Road trips have always been something that Jack and I have enjoyed together. If you’ve been following me on social media for a long time, you might remember that just over two years ago now, we decided at 9pm on a Saturday evening to make an impromptu road trip to Richmond, North Yorkshire. Of course, that was before we had a small child with us, so although we can’t be quite as spontaneous now, we do still try and road trip whenever we can!
We took our first road trip as a family of three when Tyler was just 10 days old! We travelled to North Wales as we were having a little family party for my Nana’s 80th and since then, we’ve continued to travel up and down the country. Today, I wanted to share with you a couple of places that we’re wanting to road trip to this year.
I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, specifically Edinburgh. Jack recently spent a week away with work in Scotland visiting both Edinburgh and Glasgow and it’s made me even more determined to go! The scenery is enough to make me want to up sticks and move there, that along with the architecture. I studied History of Art at A Level and the architecture side of things always fascinated me. I love being outdoors, in fact we all do(including Tyler!) so with places like Inverleith Park and The Royal Botanic Garden, I’m sure that the three of us would be in our element!
When I was looking into places to visit in Edinburgh that were baby friendly, I stumbled upon the Babies and Bumps Cafe. It is exactly what you’d expect from the title, a super young family friendly cafe in the heart of the city. If you’ve been before, I’d love to know what you thought?
Both locations are over five and half hours away from us, which brings me to my first top tip.
Top Road Trip Tip #1
Pre plan your stops, if possible. If you’ve ever travelled with a baby or toddler, you’ll know that this can be challenging, but even if you have to add a stop to the three that you’ve already planned, you’ll certainly feel more relaxed before your travel if you’ve got a rough idea of where and when you’ll be taking those all important toilet and fresh air breaks.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Now, if the name alone doesn’t make you grab your coat, then what is wrong with you? Located within North York Moors National Park(and a whopping eight hour round drive from our home in Gloucestershire!), Robin Hood’s Bay boasts a gorgeous coastline and cottages that look like they’ve stepped straight out of a movie. It’s not too far from Scarborough or Whitby so if you’re looking to have a coastal trip, then why not centre it around the Bay?
Top Road Trip Tip #2
Before travelling on a long journey or road trip, It’s important to make sure that your car/vehicle is up for it! TyrePlus is a great place to head to for all your car tyre needs! They are even able to fit new tyres for you at work or home, bonus!
Another place that I’ve never visited is Blackpool. Dare I say the seaside capital of the country? A while ago I read this post from Kirsty of LifeWithBoys and it made me really want to make the three hour trip. I’ve not been on a proper seaside trip for years, so I know that I would be in my absolute element. I think Tyler would be fascinated by all of the bright lights and sounds of Blackpool pier. As I mentioned, we’re big lovers of the outdoors so I’d also quite like to tick Stanley Park off of my bucket list.
I’m quite the fan of water parks too, so when I found out that Blackpool is home the the UK’s largest indoor water park, you know that I bookmarked the ticket page ready for when we actually get to go!
Top Road Trip Tip #3
Pack more snacks that you think you’ll need! If you’ve ever travelled anywhere within the UK, you’ll no doubt have ended up stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway, so it’s always a good idea to pack more food and drink than you anticipate that you’ll need, just in case you do end up sitting on the M25 for an extra three hours(we’ve all been there!)
Specifically Snowdonia National Park. Views to die for and miles and miles of road to explore, this is probably the most perfect road trip location that I’m looking into at the moment. Just think of all the Insta perfect snaps you could get! Kidding, kind of. If you’re wanting to take a route with scenic views, then this is the one for you! Did you know: In a survey conducted in 2014, the A470 was voted the best road in Britain? That runs right through Snowdonia National Park, so this would really make for the perfect road trip experience.
Where are you planning on taking your next road trip? Are any of my bucket list destinations on yours? I’d love to know!