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SURFING IN EL SALVADOR

When we started planning our Central America trip we were a little put off and frightened by the El Salvador reputation online. There are a lot of forums discussing crime. I wanted to investigate further and we came to the conclusion it was going to be safe as long as we were sensible. There are [...]

By | 2017-11-16T02:32:45+00:00 November 16th, 2017|EL SALVADOR|0 Comments

A GUIDE TO LAKE ATITLAN

If you visit Guatemala, make sure to include Lake Atitlan in your itinerary. The stunning volcano crater lake, based in the Sierra Madre Mountain range, is unsurprisingly a national park. Three perfectly formed volcanos and several, small, but colourful villages sit on the banks. Can you imagine the scenery? Its most certainly a photographers haven [...]

By | 2017-11-10T19:05:54+00:00 November 10th, 2017|GUATEMALA|1 Comment

SCHOOL OR HOMESCHOOL?

School or Homeschool? - Nearly every person I know, family, friends, acquaintances, they all say the same thing to me. "Your'e going to have to knock travelling on the head when Esme goes to school". Initially I respond with a vacant, 'yeah,' whilst racking my brain about what I can do. I never questioned if [...]

By | 2017-11-03T02:10:31+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|parenting|16 Comments

THE MANOR COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, OXFORD

Heading away for a weekend break for the first time with a new baby takes some careful consideration. It had to be comfortable, family friendly, with perhaps something new and different for us to see. The Manor Country House Hotel was the perfect answer for our autumn weekend break. Located in the countryside, just fifteen minutes from [...]

By | 2017-11-03T01:47:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|United Kingdom|1 Comment

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BELIZE

Belize is an incredible destination that is most certainly going to explode with tourists very soon. For now, it remains relatively untouched with only 250,000 visitors per year. We visited four districts in the country. The variety of experiences are endless. Lush jungles, rain forests, aqua blue water with white sand beaches and some of [...]

By | 2017-10-29T23:52:49+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Belize|15 Comments

COTTON TREE LODGE BELIZE

When I told locals that I was going to be visiting the Punta Gorda area, they all looked at me wondering, why? They told me it was boring and I shouldn't bother. It seems the entire district of Toledo is unexplored territory. It's an off the beaten track destination in the heart of traditional communities. [...]

By | 2017-10-24T04:13:01+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Belize|0 Comments

WHAT BELIZEAN DREAMS ARE MADE OF

We have been in Belize for over two weeks and made our second to last stop in the village of Hopkins. It's a very small town that had a strong Garifuna influence. Thats one thing that surprised me about Belize, there are so many different ethnic influences throughout the country. It made it really interesting! [...]

By | 2017-10-21T19:10:19+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Belize|0 Comments

WHAT DID WE BRING WITH US FOR A YEAR?

WHAT DID WE BRING WITH US FOR A YEAR? When we tell people we are on a family gap year, they always ask us about our luggage. How did you pack? What did you bring? How did you decide what to take? Predictable questions because everyone wants to know how its possible. Let me tell [...]

By | 2017-10-31T01:00:44+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Travel Tips|3 Comments

A FLIPBOOK GIFT FOR MUM ON HER 60TH BIRTHDAY

When we decided to travel for year whilst I am on maternity leave, I was sad knowing I will miss special family events. Likewise, I felt for our families missing out on seeing the kids, especially as Quinn is so young and will change so much over the next year. My mum's 60th birthday is [...]

By | 2017-10-23T14:42:11+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Travel Tips|1 Comment

PORTOFINO BEACH RESORT, BELIZE

When we were researching Belize, we wanted to ensure we had a mix of experiences, especially as there is so much on offer. As we were arriving in Belize City and finishing our trip at the most southerly point of the country, it was obvious to start on the islands. We heard a lot about [...]

By | 2017-10-13T03:42:15+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Belize|2 Comments