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Spinning tales about our family travel mishaps and successes, with lessons learned so you can avoid our pitfalls and holiday a little better.

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Fun 7 day Black Forest itinerary

Plan your dream Schwartzwald winter holiday – snowy log cabins, show shoe shenanigans, olde inns and oasis pools.. Last Christmas meets Club Tropicana.

Disney with teens star wars

Disney with teens

Where else can you march with an army of stormtroopers, drink from a soda detonator and feast on alien meat at the Galaxy’s Edge before battling the supernatural at Indy’s side and cruising through all the jungles of the world?

San Francisco with teens, Cable car

14 fun things for teens in San Fran

Looking for the best things to do in San Francisco with teens? How about sealion spotting, riding a white knuckle cable car or sipping a cocktail in an indoor rainstorm for starters?

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22 tips for surviving volunteering at festivals

Fancy seeing some rock icons whilst volunteering at festivals for Oxfam? Why not embark upon a new era of working family holidays? Don a tabard, pick up a radio and dance the night away, introducing the next generation to the joy of festival life,

New York with teens

2 days in NY with teens

What to do in New York with teens? Why not try a Broadway try out singing diner, Statue of Liberty selfies or search for the minxy capuchin from Night at the Museum?

USA road trip with teens

21 tips for your USA teen roadtrip

Fancy hunting for aliens and bears, sliding down water chutes natural and Disney-crafted, wading up rivers and parasailing over lakes? From bright neon boneyards to deadly deserts, your USA road trip with teens will be a true American adventure.

Oxford with kids

Treasure hunting in Oxford with kids

Looking for fantastic beasts, Roman mummies, Harry Potter film sets and Egyptian curses – why not give Oxford a whirl?

Ideas for bucket lists Thailand

Bucket list ideas 4

Can I invite you to head into the dreamlike whipped cream architecture of Barcelona or wander amongst golden palaces in Bangkok? You could perhaps stop for breakfast cooked on an active Balinese volcano before heading into skies over Vancouver in a sea plane? More ideas for your list this way...

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London with teens

With seats democracy, roof gardens, theatre and vintage shopping, stars of stage and screen and fragments of actual stars in the museums – London is a treasure trove of teenage fun.

Welsh Road trip

Quirky Wales road trip stops

A Wales road trip has a few secret rabbits under it’s hat. Yes, there are mountains, castles and sheep, but there are also Italianate villages, Victoriana sweetshops and sweeping surfing beaches.

Belfast with teens

Belfast with teens

From ship sinking icebergs, to ex-con peace wall tours and skydiving, the city will capture your teen's attention.

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Northern Ireland Road Trip

Craggy coasts, ruined castles and dark hedges await on your road trip Northern Ireland. Check out my essential guide so you don’t miss the surprising Caribbean waters and luxury spa resorts on the way.

Ideas for a Bucket List

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6 fun outdoor activity ideas for your bucket list – from helicopter glacier hikes to sleeping under the stars in the Outback, live life to the max while there’s still time.

London for kids - Arcelormittal Olympic Slide

London for kids

With sparkling Lidos, parakeets in the parks and Olympic slides, London with kids is always brilliant. And the good news is it can totally be done on a budget in Covid, even in the rain. It is harder to plan than usual and you need back-ups at your finger tips Here are my top tips for how to navigate setting up an itinerary with a few lessons learned along the way.

top 10 Holiday parks

Best holiday parks in the (South) West!

Quite simply the best holiday parks we have found in our decade of travels around the Sun holiday parks in South West England. Discover the ultimate on-site activities, on-your-doorstep beach access, adventurous local attractions and a touch of Miami in England.

Caravan holiday

Booking a UK caravan holiday

An essential guide for what to look for in a site and a caravan. Think palm trees and cocktail bars by the sea. Staycations can look more tropical than you’d imagine!

1 day canal boat hire

Messing about on the river

Ever fancied a one day canal boat hire? Here are our tips for one day as captain of the watery roads - navigating narrow bridges, leaky locks and sneaky sills.

Bucket List Ideas

6 unique bucket list ideas

Experience all this planet has to offer with this series of affordable bucket list ideas. From watching lightning over the Grand Canyon to seeing living goddesses in Kathmandu – inspiration for secrets worth seeking out.

London itinerary with kids

10 free activities for your 3 day London itinerary with kids

How much can you pack into a London itinerary with kids without finishing them off? Quite a bit it turns out! We managed sitting glass floor at Tower Bridge, balancing lorikeets on your head and seeing Queen Victoria’s actual crown.

