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Plan a Romantic Trip to Venice with Kids in Tow

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice grand canal, 2 views and blog title.Collaborative post

My husband and I would love to plan a romantic trip to Venice but it’s tricky to decide whether to take our teenage children with us. We get so little time together as a family that we don’t want to waste our opportunities. So can Mum and Dad find romance in Venice with kids in tow?

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice silhouette.Arriving and Staying in Venice

Getting around Venice will be easier now the children are older. As it’s a city without cars we will have to walk or take a boat. Older kids with longer legs can cope with a bit more walking, and will wheel their own suitcases. So that’s one problem solved. We should be able to make it to our hotel without drama. I’ve been looking again at the accommodation choices on Destination 2, you can visit their site.

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice gondolas and Rialto bridge in winter.Messing about in boats

The Gondola ride is more of a problem. These pretty little boats are the ultimate romantic excursion. I would love to soak up the beauty of the little canals as well as the wider horizons. Squeezing all four of us into one gondola is not my idea of romance. I think that would kill the mood and possibly sink the boat!  I think either the teenagers can stick around the hotel for a while when we have our ride, or we will have to do the trip twice. Once with them and once without. It’s sounding expensive but maybe I can bribe them to take our photo!

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Gondolier in VeniceWalking around Venice with kids in tow

Many iconic Venice sights are best seen on foot. I know our children will get bored of walks really quickly but I have a cunning plan. We can walk all over Venice with kids in tow because of the numerous Italian gelato ice cream shops which we can explore. We also enjoy exploring chocolate shops and buying fridge magnet souvenirs. With plenty of stop-offs and treats, we should be able to cover the distance.

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice paved street.Venice out of season

My husband was once in Venice for work in January. Even out of season, the city was really busy. Night time views of Venice in winter are special, with all the lights reflecting off the water. It does get cold but it’s still possible to sit outdoors at many restaurants with canopies and heaters to keep diners comfortable. It’s still crowded, and a drink at a bar in the iconic St Mark’s square is still pricey. To take in all the top romantic scenery and treats, be prepared to shell out the cash.

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice reflections at nightTips from other parent travellers

I asked some other parent bloggers if they chose to travel to Venice with kids in tow or not. Here they share their tips for experiencing the romance of this unique city:

Jen from My Mummy’s Pennies: “We visited Venice when I’d just found out I was pregnant with my eldest child. It was a lovely romantic break and we did all the usual tourist spots but even though it was quite busy, the beauty of the place made us feel like it was just the two of us. We ate Gelato walking through Piazza San Marco, went for a drink in Harrys and of course enjoyed a beautiful Gondola ride while being serenaded by the Gondolier.”

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice St Mark's squareJo from A Rose Tinted World: “I will always think of Venice as being the most romantic city, even more so than Paris. We never walked the same way twice, and were constantly laughing over getting lost. But you don’t mind, as just around the corner may be another gorgeous piazza or a busy coffee bar full of locals. I would recommend going up the Campanile as long as you are ok with heights and crowds. The views of the city are amazing, but it can be very busy and a long queue.”

Suzy from Our Bucket List Lives: “We took our 4 year old to Venice last year. We loved our ride on a gondola. It doesn’t have to just be for couples as our son was completely taken with the experience. One minute you’d be going along a quiet canal and the next minute we’d be stuck in a gondola traffic jam alongside all sorts of different people.”

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice bridge of sighsJoy from Pinkoddy: “We went on a gondola ride under the bridge of sighs and as we shared a kiss everyone on the bridge clapped and cheered. Was such an amazing experience to share together.”

Louise from Pink Pear Bear: “My husband proposed in Venice and we recently went back with the children to show them the exact spot! We love visiting the glass factories on Murano and marvelling at the creations being made.”

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: small canal in VeniceEva from Captain Bobcat: “We went this March as a romantic getaway only me and my husband. We stayed on the Lido and we took the little boats everywhere. It was definitely romantic and to be honest – I would not take small children as there are only museums (Peggy Guggenheim is the best!) and lovely buildings to visit, eat lots of good food and drinking is to do. I would have been scared most of the time that they will run off, fall into the water etc. But for couples it’s a perfect place. Oh and we booked a private boat from and to the airport. That was fantastic when we arrived, first time in Venice having champagne on the way to the hotel!”

Beccy from Raucus By Nature: “We went when I was pregnant with The Biggest and I highly recommend checking out the Musica De Palazzo, its Opera in an intimate setting for those who already love Opera or like us, had never experienced it before. It’s in some hidden away Venetian Palace, which is slightly shabby now but adds to the charm, each act is held in a different room so you move around the palace! It was such a romantic evening.”

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice grand canal in winterWould you visit Venice with kids in tow or leave them behind for a more a romantic trip? Do comment below.

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Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: empty Venice gondola from above.

Photography by Mr Falcondale

Can parents find romance in Venice with kids in tow or is it best to go without the children? Tips for Mums and Dads visiting the world's most romantic city. Photos of Venice in winter and tips on travelling with or without children. Teenagers and family travel ideas for top Italian attractions. Plan a romantic trip to Venice with kids in tow on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Venice small canal with romantic gondola ride and blog info.
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Taking photos at the Lake District’s Castlerigg Stone Circle

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: high contrast image of part of Castlerigg Stone Circle, the landscape beyond and a photographer.I was inspired to visit Castlerigg Stone Circle after seeing plenty of beautiful photos taken by friends and strangers alike. This 3000 year-old site of irregular megaliths is fairly easy to reach. Visitors can walk a couple of hundred yards from a layby, so it has become popular. The views surrounding the stones are typical Lakeland beauty with grassy peaks and plunging valleys. As the sun passes over during the day the shadows change and alter the view in interesting ways.

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: wide shot of Castlerigg Stone Circle.Photography Techniques for Crowded Places

Clearly Castlerigg Stone Circle would be a great place for photos if only it wasn’t so crowded. There are two ways to fix this. The first option is to go at sunrise, and this is what some dedicated photographers do. There will be a good chance of some pretty dawn light as well.

The second option is to put a camera on a tripod and take several photos from the same point. Afterwards in editing, there are apps which will layer these images and delete the people by using selected areas from each image. It’s called Image Stack Mode in Photoshop. I don’t have the patience for this, but I really ought to try it one day. For popular travel photography locations, it’s a useful technique.

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Stones at Castlerigg.The third option is to use the people in a composition. If I’d had longer, I would have stalked the punters and perhaps used them as silhouettes amongst the stones, shooting from low down.

Phone Photography at Castlerigg Stone Circle

When I visited Castlerigg Stone Circle recently I had the additional problem that both my cameras were away for repair, and I only had my phone. I do love a zoomy photo composition but as I’ve written about before, smartphone cameras are wide angle by nature. I was out of my comfort zone.

Not only was I stuck with just a phone, but my husband and I were en route elsewhere and had only fifteen minutes to visit the site. We couldn’t wait around for people to move off. The light wasn’t very interesting with flat grey cloud. It would have been good for portraits but that wasn’t the plan.

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: man taking photos at Castlerigg in the Lakes.Composition Ideas

Using the bulk of the stones in the foreground of the shot works ok and the mottled lichen is pretty. I also took a few shots of my husband taking pictures, in a storytelling style. I think I could do these shots better if he would just stand where I wanted him to!

All the photos in this blog post are my phone pics. I also shot some wide photos of the circle which don’t look great in wide angle and with all the people, but they do demonstrate what the place is like on a Sunday in July.

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: part of Castlerigg Stone Circle with visitors.Visitor information for Castlerigg Stone Circle

The site is cared for by English Heritage and there is no entrance fee or staffed gate. Drive down fairly narrow country lanes to the layby at Castle Lane, Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RN grid reference 54.603718, -3.098069, just a few hundred yards west of Keswick climbing wall. The Lake District is now a World Heritage Site.

I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: part of Castlerigg in the Lakes.Related:

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I only had my phone and 15 minutes, so how did I get some nice photos of Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District? Photography tips and visitor info. Taking photos at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: part of Castlerigg in the Lakes and blog title. More in travel photography tips and ideas.
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Family Travel Destinations – Our Top Picks, Interviewed

Interviews with the people behind three family travel destinations. Insights of how each family travel destination is run and their commitment to customers. Family Travel Destinations, our top picks interviewed on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Wigwam camping pod at Evenlode and the courtyard at Chateau la Foret plus blog title.If you’ve already read my blog post about independent travel booking tips, then you have come to the right place. Now we’ve used these tips to plan our summer holidays I’d like to introduce some of the places we will be visiting. Meet the people behind our 2018 destinations.

1. Wigwam Holidays, Evenlode

Interviews with the people behind three family travel destinations. Insights of how each family travel destination is run and their commitment to customers. Family Travel Destinations, our top picks interviewed on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Wigwam camping pod at Evenlode“Howard and Amanda Woolliams, we are here at Evenlode Grounds, a family run farm in the heart of the Cotswolds.”

Why did you start your travel/tourism business?

