Tin Box family on Garda promenade
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Tin Box Traveller family travel diaries: Summer 2018

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When October 1 comes around there’s really no getting away from the fact that summer is over. But before we fully immerse ourselves in the colours of autumn and our woolly pullies I feel the need to recap on our summer which passed by in a flash. Usually I write monthly travel diaries but I’ve utterly failed with so many big adventures to cover from before and after the six week school holiday. So, better late than never…

I’ve also got my self organised and relaunched my regular newsletter. I’m going to be sending it out every few weeks and each one will have a theme. Let me know if there’s a particular topic you’d like me to cover. The first one is all about our travels in Italy and Devon during the past few months. If you’re not already signed up then pop your details in the form here.

Favourite trip of the summer

We spent three weeks of our summer holiday away from home: two weeks in different Devon locations – Hartland, North Devon and Hartland, North Devon (AD) – and the third on Lake Garda, Italy. I do love the UK and our home county in the South West of England. But Lake Garda stole my heart. There was something so luxurious about holidaying next to a lake and hopping on boats to explore rather than setting off in the car. However, we did do one Italian road trip from Lake Garda to Venice!

Here’s a post summing up our seven days on Lake Garda with Al Fresco Holidays and a video from our week (AD):

Favourite day trip of the summer

The best days out are the ones that are a bit of a challenge but leave you thinking: ‘I’m so glad we did that’. We had our fair few over the summer including our day in Venice and me attempting a festival (AD) on my own with two young kids. But another day out that left me bubbling over with pride was our visit to Go Ape in Exeter (AD). It was such a thrill to take Baby on her first high ropes adventure. She was a little star!

 

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Wheee! Baby had her first Tree Top Adventure today thanks to a new Junior course being opened at Go Ape in Haldon Forest. It’s safe to say it was a major success. Having hit 1m tall this year three-year-old Baby can now swing through the canopy with the rest of our high ropes loving family 👍 Thanks for bringing the Junior course to Devon Go Ape! and for the invite to try it out #hosted 🐵 🐵 🐵 🐵 #GoApe #HaldonForest #highropes #treetops #Exeter #VisitExeter #Devon #visitDevon #ukftb #familytravel #familytravelblog #trips100 #ftb100 #ukexplore #tinboxdevon #travelherenext #travelmomentswithkids #adventure #lovelifeoutside #familytravelmoment #freespiritedchildhood #explorerkids #curiouslittleexplorers #tinytravels #outdoorfamily #outfam #aDevonChildhood

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Travel product of the summer

I’ve been so impressed by a rucksack that Mr Tin Box bought for his weekend in Rome earlier in the year. The Osprey Farpoint 40 has come with us on all our travels and is super versatile. We’ve used it as a weekend bag, family hand luggage and as a day bag during adventures. I will get round to reviewing it properly at some point but if in the meantime you’re looking for a rucksack that’s ideal hand luggage then check it out*!

Osprey Farpoint 40 rucksack

What’s everyone watching?

My most popular video from the summer was us putting up the gazebo for camping which we were sent to review (AD). Here’s the full low down on what we thought of this gazebo for camping or take a look at us putting it up for the first time:

 

What’s everyone reading?

My most read new post in the past three months is my guide to great family events happening this Christmas. Yes, I’ve written about the festive season already, but it seems to be what you guys want to read! I’ve also written about Christmas days out in Devon this year, which is proving popular too.

I’ve also been featured on Thomas Cook’s blog about travel tech and been featured in The Sun’s Savers column talking about caravanning meals.

Coming up next

It’s not long until October half term. The Tin Box girls and I will be off on a road trip during which we’re meeting up with the Tin Box grandparents in the North of England. Our adventure starts in Calderdale, Yorkshire, from were we are heading south to Gloucestershire and then Salisbury in Wiltshire. Keep an eye on my social media (links below) for updates from our trip!

Whatever adventures are coming your way next, have a fabulous time!

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