Best things to do in Bristol with kids

12 fun things to do in Bristol with kids

Looking for top things to do in Bristol with kids in Lockdown? Can I suggest sliding over slippy rocks, giant head hunting, sledging down ski slopes and climbing over monkeys?

Affordable bucket list destinations

Affordable Bucket List destinations

Everyone has a bucket list destinations dream, but how are you going to get there before the bucket gets kicked? Travel inspiration and tips for making your dreams come true.

Champagne and goblets, gift ideas for campers, travel tales

20 Gift ideas for campers

Wondering what to buy someone who loves travel but can’t at the moment? Here are some gift ideas for campers and travellers that they can look forward to using next summer. After a lifetime of camping, these are our most treasured finds that we no longer travel without – our essential non-essentials.

Gondola, Venice with kids, travel tales

Venice with kids

Join us on our adventure to Venice with kids - flamingos, beach clubs, Murano glass tigers and chocolate box Burano houses. Marvel at the fabulously elaborate architecture and walk amongst Roman horses on the terrace of St Marks Basilica itself.

Lego crocodile, Legoland, Windsor with kids,

Windsor with kids

Travel in time from the Stone Age at the Henge, through the Norman Conquest at Windsor Castle and into the laser shooting Ninjago Lego-ride future by way of castles real and fantastic.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany with kids

Tuscany with kids

Tuscany with kids - land of Narnia-like statues, buildings saved from destruction by their own beauty, comedically leaning towers, modern Roman Gladiators and pizza n ice cream for tea.

Moroccan slippers, Morocco with kids, travel tales

Morocco with kids

Becoming lost in time and space in the crazy Kasbah with its waist coated monkeys, uninvited snake necklaces and abandoned donkey hooves. Embark on sunflower festooned rafts to the foot of waterfalls in the Atlas mountains; and join a camel caravan, disguised as a Bedouin.

Jamaica palm, Jamaica with kids, travel tales

Jamaica All Inclusive with kids

Land of crocodiles, rum, dolphin and crime. How to stay in Jamaica all inclusive and have an adventure at the same time.

10 epic travel fails, travel tales

Epic travel fails

Top ten epic travel fails - from face attacking fish to enraged bulls and unexpected water snakes. Sometimes it's so bad its good.

Things to do in Dubai with kids

Dubai with kids

Flowers, water and snow in the desert - there are more things to do in Dubai with kids than you may think. check out these top 10 activities from a local expert.

Budget travel, travel tales

25 Budget Travel tips

Using these 25 budget travel top tips UK I have found free flights to Jamaica, 2-centre holidays for the price of 1, free entry to Legoland, the Tower of London, Matilda the musica . You may already know all this but, if not, here's how.

Porthcurno and St Ives Gallery

St Ives gallery –  favourite photos of the many fabulous beaches fronting St Ives: Porthmeor, Porth Gwidden, Porthminster and Harbour Beach (and I’ve thrown in Porthcurno, which is a drive away but too beautiful not to).

A lifetime compendium of the best large group accommodation we have found with UK friends and family. From Abbot’s Manors, to Old Schools, yurts and farmhouses.

Scafell Pike family hike – the tallest mountain, the clearest waters and the steepest roads in all the land. Travel tales featuring a rising river, tears and a boat.

Portugal with kids – Lagos to Lisbon: furnace hot beaches with icy eat-you-up waves, adventure canoeing, unexpected medieval camels and castles in the sky.

Family Snowdon hike up the Pyg Track and down the Miners in minus 6 degrees, with supporting roles from fog, tarns,and Snickers. And a surprise trip down memory lane.

Discover the best beaches in UK – aquatic sea tractors, causeways, cliff stairs to open air theatres and dunes too big to play hide and seek in.

Ferry cross the Mersey, past the half cormorant/half eagle Liver Birds and selfies on the psychedelic Tate floors- travel tales from a rainy November day out in Liverpool.

With a wedding anniversary to celebrate – it has been deemed necessary to revisit the Vegas wedding chapel 20 years on, in 2020. Destiny is calling. Throwing in NYC and a 2 week roadtrip USA – this time with the kids.

Christmas or Hallowe’en? Tricky to tell the difference this Boxing Day hunting for the half man and hooded monk in Madeley in Britain’s most haunted hotel. Did we sleep? Would you?

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