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MTT Travel: My Center Parcs Memories

July 28, 2016
center parcs memories

When I think back, it’s clear that SO many of my childhood memories involve Center Parcs. We religiously went on holiday there when I was a child: as a family and with other families, too. I even went there on my first ‘solo’ holiday with ‘the girls’ at the age of 15… my parents were in the next chalet along from us but it definitely felt like the most independent thing any of us had ever done. One of my…

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MTT Travel: Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

July 27, 2016
Stratford Manor Hotel

What makes a hotel truly family-friendly? It’s easy to squeeze a cot in a bedroom and say you’re all up for kids staying, but I find that true family-friendliness is something totally different than just the sleeping arrangements. It’s about whether the children feel happy being there, and the grown-ups, too: how often have you been made to feel uncomfortable for having your children in a hotel’s common areas, or a restaurant? I know I have, probably completely unintentionally, but…

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Single Parent Holiday: The Mark Warner Verdict

July 14, 2016
single parent mark warner holiday

When I thought about travelling alone to Mark Warner Lakitira Greece with the kids, I wasn’t too concerned. Despite murmurs from friends and colleagues of “you? Just you? You and the kids?”, the solo aspect didn’t worry me. I spend a lot of time on my own or just with those two and it suits me: I appreciate my own company and feel I need the headspace to decompress from my busy life. The logistical side of the holiday –…

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MTT Travel: Bloc Hotel Gatwick

July 11, 2016
Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

Airport hotels are a necessary evil. Much like visiting the dentist, getting a bikini wax or spending 50 quid on a pair of school shoes that will shortly be scuffed to buggery, splashing out on a hotel that you need for the sole purpose of being close to the airport is not The One. Hotels are supposed to be luxuries, places you visit for relaxing weekends, breakfast in bed and 1000 thread count sheets. They’re for lovely long dinners, top…

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Surviving the Single Parent Holiday (With Bells On!): Mark Warner Lakitira

July 4, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

I always find it incredible that when I go on holiday something profound seems to shift. Literally every trip I’ve been on in the last few years has brought a positive change in some way – Thailand, New York, New York again, Paxos – and I think the perspective you gain by being somewhere geographically foreign to you is one of the most incredible gifts. You see yourself in a slightly different light, see the world in a slightly different light.…

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5 reasons why you should travel to Luxor this summer

June 21, 2016
Luxor

Luxor is Ancient Egypt at its finest. Up there with Cairo and sun bathing at Sharm el-Sheik, discount this majestic city is full of awe-inspiring monuments that reflect a world and civilisation we can only dream about. Recent unrest in Egypt has been hard on the tourism industry. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against travel to many parts of the country, sickness but Luxor is not one of them. Here, cialis security in the city is on the…

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Beauty Travel

A Holiday Beauty Wardrobe

June 17, 2016
holiday beauty wardrobe

There was a time when the only holiday wardrobe I was concerned about was the one that had actual clothes in. I am after all the girl who took 9 pairs of shoes for 7 days in New York: you could say packing light doesn’t come easily to me. My motto used to be ‘just in case’… I may not have worn those sparkly silver platforms for 2 years in the UK, but who knows if they’d be required for some…

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The First Single Parent Holiday

June 16, 2016
Summer Good Times

Next week, for the very first time, I will be taking two children abroad. Alone. Both kids have a few air miles under their belts already; right before the split we travelled as a foursome to a family wedding in Madrid and a year later a cruise with my mum from Southampton to Nice. Both trips were great but my overarching memories from both holidays are ones of juggling – juggling luggage, juggling cranky kids, juggling wants, needs, worries. We’ve done…

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12 Things to do in Brooklyn

May 25, 2016
12 things to do in brooklyn

One of my favourite places in the whole wide world is Brooklyn. Stuffed to the gills with young (and not so young) creative people, it’s a wonderland of cutting-edge restaurants, fabulous shops and insanely wonderful Manhattan views. It’s also home to Kirsty, one of my favourite people in the entire world, which gives me one huge reason to visit. I spent two weeks there with her last summer and, as this year’s countdown begins (I only visit in the summer…

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London With Kids: Chi Kitchen

April 23, 2016
8 Hours in London with Kids

I think it’s OK to admit that, when my children were little, taking them for big days out wasn’t my favourite thing to do. Even if there was another pair of hands to help the experience would be this huge production – from the huge hurdle that was getting everything you need packed into one bag (and the list of stuff you need for a young child is ENDLESS) to manoeuvring a buggy over rough terrain or up and down escalators… it…

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MTT Travel: Chasing Sleep With TEMPUR at Pennyhill Park

April 7, 2016
pennyhill park review

If I’m passionate about one thing, and it’s ‘me time’. And sleep. OK, ailment so that’s two things, help but when you’re a sleep-deprived mother you tend to spend an inordinate amount of your ‘me time’ catching up on sleep, LOVELY SLEEP, so it goes hand-in-hand. And so, on the weekends when the children are with their dad, I quite often find myself chasing the best quality sleep possible. This usually involves one of the following: a big bed, a…

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