Antigua: Travel lessons learned

Coming so soon after our Florida trip, I didn’t think there’d be too many travel lessons to learn from my holiday in Antigua for the #eliteislandfamilies blogathon.

Foolish, foolish. There’s *always* something to learn when travelling with my daughter – I’m not sure if she deliberately keeps me on my toes when we’re away?

antigua-verandah-elite-girl-seaIt’s not just a change of destination: after only a few weeks, she seems different – both in terms of how daring she’ll be, how stubborn she’ll be (clue: enormously) – and how family travel can vary wildly from one month to the next… Continue reading

Elite island families – one week on Antigua

How fast can a week whizz by? I had fully intended to post a bit more about our week in Antigua… and suddenly we’re on our last full day.

There’s a taste on Instagram and Twitter – check out the #eliteislandfamilies hashtag – and the full posts will be coming later. So this is a tiny taste…


We’ve swum with stingrays (and are now accompanied everywhere by a small toy stingray), we’ve snorkeled several reefs and rocks, and lounged on a string of beaches. But there’s more to the island than sea and sand. Continue reading

October half term in South Devon

With glorious autumn colours against the dramatic coastline and crisp brisk autumn weather, October half term is a fantastic time to visit stunning South Devon on a family break.

Dawlish on the South Devon coastAnd there are some great local events to entertain kids along with the usual attractions – from foodie delights to spooky celebrations. Here are a few of the best to try this October half term in South Devon. Continue reading

London Transport Museum depot open day

In a fairly unassuming shed, not far from Acton Town station hides a treasure trove. A very specific treasure trove.

Because this is the London Transport Museum depot, housing over 370,000 objects stretching back for almost 200 years. Tickets, trains, trams, buses, signs, machines, antique phones: all parked and piled a few minutes from one of London’s busiest roads.

Open day at the London Transport Museum Acton depotAnd twice a year, usually in March and September, this incredible store opens to the public. It’s trainspotter (and bus/tram-spotter) heaven – as well as a preschooler’s dream. 
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Countdown to Antigua

I do wonder sometimes how much Minnie will remember of all the trips we’ve been taking – but there’s certainly plenty to choose from in her three years of memories.

Because we’re off on her 13th overseas trip soon… and her third to the Caribbean. It took me more than three decades to achieve that!

antigua- elite-verandah-resort-beachI’m joining two other bloggers, Susanna from A Modern Mother and Jen from Jenography, making up the Elite Island Family Blogathon. Three families, two islands, over one month. And I’m taking the first of the three trips, heading to Antigua!
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