15 tips for holidaying with your dog

If we go on holiday in the UK, we want to bring the dogs with us. As soon as we get a camper van, they’ll be going abroad with us too. Not just because of the inconvenience of finding someone we trust to look after them, but because they’re part of the family. There is a quote I love from John Grogan who wrote the book Marley and Me. He says, “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” Luckily these days, there are loads…

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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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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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Taking the stress out of travel with Holiday Extras

A couple of months ago, I was invited to do a spot of yoga at Airparks Birmingham with Holiday Extras. The idea was simple – they take the stress out of travelling so you head off on holiday feeling chilled. And it sparked my interest. In some research conducted by Holiday Extras in Birmingham, they discovered that 40% of people said that getting to the airport and long queues inside make them feel tense by the time they go on holiday. And I have to admit, I tend to be one of them. I usually get the train to the airport – and…

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The Black Forest – Europe’s best kept secret

Holidays have changed for us since becoming parents. Gone are the days of jetting off to New Zealand, South Africa or Venezuela on a whim. Throwing a few clothes into a backpack and trekking through the jungle, leaping out of a plane or scuba diving with sharks. And whilst these things are out of reach for now, I still crave that elusive family holiday to a little-known destination. Where tourists are catered for and welcomed with open arms, but swimming pools aren’t crowded, breakfast doesn’t always consist of a fry up and the countryside is clean, beautiful and unaltered. When I…

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Amsterdam with children

This is a collaborative post. When I got married, I didn’t really want a hen do. It seemed like an unnecessary expense when we were already shelling out for the wedding and a honeymoon to New Zealand. But as it turned out, the weekend before the wedding, there happened to be a water polo tournament in Amsterdam. So, I had that hen do after all – and totally fell in love with Amsterdam. Sadly, as is often the case with these things, I didn’t see as much of the city as I wanted to. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to head…

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Bluestone Wales Review

We were lucky enough to be invited to review the Bluestone Wales holiday destination. We had a four-night mid-week stay free of charge to allow us to do so. Booking activities at Bluestone Wales Once our stay had been booked for us, I received a booking confirmation email from Bluestone Wales. The email contained a link, through which I was able to book additional activities and services. For example, outdoor activities and buggies could be added to our booking at any time. This made it particularly convenient to add activities to our order both before travelling and during our stay. Special offers…

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