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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The August round-up

It has been an incredibly busy month work-wise, with a lovely trip to the Isles of Scilly in the middle where I got to do a bit of on-the-spot testing.

And obviously a trip to the seaside suddenly required a few urgent purchases for both me and Minnie (who will persist on growing).

woman's feet on a vintage or retro suitcase - tips on what to pack for both adults and children.So here’s what I’ve I bought, reviewed and considered as contenders for my suitcase in August.

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Why I don’t travel without my credit card

Passport. Tickets. Money. The top three things on my packing list, although I sometimes think that just passport and money means the world is your metaphorical oyster.

And more and more these days, it’s not money but plastic that I pack. While I wouldn’t recommend putting thousands on your credit card, even to see the world, mine are still travel essentials.


TSB asked me to share my top benefits of using a credit card sensibly when travelling – here’s why.
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Amsterdam guide books for kids

Minnie might not be able to read just yet, but that doesn’t mean she’s not fascinated with guide books already – I still love the old-fashioned paperbacks where possible, and we’re getting a collection of sticker and lift-the-flap books about different countries of the world.

So when we were preparing for Amsterdam, along with my own Lonely Planet guide, I was sent two other books to review, both aimed at children.

Amsterdam guide books for kidsFirst, Kids’ Compass Amstedam: the ultimate family travel guide and secondly Hotel Kids Only: Amsterdam.
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