About Me

About Me

I am a U.K based, travel loving, forty-something mum of three wonderful children.

I don’t drive, I get seasick and I am terrified of flying. Despite this, I have explored all over the U.K and have been to 65 countries. The destination is always worth the journey!

Our children started travelling young (at six weeks old!) and we have been to 31 countries as a family of five. We recently completed an 11 month round the world trip.

We travel independently on a budget.  I am a deal seeking, extreme planning, money saving queen  (Ok, I added the queen!).



About Map Made Memories


I started this blog to document our family travels, to remind ourselves and our children in the years to come what we experienced as a family, at home and abroad.

Together we have climbed mountains in Switzerland, snorkelled on coral reefs in Samoa, dodged lava in Hawaii, walked on the Great Wall in China, hiked in the foothills of the Andes and slept in yurts in Mongolia. We have marvelled at amazing natural wonders and have had incredible animal encounters including releasing endangered turtles into the ocean and having our hair nibbled by wild manatees. Our greatest adventure to date was travelling overland from Hong Kong to Yorkshire by train.

I use this blog to talk endlessly about travel (!) and to share tips and tricks we have learnt along the way. I hope to encourage and inspire other families to explore together.

Plus I want to learn and be inspired by other travellers I meet through Map Made Memories!



What you will see on this blog

Honest posts about the highs, the lows and challenges of travel with children and as a family (which are hopefully fun to read)!

Informative and engaging reviews of locations we have visited, the places we have stayed and the equipment or services we have used.

The occasional picture of cake.




What you will not see on this blog

Photos of my dinner. Who has the time for that???

Christmas card perfect family photos. Impossible to achieve without lots of time, effort and bribery.

Places I haven’t been or equipment I haven’t used!

Photos of me in ironed outfits colour coordinated with my surroundings.



Family travel is not easy, cheap or stress-free but it is possible for families to travel on a budget and to have rewarding and enriching experiences whether it is at home, abroad, in a tent or in a hotel!


I appreciate all feedback and welcome your own tips and advice.


If you would like to learn more or are interested in working with me, please get in touch at [email protected].


I look forward to hearing from you.


Happy travels!