Life is an Adventure
I bloody love an adventure. Not a Bear Grylls style adventure drinking your own piss. Just the plain travelling kind of adventure. Although with Team INPO we are anything but plain.
I come home inspired, bursting with ideas and a new found enthusiasm for life. The famalam tends to settle and actually all start to like each other after a few testing days getting used to being with each other 24/7. The first 3-4 hours of our holidays are usually the worst and I question my sanity of travelling with four children and one Husband.
I want to see the world, I want the kids to see it all. Trouble is with six of us it quite frankly it costs a friggin’ fortune. Were holidays always this expensive? So for a family holiday we hit the road on European adventures and stay in villas which is perfect because Mr INPO is not a fan of other people on holiday. That makes him sound miserable but he isn’t (he does love a good HUFF though). He likes his time off work to be with his family and not trying to head count the kids in amongst the crowds and heaven forbid a stranger might try and make conversation with him! I will talk to you another time about his train etiquette. He cracks me up. Anyway my marvellous Mr INPO does not like to sit still so if it is relaxing by a pool reading a book you are after, he is totally not your man. I LOVE sitting by a pool pretending to read a book but he is still my man. Life throws you a curveball sometimes.
Team INPO are raring to go this year after a year off from holidays due to the old readies:
2017 Travel Bucket List
I did promise over on @inpolife that I would stop banging on about Devon but I lied. Bigbury-on-Sea is such a special place. I do not usually like to talk about it. Those who go there do not want to share. We once stayed in a beyond basic campsite at Mount Folly Farm, Bigbury-on-Sea. There is no pretence about this place but at £6 per night per adult who can complain? Showers are in a shipping container but with this view over to Burgh Island it was even worth riding out Storm Dolly. To be fair I nearly shit my pants it was that scary and when we woke everyone else on the site had fled in the night. Pieces of tent strewn across the field with just us and a camper van remaining. As I huddled under a multitude of blankets sipping my morning coffee I dreamt of sitting on the large glass balcony with a glass of prosecco at a house that was being built opposite the site. Same view, slightly different holiday! Overcombe can be booked via Perfect Stays. I will stay there one day! Although will they have a swallow nest with chicks in the toilet?
Not too far from Devon for my next stop. Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall. Save yourselves and do not even take a peek at their instagram @watergatebay as it will hurt your heart. I long to stay there, have done for a quite a few years now. This place is perfect for families and the family rooms look just heavenly but this is MY dream. Love them all but this is MY weekend. Mr INPO is allowed. Just. I want to stare at the ocean from the swimming pool. Eat out with Mr INPO in Zacrys and Fifteen and pretend like we don’t have kids (which lasts about five minutes and then all we do is talk about the kids) Wake up. leisurely breakfast and then perhaps some treatments in the spa. We would obviously have surfing lessons because we are so young and damn active. We would get tiddly (okay smashed) and giggle our way back to the beautiful room. And that bath in front of the window is crying out for bubbles……. This has to happen in 2017. I would not gloat with beautiful pictures at all over on the land of Insta. No, not at all.
Next up. Three little letters. N.Y.C. My love for this city is seemingly endless. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. This is one trip that is defo happening this year. I’ve always promised our daughter that when she was 16 I would take her to New York. Well blow me down with a feather that little baby is only bloody going to be 16 in May. Honestly have no idea how that happened? An incredible beautiful human being inside and out. Honestly she is a cracker! Her name is Liberty. Not after the statue, that would be cool. Nope. I was watching Neighbours whilst pregnant and liked the name Libby as in the legend that was Libby Kennedy. Back in 2001 Neighbours was the highlight of our television schedule!! So Liberty and I are off to NYC with Nanma and Grandad as Papa INPO is 70 this year so double celebration. What a special trip that will be. Completely Crushagrape excited about that one. The Boo (Bibby Boo as our little man Oscar named her) just has to get through the old GCSEs and then she can go wild in the Big Apple. I told the Moo (next child out of the awesome foursome) she could pick somewhere when she is 16. Big mistake. The Moo without any hesitation and in all seriousness declared – Galapagos Islands.
Not forgetting the rest of the famalam. We aim to have a summer holiday and the dream adventure this year is Croatia. Driving obvs. Nothing is easy though is it as we need to change the car as the Audi Q7 is just not big enough for us and the luggage so we are looking at 7 seater options and happy to take advice. Land Rover Discovery is winning at the moment! Once car is sorted we can go see what Croatia has to offer. Lonely Planet have some amazing ideas for places to visit in Croatia. Mr INPO will be beside himself with excitement but I am hoping for at least a day by the pool. Everyones a winner! As soon as I get it book I will start planning the adventure and share it with you along the way, if you fancy it.
2017 is looking to be good for Team INPO. Add into that school trips like skiing and a sports tour to Barcelona, rugby tour to Devon and although I love Devon (not sure if you knew that) I am leaving that one up to Mr INPO as I do not think my liver would survive and I am really not one to drink (cough cough).
Where will 2017 take you? I mean if you need a suggestion – have I told you how fabulous Devon is????
Happy travels wherever your adventures take you.
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