Sent by Lindsay Daws
Based in Woodbridge
DISNEY AND HONEYMOON SPECIALIST
Do you dream of adventure in far flung places?
My passion is to make those dreams a reality.
As a child my parents would pack up the car or jump on a flight and head off for the crystal clear lakes of Denmark, the awe inspiring views of Niagara Falls or the sights, sounds and smells of New York City. Little did I know how lucky I was or how these trips would ignite a passion for travel and adventure that I would pass onto my own children.
I spend hours poring over the best flight and hotel options, working out attractions and activities that really are just what my family want to experience. This passion and knowledge is what I bring to your adventure – working to get you exactly what you are looking for.
I’ve take my children to Disney, babies through to teens. We’ve watched rockets launch from Cape Canaveral, revelled in Harry Potter and held onto our seats (literally!) on Velocicoaster in Universal Studios Orlando. When we’re rollercoastered out we’ve watched the sun set over gloriously sandy beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Whatever your dream Disney and Florida holiday is – I can make it happen.
Why stop there?
Cruising – I can help you! Let’s Cruise the Caribbean and Marvel at the Mediterranean.
Would you like something a bit more adventurous?
Ziplining in through the Hawai’ian jungle, feeling on top of the world as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or breathing in the chaotic bliss that is New York City.
If you can dream it then together we can plan it.
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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
29 February 2024
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. Well, I’m not actually leaving today – but I would really love to! New York has a special place in my heart. I have family who live outside of New York and so have had been lucky enough to go to New York several times and for lots of different types of visits. I’ve been on girls trips where we stayed in hostels, trips as a child with my family, trips with my husband – just the two of us – and trips with my children at various ages. I distinctly remember one trip pushing a double buggy around the streets of New York and spending most of our time between FAO Schwarz, Central Park and the now sadly gone Toys R Us with the giant Ferris Wheel as it’s centre point. I never tire of New York and always find something new to do. I’ve spent a lot of time in theatres in New York. I was lucky to have family working in the theatre and so was taken to some quite extraordinary productions – although my teenage self did not quite appreciate the significance of Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme at the time! Each time we go the city changes and evolves. Our most recent trip we went on The Ride – a really different city tour that I would absolutely recommend to anyone, especially those with teenagers and people looking for something a little different. A backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall was a highlight – now to go back at a time when the Rockettes are performing their famous Christmas Spectacular! We have our must do’s each time. A visit to Central Park and some time at Ground Zero to appreciate the view. A trip to the Hard Rock Café (you may remember from previous blogs that our teens insist on this everywhere we go!). There are things that I would do again – a trip to Ellen’s Stardust Diner, what’s not to love about singing waiters and waitresses – and things that are one and done – M&M world, I’ll never understand the draw of the shop! Whatever we do I always enjoy going back and exploring more. New York will never be a city that I tire of. Next on the list of places to visit when we go is the new Summit One Vanderbilt exhibit. I’m intrigued by this exhibit and can’t quite understand what it might be. I think that it is something that needs to be experienced. Never mind, I’ll just have to go back to visit in person! What are your must do's in New York? Is it a city that you have visited or one that you dream of visiting in the future?
