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Many of my friends (and maybe some of my regular readers) will know how much I love The Highlands of Scotland. I’m sure I must have mentioned it a few times and I have hundreds of photos. Pre-children The Highlands was a great place to visit for a relaxing holiday but there’s no such thing as a relaxing holiday now, is there?… Though I’m sure we will visit again at some point when the children are a little older.

Nowadays with an active inquisitive toddler in tow, then we need to head for destinations with plenty to do & see. Another more vibrant place I have always wanted to visit in Scotland is Edinburgh. We have only really done one city break and that was London. We were nearby to Edinburgh a few years ago and were going to have a little day trip there but we never got the chance, though I think at least a weekend of it is needed really with so much to do; Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, The Royal Mile, Royal Botanic Garden, art galleries.. I could go on! We would probably stay in a Travelodge hotel which are great for families.
All of the above would be on our must-do list as everywhere we go I have to visit a castle – I love them, and the history behind them is a great educator for the boys. J loves animals and could spend all day going back & forth so the zoo is a must. I love floral (and nature) photography so again, the Botanic Garden is a must, plus I could still get a little bit of relaxation then. Oh, and I could probably burn off enough calories with walking to fit in some yummy food too! Though when we do manage to fit in a visit, I must remember my posh camera and plenty of batteries!
If this has whet your appetite and you fancy a night away then I am so happy to be able to offer you the chance to win an overnight stay at a Travelodge of your choice! Just complete the Rafflecopter below and cross everything – good luck!

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I’m Stacey, in my mid-late 30’s, from a tiny village (officially a hamlet) in Lincolnshire.

I’m a mum to two handsome boys. They’re both diagnosed autistic but that only makes them different, not less. Barney, a Frenchie x Beagle, is my furbaby. Owner of a husband too!

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  2. by the seaside I think x

  3. London convent garden I'd love to show my girls the sights

  4. london would be fab

  5. London with my son and partner! 🙂

  6. London would love to take my daughter she has never been before.

  7. covent garden london

  8. Southwark In London, I would take my Husband for his Birthday to see the sights

  9. A one near Manchester Airport so we could extend our holiday by a day and help break up the journey!

  10. Somewhere n London for a trip with my hubbyxx

  11. Think I'd be tempted by Edinburgh too as we went there for a short break this summer and still have loads we want to see.

  12. I would visit a travel lodge in london and take my daughter to see the sights

  13. I'd like to stay at the Travelodge in Bath (Central)

  14. edinburgh with my son

  15. Cardiff Atlantic Wharf, I would take my partner as we haven't had a night alone in 5 years!

  16. Would love a night in Bristol, we are travelling down to Cornwall in March (excited as never been before) but its such a long way we would love a night in Bristol to explore and break the journey up, thanks for the chance xx merry Christmas

