Wanderlust Kids #8

Last month I had a record number of people linking up to Wanderlust Kids and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single one of the posts. I got some great ideas for destinations to visit with BattleKid in the future and also some excellent hints and tips.

September’s Featured Wanderlust Kids Post

The post that got me really excited while reading it last month was by Jenny of Travelynn Family, who shared their 16-day itinerary of their visit to Sri Lanka with their boys. I’ve always wanted to visit Sri Lanka and BattleDad and I almost did for our honeymoon, but we chose Cuba instead. That said it is still on my wanderlust bucket list. From beaches and elephant sanctuaries to the capital Colombo, they covered a lot in this detailed tour itinerary. I have this post pinned to one of my travel boards on Pinterest for future reference!

September’s Special Mention Wanderlust Kids Post

Another post which I thought deserved a special mention was from Annette at Four Acorns. In her post, she gave us comprehensive details of all the places her family enjoyed wild swimming in France during the summer. From incredible beaches to swimming under a derelict Roman bridge, she had some stunning pictures in her post. What a way to spend the summer!

September’s Other Great Posts

Wandermust Family shared their post about favourite city breaks in both the Middle east and North Africa with babies from the bloggers who have been.

Andrea from Topsy Turvy Tribe told us about learning lessons from travelling with toddlers including some great tips for travelling with them such as always carry cash, something BattleDad rarely does.

Elizabeth from Dutch Dutch Goose shared her post about their trip to visit Mount Pilatus in Switzerland. It reminded me of a similar trip we did to Mount Rigi pre-BattleKid.

Paul at Family Makes told us all about their visit to Hadrian’s Wall. I never knew you could actually walk on the walls and their children got to meet a Roman soldier too.

Helena of The Queen of Collage shared her post about their visit to Gisacum in Normandy to see a Gallo-Roman archaeological site.

Annabel at Smudge Postcard showed how enjoyable slow travel on a narrow boat on the Basingstoke Canal could be for celebrating a birthday.

Nat at Awaybies shared her post about visiting Kidzania with her 8-year-old. This kid play area at Westfield Shopping centre looks amazing and kids will love it!

Katie of Mum of 2.5 shared her post about their lovely family holiday to Spain to visit the grandparents.

Zen Baby Travel shared their post about an amazing hotel which they went to for their first family holiday as a foursome. It looks incredible.

Tara of After The Rain Comes Sunshine shared her post about their visit to Felbrigg Hall, which is a stunning National Trust property. From her pictures I can certainly see why she fell in love with it.

Johlene from Johlene Orton linked up her post telling us why you should visit Sioux City if you are ever on Gran Canaria island. I think BattleKid would love it after our recent trip to Yellowstone in which we met real cowboys and cowgirls.

Laura from Side Street Style shared with us her post about their action-packed weekend at the Just So Festival. They stayed in vintage tents and had an all-round amazing time. I urge you to watch her video of their weekend, the pillow fight looks like so much fun!

Claire from The Ladybirds Adventures share her post about their September family adventures. They’ve even started autumn by collecting conkers, pine cones and acorns.

Melissa at The Family Voyage shared her comprehensive post about car seat options if travelling with babies or young children.

Niamh from Treasure Tales shared her post about a family break in Wexford, Ireland. I can’t believe I read someone mentioning a baby bowl. If you’re not from Ireland, you won’t get the reference. It’s something I always missed when eating out with BattleKid in the UK!

And finally, Lisa of Baby Loves Travel shared her post about their experience pf the Camper Calling Festival. I must admit I’d never heard of it before reading Lisa’s post, but it looks and sounds great.

I really cannot thank you all enough for linking up so many wonderful travel posts last month. I enjoyed reading every single one of them and am getting excited to see what is linked up this month.

And for this month, I am joining in with my post all about our recent mid-week stay at Bluestone. We have stayed at Bluestone before but for weekend breaks. This was our first time to enjoy it mid-week.

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open from the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be a day out, a family holiday, a travel review, somewhere new your children have discovered or a post with hints and tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will write a synopsis of the posts linked up by everyone, and I’ll be featuring my favourite one, linking back to everyone’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few other posts that have linked up and leave a comment. 

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use the #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached to it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase. I cannot believe how well this little community is growing and appreciate everyone who has adopted the #wanderlustkids on Instagram.

