With the Easter holidays over or in their final days, our thoughts are turning to summer holidays. What have you got planned this year? Relaxing by a beach or exploring a city? A staycation or a long-haul trip?
This month?s round-up is a wonderful mix of of recent holidays plus a fantastic selection of handy travel tips. Thank you to all the bloggers who have contributed. As always, it?s a pleasure to read them and I know BritMums readers find lots of inspiration from your posts.
Distant dreamy destinations
Let?s start far away on a warm, sandy beach. Find your spot by the sea in the Cape Verde islands off Africa, a top-notch resort in the Philippines and family friendly luxury in the Maldives. If you?re looking for some faraway city fun, check out the best things to do in Melbourne, Australia.
Visiting Cape Verde with kids: 13 things to know ? Mummy Travels
The Amanpulo: the ultimate luxury retreat ? Jetlag & Mayhem
Bandos Resort, Maldives: the perfect Maldives experience for families? ? Wandermust Family
Top tips for visiting Melbourne with kids ? Rainy Day Mum
BritMums bloggers have been having a wonderful time in Europe recently. There are so many fabulous city breaks from Bergen in the north to Barcelona in the south. We?ve also escaped the city with more chilled activities in the Algarve and the south of France.
Our holiday at Center Parcs de Vossemeren, Belgium ? Jennifer?s Little World
What to expect from Bergen, Norway ? The Pigeon Pair and Me
Paris for kids ? Untold Morsels
20 things to do in the south of France ? St Bloggie de Riviere
Algarve family travel guide ? Travel Loving Family
Weekend: Dublin ? We Blog Travel
Top tips & travel hacks for a great Gaudi museum tour in Barcelona ? The Family Adventure Project
7 great things to do in Amsterdam with children ? Zena?s Suitcase
City breaks with kids: Amsterdam ? Suitcases and Sandcastles
A weekend in Kraków, Poland ? Mums Do Travel
Four days in Vienna with kids (by Robert) ? Family Travel Times
Why Porto is the perfect city for a short break ? Mum?s Gone To?
Berlin with kids (the wet weather edition) ? The Little Adventurer
Close to home
Just in case you thought I?d forgotten about our own little country, let me take you on a quick sprint around Scotland, Yorkshire and the Peak District.
Review: Highland apartments, Inverness ? Tots2Travel
A wonderful weekend in historic Helmsley at Honeysuckle Cottage ? Yorkshire Tots
A parent?s guide to the Peak District with toddlers ? Kiddie Holidays
What a great month for travel tips. Lots of bloggers had some great advice from packing, surviving jetlag and taking car seats abroad. Hopefully these suggestions should take away some of the stress for your future trips.
The pros and cons of flying long haul with children ? North East Family Fun
The unconventional guide to flying long haul with young kids ? All About a Mini Norris
Car seats abroad: tips & information on taking a car seat on holiday ? Flying with a baby
Road trips with kids: top 10 survival tips ? Dais Like These
Top tips for stress-free travel with kids ? The Toy Hunter
Essential packing list: glamping with kids ? Tin Box Traveller
Ten top tips: first time in a motorhome with kids ? Mini Travellers
Camping with kids: our top tips for surviving a campervan holiday ? Otis and Us
Jet lag, children and babies: how to survive it ? Intrepid Bebe
Finally, a great read from the Inspireroo magazine. Masha Gordon is a world record holder for the Explorers? Grand Slam, a challenge which involves reaching both poles and climbing the highest summit on each of the seven continents, including, of course, Mount Everest. A mother of two children and a successful career woman to boot, she offers some invaluable advice about keeping children active and encouraging them to be adventurous.
Next month I think we?ll focus on a destination, as we did with Spain and France. How about a group, the NORDIC COUNTRIES of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Send me links to your posts about these countries and I?ll share them with BritMums readers. Contact me via Twitter (@mumsgoneto) or via the contact details below.
About Trish Burgess
Trish Burgess started her blog ?Mum?s Gone To?? with a series of posts called ?Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ?Mum?s Gone To?Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto