I absolutely love travelling. These days, with a 5 year old Little Z and work it is sometimes just dreaming a lot about travelling seeing the world but we do try to visit new places a couple of times a year. Learning new things, wandering around historical places and absorbing new cultures and cuisines is something I’d do all the time given the chance. I’m not keen on camping or roughing it though and I don’t know many people that have travelled around the world via luxury hotel hops. All our trips include Little Z and although that means we can’t do everything it does mean he gets to experience new things with us.
So here are my travel posts which, hopefully, will just grow and grow over time.
We booked an impromptu trip to London last week that coincided with a work trip. We didn’t really have much planned besides meeting up with friends, but London is always a lot of fun and about 2 years since we’ve taken Little Z into the centre so we knew it would all be very new to him. I always realise I miss London as soon as I arrive. Going from weekly visits to annual visits is a bit different and obviously means you have to prioritise what you’ve going to do when you’re there. Little Z was a bit disappointed there was no plane journey involved and it took us a bit of time to explain that there were mainly differently types of holidays. He now knows the words “road trip”.
We took a very long day trip to Istanbul in June this year. When I say long it started at 4am and finished at 1am the next day. Bit crazy but we managed to cram a lot of sight seeing into it. Our first stop was to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue mosque.
Our holiday had come at the best of times and at the worst of times timing wise. We could have done with maybe another week at work to wrap up, a few more days for a potential appointment and a bit more time to organise. But no holiday is bad timing really and it was the perfect getaway to just completely relax as a family and spend some quality time together.
Langkawi is a collection of 99 very beautiful islands (104 when the tide is at is lowest) and located North West off the Malaysian coast. We spent the second part of our holiday at a resort in the main part of this island, in Kuah town. After a very busy few days in Kuala Lumpur, racing around to see absolutely everything, this island was the perfect place to rest our weary blister ridden feet. We had grand intentions to sit and do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just relax.
That is, of course, until we saw the amount of places you could visit and the things you could do. We allowed ourselves a day of rest by running to the spa and eating too much at the very nice buffet, then booked a trip on the cable car and the Mangrove boat tour.
Our first stop on holiday was Kuala Lumper, the capital city of Malaysia. After 24 hours of travelling we were pretty tired and just wanted to crawl into bed. We stayed at the Shangri La and our exhaustion was briefly distracted by the views of the Petronus towers from our room. After almost a 12 hour recovery considering of sleep and lots of breakfast we decided the best way to see everything with Little Z would be to do the hop on hop off bus tour.