Good morning and welcome once again to Monday Escapes. Many thanks to the 50+ travel bloggers from around the world who linked up last fortnight.
I’m writing this a few hours before the linky goes live, after a fun and busy weekend in the medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. If you don’t follow us on Instagram here is what we have been up to…
This weekend we are staying in a gorgeous cosy cottage just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon with @exclusivelywarwickshire @shakespeares_england A roaring fire, bottle of prosecco and chocolates what more could a girl possibly need?!) Although I may be speaking too soon as our boys are upstairs sleeping in the same bed tonight, for the first ever… Wish us luck, we may need it!) 😂#cottage #cottagestyle #logfire #stratforduponavon
Lovely sunset walk along the river to end our fun day exploring Stratford-upon-Avon! This morning we visited the UK's largest butterfly farm @stratforduponavonbutterfly followed by a very tasty afternoon tea @16churchstreet and a visit to a unique mechanical museum:) #stratforduponavon #warwickshire #ukexplore #familydayout
It was a pretty wet in Stratford-upon-Avon today but we still found lots to do. We started the day with a boat ride down the River Avon which our boys absolutely loved! It was their first river cruise, but for Richard and I it was a trip down memory lane (river?!) as we lived onboard our 50ft narrow boat called Maverick for two years prior to getting married. (Slightly off topic but if you are considering living onboard a boat we can thoroughly recommend it!!) Today has made us realise how much we miss boating, and life on the water. We're going to look into taking our boys on a boating holiday very soon! 🚤😆🛥I would love to know if you have taken your young kids on a boating holiday?! #ukexplore #stratforduponavon #widebeam #boatholidays
Claire and I were your hosts for Monday Escapes #51. Our four favourite posts were…
10 Tried and Tested Tips for Flying with Infants and Toddlers by Flip Flop Globe Trotters – Lisa shares her expert tried and tested tips after 10 months of travel, 25 flights and 32.645 miles with her young son!
How to Find the Best Hotels in Paris by TravelLatte. Claire and I loved this guide to finding the best hotel in Paris. As someone who always finds it an absolute nightmare to select a hotel, particularly when booking a city break, I think starting a hotel search with an itinerary followed by budget, style and reviews makes complete sense.
Historical travel with kids – Must see sites in Europe by Expitterpattica. An inspiring post by expat mum, Lucille. She has continued to see some of Europe’s iconic sights after starting a family and has great tips for instilling wanderlust in children from a young age.
Finding Exotic Destinations in France by Daislikethese. Daisy’s collection of exotic spots in France are fantastic. They look more like places you’d find in the Caribbean. Claire selected this post as it has made her think differently about a holiday across the Channel.
What is Monday Escapes?
Monday Escapes is a place for bloggers to link up their travel memories. The linky is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others.
It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family holiday photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.
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What’s in it for you?
The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself! As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. One lucky person will also win a lovely prize by our sponsors, Lonely Planet. How great is that?!
Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between your four hosts – Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Clare at Tin Box Traveller, Karen at Mini Travellers and I. The linky opens Monday at 7am to Wednesday midnight. There is also a Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.