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I have great pleasure in introducing you to Nicola Burke, who writes a fantastic travel blog over at Jetlag & Mayhem. Nicola gives helpful tips about almost everything travel-related with kids and she also provides inspirational holiday ideas. This week, she shares her fabulous road trip to New Mexico.

Over to you, Nicola…FotorCreated

What do you look for in a holiday?

I love a bit of everything.  I tend to like a beach break for a long weekend (although secretly I prefer the pool) and do a mix of culture/sightseeing and relaxing for our big two-week trips.Me & Sky at Bangkok Airport

Where did you go?

Every year we pick a US state at random. This year was the turn of New Mexico!

Why did you choose New Mexico?

Frankly speaking we were guided by the weather in July.  We originally intended to go to Arizona but realized that would be like holidaying in a furnace. So we glanced across to the neighbouring state on the map and saw the words ‘New Mexico’.Girls in our US road trip car

Who went?

Myself, my husband and our two daughters aged 3 and 5.

Where did you stay?

I turned to Tripadvisor and guidebooks to plan our route. Luckily I love to plan our holidays as this one genuinely took hours to figure out exactly where we should go and what we should see. Our route took us from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.  We had a brief four hour stopover where we escaped to Manhattan Beach to stay awake.  Then we flew to Albuquerque and drove straight up to Santa Fe.  Our route then took us to Taos, Ruidoso, Carlsbad, Las Cruces and back to Albuquerque.Me in Taos


Tell us about the accommodation?

We stayed in a mix of hotels, motels and airbnb rentals.  I spent hours dissecting reviews on Tripadvisor!  I also find the reviews on airbnb extremely helpful.

Were there plenty of activities for the kids?

The great thing about traveling in the US is that there is so much for the kids to do.  From children’s museums, to exploring the national parks to simple things like playing in a hotel swimming pool.

Your most memorable moment of the trip?

Sledding the amazing sand dunes of White Sands National Park.

What did you get up to? Any sights you want to shout about?

We loved it all and I was extremely impressed with how much Albuquerque has to offer from its zoos to museums.  I loved Santa Fe, such a beautiful town filled to the brim with colourful markets, boutiques and art galleries.

Was it good value for money?

You can make it good value for money.  I found the airbnb rentals extremely good value – for example renting a whole house in Taos was the equivalent to one motel room.

Your top tip/s for the area?

We spent a lot of time driving.  Our kids are fine in the car but make sure you have lots to entertain them. If you were looking to do a shorter New Mexico trip perhaps just stay between Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos.  When it comes to travel, one of my top tips is to eat the local food. In New Mexico’s case, you must try a sopapilla – heaven on earth!Daisy at White Sands

Which photo is your favourite and why?

The photo of my daughter with her sled at White Sands National Monument. She absolutely loved going up and down those dunes.  It was hard work but wonderful to hear her giggle.

Would you recommend to a friend?

If this was your first trip to the US, I would probably stick to one of the more classic road trips e.g. California.  However, if you are looking for something a bit different then New Mexico should definitely be on your radar.

What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?

• Travel blackout
• Kindle
• Travel Pillow
• Packing Cube
• Sunscreen

What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?

Thailand – I don’t see how you can beat Thai food. Every dish is sensational and so cheap, too!Me, daisy & pandas in Chengdu

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