So what inspired AwtK?
Holidays by their very nature should provide respite from the norm. At least that's why we look to go elsewhere otherwise why bother? When searching for somewhere to go back in 2008 to celebrate an anniversary it proved really difficult finding, researching and checking places out. Some places looked great for an indulgent weekend treat with grownups but those cream, glass and immaculate places with kids make my heart miss a beat (think chocolate fingers, ketchup, banged heads and the like), some looked like they ought to have been demolished in the sixties. In the end a friend highly recommended a place - they are now on the website.
Having had a first business meeting at the kitchen table (happy memories) friends were polled and a list of places to stay was pulled together, to suit whatever we fancied doing - or our friends - or our family. Away with the Kids was launched in Jan 2009 with the simple aim of highlighting fab places to stay that will make all your family welcome, regardless of accommodation type, amenities or facilities – a smile from an owner is always a good start, a spotlessly clean place is a pre-requisite - it gets better from there. You'll find places to be completely relaxed and indulged, places that are cheap and cheerful, places suited to 3 filthy kids who have a ball in a mud bath - all just lovely, all guaranteed child, ergo parent, friendly!
We are working hard to tell of all the lovely places that we now represent; we are always looking for new places for you to stay; we are very happy for you to tell us where we are missing. Meanwhile though do get Away with the Kids - they grow up so fast!
Having floated about and back-packed not really knowing what to be when I grew up I found myself passionate about our environment and studied accordingly. Having had kids nothing was as important anymore and so I became a stay at home Mum and talked a weird language for a while. Deciding three kids was enough it was time to find out if I could do something as an independent adult again and after a light bulb moment I bought the url 'Away with the Kids' and started the website with Helen. We're now on a new chapter - life's good!
There's a charity that is particularly important to me:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications, and is the world's largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. JDRF raises money to drive world-class research to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its serious and debilitating complications.