When Visit California emailed to tell me that they had chosen me as one of 25 bloggers in with a chance of winning a dream trip to the Golden State, it was a no-brainer that we were DEFINITELY up for getting involved with the #DreamBigAwards

Sam’s big travel plan has always been to embark on a great American road trip. (It was what he was working towards when we were surprised with Arlo). He loves all things Americana, and California is his number one place to visit, so he practically begged me to let him do all the child-wrangling for a day so that I could crack on with creating our entry.

For me, California most appeals because it’s the most familiar place that I’ve never been to before. I am really intrigued to visit all of the places that I know so well from film and television. Also, I love beaches and American food, so California is a win-win there.

And there’s no doubting that the kids would have a time to remember – California has some of the best attractions and activities for families. Sam and I are past the days of longing for chill-out holidays where we relax by a pool with books for two weeks. Nowadays, we are all about having the best possible time with our children whilst they are young and still want to hang out with us. We are all about having fun and creating lasting memories.

California would be a great big adventure for all of us.

As you might have noticed, I am rather partial to a visual blog post. But I don’t have any of my own images of California to show you.

So, how could I write a blog post explaining all the things we love about California without using impersonal stock images? How could I avoid long paragraphs and too much typed text? And, as this is a family trip, how could I involve the whole family in our entry?

Well, the result was this – ‘California Drawing‘.

(If you are reading via RSS you may have to click through to the actual blog post to see the embedded video).


This post serves as our entry into the Dream Big Awards competition with Visit California. 

If you have been to California, what was your highlight? Or if you haven’t been, where in California would you most like to visit? I’d love to hear about your ‘must-dos’.

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  1. Oh how exciting! I’d love to go to California, golden gate bridge, alcatraz, yosemite, death valley and LA obviously! Good luck!

    1. Ah good choices – Alcatraz and Death Valley are two other places I am really keen to go to – there was just too much to mention in one video!

  2. Excellent video, for that alone I think you should win the Big Dream Awards!…Isn’t it amazing how quick the better halves can step in for child care when they want to?

    I didn’t know that disc gold was actually a real sport either, I have played it on the WII but thought it was a made up sport! …If I got to go to California I would like to roller blade along the seafront, just like they do in the movies….Except it wouldn’t be quite like that as I can’t roller blade, but I’d give it a good go!

    Hope you win and have a fab time.

    1. Oh yes, disc golf is a real sport – just not very well known in the UK, but there is a course very close to us and Sam loves it.

      I haven’t rollerbladed in years but that would be SO MUCH FUN.

  3. Amazing Chloe! Well done and i sincerely hope you win! Love the video, such a great idea. My BIL lives in Cali so we have done a big road trip there before, would love to go back with the kids one day.

    A few of the many many things we loved…
    Meatball sandwiches at Mario’s cigar bar in SF
    Honey Honey for breakfast in SF
    Santa Cruz Boardwalk
    Big Sur River Inn
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Hearst Castle
    A mooch around chocolate box Carmel
    La Super Rica and the Cajun Kitchen to eat in Santa Barbara
    Apple Doughnuts at the Solvang Restaurant
    Venice Beach at sunset

    1. Very happy at the number of your recommendations that involve food – eating is definitely one of our top activities of all time.

  4. Adore this-were you or your husband drawing?! You guys deserve to win! I loved LA when I screened a film there-had so much fun, such a productive place for filmmaking too-want to take the kids too one day! Good luck lovely! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts too!

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