Carnival Vista cruise ship - cruising with a baby and toddler
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Where you’ll find Tin Box Traveller in 2016

Like many families we have been using January to firm up our travel plans for 2016 and what a year it’s going to be.

We’ve had a couple of exciting holidays land in our laps – a weekend away for Mr Tin Box and I, plus an eight-day family cruise. The blogger in me is sad to say these experiences have come to us more out of luck than my status as a travel writing ninja *cough*. But after 10 months of maternity leave there’s no way we could have afforded these holidays ourselves, so my ego can take it.

We’ve also got a fair bit of UK travel planned, as well as days out and a couple of solo trips for me to attend blogging conferences.

So, here’s some of the places you’ll find the Tin Box Traveller family in 2016:

Cruising with Carnival Vista

OK so, it’s not our first trip of 2016, but I couldn’t help but get straight to the juicy stuff. In May Carnival Cruises welcomes Carnival Vista to the fleet and we have been lucky enough to win a eight-day voyage during its first month in service.

This ship is all about families. There’s 11 places to eat, an amazing aqua park on deck and the world’s first IMAX Cinema at sea. Basically, it’s huge – Carnival’s biggest in fact. We’ll be cruising around the Western Mediterranean starting in Barcelona with calls in Palermo, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Marseilles and Palma de Mallorca. What a treat!

Carnival Vista cruise ship

Jersey

The next adventure that I’m very excited about is a weekend in Jersey for just Mr TB and I. This is another break I won (I know – I’m sure all my luck has run out now), this time through Escape to Jersey.

We will be flying to this gorgeous Channel Island at the beginning of April to indulge ourselves in two child-free 5 star nights at The Club Hotel and Spa in St Helier. We have just over 24 hours to explore the island and I’m putting together an itinerary so we can make the most of it. I already have in mind dining in the Hotel’s Michelin Star Bohemia restaurant, a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels and maybe a walk out to Elizabeth Castle if we can fit it in.

Sunset at Elizabeth Castle in Jersey

So, on to the best of the rest…

Devon

As well as travel abroad we’ll be spending lots of time travelling in the UK.  First up is a trip just a few hours up the road to North Devon for a family wedding. It’s a beautiful area of the country and somewhere we’ve enjoyed taking Tin Box Tot in recent years. This is a new destination for Tin Box Baby and she’ll be meeting lots of her cousins for the first time.

Tin Box Tot standing in a rock pool at Hartland Quay

I know we’ll be exploring plenty more of our new home in Devon and hopefully some of Cornwall too, so look out for our posts about weekend breaks and family days out.

Cardiff

I’m attending the Traverse 16 travel bloggers conference in Wales this April. It’s the largest weekend event of its kind in the UK. I’m looking forward to hearing some tricks of the trade from professional travel writers who between them have visited hundreds of countries. It’s also a weekend off mummy duties where I can focus on all things blogging. However, I’m not sure where I’m staying and should probably get a wriggle on organising a hotel.

London

Mr TB is running the London Marathon at the end of April and we are using it as an excuse to visit the capital as a family. Obviously we’ll be there supporting from the sidelines, but I’m hoping to also show the girls some of the sights. Our base is going to be the Crystal Palace Caravan Club site where we will be parking Tin Box.

Overhead view of runners in the London Marathon

Then in June I’ll be returning to London on my own for the BML16 – a parent blogger conference organised by Britmums. This will be my first major ‘mummy blogger’ event and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of the other mums and dads who share family life and musings across the internet.

Hampshire and West Sussex

In May we’re heading back to Hampshire with Tin Box to catch up with friends and attend the Breakfast Club at Goodwood in neighbouring West Sussex. This is a car enthusiast’s dream, with motors of every make lined up on the historic race track for free viewing. We went along with Mr TB’s sporty little car last year and had a lovely day, so thought it would be nice to try for a spot on the tarmac again this year.

Sports cars on the race track at Goodwood

We’ll be back in the Hampshire area on other occasions in 2016, so look out for more adventures on the south coast.

That takes us up until the summer of 2016, not the whole year as I promised but I’ve never been great at planning too far ahead. The good news is that there’s still plenty of time to fill with travel adventures. I can’t wait to find out what the rest of the year brings!

What are your travel plans for 2016? Go on, make me jealous!

Photo credit: image of Carnival Vista courtesy of Carnival Cruises; image of Elizabeth Castle courtesy of Visit Jersey.

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