7 tips to take the stress out of travelling with children

According to the Telegraph, going on holiday has a plethora of benefits for a child, helping with everything from family bonding to stress relief. For us parents though, travelling with children can strike fear into our hearts. Will the journey be horrific, will they fight and most importantly, how can we keep them safe? Here are 7 tips to take the stress out of travel with kids and a giveaway to make it easier. 1. Slow it down The first rule of travel with children is that it takes longer. So, don’t rush. Leave time for stops. Not just toilet…

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A holiday to the snow when skiing is off the agenda

This is a collaborative post.  Two and a half years ago, our lives changed in the blink of an eye. My husband has still not recovered from the accident he had on that fateful day. Our lives revolve around the big things that have changed. The activities we can no longer do together and the financial strain we are still under. But sometimes, we stop and think about the little things that our girls will miss out on. Winter holidays We’ve always been relatively optimistic that my husband will ski again. But now, the girls are reaching the age where we…

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The best UK family travel destinations for every month of the year

At this time of year, I always start thinking about holidays. With Christmas behind us, the next break is much needed. During 2018, we probably won’t venture much further than the UK. And it’s easy to think that a UK holiday could be ruined by the weather. But whatever time of year you go, UK family travel bloggers have some suggestions for the perfect UK destination. January Ayrshire: “I’d suggest Ayrshire in January. It’s the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs and get out in to the fresh air. We just loved our rambles on the beach, cycling around…

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An exciting new holiday experience at Villages Nature® Paris

This is a collaborative post.  No short break is more exciting for a child than a visit to Disneyland® Paris. And yet, a new concept threatens to make a visit to that most magical destination even better. The combined brainchild of Disney and Center Parcs, each brings a unique expertise in exploration and entertainment. The result is five totally immersive worlds, combining to create the perfect holiday. What is Villages Nature® Paris? Located just 6km from Disneyland® Paris and 32km from Paris itself, Villages Nature® Paris is a holiday resort with a difference. It is environmentally friendly and aims for zero carbon and…

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10 tips for cutting the cost of a Winter city break

There’s nothing better than a city break to combat the daily grind of Winter. The sights and smells of Christmas events. The crisp, frosty morning walks and the excitement of exploring a new place. But let’s face it, it can be pricey. So, if you want to get away with the family this year, here are a few tips to keep costs down. 1. Choose your destination wisely The most famous landmarks are not necessarily the most beautiful. If the romance of browsing Parisian boutiques for Christmas gifts appeals to you, consider heading to Nantes instead. It’s just two hours…

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10 tips for visiting Kielder Forest in Northumberland

We bundled the kids and dogs into the car and set off on a mammoth drive to Kielder Forest. After setting up camp at the beautiful Kielder Village Campsite, we embarked on an epic battle with mud, rain and midges. Here are our top tips for visiting Kielder Forest. 1. Be prepared for the midges We thought we were prepared for the midges. We had both cream and spray repellant with us and we knew we’d need to keep the tent doors closed to avoid letting them in at night. But this really wasn’t enough. Our first mistake was that the insect repellant was…

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What’s on West Midlands Summer holidays 2017

The school summer holidays can seem a little overwhelming from a parent’s point of view. Luckily if you’re in the West Midlands, there’s loads going on to keep you entertained. These 58 West Midlands family days out are a great starting point. But there are also various special events going on during the school holidays. Do check the relevant websites for full details. All Summer holidays Ackers Adventure – Birmingham Everyday adventures school holiday scheme. Each day includes at least two outdoor activities along with crafts and games. Children can attend for a day or a whole week. Activities include skiing, kayaking,…

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