Thursday, 24 April 2014

Gatwick Airport: Travelling with Children

Following a post about Heathrow airport's 'child-friendliness'
{and a recent trip to Greece for Easter},
it's Gatwick airport's turn to be reviewed
as to what they do {or don't} offer
to families travelling with children. 

A Mum in London

Getting to Gatwick Airport
The easiest & fastest way to reach Gatwick airport
from central London is by train.
The journey is approximately 40 min
and train tickets start from ~£10 {children go free}.

Gatwick Airport's Facilities for Families
Gatwick airport is not as organised for families as Heathrow,
but it has some features that are helpful:

The family lanes for security check
{helpful & time saving}.

The kids zone {which could use a refurbishment}
and Boots after security to buy milk.  

The pushchairs pick up points
{brilliant idea for parents who disembark a plane
carrying sleepy toddlers, coats and hand luggage}.

The Verdict

Pros: Family priority lanes for security check,
free pushchairs to get from the plane to baggage reclaim.

Cons: neglected, dirty kids zone,
baby changing areas are not next to toilets
{not very practical}.

In a nutshell: A good airport when you fly with kids,
but there is room for improvement.

Child-friendly score: 7/10

Find out more about Gatwick Airport's family facilities.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Summer UGGs: Win a Family Getaway

I can safely say I love my UGG boots. 
They are comfortable, easy to wear 
and have kept me warm through the cold London winter. 

They're part of my winter mummy uniform. 

And having just seen UGG's Summer 2014 shoes, 
I can safely say they will be part of my summer mummy uniform too.

A Mum in London

UGG summer collection for women 
is all about stripes & nautical chic. 

From comfy flats with lovely details
to super 'Monaco-chic' wedges, 
I would have never imagined that UGG 
can pull off so pretty summer shoes.

A Mum in London

The UGG children range is the epitome of cute 
{and the prices are lovely too}.   

You can choose from flip flops with soft lining, 
embroidered ballerinas for little girls 
and classic boat shoes made from soft leather for boys. 

Now, the fun bit: 
UGG gives you the chance to win 
a two night stay for a family of four  
at a 5star hotel {it looks seriously perfect}. 


Simply go to an UGG store, 
take a picture in front of the beach board, 
and submit it via Twitter or Instagram 
with the hashtag #UGGKids to @UGGUK. 


Plus, kids get to take a lollipop 
and an activity fun book! 

Ladies: Ballerinas £50, Wedges £120, Bag £175
Kids: Boat shoes £40, Flip-flops £20, Ballerina £35
Read more about the competition here (terms, conditions & stores).

Disclosure: PR samples.  
Wording & views my own. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Expat Bloggers: a Journey

Recently, Internations asked expat bloggers 
a few simple questions about expatriation.

The results were anything but predictable. 

Interestingly, travelling & living the adventure 
is the main reason for moving abroad,  
closely followed by more practical {and romantic} reasons, 
like following a partner/spouse.

Red tape is the biggest hurdle 
expats need to overcome {no surprise here},  
while making new friends is the second biggest challenge. 

The embodiment of culture shock 
may come in the form of local mentality,  
but I was not surprised to see that weather 
can also get you the expat blues. 

When asked what was the most valuable thing 
expat bloggers brought from home, 
a staggering 60% answered their laptop 
{they are bloggers, after all}.

Finally and most surprisingly, 
what's the biggest problem expat face when return home? 
Yes, mentality again, but the other way round. 

Infographic from Internations