“We started our glamping business with Wigwam Holidays a little over a year ago following the sale of our dairy herd. We live in such a beautiful area and feel happy that we can share a small piece of this with other people.”

What sort of people or groups visit your family travel destination?

“People visit us from all over the UK. However, we are blessed geographically, being in the centre of the country.”

What do customers say to you?

“Guests love the open space of the site, the safety for children and above all the peace and quiet. They also love to visit all the quintessential English villages that are dotted around the area.”

What is your personal favourite thing to do/see at your site?

“I love to wander down to the site on a Saturday evening, see everyone with their fire pits and bbqs lit, cooking their supper and the children running around free and climbing the huge logs. I also love it when the whole site has been taken by one group of people and they are sitting chatting and laughing around the large communal fire, enjoying a few drinks. Everyone always seems content and happy!”

2. Votre Vacances, Chateau la Foret, France

Interviews with the people behind three family travel destinations. Insights of how each family travel destination is run and their commitment to customers. Family Travel Destinations, our top picks interviewed on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: The courtyard at Chateau la Foret“I’m Sarah, I started Votre Vacances 3 years ago to give others the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime, away from the stresses of ‘everyday’ life. This year my parents, Phillipa and Steve will be taking over the on-site mantle.”

Why did you start your travel/tourism business?

“We always went to France for our summer holidays, and I thought the young British staff that worked on these camping resorts were the coolest (& most tanned!) people, and I wanted to be one! 10 years later after working as a manager I decided I could set up on my own, and really provide a memorable experience for my guests.”

What sort of people or groups visit your family travel destination?

“In July and August the majority of our customers are families with children of all ages, as well as extended family groups who can stay close together on our site. In May and June we get a lot of retired couples who enjoy the Vendee out of season, as well as cycling groups. The majority of our customers come from the UK and Ireland.”

What do customers say to you?

“Customers love the authenticity of the site, mixing old with new. All the facilities are located in the original courtyard buildings. They also LOVE the freedom the children have, knowing it’s safe for them to go off to the park or farm by themselves, and meet new friends at the Children’s Club and swimming pools. They also like that our accommodation is clean, modern and well equipped.”

What is your personal favourite thing to do/see at your site?

“My favourite thing is to head to the courtyard bar and sit outside. The atmosphere as the sun sets and the stars start to come out is magical; especially when they have live bands playing and everyone is singing along, truly embodying the joie de vivre!”

3. Le Puy du Fou – Theme Park

Interviews with the people behind three family travel destinations. Insights of how each family travel destination is run and their commitment to customers. Family Travel Destinations, our top picks interviewed on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: The Roman Arena at Puy du Fou theme park.“Gaëtan Favreau, I’m in charge of International PR for Puy du Fou, in the Marketing & Communication team.”

Tell me about the origin of your travel/tourism business.

“Created in 1978, Puy du Fou is totally unique. Today it is the second largest theme park in France, with 2,260,000 visitors in 2017. The association organises the “Cinéscénie” show with 4,000 volunteers. The Grand Parc has 60 daytime and evening shows, 4 period villages, 27 restaurants and 5 themed hotels with 2,000 employees.”

What sort of people or groups visit your family travel destination?

“Each year we welcome more than 2 million visitors, 85% are French. Our theme park attracts visitors of all ages. Thanks to our 5 international awards in 5 years, the number of foreign visitors is advancing significantly (the UK / Spain / the Benelux countries / even the USA and China).”

What do customers say to you?

“We are really proud and honoured to register a 92% satisfaction rate and a revisit rate at 65%, which may show that the concept is really appreciated.”

What is your personal favourite thing to do/see at your site?

“It’s too complicated to choose! I always like attending our main shows, to be impressed by all the special effects. But I also really appreciate the immersive activities and to speak with the craftsmen in the period villages.”

Thank you to all my interviewees for their time answering my questions. Follow our travels on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and do send me any questions about our trip or the places we will be visiting!

Additional photography courtesy of Wigwam Evenlode and Votre Vacances

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Itinerary planning for families – hacks and tips for independent travel

Unusual tips and hacks for independent itinerary planning for family holidays. Find ideas for road trips and self catering vacations that others may miss. Itinerary planning for families - hacks and tips for independent travel on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: cars on a motorway and a printed road atlas plus blog titleA road trip in the UK or Europe is one of our favourite things to do. We especially like France and enjoyed road trips in the USA too. We book self-catering accommodation or the odd night here and there in hotels. Package holidays are not usually on our shopping list, so we’ve got our own independent methods for booking and itinerary planning. Before we set off on our summer travels this year, I thought I’d share some of our favourite travel planning hacks and finds, and share the plan we’ve made for this year.

