Travelling is a wonderful way to see the world, explore new places and immerse yourself in a different culture. However, it can be expensive, particularly if you are a frequent traveller or you’re with the whole family. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can cut costs and stick to your budget without compromising your travel adventures.
Whether you are on holiday or planning to move to a new country, one thing you need to consider is the health implications for you and your family. There are several aspects to consider if you want to have a happy trip and avoid any medical problems when you leave your home country.
We are coming up to our next UK Trip and we are getting super excited about our visit.
As the boys are getting older we feel like we can adventure more and more and visit new places. We have already booked a short trip to France where we will be doing Disneyland and then heading down South for my Sister in law’s wedding.
Booking that has definitely made me realise that there is so much in and around the UK that is accessible to us when we visit that we really need to take advantage of during our visits. So I thought Id write down a few different things as a mini travel bucket list of short breaks with kids on our next few visits to the UK.
Before Mark and I were Married and lived in the Seychelles he took me to Warwick Castle. He had worked there when he was younger. We had a really great time there.
Flash forward a few years to when we had Arthur it was exactly the kind of place we were excited to show him when we visited the UK. We resisted the temptation on our previous trip as he was a little young to appreciate it.
This time around though, we knew he would absolutely love it. We had already taken him to Kenilworth Castle and he’d had a great time there. I thought I’d share our experience with visiting Warwick Castle with our young kids!
Warwick Castle With Young Kids
This year Warwick Castle had added a big medieval style glamping ground. While this was pretty exciting and is definitely something we will consider next time around, it did mean that the car park was now a long walk from the main entrance to the castle, not ideal with two young kids!!
We had managed to get vouchers for the park from some Cadbury’s chocolate. We (okay, mostly me) even ate a big bag of buttons on the way so we could have another one…..I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, I am truly a hero.
It was a good thing we did have those vouchers because I was pretty shocked when I saw the entrance fees!
The castle is owned by Madame Tussaud’s (also owners of big theme parks like Thorpe Park and Alton Towers) and they have made some big changes since we had last been there. It definitely had a theme park feel to the place now. Whether that is a good or bad thing, overall I’m still not totally decided either way!!
When it rains
We were pretty unfortunate with the weather as it started absolutely tipping it down not long after we arrived. Like everyone else we then headed inside the Great Hall and the rooms to take shelter from the rain. It was nice to walk around here, but didn’t appeal all that much to the boys. We had thought that Arthur would really like seeing all the suits of armour, but unfortunately he was really rather scared of them!!! Freddie seemed to be enjoying it all though!
I was a little concerned at this point that the day was going to be a wash out because there really isn’t all that much to do inside there, that would be suitable for the little ones!
Luckily for us, the rain did eventually ease up and we headed back outside. We took some lunch at one of the stalls as opposed to trying to get inside anywhere as it was packed!
Towers and Ramparts
After having a wonder around the grounds we decided we wanted to go up to the top so we left Freddie with Gran and started our trek. In true bad blogger style I can’t remember the name of the walk that takes you around all the towers…..but the main thing to note about it, is that there are A LOT of steps. Seriously, there are hundreds! Its also really quite narrow and not a lot of railings on the internal steps. Anything that was outside though felt secure with extra railings etc!
Now obviously thats because its a real Castle and health and safety was not top priority back in those days! But, obviously its something to consider when deciding whether or not to try and take small kids up there! Arthur, at 3, was not able to walk the whole way and definitely was getting restless on the busy steps. The problem is that once you’ve started there aren’t really any ways out except the actual exit so that could be a bit disastrous if your kid decides to throw a bit of a wobbly!! Luckily, no wobblies from Arthur this time but he definitely did need some help from Daddy at some points!
Aside from all that though, it was really nice to do that and there are some amazing views to be had!
After that we decided to let Arthur and Freddie stretch their legs a bit and took him to a kids park, Pageant Playground. It was great in there with lots of different slides and walkways for Arthur to go nuts on!
We then wandered round to the other new feature at Warwick Castle which is the Horrible Histories Maze. This was something that we all really enjoyed, as we ‘got lost in time’
Arthur was playing it cool a little (read: totally posing for our new camera!) but he really enjoyed running around in there, finding all the different areas.
Let me tell you, this was definitely something all ages were enjoying! There was no way we were going to leave without having collected all the stamps first!!!
Arthur clearly is no Mastermind but you didn’t have to be to enjoy the Maze! It didn’t matter that he didn’t understand the history, he loved the whole experience of exploring the maze!
I don’t mind admitting that I was totally down with taking the chance to turn it into a little photoshoot!!!
Shows and activities
There are loads of daily shows and activities at Warwick Castle, along with special events at different times of the year. All the adults were excited about the Knights Tournament and really wanted to see the Trebuchet be fired.
With Arthur already showing that he wasn’t keen on Knights shows at Kenilworth Castle I didn’t have high hopes for Arthur being on board with this one. Particularly since I knew it would be louder and flashier at Warwick Castle. We tried our luck anyway but it didn’t take long for Arthur to get a little overwhelmed by it all. Perhaps the long walk up the towers had not been such a good idea because he was totally exhausted. I put him in the pushchair, left Freddie with everyone else and took him for a walk. It wasn’t long before he was totally out (which is quite impressive for a boy that no longer naps!)
