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The Best Family Road Trip Begins With A Plan

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With road trips representing 39% of US vacations, it comes as no surprise that British families are beginning to adopt the trend. Known for being a great way to spend time with your kids and hitting up all of the sights to see, road tripping is a great choice for many, no matter where you are in the world. However, if you’re thinking about taking your family on a road trip, having a plan beforehand can not only help the trip go more smoothly, but can ensure everyone will have a great time.

 

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Planning ahead

When it comes to planning the best family road trip possible, it’s important to start early. Making lists, packing, and deciding what car you’ll take is imperative to having a smooth trip – and you’re going to need time to plan everything just so. Depending on where you want to go and what you want to do and see, it’s important to do your research as early on as possible to make sure you’re informed of possible entry fees, rules, regulations and opening hours of the places you want to visit – after all, the last thing you want is to get a nasty surprise on the day of your trip.

Making sure you bring along everything you will need is a must, including clothes, blankets and snacks. While a simple checklist can ensure that you don’t forget anything, it’s important that you begin packing at least four days to a week before you embark, depending on how long your trip is. And when it comes to packing for the children, allowing them to bring a small bag of toys can be a great idea for entertainment along the way – an in-car DVD player is also a good thing to think about, especially if your trip will be on the longer side.

 

 

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The best places to go

On any road trip, it’s important to know where you’re headed – or at least know where you want to stop along the way. While there are many great places to visit, there are a few that really stand out when it comes to captivating the family, and can help give you some ideas when you’re mapping out a route.

Over an hour away from London, West Sussex is a great destination choice for any family planning a road trip this summer. Filled with history, West Sussex has plenty for your family to explore – including Arundel Castle – a restored castle from the medieval times. This trip is perfect for inquisitive children who like to learn, and is a great way for them to see a part of history in real life. However, if you’re looking for a more beachy road trip filled with swimming, fishing and the like, then look no further than a route through Cornwall, located in the southwest of Great Britain. This route is truly one with amazing scenery, as there is plenty to see and explore, from beaches to coastal trails. The seaside villages are a great stopping point, and allow for the perfect place to explore shops and restaurants.

Road trips can be a great vacation idea for any family – and planning one doesn’t have to be stressful. By planning and packing ahead of time and doing your research when mapping a route, you’ll be able to plan the perfect road trip that your family is sure to enjoy.

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Grey Interior Decor for Living Rooms

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When it comes to interior decor, like most things; I always go for quality over quantity. Clutter makes my head ache, so I like my living spaces with as little furniture as possible. I only go for items that are pretty and useful, and those that would allow me keep the space clutter free. A well decorated living room is always liked and admired by many. There is nothing like entering a living room, and every furniture is in the right place. Attention to detail is everything when it comes to interior decor.

The grey shade is a popular neutral colour for interior decor. It is one of my favourite shades when it comes to balancing our a room with neutral tones. Here are 3 great grey decor items for living rooms –

 

 

Grey Cushions

Updating your living room with cushions is cheap and easy. If you are after spicing up with your living room interiors with a small budget, go for updating your cushions in the right colours and design. I currently have my eye on this Grey Velvet Cushion by Baytree Interiors. The cushions come in a good size – 45X45cm, and price – currently on sale for £15.16 at the time of writing.

I love the velvet material, it is so luxurious and looks great for modern or contemporary living rooms. The cushions come in other colours as well – Navy Blue, Pink, Teal, Orange, Mustard, Emerald and Aubergine, if you prefer some brighter colour.

 

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AmazonBasics Heat Insulating Blackout Curtain

I love grey curtains and this AmazonBasics Heat Insulating Blackout curtain is a great decor option. I love the fact that it is blackout. That is great for the current season, as the last thing I need is to wake up when the sun comes out. They are great for bedrooms and living rooms as they help keep the sunlight out.

The shade is perfect if you are after a neutral look, and the price is even more perfect at £27.99 for 168X137. I love it!

 

 

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Sienna Large Soft Shaggy Floor Rug Mat Runner Carpet

I am so in love with this Sienna Large Soft Shaggy Floor Rug Mat Runner Carpet. It comes in a beautiful silver grey colour, with a twisted lighter grey non-shed fibre highlights for a sparkling effect. It is suitable for the living room, kids room, bedroom and even the hallway depending on the layout of your home. 

This lovely looking rug comes in sizes – 80X150cm, 120X170cm and 160X230cm.

 

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What do you think of these grey interior decor items? Did any catch your eye?

 

Social Media Tips – Twitter is meant for chit-chat

Blogging and social media go hand in hand. I would be lost with the 2, which is why you would easily catch me on them. When it comes to blogging, content is king and marketing is queen. There is no content without marketing. What is the point of writing post after post if no one is going to read it. Social media is a massive platform when it comes to marketing your blog. My number blog referral is Google, which is exactly the way I want to. I pay a lot of attention to my SEO, and I am thankful I am starting to see the results of all my hard work over the years. The last for referrals is Twitter.

 

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Google is the number 1 referral for Fashion and Style Police

While Google is my number referral list, Twitter is my last! I found this odd at first because I didn’t understand how it would be my last since I shared every new blog post on there. I also share many tweets with post links with the right hashtags and they get liked/retweeted. So with all the hard work and Twitter being the last on the referral list, it left me wondering why. I have been on Twitter since 2009 and I still maintain my original account, although my name has been tweaked a few times on there.

 

Social Media Tips – Twitter is meant for chit-chat

I have come to realise that Twitter as the name kind of implies, is meant for chitchat. It is not really the platform to get lots of people to visit your blog. It is more for building relationships and expressing yourself. I will be doing more of that going forward. There will still be many tweets with links to blog posts and all, but I will be focusing more on just chatting with others and expressing my views and opinions.

 

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Twitter is still one of my favourite platforms. I get many blog collaborations on there and I also pitch to many potential clients, so I won’t be reducing my time on there regardless. I will just be using it slightly differently now that I fully understand how it works as a social media platform. At the moment, I have a blog coaching service available, where I will be teaching how to make the most of your blog and start to earn an income from it. Do get in touch via email for more details on that.

What are your thoughts on Twitter? Do you use it? Is it your favourite social media platform? Do sound off in the comments section below. Let’s chat.

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