It’s nearly the school summer holidays, only two days to go and I’m already wondering how I’m going to work from home and entertain two young children for six whole weeks! I know lots of us are in the same boat! I love my two and I’m looking forward to a whole summer of fun with them, but juggling constant entertainment for two children whilst managing working from home, well, it can sometimes be challenging; especially when the weather’s less than cheerful and we can’t get out in the fresh air. So I’m looking at holidays!
Secretly, I’m dreaming of a holiday cycling along some fabulous coast line, with wine tasting and delicious food. Just the hubby and I, in glorious warm sunshine. We’ve not yet cycled abroad together and it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple of summers. We’ve had a few UK holidays where we’ve managed some holiday cycling but with a three year old and a seven year old in tow it’s always been very much family friendly cycling. This year, I’d love to be able to explore more and have some long lazy lunches before setting off and absorbing the sun-drenched scenery.
So, I’m busy looking at holiday cycling options, although there’s one problem at the moment…I checked my passport last week and found that it expires in the next couple of days! Bad times. The end of last week was spent frantically form-filling and taking those awful passport pictures, where quite frankly, I resemble nothing like I look in everyday life…at least I hope that’s the case! Under tight time constraints, I’ve ended up submitting a picture with my application that I’ll genuinely be so embarrassed to still have to show in ten years time! But that’s passport photos right? Tell me yours is equally as embarrassing!
So, in the hope that the new passport with the horrendous photo is returned far quicker than I’m anticipating, this morning I’ve been hunting for and dreaming about lovely holiday cycling ideas. Perhaps Europe, perhaps even further afield, but a few days in padded lycra on hired bikes eating fresh local food, drowned in sunshine all washed down with a glass of vino sounds just about perfect right now.
To date, we’ve done the Lake District, Staffordshire, Rutland and last year we stayed local in Nottinghamshire close to Sherwood Forest. I love Notts and we had a wonderful time, the kids enjoyed it massively and Miss OCG’s cycling came on a treat, but my lovely son whinged a fair bit, understandably as his legs couldn’t quite take him as fast as the rest of us! He absolutely gave it his best shot and had lots of fun in the end, cycling and exploring Sherwood Pines and Thoresby Park and I had my first little taster of mountain biking on that trip. As a road cycling fan I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed it!
Holiday cycling destinations
I’ve found some great ideas. Whatever your preference, be it adventurous off road cycling or meandering along by rivers and lakes…or maybe a good mix of both, there seems to be something out there for everyone. I’ve noticed some great holiday cycling guides on the James Villas website. Whether you’re a beginner or proficient in your cycling, their cycling guides and infographics offer 15 different routes across five popular different European destinations. Having never been to Portugal, the Algarve looks particularly tempting but there’s guides also for Cyprus, Menorca, Mallorca and Lanzarote. All look like lots of fun.
So that’s today’s reading for me…and then, finger’s crossed, once my passport returns there’ll be somewhere available for us to book which coincides with hubby’s annual leave dates (this may be wishful thinking given it’s already very nearly the summer holidays but I have my finger’s crossed!).
*This post is in collaboration with James Villas*