Minnie might not be able to read just yet, but that doesn’t mean she’s not fascinated with guide books already – I still love the old-fashioned paperbacks where possible, and we’re getting a collection of sticker and lift-the-flap books about different countries of the world.
So when we were preparing for Amsterdam, along with my own Lonely Planet guide, I was sent two other books to review, both aimed at children.
In those travel Q&As, I’ve never understood the question about whether the journey or the destination is better. After all, who really goes, ah, those six hours stuck on the motorway were fabulous compared to the week at the beach at the end of it.
But occasionally I do get to do a journey which is such a part of the travel experience that the holiday really does begin when I board.
And that’s exactly what happened with our recent trip with Isles of Scilly Travel, clambering into a tiny prop plane to speed over the Cornish coast and to St Mary’s.
It seems odd to be shopping for cold weather clothes when the sun is blazing down – although if you’re more organised than I normally am, you can get some great discounts on wintery thermals and rainwear online in the summer.
When I was invited to review an item from e-outdoor.co.uk and was browsing the raincoats and fleeces in June, I fondly assumed I wouldn’t actually be able to test them out before September.
I had counted without a British summer… Sadly I’ve had more than one occasion where a waterproof has been very essential indeed. Continue reading →