And last but not least, I’ve created a Wanderlust Kids group on Facebook. The idea behind it was that not everyone who travels with their kids will have a blog. So, by creating the group we can share our posts and travel tips with non-bloggers, and maybe even help each other out by sharing advice or ideas about travelling with your kids. I don’t know if the group will go anywhere but I’d love it if you could join up, and add anyone you think might benefit from the group. Feel free to share your travel blog posts there too!

I look forward to reading your posts, maybe gaining some inspiration.

WanderlustKids

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Be In The Picture 9

Another month, another chance to reflect on the month gone by and see if I managed to get in front of the camera instead of just behind it. And I have been pleasantly surprised that I did, albeit mainly thanks to BattleDad. 

We started September en route to Missoula having left wonderful Yellowstone. This was the next destination on our USA road trip before moving on to Portland. While in Missoula we visited the National Bison Range in Montana, in the hope of spotting more wildlife. We had fun and ended our day out at the Carousel for Missoula. BattleKid and I had a few rides after our picnic and he thoroughly enjoyed it. 

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At the National Bison Range, Montana
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One the Carousel for Missoula
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Picnic time in Missoula

While in Missoula we visited our first ever Walmart and BattleKid was treated to new some Disney Cars models. However, they were a nightmare to get out of their packaging. Why do toy manufacturers do this to us? And BattleKid and I got our hats for Lapland in December 2018.

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Why are model cars always so difficult to get out of the packaging
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Modelling our Lapland hats

After an enjoyable few days in Missoula we headed for Portland through nearly 600 miles of smoke haze. We even had to go around Mount Hood as I-84 was closed due to fires around the Columbia Gorge Creek. 

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Driving from Richland to Portland around Mount hood (in the distance)

In Portland we had a lovely relaxing few days, all with BattleKid in mind. We visited Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Zoo and also the Children’s Museum. On our last day we ventured into downtown Portland and enjoyed ice cream at Salt’n’Shake, which had been recommended to us. We also ate at a place called Red Robin no less than 3 times during our stay. The food was that good!

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Finishing off what BattleKid didn’t at the OMSI
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Another carousel at Oregon Zoo
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Seeing my favourite animal at Oregon Zoo
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The fabulous aquarium at Oregon Zoo
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Eagerly awaiting our Salt’n’Shake ice cream
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Another Red Robin dinner

Back in Portugal we ventured to the Algarve Circuit at Portimao for our first ever World Superbikes Race. It was a glorious day to watch some motorbike racing. We’ve also enjoyed dinner outside again, with BattleKid falling asleep before we’ve even finished our meal. We’ve been playing in the garden with BattleKid’s new pirate ship water table and discovered the playground on our park. A busy but thoroughly enjoyable month.

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At the WSB races in Portimao
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Asleep before the end of dinner again
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Garden fun in Portugal
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See-saw

Be in the Picture encourages us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up.

A Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone – Our Visit and Review

Regular readers of the blog will know that we have been to Bluestone several times in the past. But last week, we were kindly invited to experience a mid-week stay at Bluestone. We have always had a weekend break at Bluestone but since giving up my job to move to Portugal, a mid-week stay at Bluestone suddenly became a very real option.

So, with our new stylish cabin bag in tow, and plenty of warm clothes, off we headed to Faro airport for our return flight to Bristol Airport to experience our first ever mid-week stay at Bluestone.

A weekend break at Bluestone lasts 3 nights and 4 days but was really only the two weekend days for us, as we have always been travelling on the Friday and Monday. This time we were treated to a 4-night stay and enjoyed 3 full days at Bluestone. That said you can arrive early and use the facilities from 11am on the day of your arrival, and on your checkout day you can enjoy them until 3pm. You cannot check into your lodge early though so do be aware of your arrival time and plan accordingly. Check in time for accommodation is generally 4.30pm.a mid-week stay at bluestone

Day 1 of Our Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone

Due to our flight being delayed we didn’t arrive until 5.20pm and we headed straight for the Farmhouse Grill for dinner with our friends who were joining us for this stay.

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A tasty burger in the Farmhouse Grill

I had booked this restaurant so that we didn’t have to think about cooking and could start to relax and enjoy ourselves. We had two sharing platters to start and they were enormous! Plenty of food that tasted delicious. Most of us ordered a burger while BattleKid enjoyed the chicken strips from the kids’ menu and L enjoyed a kids’ burger. The main courses were generous and tasty. However, as I’d eaten quite a lot of the sharing platter, I couldn’t finish my burger. In truth, the sharing platter could easily have covered us four adults.

