Saturday, 19 May 2018

12 Things For Kids To Do At Alba Queen Hotel, Antalya

I had only ever stayed in the Alba Queen with a friend of mine for a girls holiday, so when I took Tilly it was a completely different experience! I wasn't 100% sure if there would be enough to keep her occupied for 12 days, but there actually was, and in fact, she said that there were things that she didn't get round to doing. I had stayed at the Alba Resort before, the sister hotel that is two hotels down, but felt that the queen had a better kids facilities and the position of the kids club was in front of the pool, where she could get to it without going out of my eye line.

So what was she able to do whilst she was on holiday to keep her occupied?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Visit To Madrid

Thankyou to Marta for her lovely guest post on the blog today. Marta works in Social Media fora living and for fun. Citizen Marta is her project of travel and lifestyle blog.
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First time travelling to Madrid? Don't panic. Here you have a guide to first-time travellers to Madrid, starting with the basics and covering all the places only locals know.

Arriving in Madrid and moving around

Most of you would be arriving at Madrid Adolfo Suarez Barajas. From there, you can take the underground, Metro, to practically everywhere in town, buses (not the best choice, if you don't want to be stuck in traffic) or train, called Cercanias (terminal 4, but a free bus connects all terminals), which connects you with Madrid and surroundings. Madrid is also well connected by train, coach and road, may you want to make it part of a longer trip through Spain.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Money-Saving Tips When Travelling At The Airport

Travelling on its own is expensive and when you had all the little extras it makes the holiday a lot more expensive so here is a small blog post with some tips that I've used myself to save a bit of money wants to travel.

At the airport take an empty bottle through security and fill it up with free water from a water tap, this saves you having to buy a bottle of water and having to pay airport prices.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Taking Tilly To Turkey On Holiday

One month today and I take the first holiday alone with Tilly that I have ever really taken. We have been abroad before, but usually with someone and we have taken day trips by plane but never actually done a holiday with just the two of us. I am so full of emotion, I am excited, I am scared, I am nervous, I am looking forward to it.

I have chosen a hotel that I have stayed in before with friends and I know that they have a good kids club, but I have never used it. The hotel is primarily German and I am worried that Tilly will have problems understanding what is going on but when you're a kid, you just play together, language isn't a barrier. We have chosen Alba Queen Hotel

Sunday, 1 April 2018

What Is Parkdean Romney Sands Like To Holiday At?

Have you ever booked a holiday through the Sun newspaper? We did just that, last weekend when we booked into a caravan at Romney Sands holiday park. Romney Sands is only about 25 miles from where I live but it doesn't matter because the holiday is a holiday isn't it?

Friday, 30 March 2018

Car Seat Safety Tips For This Summers Road Trips

Today we are talking about car safety in a sponsored post for when you take a driving holiday somewhere. Well, not actually car safety but car seat safety! Sometimes we think our child is safe in the car seat but actually, they might not be. So we are bringing you some tips on keeping your kids safe whilst you go on a road trip in the UK or abroad.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Visiting Northern California

Today on the blog we have a guest post from Shanna who blogs at where she Empowers and connects women through storytelling and the power of positivity. You can also find her on

The Real Northern California (Hint: Not San Francisco)

If you’re looking for Bigfoot, you might just find him (or her) in Northern California. The vast square miles north of San Francisco is more often than not wild and unruly. Growing up in the San Francisco, I always considered myself a Northern Californian, until my parents moved when I was 16. The real Northern California is actually far and away a different world from San Francisco.

The Drive

Two major highways run the length of California north to south, Interstate 5, which is dry, dull, and boring. It will get you from Canada to Mexico, and it runs straight down the middle of the dry valley land of California. Then there is Highway 101, which runs alternately along the west coast, with peeks at the ocean and through enormous mountains covered with giant redwoods. You will see grapevines in Napa and large-scale agricultural plots in Monterey. It is a beautiful, scenic way to see California, and it is what takes me from San Francisco to Humboldt County and back again.

The Real Northern California

My parents moved to a small city in Humboldt County exactly 300 miles from my doorstep to where my sister lives now, in McKinleyville. McKinlevville was settled by dustbowl migrants from Oklahoma during the Great Depression. They and their descendants actually call themselves Okies from Miskogee, they are proud of their far back Portuguese roots, and they built a beautiful little city on the sea.

Humboldt Bay is home to many little towns along its coast and one big, thriving city, Eureka, where you’ll find a mall, a Costco, some small teenage “gang” activity, a small prison, and an “old town” with so much character it attracts people from all over the country. Humboldt County is where the mountains meet the ocean. You can take a hike through huge redwood trees in Redwood Park that would require ten people holding hands to reach around it, and fifteen minutes later climb rocks above crashing waves at Moonstone Beach.

The weather is usually cool and breezy with the sun peeking out from behind clouds that alternate between dark and angry grey and bright and fluffy. That is when it is not raining. It rains so much in Humboldt that you may as well be in Seattle, Washington.

Go for a Run

Because the weather is so mild, if it is not pouring down rain, one of my favourite things to do in Humboldt is run. I am a runner, but in the SF Bay Area, I have to be careful about my timing. Running at high noon in the Bay is not advisable in most areas. Heat stroke is a real thing here.

But in McKinleyville, when I visit my sister, I look forward to a run at any time of day. My favourite trail is The Hammond Trail, a gravel path that runs between trees, seemingly away from all civilization, weaving in and out of ocean views. You can run this trail for miles and miles as you hit paved roads and run through neighbourhoods and then reconnect with the gravel or dirt path.


If you get a chance, take the drive, visit Old Town Eureka, walk the hills through Humboldt State University in Arcata, and take a run on the Hammond Trail in McKinleyville. You could spend a full week in Humboldt County and still not get a chance to enjoy all the fun food spots, the hiking trails, the beach walks, and the trail runs.

But you should definitely try.