2016 has been a year full of travel for me and my family; looking back now I realise we've been away every school holiday and even managed some weekend breaks in between. It's involved all sorts of different configurations including solo trips for three out of four of us, a child-free break with my parents, a full-on child-centered school trip to Barcelona for me and 55 kids (of whom one was my own), a boys' weekend and several family holidays. We've flown long haul for the first time in a very long time, taken another of our beloved European road trips, camped, rented a luxury penthouse apartment, stayed in a youth hostel, stayed in an ecolodge and a bamboo shack on stilts over water. We've stayed in the dodgiest Airbnb room I've come across yet and some very ordinary hotels, but we've also blissed out in a 5 star spa resort and been hosted in style by old friends. We've explored new countries, new regions of France and old haunts. From a travel point of view it's been an amazing year. It's going to be hard to live up to in 2017!