While everyone else enjoyed some amazing looking desserts, I walked (in the rain!) to our lodge to grab some pictures and a walk-around video for my YouTube channel. The sacrifices we bloggers make in the name of our work hey! Shortly after I’d finished, the others arrived back in our buggy for the week, which I had pre-booked, so that we could all get unpacked and get the kids ready for bed. Following a catch up over a cuppa we all headed to bed suitably tired but happy to be back in Bluestone once again.

Day 2 of Our Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone

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Our buggy for the week helped us practice our Portuguese as Mai is the Portuguese word for Mum!

After a breakfast cooked from our Family Welcome Hamper, we got ourselves ready to head out of Bluestone to explore some of Pembrokeshire.

The Family Welcome Hamper has everything in it to start you off food-wise in your lodge. It can be really helpful if, like us, you are travelling from afar and either won’t get a chance to visit a supermarket, or don’t want to carry fresh food in the car. Including everything you need for a hearty breakfast, a cuppa and a few snacks too, it can work out as a great time saver.

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Lovely little streets in Tenby
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The gorgeous Pembrokeshire coastline

We decided to visit Tenby as the Battle Family had never been before. It had always been on our radar but somehow, we never got the chance. We were very lucky that the rain and grey skies we had that morning cleared by the time we headed out in the cars.

Tenby is a lovely little seaside town in Pembrokeshire and we had a lovely time wandering around the walled town and around the coastal head. We visited the RNLI boathouse and I visited a Boots for some supplies before we enjoyed fish and chips. Afterwards, we then drove to Barafundle Bay but I had to wait in the car while a certain little boy caught up on his beauty sleep.  

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On our way to dinner at the Oak Tree Restaurant and we stopped to say hi to a scarecrow

Back at Bluestone, we visited the Oak Tree Restaurant for dinner. Unfortunately, we were a little bit disappointed to find it had changed from the last time we had visited.

The Oak Tree Restaurant had always felt a little more grown up than other eateries in Bluestone, one adults could enjoy even with the kids in tow. With an Italian inspired menu comprising fantastic dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, it felt like the ‘treat’ restaurant. This time around it was more of a set Italian menu with just pizza and pasta dishes, geared very much for families. Gone were the starters and variety of main dishes. That said, the food was still really delicious and was enjoyed by one and all. Even my main of olives and a salad (still full from my seaside fish and chips) was lovely. BattleKid certainly enjoyed his spaghetti and tomato sauce, even wearing some of it on his eyebrow. After dinner, and once the kids were in bed, we enjoyed our first board game for ages. And I won!

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My salad was really delicious!

Day 3 of Our Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone

I had been looking forward to this day at Bluestone. Why you may ask? Because as it was her birthday the following week, I had booked myself and S into the Well Spa at Bluestone. I had never visited before and it had been a long time since I’d had a spa day and both us mums were really looking forward to it.

We wandered down at 9am and enjoyed some of the facilities until it was time for our Celtic Combo. This 50-minute treatment involved a back massage and facial and boy was it enjoyable. My therapist Katy found knots in my back I didn’t know existed and the facial felt and smelled lovely.

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The Well Spa of Bluestone, a perfect place for mums to enjoy a few hours of relaxation.

After our treatments, we continued enjoying the facilities, even braving the rain to get into the plunge pool, before having afternoon tea at midday in the café. Once we were suitably relaxed and refreshed we visited the spa shop before going back to reality and our respective children. I cannot recommend the spa enough for mums, dads, couples and grandparents alike. And yes, we saw a few of them in there!

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The plunge pool of the Well Spa at Bluestone

After lunch we all went to the Blue Lagoon for some splashy fun. This is by far one of the best places to visit at Bluestone with kids. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the waves, the lazy river and the toddler pool. It was a struggle to get them out.

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The Blue Lagoon of Bluestone

Back at the lodge we got the Dads to collect a Chinese from a takeaway in Narberth. Despite it only getting a 3.5* rating on Google, the food was hot, delicious and enjoyed by everyone. I really cannot understand why it has a low rating. Again, once the boys were in bed we enjoyed some board games but alas, it wasn’t my lucky night.

