Hi, my name’s Gill. I live in London with my husband and 3 sons (twins and baby). And I’m obsessed with Airbnb and family travels!
Researching a holiday or short break can be so time-consuming. And where do you even start if you don’t really know where or when you want to go? But I really love the search, so when I’m not at work or running around after all the boys, I love looking for new places to stay and visit.
I’ve been lucky enough to try lots of different types of holiday; glamping in Croatia, all-inclusive in the Canaries, backpacking in Vietnam, fly-drive in California, and chateaus in France (to name a few). They’ve all been great in different ways, but the best trips by far have been the ones where we’ve used holiday homes – be it an Airbnb, a holiday rental, or another type of self-catering option. So I want to share what I’ve learned about holidaying in this way, and help you with ideas for where you could stay next.
After living in New Zealand for a year with my husband, we really got into the Kiwi culture of spending our weekends out of the city and staying in a ‘bach’ – typically a small-ish, cheap, cheerful holiday home by the beach or in the country whose owners rent out when they aren’t using it themselves. It was also around the same time I started my Airbnb obsession! The flexibility and personality of each bach and Airbnb totally appealed to my holiday approach, so this is why I wanted to call my blog Batch travel (sorry to any Kiwis reading this for the change in spelling bach, but I didn’t want anyone thinking I was blogging about dead composers!). And since the kids have come along, holiday homes are still our favourite way to travel. Not only do we enjoy the space and variation of staying in other homes, it also appeals to my nosey-side and inner interiors-addict!
I also want to share a ‘real’ side of what holidaying with kids is like. I’m not one for big-budget holidays and perfectly photoshopped pictures, so here you’ll find honest ideas, mostly unfiltered photos, and places to stay that won’t break the bank.
I hope the batch of suggestions on this site are useful for your next holiday. But if you’re lost wading through the comparison-sites, or are having a decision-making crisis, please get in touch and let me find some ideas for you.
Thanks for visiting. And happy adventures x