Why I Would Love To Travel To India

If there is one thing I wish I had done more in my life so far, it’s travelling. So far, I have only managed to go abroad twice – once to Italy with my family and once to France on a press trip for my website – but there are so many places that I would love to visit across the world that I have just not had the opportunity to visit yet.

One such country is India. Many of my friends and family have visited different parts of India and sang its praises and told me just how much I should visit and having researched a little myself, I would love to! I’ve been looking into what things are like in the big cities and also what things are like in the smaller towns and cities – I sometimes like to go off the beaten track, so to speak.

My research has, of course, led me to check out both accommodation and amenities. I’ve checked various cities but the hotels in Udaipur really caught my eye.There are such a wide variety of fantastic hotels to choose from, situated in some luscious areas and very affordable too.

But why exactly did Udaipur catch my eye over other popular tourist destinations in India such as Goa or Mumbai? The city is also known as ‘City of Lakes’, It is known as the ‘City of Lakes’ because of the lake system – it has seven lakes surrounding the city! The city is also known for its rich history, heritage and culture – there are massive forts and palaces, galleries, museums and so much more to see when visiting Udaipur. There are also some absolutely beautiful temples and stunning architecture for visitors to see – they really are a wonder to behold.

I would mostly like to travel to India at some point in the next few years to see just how similar and how different life is like in the country compared to the UK. I find the UK can seem quite depressing, boring and bleak at times whereas to me, India always seems so vivid, so full of colour and excitement. There is so much breathtaking architecture, historical landmarks and other things to see that you’d never be bored and you’ll leave feeling as if you’ve learned something. Furthermore, travelling to India would take me out of my comfort zone a little – it is a much longer flight than the ones to Italy and France, I’ve never been on a flight longer than a couple of hours before! I’d be able to see things I’d only ever dreamed of seeing once upon a time.

Travelling is taking a backseat in 2018 but hopefully 2019 will be the year I get to check out some of the places I’ve been wanting to visit. I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes out for affordable hotel deals – after all, you want to know you’ll be sleeping soundly without paying through the nose, right?

Have you ever travelled to India? Have you ever visited Udaipur? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Enjoy Some Halloween Fun At Freaky Funfest At Mead Open Farm

We were kindly gifted with a free family ticket to attend Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm for the purpose of this review.

Running from the 20th of October to the 31st of October, the Freaky Funfest at Mead Open Farm is definitely not to be missed. We headed there last weekend to see what was going on and to have some spooky fun with the kids. We also, of course, had to go and see all of the fab animals – well, it is a farm, after all!

Freaky Funfest is their annual Halloween event which offers six amazing haunted attractions! The NEW Scary Tales, the NEW Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride, NEW Haunted Hotel, Farm Fun, Pumpkin Carving and Indoor Play. With only a few days left, you don’t want to miss it! Prices are £13.95 for adults, £12.95 for children, £13.25 for seniors, £11.95 for disabled + carer and free for under 2’s. A very affordable day out for sure.

Visiting The Animals

Now as you can expect, we had to visit the animals when visiting Mead Open Farm. It was great as Olivia is finally at the age where she is really interested in things and she was so excited seeing all the different animals. She actually learnt the word ‘animal’ whilst we were there and had great fun joining her Daddy and brother in feeding the goats, finding it utterly hilarious as they tickled her hand as they ate all the animal feed up!

Jack has always loved visiting farms – he is a big animal lover and it was so nice to see him and his sister bond over the animals – chatting away about them and him trying to get her to say their names and the noises they make. She was very excited to see the ‘Moo’s!’ as she called them and as a big Peppa Pig fan, loved seeing the pigs and making the noises they make.


As you can see, there are lots of animals to see including bunnies and llamas too (or ‘arma’s’ as Olivia keeps calling them!)

The Halloween Events

Of course, it was important that we checked out the Halloween events so off we trotted to see what they had to offer. Olivia especially liked the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride where we rode around in the tractor and had to point out the monsters. She really got into the spirit of things, trying to yell MONSTER with everyone else all the time. She really enjoyed the ride which was great to see. She was perhaps a little too young for some of the other Halloween events but she was very brave and barely got scared (although one of the characters did make her jump in Scary Tales!)

Jack loves Halloween but can be a bit of a scaredy cat so there were times when he grabbed me as he was frightened but ultimately enjoyed the experiences – he is someone who enjoys being frightened. A few of the following photos aren’t of the greatest quality as the experiences were pretty dark so I didn’t have the best lighting (and I wasn’t going to use Flash as that would defeat the object of it being dark and scary!)

When it comes to Halloween experiences, you want them to be spooky and scary, make you jump but intrigue you and make you laugh too. Jack and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed all the different things we could do – especially the tunnel that felt like it was rotating, Olivia wanted to go back on it! They really enjoyed squeezing through small spaces and trying to help find missing spiders and go to spooky birthday parties!

