Family holiday in Florida: No mice involved

Phew. I may have to stop travelling so much! (Although that’s unlikely). I can barely blog and vlog all the things I want to from one trip before another one appears on the horizon.

I know, I know, your hearts are bleeding for me. I admit, it’s a nice problem to have – especially as my next trip is to the Sunshine State, Florida. If it helps, the forecast is for thunder as well as sun. Plus I’ll be working.

anna-maria-island-bradenton-floridaI’m not going to back to Miami, which I love, nor am I heading to the mouse kingdom and Orlando. Instead, I’m travelling to Florida’s Gulf Coast and the islands of Bradenton. Continue reading

Review: Tregarthen’s hotel, Isles of Scilly

I’ve wanted to go to the Isles of Scilly for years now, since seeing photos of the stunning islands. And as you’ll know from my own posts of our trip, we had the most wonderful time.

But it would still be languishing on my bucket list if Tregarthen’s Hotel hadn’t invited us along to stay, discover Scilly and review their hotel.

scilly-isles-tregarthens-hotel-reviewAnd if you are planning to visit the islands on a family holiday, this is definitely somewhere you should consider for travelling to the Scilly Isles with kids. Here’s why…

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Scilly in pictures: 39 reasons to visit the Isles of Scilly

There are so many reasons to visit the Isles of Scilly – but two of the biggest are hard to sum up in words.

Girl on the beach in the Isles of Scilly

Firstly, the atmosphere. It’s so relaxed, welcoming, a really magical place which seems to operate slightly outside the world. I had to keep reminding myself it’s part of the UK.

Secondly, it’s beautiful. So beautiful. The beaches are the kind of pale white sand you see in the Caribbean, or golden stretches that seem to glow in the sun. The sea is palest clear turquoise, deep indigo blue and every shade in between.

I could pull out every adjective in my arsenal, every superlative I know. But really, you need to see. So here’s a taste of why Scilly is so stunning. I defy you not to look and want to book… Continue reading

16 things to do on the Isles of Scilly with kids

One of the biggest joys of the Isles of Scilly is relaxing. This is the kind of place where you slow down naturally, and enjoy the simple pleasures – walking, building a sandcastle, eating and drinking by the sea.

So when you’re planning a holiday, don’t even think about trying to pack every day full of activities. But at the same time, don’t miss out on the chance to explore. There are five inhabited islands, each with their own personality, and boats running between them.

scilly-boats-harbour-islesWhere you make the balance is up to you – but for some inspiration, here are 16 things to do in the Scilly Isles with kids.
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Travel to the Isles of Scilly

In those travel Q&As, I’ve never understood the question about whether the journey or the destination is better. After all, who really goes, ah, those six hours stuck on the motorway were fabulous compared to the week at the beach at the end of it.

But occasionally I do get to do a journey which is such a part of the travel experience that the holiday really does begin when I board.

scilly-beach-aerial-viewAnd that’s exactly what happened with our recent trip with Isles of Scilly Travel, clambering into a tiny prop plane to speed over the Cornish coast and to St Mary’s.

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