Day 4 of Our Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone

I was up at 7.15am to call Disneyland Paris to make our restaurant bookings for our forthcoming visit in December. Yes, you must book certain restaurants that far in advance! Then, once BattleKid and I were dressed and fed, I took him for a walk while BattleDad worked and the others got themselves up and sorted.

We started by having a walk around the lake and although it was cold, it was a dry morning. Around the lake we spotted the ducks, waved to the tractors and the men working on them. We also saw mushrooms, spotted a bug hotel and a scarecrow fishing in the lake.

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Strolling around the lake at Bluestone

Then, we went on a Gruffalo hunt in the deep, dark, wood and found him hiding in a tree. We also spent some time watching a squirrel jumping from branch to branch high in a tree. BattleKid wanted him to come down to the ground and he did, albeit a bit away from us.

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Result! We found the Gruffalo hiding in the deep dark woods of Bluestone

To finish off our morning together, I took him to the new playground where he enjoyed time on the slide (getting a wet bum in the process!) and the swings. This is a new addition to the Village since our last visit and it is really good, a great place for little ones to run off some steam.

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Fun in the new playground of Bluestone

After our morning together, we returned to everyone in lodge and got ready to head out of Bluestone again. Our destination for this morning was Pembroke Castle for a spot of dragon hunting.

We had never visited Pembroke Castle, and it’s quite a lovely one. The boys enjoyed running around the big map of Wales that sits in the centre of the courtyard, before we enjoyed some cake and tea. Afterwards, we hunted the dragon and found him hiding in a hole in the wall. It’s a big castle, with many rooms and buildings to explore and is a great place to let two little boys burn off some of that never-ending energy.

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Fun in the sun at Pembroke Castle

On our return to Bluestone we spent a few hours relaxing in our lodge before heading to the Wildwood Café in the Adventure Centre for the Scarecrow Dinner Show.

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The decorated Wildwood Cafe room

There are shows on twice a week in the Wildwood Café and during certain times of the year they have a theme, such as for Easter, Halloween and Christmas. This show is an interactive one that includes a two-course meal and was enjoyed by us all. The room was decorated perfectly for Halloween and the show involved a scarecrow and crow singing and telling stories and the kids really enjoyed it.

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The Scarecrow Show

Afterwards we joined the Bwbach Parade down to the village before the Bwbach Festival started in the centre of the Village with games and music.

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The start of the Bwbach Parade

The boys also enjoyed some time playing in the playground before we hopped onto our buggy back to our lodge in the rain. It was a great way to end our first ever mid-week stay in Bluestone and I think our whole party enjoyed themselves.

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BattleKid wasn’t too sure about getting up close and personal with a live scarecrow

Day 5 of Our Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone

As is normal, check out on your last day is 10am. We were all up early and as BattleDad and I had some errands to run before we headed back to Bristol for our return flight to Faro so we left just after 9am.

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Time to say goodbye to Bluestone

As mentioned above you are welcome to stay and use the facilities at Bluestone until 3pm, handy if you aren’t in a rush. BattleDad and I visited our old stomping grounds in Wales before stocking up on sausages and rashers in Asda. We also visited Abergavenny for a last cuppa after getting the boys’ feet measured in Clarks.

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Taking pictures of clouds as we return to Portugal after a great week at Bluestone

A Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone versus a Weekend Break

I thought it might be useful to sum up how a mid-week stay at Bluestone compares to a weekend break. We’ve actually stayed at Bluestone for a weekend at the same time in October before, so it’s easy for me to compare the two.

While we’ve always enjoyed our weekend visits to Bluestone, they have always felt a bit rushed. Spending most of Friday and Monday travelling, you only really get two full days at Bluestone. A mid-week break gives you at least one extra full day and it felt more relaxed for us. The restaurants also didn’t feel as full or rushed compared to weekends and the Blue Lagoon wasn’t as busy.

The playground only got busy after the Bwbach Parade but didn’t feel full at other times. When BattleKid and I took a stroll around the lake and into the woods we hardly saw anyone.

