Dog friendly Tantallon Castle and Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

This year, we’ve been exploring English Heritage properties with our annual pass. When we ventured up to Northumberland on holiday, we took the opportunity to meet up with my friend Jenny. She suggested meeting at Tantallon Castle, a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. With Historic Scotland properties either free or half price with English Heritage membership, this was a great chance to explore somewhere new. About Tantallon Castle Tantallon Castle is a Historic Scotland property near North Berwick in East Lothian. It was built in the mid-1300s by William Douglas, whose descendants owned the castle for…

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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 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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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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Family travel tips #21

Is anybody else utterly ready for half term now? It’s not too long since the children went back to school but I’m all set for another break and hopefully a few days away. The past fortnight has consisted of bad weather and illness in our house. Days out in the fresh air when we’ve all been well have been such a relief! Featured posts Lots of lovely Wintery posts were linked up to our last family travel tips. Unfortunately, we’re not in a position to take part in Winter sports as a family at the moment, so I’ve been reading…

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