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This summer I’m focusing our family travel experiences very much on the UK.  It’s a perfect time of year to enjoy what our country has to offer in terms of family holidays and I really want my children to understand that the country where they live is just as beautiful as destinations abroad. Travelling in your own country is a great way to enjoy and celebrate your own culture and heritage and what’s even better is it’s really accessible for families.  As soon as the summer holidays begin, the car

Just the thought of a family holiday in Florida makes me feel excited and it’s something that is very much on the horizon for us in the near future.  That’s why this list of things to do in Florida has been planned for a while now. I’m desperate to step off a long haul flight, with my Florida travel guide all mapped out, just waiting to make some of the most magical holiday memories for our family.  Travelling as a family is about many things for me, but one I’m

I promised you a few posts about what we got up to in Menorca after our stay at Royal Son Bou Family Club so here’s our family travel guide. This is all about things to do in Menorca with kids to help plan your holiday to this beautiful Balearic island. I spent quite a while with the travel guides trying to decide good things to do with kids in Menorca, and I soon came to realise that I really didn’t need to.  Menorca is a beautiful island that has been well

What do you look for in a family holiday? Is quality accommodation at the top of your list? Do you like to be surrounded by natural beauty? Does the family insist on visiting a resort with an excellent swimming pool? Perhaps your holiday isn’t perfect without a beautiful beach to build sandcastles on? If all of these things are important to you then I think you are going to love this post about our family holiday with Yelloh! Village Les Grands Pins. During May half term we flew to Bordeaux

If you are planning a holiday with your kids or travelling as a family then a great place for you to get ideas and inspiration is from UK family travel bloggers.  These lovely bloggers share real experiences that they have on holiday with their children to help you get the best from your own travels.  They are real families with real kids that talk about where they have been on some of the best family travel blogs, and they inspire me constantly with new destinations to take my children. Or

I’m so pleased that I decided to drive in Iceland when we visited back in March.  I have to admit that I was nervous as I hadn’t driven on the left for many years but when our road trip got underway I soon realised there was nothing to worry about.  If you are going to Iceland, I would strongly recommend that you hire a car as it is a country that lends it’s so well to the excitement of exploring and adventure.  These are my driving in Iceland tips to

I would go back to New York in a heartbeat, as it is such an awesome city, and it’s only 7 hours by plane from the UK. Compared to some parts of the USA that isn’t bad at all.  As first time visitors in NYC last year, we were literally blown away by it.  There are very few cities in the world that are on the same scale as New York, and it leaves you aghast from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave.  It’s not called the ‘city

Until recently Berlin hadn’t been a city I’d really thought about visiting.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the city by the Chamäleon Theatre, who were keen to showcase what Berlin had to offer as well as their latest show, Scotch and Soda.  My whirlwind tour of city definitely changed my opinion of Berlin as a city break destination.  It has a lot to offer from fabulous hotels to amazing restaurants and thats before you get to the many interesting sights, intriguing and dark history and progressive culture that has emerged

Before we left for Iceland, we had agreed that we needed to plan out every aspect of our trip, including visiting the Blue Lagoon.  We were only in the country for 4 days, and we were keen to make the most of it.  I had an itinerary all mapped out, but if you have been following my trip I changed day 1 of our road trip quite a lot, and I’m really glad I did.  We spent day 2 in Reykjavik and joined a whale watching tour.  On day 3

Today I’m bringing you a guest post from a young travel blogger, Max Lami, who is currently exploring Barcelona.  She is sharing with you her experience of visiting the beautiful English town of Bath in the hope of inspiring your next trip.    If you’re looking into England as a vacation spot or are just looking for a weekend escapade, Bath will be perfect. Small enough to charm but big enough to fill an entire weekend of activities, this historic town has much to offer. Getting to Bath by Train The train ticket