22 February 2024
I’ve been asked this question a lot. I think every Disney fan has. It’s such a personal decision and will depend on what you want to get from your holiday, if you plan on returning, what your holiday style is in general and the wants/needs of the children that you are taking. I’ve taken my children to Disney since they were babies. We were lucky enough to know that it was financially viable for us to visit more than once. If we hadn’t be able to do this I suspect that we would have waited to visit. Taking babies to Disney World is incredibly easy. From a parents perspective they are welcomed with open arms and you are well cared for in every aspect of your stay. Restaurants are able to cater for tiny ones who are just venturing into eating food, there is an abundance of high chairs. If you don’t want to take a pushchair with you then Orlando has an abundance of rental places you can use. As a parent I found this stage one of the easiest to travel with. My babies rolled with the travelling. As long as they were well fed and had somewhere to nap (we have a lot of pictures of them napping in Magic Kingdom/Animal Kingdom) then they were good. There were things we didn’t do while on holiday with very small children – we didn’t watch the evening fireworks until they were older. I don’t regret taking my two as babies but understand that this isn’t perhaps the holiday for everyone with babies. Taking children 3 to 5 years old is a really fun age. They will now have favourite characters that they will recognise and interact with. Again, those restaurants know children and are ready to accommodate the picky eaters or those who will try anything – which ever one you have you are catered for! At this age we stayed in one bedroom suites, this allowed us to put the children down for the evening and to have space to relax – sneaking round a dark hotel room while your child sleeps is not my idea of fun. This age does come with challenges. Always check height requirements for rides – if you have a small thrill seeking three year old they may not measure up to the height requirement. We still didn’t make it to evening fireworks at this age and still needed pushchairs. Disney is A LOT of walking! 6 – 11 is a pretty magical age for Disney. Unless you have a particularly small 6 year old they will be able to go on most rides. They retain an element of the magic and are able to mostly keep up with the pace that is needed for Disney. We still hired a pushchair when our youngest was 6/7. She was good for a few days, but on the third day of walking 8 miles a day she had had it! It saved our backs from carrying her too! This may be my golden age for Disney visits. Teenagers – well, who knows! Mine swing between thinking that going to Disney as much as we do is pretty cool to rolling their eyes at me when I tell them I’ve booked another trip. They 100% know how lucky they are to go as frequently as we do, and their eye rolls are all in jest. At this point in our Disney adventure we are exploring new places to eat - being a bit more adventurous. We do park open to close. Fireworks in every park along with relaxed moments in lounges and coffee shops. The teens are now able to explore the parks without us, leaving us to a relaxing dip by the pool while they go and save the Galaxy with the Guardians (just kidding – we wouldn’t miss that ride!) So, when would I take children to Disney? In reality any time is good. I have loved taking my children at every age and have seen different things each time we have taken them. Disney World continues to expand and transform so your experience one time to the next will never be the same – if you are lucky enough to go more than once x
15 February 2024
Is there something specific that you like to do in each place that you travel? Do you like to collect a fridge magnet, perhaps visit a local church, theme park or beach? We often have things that on holiday are non-negotiable and that we must do. My children insist that if there is a Hard Rock Café wherever we are that we must go to it (and my daughter insists on getting their chicken tenders!). My must do is perhaps slightly more unusual than the traditional church visit or fridge magnet purchase. I love an Escape Room. If you haven’t tried an Escape Room the set up is usually that you have 60 minutes to find your way out of a locked room (although you are never actually locked in!). To escape you must work your way through a number of challenges, riddles and tasks. Sometimes these are physical, often they involve a lot of logic and some creative thinking. It’s such a fun hobby and we have been escaping for the last 8 years as a family. What I love most about having a hobby that we can take with us around the world as we travel is that it often takes us off the beaten track and to areas that we might not have gone to. Playing Paradox Projects in Athens we walked through traditional streets within the city, came across street side cafes for a morning snack before taking part in one of the best Escape rooms we have ever completed (this one was three hours of brilliant escaping rather than your usual hour). In Paris playing The Game took us to area within walking distance of Notre Dame close to the Sorbonne – we would never have explored this area had we not been playing an Escape Room. Escape rooms can be such a good activity for holidays. In Florida we played Deadlock Games – for us it helped escape the heat of the day, but a brilliant option if you are having thundery showers that Florida is known for. In Tenerife we have played Island Phobia – another company high up my list of must play games and another that is good to escape the heat of the day or perhaps just do something different as a family while you are all together on holiday. For me, Escape Rooms gives us a hobby that we do together but also something different to do when we travel. We always look forward to finding a new Escape Room and testing them out. We are on our way to Lanzarote soon and will be heading to an Escape Room there. I wonder if it will make it into our top ten Escape Rooms played – I will let you know!
