Our 2016 Travel Round Up



2016 has been a year of travel for us…

Some intentionally and some were by chance. I started off the year receiving a year English Heritage Membership as a Christmas Gift from a good friend. I took no time at all to use this opportunity to explore places near us.

Other than visiting English Heritage places, we also went out to explore our local parks for little walks and also took on the Geocaching challenge which I always wanted to do with the kids.

In late March, we went to Thailand to visit my sister who was terminally ill with lung cancer Stage 4. It was a good visit but we wish that she was strong enough to explore parts of Thailand with us as she is always the one who loves taking us everywhere every time I go back to Thailand. It was at this point #ExplorerKids was born. My sister has been the inspiration of this IG Community and teaming up with Sarah from Kipper and Curtain has made it even clearer for me that we should start this IG Community right away! Since it was the Easter break at the time, we decided to stayed on until towards the end of April. It was a great time catching up with my family and love ones.

For the first time ever, we have experience the Beautiful Bluebells fields and also celebrated Evelyn’s second birthday in Hitch Wood. It was just us. A low key walk but it was one of the most beautiful things we have ever experienced.

Throughout May right through to Summer, we experienced the wonders of our local Summer festivities as well as doing some boogying at a Children’s Disco hosted by DJ Monski Mouse in London. It was a lot of fun!

In Autumn, we were invited to review a pop-up Aquarium with Tetra in London which I went with my friend and thereafter we took the kids to visit the London Zoo just days before the Big Gorilla Escape made the news headline! (I still need to write about out visit yet!).

Going to The Family Travel Show in October has made me want to jump start 2017 travel plan already! There were a lot of things on offer!

November seeing me trying to find my blogging mojo back at #BlogFest16. It was an interesting trip and finally meeting up with some of my fellow blogger friends. What I found most useful from it was the Pinterest workshop.

December was all about a low key Christmas: Getting the Tree; visiting Coca-Cola Christmas Truck; and our Little Christmas Festivity in Hitchin.

I don’t think I have appreciated how much we done so much travelling until now. There are still so many trips I haven’t managed to getting round to writing it down. My sister passed away in June so a lot of my blog writing came to a halt of grief and sadness, and spending time with my family was far more important. My apology for this. I hope you can understand.

I really hope you like travelling with us last year as much as we like traveling with you on #ExplorerKids IG Community which today has hit more than 11.6K! If you are new to our blog then: “Hello! Please do join us on Instagram and be a part of our lovely #ExplorerKids IG Community too. I’d love to see what you’ve been up to”.

I don’t know what 2017 will bring, but I do hope they would be filled with wonders, interesting and fun things for us to keep exploring. Here’s to a great travel year for 2017!

Thank you so much everyone for reading my blog.

Lots of love,

Su @Ethan & Evelyn

xxx

January

Inside Wrest Park Mansion | English Heritage

My Sunday Photo: Rainy Wrest Park

An Afternoon at Houghton House | English Heritage

Houghton House

Fine Words Butter No Parsnips

Fine Words Butter No Parsnips

THE WORLDS BIGGEST TREASURE HUNT

THE WORLDS BIGGEST TREASURE HUNT

February

Audley End House Gardens | English Heritage

Audley End House and Gardens | English Heritage

March

Grandma’s Fruits Farm | Thailand

Grandma's Fruits Farm | Thailand

A Day With My Sisters & Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market | Thailand

A Day With My Sisters & Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market | Thailand

April

A Visit to the Heaven Part of Wat Phai Rong Wua, Suphan Buri | Thailand

A Visit to the Heaven Part of Wat Phai Rong Wua, Suphan Buri | Thailand

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

A Visit to Dusit Zoo / Khao Din | Thailand

Steaming Sankhampang Hot Springs – Chiang Mai | Thailand

Sankhampang Hot Springs - Chiang Mai | Thailand

The Biggest Water Fight in the World! Happy Songkran! | Thailand

The Biggest Water Fight in the World! Happy Songkran!

