My Perfect Winter Escape

Winter, and the cold, dismal weather than comes with it, can often leave us longing for a break somewhere new. A change of scenery, a change of weather even, can be the plan for making Winter seem less brutal, and for shortening the days until we wait for Spring. But even though Midwinter is often described as bleak, and the need for some sun may feel strong, this can be wishing away a whole season, one which can actually be breathtaking in its beauty.

Luxury bedding and textile brand Julian Charles are getting us to think about what could be our ideal Winter break, one which includes embracing the cold, crisp weather rather than trying to hibernate away from it. They have compiled an ebook looking at the best Winter escape destinations, from spending time enjoying the incredible Greenland landscapes in an Igloo. to experiencing the wilds of Mongolia in a Yurt. They have also included the traditional Winter Wonderland landscapes of Norway and Switzerland with their chocolate box houses and snow globe scenes. They are getting people to share their thoughts on Winter getaways on social media with the hashtag #EscapeForWinter.

If I was to chose my own Winter escape then I think I would opt for Switzerland. I once traveled through the Swiss Alps by coach, and was just smitten by the beauty of the landscape, with wooden chalets dotted through the snow capped mountains. I think a wooden chalet is just the ultimate in terms of a cosy getaway home, and with the addition of lots of faux fur throws and cushions, and a roaring fire, it could be a place where you could well and truly hibernate away from the snow and ice.

I would add pine scented candles to create soft lighting, and brushed cotton bedding that would ensure you felt warm and snug when you went to bed. Curtains would need to be the blackout variety, in order to block out the darkness of the landscape once the Winter sun had gone down. I often use a furry throw as a blanket on my sofa, using it to cuddle under whilst watching box sets of Sex and the City and Audrey Hepburn movies.

Mulled wine is too nice to just leave for Christmas, so I would have some Gluhwein in the cupboard, along with a host of spices. Roasted chestnuts and a wide selection of Liqueur chocolates would also be in place, as would a bottle of Bailey’s and some squirty cream to make the best hot chocolate ever.

Although Swiss Chalets can often be large and luxurious, I would prefer somewhere small and intimate, where I could enjoy reading lots of paperbacks and enjoying the stunning views sitting on a balcony drinking good coffee and eating Danish pastries. When you think of spending Winter like this, you can forget the cold and instead embrace the season on all its glory.

 

 

 

Keep These in Mind When Looking for Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts

The family offerings in luxury resorts continue to improve with time. There are numerous great choices that include amenities that are family-friendly. Here we look at some of the considerations you should make when looking for a luxury resort or hotel when you go on vacation with your family.

Size of the rooms

One of the main things to look at when looking for a luxury hotel for you and your family is the size of the room. Standard rooms in European cities such as Paris are usually under 250 feet. For an average-size family of three, this may not be sufficient. You might be better off going for a suite, which can easily accommodate a family of this size.

You might think that a suite costs a lot more, but you’ll be surprised to find out that the difference is not that huge, especially if you compare it to the value you’re getting for the small added cost. In fact, some suites are designed with families in mind and come with 2 bedrooms as well as great additional amenities such as a terrace on which kids can play.

Kids’ clubs

With supervised kids’ clubs, you can enjoy additional convenience during your holiday because you and your spouse can enjoy adult facilities such as the spa as your children happily enjoy fun activities created for them around the hotel. Additionally, modern luxury hotels have also created offerings for preteen and teenage children.

Great cultural experiences

You want to pick luxury family resorts that will provide exceptional cultural experiences for the entire family. Ideally, the destination should give every member of your family an opportunity to get a taste of diverse cultural activities among other attractions distinct to the vacation destination. Try and get a luxury hotel that offers parents VIP experiences.

Breakfast

It is likely that different members of your family wake up at different times. It is therefore important to work out the breakfast routines beforehand, such as in-room dining or restaurant opening times. Some luxury hotels include breakfast in some of their packages so look into it to determine whether it works for your budget.

Find out what type of breakfast is provided: is it to be taken at the restaurant or brought to your room? Is it a buffet or continental breakfast? These are some of the questions you should ask.

Baby gear

Many of the best luxury hotels offer some variation of baby gear, which may include baby bottle warmers, high chairs, strollers, etc. All you need to do is request for these beforehand. Such offerings are usually listed on the websites of the hotels. It’s best that you get in touch with the hotel prior to booking to find out what baby essentials are provided.

Easy access to the resort or hotel

Location is an essential aspect when it comes to family vacations. This is especially important if you plan on doing some exploring in city destinations with your family.

Bio:

David S. Herr has been a passionate explorer and global traveler since his college days. He likes to share the experiences he gained and tips he’s learned with other travel enthusiasts. The topics he writes about include finding reasonably priced luxury family resorts.

Preparation for Your Family Road Trip

If you’ve never been on a family road trip before, you probably aren’t aware of what’s to come. Taking too much along the journey means having to lug it around, whereas taking too little can become costly and time consuming along the way.

That’s just the packing! What about keeping everyone happy during long distances or where to stop for rests? Those who have been on a family road trip in the past have the benefit of hindsight and know just how important preparation is, to make the most of your road trip when it arrives.

That’s where this short guide from Autoclick comes in handy. Find out everything you need to know about preparing for your upcoming family road trip and you’re bound to have a great time!

  1.  What size car are you going to need?

If your car is just about big enough for you and your family on a school run, the chances are you’re going to need something bigger for your road trip. The same applies for if you’re planning a long trip away from home.

Begin your preparations by thinking about whether or not you will require a rental car and consider the options available. Research what car rental providers are available where you’re heading and look at the range of vehicles they have on offer.

Try to secure your vehicle at least one month before your trip, to make sure you have plenty of options in terms of size, make, model and drive.

Top Tip: You should be able to stack everything you’re taking with you without restricting the driver’s view, so make sure you opt for a car that will allow you to do this. That way, you and your family can enjoy a safe road trip.

  1. Write a list of things to bring

Create a list of absolutely everything you plan to take with you, at least a week before you go. This should give you plenty of time to group everything together, as well as head out to grab anything you might need to buy beforehand.

Add a little tick next to each item once it’s out and piled up with other things that need packing. Then, cross each item off the list once it’s packed into whatever suitcases or bags you’re taking with you. This gives the opportunity to double check you have everything!

  1. Stock up on emergency items

Whether it’s a spare tyre and jack, extra bottles of water, a first aid kit, or even toilet paper for unexpected stop offs. Make sure you take anything that could be used in case of emergency. By missing out this step, you could find yourself in a difficult situation. Either that, or you could end up paying much more at petrol or service stations in the middle of nowhere, than you would have done at the supermarket back home.

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  1. Take both a sat nav and a map

Although a sat nav is great for getting around and following the right route, a map will come in handy, too! Not only are they crucial in cases where your sat nav packs up, but they are great for planning stops along the route.

With some careful planning, you can mark on your map anywhere you’d like stop for meals or to fill up on fuel, as well as great sightseeing locations on the route. You could also mark off where to stop for a rest from driving, to keep your road trip as safe as possible.

Top Tip: Your organisation could even go one step further, with some colour coding for each reason to stop!

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  1. Don’t forget the entertainment!

This goes without saying, especially if you’re travelling with younger children who tend to get agitated and bored on long distance journeys. It could be audiobooks and music playlists, films and TV shows on the tablet or portable DVD player, or even various different games you can all play together.

Think about what you can enjoy together and save a spot for it in your car to make the road trip stress free and even more enjoyable.

If you’ve been on a family road trip, why not share your tips and tricks with us? You never know, your advice could prepare others for the best road trip possible!