Dreaming of the Beach – Thomas Cook Kids First Giveaway #TCKF

Ah, Montreal in the winter. For the most part, I love it. It’s beautiful to see the snow glistening off the trees, making a snowman with my children, going sledding and skiing. Yes, winter is wonderful in Montreal.

Who am I kidding?

The above description of a perfect snow day in Montreal is very limited due to the extreme cold temperatures. Skiing on a well groomed run when the weather is mild is a little piece of heaven, but you’re likely to be skiing on solid snow, or even ice, in the dead of winter here, with a nice gust of wind to boot.

Today I woke up to see that the outside temperature was -24.9 °C. What?! I can’t rationally understand leaving my house for anything when it is that cold. I sent my little one to school today but to be honest, I would have liked to keep him home. He loves school so it wouldn’t have gone over well. At any rate, the school informed us that the children would not be going out today for recess or lunch.

I guess I should be used to it. I grew up in Montreal and lived in Canada most of my life. When I was away from Montreal, I missed the change of season and the snow during the winter. And there were times when bella Italia was just as cold as here without the snow and bright skies. But I still get a shock to the system when the day starts out at -24.9 °C.

So, if you can gather from my mini rant on the weather, I am a mama who loves summer. I long for a beach to walk on as soon as I have to put on a sweater. I reminisce about my childhood family vacations in places like Florida and Cape Cod. And if there is anything that would get me outside in -24.9 °C weather, it would be to get myself and my family to an airport to fly to a warm and sunny destination!

Thomas Cook contacted me about a smart new section on their website called Kids First, devoted to family friendly destinations. The best part? It’s the children that give the reviews! How great is that? Just as mama bloggers write honest reviews on products and services, now children have a chance to post reviews (that are, of course parent approved) on their experiences in sunny destinations.

If you are a parent, you know that traveling with children is a challenging task. From planning to packing, to arriving to your destination, each step is that much trickier when you are traveling with children. Well, Thomas Cook is a great resource to help you get ready.
They’ve even prepared a Thomas Cook Kids First Welcome Package. The welcome package includes:

  • $50 Prepaid VISA Gift Card (so great!)
  • $25 Indigo Gift Card (to pick up some colouring books, new children’s books, a magazine of two)
  • $25 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Card (for travel essentials before your trip)
  • FREE Seat Selection (great for families with babies or larger families)
  • FREE Airport Lounge Pass (always handy for a diaper change or a snack)

(now for my favourite part…)

Guess what? One of my lucky readers will have the chance to win a Thomas Cook Welcome Package!

Fill in the entries below for your chance to win this great package.

Open to Canadian residents only.

Good luck to all!
Be sure to visit Thomas Cook on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter!
Do you have a budding travel reporter in your home? You can enter their video for a chance to win a family trip to Riviera Maya!

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Disclosure: I received a welcome package in order to write this review. All opinions are strictly my own.

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Dreena January 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Egypt is a dream destination for us! But, we’d also love to plant ourselves on a beach in Aruba.

tobyhir January 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Disneyworld!…where everyone’s a kid! 🙂

Sweet Panda January 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I would say Florida! Since there is Disney World, Universal Studio and Kennedy Space Centre! Kids will have so much fun if we go there!

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flowerchild January 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I would love to go to Italy

Angela M January 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Hawaii is my dream vacation. I’d pick Aruba or Cuba out of the Thomas Cook options.

Michelle B January 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Disneyland Florida would be our dream vacation.

S. Benko January 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

A Beaches resort in Jamaica!!

fesspoire January 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

Lyon, France

Erika E January 26, 2013 at 1:55 am

I’d like to go to Cuba with my family.

torlonias January 26, 2013 at 3:48 am

Turks & Caicos via Thomas Cook…. OR my ultimate dream vacation location is Figi.

privyseel January 26, 2013 at 4:34 am

Jamica or Istanbul (could they BE more different?) 🙂

Yan D January 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

Cuba would be my dream vacation!
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Glogirl January 28, 2013 at 3:44 am

I’d love to go to Hawaii!

Andrew Pham (apham17) January 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

I would love to go to Jamaica

Bree January 29, 2013 at 3:55 am

I would love to take my kids to Disneyland!

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maria January 29, 2013 at 6:16 am Reply
Torviewtoronto January 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I would like to visit somewhere in Asia
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Angie B January 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Turks and Caicos – we have always wanted to go there!

Jeannie Lam January 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hawaii. Love the sun!

Tara January 30, 2013 at 4:27 am

Orlando, FL!

SUMMER PLEWES January 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

i WOULD like to take my son to disney!

pamalot January 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I would like to take the family to Turks & Caicos or Jamaica.

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Holly Messana February 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

we would like to go to cuba

SG February 2, 2013 at 12:44 am

Turks and Caicos – sigh.

Areta February 2, 2013 at 4:01 am


Dayna February 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

We would absolutely love to go to Scotland.

LJ February 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm


Rebby February 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm


Anonymous February 3, 2013 at 2:34 am

Disney would be great.


Haylie February 3, 2013 at 4:11 am

Can’t go wrong with a cruise!

Brenda Penton February 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I’d like to go to Disney World with the family

Lori Bazan February 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Take my family to Cuba!

Karryk February 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm


Janelle February 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

My dream vacation as a family would be to go to the East coast in Canada. My husband and I went after we were married, and loved it. I think my boys would enjoy it there!
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Andy B. February 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Turks & Caicos

ksceviour February 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

My dream vacation would be to take my family to Disneyworld.

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Dianne February 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Beaches Turks and Caicos would be my choice for a dream vacation with a family. There are so many fun activities for children and adults.

spike February 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Turks and Caicos

Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Disneyland for me

Andrea L February 5, 2013 at 12:51 am

I have a couple ‘dream’ destinations for a family vacation…Hawaii, Jamaica, California Disney, or a Disney Cruise!!

Lisa Bolduc February 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

i would love to go to the bahamas

Tammy D February 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Most definitely Disneyland!!!!!

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JenniferGrace1 February 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Orlando Florida to Disneyland 🙂

Laura Snow February 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

a Disney Cruise!

the_jaunty_loon February 7, 2013 at 2:58 am

I’d like to take my kids to the ocean, any ocean!


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