Having that extra day meant we could also explore areas of Pembrokeshire for two days while still having a day to enjoy ourselves in Bluestone. Our mid-week stay at Bluestone felt more relaxed and less busy than weekends and given the choice I’d do a mid-week again. That said, Bluestone is enjoyable, no matter whether you chose a weekend, mid-week or 7-day stay.a mid-week stay at bluestone

I cannot recommend Bluestone National Park Resort enough as THE place to go for a relaxed family holiday in Wales. Whether you only have a weekend break, or longer, it is a great family-orientated place to stay. Ideally located for exploring Pembrokeshire and more of West Wales, you can be as outdoorsy as you like, or not. There are plenty of things to do for the whole family at Bluestone and in the surrounding areas, so you won’t be bored. Each lodge really is family orientated and with everything a family would need for a home-away-from-home holiday. I’ll be talking about our Grassholm Lodge in greater detail in a forthcoming post next, but suffice to stay, like all the lodges we’ve stayed in, it was comfortable, homely and had everything we needed for our mid-week stay at Bluestone.

Have you visited Bluestone before? If not, why not check out their website and see the range of lodges they have and availability!

Cath x

*We were kindly invited to enjoy a mid-week break at Bluestone, receiving complimentary accommodation for the duration of our stay. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions about our stay at Bluestone. Please note, we paid for all activities, restaurant visits and the buggy hire for the duration of our stay.

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Wanderlust Kids #7

I must apologise to everyone for the fact there was no #Wanderlustkids linky last month. I had hoped to get one sorted as soon as we got back from America but we then had to get BattleKid settled into kindergarten. So, as you can imagine, life got in the way. But we’re back this month and I am dying to hear all about your trips, hints and tips and anything related to travelling with kids.

I have to thank everyone who linked up in August. We had hints an tips, days out and holidays abroad. I’ve loved reading all your posts. I am going to continue as I started in August with a synopsis of everyone’s posts as usual but with the featured post as well. Introduced last time, this post gets special mention as the one I most enjoyed reading. 

August’s featured Wanderlust Kids post

This month’s featured post was a difficult one and two were in the running but in the end, I loved Nat from Awaybies review, and hints and tips post, about Disneyland Paris. As you’ll know we are going for the first time as a family in December and I gleamed some more hints and tips from Nat’s post. She wrote about where to stay, when to go in relation to your children’s ages and time of year, shopping and what rides are good. What I didn’t find out in all my own research was how good the Moteurs action show is. This Cars-themed show is going to be a must with BattleKid and our friends little boy! And I also got another great hint from Nat; bring on-the-go entertainment for queuing times with the kids. Now, I bought some Disney toys and colouring books in America for BattleKid. I was going to give them to him on the plane over but I think I’ll hold these for the queues! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland Paris I urge you to read Nat’s post as there is nothing like getting tips from those who have been!

August’s Other Great Posts

Rupreet of Rupeat shared her post about their amazing end to their Kenyan holiday at the Msambweni Beach House. The food, which always features in Rupreet’s posts looked and sounds amazing.

Jenny of TraveLynn Family shared some amazing hints and tips about road tripping with your baby. I love her idea of a cool box packed with snacks as it makes for a ready-made picnic if you see somewhere along the way you want to stop at.

Amy from Mama Mighalls told us about a great family day out for £25 for four people at the Kingsbury Water Park and the Broomey Croft Children’s Farm next door. Located in Warwickshire, they both sound great, although I know BattleKid would have to be torn away from the mini tractors in the farm.

Niamh from Treasure Tales linked up her post about visiting Rathbeggan Lakes in Co. Meath, Ireland. There is lots to do there for adults and kids alike and BattleKid would love the soft play and fairy garden. Just beware of the hidden costs as Niamh has pointed out, such as a charge for using a BBQ and the extras cost of rides!

Lucille from Bebe Voyage wrote and shared a wonderful post about 12 kid-friendly historical sites in Europe and hints and tips for visiting them. Rome and Pompeii are firmly on our to-do list, but I’d also love to visit the Cutty Sark. And we recently went dragon hunting at the Tower of London.

Lydia from Holidaze and Hellidaze shared a lovely post about Fagan Park in Australia. I love the sound of the Garden of Many Nations.

Laura of Musings of a Tired Mummy shared her post about their family day out in Staines. I have to say I’d have a hard time getting BattleDad out of Games Workshop.

Lisa from Baby Loves Travel shared her post about visiting Deen City Farm in London. I never knew there were city farms in London but I think they are a wonderful way to let city kids experience the countryside without having to travel for hours to get there.

Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes linked up her post about visiting Lake Como with her mum and kids. She shared places to visit and stay, places to eat, things to do and even boats rides. This destination is firmly on the to-do lsit now that I know there is lots to do there with kids.

