This is our entry into the #MarkWarnerMum travel ambassador program. Six very lucky blogging mums or dads will soon be chosen to represent Mark Warner and experience one summer AND one ski holiday with their family. This is a very exciting competition and having checked out many of the entries from other fellow bloggers I know the competition is fierce but if you are not in it you cannot win it!
We are entering the Adventure Junkies category and we hope this article explains why…
When my husband and I first met we were working for P&O Cruises onboard the fabulous ship Oceana and we were living a very adventurous lifestyle!
I worked in the Shore Excursions department which involved escorting passengers on excursions…. I was paid to take part in adventurous activities in some of the most beautiful places on earth including….. snorkelling with stingrays and scuba diving with sharks in the Caribbean; helicopter flights over Monaco, safari trips in South Africa; kayaking, hiking and glacier trekking in Norway, and even riding elephants in Thailand! (I know it was a tough job!!)
Richards job as an Electro Technical Officer mainly involved maintaining the ships engines, lifts and communications systems although he also had some pretty adventurous parts to his job too including being part of the fire fighting team and being trained to deal with helicopter evacuations.
Our first dates were pretty exciting – although we enjoyed many romantic meals onboard the ship our most memorable first dates were para sailing, snorkelling, horse riding and exploring ship wrecks whilst scuba diving!
After leaving P&O Cruises to begin a new life together we were not quite ready for a life on land and we certainly not ready to invest in bricks and mortar. During a sunday stroll around our local marina we ended up buying our first home, a 50 foot narrow boat (like you do!) Friends and family thought we were slightly bonkers but we loved our two years spent living onboard our snug floating home and had some incredible adventures chugging up and down the canals and rivers in Maverick!
Our next big adventure was a move to Savannah in the USA. Richard was given a fabulous opportunity at work and we jumped at the chance to live in the states again. Our extensive travels around America involved many adventures including skiing, frequent trips to the theme parks in Orlando, cycling down volcanoes in Hawaii, gambling in Vegas, sailing and kayaking.
After six fun-filled years together we were ready for the biggest adventure of our lives… to become a mummy and daddy:) Nothing could have prepared us for the love we would feel when we held our gorgeous baby boy in our arms for the first time and equally nothing could have prepared us for how different our lives were about to be! Over the last five years and particularly since having our second beautiful boy Harry, our adventures have been a little…. shall we say milder?! We have continued to travel however our holidays have been at a slower pace and adventures have taken a little more planning!
We often find that we have to enjoy activities individually so that we can play tag in looking after our boys. Our boys have shown that they too have an adventurous spirit and from a young age we have had some fun family adventures including paddle boating, family bike rides and camping holidays.
Our perfect family holiday with Mark Warner Holidays
Now that our boys are a little older we look forward to introducing them to some of the sports and activities we used to enjoy as a couple. Not that we are quite ready to strap Harry onto a windsurf just yet! He is after all not quite 2 but there are many activities we would love to try during our dream summer family holiday with Mark Warner including – sailing, mountain biking and kayaking and Charlie who is a big Octonauts fan is very keen to try snorkelling so that he can come face to face with some marine life!
Richard and I both learnt to ski (me) snowboard (Richard) when we were nearly 20 years old and so we have both experienced youngsters half our height flying past us on the slopes. (Particularly embarrassing when you have just face planted the snow again!) We would love to teach Charlie how to ski on the bunny slopes during a Mark Warner ski holiday and as a family we would all love to go sledging, build a snowman and have snow ball fights:)
As parents our number one priority is knowing that our boys are safe. It is therefore vitally important to us that should we wish to enjoy some child-free time on the slopes or in the water that our boys would be well cared for. All Mark Warner ski and summer holidays offer FREE childcare 2 to 17 year olds (for families with infants aged 4 months to 23 months there is a modest charge) and most importantly the creches and evening childcare services are run by fully qualified British nannies. It is no wonder that they have recently been voted winner of the Family Tour Operator in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Our boys are confident and love making new friends we therefore have no doubt that they would make some memorable adventures themselves with new friends if they were to attend a Mark Warner creche.
So thats it in a nutshell, our perfect family holiday and the reasons why we would love to be considered as the Adventure Junkie #MarkWarnerMum family ambassadors . All we can do now is keep our fingers firmly crossed!
For more information about the award winning Mark Warner family holidays check out –www.markwarner.co.uk/family-holidays