Looking For Solo (No Kids) Travel Adventures

I’m all about confessions at the moment and so here is another one. I’ve never been abroad. Not once!

I don’t even have a passport at the moment. I never felt the urge to travel abroad before the kids. We were too busy working, getting married and enjoying ourselves and once the boys arrived any ideas regarding foreign travel went right out the window. Right now we are staycationers, with the boys getting as much out of Whitby beach and our fabulous UK as they would a similar (if not warmer!) beach abroad.

I’m not saying that we won’t travel as a family as we do plan to, when they are both a little older and able to fully appreciate where we go and what we do (we are walkers and history buffs so with the youngest being only four we’d like him to be a little older before we show him the world). We’ve considered a driving holiday (through the Euro Tunnel) and beyond, camping as we go as well as single destination hols where we can plan in advance everything we want the boys to see and enjoy with us.

Right now though we browse the internet and enjoy planning our own adventures, the ones that Roy and I plan to take (on our own) when the boys are older / otherwise occupied! I’ve posted before about the idea of a cruise and I have to say that the idea really does appeal. I’ve seen other bloggers review cruise holidays and was astounded to see the inside of some of the cabins and the range of activities and what not on board. I have to say that this option really does look perfect.

Even better the cruises look easy to customise if that makes sense. I love the fact that there are so many activities and options for a cruise holiday however when Roy and I plan to start solo holidays the boys will be older and have left home so we’ll be likely to be looking at Saga cruise around Europe and therefore will likely be looking at some of the more relaxing (and luxurious!) options available.

Cruise holidays to me look like they tick all of the boxes as you are enjoying your holiday while someone else is doing all of the travel-related work for you, depositing you in fabulous cities around the world. This allows you to take in the sights, enjoy local foods, shows and more before going back aboard to your now familiar and comfortable cabin and setting off in a leisurely fashion to your next destination.

I love the idea of European exploration especially, as does Roy as there are so many fabulous cities to see and we are both architecture and history buffs so will be able to plan in advance what we want to see and do (looking for more authentic experiences rather than touristy ones) before moving on.

Until then our family travel plans are fairly open however we do have definite plans to really enjoy exploring just the two of us later on, no doubt causing mischief wherever we go and loving every minute of it.  What about you? Do you have plans to travel the world later or are you already enjoying exploring? Perhaps we shouldn’t hold off so long and bite the expensive bullet that comes with organising passports for us all. What do you think?

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Rainy Day and Lazy Evening Activities (For Grown Ups)

We were incredibly lucky over the Bank Holiday weekend to have sunshine, actual real British sunshine. There were even talks of people getting their first t shirt tan lines thanks to these rarely seen rays. As a family we took full advantage, getting out and about, visiting the local car boot sale and parks and I even managed to squeeze in an afternoon of gardening. The kids played out, the little one blowed bubbles in the garden and we even managed to get some laundry line-dried.

Unfortunately this type of weather is rare at best so we always have rainy day activities planned as a back up to keep the kids happy and occupied. We also have activities for us growns up for when the kids are busy, out and about without us, (or one of us) and for those long evenings indoors after they go to bed when the garden is too wet or cold to sit out in and enjoy. What do you consider your rainy day / indoor activities?

Reading
I’m rarely without a book or an e book to hand. Lately I’m enjoying easier reads peppered with the odd hardcore read that keeps you gripped until the last page. I really must visit the library more as in theory it is cheaper than buying e books but of course only if I remember to return them in time so I don’t get hefty fines!!

Browsing
As silly as it sounds there are times when I just enjoy a good old fashioned browse around the internet. I work online so you’d think I’d get fed up of it however work tools, word docs and similar are simply not the same as looking at pretty stuff on Pinterest, reading blogs around my interests, and just generally catching up on social media in a non work-related manner.

Gaming
I blame Roy for this one. Years and years ago (before the kids) he got me hooked on online gaming; one game in particular really called Star Wars Galaxies. I haven’t played in years yet last week he badgered me into trying it again and I love it! Thankfully it’s one of those things where you can just walk away and come back to whenever you like which is essential when you have kids in the house. Being something of a Star Wars / sci-fi and fantasy geek anyway this is my kinda rainy day / evening in activity.
As I’ve posted before sometimes I enjoy the lure of the online casino too, a flutter here and there with the aim to win a few pounds back. There’s something rather sinful about enjoying this and others such as bingo while in your pjs, on the sofa and while enjoying a king size brew!

Cookery
Believe it or not I actually find cookery really quite relaxing. I enjoying messing around with new recipes, batch cooking for the freezer and generally just experimenting when it’s quiet and I’m not cooking to a deadline. I recently relinquished my rather large cookery book stash to the charity shop after copying down a few old favourites as the be honest all the recipes I’ll ever need are online these days. As much as I love to cook I really do not like bakingm isn’t that strange?!

Movies / TV
We rarely go to the pictures however Roy and I do love a good movie or TV series and so we record them on Sky+ or add them to our list on Netflix and every now and then we call Date Night. Date Night is the night we enjoy a quiet night in, just the two of us, doing what we enjoy. The kids go to bed and then we have a special meal (steak next time) and snuggle up together to enjoy our favourite shows. Simple but perfect for a lazy night in.

What do you like to do when you have some rare free time to yourself at home? Once upon a time I used to enjoy cross-stitch however I haven’t felt the urge recently. I’ve friends who are a whizz with the crochet needles and enjoy knitting and what not but I’m not that creative or craft driven.

I’ve told you mine, now you tell me yours :)

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