Agadir is Morocco’s 3rd largest city and is a popular holiday destination on the southern Atlantic coast.  There are a wide range of hotels to choose from here, and we stayed at El Pueblo Tamlelt (Caribbean Village) on our recent family holiday.  You may be wondering if Agadir, Morocco is safe for a holiday, and I would say generally speaking that it is.  However, there are some tips and tricks we learnt during our stay that will help you if you are planning to visit, especially if you are going

Something magical happens in the vicinity of a waterfall — the sounds of crashing water, the enchanting mists, the lush landscape of the surrounding area — which continues to compel travellers to seek out waterfalls wherever they go. The following waterfalls are well worth planning a trip around, just to experience that surreal appeal of falling water all travellers seem to enjoy. Angel Falls Named for the heavenly heights that this water falls from — as well as the divine light that illuminates the waterfall all morning — Angel Falls

This guest post is from Becky Goddard-Hill, who blogs at A Beautiful Space and Bukit (her brand new travel blog) Becky  is the co-author of Create Your Own Happy, a happiness boosting book for kids age 7-11. Create Your Own Happy is full of activities to teaching kids how to make themselves happier other people happier and the world a happier place. Todays she is sharing her tips on how to help children be happy travellers, and I just know you are going to love it! Children are not always

Just because you are traveling the world, doesn’t mean it is not important to look good. Fashion and travel are very connected. By knowing how to look the part, you can stay comfortable when traveling to different destinations, all while looking gorgeous every step of the way. The most crucial fashion piece for travelers is a good pair of shoes. Well, it doesn’t have to be one pair; you can bring multiple pairs to a destination depending on how you will be spending your time there. You can have a

As the political landscape of the world changes, borders are moved or removed all together.  Sometimes a country’s name is changed completely and as these things happen the list of countries that have disappeared grows longer and longer. It seems crazy to me that a country can be completely lost in time yet it happens and it doesn’t always mean conflict and chaos.  Take Czechoslovakia for example.  This country split fairly amicably in 1993 to become the Czech Republic and Slovakia mainly for economic and cultural reasons. For those of you that

We’ve all heard people say that eating carrots helps you see in the dark. But, there are actually a lot of foods that affect your eyesight. If you’re a parent, you want to be sure that you and your family are eating healthily in general, because your diet significantly affects your general health. Although carrots helping you see in the dark is not strictly true, there are lots of ways in which your diet affects your eyesight. To help you navigate the tricky world of food and how it affects

Our planet is filled with extraordinary places, and extraordinary experiences, just waiting for us to come along and explore them! Unfortunately, however, not all of us can afford to just pick up and take off. Don’t lose hope! There are ways where you can not only see the world, but do it on a pretty tight budget!  Traveling is something I honestly believe every human should experience, regardless of financial background. Through my experiences, I’ve been able to put together some pointers to help you save big on your next

If you are planning a visit to Carlisle soon I’m super excited for you.  This historic 2000 year old city has a lot going for it and is well worth a trip in it’s own right or adding to  a UK holiday exploring the north west of England.  With two areas of outstanding natural beauty and one UNESCO World Heritage site to shout about there’s lots of things to do in and near Carlisle during your time here. Carlisle has played a huge part in both England’s and Scotland’s history

Sydney is an amazing city and has so much to offer everyone visiting it. However, Australia is a massive country with so much fun to explore in its entirety. Thanks to this, there are plenty of amazing day and weekend trips that can be taken near Sydney. If it isn’t just a short drive or train away, cheap budget airline tickets are widely available to accommodate some of these awesome trips. Check out some of the best adventures you can take on the east coast! Best Weekend Trips from Sydney

I’m really excited to share this week’s episode of the Zena’s Suitcase podcast with you.  As you might already be aware last week I appeared on BritMums Facebook Live where we talked about all the exciting things you can do with kids in Spain. I was a great discussion featuring Carrie from Flying with a Baby, Jen Howze from Jenography and co-founder of BritMums and Susanna Scott from A Modern Mother and also co-founder of BritMums. I was feeling really inspired by our travel talk about visiting Spain that I decided

