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Monday Escapes

Hello there after what seems like a lifetime of Mondays without this lovely travel community and linky. Did you have a great summer? We can’t wait to hear all about it in your linked posts.

But first, the Monday Escapes team have an exciting announcement. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Monday Escapes has restarted a week later than promised. This is partly down to us all needing extra time to catch up after our summer adventures, but it is also because we’ve been working on a new project.

Drum roll please…

Claire, Sarah, Lisa and I have launched a new family travel website: Cruising With Kids. Our aim is to share what’s new and exciting in the cruising industry for families with kids of all ages. We are so excited about this new venture and can’t wait to get our teeth into it.

As you all know, starting a new blog isn’t plain sailing and we’re going to need the support of this wonderful blogging community to keep us afloat. Sorry (these are Claire’s jokes!), I’ll stop now! However, if you’d like to write a guest post for us then we’d love to hear from you at

And we’d be very grateful for a few follows on our new social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Snapshots of our Summer!

It’s been amazing and we’ve loved it but happy to be back into a routine of sorts – although we have just been at Center Parcs for the weekend!

A fun day @lowthercastle can highly recommend it as a day out in the #lakedistrict! The #thelostcastle is amazing too!

A post shared by Karen Beddow (@mini_travellers) on


On to Monday Escapes…

Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.

We are also absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!

What’s in it for you?

The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four, yes four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. How great is that?! Our number one favourite post of the fortnight will also win a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. How great is that?! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).

Our favourite posts from last time

Our favourite posts from the last Monday Escapes were:

My first favourite was by Bebe Voyage: “I really enjoyed these tips on how to be a tourist in your own town. I tried this out with the girls over the Summer!”
I also enjoyed Katy’s at Otis & Us‘ review of the camping and caravan site in Sherriff Hutton: “I loved all the flags and colours, and in particular the mini tepee.”
This post by Go Live Young caught Sarah’s eye. She said: “I just loved this post by Nicky about taking a slow boat down the Mekong River the sight they saw along the way are just incredible.”
Finally, Sarah’s other favourite was Actually Mummy‘s five New York trips to do in a lifetime: “New York was one of our families favourite trips ever,” said Sarah. “We visited in the summer and Helen’s post has made me really want to visit at Christmas.”
The winner of our Lonely Planet guide is Helen at Actually Mummy. Congratulations and give any of us a shout to organise your prize!

So how do you join in this time?

  • Link up one post/photo – old or new heading over to visit Claire at Tin Box Traveller
  • Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
  • Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
  • Comment on posts by the co-hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great!
  • If you tweet any of us your links @minitravellers @sarahjchristie @tinboxtraveller or @travellovinfam, please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.

Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos.

There is also a Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.

Mini Travellers

Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.


  1. September 11, 2017 at 6:29 am — Reply

    Karen, great to hear that you enjoyed our tips on how to be a tourist in your own city! Welcome back from holiday.

  2. September 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    Thank you for sharing and i can imagine that you had great time. Every year i travel with my family in different places and always had great memories.
    looking forward to visit some of your places as you mention.

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