Travel: 5 top tips for the perfect UK family holiday

Planning a family holiday can be a daunting task, whether you have a baby, toddler or school age child in tow. From packing all the right things to finding a low stress way to travel, to choosing a destination that offers just the right balance of family fun and relaxation, there’s a lot to organise. To achieve a successful trip, you’d do well to remember the 6Ps: Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance. It’s an old military adage, and there’s definitely something to be said for approaching your next family holiday with military precision! Here are 5 top tips to get you started. Don’t go too far The trick to having a relaxing family holiday is to make it easy for everyone. You may be dreaming of an exotic beach…

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Wanderlust: European Road Trips

Whenever Sam goes on holiday I tend to start thinking about being on holiday too, mostly out of jealousy at all the amazing pictures he’s been sending me from the alps where he’s snowboarding. In a couple of years we’re going to try and do another family ski-holiday when the kids are old enough to go into ski-school, and probably me too seeing as I’ve never done it! Ski school, and snowboarding/skiing in general is quite expensive though and Sam has floated the idea of making a bit of a road trip out of it and driving down through France with a stop off somewhere pretty on the way there and back. It would certainly make it easier to transport all the equipment and not be limited to luggage weight…

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Wanderlust: South of France

I’ve been to France a few times, to Paris, a few towns on the north coast on school exchange trips and also to the Alps in the winter for a snow holiday. But so far I’ve never managed to make it to the south of France, home of beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and the gorgeous blue seas- all things that I adore. I though’t I’d share the things we’d do and a few areas in the South of France we’d love to rent a villa in. So, first on the list of things to experience has to be the beaches! Coco beach, near to Nice is a quieter and more secluded beach than many of the typical beaches along the coast of France. It’s not got a lot in the…

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Travel: Loch Ness Cruise, Urquhart Castle and Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

We started off our morning after a hot cup of tea sat on the decking overlooking the gorgeous views talking about our night the night before, where we managed to stay up till gone 1am drinking rosé and playing Cards Against Humanity…  then it was time for a gorgeous cooked breakfast thanks to Laura and we were ready to hit the road; and beautiful roads they were too! We drove through winding country roads with snow dusted mountains on either side, following the signs to Drumnadrochit and onwards towards Loch Ness. Our first destination was the Jacobite Cruise dock,  we parked at the hotel on the side of the Loch had a little look around the gift shop, grabbed a warm drink and then headed underneath the road through passageway…

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Travel: Eagle Brae, Scottish Highlands

There is nothing quite like the peacefulness and sense of calm that washes over you the further you head into the Scottish Highlands, the air feels different, the light is different and it is just wonderful. I spent part of last week staying in the luxurious Aquila, one of the traditional log cabins at Eagle Brae. Now when I say traditional, I really mean it; all the cabins on site (currently six with three more being added this year) are constructed by Pioneer Log Homes of Canada, so they’re not like the sort of cabin that a holiday park calls a ‘log cabin’. The logs are carefully selected and slotted together to create the most amazing looking structures that blend in with their surroundings. Inside the logs are all exposed…

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Travel: 4 Secret & Strange things to see in London

There are countless things to see and do in London, with new events and activities popping up all the time, but if you’re a seasoned Londoner or frequent visitor, you might still be on the lookout for fresh experiences. In this guide, we’ve detailed four of London’s best kept secrets. Each one is an intriguing oddity and worth seeing for yourself.   Image credit: David Edgar The Hardy Tree The ancient cemetery outside London St. Pancras Old Church is a peculiar place, primarily due to its large ash tree that is surrounded by hundreds of overlapping gravestones. What makes the sight even more intriguing is that the gravestones were actually placed there by classic novelist Thomas Hardy. How did this happen, you ask? In the mid-1860s, the rail system in Britain…

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Review: Cabin Zero Travel Bag

Packing light has never been a skill of mine, but when it is the difference between spending an extra £50 on baggage allowance, then waiting for it to appear on that carousel at the end of a flight it’s something I can manage! My task has been made even easier too with the arrival of my new Cabin Zero on Facebook bag. Available in a range of sizes – all fitting in cabin bag allowances- these super sturdy bags are well designed, well made and make packing a lot of stuff a breeze! I used mine when I went to Israel in October and it made life so much easier! Normally when I travel with cabin baggage only I take a wheeled suitcase, but of course then the wheels and…

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