Hello and welcome back to Monday Escapes, our last of 2018!! Thank you as always to everyone who linked up last time. We loved sharing and reading your posts, and you’ll find our favourites below.
What have we been up to?
In my non blogging life I am a Co-Chair of our school PTA so as you can imagine, my life has been taken over by organising a Christmas fair for over 450 kids, along with their parents, carers and the local community. It was a wonderful success and we raised some much needed funding for our school.
In between the Christmas fair mayhem we have managed to get out and about, with the highlight being a Christmas trip into London to see panto at the London Paladium. We made sure we kept the day free of the kids sporting commitments and made a real day of it.
We took the train to and from Waterloo and walked up to Oxford Circus via Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Regents Street, Carnaby Street and Oxford Street – phew! The London Christmas lights are a sight to behold and I still get excited about them at the grand old age of 34, so I can only imagine how magical they look to the kids.
We also got our Christmas Tree, and this year tried something a bit different – we picked and chopped down our own tree from our local farm and it was an amazing thing to do with the kids!
Our favourite posts from last time
We had another fantastic round up of travel inspired posts last time, and I loved indulging in stories of warmer climes whilst hiding from the rainy days we’re having here in the UK!
Katy really loved this post written by Jo over at Kiddieholidays – 3 Magical Scottish Islands You MUST Take Your Toddler To. Katy says “visited Skye a couple of years ago as we explored Scotland on our road trip. This post made me want to pack the camper and explore, Isle of Arran, Isle Of Cumbrae and The Isle of Bute. Absolutely stunning photos and a great guide for anyone exploring Scotland.”
And it looks like we’re keeping things in the UK this week because I particularly enjoyed reading this post from Annabel at Smudged Postcard. The Minack Theatre in Cornwall has long been on my bucket list and Anabel’s pictures of their visit on a beautiful summer’s day bumped it a few places up the list!
Our Lonely Planet winner
A reminder: what is Monday Escapes?
Monday Escapes is a place to share and look back at your favourite travel memories; from day trips, to trips of a life time and anything else in between. It doesn’t always have to be a written post, we would love you to share your favourite travel snapshots too. Monday Escapes is simply a place for you to link up with any travel experience that you want to share.
What’s in it for you?
The main thing is of course that you’ll be sharing your awesome travel posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on mine and Katy’s blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. We will also re-tweet anyone who uses the #MondayEscapes hashtag. Our joint favourite post each fortnight will win either a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range (See T&C’s below). Another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!
How does Monday Escapes work?
• Link up to one post/photo – old or new.
• Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
• Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
• Comment on posts by the co-hosts and at least two others. Blog linkys only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great! Make sure you add #MondayEscapes to the end of your comment so people can see where you’ve come from.
• If you tweet either of us your links @daisyhuntington and @Otisandus_blog please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.
• Similarly, if you want to show off your photos on Instagram using #MondayEscapes, we will show those photos some love too.
Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between both Katy and I, and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos. There is also a MondayEscapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.
Lonely Planet T&Cs
T&Cs for the Lonely Planet winner: Each fortnight the hosts will choose one favourite posts from all those linked up. The winner will be contacted and will be able to choose either a Lonely Planet destination guide or Lonely Planet Kids title. https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/pages/guide-bookshttps://shop.lonelyplanet.com/pages/lonely-planet-kids This prize can only be sent to winners in the UK and Europe only. There is no cash alternative. Hosts’ decision is final.