Monday Escapes #72

Happy New Year and thanks for joining us for the first Monday Escapes of 2018.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely festive break and are raring to go for more adventures this year.

My boys and I have just returned from a fun five days in Darwin Forest Country Park in the Peak District.  We invited my sister and her three kids to join us on the press trip, it’s fair to say all five kids took their roles as reviewers VERY seriously.  They checked out every inch of the forest, playgrounds, soft play areas and pool!   They were so excited on the first night that my niece and nephews were up from 4am on the first morning, which you may have spotted over on my instagram stories.

Just before Christmas (and for a short while this weekend) we had some snow, which made our Christmas school holidays even more memorable.  I hope you got some snow too?

Over on Cruising with Kids we’ve had some great guest posts from other cruise loving bloggers, the latest from the fab Christina highlighting the magic of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique.  We’ve also published a round up of some of the best cruise giveaways, so check it out if you are feeling lucky!

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!  (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).

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. (Karen at Mini Travellers, Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Claire at Tin Box Traveller and my blog here at Travel Loving Family).

Our favourite posts from last time

I loved this rather humorous, and very honest, article by Smudged Postcard featuring visiting Rome in the summer with kids. It sure does look and sound very hot!

Rome With Kids

I also absolutely adored the photos in Nano’s article featuring a day at a wine estate in New Zealand. The photos of the delicacies she captured by camera before delving into will have your mouth watering! Take a look for yourself…..

Claire had no idea there was such a ritual to ordering coffee in Italy. Sure, it’s the best she’s ever had but this post by Travel-Stained has been an education to her. And she will not be ordering a latte after breakfast again, thats for sure!

Coffee in Italy

And lastly Claire wishes she had the stomach she used to for rollercoasters. Ava from My Meena Life has done a great review of the coasters at Bush Gardens Williamsburg. Check out her scoring system – we love it!

Busch Gardens

To find out who we have chosen as the winner of the Lonely Planet guide see the host for this week – Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos.  

So how do you join in this time?

* Link up one post/photo – old or new using the InLinkz tool.  **Sarah is our host this week.
* 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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