there was so much to do. The was an interactive fridge that gave you recipes, a tablet that you could use to control a robot, screens where you could be shown dressed up and waving a magic wand whist just as yourself and a 3D printer. The robot had a screen on it so you could drive off and see people and then talk to each other from the other side of the room, controlling it was really fun. The 3D printer was so clever- you could design things on the laptop and see how they would work and if you wanted to could even make and buy a 3D model of your own head!
We could have even gone to a night-time show too but because we had my toddler brother with us we decided we would be better to leave that until he was a bit older. We ran out of time a bit as there was plenty of other things we could have done but like I said I think next time we will go for two days. If we had longer then my Mum would have liked to have seen the magic show which we were recommended and I would have liked to go on the boats and use the water guns as well as see some of the other shows and go on the rides again.
There were loads of places to eat at Futuroscope– we did find the queues very long for food but had been told the buffet restaurant (La Table D’Arthur) was quick so when we go again we will try there, otherwise there are plenty of places you can eat a picnic if you didn’t want to loose any time. There was also lots of gifts shops so you could buy all the usual things like pens and mugs, some things specific to the Park like their characters and then they also sold more unusual gifts like science and space toys and activities so it was nice to have lots of different things to choose from.
We did find that my little brother was too young for a lot of it and whilst there was plenty for him to see and lots of play areas he could play in with plenty of space for him to run around he was a bit sad he couldn’t go on the rides (he really liked the racing cars and fire engines) so we would recommend it as being best for children over 5. Lottie wasn’t tall enough for quite everything but she did manage to do nearly all of it.
We would definitely recommend Futuroscope to anyone looking for an adventure, If you can go for at least two days then that would be best but if not then plan your visit well, get there as early as possible and plan to stay until late and as I said it is well worth getting a Premium Pass if you can. Lottie and I can’t wait to go again next year- I wish we had something like Futuroscope in the UK.
Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to receive complimentary passes to Futuroscope but all thought are our own
My cousin is really lucky- she has a Flip Out Trampoline Park near to where she lives in East London- it’s quite a long way from us but it looks great and we are hoping to go there when we visit her.
We have been reading about Flip Out, in London E6 because they are letting us run a competition for our readers to win themselves a session! They aim to deliver massive amount of healthy, awesome fun which sounds good to me! They have huge trampolines, stunt box zones and a DJ but it’s more than just trampolines (although there is three floors of them to get started with!)
They also have twelve warrior climbing walls, I love climbing and these look awesome. You can dual on battle beams and dive into the foam pits or test out the 30 foot slide. There is even a 100m caving system and a Ninja Warrior Course! This is definitely not your average trampoline park!
If we lived nearer to here I think I would be asking to go to Flip Out all the time. There’s loads of different sessions to suit everyone- Family Time, Toddler Time, Students and even an After Dark Friday Party.
If you would like the chance to win for you and a friend to visit the amazing Flip Out Park in E6 then enter our fab competition below. Flip Out will even give the winners a Polar Krush Ice Drink each to cool down with after all that bouncing too!
I recently learnt what a bucket list was and decided I would write my own of what I would like to have on my ‘bucket list’ for the Summer Holidays. Although I would like my list to have a spade on it too please!
Visit a beach (see I said it needed a spade with the bucket!)
Do the Summer reading challenge
Go to a sporting event (cheating a bit because we actually have already done this!)
Use my telescope to go Stargazing
Use my microscope to look at something interesting
Do some baking
See my friends
Play lots of sport
Visit somewhere interesting
Help throw my sister an amazing birthday party!
Have a picnic
Make a new friend
Do some metal detecting
Visit a museum
Eat something I have never eaten before!
Let’s see how I get on over the Summer. I would love to know what is on your bucket list for the Summer?
We are working on getting my Mum to agree to take us camping in the Summer holidays but she isn’t keen- it was really cold last time we went and that has put her off, but I think I have found the perfect solution.
We were recently sent some Heat Holders Slipper Socks to try and they are literally the warmest, softest, most comfortable pair of socks you could ever find. I think these will be perfect to keep you warm when you are camping.
Heat holders do lots of different products including adult socks and tights but we were pleased to try the socks from the children’s range. I have a pair of R2D2 socks and Lottie has a Disney Princess pair and they are both equally warm and comfortable, we both found the sizes were what we expected them to be too.
They do loads of other options for children including Frozen, Minions, Hulk and Spider-Man. The character socks are £7.99 a pair, which seems quite expensive until you try them on and realise how much better than normal socks they are! They also do children’s socks without characters on for £4.99 which looks like a great deal.
I can see these being perfect for Summer Nights sitting outside or if you go camping or to a festival and I also think they will be brilliant for the cold winter nights so I think they will be used most of the year round. Heat Holders tell me they are 3.1 tog so it’s like having a little duvet wrapped around you feet keeping you toasty warm! I like the grip on the bottom too as we have wooden flooring and it makes it much less slippery!
Heat Holders do lots of other things too including blankets, hats and thermal clothes- I think I might have to get my Dad to order it all for my Mum and then maybe we will be able to get her back into the idea of camping again!
