Why do I choose to travel so much with my young children? I want to share this love for what is available and possible in the world. I want to see their already big and sparkly eyes widen at brickwork bridges to admire river views upon, to share in their choices as they salivate over fabulous flavours in a gelato parlour.
I worked really hard at that law firm, along with everybody else, and just scheduling in normal holidays could be challenging enough. Just before I got married and started a family, I left my law firm and moved into the public sector. While working life there was slower and gentler, long periods working from home in Italy definitely weren't on the cards.
Is the UK government doing enough over the terrible case of Giulio Regeni? By "enough" I mean: is the governent putting any real time and effort into supporting the campaign to find out what really happened to this Cambridge University student who was abducted and tortured to death during his PhD research in Egypt?
Not being in any particular rush to reach Rome, a few clicks of investigating suggested Orvieto as a wonderful day trip. Orvieto was a 'why not?' destination. Travelling with three young children, I thought, "Why not stay overnight? What some recommend as a day trip, might be worth a little extra time when touristing with three under-sixes."
We marvelled at the glorious Duomo in the central square, the second largest cathedral in Italy after St Peter's in Rome, galloped through as many museums as possible and admired the chic shops and their stylish Milanese clientele. Even the dogs were high fashion with brightly coloured jumpers, coats and matching backpacks.
You may have to become a seasoned hiker to really understand the addiction; but even beginners can relate to the thrill of exploring in the open air and experiencing that 'hiker's high' when you reach your final destination. If you're looking for your next trekking challenge, take a look a 6 of the best trails around the world and let them inspire you...