2015 Review

At the start of 2015 I was clueless about the blogging world.  I could not have told you what a blog was, I certainly could not have named any blogs!

I started reading blogs during the long night feeds with baby Harry and was inspired to set one up myself.  I have always loved to travel and have visited over 80 countries to date.  Although my travelling pace has slowed down since leaving a life at sea onboard cruise ships and having children, my husband and I thoroughly enjoy travelling abroad and around the UK with our two young sons.  A blog focused on family travel therefore seemed like the obvious choice and Travel Loving Family was launched!   My first article posted at the end of June 2015 features the first time we travelled as a family with Charlie as a four-month old to Mexico.

I cannot imagine not blogging now, it has become a big part of my life.  My family and I have been very fortunate to experience some incredible opportunities over the past few months due to blogging and we hope to continue to do so in 2016 and beyond.

2015 Review

Summer 2015 – After launching our blog in June we had a fun-filled, busy summer visiting many local Gloucestershire attractions including Slimbridge WWT, Cotswolds Wildlife Park, Cotswolds Farm Park and a scenic train ride through the Cotswolds onboard a GWR steam train. 

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We also enjoyed a staycation in Windsor, visiting the popular Legoland Windsor Resort, followed by a lovely day exploring the wealthy, historic town and nearby Eton College.

As a family we love to camp and took full advantage of the fabulous weather we experienced in the summer.  In July we took a road trip up north in my parents camper van.  We set up our temporary home at Low Wray Campsite on the shores of the beautiful Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

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As we enjoyed it so much (and the boys both proved they could sleep well on a ‘glamping trip’… always a bonus!) we organised another camping trip, this time with friends, closer to home.  Our stay at Croft Farm Waterpark in Tewkesbury was slightly less glamorous and involved trudging across fields to use the on site facilities as we ditched the motor home and pitched up a tent.  Thankfully, it was a glorious sunny weekend and we were able to make full use of the water sports facilities. Although it was our first time camping with baby Harry, it was certainly an experience we will repeat and we learnt a great deal about what to pack for future camping trips.

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To take full advantage of the incredible range of attractions on offer in the UK we also managed to squeeze in visits over the summer to Warwick Castle, At-Bristol Science Museum and Eureka Children’s Museum in Halifax, Yorkshire.

Autumn 2015

In perfect time to experience the stunning autumn colours, we were kindly invited to visit Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury.  Halloween weekend was spent reviewing Cattle Country Adventure Park in Berkeley where we spent a memorable day toasting marshmallows, exploring the castle and coming face to face with the animals and spooky actors!  Unfortunately, a week later we made the mistake of visiting the National Sealife Centre in Birmingham during the October half term holidays along with every other parent in the West Midlands!

At the beginning of the autumn I began to promote our family travel blog on Twitter and joined up with other Gloucestershire based bloggers helping to support local businesses.  Our first collaboration was supporting Hotter, the multi chain shoe company.

Winter 2015

The last couple of months in 2015 were incredibly busy!  We commenced our festive celebrations with a family city break in Copenhagen.   We flew with my brother-in-law as our pilot which as you can imagine was very exciting for Charlie and Harry!  They absolutely loved hearing their Uncle Chris welcoming them onboard in his tannoy announcement and sitting in the cockpit was a family highlight of 2015.

Whilst in the Danish capital we reviewed a couple of popular attractions including the famous Tivoli Gardens and the hop on and off boat and bus tour.

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Upon our return from Denmark, we were invited to a few Christmas events closer to home in Gloucestershire including Cinderella Panto and a return to Westonbirt Arboretum to experience the Christmas lights trail.

We finished our year with a fabulous family city break in London, again proving that city breaks (although not the most obvious choice of a holiday with kids), are definitely for families too:)  The highlights of our time in London were travelling first class as guests of GWR trains, reviewing a few attractions at Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park and our visit to Harrods Santa’s Grotto.

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Thank you for supporting Travel Loving Family in 2015.  If you would like to see what we plan to get up to in 2016 our blog plans and travel wish list can be viewed here.

 

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29 Comments

  1. 22nd June 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Wow, you guys certainly are the Travel loving family! What a year!

