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Tin Box Traveller Diaries: November 2016

It seems very strange to think we’ve already reached the final month of 2016. Surely it was only yesterday that we moved to Devon and I decided to start logging all the little and large things happening in our lives in this monthly roundup. I know for a fact that I’ve said ‘things have been busy’ in the majority of my Tin Box Traveller Diaries and I’m guessing that’s why 2016 seems to have passed in a blur.

So, not wanting to break from an established theme…November was another super busy month. Here’s what we got up to at home, away and on the blog


  • The first piece of travel in November was a solo trip for me to London for World Travel Market. It’s the premier event for the travel industry where I got to chat with lots of tourism brands about future collaborations. There was also  wine with some of  brilliant family travel bloggers I know. A great couple of days in London!
  • Just 24 hours later the whole Tin Box Family was off to South Wales for a press trip organised by Visit Swansea Bay. I’ve written a few posts about our trip, but here’s a summary to get you started.
  • Then to finish off the month, I made another solo trip. This time it was to Bristol for an awards bash in my other guise as a PR Account Manager with Briscoe French. We picked up three awards with clients, which made up for the fact this is now the third year running that I’ve visited the city without seeing much of it. I’ll be back Bristol!


  • My folks spent the whole of November on the cruise of a lifetime from Singapore to Australia and New Zealand. They will be landing back in the UK any moment and I can’t wait to hear all about it.
  • Talking of people ‘leaving me’, we found out Mr Tin Box will be working away from home a lot during the next few months. Chopping and changing roles is one of the many joys of being in the Royal Navy. We’re hoping we can see him some weekends and are looking forward to the Spring when we will have him back around more. The good news is he’ll be home for Christmas!
  • In other news, we had our first ever parents evenings at Tin Box Tot and Baby’s nursery in November. It was lovely to hear they are both doing well and haven’t been too badly affected by our ‘nomadic’ lifestyle! I feel sorry for the nursery team having to unpick all the stories the girls must tell about what we’ve been up to.
  • Oh, and we’ve got to start seriously thinking about where we’d like Tin Box Tot to go to school next September. The application pack came through a couple of weeks ago. Again, the Royal Navy may have something to say about that…


  • We took advantage of a few unseasonably sunny and warm days to visit beaches local to us in Devon. Among them were old favourites of ours like Strete Gate and Blackpool Sands, but we also ventured further afield to discover Mill Bay and Bantham beaches for the first time. A can recommend them all.
  • Our trip to Swansea Bay was packed full of mini-adventures including a walk at Rhossili Bay, a visit to the Gower Heritage Centre and a guided tour of Oystermouth Castle.
  • I took the girls to Exeter on the train to visit one of our favourite free attractions in the city – the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
  • We started working our way through some of the magical Christmas events happening in Devon, ticking off the Winter Wonderland at Hannahs and Candlelit Dartmouth.

You can see pictures from all our adventures at a glance on my Instagram account.


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