The ultimate guide book: Lonely Planet’s The World

I’ve made no secret of my love of guidebooks, both for practicality and the souvenir of a trusty companion sitting on my shelf after accompanying me on my travels.

And my brand of choice is normally Lonely Planet. So it’s fitting that they’ve come up with what must be the ultimate guide… to The World.

40 years of travel knowledge, 221 countries, 228 maps and one planet. If you want inspiration to set out across the globe, this is it.

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Bigger baggage allowance for Thai Airways

Never knowingly underpacked, it says in my blog bio. I do not lie. Before Minnie, I’ve been known to pack more pairs of shoes than I’m spending days in the destination.

After Minnie, my overseas footwear choices have been cut drastically but the suitcases are still bulging thanks to tiny infant luggage allowances, clothes, nappies, toys etc etc.


So, suddenly, free hold baggage limits are one of my key criteria for choosing an airline (along with price, flight time, airport options and the fact they’re not Ryanair).

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MummyTravels’ guide to Copenhagen with kids

When you’re planning a family-friendly city break, Copenhagen might not be the first place you think of. But Scandinavia is perfect for travel with children.

Expect well-organised attractions, buggy-friendly entrances, decent changing facilities and an egalitarian attitude which means kids are usually as welcome as adults in this child-friendly city.

Obligatory photo of Nyhavn

Obligatory photo of Nyhavn

Most of my tips and experiences are aimed at travel with a toddler or young child, but do add your own suggestions for older kids in the comments. Continue reading

Six places to eat with kids in Copenhagen

Repeatedly named the best restaurant in the world, Noma has put Copenhagen firmly on the map for foodies.

And while you can take your kids along there with you – if you can get a reservation –that’s not the city’s only solution for mini gourmets.


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A Thursday travel treat on Instagram

Since getting onto Instagram a couple of months ago – find me here – I’ve very quickly become addicted to the photo-sharing site.

There’s the chance to upload some of the many pictures I take on my travels, but it’s also inspiring me to keep my eyes open day to day, spotting everything from glossy conkers to a patch of sunlight on a brick wall. And good news, there are no selfies…

It's a gorgeous crisp #autumn day outside. Inside I'm busy looking at old photos of #artdeco #miami and thinking of #sun and #beach #latergram #nofilter #florida #usa #miamibeach #architecture #hotel #breakwater #building #blue #white #bluesky

Today, after looking through some old shots of Miami and its art deco buildings in the sun, I added a few to brighten up Thursday. And it seems to have gone down pretty well… So much so, that I’ve decided to make it a regular thing using the hashtag #thursdaytraveltreat.

It might be a beach. It might be a fantastic temple. It might be a gorgeous landscape. But whatever it is, hopefully it’ll put a smile on your face and get you dreaming of travel throughout the winter.

Do tag your own photos if you’d like to join in too.


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