Unusual tips and hacks for independent itinerary planning for family holidays. Find ideas for road trips and self catering vacations that others may miss. Itinerary planning for families - hacks and tips for independent travel on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pinterest screenshot1. Make a pinboard of ideas

Make a list of your possible destinations using Pinterest. If you make a mood board when you redecorate your home, why not make a mood board for your travel? Pinterest is ideal as an early itinerary planning tool. You can collect together all the useful articles and web pages about possible destinations. For example, take a look at my board “Places – British Southwest” to see how I’ve collected ideas for one area.

2. Double check the route

Check all destinations against Google maps or Via Michelin. Some places are further than you think! Schedule time for your journey carefully. We had some drama when we discovered that Brittany is far, far away, whereas places in France that appeared much further on the map were two hours closer in car travel time.

Unusual tips and hacks for independent itinerary planning for family holidays. Find ideas for road trips and self catering vacations that others may miss. Itinerary planning for families - hacks and tips for independent travel on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pine forest on the coast3. Use satellite view

Searching for a great beach? Use satellite view on Google or Bing to check out the coast. I like beaches with dunes and pine forest, but maybe you like a bustling town or quaint harbour nearby. Pick your ideal location then use “search nearby” to hunt for independent accommodation such as cottages. Holiday parks are visible on satellite view, and you can usually click on them go straight to their websites. You can also use satellite view to make sure your chosen quaint cottage is not on a dual carriageway.

4. Use the smaller companies

When you’re searching for accommodation websites, go straight to page 4 or 5 of your search results to find the less well known ones. You can also find some gems through tourist information office websites. In the UK there’s a very big list of accommodation sites and agents on the Visit England website (they run the tourist information offices).

Unusual tips and hacks for independent itinerary planning for family holidays. Find ideas for road trips and self catering vacations that others may miss. Itinerary planning for families - hacks and tips for independent travel on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: cobbled English street, Haworth.5. Search the web in a foreign language.

If you’re travelling to Germany, search in German. If you’re travelling to France, search in French and so on. You will get utterly different results and find things which you would never have found just by searching in English. Best of all you can find much better value accommodation. Use google translate to help you.

6. Visual location search with Instagram

Search destinations on Instagram as many independent travel businesses are using it. A picture speaks a thousand words and more and more people are finding their next holiday this way. This year we will be visiting two places I discovered through their enticing Instagram feeds – Wigwam Holidays Evenlode in the Cotswolds and Votre Vacances in western France.

Unusual tips and hacks for independent itinerary planning for family holidays. Find ideas for road trips and self catering vacations that others may miss. Itinerary planning for families - hacks and tips for independent travel on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: a printed road atlas7. Use a printed road atlas for itinerary planning

Google maps doesn’t have it all! A printed road atlas highlights all kinds of useful things for tourists such as viewpoints, picnic sites, national trust land, national parks, ancient monuments, museums, farm parks, motorway service stations, car parks, park and ride, pubs and tourist information offices. You can get a feel for an area with the printed road atlas, and see how much there is to do. You might even find an amazing theme park that you didn’t expect! This year we will be visiting France’s second biggest theme park Puy du Fou.

Now we have done our itinerary planning I’m excited to introduce our destinations to you. I’ve interviewed the people who run some of the accommodation and attractions we will be visiting. It’s special to discover these businesses in their own words, really showing their passion for what they do. I’m so glad they have agreed to work with me and I hope you’ll follow our experiences on social media.

Read the interviews here: Family Travel Destinations – our top picks, interviewed

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27 Things I learned with Icelolly Holidays

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: A flamingo welcome at the Blog at the beach venue plus blog title.I recently attended “Blog at the Beach” with Icelolly holidays, which is travel bloggers’ festival in Leeds. This was a great opportunity to get to know this well-known travel brand and discover what they have to offer. It was so nice to meet lots of other friendly and inspiring bloggers. Icelolly holidays brought in some great speakers and together we all had the chance to up our game in travel writing and promotion.

In case you’re wondering, this kind of event is pretty rare. Businesses don’t often organise blogger promotional events which include conference-style professional development and learning. It is an innovative idea from Icelolly and it gave us a chance to meet some of the real people behind the website. Here are 27 things I picked up from the day, including a few tips and insights.

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: A image of a tweet about going to Blog at the Beach by Falcondalejan.Getting to know Icelolly holidays

1. Icelolly holidays are actually a holiday comparison site. They help you find and purchase holidays from well-known holiday brands. They themselves are well connected with tourist information boards and know many destinations well through these links.

