Our Summer Plans…



With three school age children, our holiday and travelling opportunities are limited somewhat to outside term times. For that reason we tend to make the most of the long Summer break and get all the wanderlust wiggles out over the eight weeks that the kids have off. Andrew has limited holidays of course, but he tends to save them up for July and August when we can make the most of our time all together. Every other school holiday can feel long without him (especially when I see pictures on Social Media of other families off on adventures!) but generally I’m content with our few days snatched here and there throughout the year.

If you’ve been following for a while you’ll maybe remember that last year we headed to the Channel Islands for a week with our wider family, followed by a trip to the South of France. My parents have a place over there and it has become such a home from home for us now. As long as they keep it, we’ll continue to go, because even though it has become a tighter squeeze as our children have grown, it holds such special memories. We’ve been taking trips there since Noah was born (that will be nine years this August – how is that even possible?!) and still love it every bit as much.








Our holidays are often as busy as life is at home (if not more so!) but we wouldn’t have it any other way, and through the Winter the thought of our days away really sustains us.

This year we were keen to travel a little more, and also to plan something a bit different for our holiday period. Our kiddos are at the age now where they’re more adaptable to change, more patient with car journeys, and definitely more easily transportable!

With that in mind, this August we are flying to France for a few days, before driving North East into Italy – first to stay a few days in the hills above Lake Como, then on through Verona, and finally to Venice, before looping back around via Milan, and finishing up in France again for our last week. It all sounds really simple when you put it like that! 😉 We’re covering pretty much the whole top of Italy’s ‘boot’ and I’m excited and nervous about it in equal measure.







Andrew and I were researching and booking everything a couple of weekends ago (we had ourselves tortured trying to narrow down Air BnB choices – air con and parking are not the dream duo it would seem – but think we’re good to go now!) and several times it went through my head that this might be a totally mad thing to be doing with three children under eleven. But, fortune favours the brave, huh? And I’m excited to take them to some places that I remember visiting as a child too.

If you’ve any recommendations for things to do in any of these areas, and particularly family friendly ones, I’m definitely all ears. Also, good ways to keep kids amused on the move! We’ve a few big stretches on the road, and I’m interested to hear your advice on handling long car journeys (besides being well stocked with snacks and Kindles and countless DVDs! 😉 )

I’m always so thankful for all the advice and comments that you leave and frequently write everything down in a little notebook to refer to!

I hope you’ll maybe follow our adventures this Summer. As usual I’ll be posting regularly on Instagram and Snapchat (we’re littlewoodlife5 over there!) If you missed our pictures from last year you can find them by scrolling down our IG profile here, or catch up with a few here, here and here!  And I’ll be blogging it all periodically too.

I love sharing these types of things and, as I’ve said so often in the past, I’m always so grateful for the nudge that this blog gives me to do so. If time, and health, and finances allow, we’d love to travel off the beaten track much more extensively in the years to come. And I know when I’m old and grey and full of sleep, I’ll really love having this to look back on.


E x





  1. Lesley Robinson
    May 17, 2016 / 11:23 am

    We frequently do long car journeys on holiday to reach the south of England, from Bangor (you can imagine!). We’ve found audio books are brilliant for the car and always look forward to sharing some new books with the 3 littlies in the back.
    Also the I spy books are great for a little competition between the kids.
    And every word game you’ve ever known!
    Enjoy your hols it sounds lovely.

  2. May 17, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    So excited for your epic trip! You’ll have a ball! Maybe we’ll bump into you and eat gelato together in a piazza in Florence! x

  3. Jennifer
    May 18, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Your holiday plans sound lovely. We spent two weeks in Lazise on Lake Garda three years ago and had a fantastic time. Sounds like you’ll be passing close by. Do plan a day at Gardaland – great fun and much nicer than I imagined. Just a few miles away is the Parc Natural Viva an immaculately kept zoo/safari park which we absolutely loved, but I appreciate not everyone likes zoos. Lazise itself is a lively small town with lakefront cafes and fab gelateria. There is a cable car a few miles up the lake but that seemed really expensive for what it was so we gave it a miss. If we went back we’d go to one of the spa / outdoor pool complexes, but our daughter was a bit young for that when we were there. Oh, and if you visit Sirmione, walk out round the promontory bit and find the place where the hot spring is – the children will love paddling in the toasty warm water.

  4. May 18, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I remember your photos from last summer – it looked like such a lovely break and I cannot wait to follow your adventures in Europe this summer. It sounds like the perfect adventure! x

  5. May 22, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    It sounds like a lovely summer of adventures you have planned. I genuinely think there is nothing more fun and exciting than travelling together as family. I will look forward to your updates (loving your snapchat at the moment!) xx

  6. May 27, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    This trip sounds so exciting Em! You always get me fired up about summer and making plans. Tricky for us to make any at all at the moment but the simple days and pleasures are often the best – I’m going to be hanging on to those this year. Gorgeous pics as always. x x

  7. May 31, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Such a wonderful trip you have planned, went to Lake Como for our honeymoon and had a splendid time,it really is the most beautiful of places.

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