Family travel tips – do what you want to do

Morocco  5429 - Version 2Mark Warner is asking bloggers for their family travel tips as part of their bloggers’ challenge.

As a family travel journalist this is something I have written about MANY times, and indeed an entire book.

But looking back through the various articles I’ve written, and after a few false starts at this post, I think the most important tip is to take the holiday that you want to take. If you plan carefully and are realistic in your expectations, you don’t need to let travelling with children limit your options very much at all. Continue reading

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Win a P&O Mini Cruise

P&O comp picFor me, the jury is still out on family cruising. I’ve never been on a cruise with the kids, and am torn between thinking it would be brilliant – on-tap entertainment for the kids, all our meals made and no cleaning to do – or absolutely horrendous – a rigid timetable to adhere to and no escape from everyone else. Plus I am scared of seasickness. Continue reading

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St Lary: Skiing in the Pyrenees with the family

We are lucky enough to live near the Pyrenees and be able to ski regularly, but time constraints mean that we tend to stick to a few resorts that are closest to us and easily driveable within a day. So I was delighted to be offered the chance to visit St Lary with the family to try out somewhere different. Continue reading

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Marriott County Hall, London


While it’s always fun to go away as a family of course, sometimes it’s nice to get away just as a couple too. My husband Alex and I hadn’t been away on our own for some time and with his birthday coming up, it seemed like the ideal time to take a weekend just for ourselves. So when I was offered the chance to review the Marriott County Hall, I jumped at it. Continue reading

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Perfect-fitting ski boots


I had a VERY exciting time in London last week – I was invited to go on This Morning to talk about whether I think it is ever OK to talk about taking your children out of school for holidays (I do, along with 88% of This Morning viewers, apparently), met the publisher of my racy Christmas novella, did loads of shopping in the sales (how fabulous are the sales in the UK?) and got my ski boots refitted at Profeet. Continue reading

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Christmas at PortAventura


Christmas is coming – but in PortAventura, it has already arrived. The park is already decked out in its festive finery and in amongst its fabulous rides and rollercoasters, there are some new features to make it all feel extra Christmassy this year right the way through until January 6. Continue reading

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Why do you want to get away?


Mark Warner Holidays has launched the search for new #MarkWarnerMums (or Dads) and is asking bloggers to write about why they would like to get away.

In some ways, it’s quite a difficult question. I love where I live but at the same time, I always love to get away, explore somewhere new and try new things.

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