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MTT Travel: Martinhal Cascais, Portugal Review

April 13, 2017
Martinhal Cascais review

When you hear the word ‘Portugal’, what do you think? Until a couple of weeks ago I had no strong feelings about the country. In my mind, the mind of one who is not the most geographically inclined it seems, I just thought it was the ‘bit next to Spain that’s probably fairly similar’. It was when I was repeatedly told to eat all those custard tarts that I thought I might be faced with something other than sangria and jamón. Why yes,…

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MTT Travel: Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin Review

March 31, 2017
Chalet hotel l'Ecrin review

When I started considering a ski holiday en famille (cos that’s how they say it in the Alps, innit), I considered our accommodation carefully. Basically, up in the mountains you have a few options: a self-catered apartment, a staffed chalet or a hotel. For me, self-catered was out. When you’ve spent the day on a mountain, the last thing you want to do is return to an apartment where you’re expected to cook and clean as you would at home.…

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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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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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The Best British Road Trips

August 26, 2016
warwick castle

We’re big fans of the great British road trip in our house. OK, erectile the Ford Focus in the drive might not have the magnificent allure of an airplane (for Hux, search at least) but there’s really nothing like hopping on the road for a good old home-based adventure. Most recently we drove to Warwickshire, cialis taking in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the magnificent castle over 24 hours, having a really wonderful (and even a bit of an educational!) time. But I’d…

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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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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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