4 Things To Look Forward To Ahead Of A Family Holiday In Summer 2021

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After being locked indoors for the best part of a year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prospect of some sunshine and a beach holiday this summer has never been more appealing. If you’re looking to take your family away on vacation in 2021 when restrictions ease, then here are four exciting things to look forward to so that you can start feeling ready for your holiday! 

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  1. Meeting New People

When you finally get to go away, one of the best things about a foreign holiday is meeting new people from different countries and cultures. So, why not preserve those travel memories by keeping up with those that you’ve met while abroad on a family vacation? This could result in making life-time friendships or even result in a new pen pal. Sending cards, gifts or photos in the post is a great way to remain in touch. For example, sending flowers to Germany or any other European country couldn’t be easier online with so many websites offering the service at very attractive prices.

  1. Guaranteed Sunshine

We’ve had a bit of a bleak winter this year, with long cold spells and plenty of rain only dampening our moods further, so the prospect of a summer break bursting with guaranteed sunshine is exactly what’s in order! If you’ve been longing for a tan, then this is your chance to get on the sun beds and give yourself that gorgeous golden glow that you’ve been longing for. Just don’t forget your suncream – and make sure you apply plenty on the kids too! Giving them a cap and reminding them to drink plenty of water will help them to avoid heatstroke too. The last thing you want is a sick child on holiday!

  1. Discovering Somewhere New

Months of being locked away in our homes have made many of us sick of the sight of our own four walls. Therefore, a family vacation gives you all the chance to discover somewhere new and enjoy the feeling of being away from home for the first time in a long time. Travel is one of life’s most fulfilling experiences so don’t spend the fortnight sat by the pool – get out there and explore an entirely new country, city or culture to that of your own! Why not pick up a pocket travel guide before your trip so that you can get to grips with your vacation destination and really make the most of the holiday?

  1. Quality Time Together

While you and your family have probably spent a lot more time together than you would have previously over the past twelve months, a holiday abroad allows you to enjoy some quality family time that you’ve probably been lacking recently. There’s only so much enjoyment that can come from constantly working from home whilst also trying to look after your kids. A vacation rids of all of that and gives you some time away from the office, allowing you to enjoy quality family time together with your partner and children.

 

7 Fun Ways to Preserve Your Travel Memories

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Whether you’ve spent a year globetrotting or enjoyed two weeks in the sun with your mates, you’ll want to do everything you can to preserve your memories and relive your holiday highlights. Instead of scrolling back through your pictures at random times, you can find far more innovative and exciting ways to remember your travels. For inspiration, take a look at these seven fun ways to preserve your travel memories:

  1. Create a Photo Wall

If you want to enhance your décor, photos from your travels are the perfect way to do it. With professional prints from a reputable company, like Pixa Prints, you can have your favourite pictures enhanced and optimised to make them look better than ever. Then, simply design a photo wall in a key area of your home. 

For an understated look, choose black and white prints for your photo wall. This will ensure your new feature catches the eye, without being too bold or conflicting with your colour scheme. Tie the look together with matching frames or create an arty feel by leaning your pictures against the wall instead of hanging them. 

  1. Make Videos

When you’re away from home, don’t rely solely on pictures to immortalise your experience. A video allows you to immerse yourself in the moment, even when you’re reliving it from home. You can even create your own video montage and add some music to create the perfect keepsake. 

If you’re going to record videos while you’re away, you might want to think about publishing your vlogs on popular sites, like YouTube. Travel vlogs are extremely popular and can be monetised relatively easily, so you could even fund your travels by recording your experience. What’s more – you’ll have a repository of all your favourite videos that you can re-watch at any time. 

  1. Use a Travel Map

If you love to travel, a world map is a great way to preserve your memories and choose your next destination. You can create your own by simply using drawing pins or push pins to mark off the countries you’ve visited, but there are other options available too. 

Many travel memories maps are created with a ‘scratch off’ design, so you can scratch off the countries you’ve been too and add memory stickers to remind you of your favourite moments. Over time, you’ll uncover more of the map and be enticed to travel to new and exciting locations. 

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  1. Start a Blog

Capturing your memories as you’re making them ensures you won’t forget a moment of your travels, which is why blogging throughout your trips is a fantastic way to make the most of your experiences. Whether you create a roundup of everything you’ve seen and done, or you get a little more personal and hone in on what travelling means to you, you won’t regret creating a written record of your adventures.