2. Icelolly holidays have an articulated lorry with their name, logo, slogan and colours. I am still wondering what is it they deliver by lorry? Because I’m pretty sure that is not how your booking confirmation would arrive!

3. The Icelolly lorry was filled with beach balls on the day and climbing into them made for some fun photos and videos.

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4. Spain is still the most popular holiday search for us Brits! The promise of a short flight and almost guaranteed sunshine remains ever popular.

5. With Icelolly holidays not only can you find a package holiday, hotel or flight deal. They can also fix you up with event or attraction tickets, and they are expanding this part of their service.

6. It’s worth shopping around for a great holiday deal. For example, Icelolly say at the moment you can get a 5 star holiday for a 3 star price in Turkey.

7. Icelolly don’t just sell package holidays. They can also help you find flights, hotels, car hire, self-catering cottages, city breaks, cruises, skiing, long-haul, accessible holidays, weddings and honeymoons, log cabins, holidays for large groups, Disney holidays and UK holidays. They cover it all from low cost to luxury. They’re going to be doing more attraction tickets and events too.

8. Online is great but there’s still nothing like talking to a real person on the phone! It is a popular way to finalise your plans and book a holiday. Icelolly can be contacted on 0333 122 8156

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9. We bloggers have a lonely job and it’s really joyful to meet and discover we have colleagues.

10. I need some business cards. I only acquired 4 from others, but I can see that they will come in useful.

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Falcondalejan with Icelolly holidays logo11. As a blogger it is great to be in company who don’t mind taking your photo for you and aren’t offended when you stare at your phone!

12. Some people are as beautiful, enigmatic and stylish as if they have just stepped right out of their Instagram grid. And yet everyone I met was warm, friendly and humble.

13. Everyone appreciates a dark cold room on the hottest day of the year. Like a cooling plunge pool.

14. When lunch isn’t until 2pm even a blogger is too hungry to Instagram their food!*

15. My arm strength is as bad as ever and I did best when adopting the bouncy-ball method in the giant beer pong game.

16. Old Mout berries and cherries cider is really not the best. At all. Stick to classic apple or pear.

17. I was so surprised to win a Lowepro camera backpack with Icelolly holidays that I didn’t recognize my own name! I am still not sure what I did that won it but I think it was one of the tweeting contests.

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Falcondalejan with balloons and Lowepro camera bag prize.18. There cannot be a more appropriate game for a party of travel bloggers than pass the parcel played by wheeling a suitcase filled with prizes around the circle.

19. If you are not already in the habit of taking selfies then it is incredibly hard to get started. I would have loved to have photos together with the great people that I met but I am still reluctant to get on the wrong side of a lens. I love looking at other people’s photos online though, check out #BlogAtTheBeach on Instagram.

Thinking Caps on with Icelolly holidays! The Talks

20. Sophie from Mama Mei talked to us about how we can share our story. Writing about our lives’ turning points or our passions helps us connect with our audience.

21. Sophie also encouraged us to explore sharing these stories with media outlets to get publicity and coverage for our blogs, and as another source of income. A simple way to start with this is to follow #JournoRequest.

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Sophie from Mama Mei talking at Blog at the Beach22. In her talk, Vix Meldrew got us to summarize our blog in 3 words. Hers are “funny”, “honest” and “real”. She said if we can define our blogs with 3 words then our readers always know what they are getting.

23. Vix went on to explain that we should use our 3 words to make our content consistent across all platforms; whether it’s our writing style on our blogs, our Instagram captions or our chat on YouTube.

24. Sabina from Girl vs Globe spoke last about the power of video. She used recent data to show us how popular video web content is and how much more it is shared.

25. We learned from Sabina that YouTube is really a search engine where people find entertainment and information. It’s still much less popular with the over 35s except that age group do like to watch explainers and practical demos.

Finding out about holiday deals with Icelolly holidays at Blog at the Beach travel influencer's festival. Talks, offers, travel info plus games and food. 27 things I learned about Icelolly holidays on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: A flamingo welcome at the Blog at the beach venue.26. Darren, who’s head of Marketing Communications with Icelolly holidays, made me realise that brands really want bloggers to show their individuality in their pitch ideas. I loved this so much I tweeted it.

27. Riccardo gave us some great practical information and encouragement on the affiliate programme with Icelolly holidays, linked here.



Can you help me find three words too describe my blogging style? Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

*quote from sunshinesarahxo who also took my lorry photo.

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