Since coming back from Iceland, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my experience of visiting the Golden Circle.  Did I enjoy visiting the Golden Circle?  Well the answer is both yes and no.  Yes, I did see some really spectacular things but I didn’t enjoy this part of the road trip as much as I thought I would.  There were definitely some highlights, but we covered a lot of ground to see them as well. If I was to go back I’d follow a route like the Game of Thrones

I was very excited about arriving in Berlin.  Not only were the next 24 hours going to be a lot of fun, but the hotel also looked like it was going to be pretty amazing too.  I was going to be staying at the 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, and it already looked like one of those hotels that I wouldn’t want to leave. As I arrived, guests were enjoying a beer in the sunshine and I have to admit I was a little jealous. Unfortunately time wasn’t on my side,

So you’ve booked a once in a lifetime trip to Bali, and you may have even decided that you will be staying at a luxury villa at the Residence Seminyak. I’m going to guess that you are really excited and that you are looking forward to having a perfect holiday in this beautiful paradise. The last thing you want is for your trip to be ruined because you did not pack the essential items that would have made your trip to Bali better. There are several tips that will help you

Krakow is Poland’s most charming city where majestic history meets world-class infrastructure and service. Its beautiful monumental vistas, high safety standards, and hearty cuisine attract hordes of tourists annually, and a great number of them arrive in Krakow from other parts of the EU by car. With a new sense of adventure inspired by my trip to Iceland, I could well be joining them in the not to distant future. Experts from the online shop selling tyres and car parts 123spareparts.co.uk warn that driving a car in this old city

The alarm was set, but the clocks were due to go back in the early hours.  I foolishly put my faith in my smart phone to update to the new time automatically, and wake me with enough time to get ready before leaving for the airport. The alarm went and low and behold, I was an hour late getting up.  I had to drive from Nottingham to Heathrow to be on the 9am flight to Berlin.  I was tired and flapping, not a particularly good combination before joining a press

When I first looked at planning the itinerary for our Iceland road trip, I talked about visiting the fishing village of Grindavik and heading towards the waterfalls near Vik.  If you’ve been following my Instragram account recently you might have noticed that there was a bit of a change of plan.  It was very last minute, but I felt that we would see a lot more if we focused on the Reykjanes Peninsula.  I’m so glad that I changed our route as this was by far our best day in

If you are planning a trip to Dubrovnik, then you are definitely in the right place.  I am desperate to visit this Croatian city after my sister went to a wedding there last year.  She fell in love with this Mediterranean jewel of the Adriatic sea, so I asked her to share with me what she loved about it.  The food and shopping were quite high on her list, especially if you have a love of jewellery or a passion for pizza.  The locals believe they even outshine Italy when

When your planning a holiday with friends or family, sometimes staying at an airport hotel is a sure fire way to get your trip off on the right foot.  You might have heard that I went to Iceland recently, and we were flying from London Gatwick Airport.  Our flight was at 7am in the morning, so staying at the Sofitel London Gatwick was an ideal way to start our holiday. I was able to drive to London Gatwick Airport from Nottingham at a leisurely pace the day before our trip,

When I heard about the Elding Whale & Dolphin watching tours from Reykjavik I knew that it was something I wanted to do.  Going to Iceland is as much about exploring the country as it is about exploring the North Atlantic and I wanted our adventure to feature a trip out to sea.  I was so excited about getting on board the boat and what we might discover on day two of our holiday.  The possibility of seeing a whale or dolphins in their natural environment was something I had been

One of the most significant events in this year’s political calendar happened this week when Theresa May triggered Article 50.  It’s worth mentioning that at this point we are still a member of the European Union, and will enjoy all the rights and protections it gives us until all 27 member states agree on the relationship they will have with Britain once we do leave.  This is important for people who enjoy travelling to Europe but there is no denying that change is afoot, it’s just a question of when.

