Holiday feet

On bribery (or how to survive holidays with toddlers).

Holiday feet

It’s been a while since I’ve actually written anything of my own. As an editor I spend a lot of time planning, scheduling and fine-tuning other people’s writing, so it’s nice to put pen to paper (so to speak) once in a while.

It’s especially nice to write about what I know. As any copywriter can testify, there’s often a lot of researching-on-the-job involved, particularly when it comes to travel (unless you’re one of those people who actually gets sent to places to write about them. I’m yet to meet one).

A year or so ago we took our then 9-month-old son to Italy, and I wrote this post about what to pack for baby’s first holiday for the First Choice blog. It’s long. And I could have carried on.

A year on – and with a walking, talking little person in tow – I had a lot of fun writing this guide on how to keep your toddler entertained on a flight for the Thomson blog.

For the record, he wasn’t all bad on the plane. There were at least 20 minutes of blissful silence when he fell asleep (on me, of course, just as I’d decided I really must get up to go to the loo). For the rest of the journey we tried our best to keep him occupied with pretty much anything we could think of.

All I can say is, thank God for Mini Cheddars and Mr Tumble.


Review: PacaPod’s Hastings bag.

PacaPod Hastings bagI’ve worked with PacaPod a few times now. I tested out their Mirano bag for the First Choice blog way back when I was expecting my first baby, and I’m still carting it around now. 18 months on, my little boy and I took their Changer Toy Pods for a test-drive, again for First Choice. And last week, having just announced to the office that I’ll – God willing – be heading off on maternity leave again this September, I thought it was time to try out their latest offerings. Here’s my review of the Hastings baby changing bag for the Thomson blog, plus a chance to win one – and a Samui bag – if you’re quick.

Reindeer in Lapland

The time I interviewed a reindeer.

Reindeer in LaplandI interviewed this guy (I should say lady but it doesn’t read as well – see?) back in December, on a trip to Lapland for the Thomson and First Choice blogs (yes – this is the first time I’ve been asked to interview a reindeer). The interview was published here and here, as well as in Thomson’s new digital Lapland magazine, here.

I spoke to Santa while I was out there, too, and posted a few more bits and bobs about the trip.

I’ve just written a longer feature about my visit to Lapland for Thomson Airways’ inflight magazine, so I’ll add a link when it’s published later this year.

Granted, I’ve never had an interviewee try to headbutt me before, but at least I didn’t get one-word answers…