  17. London Tower Bridge with my mate, Pete.

  18. One of the London ones, with my lovely husband 🙂

  19. Somewhere in London with my other half 🙂

  20. Blackpool I think and I would take the hubby 🙂

  21. Durham, keep meaning to go, maybe with mr.

  22. London Tower Bridge with my husband

  23. edinburgh thankyou

  24. Liverpool with my friend

    Amanda A

  25. I'd probably take my other half to London

  26. I would stay in London with my husband. x

  27. covent Garden in London with my bestie

  28. Aberdeen Bucksburn

  29. Somewhere in London probably.

  30. Norwich with my fiance Chris

  31. Bath with my husband and 2 boys.

  32. Brighton and I would take my partner!

  33. Somewhere in London, with my best friend. Charlotte Reeve

  34. I would love to stay at Bath! With my Fiancée.

  35. one in London with my mum

  36. I'd take my husband and probably choose one in Edinburgh 🙂

  37. Take my wife to Liverpool

  38. The closest to Legoland to take my grandchildren

  39. Kings Cross I think

  40. Blackpool or London

  41. London. I would take my wife of course !

  42. would like to stay at Edinburgh and take my husband x

  43. coventry. overdue a visit to our friends there

  44. The one in Telford so I can visit a good friend x

  45. A Travelodge suitable for a family of 4 in or around Bournemouth so we can visit my Grandmother

  46. Anywhere in Ireland

  47. London.My son would love to see the sights

  48. Edinburgh and I'd take my favourite barmaid

  49. I would take my kids and stay near their cousins in darlington

  50. i would take the kids to darlington to play with their cousins

  51. I would love a night in Travel Lodge in Kendal, in the Lake District with my husband.

  52. The Lake District, with my husband, we have been saying we will go for years. This would be the perfect opportunity.

  53. somewhere near the sea with my partner

  54. "beside the seaside beside the sea" we do love the coast

  55. Somewhere near my family or friends so I can visit!

  56. Sheffield, so my husband could visit his brother

  57. East Anglia so I could visit my best fiend

  58. Brighton would be great


  60. I'd give it to my daughter and son in law so they could have a break whilst i look after my two grandsons

  61. Any in Scotland with my OH.

  62. Scotland would be good, would pick one near my Aunty so we could meet up for a coffee – would be the first time in a long time 🙂 x

  63. London for a night out

  64. I would stay at a Travelodge close to Bristol City Centre so that I could visit my Grandson who lives and works in Bristol. I would take my husband – his Grandad – with me.

  65. Birmingham and il take my boyfriend of 2 months as we still live with both our parents we need some time alone!

  66. Edinburgh and I would take my sister for a shopping trip 🙂

  67. One of the London ones as it is years since I've been there, and meet up with an old friend

  68. York with hubby so we can go to the races during the day and explore the city by night

  69. A night away anywhere would be lovely – maybe Oxford or Cambridge

  70. Forgot to say, I would take my husband

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  72. Cambridge with my hubby x

  73. London convent garden with my husband

  74. Tracey F
    Southampton as I've always loved to go there.

  75. Lake district and I would take my partner and daughter

  76. Belfast because I love it!

  77. One of the London ones. I'm dying to take my little boy for his first London visit

  78. The beautiful new forest

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  81. I'd take my family to Bath

  82. London with my wife

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  84. Id stay in manchester central and go shopping with my mum

  85. Stratford upon Avon. would take my wife for a nice break away!

  86. Somewhere on route to Cumbria with my daughter who is trying to decide which university to choose for September.

  87. I would take my husband to London 🙂

  88. York, I'd take my husband and children

  89. Edinburgh, love the place!

  90. One in London, with my partner and the kids

  91. Cardiff, I would like to take the wife and kids to the Dr Who Experience

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  93. Edinburgh with my daughter!

  94. Chester Central with my partner

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  100. London with my OH

  101. Liverpool with the family.

  102. Thank you for the chance! Would love this!

  103. Hilary in Worcester

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  104. London with my daughters

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  111. I would take my wife to Cardiff so we can go shopping.

  112. Kings Cross with the children so we can visit London properly!

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  114. London… for day out with my friend 🙂

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  120. London with my husband, so then we could then visit family and friends

  121. London with my partner 🙂

  122. London with my husband

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    1. would go with hubby for a kids free weekend 🙂

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  126. York central with hubby and 2 kids so we could explore the city.

  127. Travelodge Kendal, would love to visit the Lake District

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  129. Edinburgh with me BFF 🙂

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  133. London with my husband.

  134. One of the London ones with my family to see the sights

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  138. Southend so I can take the children to visit Grandad

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  142. I would take my hubby to liverpool

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  148. Dover with my son and partner

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  150. I'd choose Taunton to break up the journey to Cornwall next year

  151. I'd take my sister to Chester for a much needed break

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  153. I would take my fiance and would go to one near the coast

  154. London

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  156. Edinburgh. A night away with my husband would be great.

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  160. One near Gloucester as I would like to do a two day jewellery course and be able to stay overnight.

  161. Harrogate and would go with my kids

  162. Southampton as we would love to take our girls to Peppa Pig World xx 😉 Thanks

  163. York with my husband to have a romantic break in the lovely city

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