Mandi is the main author of Big Family Little Adventures. With occasional posts from other family members, it’s a days out and family travel blog for the larger than average family. It features lots of outdoor adventures (with a giant dog in tow), camping and plenty of Disneyland Paris posts! Follow Mandi and her family on social media: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.
What inspired you to start blogging?
When child number six was born lots of people kept asking me how I managed to take care of six children aged 0-13, so I started my parenting blog. Two years later we had our seventh child and days out and travelling became a bit more difficult, as most places only cater for up to 8 people, so we started Big Family Little Adventures to give help and advice to people about days out and family travel with a larger than average family.
What are your blogging and travel plans for the next 12 months?
Blogging wise, I am concentrating on finding hidden gems in the UK that don’t cost a fortune and make for a great family day out. Travelling with be within the UK this year, maybe a cottage or camping.
Where is your happy place? Your favourite destination in the world?
My favourite place has to be Disneyland Paris. It’s not too far to travel and the memories we make each time we visit are unforgettable. It’s the perfect place to entertain all seven children and there’s something for everyone.
Which blogs do you love to read for inspiration?
My three favourite travel bloggers are Angela at The Life of Spicers. I love reading all about their Disney travel and also their new blog all about Exploring Dorset which is somewhere we’d love to visit this year. My favourite person to listen to for Ig stories is Cath at Passports and Adventures and their new blog Travel Around Ireland is one of the most comprehensive guides about Ireland that I’ve read. Finally, I love reading all about my former home ‘Up North’ with Nikki at Yorkshire Wonders and one of her newer blogs Best lodges With Hot Tubs (I have so many stunning lodges bookmarked for a stay!)
Can you share the three most popular posts on your blog?
Currently with outdoor adventures being the thing to do my Best Places to find Bluebell Woods is extremely popular. Clearly everyone has also been missing their Disney holidays as my Disney Emoji Quiz is viewed frequently. People love Great Yarmouth as much as I do, because my Holiday Parks near Great Yarmouth is one of my most viewed posts.
Can you share any tips for newer bloggers who would love to set up a travel blog?
If you are thinking about starting a travel blog, do it! Not only is it a lovely way to document your trips and days out, but it’s a great way to make some life-long friends. Travel blogging can be quite competitive but there is plenty of space for everyone, and if you have a niche area or place that people are looking for information about and it’s not there, then provide that service.
If you could go back in time to when you first set up your blog would you do anything differently?
Yes. I’d concentrate more on SEO and niche down a little more; it’s taken me 8 years to decide exactly what I want my blog to be about and what my readers like.