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#findingadventures – January Travel & Adventure Round-up

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I wrote a poem last month, Remember How We, in which I lamented the loss of our carefree pre-children travels to my husband.

Although we both love travel and have been lucky to visit some amazing places our wanderlust has been somewhat extinguished since the birth of our second son.

The truth is, we’ve been a bit chicken about the volume of stuff we would need to bring with us, getting both the boys to sleep someplace new and the most fearful of all, the cost!

This, along with a crazily busy year last year, means we’ve been virtually grounded since last February, bar spending the Easter weekend in Dorset (one of my favourite places).

We know that we need to shake things up a bit (and more to the point, shake off our slippers) and get back out there.

I set myself a goal, to write a bucket list and to go to at least half of those places so that I had something to measure that against at the end of the year.

The bucket list is still in progress (I’ve never been one for homework, even if I set it myself) but the process has galvanised us into action and we’ve had a great month visiting new places and laying down some travel plans for 2016.

Here’s our progress finding adventures so far…

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  • It being January and all and us being National Trust members, this was only going to go one way. Cue lots of trips to local National Trust sites making use of our membership cards. We have had some great family days out this month at Knole Park, Ightham Mote and Scotney Castle jumping in puddles (not me), den building (a little bit me) and drinking hot chocolate (me, me, me!). A special mention has to go to the Wildernesse Camp at Scotney Castle which is fantastic! A great site, perfect for den building, swinging, tree climbing, log balancing and all things guaranteed to delight excited little (and big) people.
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Scotney Castle, Kent
  • I HEART WHITSTABLE I cannot say that enough! Great places to eat (our favourite for lunch with the boys is Elliott’s @ No. 1 Harbour Street, purveyor of world’s best fish finger sandwich), fantastic shops (the interiors & antique shops particularly worth a mention for all things vintage), bracing walks and football on the beach, beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone. We spent hours on the beach watching the waves, looking at shells and crustacean fragments, skimming stones, watching the boats and then sat by the sea eating oysters washed down with Kentish craft ales at The Forge (doughnuts and ice-cream for the little people). Go as soon as you can!
  • We had a snow day! This was possibly our most fun day this month and it was a total fluke on a number of levels. First off, it snowed. Awesome! Next, in our local park with friends, they bumped into friends of theirs, WITH A SLEDGE, who were just leaving. This could have been bad timing but the kind hearted folks lent us their (pretty fantastic, built in 1905) vintage wooden sledge! So we sledged, built snowmen, threw snowballs and then warmed up in The Lodge Coffee Shop. All in all, an amazing day.
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Snow day!

What’s up next?

I’ve not managed the bucket list (yet!) but I have made some progress: we have a clear week in March when we are going to (gulp!) Go. On. Holiday! We don’t know where yet and are busily researching – this is the fun bit! Well, that and the holiday hopefully. As ever, any suggestions send ’em through!

Also, one just for me – having seen so much mention of them I’m also thinking about going to a blogging conference. I know nothing about these, they’ve only recently come on my radar so I would love any feedback – are they fun, interesting, useful?Have you been to one? Would you recommend it? If I only make one which one should it be?

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16 Comments

  1. I would so love to go to a blogger event, it’s on my bucket list for sure! I love holidays, I think I’m quite lucky with just one daughter and she spends time with her dad meaning we get family & couple breaks…however I am so excited about our upcoming trip to Disneyland as a family 🙂 #abitofeverything

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Wow sounds like a great trip! I remember ours there as a kid, you don’t forget it! Great memories #abitofeverything

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Thank you!

  2. You’re so lucky to live in a country with so much heritage and a National Trust to look after the sites. Here is NZ we think a 150 year old building is something pretty special!! I’m just thinking today how limited our lives (and even plans) have been since we had a baby 15 months ago, I’d love to plan an overseas trip but it’s too hard on one income. Maybe I should start thinking closer to home too, it sounds like you’ve had a terrific time this month in your own ‘back yard’. #abitofeverything

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Yes, we really are. It is tough, trying to balance the expense of having a family with trying to do fun things and have adventures. We are working on it! And yes in the meantime, looking closer to home. Good luck! #abitofeverything

  3. You should definitely go to a blogging conference! They can be a bit daunting at fist, but I’ve learnt so much from the ones I’ve been to – and met so many great people. As for your bucket list, you’ve left me hankering after a trip to Whitstable. It’s a while since we’ve been, and like you I want to go back!

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Oooh which ones have you been to? I don’t know any other bloggers in RL so would be going solo but must be others in the same boat? Go! I love it. Really want to live by the sea at the moment!

  4. Ohh KnolePark is a beautiful place to visit. I havent been since I was a kid, but we use to love feeding the deers there. Im not sure if they are National Trust homes or not, but if so Penshurst Place and Hever Castle are also fantasric places to visit.
    Thanks for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitodeverything

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      It is so lovely. You’re not allowed to feed them anymore though. It’s just nice to see them. Yes also lovely places, must visit them more. Thanks for hosting #abitofeverything xx

  5. I love the idea of a travel bucket list! I am going to do this with OH on our next camping trip in a few weeks. We love camping with a caravan – less stress about packing!

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      That’s a great idea! Do you just throw it all in the caravan? This might be my type of camping!

  6. It sounds like a great month, love going to the beach in all weathers, it’s so lovely and calming to be by the sea. I’ve heard so many good things about the National Trust too, there are so many stunning places to visit. Lucky with the sledge too, I saw someone with a wooden sledge when we had snow and was very jealous, they work so much better than the plastic ones! You should definitely try a blog conference, I have heard good things, although never been as we live way up here in Scotland and can’t leave littlest overnight yet.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      Thanks for hosting, great linky. Yes it was a good January, February is under pressure now! Xx

  7. Ohh you should definitely go to BritMums. That’s the big one. Booking holidays are so much fun, I hope you end up finding one you love. It sounds like you’ve been on some lovely adventures. I love the National Trust, they have some amazing places. I can’t wait to see your holiday snaps in March. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather

    • thebrightnessofthesedays thebrightnessofthesedays

      I’ll have to look it up! Yes, I’m getting excited. I can’t wait to get away! Thanks for hosting x

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