Trips100 and The Family Adventure Company have this awesome competition where one lucky blogging family will win the chance to spend 8 fun packed days making amazing memories in Cambodia next year and all you have to do to enter, is to write a creative blog post about your most memorable family travel adventure. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? However, I have spent the last few weeks pondering which one of our adventures was really the most memorable.
With a blog tag line of “Making Life Awesome one day at a time” we literally spend our days having as many adventures as we can and my diary is always full of fun things to try or new places to visit. To try and get some inspiration for my entry I asked each member of our family which one of our many adventures they found the most memorable.
Gaming Daddy of Two decided that the trip to Butlins for Christmas in 2012 was one of his most memorable trips because we didn’t have a car. This meant we had to get from Manchester to Bognor on public transport with two kids, a wheelchair, suitcases and a stash of presents that we had to hide from the girls. I think it’s the stress he remembers most. For me, that trip was memorable because of the look on the girl’s faces when they saw how magical Butlins looked when covered with fake snow. It was a brilliant end to a hard year and was worth every minute we spent getting there via coach, underground and train.
Elizabeth says that her most memorable adventure was when we went to Orlando last year and she got to wander around Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade with her magic wand casting spells everywhere. She also loved seeing Dolphins in the wild when we went on a boat trip and getting to have breakfast with the Grinch. Waking up in the Animal Kingdom Lodge hotel and looking out of the window and seeing the Giraffes is also one of her favourite memories as is swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove. I adored Orlando and we can’t wait to go back next year as there were so many adventures to be had there that we just didn’t have time for and I would love to go on an airboat in the everglades and visit one of the water parks or swim with manatees.
Alison thought long and hard about her answer before coming to the conclusion that she has so many amazing memories of so many fabulous adventures that she couldn’t possibly choose but she said that what she loved most was trying things that she had never done before. She remembers sailing and wind-surfing on our Mark Warner holidays, she remembers going on all of the fantastic roller coasters when we were in Orlando, she remembers meeting Chewbacca and Darth Vader in Walt Disney World and she remembers going in a submarine and riding camels in Lanzarote.
However, adventures don’t have to be in some exotic location. To me, an adventure is trying something new, doing something that you want to remember or making memories. We try to make every single day count so whether we are climbing in trees, cooking together or having a day playing computer games as a family in our pyjamas, our memories will make us smile.
Whenever we go on an adventure to some place new we try to buy a magnet for our fridge. This is a great reminder to us every day of all the amazing things we have done and places we have visited.
I wanted to use these memories to share our family adventures from the past few years with you so I have created this video. I hope you enjoy it.
Every year I think ahead to what I want to achieve and where I want to go and I am always thinking about what new adventures we will find. The last few years have been full of amazing experiences both in the UK and abroad and I want to keep discovering new things and new places with my family.
Our plans for 2017 are starting to take shape and I am already looking ahead at what new experiences we can have together and how they will impact on our lives. So far we have only visited Europe and America and I would love to travel further afield to show my girls what life is like in other areas of the world. I want them to try new foods, smell new smells and experience different cultures. Winning the family trip to Cambodia will not only give us 8 days full of new experiences and memories but it will also show us a whole new way of looking at the world and that can never be a bad thing.