Are We There Yet? – 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Happy When They Travel.

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The summer holidays are almost upon us! Which means that millions of us will be jetting off for a well deserved break with the family. Lots of fun in the sun (or rain depending on your holiday location) lots of ice cream and even more memories to be made! But did you know that a high percentage of parents actually dread the travelling aspect of their holiday?


Unhappy, hot and bothered, and often inconsolable; it doesn’t matter how you travel, sometimes the little ones just struggle with the whole concept. And it’s even worse for parents who can’t console or comfort their little ones like they do at home. You’ve saved hard for your holiday – whether you’ve budgeted and lived well within your means or you’ve gone without treats for several months (for more information on debt and money management click here) so you deserve to enjoy every moment.

Here you’ll find 5 ways to keep your kids happy when they travel!

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Our Holiday to Cornwall (2019)

Before we found Dorset, Cornwall was always our happy place. Our home away from home. Our go-to destination for holidays. If it’s not the beaches we love, it’s the laid back atmosphere that comes with Cornwall being a surfers paradise. Before T came along, Sharon and I had been visiting Cornwall on and off (every other holiday was a visit to Cornwall) for years – it was even our first holiday together as a couple! We just love the area and actually feel more at home here than in Sussex.

Despite our love for Cornwall though, it’s a rather long way away from Sussex with a child, so when choosing our holiday we often opted for Dorset when deciding to visit the West Country as it’s only 3-4 hours away in comparison to the potential 6-8 hour journey to Cornwall. The last time we visited (gosh, this is an old post!) T was only a few months old and the journey wasn’t *great* so we decided to leave it a little while before visiting again – leading us to where we are now.

After years of waiting for the right time, we finally decided to book a holiday to Cornwall.

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Bluestone: Our Week in Wales 2018 (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Arriving home shortly after our first visit to Bluestone last year, we were soon on the Bluestone website booking our next visit. We had such an amazing time when we visited that we wanted to do it all over again the following year. Bluestone is like nothing we’ve ever experienced, and as written previously, is one of the few ‘holiday parks’ where we enjoy (and prefer) to stay on site!

We decided to book for the same time as the previous year, not only because we found a great deal but because we wanted to take advantage of the fact that we can still travel with T during school time – meaning everything would be a lot quieter. Plus, Bluestone is stunning in the Autumn.

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Bluestone: What To Do On Site [AD – Press Trip]

Whenever we go on holiday, we don’t often spend much time on site as we like to spend our holiday exploring the local area. We’re usually up and out the door early and then not back until late afternoon. We certainly don’t think about doing any activities, watching any of the shows, or eating on site.

Although we’re often too busy or tired, over the years we’ve found that the food on site isn’t always that great and the entertainment is somewhat lacking in… entertainment! For us, the main purpose of the resort is to eat and sleep comfortably in our accommodation, as well as maybe do a bit of shopping or spend a few pennies in the arcade (who doesn’t?).

We may spend an hour walking around the park if it’s a particularly pretty one, or pop to the pool for an hour before it closes, but generally we just go back and forth between our caravan because, to be honest, the facilities aren’t always that great.

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Bluestone: Our Accommodation: Dinas Lodge (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Part of the whole Bluestone experience is your accommodation. My last post detailed what we got up to during our week, but in this post I thought I’d share our accommodation with you to give you taste of what it’s like.

During our week at Bluestone, we stayed at Dinas Lodge which is a detached log cabin that can sleep 8. It comes with two double rooms, two twin rooms and 2 wet rooms or a bathroom and shower room (we had the wet room in our lodge). The accommodation also comes with wifi and internet as standard (you can upgrade this at check-in) and heating.

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There are a number of apartments, cottages and lodges at Bluestone – all varying in size, location within the park, and facilities available within – but whichever one you choose you’re bound to find that it’s a home from home.

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Bluestone: Our Week in Wales.

Last week, we were invited to Wales to stay at the Bluestone resort – which was perfect timing as it was around this time a year ago that we stayed down the road in Tenby. To make things more exciting, we also invited some friends to stay with us.

We’ve never actually explored other resorts and have always stayed in places that rhyme with Raven, as that’s what we’ve always known and have done since both me and Sharon were young, so I was keen to see what other sites had to offer. I was also excited to visit Bluestone as we had already heard so much about it from friends and fellow bloggers.

Dinas Lodge

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on Bluestone, including our accommodation as well as what we did whilst on site, but for now I thought I’d share what we got up to whilst in Wales.

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