The rest of the farm

After being thoroughly spooked out, the time came for us parents to rest whilst the kids had some fun in the fantastic and rather large playground they have by the exit. It was no surprise to see children running about on it – it was a lovely day and there was so much to do in the playground!

We also grabbed a drink each from the restaurant but didn’t grab any food although it all looked delicious and the restaurant seemed very busy!

Overall we had a fantastic time at the Freaky Funfest and definitely think you should check it out if you’re in the area – it is running for another few days until the 31st! Steve and I have even been considering attending the Howl – for adults only!

Have you attended any Halloween events so far this year?

The Best Places To Buy A Holiday Home Right Now

If you’re a keen traveler then you might want to consider buying a second home abroad somewhere. It’s also a good way to invest money for the future. You can usually cover the mortgage on the place by renting it out when you aren’t using it so the financial aspect isn’t actually as difficult as people think, as long as you can save enough for a deposit of course. But it’s a big decision to make and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Although the property prices abroad are often cheaper at home, you’re still going to be putting a lot of your money into this second property so you need to get it right.

You also need to consider the implications of owning a property abroad. If you’re renting it out then you’ll have to find people to stay there. That’s actually not that difficult these days because you can use Airbnb to source tenants easily or just have a local company handle it for you. But you will have to deal with maintenance etc. and even if you’re hiring a property manager to look after the place, it’s still extra work to take on. If you think you can handle all of that and you’re financially stable enough to buy a second property, you can start looking for some places.

The first step is to choose the right country. Remember that if you’re buying a second place abroad, you need to actually use it to make it worthwhile. You’re probably going to be spending a lot of your holidays there so you need to pick a country that you’re happy to go back to time and time again. The best way to start choosing is to look at your travel bucket list and tick a few places off it. You might find a new country that you fall in love with where you can consider buying a second property. If you’re still lost for ideas, these are some of the best places to buy a holiday home right now.

Spain

Spain is still one of the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans so you won’t struggle to find people to rent the property out to. It’s also the ideal place for you and the family to go because you’ve got great weather, beautiful beaches and lots of kid-friendly destinations. The other massive benefit of buying a property in Spain is the price. The most popular place, both because of price and popularity with tourists is the Costa Blanca region but other big holiday destinations like Marbella are good as well.

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Singapore

Most people wouldn’t put Singapore at the top of their list of holiday destinations, especially for families. But actually, it’s a very family friendly place with loads of great water parks and theme parks to take the kids to. The reason that people don’t often think of Singapore as a family destination is that it’s a business hub, but that works in your favour as well. The property prices there are reasonable and you can get some pretty good discounts. For example, if you look at this hdb resale price after discount, you’ll see that you can get a modern property for a good price. The fact that a lot of business people travel to Singapore for work means that you can usually rent the place out pretty easily and charge a good price for it as well.

Florida

Florida is massively popular with tourists from around the world because you’ve got all of the theme parks there as well as some beautiful beaches and great party destinations. Relatively speaking, the property prices are quite low compared with a lot of other countries. You’ll get a nice sized property for your money and a lot of them come complete with swimming pools so they’re ideal as a family holiday home. You’ll never be short of people to rent the place out to and the weather is good for most of the year so you shouldn’t see a dip in winter either. The other massive benefit of buying a home in Florida is that you won’t need to deal with the language barrier. In Europe, it’s not much of a problem because most people speak English but it can make it difficult to organize things, especially when you’re a plane ride away. Not having to deal with that makes it a lot easier to manage the property.

Croatia

Croatia is going through a bit of a tourism boom at the minute. It’s a popular filming location because it’s cheap so a lot of tourists are flocking to the country to see the sets of big budget films like James Bond and Mamma Mia as well as popular TV shows like Game of Thrones. There are also some beautiful beaches along the coast which attract a lot of tourism and the annual music festivals in the country are gaining popularity. That means you’ll never be short of people to rent the place out to but, because this influx of tourism is relatively new, the property prices are still very low. The historic city of Split is a base for a lot of tourists so, even though it’s slightly more expensive than other places in the country, it’s probably the best place to buy property right now.

France

France is the most visited country in the world and there is a lot of choice when it comes to amazing places to buy a holiday home. You’ve got a big variation in climate between the North and the South and you can either buy a place in one of the big cities or in the beautiful mountainous regions. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it in France. Property in France is more expensive than anywhere else on the list but you can charge a higher rate in rent so it’s worth it if you can afford the deposit.

These are just some of the amazing countries around the world where you can get a beautiful holiday home for a reasonable price.