And last but by no means least, Zen Baby Travel shared their post about visiting the River and Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames. They had a lovely treat as Peter Rabbit and friends were visiting the museum at the same time.

I really enjoyed reading the different posts everyone linked up and cannot wait to see what will be linked up this month.

This month I am linking up a post which came into it’s own during our recent holiday. We have wanted to visit Yellowstone for a long time and finally got the chance at the end of August as some of you will know. Here’s our planning post along with our Yellowstone Bucket List. You’ll have to come back to see if we managed it all when I finally get around to writing up our recent travels. 

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open from the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children have discovered or a post with hints and tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will write a synopsis of the posts linked up (and/or featuring a favourite one, depending on the numbers), linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use the #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached to it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase. I cannot believe how well this little community is growing and appreciate everyone who has adopted the #wanderlustkids on Instagram.

I look forward to reading your posts, maybe gaining some inspiration.

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Best Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Holidaying with kids can be a daunting affair for some, and something to relish with others. I’ve heard some parents say they dread holidays with their kids. I know others who wouldn’t dream of not going on holiday with their kids. The best holiday with kids can be surprising ones and the worst can come out of something beyond your control. For us, holidays and BattleKid go hand in hand these days and although we’ve had both good and bad, we wouldn’t change them for the world.

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As you read this, the Battle Family will be somewhere in North West America on our USA road trip holiday. It’s a holiday we’ve been looking forward to for a while and we’re really hoping it’ll be our best one yet. We’ve done a good bit of travelling with BattleKid, from staycations in the UK, to Europe and beyond. Our best holiday to date has to be our trip to New York last year.

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BattleKid at the World Trade Centre Memorial.

Despite rain on our first full day, it turned out to be our best holiday so far. I wrote all about it in our New York Holiday Diaries and I also showed that New York can be done, even with a toddler in tow. I thought I’d ask some fellow bloggers what have been their best holiday with kids and here’s what they had to say.

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Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says their best holiday with their kids have been a good old British Haven holidays. Her kids loved the caravan and there is so much to do at Haven for little ones.

Emma from Emma Reed said her best holiday was in Zante last year for her sister’s wedding. It was great

Because so many people travelled out for it and that of course gave me a huge help with my two-year-old.

Her son had so many family members to play with and keep him entertained. It was so memorable for her and not stressful at all.

Beth from Twinderelmo says their best holiday was when they took their kids to Disneyland last Christmas.

To see the magic and joy in their eyes was the most amazing feeling ever.

She will never forget their faces during the parades and believes Disneyland really is the best place on earth.

Angela from The Life of Spicers says their best holiday with kids was to Walt Disney World. The reactions and look on her daughters face when she got to see the castle, and meet the princesses, was amazing. It was worth all the saving and going without to get there.

Samantha from North East Family Fun says their best holiday with kids was to Calella de Palafrugell last year. A traditional Spanish resort, which is not very touristy, but hoem to stunning beaches and gorgeous restaurants, she and her husband would

dine in style as the kids played on the sand in front of us.

Jenna from Then There Were Three says her best holiday with her daughter was definitely Bluestone.

It was last minute and we only found out we were going that day, but she absolutely loved it there as there was so much to do.

Debbie from My Boys Club says their best holiday with kids would be their trip to Loch Ness, which I’ve been reading. Debbie said they had a luxury lodge, fab day trips, the weather wasn’t not bad at all and it was really relaxing.

Adventurous and a good time was had by all – you don’t have to go abroad for the best times.

Richard from 2 Bottles of Milk found it hard to pick one best holiday. So, he chose two. The first one was when they took their two boys to Bluestone two Christmases ago. It was just amazing he says. The second was from this year when they went to Disneyland Paris

Although exhausting, the boys faces during our character meal made the cost of that worth it.

Karina from Mum’s the Nerd says their best holiday was booking a villa in Lanzarote with family.

Having your own pool and the relaxed atmosphere was perfect for us.

Maria from Happy Mummy says theirs was to Puerto Pollensa in Majorca. Their daughter Lily had an absolute ball swimming all day and dancing all night at the mini disco.

We still play the songs all the time at home.

Tracey from Pack the PJ’s said her best holiday was only very recently. They spent just under a week in the beautiful Maldives doing things like snorkelling on the reef, kayaking, night fishing, dolphin boat rides. They even had a professional cooking experience. But more than this, it was

An absolutely amazing few days spent as a family

Not only that but they also spent 3 days in Abu Dhadi, with the highlight being a desert safari where they rode camels, experienced falconry, were driven at speed over sand dunes, saw the sun setting over the landscape and the 45 degree heat.