As we get towards Summer people are starting to get excited about their holidays. I thought I would give you some ideas of games you can play on a long journey so you arrive on your holiday without too much shouting and grumpiness!
This is our on-going car game for any journey. My Mum’s friend told us about it and we have played it ever since. There is no winner and no loser (except my sister and I still manage to argue about it!) and the game never ends. Basically it doesn’t matter where you are in the World or what you are doing, if you see a yellow car you have to shout ‘YELLOW CAR’. My little brother does not yet know his colours but he does recognise yellow! The only time this game gets old is when driving past a post sorting office in France!
I went to the Shops…
This is a memory game that runs through the alphabet- the first person starts with ‘I went to the shops and brought an apple (anything beginning with A), the next person says ‘I went to the shops and brought an apple and a banana (anything beginning with B) and so on through the whole alphabet… by the time you get halfway through it gets very tricky to remember whatever everyone else has said.
Everyone knows how to play ‘I Spy…’ it’s the perfect game when you are on a long drive, especially on country roads where there is lots to see.
My friend and I created an alphabet of all the cars we could think of and managed to cover every letter and now we both use them to either play bingo with or I spy with when we are out in the car- you get the most amount of points for a yellow lamborghini!
You have to think of a thing or a person and the other people can ask up to twenty questions before they have to guess what you are thinking about.
Name that Tune
You need a spare adult in the front who isn’t the driver for this one, they just have to play a few seconds of a song and then everyone guesses what they think it is. You can do it just for fun or you can give points to how quickly the correct answer is given.
Hopefully these ideas might make long journeys go a bit quicker-we would love to know if you have any others you play in your car- especially before we go on our ten hour drive to France in a couple of months!
My Mum has a theory when we are travelling that as long as we have our passports, tickets and money we have everything we need. These are her absolute travel essentials and the final things she checks when we get into the car whenever we are going away. Her explanation with this is that with the passports and tickets we can get where we are going and then as long as we have some money we can buy anything else we may have forgotten.
In theory this isn’t a bad list of essentials but in practise she actually has a big spreadsheet of what each person needs for the trip and checks it all off carefully. This still didn’t stop her forgetting her hairbrush the other year and not realising until we had embarked on an overnight ferry crossing!
Mark Warner are searching for five bloggers to work with in 2017 as part of their Family Ambassador Programme. This would be so exciting and we have decided we should have a try at entering- although there will be lots of proper full time bloggers I would love to be involved and would really enjoy working with them on a child’s viewpoint.
As part of the process to find their Ambassadors Mark Warner have asked bloggers to write about their travel must haves and create a mood board. My sister Lottie and I had lots of fun with this!
I think children have different priorities to adults when it comes to travelling. I love to visit new places but also feel much more comfortable when I have just a few familiar things around me so my travel must haves are all things that make me feel comfortable and allow me to get stuck in and enjoy new experiences.
Teddies and Toys
My first essential is a favourite teddy or toy- it doesn’t matter how old you are, as long as you have a teddy you love with you wherever you are will feel like home! Lottie and I had a great time using our toys to show you the rest of our travel must haves- we felt sure they would need to have the same!
We decided we would need to have drawing things with us- this would give us something to do on the plane, something to keep us busy if we got delayed anywhere and somewhere to make notes for me to use for my blog.
It’s always nice for children to have their own little bit of money to spend on holiday. I love to buy a few souvenirs and whilst my Mum and Dad treat us when we are away it’s also fun to decide carefully what to spend my own holiday savings on.
I love to take phots and it’s so nice to have them to look back at after a holiday and remember all the good things you have done. I would definitely take my camera as one of my travel must haves.
Even Barbie has swapped her heels for comfy trainers on her holiday and comfortable shoes are one of my travel must haves too! I love to visit new places and also enjoy playing sport so these are essential for me. We wouldn’t want Lottie to miss out on an adventure by complaining her feet hurt so we would all make sure we packed suitable footwear.
Sun hats, glasses and lotion are all travel must haves even if they might seem a little boring to children. Being well covered up means we are allowed to go out and have fun so it is definitely essential. Fortunately my little brother loves wearing sunglasses and sunhats now and so we won’t have too much trouble keeping him from throwing them out of the pushchair this year!
I love swimming and would like to be on a holiday with either a sunny beach or a nice warm swimming pool right now so I would be certain to pack my swimming costume.
We could spend the whole day on the beach… swimming things and a bucket and spade and we would be set. We would spend the day making The Ultimate Sandcastle, paddling in the sea, examining the rock pools and searching for shells. Buckets and spades are on the must have list.
A good book or a favourite bedtime story will make an unfamiliar bed feel nice and cosy. We would have to choose our favourites carefully not to make the suitcases too heavy but at least a few books would have to come with us.
However much you like trying different foods we have found there is always a point in a holiday where you just want to eat a digestive biscuit! Obviously you need to have something tucked away for midnight feasts too!
We hope you have enjoyed our ‘top ten travel must haves’ and our entry into Mark Warner Holidays’ Family Ambassador Programme.
We would love to know what your travel must haves are… and what your children might choose?