  2. 14th January 2016 / 10:22 am

    If you haven’t told I would never guess that you only started your blog last June, it seems like much more time and this is awesome!! I really hope you continue doing what you are doing.
    I also can’t imagine my life without blogging, it became my full time job :D

    I wish you all the best in 2016 and many travels to your family!
    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes :)

    • Lisa
      Author
      16th January 2016 / 11:42 am

      Thanks Allane:) It feels like I have been blogging for so much longer too!

  3. 14th January 2016 / 9:31 am

    Your 2015 is a goal of mine! I want to travel and visit different places so bad! In 2016 I set my mind, I will visit London more often! :)
    Your family had an awesome time! Looking forward to see your 2016 :)

    • Lisa
      Author
      16th January 2016 / 11:44 am

      Looking forward to seeing you too Anna:) Good luck with your travel goals in 2016!

  4. 7th January 2016 / 12:26 pm

    What a great year it has been and a real pleasure to meet and see you :)

  5. 7th January 2016 / 3:12 am

    How fun that your kids have a pilot for an uncle! Liked your camping piece – I still have not been camping with my family which is on the list. Congrats on your first year of blogging – I started 1 month prior to you in May and agree- cannot imagine not blogging :). #MondayEscapes

  6. Helen
    6th January 2016 / 3:03 am

    Love your blog Lisa! Fresh, informative and informal. Look forward to more 😊😊😊😊

    • Lisa
      Author
      6th January 2016 / 9:19 am

      Thanks Helen:)

  7. 5th January 2016 / 10:50 pm

    What a great first year of blogging. I’ve loved reading your posts and can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2016. Happy New Year! #MondayEscapes

    • Lisa
      Author
      6th January 2016 / 9:20 am

      Happy New Year to you too Claire. Looking forward to meeting you at Britmums!

  8. 5th January 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Ahhh your pictures of copenhagen are gorgeous – i’d love to visit there. What happy memories you’ve made xx

    • Lisa
      Author
      6th January 2016 / 9:23 am

      It is a stunning city Amanda, very child friendly too so easy to get around with little ones

  9. 5th January 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Such a great start for a lovely blog – I’ve really enjoyed reading about your adventures (and still jealous of the cockpit experience!) so looking forward to 2016. #mondayescapes

    • Lisa
      Author
      6th January 2016 / 9:27 am

      Thanks for all your support in my first year of blogging Cathy:)

  10. 5th January 2016 / 11:22 am

    Looks like a fab year; I’ve always wanted to go to he lake district! It looks beautiful there x

  11. 5th January 2016 / 9:14 am

    I’m heading to Copenhagen next month actually! I’ll be checking out your post to see what I have to make it to while I’m there :) Congrats on a great year and six months of blogging xx

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Zoe. If you have any questions re Copenhagen please do not hesitate to contact me.

  12. 5th January 2016 / 7:37 am

    You have been blogging about the same time as me I started in the summer and it has been an incredible experience. I liked your Copenhagen piece I have always wanted to go.

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:03 am

      Wow Ana I thought your blog was much more established than mine! Your instagram guide posts are so helpful :)

  13. Michelle
    5th January 2016 / 7:08 am

    Wow what an amazing year you have had. Thank you for sharing all your reviews, tips etc I really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to seeing what you bring us in 2016!

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:02 am

      Thanks for reading Michelle:) Your support is much appreciated

  14. 5th January 2016 / 5:49 am

    Hope this new year is full of travels and adventures! Wish you and your family the best.

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Ruth. All the best to you too

  15. 5th January 2016 / 4:26 am

    This post makes me realise I need to tick more places off my list!! <3
    Happy New Year – I hope this year brings more travelling fun for you and your family x

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:03 am

      Thanks Helen, happy new year to you too!

  16. 4th January 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I have grand plans to buy a campervan one year so am rather envious that you were able to borrow one! We did hire a VW campervan a few years back when the kids were small so I just need them to grow up and leave home so we can get another one :-) Best wishes for your 2016 travels! #Mondayescapes

    • Lisa
      Author
      5th January 2016 / 10:04 am

      We love it Christine, I only wish my parents lived closer because we would be out touring in it every weekend!

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