Childs Farm is a brand that has been catching my attention more and more recently.  All my kids have had sensitive skin at some point and I want to make sure that we use the best products we can for them. Childs Farm heard that we were going to be heading to Morocco very soon.  I may have mentioned that once or twice already.  They offered to send some travel toiletries over for the trip and I was super excited to be able to try out the new sun care

Hundreds of people visit London for business or leisure every single day. We are huge fans of day trips and short breaks to England’s capital as it’s brimming with culture and lots of things to do.  It’s also true that residents leave London for other countries for exactly the same reasons. Travel is a popular pastime with many Londoners given the access they have to train and air travel.  The Eurostar gives easy access to Europe and airports like Heathrow and Gatwick to name but a few open the door

When it comes to the equipment you need when you have a baby, multifunctional is without a doubt the way forward.  Recently I was introduced to the Sleepyhead® Deluxe+ baby nest and it really does tick a lot of boxes for new parents.  Not only is it a fantastic environment for a baby to sleep in generally, but it’s also the perfect family travel companion. ENTER MORE COMPETITIONS HERE Here’s some reasons why I love the Sleepyhead® Deluxe+.  It’s suitable for a a baby from birth to 8 months old and it

Welcome back to the Zena’s Suitcase podcast!  I’m really excited to share episode 3 with you today.  We are going to Morocco for February half term and we are very excited as this is our first time visiting the country. It seemed like a great time to share with you how we get ready for a family trip.  In this episode I’m talking about how we plan our trip and get the kids involved in picking our activities.  We share a structure that works for us and helps prevent meltdowns

We’ve been travelling with 2 kids for a while now.  Indie is nearly 7 and Brook will be 5 in the summer and with a few holidays and road trips under our belt we have definitely worked out what makes our life easier.  I don’t think there is a family travel blogger out there that would say travelling with children is easy, but the rewards are so worth it.  Children learn so much from visiting new places and the quality time you have together as a family is just the

Have you booked your February half term holidays yet?  If the answer is no these ideas could be just what you are looking for.  February is a great time to take a family holiday as prices are generally low to reasonable and it’s always nice to have something to look forward to isn’t it! The cold weather can also be a huge factor for booking a holiday with kids.  My daughter has been asking when it’s going to be summer every day this week.  The frosty mornings seem to be

Getting the best Euro rate on the high street can make a huge difference to your holiday cash if you are travelling from the UK or any where outside of the European Union.  The Euro is widely used across Europe, being the official currency of 19 of the member states of the European Union.  If you are planning on visiting a few countries in Europe then the Euro exchange rate is most certainly going to be important to you, but how do you get the best euro rate and where

Let’s be completely honest, air travel with kids can be a challenge for us parents. There are so many more things to consider than when you are traveling solo.  Keeping them entertained at the airport and on the airplane is a huge challenge in itself. Keeping them fed while travelling is also a priority as kids eat all the time and having plenty of snacks to hand will save you not only money but lots of meltdowns too. Just think about all of those people sitting so close together on

Welcome to episode 2 of the Zena’s Suitcase podcast! In this episode I’m going to talk to you about all the things I learnt from watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.  My husband was very sceptical about a show that was about decluttering the home but I was keen to see if it would teach me some strategies to tidy our house and improve our lifestyle. In this episode I will share with you the tips and tricks we learnt from Marie Kondo and the KonMari method. I

Albufeira is a relatively small town on the Algarve about halfway between Faro and Lagos.  It’s a great base for a beach holiday and there’s also lots of things to see and do in the town and surrounding area.  For those of you looking for things to do in Albufeira this list will help you choose the best activities for your trip to Portugal. The perfect holiday in Albufeira has a variety of exploring, activities and relaxing in the sunshine.  There’s so much potential to make happy holiday memories in

