My most memorable car journeys

I’ve had quite a few memorable moments on my travels – some involving donkeys, others a tiny plane hopping between tropical islands. And more than a few took place behind the wheel of a car.

So when I was asked by Enterprise Cars to describe a journey that turned out to be a revelation – or catastrophe – there was plenty of choice. For them, I picked a fraught trip across the Yucatan peninsula with a blinking petrol light.


Another contender was my drive around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, complete with panicky early morning start on the opposite side of the road in an unfamiliar automatic car, promptly getting lost in Seattle, worrying I’d miss my ferry and nearly clipping a bus… then making it across Puget Sound to some spectacular scenery.

But another post-baby trip sticks in my mind as well. Continue reading

Beach bargains

After teasing me with summery temperatures for the last two days, it’s definitely autumn this morning.

Fortunately Expedia is having its autumn sale to cheer me up, with some beach breaks to tempt. Bali might be a bit beyond us for now but I do fancy a November trip to Antigua, Mexico or Miami.


Or slightly more realistically, there’s the Algarve…


Image: Ismo/Flickr

Bottled sunshine at Boots

There has been more than one occasion when I’ve wished I could bottle sunshine, especially on those grey wet days where winter seems to have gone on forever.

Alas, the closest I can usually get is a tropical screensaver and coconut shower gel or a quick sniff of sun cream. Because a scent is usually the fastest way to transport me to another destination.


So I love the idea of the new fragrance library at Boots, which lets you mix all the everyday scents that people say they look for in perfumes… including sunshine.

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Reviewed: Gro To Bed Toddler bedding

Every now and then, sitting in the armchair at the foot of my daughter’s bed, I wonder how many hours of my life have been spent there. From night feeds to encouraging her to nap by my sheer presence to soothing her back to sleep when she’s woken.

Then I decide this is probably a route it’s best not to go down – especially after our recent broken nights. And with a nightlight helping her doze off more easily, we’ve taken the next step… removing the side of her cot bed to turn it into a ‘proper’ toddler bed.


Little monkey…

With as much chance of her being completely unfazed as of her falling out of bed/deciding to play not sleep, I decided to take no risks and that even the bedclothes should be on my side, courtesy of a handy little innovation from Gro. Continue reading

Quilty guide books for kids

As part of a recent piece I wrote, I discovered I had approximately 55 travel guides on my bookshelves. And that was at a rough count – I’ve been planning to reorganise the shelves for 2 ½ years, so who knows what’s buried.

Because however helpful high-tech can be, I don’t think you can beat a good old-fashioned printed guide for a lot of things.


And they can also be a great way to get kids involved and excited about travelling, helping plan the trip and discover more about the country. Even better, of course, is a set of guide books designed especially for children. Continue reading