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Hi! I’m Debbie, the words and some of the pictures behind Grand Adventure Story. Away from the blog I am an editor and writer. Six of my children’s non-fiction books were published by the British Library. When I’m not planning our next adventure I spend most of my time creating guidebooks for the National Trust – lucky me!

I am mum to two very lively boys (the 7yo and the 9yo) who are seemingly inexhaustible! Most days with my boys are an adventure of sorts. Together with ‘MrP’ (taker of many of the pictures and the first to lead us off the beaten path, with or without a map!) we love making the most of our local area at the weekends and exploring at home and abroad in the holidays. Our boys love to be active so we choose to build in time for them to let loose, seeking out vast meadows for them to run in, or great playgrounds on a city break.

The boys are passionate about animals and leap at every chance to see animals in the wild or learn about them in zoos and sanctuaries. One of our 2019 highlights was seeing bottlenose dolphins on a sea safari off the coast of Wales.

Grand Adventure Story was conceived at the time that we started planning a family sabbatical. Our Grand Adventure was due to start in July 2020, taking our family on a six-month long journey from Canada to Chile. Sadly the coronavirus pandemic put our plans on hold, but our thirst for adventure continues.

Grand Adventure Story is where we share stories of our holidays and adventures at home and abroad. From a guide to Interrailing with the family to the best ways to spend a weekend in Fowey, Cornwall we have you covered. Follow our story here or over on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Do join us on our Grand Adventure!

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PLANS | with the close of the Christmas holiday season thoughts inevitably turn towards planning summer holidays. Today marks six months until we depart for our Grand Adventure and our thoughts are turning towards the practicalities of long-term travel – visas and vaccines, packs and plans, equipment and expenses, budget and booking. Making plans is very much part of this process…we’re even making plans not to have too many plans 🤪 | 📸 is from our Interrail adventure last summer, which was part of the plan 😂. We wanted to practice travelling with only what we could easily carry. We were pretty happy with our luggage choices – MrP has the Osprey Sojourn 80 which wheels but also converts to a rucksack, I have the Osprey Fairview 70, and for the kids we tried the Osprey Rolling Transporter 40 and the Eastpak Tranverz S. . Are you a planner or a last-minute wonder? Do you have any long-term travel top tips to add to my ever-increasing to do list?? . . . #countdown #grandadventurestory #6monthstogo #followourjourney #packingtips #keepingkidsbusy #happytravellers #bigplans #travelplans #travelplanner #loveaplan . #fearlessfamtrav #farawayfiles #childrenwhotravel #travelmadfam #familytravelblog #adventureswithchildren #takeyourkidseverywhere #adventuretravel #showthemtheworld #lpkids . @ospreyeurope @ospreypacks . #littletrekkers #littletrekkersambassador

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