I have done something today that I have wanted to do for a long time. I made a podcast. I then had to figure out how to publish it, and I’m pleased to say I over came that hurdle! Episode 1 of Zena’s Suitcase podcast has been published and it would make my day if you would have a listen.  I really enjoyed making it so I really hope you enjoy listening to it. I’m talking some more about our holiday to Portugal and why I feel so let down

I wasn’t going to write a review about the Monica Isabel Beach Club in Albufeira, but after our holiday in Portugal at this hotel I felt I should share our experience on the blog.  I want families considering booking a Monica Isabel Beach All Inclusive holiday to make an informed decision before they decide to stay here whether they use Sunmaster, Jet2 or Thomas Cook. I booked a 5 night break to Monica Isabel Beach Blub Albufeira with Sunmaster Holidays for me and the girls for the first week of

My husband said to me one night, ‘there’s this woman on Netflix and she’s made a show about tidying up’, which he thought was slightly ridiculous to be honest.  He was of course talking about Marie Kondo and the program ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’.   He went upstairs to play computer games and I decided to watch one of the episodes to see what she had to say about tidying and decluttering the home. I will be the first to admit that we are constantly battling to keep our

Do you visit gravesites when you travel?  Don’t worry, there’s no right or wrong answer. I asked myself this question the other day and it really got me thinking about the different cultural experiences I look for when visiting new places. When I actually thought about it, I’ve visited a number of cemeteries and gravesites over the years, but it probably wasn’t a conscious decision about exploring the local culture.  Having given this a bit more thought, I realised that perhaps I should be making more effort to add famous

Have you ever won a holiday?  I have and it’s an awesome feeling!  I won a trip to Spain and we had the best time.  To be able to enjoy an extra family holiday that year was such a highlight and it’s partly what inspired me to start sharing travel giveaways with my readers. At the end of last year I shared a few posts after tracking down some great ‘win a holiday’ contents and they turned out to be a real hit.  These holiday giveaways are from reputable websites

I’ve found myself talking to many families over the years about their first holiday abroad with kids.  They often feel nervous about flying with a baby or young children and they are also keen to find the right destination. The family holiday becomes a very precious thing when you have kids as you want everyone to have a good time.  It might even give the parents the chance to relax a bit! I always recommend a holiday in Spain in this scenario for so many reasons.  Spain is so accessible

Family travel is something we aren’t always dab hands at – you try and sprinkle a little something for everyone into the time you have away and you’re still going to have calls of ‘I’m bored!’ from the backseat of the car. You and your partner end up feeling like you need a nap as soon as possible! Of course, you can’t have fun in the sun 24/7, but you can sure make a good go of it! But if you’re someone who’s got a family trip away on the

Festivals are the perfect way to celebrate summer as a family.  The UK’s best family friendly festivals are packed with activities, music, theatre and story telling.  They are the ultimate summer party and there are plenty of festivals out there that are completely kid friendly. Why visit a family friendly festival? Because they give you the opportunity to camp more on child friendly sites and you get to enjoy the freedom of being outside on those hazy days of summer with a packed program of activities that everyone will enjoy.

I can’t believe I’ve not written a ‘things to do in Nottingham’ post until now.  I’ve lived in the city for well over 20 years and all three of my children have grown up here.  I’d like to think that makes me a bit of an expert on things to do and what to see in and around Nottingham, many of which myself and my family have personally experienced. Nottingham has a lot to offer people visiting here, and it’s great to see more and more tourists enjoying our lovely

Hello lovely readers! I really hope 2019 is treating you well so far. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for following and supporting us over the last few years.  Every follow, like and comment means such a lot to us.  We try super hard to bring you content that is helpful and inspiring and the fact that you have stuck with us for over 4 years now means such a lot. To say thank you to you all, I wanted to start the New Year with

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