What type of skiing family are you?

I’ve only skied a handful of times in my life – for no reason other than not quite having time to fit in any more holidays on the slopes.

I’d love to learn properly, and having taken a few beginner lessons in Lapland, watching tiny kids slaloming happily, it looks like a great family option. Although I strongly suspect Minnie would be hurtling down the hills far more quickly and proficiently than me, which could be embarrassing.

We've been learning for three hours and can already go faster than you...

We’ve been learning for three hours and can already go faster than you…

That probably makes me après-ski mum. A few sessions on the snow, then plenty of time refuelling and defrosting as I watch my daughter showing off her skills.

So with a bit of inspiration from Ski Safari, I started thinking about the different types of ski families and what to remember when you’re booking… Continue reading

Thursday Travel Treat: Basilicata, Italy

I’ve been thinking about my most memorable travel experiences for a feature this week, and zip-wiring across a mountain valley in Italy is definitely up there at the top.

So this week’s #ThursdayTravelTreat on Instagram has to be Basilicata, where I tried the Volo dell’Angelo, or Flight of the Angel, as well as exploring the cave dwellings of Matera and the gorgeous mountain scenery.

Today's #thursdaytraveltreat takes us to #basilicata #italy for the #VolodellAngelo #zipwire across a #mountain valley in the #dolomites. Speeds of up to 90mph and the most incredible views! #adrenalinerush #basilicatagram #italia #flightoftheangel #castelmezzano #pietrapertosa

As ever, come and join in on Instagram with your own travel photo to brighten up October (and do link below in the comments). And yes, that’s me in the picture.

 

Salisbury with kids

Forget London, move over Manchester, bye bye Birmingham, because according to Lonely Planet, the only English (and UK) city to make it into the top 10 to visit in 2015 is… Salisbury.

I’ve been to Salisbury a couple of times, visiting the astonishing cathedral with the world’s oldest mechanical clock and one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta, celebrating its 800th anniversary next year.

Salisbury

But the last time I went was before Minnie was born, staying at the very funky Lazy Cow hotel with its fantastic steak restaurant – although I was on the mocktails at the time – and having a grown-up weekend of history, culture and wandering.

It’s only a short drive away, so would make an easy day out with a toddler though as on our Winchester jaunt. So what else is there to do with kids in Salisbury?   Continue reading

Adventure Ocean – kids’ clubs with Royal Caribbean

The days when kids on cruises had to amuse themselves with a board game, watched over by a bored member of staff are long gone. These days, facilities for children on cruise ships can take over whole decks and entertain them almost 24 hours a day.

And as the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, isn’t short of options as we discovered on our day on board. For starters, there’s a 28,000 square foot complex set aside for the kids’ club, for babies aged six months up to teens.

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As well as giving the play area a test, and experimenting with a homemade volcano in the science lab, I had a chat to Adventure Ocean manager Hugo Arenas about the child-friendly facilities. Continue reading

Exploring Oasis of the Seas – the world’s largest cruise ship with a buggy

Longer than five Boeing 747s, at 1,187ft Oasis of the Seas would dwarf the Eiffel Tower or the Shard if you laid either structure down next to it.

There’s room for 6,360 guests, more than 20 restaurants, a zip wire, Flowrider surf simulator and a park with more than 12,000 plants.

boardwalk-carousel-oasis-seas-cruiseMinnie, who’d been told we would be visiting a ‘big big ship‘, quickly cottoned on to the idea this cruise behemoth is out of this world, announcing it was a space ship. Not far wrong…

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