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How To Pack For Your Next Family Holiday

When you are going on holiday with your family, it can be very difficult to make sure that you have packed everything. You’ll need to not only focus on your own clothing and extras, but you’ll also need to pack for all of your kids. To help you with the stress that is packing for a family holiday, we have put together some tips in this article. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about this.

Pack For One Person At A Time

It can be easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of packing that you need to do but if you split up the workload then you’ll be able to do it more effectively. Think about working on one person’s suitcase at a time and don’t let yourself get distracted by other bags that need to be sorted out. Try to split up the packing and you should be able to get on track.

Pack Important Travel Documents

Nowadays, everyone uses their phones for their travel documents and itineraries, but have you ever thought about the fact that you might lose your phone, or it might run out of charge. This is why you should spend some time printing out some copies of all of the documents that you might need on your holiday. This includes things like travel insurance, hotel details and the times that your airport transfers will be picking you up. On top of this, you’ll need to make sure that everyone has a valid passport and relevant visas for the time of travel.

Don’t Do It Alone

If your kids are old enough to pick their own outfit each day, then they are old enough to help with packing their own suitcase. Of course, you might want to spend some time looking through the suitcase to ensure that they have everything they need but if you get them to help out you’ll find that it gets done a lot quicker. Make sure to get as much help as possible and you’ll find that you aren’t as stressed out.

Buy Some New Clothes

Of course, you might not be able to afford to buy everyone new clothes for this holiday but if you can buy some special new pieces of clothing, your kids might be more excited about packing them in their suitcase. You’ll find that plenty of stores will have clothing suited to your holiday and if you take your kids shopping, they’ll get into the holiday mood. If you don’t have a lot of time for shopping, then you can always shop online. You’ll find stylish swimwear for your child from Folpetto.com so make sure to have a look.

Pack In Advance

Our final tip for those who are packing for their family holiday is to pack far enough in advance. No one wants to be running around on the night before the holiday worrying about packing five different suitcases. If you can start packing a week or two in advance, you’ll be able to get everything that you need and have it in the suitcases before the last minute. This will also ensure that you don’t forget anything as you will be able to look through your suitcase a few more times before the big day.

If you are going on a family holiday any time soon you should make sure to take on board all of the advice that we have given you in this article. When you do, you’ll be able to pack the bags in a stress-free manner.

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Where The Journey Will Take You

Our day out was kindly sponsored by Britax Römer  as part of their Where The Journey Will Take You Campaign. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Life as a parent can be pretty hectic and we struggle to find the time to get all four of us together in one place to actually spend time together doing fun things. Britax Römer know this. Because of this, Britax Römer is offering its customers a free £30 Britax Römer Mastercard® with every i-Size car seat purchased in-store or online at Mothercare between the 15th of September and the 15th of November. Find out more here.

The card can be used towards fun family days out across the UK, whether it’s a family day at the zoo, a thrill-seeking visit to a theme park or expanding the littles one’s minds at a museum. But where will you spend your Mastercard®?

Knowing that we struggle to find time to spend together, with Steve’s job being strange hours and Jack being at school five days a week and at clubs two days a week, Britax Römer kindly offered to pay for a day out on a rare day that we did manage to get out together! So go out we did.

We are lucky enough to live in a village where we have our local common and we have some fantastic events on there. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had our Classics on the Common and then in November, we’ll have a Firework display and a funfair. This time around, the circus came to town – or rather, village – and Jack was incredibly eager to go!

We chose the Saturday morning showing as we knew it wouldn’t be as busy and would be best suited, not only to our timetables but to little ones of Olivia’s age as well. After paying for the tickets, we had a little money left over which Jack spent on food (typical six year old boy!) and a flashing light thingy – as I expected!

As you might expect from a circus, the acts are very much geared towards a children’s audience so whilst Steve and I expected certain things to happen, Jack and Olivia did not and were thrilled by it all – I turned to Jack at one point and heard him chuckling away heartily at the clowns whereas Olivia was in awe of the trapeze artist, the dancers – and Jack’s spinning light toy! You can see some videos of our day out below:

 

 

My most favourite part of the day (and Steve’s too!) was watching the trapeze artist – she was so graceful and beautiful. Olivia was a big fan of hers too although she liked everyone it seems – high fiving all of them as they said goodbye as we left the Big Top.

Jack absolutely adored every aspect of it – he was in awe at the tricks that some of them did, scared and shocked at the limbo dancers who danced under fire and came very close, fascinated by the trapeze artist and absolutely entertained by the clowns! He left with a very big smile on his face and couldn’t stop talking about it all day afterwards!

If you want to get out and about in the next couple of months on a special day with your family and you’re looking for a new i-Size car seat, then definitely consider taking advantage of this brilliant deal from Britax Römer. They’re keen to get families out and about, spending some time doing fun things together, just like I have. You can find out some more about the campaign here.