How can it be time for Monday Escapes again! The last fortnight has absolutely flown by and already we are in October. Last week I spent four days on a press trip in Costa Barcelona with BritMum founders, Jen (Jenography), Susanna (A Modern Mother), Maria (One Tiny Leap) and Cathy (Mummy Travels).
The purpose of our trip was to discover what the region has to offer for families. It is fair to say that we fulfilled our aim… Our long weekend was action packed with visits to a family friendly winery, a 16th century castle, lighthouse, thermal spa, local markets and golden sandy beaches. One of the highlights was a high speed banana boat ride! You can check out more of what we got up to by searching for #BMLcostabcn on Instagram and twitter.
Today's hike around the natural park of Montseny @TurMontseny was made just that little bit more difficult by my legs and arms aching from hanging on for dear life onto a banana boat yesterday! 💦😂 We took part in the high speed thrill ride at Calella water sports centre. Kids from as young as 5 are able to experience this! Our drivers seemed determined that we were getting wet yesterday and they succeeded! #BMLcostabcn
Many thanks to everyone who linked up to the new Monday Escapes with Claire from Tin Box Travellers, Karen from Mini Travellers, Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos and myself. We had 58 bloggers from around the world link up which we were understandably delighted about! This week you’ll find the link up over on Extraordinary Chaos, with Sarah and Karen as your hosts.
This week Sarah is linking Things to do in the Burgundy backroads, Karen is linking up Surf Snowdonia for kids, Claire is linking up Florence with toddlers and I am linking up UK family-friendly attractions hand picked by local mums.
Claire and I had difficulty choosing our favourite posts and after much discussion selected the following…
Four favourite posts from Monday Escapes #43
South Africa Travels: The wine tram! Clara’s post gave us serious trip envy. We loved the idea of having a day off mum duties to go on a wine tour
Austria with kids: 5 things to do in Innsbruck Sima shares some great tips for places to visit in Austria and her photographs are spectacular
Why We Don’t Wait to Take Our Kids to Disney World Allison shares her four reasons why her and her husband do not wait to take their young children to Disney. I in particular read the post with great interest as it is a subject my husband and I have debated lots over the last year!
Activities with kids in Bali Cindy shares her top recommendations for places to visit with kids in Bali including the Bali Turtle Sanctuary to release baby sea turtles back into the wild and a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest to hand feed the monkeys!
Our four favourite Instagram images were –
Bumble Bee Mum shared a snapshot of her family holiday in Thailand
Travel with Nano B shared her favourite spot in Kyoto
Like Love Do shared her favourite image of her sons in Turks and Caicos.
Truly Madly Kids shared a capture from jumping in sand dunes in East Sussex
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 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.
So how do you join in?
• Link up to one post/photo – old or new here – Monday Escapes #44
• Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
• Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
• Comment on posts by the hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great!
• If you tweet any of us your links using #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet. @travellovinfam, @minitravellers, @sarahjchristie, @tinboxtraveller
• Similarly, if you want to show off your photos on Instagram using #MondayEscapes, we will also show those photos some love.
Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday 7am to Wednesday midnight. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos, and choosing a four photos via Instagram.
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.