** This is a collaborative post ** Portugal has been one of my favourite countries since I first visited with my parents and brother in 2004. Since then, I’ve been 3 more times – with my friend Charlotte, my cousin Amy, and Phil, and each time I’ve absolutely loved getting out and about to explore this vibrant country. Driving in Portugal can seem daunting, but if you take it steady and plan your trips, then the rewards are some fascinating and beautiful road trips.
The world is ever-changing, with advances in every aspect of life taking us to places that past generations may never have dreamed of. The phone I’m typing on, the website I’m publishing to, the medicine which keeps my mental health in check, the cars we drive, the NHS at 70, social media, eco friendly homes, contactless payments – and that’s just off the top of my head!
I’ve been very fortunate to have visited Florida three times during my childhood and teenage years (hence the photos that I’m hoping my family don’t mind me publishing!), and now that Toby and Martha are here I’m desperate to take them there too! My dad has decided that for his next milestone birthday, we’re jetting off to Orlando for a family holiday, and we will most likely look at getting a self catering villa from Clickstay to accommodate us all.
*This is a collaborative post For the last couple of years we’ve kept family holidays to within the UK, and they’ve been really enjoyable for all of us so we’re now thinking about where I next adventure will take us. Part of the fun is in the journey itself; new scenery, stops for lunch in beautiful tearooms or family-friendly pubs, playing I Spy. Driving with young children can be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
20 months ago, we spent a freaking fortune on a fortnight’s holiday abroad with both mini humans, who were just turned 2, and 4 months at the time. The 4* holiday – complete with luminous buffet food, infection-infested toddler pool, and hotter than expected weather – was, overall, a disaster. Martha was awake breastfeeding through the heat 24/7, Toby got an awful ear infection from the pool, and although there were some lovely moments, it was absolutely not worth draining our savings account for. Since then, we’ve stayed closer to home, enjoying several wonderful breaks in the UK. So far, we’ve mostly explored more rural settings at destinations such as Center Parcs and Bluestone, however without any plans for a week-long holiday this year, we’re having a think about the cities we’d like to visit and explore for just a couple of nights at a time.