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.
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.
The best holiday parks we have found in our decade of travels around the Sun holiday parks in South West England. This is my essential guide to the ultimate on-site activities, on-your-doorstep beach access, adventurous local attractions and favourite towns.
An essential guide for what to look for in a site and a caravan, how to bag one on a budget and booking lessons learned. 2021 brings you palm trees and cocktail bars by the sea. Staycations can look more tropical than you’d imagine!
Ever fancied a one day canal boat hire? Here are some top tips on how not to sink one, avoiding random pivots and navigating sneaky lock sills. Life in the slow lane (with forays into the fast.)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
Capturing the crazy colours of Kasbah with its waist coated monkeys, uninvited snake necklaces and abandoned donkey hooves. Snaps of sunflower festooned rafts, waterfalls in the Atlas mountains and camel caravans.
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..
Travel tribulations and unanticipated holiday stories, from face attacking fish to enraged bulls and unexpected water snakes. Sometimes it’s so bad its good.
Using these budget travel top tips 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 musical and can get 3 of us from Bristol to London by train for £19. 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).
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.
A lifetime compendium of the best large group accommodation UK we have found with UK friends and family. From Abbot’s Manors, to Old Schools, yurts and farmhouses.
Family Snowdon hike up the Pyg Track and down the Miners in – 6 degrees, with supporting roles from fog, tarns,and Snickers. And a surprise trip down memory lane.
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.
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?
Ferry cross the Mersey, past the half cormorant/half eagle Liver Birds and selfies on the psychedelic Tate floors- a rainy November day out in Liverpool.
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…
Horse riding with bears, glacial hikes and Elk salami cocktails drunk under Bison heads in a Canada road trip with (bear) bells on.
A varied few days in London with kids doing the Lambeth walk, meeting John Bercow and his mace, visiting an Easter Island Head, being startled by a very Hallowe’eny organ blast in St Paul’s and witnessing the founding of America and the Holocaust.
How do you organise a group St Ives holiday? Answer, split them up into chocolate box fisherman’s cottages. Then check out the fabulous St Ives beaches, walk llamas over the Cornish hills, feed an alpaca army, bob about on a seal boat and catch a show at the cliff top open air Minack Theatre.
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.
What can you do in a large group in South Devon for the weekend? Answer: stay an old school house in Slapton complete with school field, taxidermy, a papier mache shark and a swarm of daddy longlegs.
Dartmoor with kids- wild ponies, miniature ponies (sometimes masquerading as unicorns), woodland water flumes, rock climbing and prison. More than just a moor.
What to do in Iceland with kids? Swim in milky blue lagoons wearing Voodoo face masks, walk inside a glacier and be dive bombed by kamikaze puffins at a volcanic beach called Vik.
Moscow with kids: Visiting the embalmed body of Lenin, marvelling at the Russian Crown jewels and motorway-style neon back-lit ice skating at Gorky Park – how to spend freezing February in Moscow with kids.
Pembrokeshire – discovering remote beaches reached through secret cliff tunnels or stone archways, fugitive falcons and a military presence in this corner of Wales.
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.