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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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MTT Travel: Bloc Hotel Gatwick

July 11, 2016
Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

Airport hotels are a necessary evil. Much like visiting the dentist, getting a bikini wax or spending 50 quid on a pair of school shoes that will shortly be scuffed to buggery, splashing out on a hotel that you need for the sole purpose of being close to the airport is not The One. Hotels are supposed to be luxuries, places you visit for relaxing weekends, breakfast in bed and 1000 thread count sheets. They’re for lovely long dinners, top…

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Surviving the Single Parent Holiday (With Bells On!): Mark Warner Lakitira

July 4, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

I always find it incredible that when I go on holiday something profound seems to shift. Literally every trip I’ve been on in the last few years has brought a positive change in some way – Thailand, New York, New York again, Paxos – and I think the perspective you gain by being somewhere geographically foreign to you is one of the most incredible gifts. You see yourself in a slightly different light, see the world in a slightly different light.…

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The Bloody Brexit

June 27, 2016
bloody brexit

I’m on holiday. And I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing with the whole Brexit fandango underway (and let’s be honest, it’s been a massive effing fandango) but it’s most definitely brought things home for me, even when away. Let’s face it: the fact we have a democratic society is a massively amazing thing that should not be sniffed at. I religiously use my vote because other women fought so hard for me to have it,…

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5 reasons why you should travel to Luxor this summer

June 21, 2016
Luxor

Luxor is Ancient Egypt at its finest. Up there with Cairo and sun bathing at Sharm el-Sheik, discount this majestic city is full of awe-inspiring monuments that reflect a world and civilisation we can only dream about. Recent unrest in Egypt has been hard on the tourism industry. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against travel to many parts of the country, sickness but Luxor is not one of them. Here, cialis security in the city is on the…

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