We're fortunate that both girls are thriving thanks to their 'world schooling' curriculum..... Experiencing their school subjects in real life such as learning about history at the WWII graves at Ypres, geography whilst climbing Mount Etna or science by exploring glaciers in Norway.
But there's plenty of opportunity for similar experiences in the UK too... just like Royal Yacht Britannia in the irrepressibly cool city of Edinburgh.
It was a 100 years ago this month that women were granted the right to vote in Britain. So this week has seen us focus on this as a topic.... but Scotland also offers a host of historical treasures to 'learn by doing'... So although it may not be an exact 100yrs ago (in Culloden's case some 272 years ago). We've stopped by this iconic and brilliantly organised 'Scottish National Trust' site to get a better understanding of just why it's so important in Scottish History
Sometimes going the extra mile, or in our case 1,750+ miles across Scotland, really does pay dividends. However, we realise the thought of racing around Scotland in winter might not be for everyone... yet the pull of seeing snowy mountains towering over crystal clear lochs proved too much for us.... and we weren't disappointed by the epic roadtrip adventure that awaits you the moment you depart the shores of Loch Ness.
Scotland is famous, and rightly so, for its stunning scenery. Huge numbers of motorhomers head for the dramatic and varied landscape. Lochs, rugged coastlines, mountains and castles are all laid out for you to enjoy. With so much to take in, we find you need to make the most of your time. Although we've now spent over 700+ days living in our motorhome, we're slowly working out that carefully planning a roadtrip always seems to allow you more time to drink in as much of the atmosphere as possible......
As scenic drives go, the Snow Road Scenic Route (A93) from Blairgowrie to Grantown on Spey takes some beating… In fact drive it yourself and you'll probably feel like we do about this beautiful country full of Glens, Lochs, Castles, Scenic Drives or Munros.....
Roadschooling our children each week has allowed us to seek out new travel/education or adventure opportunities across Europe. So if you’re considering planning your own road trip to Scotland or just adding something educational to an extended family holiday, we'd recommend stopping via Falkirk and it's two main engineering feats - The Falkirk Wheel & The Kelpies.
With Scotland literally dripping with historical significance, visits to amazing areas like Argyll in Scotland are a crucial part of our roadschooling adventure across Europe. Exploring the secrets and surprises of the Argyll coastline allows you to uncover a history that spans over 3,000 years.... Perhaps none more so than Castle Stalker where adults and children are spellbound by the 'island castle' from the moment they see it.
But bathed in the glow of winter sunshine, the whole Argyll Coastal Tourist route offers a sumptuous road trip that all families will love.
We first introduced our girls to plenty of Scotland's Glens, Lochs, Castles, Scenic Drives or Munros on our 2016 Scottish Roadtrip (highlights here) .... Leaving us all hopelessly in love with the wild surroundings of this beautiful country. So much so that we've been planning this return trip for over 12 months now.... So whilst everyone knows Scotland is perfect for outdoor pursuits are there more reasons to visit one of the most scenic countries in Europe?
LifeinourVan | Looking back over an amazing year of family experiences across 2017... but what comes out on top?
With the clinking of glasses ringing in our ears and snow falling, we sat down as a family over the New Year to discuss the year past.... What would prove to be the biggest learning experience? Which place gave us the most fun as a family....? Which adventure did the girls love the most??
So here it is, the youngsters have wrestled control of the keyboard for today's blog, and they've decided to create a New Year special.....
Our 'Roadschooling' Road Trip seems to bring a new outdoor classroom / playground each day for us to discover together as a family. Just like the fantastic opportunity to test our 'Design & Technology' skills as we've headed north from Hampshire to the girl's grandparents. For a chance to allow both girls to draw, design and build their very own 'personalised' dolls house (as part of their Christmas presents this year)
Leaving Sandbanks behind us, we've headed north to the relatively unknown quaint Hampshire village of Michelmersh. The small village in Hampshire some three miles north of Romsey is home to the impressive Michelmersh Silver Band. So where better to hear it in action first than during the Christingle service at the 12th century St Mary's Church.
It's hard to put into words just how pretty the millionaires playground at Sandbanks really is.... the coastal views are truly breathtaking over the mouth of Poole Harbour. Plus the company has been even better!!! As this weekend has seen us leap at the chance to spend a few nights out of the van with the girl's godparents. Dog walks along the South West Coastal Path have followed multiple dog walks on Sandbanks beach and even some family fun in the dunes......
