From the beautiful photos to the awesome tips, My Travel Monkey is a fantastic family travel blog. Let’s meet Ting, mother of the aforementioned Monkey who’s on a mission to get her family to see as much of the world as possible.
How long have you been writing your blog and what prompted you to start?
I’ve been writing My Travel Monkey a little over a year now – and have just launched a new look website. It’s been a labour of love this past couple of months but hopefully I can now sit down and begin writing properly again.
I started blogging after a friend suggested I needed to focus my mind and embark on a new project. I was feeling a little jaded with my job, and since I began, I haven’t looked back. Blogging definitely takes over your life!
I’ve always been a travel fanatic since my parents began taking me abroad as a youngster. And I knew instantly that this was exactly the subject matter I wanted to write about. More importantly, I also wanted to document our family adventures and past travel experiences.
Describe your travel style in 3 words
Sun-seeker, Explorer, Foodie
What’s your favourite family friendly travel destination?
Even though we have only been to handful of places together as a family, there are two places that spring to mind.
I have to mention what a fabulous holiday we had in Cornwall last year at Coombe Mill farm. It was truly a kids’ paradise and we got to enjoy the many attractions on offer such as riding bikes on the Camel Trail and riding the Rock Ferry.
We also has a brilliant time in Taba, Egypt. It’s a run of the mill man made resort but our son was treated like a king. He was the only child staying at our hotel, The Hyatt Regency and all the staff doted on him. At the time, all he was interested in was playing in the pool/sea. He loved paddling on the lagoon and there was also a playground on the beach. We wanted to go somewhere with guaranteed sunshine and to laze by the pool and we got just that.
What’s on your bucket list for 2015?
We’re going to Thailand at Easter and really looking forward to returning their with our son. I haven’t been for 13 years and I’m curious to see how it’s changed in that time. We’ve decided to stay in the resort of Hua Hin, situated 2 hours from Bangkok. I’ve chosen two hotels for us to stay in and they’re both catered for families – so I’ll be interested to see how it goes. I know the Thai people love children.
We’re also spending a week in summer at a stunning cottage in the Cotswolds. I love the area and can’t wait to get out and explore the countryside and little villages.
In October half-term we also have a spare week, so dependent on funds we may be able to snatch a cheap week away somewhere – Greece perhaps or the Canary Islands. But that’s a big maybe…
Have you ever had any epic travel fails?
Luckily, not too many. But the biggest one which springs to mind is when I was on the first leg of my year-long around the world. I was staying in Goa, India and I stupidly decided to take out a bag carrying everything of importance, including my passport, airline tickets and bank cards. Yep, they were all stolen on a drunken night out and it was pretty sobering the next day when I had to face up to sorting everything out.
It taught me a big lesson…
Places to avoid?
I’ve never been somewhere which I’ve really disliked but Marrakech is probably my least favourite place. I couldn’t stand being hassled constantly by the market sellers in the medina. However, we had some amazing meals and the Riad we stayed in was divine. So it wasn’t all bad…
What’s your number 1 packing tip?
Roll everything, it’s amazing how much more you can squeeze into a case rather than folding.