We loved every second!

Jodie from Maidenhead Mum says their best holidays was a Eurocamp trip to the Adriatic Coast in Italy, staying across the lagoon from Venice. The site they stayed on had a water park, direct access to the beach and was just 15 minutes by boat from Venice.

Seeing as my happy place is taking photos there was something for everyone.

They enjoyed it so much they are going back this year! And she says she has not had a ’worst’ holiday as yet, although wonders if returning to Venice with a 5 year-old and two year-old might tip the scales!

Hannah from Travelling with Leo says their best holiday was a three-week trip to America where they travelled by train between Boston – New York (where they spent Christmas) – Philadelphia.

Lisa from Bare Mother said their best holiday to date was a recent trip to Kefalonia in Greece. They had a private villa with pool, were two minutes walk to the beach with a supermarket on the way, and there were lots of great kid-friendly tavernas nearby.

It was perfect because it was so easy to chill. Mister Two had a fab time, and so did we.

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie said without a doubt their best holiday was their Disney Cruise around the Med.

It was everything we could possibly have hoped for… we did some excellent excursions to Monaco and Pompeii, as well as enjoying a week in Barcelona before we set sail. Whenever I think of it my heart fills with joy. We look at the photos often.

Emma from Our Fairy Tale Adventure recently did a road trip from the North West of England to Copenhagen in Denmark with their two toddlers. People thought they were a bit mad but it was such an amazing trip. They travelled through so many places and got to experience so many things together as a family.

We then ended our trip at Disneyland Paris, which was just the most perfect way to finish our adventure.

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies said their best was their first trip to Cornwall three years ago. Despite being in April, it was a scorching week and they had the most amazing time visiting lots of different places. Their children were four and seven and handled the long car journey really well. They loved it so much they’ve been back each year since!

Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says said their best holiday has to be their trip to Rome this May. She and her husband honeymooned in Italy 10 years previously. They visited the Trevi Fountain and, as is custom, threw in a coin so that someday they would return to Rome.

We joked that we should come back for our 10-year wedding anniversary – with our kids – and that’s exactly what we did. It was so amazing being back there with our three children and showing them all the sights that it made us fall in love with Rome.

The weather was perfect during their trip, the campsite they stayed on was amazing and the Italian pizza, pasta and wine was delicious too.

Alice from Living with a Jude has had both her best and worst holiday rolled into one. She went to see family and friends in the states following several years of trying to get her horrid, emotionally abusive ex out of her life. Her friends out there made the visit amazing and she had such sun seeing them all. On the flip side, her (then) seven year-old severely autistic son was (in her words) a bit of a nightmare.

He had meltdowns every day, wouldn’t stay on the beach, wouldn’t go out, freaked out on the plane. It was horrific!

Thankfully her parents were with her were with her so they were able to maintain a sense of normality for her (then) four-year-old daughter. They babysat in the evenings so she was able to go out, stress-free knowing her ex wouldn’t be trying to ruin her life when she got home. It was the worst holiday because of her son’s behaviour but the best because emotionally she was on top of the world (her own words).

And finally, I wanted to highlight one comment that stood out to me. It is from Lisa who blogs at That British Betty and I have not edited her comment in anyway.

Our best holiday was a few months after my fiancé died suddenly from a virus. I was completely reckless, used the money we’d saved for our wedding to take my two girls to Italy (aged 11 and 14 at the time), stayed in beautiful hotels and spent ten days exploring the islands, travelling on boats, eating with the locals and doing things we’d never dared to before. It was incredibly therapeutic and freeing to travel ‘alone’ and gave us some amazing memories in the middle of a horrendous time in our lives.

From the Maldives and Walt Disney World, to Spain, Italy and staycations in Scotland and Cornwall, these bloggers have shown us that the best holiday with kids can be anywhere in the world. What makes great holidays with kids is the fun everyone has while making long-lasting memories. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, so long as you are having fun as a family.

Thanks so much to all the great bloggers who shared with us their best holiday with their kids to date. There were so many different destinations and reasons behind the best holidays. What has been your best holiday to date with your kids? Why not share it with us in the comments below.

Cath x

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