Why Haven holidays are not for us

Social media is full of ‘perfect’ lives. Glorious, happy holidays to beautiful places. When I share information about a place we’ve visited, it’s almost always positive because it’s a recommendation. Often, they’re places we’ve paid to go to and I share them so others can discover a place we love. But life’s not always like that. Sometimes we go somewhere and it’s not great. And that can be important to share too. So, this is what happened when we went on a Haven Holiday. Why Haven? As the girls get older, we try to go on holidays to places where…

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What to pack for a family holiday

Single travellers visiting Beaches may have their backpacks full of clothes, food, and electronics. But parents have a whole different set of things to think about. The first thing most parents pack is a first aid kit. Here are a few other things you might want to consider. 1. Driving license Forgetting your driving licence really could ruin your holiday. Unless you’re not planning to drive a hire car on holiday, you’ll need to have it with you. It’s also advisable to take a photocopy of the license and even scan a copy into your email. 2. Chargers Chargers can be…

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A dog friendly family holiday at Hoburne Blue Anchor

When we holiday in the UK, being able to take the dog is a priority. We make the odd exception for a short break but where possible, we want her to be able to come. So, when Hoburne got in touch and asked if we’d like to go and stay at their gorgeous resort in Blue Anchor, my first question was whether Bubbles was invited too. As it turns out, not only is the Blue Anchor resort dog friendly, but so is the beach. Hoburne Blue Anchor resort The Hoburne resort at Blue Anchor has a range of static caravans…

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10 tips for packing a campervan for family travel

This is a collaborative post.  Just before the Easter holidays, we finally bought the campervan we’ve dreamed of owning. Its high top means we can use it in all weather and there’s plenty of space for adults, children and canines. Since then, we’ve made the most of the freedom it offers and headed for the coast on several occasions. And we’re loving every minute of it. But there’s also a steep learning curve when it comes to packing. Here are our top tips for clever packing. 1. Vacuum storage bags These are a revelation. If you travel without them, it’s…

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Dog friendly family camping Pencarnan Farm Pembrokeshire

We are always looking for dog friendly accommodation. Camping is often the best option, especially now we have the van. So, with a couple of days to spare over the bank holiday, we headed for the coast. By pure chance, we found and booked one of the most incredible campsites we’ve ever been to. In fact, it was so good that I was almost reluctant to share it. Pencarnan Farm is a hidden gem that we’ll go back to again and again. Pencarnan Farm Pencarnan is a working farm on the most westerly edge of Pembrokeshire. It is located right…

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Dog friendly accommodation around the UK to suit every budget

For many of us, dogs are part of the family. And when you’re travelling in the UK, you want to bring them with you. But I’ve recently noticed a trend towards accommodation declaring itself ‘dog friendly’ when, quite frankly, it isn’t. There are so many restrictions that unless you have one small dog that doesn’t shed hair or have vocal chords, you can’t bring them. So, here’s a list of UK hotels, pubs, self-catering accommodation, caravan parks and campsites that are dog friendly. I’ve listed any restrictions that may prevent you from bringing your dog, such as only allowing one…

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6 amazing things to do in San Diego with children

This is a collaborative post.  When I was in my early 20s, I got a job that I thought would be a lifelong career. For someone who recently graduated and had their heart set on doing a whole lot of nothing before life got serious, that’s a big deal. So to pay my respects to the freedom of youth, I booked a flight to the other side of the world. I had to change planes in Los Angeles, so I decided to spend a few days there. And that was the first and last time went to California. And, as…

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