I flied to Turkey with my mum and 3 children, from Edinburgh to Dalaman airport. It was last EasyJet flight, so it was very cheap. We arrived late, so we took a taxi to Fethiye straight to the hotel. It was a small hotel, season was finished and guests gone home, looked a bit abandoned. Next day in the morning we went to explore the town, went straight to beach and walked until town centre. It was too cold to swim, a lot of fishermen. A beautiful small town with historical places.
Then we took a bus to Pamukkale (meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish). The most amazing place I’ve been to, so beautifully white and that warm water. Looks like an ice. We spent a night there in Grand Sevgi spa hotel.
Next day in the morning we took a bus to Denizli. From where took a bus to Side, where we stayed 4 nights in Anthos Garden Apart Hotel. Season was finished and we were almost only guests. Hotel was nice, close to the town centre. There are lot of archeological sites in Side and nice beach. We took a day trip to Taurus mountains, Green lake, visited orange gardens.
It was first time when I travelled with my twins, they were 2,5 years old. My eldest child was 6. We were going from Egypt to Estonia, as we couldn’t fly directly I chose the cheapest flight I could find. So we took a flight from Hurghada to Hamburg by Condor Airlines. We spent there only 24 hours, we arrived in the evening, after hot Egypt it felt very cold, even it was a June. As I hadn’t booked a hotel, we just took a bus, which took us reasonably far from city centre, I thought it may be cheaper further, which it wasn’t obviously. After getting off the bus I felt so cold, I just stepped in the first hotel I saw and asked if they had a room, well they had. It was a 3 star hotel and cost 100 € per night, same like 1 airline ticket to there. I found it a bit expensive but I just couldn’t go out to search for a cheaper one. The room was nice though, very modern with 4 single beds. We slept very well and in the morning we could leave to explore the city. We went straight to the city centre and walked around there. It is a beautiful city, very modern. We just walked around when it was a time for twins nap, we hopped on a city tour bus, they could sleep and I could see around. After we walked more until it was a time to go to the airport to catch our evening flight to Riga. My brother met us there by his car and took us home. It is possible to travel with young children if they are used to walk long distances and you are not planning to visit museums.
My second travel experience was 4 years later travelling to Egypt for a week holiday. It was first time I boarded a plane, I was quite scared, but thankfully I met 2 girls in airport who happened to go to the same airplane, one of them had been flying a lot.
It was very warm in Egypt. That was what I liked most. Coming from very cold country, it was already snowing, it was huge difference. I stayed in Sharm el Sheikh in 3 star hotel. It was warm enough to swim in swimming pool and in sea, there is most beautiful sea, the clearest water I’ve seen. We also went to a 2 days trip to Cairo and Alexandria, to see the pyramids and museums in Cairo, all I remember about that day is, that Cairo was very dirty and I didn’t like it there. I still don’t like Cairo much, but now it is a nice feeling to go there, like you came home.