Friday, 8 January 2016

Travelling With Kids: The #Take12Trips Challenge


I recently came across the #Take12Trips challenge that started on the blog, Need Another Holiday and thought what a great idea! I love travelling and have had the privilege of exploring the world since childhood. My first holiday was to Tunisia at the age of one! My dad's side of the family live in India so we went on regular holidays there and yearly holidays to other destinations around the world. My family would skimp and save in every other way though. I barely remember eating out at all throughout my entire childhood, unless we were abroad. We didn't have a car but we went abroad most years. When I went to university the travel continued and I did the whole backpacking experience around Asia. I later lived abroad in two countries and was fortunate to travel extensively with work. I've loved these experiences and by nature I am an explorer!

I've often said I want to take my little boy travelling to see the world from a different perspective. The first time I went to India I was four and loved it. I hated the food, went a little crazy in the heat but I just remember playing with all of my cousins and the neighbours' kids and getting so much attention. My family in India were very poor back then, the children had barely any toys (they'd be shocked at the amount we have here) and in the main house each family lived in just one room, often a family of four or more sharing one double bed! I didn't notice the difference at the time. I was too busy having fun with all of my cousins, with so many kids to play with, so much noise and colour and hustle and bustle! There are so many treats on the senses in India, it's full of every type of life you can imagine and you get to experience so many things that don't exist in the UK. As a child and even as an adult those things are amazing to witness. Even now when I return from India I am struck by how quiet and plain everything seems in comparison.

I would love my little boy to experience the same thing. He's been on two holidays abroad so far to France and Italy. Last year we didn't go anywhere because everything was still up in the air. It's difficult to plan anything let alone a holiday when your mind is elsewhere. The other thing that put me off were the disasters and tragedies occurring around the world. The Shoreham air crash was just up the road from here and obviously Paris is very close to home. The news was so depressing for a while that I really didn't want to read it. It made me question whether I wanted to take my child abroad or anywhere for that matter. But then you can't live in fear forever can you?

So, this year I've decided to take part in the #Take12Trips Challenge! The Travel Hack states 'A trip can be anything from a week-long holiday to one night away or even a day out somewhere new.' I like the flexibility with this as I go on so many local trips that can count in the challenge too. The Travel Hack offers great tips for planning trips and at this time of year there are so many great travel offers tempting me to book holidays abroad! I'd like to take toddler abroad at least once as well as on smaller trips to London, Cambridge, Cornwall, explorations in and around Brighton and wherever life takes us. I can't wait!

What places are on your travel bucket list? Will you be taking part in the #Take12Trips Challenge?  I'd love to hear your travel plans. 

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  1. What a great idea, we haven't been on a holiday abroad in the 10 years we've been together and my 7yo daughter has never been on a proper holiday because we're put off by the cost, yet there are so many affordable options out there. I really look forward to following you on your adventures and may even use your inspiration to do a couple of my own.

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    1. Thanks Tony. There really are so many cheaper options these days especially if you book in advance or get last minute deals. Thank you, hope I can follow your adventures too. Polly :)

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  3. This sounds like such a lovely idea! I've never traveled much, have never really wanted to, but want my kids to experience as much as they can and so having loads of trips - big or small, would be a great start. #FabFridayPost

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment. Oh yes, you should definitely do it. Let me know how you get on :-)

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  4. Sounds like a great challenge to me! I'm in! We have received an annual Family Membership pass for the English Heritage as a Christmas gift from a dear friend. So this will be perfect! Plus we've booked a trip to Thailand this April to see our family. I have not been back for 2 years and I missed them dearly. It will also be my little girl first time too and this is so exciting! :) Thank you for sharing and linking with me on #FabFridaypost x

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. The annual pass for English Heritage sounds great, have you been to any places yet? Oh wow, where in Thailand are you going? Would love to hear about your trip xx

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  5. I like to travel, my husband is an obsessive traveler though! If we could we'd be away more than at home :)
    Our toddler is 2,5 and I've lost count on how many big and small trips we have taken him. He was first on a plane at 2 months old and since he proved to be a great (and calm) traveler we are happy to travel as a family - we probably would travel less if it involved more stress due to his behaviour.
    Enjoy your trips this year!
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    1. Thanks very much for your comment Joanna. Wow, sounds like you have been on a lot of exciting adventures. Popping over to your blog to read about them :-)

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  6. If you fancy adding France to your list of places to visit please do look at our website. Our gite is very family friendly and Normandy is a great location to take toddlers.
    Here endeth the blatant publicity comment ... and if you don't come to Normnandy have a great time where-ever you go :) #TheList

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    1. Ooo, we went to France when my little boy was much younger but I would definitely consider France again. I've never been to Normany either, bet he would love it. Thank you :-)

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  7. As like your site is informative I think you must post the articles regularly so that we can get many benefits of learning through your efforts.

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  8. The #Take12TripsChallenge sounds as amazing as your own travel tales! Your childhood experiences sound fantastic and what a testament to their importance in the way you look back upon them now. Your son will love this challenge as much as you will, I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks so much Tania! It wasn't until I wrote this post that I realised why I've been feeling a bit restless lately! It's true, travel offers so much & it opens your mind to so many things. Looking forward to reading about your trips this year too :-)

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  9. Traveling is always a rewarding experience. I always take my kids for adventurous trips that helps them to learn alot. I simply loved you blog. Keep up the good work.

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  10. What a good blog you have here. Keep Your Work Up....

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