Temple of Emerald Buddha & The Grand Palace | Thailand

Temple of Emerald Buddha & The Grand Palace | Bangkok | Thailand

Wat Pho – The Temple of the Reclining | Thailand

Wat Pho - The Temple of the Reclining Buddha | Bangkok | Thailand

Feeding The Turtles At Wat Prayoon | Bangkok

Feeding The Turtles At Wat Prayoon | Bangkok | Thailand

Bangkok Sea World, Siam Paragon | Thailand

Bangkok Sea World, Siam Paragon | Thailand

Ethan’s First Ice Skating Trip | Thailand

Ethan's First Ice Skating Trip

Life’s a Beach! – Pattaya | Thailand

Life's a Beach! - Pattaya | Thailand

Pattaya Sheep Farm | Thailand

Pattaya Sheep Farm | Thailand

Art In Paradise | Pattaya | Thailand

Art In Paradise | Pattaya | Thailand

The Imperial Pattaya Hotel | Thailand

The Imperial Pattaya Hotel | Thailand

Beautiful Bluebells and My Birthday Girl

Beautiful Bluebells and My Birthday Girl

May

Hitchin Free Family Fun Day

Hitchin Free Family Fun Day

Getting the Grove On With My Girls With DJ Monski Mouse!

Getting the Grove On With My Girls & DJ Monski Mouse! (& Your Chance To WIN A Family Ticket Gig!)

June

Walsworth Common Festival 2016

Walsworth Common Festival 2016

A Morning With The Past At Wrest Park Mansion | English Heritage

Morning With the Past At Wrest Park Mansion | English Heritage

Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

Let's Go Fly A Kite

July & August

Back in Thailand

September

Tetra Tranquility Tank Transforms A Magical Underwater | London

Tetra Traquality Tank Transforms A Magical Underwater World

London Zoo

October

The Family Travel Show Review 2016

The Family Travel Show Review 2016

Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze

November

What I learnt at #BlogFest16

blogfest 2016

It is so lovely to finally meet Laura from @fivelittledoves

December

Getting our Christmas Tree from Church Farm and more!

Getting our Christmas Tree from Church Farm, Ardeley & More!

Baldock Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2016

Baldock CocaCola Christmas Truck Tour 2016

Our Little Christmas Festivity in Hitchin

Our Little Christmas Festivity in Hitchin

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14 Comments

  1. 06/01/2017 / 11:52 am

    Oh my goodness what a year! I’m exhausted thinking about all of this travel, but I am also so grateful you took me along for the journey. Wonderful photos and very special times shared. Thank you Su for all of that! #FabFridayPost xoxo
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  2. 07/01/2017 / 12:25 am

    It’s lovely to look back on your year. Sad times and happy times. I really hope 2017 is filled with many adventures. Thanks for being great #FabFridayPost
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  3. 07/01/2017 / 3:21 am

    Lovely photos! I’m jealous of all your travelling. So sorry to hear about your sister.

    I love the idea of these roundup posts. Thank you for sharing all your travel with us! Looks like you’ve had a busy year.

    ~Jess
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  4. 07/01/2017 / 7:54 pm

    I’m so jealous right now! We had only one trip with our son in 2016 probably because he was born in that year:D next year I think will be similar because we are saving money to build our very own house:)
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  5. 08/01/2017 / 3:36 pm

    Su, I was not a part of the blogging world this past summer so I was unaware of your sister’s illness and passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sisters are incredibly special. What a gift that you were able to travel to see her before she took her own journey.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures. I hope that you can continue your adventures, making lots of new memories with your family throughout 2017 and in the years to come!
    #FabFridayPost
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  6. 10/01/2017 / 12:00 am

    Some lovely photos there! I would like to visit Thailand at some point but with all 4 of us needing passports its £250 before I have even looked at the holiday itself.. so expensive!

    So sorry to hear about your sister, I send my love to you and your family. #fabfridaypost

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