Monday Escapes 1/10/18

Monday Escapes Oct 1st

Hello and welcome back to Monday Escapes!

First I just wanted to say a huge thank you  to everyone who linked up to our first Monday Escapes. You are all so wonderful and we loved reading all of your posts and seeing all of your travel photos tagged over on Instagram!

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited over to review the new glamping lodges at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in the heart of North Wales. The lodges are absolutely incredible, with a double bed, bunk beds, travel cot, bathroom and shower, and a wood burner.  The glampsite has recently been awarded a Gold star from Visit Wales.


During our stay we experienced The Deep Mine Tour, a tour that saw us travel 500ft underground and 160 years back in time.

The next day we took a 13.5 mile journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog on a beautiful steam train on The Ffestiniog Railway. Our youngest member of the Otis and Us tribe absolutely loved it!! Here are some highlights from our weekend in North Wales.






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With a van full of wellies, hats and coats we headed to @theslatecaverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, Wales this weekend. You know me … I do love glamping, and there is something special about glamping In Autumn 🍂– those misty mornings and crisp air, and (if you are lucky) the beautiful Autumn sunshine! You may have spotted the glamping lodges on my stories – they are absolutely stunning, we didn’t want to leave yesterday. Totally could’ve stayed and wrapped myself up with gorgeous blankets in front of the wood burner for a few more days…… {instead I’ll be getting myself ready for work and the school run dash) 😍Did you have a lovely weekend? . . #hosted #slatecaverns #slatecavernswales #wales #glamping #glampinglife #glampingstyle #walesadventure #travelwithkids #lovelifeoutside #ukexplore #getoutside #takeyourkidseverywhere #beautifuldestinations #campinginstyle #glampinguk #quirkyaccommodation #weekendvibes #traveldeeper #somethingformeinseptember #discoverunder5k #exploremore #explorerkids #getoutandexplore #outdoorfamilies #lovetotravel #passonsomepositive

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Our Favourite posts from last time

I absolutely loved A family holiday on the Isle of Mull by Mama Travels Earth. We did the West Coast of Scotland in the campervan a couple of years ago and we were blown away by Scotland. I really wanted to visit the Isle of Mull but we couldn’t work it in to the itinerary.  Seeing Angharad’s absolutely stunning photos – I have added it to our bucket list. I loves the colours of Tobermory, reading about the incredible beaches and walks, and Rubha nan Gall lighthouse is just beautiful!

Photo credit Mama Travels Earth

Photo Credit Mama Travels Earth

Daisy loved  Top 10 Things to do in Stavanger, Norway, by Go Live Young. Daisy said “My favourite had to be Top 10 Things to do in Stavanger, Norway, by Go Live Young. I have never been to Norway, but I can tell you I totally want to now! I was blow away by this picture of Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock as it’s also known, and was impressed to discover that Nicki and Dave managed the hike with their three kids too, and even saw other families taking on the hike with very young children.”

Photo Credit Go Live Young

Our Lonely Planet Winner

As we mentioned last week, we are thrilled that Lonely Planet have been kind enough to continue to offer either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range to the writer of our favourite post each fortnight. (See T&C’s below).

We chose Angharad’s post from Mamma Travels Earth as our favourite this week. 

Please do get in touch Angharad to claim your prize!

Monday Escapes 

Monday Escapes is a place to share and look back at your favourite travel memories; from day trips, holidays, trips of a life time and everything else in between. It doesn’t  have to be a written post, we love you to share your favourite travel snapshots too. Monday Escapes is simply a place for you to link up with like-minded people and share your travel and adventures, and hopefully grab some travel inspiration along the way.

The linky is now run by Daisy at Dais Like These and myself at Otis and Us.

Monday Escapes – What’s in it for you?

Monday Escapes is an opportunity to share you favourite travel posts, memories or photos.

The thing to remember is that you’ll be sharing your lovely travel 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 mine and Katy’s blogs each fortnight and therefore introducing your blog to even more people. We will also re-tweet anyone who uses the #MondayEscapes hashtag.

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!

How does Monday Escapes work and how do you join in?

• Link up to one post/photo – old or new.
• Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge (you will find the code below) 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. Linkys only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great! Make sure you add #MondayEscapes to the end of your comment so people can see where you’ve come from.
• If you tweet either of us your links @daisyhuntington and @Otisandus_blog please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.
• Similarly, if you want to show off your photos on Instagram using #MondayEscapes, we will show those photos some love too.

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

Add our BadgeBefore linking up, please make sure you have added the Monday Escapes badge to your post. 

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All that’s left to do is link up those wonderful travel posts of yours! We can’t wait to read them

T&Cs for the Lonely Planet winner:

Each fortnight the hosts will choose one favourite posts from all those linked up. The winner will be contacted and will be able to choose either a Lonely Planet destination guide or Lonely Planet Kids title.

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This prize can only be sent to winners in the UK and Europe only. There is no cash alternative. Hosts’ decision is final.

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1 Comment

  1. October 1, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Oh my goodness! So many things to say about this post – firstly, thanks SO much for choosing me as your favourite, I’m blown away! I’ll DM you now 🙂 Secondly, your weekend in Wales looks dream, going to check that out for a future adventure. Thank you!

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