I am passionate about family travel.For me, it’s about so much more than getting a break as a family. I see it as part of my responsibility as a parent to expose my kids to as many corners and cultures of the earth as I can. Which is why I was honoured to be hosting the inaugural Family Traveller Awards at London’s Shard this week. I’m a HUGE fan of the magazine – although don’t doubt for a second the epic “wonder woman” type change I had to do from school-run-mum to awards-ready! Wow. Sometimes I wonder how us women do it but it was all worth it for an epic evening with lovely travel types and sensational views from the 68th floor of The Shard and the best view from a loo I’ve ever seen!
It was a great night – and even my 4 am alarm this morning for Heart Breakfast was made slightly less brutal with the breakfast my heroes – Producer Jon and Co-Host Stuart – had waiting for my studio arrival. I love the juxtaposition of my classy evening with the not-so-classy but SO-necessary breakfast! “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous
Never has that been truer than for me at the moment. Early starts with Heart Breakfast mean that our family holidays together have become more vital than ever before. Quality time away with my man and my babies is about as close to ellysium as life gets! Nothing feeds my soul like a bit of blue sky, barefeet and my babies and my blogging has opened up a window on a whole new world of travel.
Family Traveller’s tag line is LOVE YOUR TIME TOGETHER and we do! And when it comes to time away, variety is the key for me.
Whether it’s enjoying a bit of 5 Star Accommodation in Cyprus, to enjoying our “alone time” in a villa, to compost loos on an eco-campsite – every experience is amazing and, crucially, opens my children’s eyes to the world around them.
We’ve enjoyed a spot of glamping too, in full Safari style for some halfterm fun near my studios – so I could maximise time with my kids and pull off a bit of “working mum” circus-style juggling and re-living my Blue Peter days in Somerset when I spent a week living in a yurt.
We’ve discovered what all the fuss was about at Centre Parcs…
And realised that aqua blue water is sometimes closer to home than you think on the Cornish Coast!
Super excited to be heading to The Philippines at Christmas to let the kids experience their culture, given that they’re quarter filipino and I can’t wait to show them everything the Philippines has to offer – not to mention sneak in a bit of winter sun!
For me, family travel is about so much more than just finding new destinations. It builds us as family, it broadens my children’s horizons and it bonds us as a family like nothing else whilst also giving the chance for some quality time as a couple in the evenings. Win, win!
It also instils a sense of adventure in all of us and I love this metaphor for travel – and life!
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Andre Gide