Originally from Trinidad, Maria Tumolo moved to the UK age 27. Maria now lives in Surrey with her husband and two children and is the founder of a Trini-British Parenting & Lifestyle Blog The Tiger Tales which explores parenting as an expat, family life and staycations, raising mixed race children and much more. Maria started blogging in 2011 to chronicle the milestones in her son's life. He was born in the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese calendar, hence the name.
We caught up with Maria to get her tips on traveling in the UK on a budget and how to keep kids entertained on long car journeys.
Where have you had your favourite UK breaks as a family?
Maria Tumolo: Well, I’m biased. I prefer beach, seaside holidays because within Surrey county there's so many parks, which we absolutely love, but so we experience something different, we try to have seaside holidays. I'm fond of Pembrokeshire, in Wales, and the Isle of Wight, that was actually our first seaside holiday. We spent a lot of time on different beaches. It was so emotional for me because it was years since I had swum in the sea. We also visited Llanelli, which is close to Swansea. Caswell Bay is what you call a bucket-and-spade type beach. When the tide went out, you could adventure around the parts that would normally be covered by the sea, and explore the little caves and things like that, which is quite exciting for the kids.