My first visit to Iceland taught me a few things about travelling to the country and I would definitely do a few things differently but there are also some things I would do the same.  If you are after some travel tips for visiting Iceland, then these are the things I learnt during my recent Icelandic road trip. Hire a Car If you are thinking about whether you should hire a car in Iceland, my advice to you is you should definitely do it.  I haven’t driven on the right

I’m going to Iceland in a few days, and I’m literally so excited.  I think the adventure and the landscape will absolutely blow us away.  We have hired a car, as I think this will be the best way to explore what the country has to offer in the short space of time we have there.  I’m feeling a little nervous about it, but when I saw some YouTube footage of driving from the Keflavik airport to Reykjavik it made me feel a lot better.  There was literally no cars on

It turns out that the UK has the best B&B accommodation in the world, so it’s no wonder holiday makers are looking more and more to stay in traditional guest houses when looking to book their next holiday.  The B&B is back on the up, after more and more tourists realise they bring something quirky & unique to their holiday.  If you want a relaxing break, B&B’s have had it sewn up for years, with traditional breakfasts made with locally sourced produce, owners that look after your personal needs and excellent

I have been lucky enough to visit Barcelona a few times, but I have always been left with an empty feeling of ‘just passing through’, which leaves me less than fulfilled as a traveller and explorer.  I find cities the most stimulating places to visit, giving a real sense of culture and lots to see, so why haven’t I made the most of my time in this vibrant Spanish city yet? My first visit was during a cruise in mid August 2011.  I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time

The UK has a plethora of locations suitable for walking holidays. They are both invigorating and inspirational when you pick the right location, so read on to discover my top picks for your next walking holiday. The Lake District Dust off your Wainwright guides and explore the Lake District on your next walking holiday. Base yourself in Grasmere, and you’ll have breathtaking fells and a lake on your doorstep, plus plenty of nearby cafes, shops and pubs. Helm Crag provides a great introduction to walking in the Lake District, or

Despite covering an area of 203 square miles, many of Budapest’s major landmarks and attractions are within walking distance of each other. A day spent strolling along the banks of The Danube alone is enough to guarantee some memorable photographs of this remarkable city. Below are some of Budapest’s best destinations. Fisherman’s Bastion This Gothic, neo-Romanesque structure and Disney castle lookalike offers the best panoramic view of Budapest – it was after all built with the intention of serving as a viewing point. From the terrace and the towers, visitors

If I was to say let’s go on a city break, that’s bound to snap anyone out of the January Blues isn’t it? Whether you are a big fan of Valentine’s Day or not, it can still be a really useful prompt to think about celebrating your relationship and making some important memories together.  Christmas was all about family, and if you have children they probably were the centre of the celebrations. Don’t forget though that it’s also important to nurture our own relationships and create some memories without the

Ibiza is a beautiful holiday destination just off the coast of Valencia in Spain.  It is one of the three Balearic Islands, and sits in the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.  Also known as the White Isle, reflecting it’s stunning sandy beaches, it’s been very popular with party goer’s and clubbers over the years.  Ibiza has a lot to offer tourists, and has moved away from it’s partying reputation to become very popular with couples looking for a luxury romantic break or planning a honeymoon. The south east

If you need an itinerary for seeing Amsterdam in one day you have definitely come to the right place.  This is my favourite European city, and even with just 24 hours in Amsterdam you can experience the best of what this popular European destination has to offer. Amsterdam boasts a vibrant culture, many inspiring places to visit and some of the best architecture I’ve seen in Europe.  It’s a city I’ve visited lots of times in the past, maybe 5 or 6 even, and I’ve been desperate to get back there

Did I mention that I visited Venice recently for a short break.  Oh, you heard! Sorry about that.  I’m getting old, and repeat myself a lot these days.  If you caught my post about ‘How To Visit Venice On A Budget’, you’ll already know that money was a consideration when booking the trip.  I’ve also shared with you how we got on eating in Venice, as lots of people commented on Instagram about their hit and miss experiences of food in the city. When you go to a beautiful city like Venice,

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