An avid traveller, Karen Beddow loves holidays. And to the benefit of the much larger parent community, she loves sharing her experiences. Karen travels with her husband and three young children and the wisdom she accrues from her travel is there to benefit all of us in her award-winning blog Mini Travellers. The blog was started in 2014 while Karen was on a holiday. In a very short span of time, Mini Travellers has already established itself as the go to blog for parents planning family holidays, making it Expedia’s Top Family Travel Blog 2016. It is a great space offering tips, advice, reviews, day out ideas and inspires more families to enjoy outdoors. It even has a hard to beat ultimate packing list for a Disney theme park trip! Read below to get to know more about Karen and Mini Travellers.
Q1. First things first, how did you get into blogging? Has this changed or evolved with time?
I first got into blogging because I read so many travel holiday reviews before I booked our first holiday as a family of 5. I decided on that holiday I might have a go at my own! I used to work full time as a lawyer and I now freelance from home giving me more time to write as well.
Q2. What is the cornerstone of your blog, the one thing that people can always expect to find when they visit this space?
Smiley children’s faces having fun on a day out or holiday!
Q3. What are some of the blogs that you regularly follow, for relevant information, a pick me up or just a laugh?
Q4. We know you love to write about days out with your family and there are some great nuggets there for readers. At ScooterSlingz, we are currently running a campaign #ScootThroughAutumn aimed at providing parents with some great outdoor options for celebrating autumn with their kids. What is one such autumn outing that is a favourite with your kid/kids that you would recommend to other parents?
To be honest, for us it is any National trust property. We are huge fans and they usually have large open spaces and paths to scoot on. Local to us are Chirk Castle, Erddig Hall, Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Speke Hall. All perfect for Autumn days out.
Q5. As parents of younger children will confirm, an outing can quickly change into a disaster if you just forgot to carry that one thing! What are your outdoor essentials, something or maybe things that you wouldn’t leave home without?
Wet wipes and snacks!
Q6. We are all out and about during the summer holidays, soaking up the sun. However, with schools starting in September, a set routine takes over. How do you ensure that the kids continue to keep active?
The kids do gymnastics and swimming on the weekend and then we try and get out for a walk on the beach or in the forest!