Monday Escapes #65 & launch of a brand new website!

Helloooo and welcome back to Monday Escapes.  It feels like an eternity since our last linky.  I’ve really missed our lovely travel community and look forward to catching up on what you’ve been up to over the past couple of months.

Your Monday Escapes team, Karen, Sarah, Claire and I have some rather exciting news to share with you today!  The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Monday Escapes has restarted a week later than promised. This is partly down to us all needing extra time to catch up after our summer adventures, but it is also because we’ve been working on a new project…

Drum roll please!

We have launched a new family travel website: Cruising With Kids. Our aim is to share what’s new and exciting in the cruising industry for families with kids of all ages – Cruise Reviews, Cruise News, Tips and Tricks, Port Information and Pre-Cruise Ideas.  We are so excited about this new venture and can’t wait to get our teeth into it.

As you all know, starting a new blog isn’t plain sailing and we’re going to need the support of this wonderful blogging community to keep us afloat.  If you’d like to write a guest post for us then we’d love to hear from you at cruisingkidsuk@gmail.com.  We’d also love for you to hop onboard (last of the puns I promise!) and follow us on our new social media accounts: Facebook, InstagramPinterest and Twitter.

Instagram ‘postcards’ of our summer

My boys and I had an incredible summer. It was pretty full on and I am still in complete denial that the summer is over.  Although life has already returned back to normality with manic school mornings and evenings spent as a taxi driver going to various after school clubs!  We returned home from our two weeks road tripping in a motor home around Brittany followed by a week in Lake Maggiore, in the Italian Lakes last weekend. I’m currently going through my hundreds of photos and writing up reviews/destination guides which I’ll be publishing over the next week.  In the meantime, here’s a taster of what we got up to…

It feels weird to be home alone! My eldest is at school, youngest at nursery and I'm wishing I could turn back the clock and go back to the beginning of the summer hols 😓 We returned home from the Italian Lakes late on Sunday night and I have literally done nothing but unpacking and laundry since then 😩 This is the stunning villa we had the pleasure of calling our home for a week, Villa Sereni, with views of Lake Maggiore by @bookings_for_you @villasinitaly ❤️🇮🇹 I'll be publishing my review soon and an exclusive giveaway too! So if you fancy a week here (with or without your family, I'll leave that decision up to you!) keep your eyes peeled #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #italianlakes #italy❤️#ad

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This week I’m linking up my new post featuring a fabulous family friendly chalet in the French Alps, to which may provide inspiration for your next family ski holiday.luxury catered family chalet, French Alps

Without further ado, Monday Escapes…

Monday Escapes 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.

We are also absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!

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, yes four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. Our number one favourite post of the fortnight will also win a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. How great is that?! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).

Our favourite posts from last time

Karen and Sarah’s favourite posts from the last Monday Escapes were…

Karen first favourite was by Bebe Voyage: “I really enjoyed these tips on how to be a tourist in your own town. I tried this out with the girls over the Summer!”
Karen also enjoyed Katy’s at Otis & Us‘ review of the camping and caravan site in Sherriff Hutton: “I loved all the flags and colours, and in particular the mini tepee.”
This post by Go Live Young caught Sarah’s eye. She said: “I just loved this post by Nicky about taking a slow boat down the Mekong River the sight they saw along the way are just incredible.”
Finally, Sarah’s other favourite was Actually Mummy‘s five New York trips to do in a lifetime: “New York was one of our families favourite trips ever,” said Sarah. “We visited in the summer and Helen’s post has made me really want to visit at Christmas.”

The winner of our Lonely Planet guide is Helen at Actually Mummy. Congratulations and give me a shout to organise your prize!

So how do you join in this time?

* Link up one post/photo – old or new using the InLinkz tool.  **Claire is your host this week over on Tin Box Traveller. 
* 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 co-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 @minitravellers @sarahjchristie @tinboxtraveller or @travellovinfam, please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.

Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos.

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.

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