Hi. I’m Charlotte, a mum to two gorgeous children (a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son) and a university lecturer, who absolutely adores travelling. My husband and I have always loved exploring the world but a lack of time and a lack of money (we were both students for far too long!) meant that we hit our thirties with a huge bucket list of destinations that we were yet to visit. When I found out I was expecting our first child (back in 2013) I have to admit to being worried that holidays would be a thing of the past and that snow-capped mountains and golden sands would have to wait for a while!
How wrong I was. I can honestly say that, with some careful thought and lots of preparation, holidays with children are a joy and that we’ve had some of our best holidays as parents. We’ve enjoyed skiing in Val Thorens, city breaks across Europe (including a canal boat stay in Amsterdam), camping trips in Spain, Tuscan villas, and a 5* hotel in Dubai. We even survived a forest fire in Menorca with a 2 year old and an 8 week old baby!
That said, over the years I’ve come across plenty of people handing out well meant advice about the apparent risks of travelling with children abroad – from the health visitor who was shocked and worried about me travelling to Italy with our then 9 month old (it was going to be ‘far too hot’ and I was apparently going to struggle to find suitable food), to the GP who was anxious about me taking my newborn to Spain without his vaccines!
I’m also regularly told that it’s a waste of time and money taking children to interesting places as they wont remember any of it! I’ll blog about this at some point.
With this blog, I simply want to share our holiday preparations, advice, and experiences in the hope that I can inspire and help other young parents to travel the world and make memories that will last a lifetime. A passport and a plane ticket and a passion for adventure feels like the best gift I can possibly give my children.
Thank you for following. I look forward to hearing from you.