Thursday Travel Treat: Tunisia

I am in need of sunshine this morning (or sleep). So in place of a lounger, I’ve dug up some sunny memories of Tunisia for today’s #ThursdayTravelTreat on Instagram.

It’s almost 10 years since I visited this slice of North Africa (where did that time go?!), haggling in the medina in Tunis for a leather bag that had to stay on the balcony until the camel smell died down, visiting the ruins at Dougga and Carthage, snapping madly in the fabulously picturesque white and blue Sidi Bou Said…

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As ever, do join in with the hashtag on Instagram and Twitter with your own slice of sunshine (or other travel treat to cheer up a grey Thursday) and link below.

 

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Reviewed: Sofitel Gatwick airport hotel

I love low-cost airlines, I really do. Without them, I doubt I’d see as much of the world as I’d like, especially now I’m paying for Minnie’s plane ticket as well.

The drawback with our trip to Lanzarote? A 7.40am departure time which meant getting up at about 3.30am, waking up my toddler, and hopping into the car to drive sleepily around the M25. Or staying in an airport hotel.

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Pre-bavy, I suspect I’d have got round the problem by booking a taxi and trying to doze on the journey. Now, the focus is firmly on stress-free (or stress reduction, at least) – and as I crawled wearily out of bed at 5am to face security, heavy bags and a four-hour flight, I was very glad I only had a few minutes walk across to the North Terminal. Continue reading

The recipe for the perfect family holiday

When I was pregnant, I dreamed of travelling with my baby. Then, when I realised that really was possible, I dreamed of the places we would go together.

Now, although I still fantasise about seeing Burma, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, my dreams have changed again. Because now Minnie’s older and more involved in our travels, the dream trip isn’t all about me.

hippo-toy-child-pool-holidaySo when I was asked to describe my perfect family holiday by Mark Warner Holidays, who are looking for their new crop of blogging ambassadors for 2015, I struggled at first. Because it’s not a single place, it’s the experience. Continue reading

5 great attractions for kids in Miami

Miami isn’t an obvious destination for a family holiday – more bling, bars and beautiful bodies on South Beach.

kids-beach-sand-sea-miamiBut there’s actually far more than you’d think for children, including these five attractions.

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Where to eat in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

One of the things I love about visiting Lanzarote is the incredible fish and seafood, plus masses of tapas. How I don’t waddle back onto the plane is a mystery.

So I’ve picked a few of my favourite restaurants in and around Playa Blanca. And while normally I’d focus on the ones which are great with kids, this being Spain means everywhere is family-friendly.

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High chairs are standard, some have kids’ menus but all are happy to adapt adult dishes to toddler appetites or even create something special. Continue reading