Family travel tips

I’ve recently started to write more about travel and days out. Most of my posts focus on the West Midlands or places we’ve been on holiday. I’ve had such a great response to them that I’ve realised people are actively looking for family travel tips. After all, much as I’d love my holidays to go just as smoothly as they did pre-children, it’s never going to happen is it?   The family travel tips linky A couple of weeks ago, Carrie from Flying with a Baby asked if I’d co-host a family travel tips linky. It seemed like the perfect solution.…

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Top 10 holiday essentials

I don’t know about you, but I spend most of the year waiting for my holiday. When I’m not on holiday, I’m thinking about holidays. And this year, Mark Warner are looking for blogger ambassadors. They want to see a mood board of our top 10 travel must haves. And for me, travel is all about the holiday itself, not the material things you take with you. So here are our top 10 holiday essentials, as demonstrated by Lia.   1. Beaches This one’s for the girls. For them, a holiday is all about building sandcastles, splashing in the waves and…

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20 tips for visiting Europa-Park theme park in Germany

Hidden away in the Black Forest in Germany is a theme park like no other. Europa-Park is a family-run park and yet it is enormous – one of the biggest in Europe. Each area of the park is based on a different European country. Beside the main theme park lie a selection of upmarket hotels, a camp resort with wagons, log cabins and teepees and a campsite. There’s even an open water swimming lake and a nature reserve. Here are my top 20 tips for making the most of your visit. 1. Check what’s on before you go Europa-Park host a…

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5 Family Friendly Winter Holidays

I was chatting to a friend recently who told me that their winter holidays had gone on hold since having children. This struck me as a crying shame because so many companies do cater for children. So I’ve done a bit of research and here are my top five family friendly winter holidays. With everything from skiing, to visiting Santa in Lapland, to UK short breaks there’s something for everyone. 1. Mark Warner Ski Holidays Mark Warner are well known for their first-class provisions for children, and their family friendly winter holidays are no exception. Mark Warner provide childcare for children aged…

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Looking for a camper van

This is a collaborative post. I’m not sure where the idea of the girls having an education on the road came from. My husband and I have always loved to travel but when we had the children, we accepted that we’d have to settle down for a few years. The problem is, whilst we were both ready to have children, settling down was never really on either of our agendas. When we went to Busfest last week, we both realised that we needed to start travelling sooner than anticipated. We’re not about to sell up and drive into the sunset…

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A visit to Busfest and the beginning of a plan

On Saturday, we headed to Busfest at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This is the largest VW van festival in the world and as it’s just up the road from us, we decided to go along for some inspiration. The big travel plan Both my husband and I travelled quite a lot before getting married, but neither of us did so as children. For me, there were road trips with the school brass band that took us into Europe and one holiday to Crete with my mum. But I never went further afield than that, so when I had the opportunity…

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A family holiday to the Elan Valley

After my trip to the Black Forest in Germany, my husband and the girls were all desperate to get away for a few days. Whilst it wasn’t practical to book any accommodation at such short notice for the bank holiday weekend, camping was the perfect alternative. So we headed off to the Elan Valley – which seems to be the only place in the UK that isn’t heaving with people during the last weekend in August! Accommodation It’s not often you go somewhere that forces you to completely unplug and get back in touch with nature. In fact, the Elan Valley is…

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