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Iceland With Kids

March 1, 2017

The first time I had a hankering to go to Iceland I was 22. My work friend Sarah had just returned from the most incredible trip with her boyfriend, full of stories and excitement for the new country she’d discovered. But I was young and at that age had barely travelled out of Europe: back then I put it on my list of ‘things I am too scared to do’, alongside skydiving, marathon running and giving birth (whoops). Over the years…

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Vacances En France: Corsica with Al Fresco

February 21, 2017

If like me, you’re a woman (or a bloke) of a certain age, you’ll have experienced the teenage French holiday. You know the one – a soggy long weekend being dragged around the war memorials of Normandy by enthusiastic parents,  museums that seemed to go on FOREVER, a highlight being the visit to buy mega-boxes of croissants from a hypermarket before a nauseating trip home on a ferry. Or maybe you experienced France on a school holiday, a trip that…

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Our Single Parent Ski Holiday

February 17, 2017
single parent ski holiday

Having been a single parent since Hux was 6 months old – he’s now nearly five – I thought I’d seen the worst of the solo mum struggles. The routines you have to get into to make sure everything gets done, the logistical nightmares of picking up two kids from different nurseries when you’re working late, the financial juggles you do to make your money stretch far enough… been there, done that, got the baby sick-covered tshirt. It’s certainly true…

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How To Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

February 2, 2017
Prepare For a Ski Holiday With Kids

Though I dabbled on the slopes as a teen, I used to think family ski holidays were only for those who were, like, proper ski fanatics. After having kids myself, I thought those who headed for the mountains with their young children were certifiable: why would you want to tarnish your week of skiing and apres with the demands of little people? And it’s true, many of the holidaymakers I met on our trip to Tignes with Mark Warner last week were hardcore…

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MTT Travel: Mark Warner Lakitira

January 19, 2017
Mark Warner Lakitira

This week I am fulfilling every single January stereotype. Cold? Yep. A bit miserable? Indeed. Whining about it on the internet? WHOLEHEARTEDLY! I’ve been jealous of those lucky holidaymakers with few January responsibilities and loads of cash – is it me or have all celebrities de-camped to the Caribbean this month? – but us mortals have had to come up with more inventive escapism tools. For me it’s been wistful photo gazing followed by summer holiday planning, and I can…

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Would You Take Your Kids Out Of School For A Holiday?

September 13, 2016
Elfie is 6

This summer I made the decision to take my children out of school for a holiday. It wasn’t a decision I came to lightly; as a rule-follower it felt pretty unnatural to inform the school I’d be committing the cardinal sin of unauthorised absence. But I did it in the knowledge that the benefits of our trip would outweigh the week they took off from education. As a priority I made sure our holiday was as educational as it was fun.…

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Travel Hacks: How To Seamlessly Fly With Kids

August 15, 2016
Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

I’ve flown with my children a few times, and in my experience the expectation is always much worse than the reality. You know what I mean: you spend nights before your holidays tossing and turning imagining worst case scenarios –  tantrums in airports, mislaid suitcases, disrupted flights. It’s enough to make anyone re-think taking their kids abroad. But, more often than not it’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be,  and when it does go wrong the only thing…

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A 24-Hour Warwick Castle Adventure with Travel Supermarket

August 8, 2016
warwick castle

Going on adventures with kids when they’re that little bit older is so much fun. It’s my personal belief that as soon as you’re out of the era of carting travel cots, sterilisers, buggies and bits up and down the UK you are suddenly able to realise, this is what it’s all about. THIS is the reason I haven’t slept in six years: this is why I’ve spent more hours than I’d like to admit throwing shade at life-size fluffy characters at Peppa Pig…

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MTT Travel: My Center Parcs Memories

July 28, 2016
center parcs memories

When I think back, it’s clear that SO many of my childhood memories involve Center Parcs. We religiously went on holiday there when I was a child: as a family and with other families, too. I even went there on my first ‘solo’ holiday with ‘the girls’ at the age of 15… my parents were in the next chalet along from us but it definitely felt like the most independent thing any of us had ever done. One of my…

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MTT Travel: Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

July 27, 2016
Stratford Manor Hotel

What makes a hotel truly family-friendly? It’s easy to squeeze a cot in a bedroom and say you’re all up for kids staying, but I find that true family-friendliness is something totally different than just the sleeping arrangements. It’s about whether the children feel happy being there, and the grown-ups, too: how often have you been made to feel uncomfortable for having your children in a hotel’s common areas, or a restaurant? I know I have, probably completely unintentionally, but…

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Single Parent Holiday: The Mark Warner Verdict

July 14, 2016
single parent mark warner holiday

When I thought about travelling alone to Mark Warner Lakitira Greece with the kids, I wasn’t too concerned. Despite murmurs from friends and colleagues of “you? Just you? You and the kids?”, the solo aspect didn’t worry me. I spend a lot of time on my own or just with those two and it suits me: I appreciate my own company and feel I need the headspace to decompress from my busy life. The logistical side of the holiday –…

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