Who is behind This Bristol Brood?
I’m Angharad, mama of two girls, an expert on Bristol, family travel blogger, neon obsessive, sun worshipper and gin ‘enthusiast’. I am happiest outside in the sunshine and I do a mean velociraptor impression. Did I mention my most favourite drink on this Earth is gin? I am extremely hazardous on a bicycle, which has nothing to do with the gin…well, not always.
I love to travel – I love the prospect of the new, exciting and unknown. How, travel takes normality, chews it up, swills it around and spits it out, throwing you blindly into the most random of circumstances. These days I consider myself a bona fide West Country lass and my home for plotting trips away is Bristol, UK.
Following a 4-month ‘Wandermoon’ – as I have dubbed it – travelling across Africa, I started a travel blog and have continued to share my travel tales and tips hoping to inspire readers ever since. I was once the Editor of Alastair Sawday’s ‘French Special Places to stay’ guides (and even had my name on the front cover of a book!) and have been employed to shout from the cyber rooftops about Bristol, Bath and surrounding area for the past 4 years as Content Editor for Visit Bristol, and now Digital Project Coordinator for Go Bath Bristol.
I love to laugh loudly and I speak the ‘langue d’amour‘ having studied French at Bristol University. I’d love to be able to speak Swahili.
About the blog
I recently re-branded my blog (I was once known as Mama Travels Earth), but changed my name to This Bristol Brood given my expert knowledge on the city. I’ve lived here for the past 16 years under various guises – as a University of Bristol Student, a ‘young professional’ and as a mama with two young kids to entertain. On top of that, I’ve also written endlessly on every subject you could imagine about Bristol for Visit Bristol, so I’ve got some serious Bristol credentials under my belt. You can read more about my Bristol life story here.
What can you expect from the blog?
I write about family travel in the UK and abroad. This includes long-haul adventures, staycation weekends away and trips during the school holidays. I also regularly share nuggets from the deep depths of my local Bristol knowledge including round-ups of things to do in the city, easy day trips and various ways to entertain children in Bristol. I consider my blog an excellent resource for Bristol parents.
Why did you start blogging about family travel?
I started off blogging about my carefree honeymoon travels, back then, before kids, I would have sniffed dismissively – “pff well of course, when I’m a parent, I’ll just carry on as I always have, just with a baby in tow, why would travelling be any different?”. WOW was I naive. I’d like to show my old self a little glimpse into current-self’s life and laugh heartily in old self’s face.
Of course travelling with children is perfectly possible, it’s just that it presents a few extra challenges, the patience of a very patient person and a bit of getting used to on the part of the parents. Which means making the most of all the help you can get from helpful resources…like This Bristol Brood!
Since 2013 I’ve been climbing the learning cliff face of parenthood, googling the hell out of everything from the gritty lows of nappy contents to sleep-training tactics. To my relief, many questions I searched for had already been posed by a zillion parents before me. It is partly for this reason that I started this blog, to share what I learn along the way, hoping to help and inspire people to travel with young children and make their lives a little easier in doing so.
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