Brunch at Hyde Park Book Club Leeds *

Being a blogger with a passion for food means I eat in some pretty amazing places. Living in Leeds I am very lucky and spoilt for choice of venues. Every now and again somewhere I find somewhere that I just know is “me”. Sometimes it’s the food, sometimes it’s the venue and sometimes it’s just the feel of it. Having brunch at Hyde Park Book Club Leeds is one of those places for me.  (more…)

Why I want to be a Simpson Travel ambassador #SimpsonTravelFamily

Hearing that Simpson Travel are looking for two new creative families to be Simpson Travel ambassadors this year really caught my interest and got my creative juices flowing. Apart from the occasional girls night away for birthdays, I am an exclusive family traveller. Keep reading to find out why I want to be a Simpson Travel ambassador.

Who are Simpson Travel?

Simpson Travel are a luxury travel company with a personalised service. This along with 40 years of travel experience, amazing locations, stunning accommodation means they offer so much more than regular travel agents or DIY holidays. Every property is visited in person and the company know their destinations inside out.

Each holiday is individually chosen to suit the needs of each booking and each family. Booking with Simpson Travel means the accommodation, transport and car rentals are taken care of at once. You can even arrange airport parking with them too.

There are hotels, villas and apartments in 7 countries, France, Mallorca, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Greece and Turkey.

Simpson Travel are proving luxury holidays don’t just have to be for adults only and honeymooners. Families deserve and can have luxury holidays too.

Why I want to be a Simpson Travel ambassador

About us

We are a travelling family with a difference. Travelling as a single mum with a teenage daughter changes how we holiday and what we do whilst we are away. I’m currently on a mission to take Ellie to see as much of the world as possible. It will be all too soon before she is at university and not wanting to go on holiday with her mum. I want her to experience new sights, new languages, new foods and new cultures.

Simpson Travel ambassador Alcudia beach
Alcudia beach at dusk

Holidays for us are a way to mix exploring somewhere new with some peace and tranquility. We both love spending time somewhere that gives us time to relax and unwind as well as spending quality time with each other. Holidays give us a sunny break from our busy work and school lives.

Simpson Travel ambassador Puerto Rico Gran Canaria swimming pool day
Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria swimming pool

While we enjoy a day or two just completely relaxing we are happiest on holiday out and about. Exploring both the area we are staying in and further afield. We love adventuring off the beaten track and away from the traditional tourist sights.

Simpson Travel ambassador Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh beach sand dunes
Ellie on Bamburgh beach, Northumberland dunes
Simpson Travel ambassador Spending a day in Palma - The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma / Cathedral La Seu
Ellie sat in front of The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

If we can find stunning views and dramatic sunsets as well as lots of sights to see our holidays are made.

Simpson Travel ambassador Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote sunset
The sun setting over Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Simpson Travel ambassador Yorkshire Sculpture Park / sculptures / art exhibition
The lake at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Why we want to travel with Simpson Travel

Simpson Travel are a perfect brand for us to travel with and, as a single parent adventuring family, we offer them a different view point too.

Staying in a villa means we can come and go as we please. There is no having to be back at the hotel for meal times. We can be up and by the pool as early or late as we want, no waiting for the sunbeds to open and no missing out on a sunbed if we have been out for the morning. Both of us can happily float around the pool on an inflatable unicorn without being in anyones way and there will be no-one splashing or knocking us off.

I love that one booking sorts out all the travel arrangements. There isn’t the trawling comparison sights for the best or cheapest flights, hotels and car deals.

Having a car whilst away is an amazing way to explore more of the area. It means you don’t have to rely on public transport or excursions. If you wake up one morning and decide to go somewhere you can. Or, if you don’t fancy a trip you can have a pool day and take the trip the day after.

Both a car and villa is a great excuse to scour local shops and markets for fresh, local produce to cook ourselves. I can just picture us cooking and eating out together on a patio whilst the sun is setting.

I really love that staying in Simpson Travel accommodation means peace of mind. You know the villa, apartment or hotel has been visited and is exactly as described.

Travelling as a single mum is such a wonderful experience but it is tough at times. Even though Ellie is now a teenager there is still some worry, especially in hotels. I don’t want to leave her by the swimming pool whilst I get a drink from the bar or nip to the toilet. If she wants something from our hotel room we both go as it is often out of site. A villa totally removes those worries. I can nip for another bottle of water and she can go charge her mobile or get a new magazine.

I would love to stay in a rustic Corsican villa in the middle of nowhere exploring and photographing the scenery. A French cottage in the countryside immersing ourselves in the French culture and sights. Or a Greek villa with magnificent sea views and historic sights for Ellie to see for the first time.

Gran Canaria look book

Carrying on with my October holiday posts, our Gran Canaria look book. After a long day sunbathing both me and Ellie love getting ready for the night. Although we don’t go “out out” on a night, we always have a few hours in the hotel bar or walking around the resort. Getting dressed up a little bit for that is something of a holiday tradition for us now.  (more…)

Puerto Rico Gran Canaria holiday diary

October half term saw me and Ellie jetting off on another adventure. (I know, I know terrible blogger only just writing about it now!) Ellie is in year 10 now at school and working hard so needs time out to relax now and again. I had been quite poorly over the summer with thyroid disease, the symptoms of that and the other health problems it brings. So I was in desperate need of getting away from everything and doing nothing in the sunshine. This adventure took us to the Canary Islands again for some winter sunshine. Here is our Puerto Rico Gran Canaria holiday diary.  (more…)

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