Once upon a time: my travel story

Once upon a time in a quiet bit of Surrey a little girl was busy making scrapbooks of her family travels… Which progressed to photo montages (cringe) and then photobooks… And now she has her own little bit of the www for grown up scrapbooks of her travels… Cute!

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In case you haven’t noticed, my travel story is one big oxymoron! On the one hand I love to fly off in first class and explore a culture totally foreign.  Then on the other I love nothing better than pulling on my walking boots or wellingtons and exploring our green and pleasant land in England. I’m as happy as larry in 5* boutique luxury as at sea with no comfort or privacy… Quite the muddle! A happy muddle. I can deal with living in a tent just as well as butler service and that means I am pretty easy to please!

My love of going local

When I was growing up, summers were spent in Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, the Lake District and occasionally over in Brittany or Normandy. The very British self-catering break.

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I still adore them.  The car is packed full of everything (apart from the kitchen sink). Sometimes a dinghy on the back of the car. Plenty of time with my parents, grandparents and cousins. I’ve been dragged up many hills, taken sailing on miserable windy days and learnt to endure the british summer.  And for that I am thankful. High heels stay in the office! A countryside staycation is definitely not the poor relation to going overseas.

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In fact, looking back at recent times some of our best trips have been in the UK. So well brought up was I that the places I loved as a teen are the places I still love as an adult!

My love of the great outdoors

Sailing, walking, camping, cycling… OK, well less of the camping these days but outdoors is good!

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Being outdoorsy is the main reason we haven’t been to the Maldives – there just isn’t enough to do! Much as we love to bask in the sun, after about 90minutes we are both insanely bored and need adventure! At Easter we actively chose not to go away, instead spending the long weekend walking the South Downs and Purbecks in the blazing sunshine!

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To be fair, now that we have moved house… There’s an argument for just staying at home permanently!

Once upon a time: my travel story - Travel with Penelope & Parker

My love of luxury

For this we must blame Mr P.  He wooed me with flash trips to the Caribbean and special stays at the Chewton Glen! My chosen luxury isn’t always by the book, in fact usually not! Privacy, a local feel, a beautiful view and space. That is more luxurious than a prissy place where blow-dry, heels and make up are needed for supper and guests compare the handbags of each other…

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Personal favourites for classic luxury are the Chewton Glen and Cliveden House in the UK, but more commonplace for us in the UK is self-catering. Overseas it is incredible what a mix there is – India, Portugal, Greece, Maine, France – there really is something to meet my style everywhere! Sometimes we mix it – a rustic homestay then a fancy place too.

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My (lost) love of business travel

Exploring a foreign country alone on business will develop tastes. I have visited many places I wouldn’t normally visit.

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Washington, Los Angeles and Hyderabad I have visited recently and trips to Europe are commonplace. Mr P’s biz trips have also proved excellent for ticking off other places – Tallinn, Stockholm, Milan.

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A lost love I say, 60 odd flights in one year was sufficient business jetsetting… Still living off the air and hotel miles!

My love of research

There is always somewhere new to explore, the story has many chapters still to write! I love researching – subconsciously by seeing things on Pinterest or in Conde Nast, or purposefully researching to fit onto Mr P’s business trips.

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The trips we actually choose to take, they take more time! Choosing where and when to go is a project in itself, that’s before I start on accommodation and things to see… We almost didn’t find a prehistoric fossil forest in Greece but much to this geographer’s delight we did…

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And that led me full circle from my scrapbooks to my little piece of the www where my story is told trip by trip by trip!

What is your travel story? What got you into the addictive world of travel blogging – did you have jet setting parents? Did you not travel at all when young? Was it a trip that gave you the wanderlust bug? Was it accidental? Come and join the ever-fantastic travel linkup. Just pop your post up over the first week of the month (the 1st – 7th July), add it to the link up widget – found on either Polly’sAngie‘s,  Emma’s or Aftab’s blogs – from the 1st of the month. As ever, there are no rules – all we ask is that you check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; make a few comments here and there and tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love. It’s always a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!


    • July 1, 2017 / 8:49 am

      I know…. I have managed to weave that lamb into a lot of things but sadly he didn’t quite fit the brief!

  1. July 1, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Some lovely stories and photos here…I’m not sure I’d ever want to go away again if I lived in your new house either!

    • July 2, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Thanks Polly, work keep sending me away but holiday will be manageable ?

  2. July 2, 2017 / 1:21 am

    What a neat travel story, gotta say I feel a bit out of place whenever I’ve had the grand opportunity to stay in a resort or somewhere fancy, but maybe as I’m getting older I could get used to it… heck if a place has a fridge and queen bed I feel like its luxury!

    • July 2, 2017 / 9:54 am

      I hate it when you walk into dinner in some places and people look you up and down, it’s only happened once thankfully

  3. July 2, 2017 / 1:31 am

    “I would rather be outside” is my motto. I grew up with parents who loved the outdoors. They would take us to National Parks, fishing, hiking, and to a rustic cabin built by the loving hands of my great grandfather. It was at this cabin where I caught my first fish, learned to ride a horse, and soared down mountains on rubber inner tubes in the winter. I made some of my fondest childhood memories there.
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    • July 2, 2017 / 9:55 am

      What a wonderful memory, and 100 times a better holiday too

    • July 3, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you, looking forward to reading yours

    • July 3, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I think it makes for easier travel being able to enjoy the best of many worlds! I camped at the Oberoi in Jaipur… There’s a ‘tent’ for all of us ???

  4. July 5, 2017 / 12:26 am

    I absolutely love researching trips as well, although I need to try to get less stressed about them too! And also a big fan of the classic British “self catering holiday” especially since living down here in Devon… still need to get myself to Brittany and Normandy but it’s all on the list 😉 Loved reading about your travel preferences and tbh after reading your blog over the last year, I am not surprised by any of them!

    • July 5, 2017 / 6:01 am

      Thanks for reading Sarah, and glad they make sense of me and my trips too!!

  5. July 5, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I think we have the same idea of luxury – though I do like the ocassional prissy place 😉

    • July 5, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Haha, there’s a fine line between laid back high luxe and the horrors

  6. July 7, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Very beautiful photographs. I think of my blog as my modern scrapbook/journal too. It’s nice to have a little space of your own, but that you can share with the world.

    • July 8, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Glad our parents introduced us to scrap booking! So much easier digitally!!

  7. July 10, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Oh my goodness this post resonated with me so much! I love my luxury too but am very happy to don a pair of slippers and eat street food if it means getting a taste of culture in! And I’m totally OCD about travel planning too. If only I made as much money doing what I love as I do being a lawyer. Life would be grrreeattt!

    • July 10, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Lawyers and accountants, we have a lot in common!

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