Map mural wallpaper – and one worth £250 to give away

I love little reminders of my travels in everyday life – a mug with photos from my trips, a souvenir I’ve picked up, anything with a map print on. I coveted my mother-in-law’s fabulous reproduction of a medieval map for years!

And Minnie is already having plenty of travel-themed odds and ends in her little life too, from sticker and pop-up books to my plans for a mini globe.

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So if I had a free rein, I would quite literally plaster the house in maps, like these fantastic wallpaper murals. Or the odd wall at least. I hadn’t come across the company until they asked if I’d like to run a giveaway, but I’ve already mentally redecorated several rooms in my head with their gorgeous designs.
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The April round-up

This month’s purchases have been firmly travel focused – saving for our trip wherever I can, and holiday buys for Minnie in between. I’m not sure if I should have wardrobe envy of my daughter.

So a little concise again this month, and I even failed to pick up any souvenirs for myself in Gran Canaria… apart from some local honey rum (more of which later).

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Touchdown Gran Canaria

Thank God for a welcome pack of essentials waiting for us in the villa. Especially the red wine.

Having made our way through the flight with a non-napping toddler, sorted hire cars, wrangled unfamiliar car seats,  navigated along a couple of dark twisty roads and found the villa, it was far too late to worry about dinner.

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But a ham sandwich and a glass of wine can go a long way… especially when even your first views of Gran Canaria are this lovely.
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And especially when you wake up to an equally lovely view…

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Day 1 has been a fairly low-key day, restocking the fridge, unpacking and trying to restore a bit of routine for the overtired overexcited two and four-year-olds. The 10-month-old took it in her stride!

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Day 2… we start exploring.

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11 things you do just before a holiday

No matter how many trips I take, how much I travel, there are certain things I always find myself doing the night before a holiday…

1. Looking at the piles of clothes set aside to pack and taking a large proportion out. Then putting some them back. Then taking some out again.

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2. Wondering where the suitcase luggage tags have vanished to – and how they’ve escaped from the suitcase handle where they definitely positively were before.
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Pre-trip countdown to Gran Canaria

Phew. The last few days before a trip always seem to be a whirl of last-minute organisation and mild chaos. Needless to say, I haven’t packed yet and have a zillion confirmations to print out but in 48 hours, I’ll be touching down in Gran Canaria.

The pre-trip planning is pretty much done, including plenty of family-friendly activities in Gran Canaria.

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The French air traffic controllers have helpfully postponed their extra strike days, and I’m ready to check in for our flight with Norwegian tomorrow, the first time I’ve flown with the airline.
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