First Monday Escapes of 2017!

Good morning and welcome to the first Monday Escapes of 2017!   I am delighted that our first trip of the new year was a huge success.  Yesterday we drove back from visiting family in Lancashire to our home in Gloucestershire.  The journey has taken us 6+ hours in the past.  Last night however there were very few cars on the motorway and it took us only 3 hours, with both boys happily sleeping in the back, HURRAH!  Let’s hope that every road trip in 2017 is as successful, for my family and yours!

Before sharing our favourite posts from the last Monday Escapes, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a very happy New Year.  I hope 2017 is a year of fun and adventures, both at home and further afield.

Monday Escapes 50

Claire and I were your hosts for Monday Escapes #49.  Our four favourite posts for the last Monday Escapes of 2016 were…

Strasbourg is the City of Christmas by California Globetrotter – Lorelei firmly placed Strasbourg on my travel wish list for next Christmas.  Her photos capture the festive atmosphere perfectly and the Vin Chaud (mulled wine) and warm crepes sound delicious!

ICE HOTEL and a wedding dress by Feet Do Travel – Claire and I were captivated by the couples unconventional wedding in Lapland with outside temperatures of -33°c.  We loved the inspiring photos of riding sleighs pulled by reindeers and sipping drinks in ice bars.  Although I have to say I wasn’t too keen on the idea of icicles forming on my eyelashes!

The Phi Phi Islands could be the ultimate paradise… but for how long? by Our Globetrotters – Keri’s account of her kid-free week in Thailand also came with lots of tips for visiting with family and some sobering sustainable tourism facts about how visitors are impacting this beautiful destination.

Pangkor Laut Resort Experience by The Random Writings.  Rachel had a surprising and fabulous luxury break close to home in Malaysia. The secluded resort she picked for her anniversary sounded like the perfect couples getaway.

Thanks to everyone who linked up to #MondayEscapes on Instagram.  Our four favourite images were…

This holidays, we were so busy vacationing in Bintan followed by Thailand, that we almost missed this year's Christmas Wonderland. Finally managed to squeeze in a visit today and it was much less crowded compared to our visit last year. Probably due to introduction of admission fee? * Personally, I am in favour of having admission fee for crowd control. But when visitors pay for admission, they come with higher expectations. And somehow I felt this year Christmas Wonderland was not as nice as last year's in spite of charging for admission. Oh well… Regardless, Christmas Wonderland is still one of my favourite annual event in Singapore. Because when else do we get to catch fake snow in a #Spalliera? * Christmas Wonderland is happening till 1 Jan 2017 at Gardens by the Bay. * More info 👉🏻@christmaswonderlandsg @gardensbythebay * #bbmlocaltourist * #gardensbythebay #christmaswonderlandsg #supertreegrove #marinabay #marinabaysands #Singapore #singaporetrip #singaporetravel #singaporeinsiders #YourSingapore #VisitSingapore #travelblog #travelblogger #iamtb #travelmom #travelbloggeres #mondayescapes #traveltuesday #wednesdaywanderlust #wanderfulwednesday #citytripping #myfavouritetrip #familytravelhq #airhead #airheadsflock #ricohtheta #ricohthetas #ricohtheta360

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We enjoyed the most fantastic time at the Wonderlab in the Science Museum in London yesterday. 🔭🔬 I cannot even begin to recommend it! We were there for four hours and could have stayed longer! 😍 Everything is so well thought out, from the details at all 50 interactive stations to what you call the members of staff who are on hand throughout – "explainers". My personal favourite was the 20 minute interactive demonstration on rockets. 🚀 I am not even exaggerating when I say it was absolutely brilliant (live explosions! 💥) and I totally got more into it than my kids! Ha! 🙊Take yourself there when you're in London with your kids – it is a really great experience! . . . #wonderis #sciencemuseumlondon #sciencemuseum #littlefierceones #myhappycapture #worldoflittles #childhoodunplugged #candidchildhood #thatsdarling #ig_motherhood #familydaysout #familyjaunts #flashesofdelight #abmlifeisbeautiful #abmlifeiscolorful #abmhappylife #letsgosomewhere #letsgoeverywhere #mondayescapes

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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.  This weeks host is Karen, over at Mini Travellers.  
• Please make sure to include the new 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.

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 and/or hashtagged Instagram posts 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.

Travel Loving Family


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