07 February 2024
Disney and Me I realised yesterday when sharing some offers about Disney that I should probably explain my passion. I love Disney. I have done since I was a child. As a young child I would have given everything to travel to Walt Disney World (Disneyland Paris did not exist at that point!), but family finances and my parent’s travel plans meant that I didn’t get to go until I took my own children for the first time back in 2012. Since then I’ve been hooked. We got to Disney every year, be that Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World in Orlando or the original Disneyland in California. In one 12 month period we managed to visit each of these parks – that really was something! What do I love about Disney and why do we keep returning? For me Disney offers a little bit of escapism. As my family has grown and changed so have the things that we have done at Disney. We’ve travelled to Disney with toddlers who refused to eat anything other than pizza and chicken nuggets to more recently exploring the food on offer with more adventurous teenagers - a Japanese Hibachi restaurant and really extraordinary steak restaurant were the highlight of our trip. The level of customer service and cleanliness throughout the resorts is always second to none. I just know as I drive under the Arches into Disney that I will be taken care of and for me this is priceless. When home I love to keep up with all the goings on at Disney. I follow vlogs and social media keeping my finger on the pulse for changes in the park, new attraction and restaurant openings as well as keeping an eye out for any offers that may be about. The parks and resorts are constantly change and evolving – this was one of Walt’s passions when he created Disneyland and Walt Disney World – his parks would never be finished and always be evolving. I love feeling part of the parks evolution but know this does cause problems for those who do not go as frequently. Just when you think you’ve worked out Fastpasses they change to FastPass+. Sorted FastPass+ and along comes Genie+ - Disney have already tempted a new iteration of this system due out anytime soon. I’ll be watching and reading ready for what that is whenever it is launched! During lockdown and COVID I came together with a lovely community of fellow Disney fans. We had weekly quizzes that became more and more complex as we realised that all of us really were super fans. Who knew that you could make entire quiz rounds out of floor coverings and where to find speciality drinks! My launch into the travel industry was, in no small part, propelled by my love of Disney. As I planned trips for friends and family I realised how much I had learnt in the last 12 years and how all of this knowledge had lead to some really exceptional holidays for me, my family and the people I planned for. It broke my heart to see families who had spent thousands to go to Florida but to be let down by ill-informed travel agents or not enough time to do the planning that was needed to really make their trip fly. That’s where I come in! If you tell me what your family likes to eat I can direct you towards a suitable restaurant. Let me know the level of thrill you want (or motion sickness that you suffer from) and I will be able to direct you to the best rides for you. Are you chief bag holder? I’ll let you know the ice cream shops with the location of a lovely bench for people watching while the thrill seekers have their time. Disney and Florida holidays in general are so expensive, my passion is for everyone to have the holiday they want – there’s a little bit of Florida for everyone and I can help you to find it x
31 January 2024
To me, travelling is a joy and something that feeds my soul. I have a list longer than I can even begin to describe of places I would like to go and things that I would like to experience. Some of them are fairly standard but some of them are slightly out of left field. My wanderlust can be piqued by a book or film. Both the original book version and most recent film version of Death on the Nile have really inspired me to investigate Egypt River Cruises. The opposite can also happen while visiting a location I’m inspired to try a new book or TV series. On a recent trip to Dubrovnik the iconic vistas that feature so heavily in the Game of Thrones really made me aware that I must watch this series (I must find the time to commit to this). Sometimes my inspiration is a little less obvious. I have always adored the idea of tiny countries. Visiting Vatican City, seeing the Swiss Guard in their interesting uniform and marvelling at Michelangelo’s Sistine chapel only whet my appetite for these intriguing places. How on earth does Andorra sustain itself, what sets Lichtenstein apart from its European neighbours, is Monaco really the playground of the rich and famous? My son visited Monaco recently and assured me that it was teaming with glamorous individuals and enormous super yachts! As a family there is nothing that we love more than a new theme park and a top rated Escape Room. We are waiting with baited breath for the launch of Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe. The kids are desperate to return to Athens and further explore the Escape Room scene there. Athens is top notch for their horror escape rooms – I suspect that they are just wanting to scare me again! Perhaps I can convince the kids to accompany me as I explore some history, follow in the footsteps of the Mayflower – the first ship to take Puritans from England to the New World - starting in Southampton and Plymouth (UK) before heading over to Plymouth (USA) and Boston or maybe I’ll save this for a couples escape – who knows. The world is really there for the taking. There’s also food and music and friends…. the inspiration really is boundless and the world is there for the taking x