Travelling has always been my passion. Even before my daughter Evie was born, all of my spare money would go on travel and I couldn’t wait to pack my bags and head off to the airport. I love that excited feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as your plane takes off from the runway and you’re officially jet setting off to explore somewhere new. Regular readers of Life Unexpected will know that my family now shares that same passion for travel. For me, travelling with my family is way more magical than travel ever was when I was on my own.
This week, we’ve been busy working out our family travel bucket list for 2018. I’m already very excited about some of the places we are planning to to visit. If you’re looking for holiday inspiration keep reading, as we’ll be sharing our family travel bucket list with you below.
If you haven’t been on holiday with your kids before, I cannot recommend it enough. Kids adapt so quickly to their surroundings and family holidays really do strengthen your bond and bring you so much closer together.
I love watching how immersed Evie gets in different cultures. She isn’t one to shy away from trying new foods, from taking part in new activities or from trying to communicate with people, despite the language barriers.
Over the last two years we have made some of the most magical memories abroad. We have eaten tapas in Barcelona, explored historic monuments in Rome, travelled on a mountain train in Palma, swam with penguins in South Africa, and most magical of all, my fiancee proposed to me on a gondola in Venice.
Making Moments With Mark Warner
For me, family holidays are all about those special moments. The ones that you can look back on, both in photos and in your memories. It is those moments that have inspired me to apply to become a Mark Warner Brand Ambassador this year.
Mark Warner are a holiday company that are after my own heart. They are on a mission to help your family to create the most wonderful moments on holiday. They have hand picked beautiful resorts in the most stunning destinations and have fully equipped them with everything you could need for the perfect family holiday.
I love how much they focus on making sure that each person in your family makes the best memories, regardless of their age. They give you the chance for couple time or time on your own, they have kids clubs that will entertain even the very youngest and activities that will make your teenagers put down their phones.
In order to apply to be a Mark Warner Brand Ambassador, they have asked us to write a post on the one place we want to travel to this year. But, being such huge advocates of family travel I wanted to share with you our complete bucket list and the 5 places we are planning to visit in 2018.
Family Travel Bucket List For 2018
1. Foodie Holiday To Barcelona –
The first place on our family travel bucket list for 2018 is Barcelona. If you’re looking for a family holiday with beaches, foods, shopping and plenty of activities, I cannot recommend Barcelona enough. I went to Barcelona just over a year ago, but my fiancee has never been. We are both huge foodies and I really want to challenge him to a paella eating contest.
We are booking three days in April for his birthday and I want to take him on a tour of all my favourite Tapas restaurants. Barcelona is such a friendly and vibrant city. I don’t know who loved it more last time, me or my toddler. We’re going to do similar things to what we did before. We’re going to hire bikes and ride the promenade, have a beach day (weather permitting), visit the food markets, picnic in the local parks, explore more of Gaudi’s stunning architecture and eat our weight in tapas.
2. Skiing In The Alps –
The second place on our family travel bucket list for 2018 is ‘The Alps’. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to go skiing. Living in one of the warmest parts of the UK means we never, ever get to see snow. In fact, last week was the first time so much of a flurry hit Cornwall in about seven years. Last week we had thick snow and it was so powdery.
Evie loved playing in it and wanted to spend her whole day outdoors. She turns 4 next week and she is showing such an interest in sports of all kinds. Seeing how she played in the snow, showed me that she is getting to that perfect age for a ski holiday. We’ve been looking longingly at some of the Mark Warner ‘ski’ hotels and two of our favourites are in Tignes and Val-D’Isère. I have to admit, I am super nervous about the idea of a snow holiday. Purely because it’s something I’ve never tried. I know I’ll feel so much more comfortable going with an experienced company like Mark Warner and I love that they have baby slopes and that they offer lessons, even for complete beginners like us.
3. Island Hopping A The Isles of Scilly –
Isn’t it odd that one of our favourite places to holiday is actually in Cornwall, where we live? If you’ve never been to Cornwall before, you need to go. It is amazing for families, whatever the time of year and whatever the age of your children. We live in St. Ives so are really lucky to have the beach on our doorstep. But the whole county is so gorgeous and so vast, that booking a holiday here still feels to us like we’re exploring somewhere new.
The Isles of Scilly is next on our list. It’s so close to my house, yet I’ve never been! It’s only a short boat ride away from Penzance in Cornwall and with landscapes that would be mistaken for the Caribbean, it’s one we’ll definitely be visiting when the weather gets a little warmer. We’re planning on hiring an AirBnb on one of the Islands, and spending two or three days exploring the local towns and villages. If you want to come to Cornwall, be sure to check out my Cornish pages on Life Unexpected and feel free to inbox me any questions! I’m always happy to share recommendations.
4. Beach Holiday In Greece –
The fourth place on our family travel bucket list for 2018 is Greece. One thing my fiancee has been begging for, is a relaxing beach holiday. We’ve been eyeing up a couple of the Mark Warner resorts in Greece, particularly Rhodes and Kos. Greece is a destination that has been at the top of our family bucket list since forever. We are actually hoping to get married in Santorini in a few years time. One of the main reasons we haven’t done a beach holiday yet, is that I am not really one for relaxing and lounging around.
I much prefer activity filled holidays, so I love that resorts like Mark Warner offer you a compromise. Not only do you have the beachside location (with beach loungers set up and ready for you to use), but they also offer a whole range of activities that suit each member of your family. Choosing a Mark Warner holiday means I get to go mountain biking and kayaking with Evie, while Aitan sits on the beach and relaxes.
Mark Warner have actually just opened a new resort in Turkey. Even though Greece is somewhere we are desperate to visit, I am now completely thrown. The resort in Turkey sits just below beautiful hills and it has the most stunning beach side pool and restaurant that serves up fresh seafood. You can go and take peek here!
5. Cultural Holiday To Croatia –
The last place on our family travel bucket list for 2018 is Croatia. Have you ever seen pictures of Croatia? It looks so beautiful. We were supposed to go when we went travelling last year, but we just couldn’t find flights to tie in with the rest of our travels. This year we want to hire a car or van and spend 10 days exploring different parts of Croatia. Especially the National Parks, the Plitvice Lakes and the cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Exploring historic buildings and architectural gems are some of our favourite things to do and it is my dream to swim in some of Croatia’s lakes and to sit and eat food in their famous city squares.
As per usual, we will be sharing all our family holidays with you on Life Unexpected. This time I’m extra excited as we’ll also be bringing you videos to accompany our pictures. We have just invested in a really great vlogging camera and I can’t wait to capture even more of our special moments, this time on film. Keep your eyes peeled for our first post on our trip to Barcelona in April.
Meanwhile, we hope that Mark Warner gives us the incredible opportunity to be their brand ambassador this year. We want to bring you updates of how fantastic their family holidays are and and all the reasons that you should book one for yourselves!