Family Travel

Spinning family travel tales about how to entertain 2 boys and to keep smiling in spite of lashing rain, lack of research and en suite facilities  – at home and beyond (sometimes in) the seas.

Yurt, gifts for campers

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.

Moroccan lamps, Morocco with kids

7 top tips Morocco with kids – rockin’ the Kasbah

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..

Dubai skyline, 10 things to do in Dubai with kids

10 things to do in Dubai with kids

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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.

Las vegas sign, roadtrip USA

Roadtrip USA – Vegas or/and bust!

Having a wedding anniversary to celebrate – it has been deemed necessary to revisit the scene of the crime (a Vegas wedding chapel) 20 years on, in 2020. Destiny is calling. Throw in NYC and a 2 week roadtrip USA, for a trip to end all trips – this time with the kids.

Top of the rock, Best non touristy things to do in NyC

Top 10 Best non touristy things to do in NYC

Looking for the best non touristy things to do in NYC? Then look no further than these top tips for cheaper and less crowded New York City alternatives from a real New Yorker. For a local expert guide to NYC’s best bagels, rooftop bars, skyline views, beaches, delis and diners with singing waiters, read on…

Paddle boarding on Cameron Lake, Best things to do in Parksville

Top 10 great things to do in Parksville

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Beach boardwalks, crystal lakes, horse riding with bears, local markets and summer fairs. Some of the top 10 things to do in Parksville.

Place de la Concorde, Paris, Family Road trip

Family trip to Europe itinerary: Fair(s and) Cities -Paris, Disney, Brussels, Duinrell and Amsterdam

Disneyland in a day, Paris for breakfast, Brussels for lunch and then Holland for tea.
Found fire breathing Disney dragons, drank wasps by the Seine, dined under centuries old gold leather wallpaper and Rembrandts in Amsterdam before being drenched by surely the world’s wettest spectator log flume in Duinrell in the Dutch woods in this 10 day family funfair roadtrip.

top 10 YHAs

Top 10 YHAs -best in Britain

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From Grade 1 listed 800 year old castles to former life boat stations – try something a bit different with a YHA.

Adventures with my family

Gypsy caravan in the Wye Valley

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How to fit 4 into a turn of the Century Showman’s gypsy caravan in the Wye using fairylights for an August Bank Holiday weekend.

Volcanic pools at Geysir, Iceland pictures

Best Iceland pictures

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Classic Iceland pictures – brought to you from milky blue lagoons, inside glaciers and black baby puffin-strewn volcanic beaches.

Kitay Gorod, Moscow, Russia pictures

Russia pictures

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Moscow winter wonderland in Pictures – golden onion domes, fabulous cathedrals, icy rivers, scarlet fortresses in Red Square, a snow covered Kremlin and neon back-lit ice skating at Gorky Park.

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Anecdotal evidence

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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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.

Mirrored ball, things to do in Bristol with kids in lockdown

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?

Louvre, 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.

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, indsor 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.

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.

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.

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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