Monday Escapes #75

Welcome back Monday Escapers!  I’m gutted it’s the end of our half term holidays.  The week went by far too quickly.  We spent last weekend in Yorkshire and this weekend in the Wirral, mid-week we visited some local Gloucestershire attractions including a farm where we were lucky to see two lambs being born…  My boys, as you can imagine, have asked none stop questions ever since!

Here on my blog I’ve been busy my experience of attending an Italian cooking workshop with Bookings For You and the Giovannini Family, who I’m fortunate to be staying with in Tuscany with 14 of my fellow travel bloggers next month.  I was already excited about our Italian (child-free!) break but now I’ve had a taste of the food we will be indulging in I’m literally counting down the days!

road trip ideas Tuscany

I’ve also shared the line up for Cornbury Festival 2018.  Last summer’s festival was brilliant, one of our most memorable weekends of the summer.  This year the headlining act on the Saturday is one of my all time favourite artists – Alanis Morissette!  Anybody else planning on attending?

Over on Cruising with Kids we’ve had a brilliant guest post about a family cruise to Papua New Guinea; I’ve shared details of a very exciting 80s-themed cruise my youngest son and I are sailing on; we’ve sharing some thoughts on why kids love cruising; and there’s a round-up of what you can expect from the new Explorer Academy kids clubs on Celebrity Cruises.  Phew, it’s been a busy week!

Without further ado, Monday Escapes…

This week I am hosting Monday Escapes (see linky below) along with the lovely Claire from Tin Box Traveller.

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 of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people.

Our favourite posts from last time

Karen from Mini Travellers, and Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos were your hosts last time.  These were their favourite posts…

Karen says: “There are some beautiful photos in this post from Kiddieholidays about the North York Moors and I would never have thought of it as a place to take toddlers before.”


Karen says: “This Complete Guide to Petra by Go Live Young is exceptional in the level of detail and will be my go to guide when I finally book.”

Go Live Young

Sarah says: “I just adore the photos in Bryna from Dotted Line Travel‘s post featuring the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia. If this alone isn’t a reason the visit Cambodia I don’t know what is?”

Dotted Line Travels

Sarah says: “After reading Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes‘ post about visiting Jordan and staying in a Martian Dome I am desperate to visit Jordan. What an incredible experience.”

Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

The winner of the Lonely Planet book is Jo from KiddieHolidays with her post featuring the North Moors.  Please do get in touch Jo to claim your prize!



  1. Peter
    20th February 2018 / 3:12 am

    These photos are so eye catching, I could stare on them all day

  2. 19th February 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Wow! Thank you for choosing my post as your favourite post from last time! Really appreciate your support….

    • Lisa
      19th February 2018 / 10:40 pm

      It is another fabulous article Joanne! Very well deserved;)

  3. 19th February 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my post on Petra. It’s a special place!

    • Lisa
      19th February 2018 / 10:43 pm

      It is a really inspiring and helpful post Nicky. Thanks for joining us for #MondayEscapes again;)

  4. 19th February 2018 / 7:49 pm

    The photos from Jordan look so cool! We are an outdoor loving family and I love visiting places with archeological, geological, or historical significance. Thanks for the chance to link up

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