Preparations for ski season departure + 9 awesome baubles for travel lovers to hang on their Christmas Tree
Whilst snow continues to silently fall in the Alps, we, amid endless to do lists & mounting piles of kit, can’t suppress our school child excitement. Epic conditions so far indicate it could just be the best season for snow since 1999! Turns out we couldn’t have picked a better season to go (aside from the feeble miserable pound).
Why female adventurers are vital for girls + 6 inspiring picture books for determined girls this Christmas
We all want our girls to be confident, daring and bold. Don't we?
Boys have Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider to fan the flames of literature whilst Bear Grylls is revered as Chief Scout by thousands of boys across the UK. Brownies lack no real figurehead with which to electrify & inspire and gutsy heroines seem rather thin on the ground since Nancy Drew. After attending the Shextreme film festival in Bristol a couple of weeks ago, it struck me again how vital it is to have female explorers and adventurers as role models for young girls.
If you're looking for stocking fillers, here's my top 6 picture books of real life pioneering women to encourage your girls to break boundaries.
Women Explorers - Perils, Pistols & Petticoats tells stories of pioneering women explorers before 1900. A great read for girls aged 10+ (£7.35 Amazon). Helen Thayer's Artic Adventure tells the real life story to 7-10 year olds of Helen Thayer, the first woman to travel solo to the magnetic North Pole pulling her sled with no outside help (Amazon £6.79).
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far