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5 Unusual days out you may not have thought of……..

Are you looking for a day out that’s different to anything you’ve done before? It can be difficult to think of brand-new things to do to stay entertained, so we’ve come up with a list of some of the best activities that we can think of that should stand out against what you’d usually do.

5 Unusual Days out you May not Have Thought of

Have a go at Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a fun new fad that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s very similar to orienteering as well as going on a treasure hunt. The idea of this activity is to have a pot (which is known as the letterbox) which will be hidden away. Inside, there will be a stamp and visitor book with some map references that will let you know where the marked spot is. Once the pot has been found, you can take your own copy of the stamp and leave a personalised message in the book.

Go Kayaking

Kayaking is the perfect activity for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whilst exploring rivers and lakes in a way that you’ve never been able to before, you can also get some exercise as you do it! This may turn from an impromptu day out into a life-long hobby. If this turns out to be the case with you, it’s time to start reading up on what the best kayaks out there are, which websites such as bestkayaks.reviews will help you with, to ensure that you can go out as often as possible and with the right equipment.

5 Unusual Days out you May not Have Thought of

Go on a Ghost Tour

Ghost tours can be found all across the entire country, so you can’t excuse yourself out of this one. They are of course usually hosted at night time and as well as learning the history of the town you are in – you can get a good thrill out of it!   

A Murder Mystery Night

This is a great game to play with a group of friends. You can go out and enjoy a meal, have a few drinks and enjoy some live action at the same time.  There will be a plot line that you will need to follow throughout, you will be split into groups and then asked at the end of the evening to guess who the murderer is. If you are a fan of the board game Cluedo – then you will definitely love a murder mystery night.

Get Creative with Nature

Nature is a beautiful thing, so why not use it to make your own art?  Go out on a stroll at your local park and collect items such as leaves, stones, flowers, sticks, and whatever else catches your eye and create your own canvas.  This is particularly fun when it’s Autumn and leaves are falling from the trees, and is a great way to keep the kids entertained.

If you are looking to do something a little different but are struggling for ideas – give some of these a try, you are bound to have lots of fun. 

Beautiful Wales cottage holidays

A few years ago my Hubby’s Uncle and his family moved to Wales, it’s a place that we have not visited as a family. I have heard amazing things about visiting Wales and I really want to go. Not that we would stay with my Hubby’s Uncle, we would opt for a cottage. I do love a picture perfect cottage or barn conversion.

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Finding the a beautiful cottage isn’t always easy but Wales Cottage Holidays have a wonderful collection of affordable cottages in Wales.

Wales Cottage Holidays

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Anglesey is a place that I have been wanting to go for years, I think if I was choosing a location in Wales to holiday it would be Anglesey. Llanddygfael Hir is a luxurious 5* new cottage, that sleeps 8 people and has a hot tub. Located near Cemaes Bay on the Anglesey coast line. There is plenty of outdoor space and not over looked by anyone. It nearest pub and shop are just over a mile away, but with the lovely welcome pack you get it will keep you going with tea and coffee until you make it to shop.

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Snowdonia is a beautiful part of Wales, my Hubby has been there walking many times. Maesmor is a beautiful cottage set within the Snowdonia National Park. A stunning interior, with stunning views, I can imagine sitting in the garden with a glass of wine taking in the views. Although it is 4 miles away from the nearest pub, for the views and the location I would give up my normal rule of a having pub within a mile. Sleeping 6 people it’s great for a group of couples wanting to do some walking or a larger family.

If you fancy heading toward Pembrokeshire and the West of Wales, Llety’r Graig is a 5* cottage that has the most fabulous view, a large garden and a hot tube. Evenings spent in the hot tub after a day walking would be wonderful. Sleeping 6 people, it has a log burner for the winter months and is only 1 mile from the nearest pub and shops, perfect.

Denbigh Cottage near Denbigh North East Wales, is a large 5* cottage that sleeps 8 people. Making it perfect for large families or a couple of families wanting to go together. It has a hot tub, a table tennis table, a large climbing frame for children and the nearest shop and pub is 1.5 miles away. With stunning views and just 10 miles to the coast, its a great base for those who want to head out for some water sports.

Every cottage I have looked at has the most stunning views, it makes me wonder why we have yet to visit Wales as a family. Have you ever visited? Where would you recommend staying?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Holidays abroad on a budget

When it comes to finding a family holiday abroad, many families are put off by the cost. But they really shouldn’t be, there are many ways to head off on holiday abroad without breaking the bank. We are already planning our holiday abroad for next summer. This year with my Hubby’s work schedule we haven’t been able to get on a plane yet. Although there is still a few months left, so you never know!

Having a family holiday abroad on a budget is possible, in the months leading up to your holiday make a few cut backs. Don’t have that take away on a Friday night, cook something, swap out fizzy drinks for squash or water, change the supermarket you shop in. There are so many different things you can do to save some extra money to put towards your holiday. We also put money aside each month throughout the year, some months it’s very little others its a bit more, it is what we use to form the budget for our holidays. Why not wait until last minute to book a holiday and only use what you have saved up. It will mean you are not tempted to book something that is not possible for you to pay for easily.

Stick to Europe for holidays abroad on a budget

When looking for your holiday abroad, looking within Europe is a great place to start. There are so many locations to choose from. Spain, Greek Islands, Balearic Islands, the Canaries, places perfect for families, couples and people who want to have fun. You can check prices at Holiday Gems to see just how affordable a holiday abroad really would be for your family.

When traveling with little ones, sometimes it’s easier to keep to a 4 hour or less flight. I found when we headed to Crete last year that the just under 4 hours was enough for the kids and us. We were able to play enough games and watch a film, which kept them happy and all of the people around us.

Take items with you

If you are not going on a all inclusive holiday, when why not pack lots of snacks for the children. My littlest one eats snacks all of the time, so it really does increase our budgets having to add in snacks for her all of the time. I try to be organised and take items with me, things that wont melt and wont go off. Just make sure you check what items you are able to take to that country, some do not allow you to take any food items with you, others allow you to take a lot of different items.

When we went to Crete I just knew the kids would want fancy inflatables for the pools, but I also knew that they would be expensive on holiday. So I bought them at home and took them out with us. It meant the kids were happy and we didn’t spend lots of our spending money on inflatables.

Going abroad with you family doesn’t have to be an expense, it can be very affordable. Set your budget, choose the perfect location, make sure they offer items for the children, go all inclusive if its within the budget as it will save you paying for food and drinks while you are there. All inclusive means the children can eat as much ice-cream as they would like, while you enjoy a cocktail or two and you don’t have to worry. Often you will find these hotels offer kids clubs and entertainment, so you get some time to relax and enjoy the holiday.

Have you got any tips for travelling abroad on a budget?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*