If you choose to, you can even make your blog public and share your travels with the world. This can be a great way for family and friends to stay up to date with your travels if you’re going on an extended vacation or an around-the-world trip. Additionally, you could build up your followers and monetise your blog if you want to create a side hustle while you’re travelling. 

  1. Recreate the Flavours and Aromas of Your Favourite Destination

If you’ve got the post-holiday blues and you’re wishing you were back in the sun, you can relive your travels by recreating the dishes and scents you experienced while you were away. Trying new foods and immersing yourself in a different culture is one of the best things about travelling, so be sure to keep experimenting once you get home. 

If you enjoyed Kadınbudu Köfte at a market in Istanbul, ossobuco at a quaint pizzeria in Rome or Tom Kha Gai on a beach in Thailand, scour the local shelves for authentic ingredients and make your own version at home. You may not have the same view, but the flavours and aromas will transport you right back to your favourite holiday moments and let you relive them all over again. 

  1. Collect Sand from Every Destination

If you want to take a souvenir home with you, collect a few grains of sand from your destination and store in a glass vial, bottle or even some jewellery. As you travel to new places, you can create new storage containers to collect sand or add them to the same vial to layer your travel memories atop one another. It’s far more meaningful than keyrings or pencils and it will save you some space too.

Just be sure that you’re permitted to collect sand from wherever you are and that you aren’t breaking any regulations by bringing it back with you. Taking some natural souvenirs, such as plants, from one country to another isn’t allowed, but a few grains of sand don’t usually cause any problems. 

  1. Send Yourself a Postcard

People don’t send as many postcards now that digital communication makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends at home in real-time, but there’s nothing quite like receiving a postcard from a loved one. Now, you can capture your favourite travel memories as they happen and preserve them for your future self. 

Choose cards that capture the local scenery or major sights and jot down what you love about the place or the things you’ve done. Pop them in the post and you’ll have your very own mini travel journal waiting for you on your return. 

Make Travel Last a Lifetime

When you preserve your memories in the right way, a single trip can last a lifetime. From your first adventure with friends to romantic getaways with your partner or family holidays with your kids, travelling can enhance your life and allow you to see the world in a whole new way. By preserving your memories in fun and unique ways, you can be sure that you’ll always remember the best bits of your travels. 

 

 

 

Great places to visit in London

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We explored the city of London earlier this year and the kiddies loved it. London is a regular holiday destination for us as we lived there before and we have lots of family and friends around the city. The city is full of life and I love exploring all that it brings. It is too much of a busy city for me to live in but holidaying there works great as there are lots to see and do. Plus getting there is easy for us as we love a good old train ride every now and again. There is a quick train to Gatwick airport to London Victoria, so we can easily get  to the city of fun.

 

 

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If you are thinking of exploring London, here are some great places to visit in London –

 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one place to visit when you are exploring London City. We visited Buckingham Palace this April and we loved it. It was fun to see the palace up close and the guards were fun to watch as well. The kiddies love it but were disappointed they didn’t get to see the Queen 😊

 

Get on a London Bus

Getting on a London Tour Bus is great for those visiting the city for the first time. The buses take you round the popular spots in the city and tell you all about the history behind every tourist attraction. It is a nice way to see the city but if you can’t get on any of the tour buses, you can easily see some parts of the city by popping on a regular London bus. That is what we did after exploring Buckingham Palace. We got a London Bus from the city centre and that took us to a different side of London.

The twins loved it as they were reading about London school and were thrilled to get on a London Red Bus. The best part for them was sitting on the top deck. That was the highlight of the day for them. Kids do love the littlest things.

 

 

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Big Ben

Big Ben was a must for us too as the kiddies have read about it and wanted to see it in real life. Our tour of the city was more of an educational tour. It was based on all what they have read about London at school and it was fun for us the grownups to see the city through their eyes. The view was perfect. Big Ben is definitely a spot to explore if you plan on being around the area.

 

London Eye

I loved our time in the London Eye. It was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to get on it again. London Eye is definitely a must if you want to really be a tourist in London. It is worth visiting for sure.

 

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is another great spot in London to visit. The wax museum is filled up with popular faces and the kids (especially my daughter) love taking photos with them.

 

What do you think of these great places to visit in London? Have you been to any of them before?

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