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It’s that time of year where everyone puts into motion the plans for their summer holidays. Whether jet setting to a foreign land of beaches and sunshine, or staying local and exploring the hidden gems of Britain, holidays with the family are what makes all that work worth it.

Has holiday travelling been a highlight for your child, like it has mine? Then check out the Content and Calm Facebook competition to find their next TravelBug Reporters!

Want to win a family holiday to a luxury villa in Greece courtesy of Simpson Travel or an all-expenses paid trip to a top UK family attraction?

Here’s how to enter…

Does your child have natural flair in front of the camera? Do you think they could be the next children’s TV presenter? Are they a Judith Chalmers in training? If so this competition will be perfect for them!

We’re looking for 10 TravelBug Reporters who will set off on an all-expenses paid adventure with their family and report back, sharing their insider tips with all the Content&Calm fans out there as we create a series of online travel guide videos.

For your chance to win, simply create a short fun video of your child sharing their favourite holiday memories, its highlights and funny stories. To help you on your way we’ve suggested 6 simple questions but feel free to be as creative as you like! Why not shoot your film ‘on location’, get your child to share their foreign language skills or dress up in the favourite holiday outfit?!

1.       Tell us about your favourite holiday, where you went and what you did?
2.       What was the best element of the holiday and why?
3.       What was the worst part of the holiday?
4.       If your best friend went there tomorrow, what would you tell them to do?
5.       Who would you most love to go on holiday with?
6.       Who is more fun on holiday, mum or dad and why?

If you think your child has what it takes, get creative, get them to get dressed up and show off their favourite souvenirs!

Good luck…see you around the world!


We didn’t travel much when I was young.  Our longest road trip usually consisted of the 2 1/2 hour drive to the grandparents.  We did go on a Caribbean cruise when I was a teenager, though. That was the first time I’d ever left the country.  Back in the 80’s kids didn’t have passports, they just travelled on their parent’s.  In fact, I didn’t have a passport of my own until I was 24 years old.

I love travelling. The thought of planning an adventure is always exciting.  My son has had a passport since he was 11 months old and has been away to 2 different countries.  He loves new places and understands that different countries speak different languages.

Last summer, Martin’s cousin got married in the Nantes area of France so this gave me the perfect opportunity to plan a French adventure. (I am a closet Francophile…)

Instead of going straight to Clisson/Nantes where the wedding would take place and staying in one area, I decided it would be much more fun to take the train to Paris (I’d never been!) then hire a car and drive along the Loire to our final destination.  This was the best road trip ever!  Mini G was a trooper in the car. For a 3 year old (at the time) he was very well behaved.  It was only when we were exploring he decided to act up.  That was to be expected though.  Old buildings and vineyards weren’t my thing either when I was a small child.

This photo sums up my love of France food, wine and especially the Loire Valley:

La Touriste

I left my heart in the Loire Valley.  I’m already counting the months until I can go back.

Here’s a gallery of our French Summer travels…

La Tour Eiffel

Spooky Notre Dame

Accordion Player
Chateau Chambord

mini G vineyard

La Loire

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