If you're in Dorset in 2018 and fancy adding to your family adventures? Perhaps your kids would love the hike, scramble and climb to the bottom of Dancing Ledge just outside Swanage near the Sandbanks peninsula.?... Maybe if you're feeling especially adventurous (and have your own climbing gear) you could even challenge yourself to navigate along the narrow ledges or up through the natural staircases....
York offer some great value activities for children and families, but which ones top the list? Find out here?
Having visited Yorkshire for over a month, we've gained lots of first hand experiences we thought we'd share with anyone else heading this way soon. Find all you need to know to plan a visit to York with kids in tow: the best attractions, parking advice and some tips where to find the best food. So in a city with plenty of great value activities for children and families, which ones top the list. Find out below?
Heading up to Yorkshire soon? If you do, you'll find York has plenty of fun lined up this Christmas, so there's no excuse for family boredom! Perhaps you fancy spending a family friendly day at one of York's museums or attractions such as the impressive Jorvik Centre or Railway Museum. Or maybe your kids might fancy embracing all things festive and getting involved in the festive St Nicholas Christmas Market.
Snowmen, sledging and snowball fights have been the order of the day after we woke up to snow this week. Like icing on a scrumptious carrot cake, little flakes of snow have already started to dust the North Yorks Moors this year. So as the wintry weather took hold, we thought we'd dig out the girl's sledges and head for the nearest hill to get an adrenalin rush in this beautiful National Park.
Having got firmly in the festive mood following visits to York's Christmas Market, the sumptuously decorated Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall's 'Christmas across the Decades'.... We've headed south to Burghley House in Lincolnshire to explore their 'Christmas Fair'..... and to grab another walk in the beautiful grounds that surround it.
Mention needing to 'Learn about Science' and you might ordinarily think of places like the Science Museum in London, Deutsches Museum, Munich or even the famous CosmoCaixa in Barcelona... But as we reckon this is one of the most important aspect of our road schooling curriculum, we take each and every chance to grab some interactive science experiences with our girls. So today's seen us head to Halifax in Yorkshire to see Eureka! The National Children's Museum.
Are you counting down to Christmas yet? Fancy planning a visit to a typical French Christmas markets? Or have you considered one of the most famous 'foodie' Christmas markets in England in York? We're lucky to have done both in the last 12 months, so here's our '5 Top Tips' to make it a memorable experience for your family too.
As our thoughts turn to Christmas, both girls have asked what was Christmas like in the Twenties? The Thirties, Forties or the Fifties? So inspired in part by the excellent TV series ' Back in Time for....' we decided to visit Nunnington Hall's excellent 'Christmas over the Decades' exhibition.
All year, adults and children alike are understandably spellbound by Castle Howard from the moment you enter past the gigantic gatehouse information boards that offer useful information for the day ahead. Each day spent here feels both educational and fun with plenty of exhibits to enhance your experience. However, it also offers one of Britain’s most atmospheric Christmas experiences to get you in the festive mood
If you've got an adventurous family and are visiting Yorkshire, then don't miss one of the UK's most exciting treetop adventure, ropes and zipwire courses at 'Go Ape Adventure' in North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest. The ultimate place for all ages to flex their adventurous spirit and test themselves mentally and physically with over 100 elevated platforms connecting 200m+ zip wires to a huge variety of rope ladders, wobbly bridges and cargo-nets.
With a month to the start of the Christmas holidays are you looking for things to do in Yorkshire? Perhaps a trip to York's Chocolate Story or the Jorvik Centre? Maybe grab a MTB Bike or Go Ape adventure at Dalby Forest? Or you could consider an educational yet fun visit for kids at the impressive 'The Deep' aquarium in Hull.
Haunting and beautiful, the ruined sites of England can offer a way for people to take a raw peek into life in the Middle Ages. Yet the view of these abbeys as you descend towards them are enough to lift the spirits, especially on a crisp winter’s afternoon with sunlight streaming through the abbey’s many arched windows.
From Bonfire Night in York to spooky Halloween performances at Whitby, we've loved visiting Yorkshire at this time of year.... But today we've grabbed the chance to wrap up warm and head into York's historic city centre to discover more about the Industrial Revolution, Georgian History and to build on our learning in Porto about the Age of Discovery.
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