Freddie on the other hand, was apparently totally mesmerised and loved the whole thing!!
Should you visit Warwick Castle with Young Kids?
In an annoyingly non committal answer; it depends.
For our kids, Id say Kenilworth Castle was a little more suitable for them. But, that was mostly down to Arthur being overwhelmed by the noise, business and in your face-ness that came with Warwick Castle. There were other kids Arthur’s age that were soaking in the atmosphere!
I think that picking your day weather wise is very important, as there really isn’t all that much to keep the little ones entertained in the wet.
From what I gather, there are vouchers available a lot of the time for Warwick Castle and I would definitely take advantage of that. You can also save 30% by booking online which is great and saves potential wait time when you arrive!
Next time we are in the UK, Arthur will be 5 and Freddie 3 (oh my!) and I think that they will get a lot more out of the day then they did this time around.
All in all though we did have lots of fun at Warwick Castle and there are plenty of great memories for us and the boys from our trip there!
Have you been to Warwick Castle with young kids? Would you recommend it?
Healthy Holidays: how to keep your family from getting ill
Going on family holidays is always a great way to spend time together. However, there’s always the potential for your happy holiday to go awry. If someone in the family falling ill at home is difficult, it’s miserable when it happens on holiday. A stomach bug or even just a cold can throw off your plans. When an adult doesn’t feel good, they might be able to soldier on. But when one of your little ones is poorly, you can’t take them out sightseeing. The best way to keep everyone feeling in rude health is to take preventative measures. Stay healthy as a family when you next go away with these tips.
Choose Your Destination Carefully
Staying healthy on your holiday starts long before you leave. When you’re deciding where to go, you should think about any health risks you might encounter. The first thing you should consider is whether there are any current risks you need to take into account. For example, you might be wary of going to countries with the Zika virus at the moment. You should weigh up the things that any of you might catch, from stomach bugs to more serious illnesses. If you want to play it safe, you might limit your potential destinations to only the safest of countries.
Preventative Medication and Vaccinations
If you’re going to a country that might pose some health risks, you should make sure you’re ready. It’s easy to prevent a large number of illnesses and disease with vaccinations. However, you usually need to get them at least a few weeks before you travel. There could be a few things you need vaccinations for, including hepatitis, yellow fever, and rabies. It’s also a good idea to have boosters for your usual vaccinations, such as polio and MMR. Sometimes you may need pills to take, such as for malaria. Fortunately, you can easily order malaria tablets online. It makes it much easier to get ready for your holiday.
Be Careful with Food and Water
A lot of people are wary of eating different food or even drinking water when they travel. They’re right to be careful, although much of the time you don’t need to worry. The most important thing to do is check just how careful you need to be. In some places, you shouldn’t be drinking the tap water, but in other locations it’s fine. You might need to be more careful about washing fruit before you eat it. It’s usually a good idea to be careful about eating street food. If your stomachs aren’t used to the local food, there’s a risk of tummy trouble.
Be Careful of the Heat
If you don’t usually live in a particularly warm country, you’re probably not used to the heat. It’s important to be aware of the risks and how to protect everyone. Children, and especially those under two, are particularly at risk. Heat-related illnesses like heat stroke can be dangerous, so it’s essential to watch out for warning signs. You need to make sure everyone spends plenty of time in the shade and drinks enough water. When you’re out in the sun, get everyone covered up with clothes and with sunscreen.
Know Where to Go for Medical Help
It’s always a good idea to know where to go for medical help. In an emergency or even just when someone’s feeling under the weather, you don’t want to be frantically googling. At the very least, you need to know the emergency number in case you need an ambulance. It’s also useful to know where the nearest pharmacy is and where you can find an English-speaking doctor. A few useful phrases in the local language couldn’t go amiss, either. Just knowing a few body parts and how to say that something hurts is useful.
Get Out and About
Staying healthy during your holiday isn’t just about avoiding illness. It’s also a good idea to make sure you keep up healthy habits. Even though your holiday is a great time to indulge, you still need some vegetables now and then. Although you could relax by the pool for your whole holiday, getting out to do some things is a good idea too. Try to do some active things during your time away, whether it’s going for a walk or getting in the pool. It will help you make the most of your holiday time.
Keep your family happy and healthy while you’re on holiday by being prepared. You’ll all have a great time, hopefully without any illness.
Do you have any other tips that you would include to make sure you have healthy holidays?
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What is Momaboard?
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Why do YOU need Momaboard?
Okay, we all know that it’s not cheap to go on holiday, so you want to know that when you are dishing out the money that you are going to get the best!! That’s where Momaboard comes in. You choose where you want to go, and the Mombassador for that area will plan your trip for you!
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What does it cost?
Okay so, this sounds great doesn’t it!? Think how much time and stress you have saved by having someone else plan your family trip for you! But, I know what you’re thinking; how much is this going to cost me?
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