Last year I turned 40 and for my birthday we went on holiday to Aruba, in the Dutch Caribbean. I had been to the island years before on a press trip and had loved the weather (28 degrees all year round), the wide range of activities, and the interesting mix of Caribbean, Dutch and South American influences.
As World Tourism Day approaches, yes there is a designated day a year to celebrate tourism! it might be the right time to consider the other side of tourism. Mass tourism, travel in general, and being mobile are often considered as a vehicle towards enlightenment, an educational experience, or as an activity which can 'open our minds'.
If you like shopping you will love the Souks in the old town. Row upon row of market stalls with Moroccan goods from jewellery to teapots to hand made carpets to tempt you. Even if you don't have money to spend the Souks are wonderful just to wander through and see the sights, although the sellers might coax you in, after all "looking is free".
When you're in a relationship, finding out whether you can go on holiday together and remain happy in each other's company is one of the biggest tests you'll face. Alongside discovering whether the other person has the brain capacity to remember when bin day is, it's the issue most likely to break you.
We said yes to breaking the rules, to late nights, to doing whatever we felt like despite the long list of errands that piled up. They might have been small acts of rebellion - going out on cool mornings without socks, walks in the rain without umbrellas, frivolous presents bought on a whim with little thought of our family budget.
Air travel is, nevertheless, an ordeal at any time and more so if your mobility is impaired (as mine has been since a 20-hour operation for the removal of a brain tumour)... I will never again be impatient when walking behind someone slower than me, should I have the ability to walk fast and unaided, that is.
Since becoming a mum, is your idea of a break a solo trip to the loo and enough time to cut your toenails? Do you feel positively Mediterranean slinging a bit of feta in your shopping trolley, and having a siesta (or rather passing out from exhaustion), on the couch while the kids nap? It could be you are suffering from a well-known condition called MINOAH - Mum In Need Of A Holiday.
The summer is here! Long, summer nights following beautiful, sunny days (at the time of writing, we'd just had a mini heatwave!). What better time to seek adventure in the great outdoors! We thought we'd share with you a plethora of reasons why you should get yourselves and kids down to a campsite soon...
You get an invitation. It may be to a wedding. Or you may have to stay over somewhere the night before a flight. Or perhaps you throw caution into the wind and decide to take your small children away for a mini-break. Yeah sure in the past being confined in a hotel room overnight with two tots was pure hell on earth. But this time. This time? It will be different...