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May Bank Holiday: Family Days out in the UK

May bank holiday for the family

Easter chocolate may still be nestled in hidden spots around the house, but the next bank holiday is already hovering at the front of people’s minds. Thanks to Easter falling later than usual, it’s not long until we’ll be finding ourselves off for another three days.

With these bank holidays falling so close to one another, it can be tempting to make the most of one of the longer weekends and get away from it all for a day or two as a family. But with so many places to go, things to see, and activities to take part in, it can be difficult to know what to do. Luckily for you we’ve put our heads together and come up with some great ideas to help you make the most of that extra day off, and of course make lasting memories as a family.

Hit the beach

Us Brits love a sunny day. It means we can head to the coast, splash about in the sea, and build our beloved sandcastles. There’s plenty of great beaches to choose from that are suitable for the whole family. Weymouth Beach in Dorset, Fistral Beach in Newquay, Rhossili Bay in Rhossili, Wales, and Sandsend Beach in Yorkshire are considered just some of the best in the country, but there are of course plenty of other great beaches dotted around the country for you to visit for the day or night.

Visit a local stately home

We all have a local stately home. So why not make the most of being so close to history and visit a local stately home for the day? There’s bound to be lots of activities going on for kids over the holiday weekends, so by doing a bit of research, you’ll know exactly what to expect. And what’s more, if the weather does turn, you will all be kept nice and dry!

Have a picnic

Picnics are great. Having come back into fashion over the last few years, going on a picnic as a family is a great way to spend quality time together. All you need to do is choose a fab green area, pack up everyone’s favourite goodies, take a few games to play, and voila! You have the perfect day planned out for everyone.

Go to the zoo

Britain is home to some amazing zoos full of some of the most incredible animals to ever walk the planet. Bank holiday weekends are the perfect time to explore these furry places as they’ll be full of families all wanting to get up close and personal with zebras, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, meerkats, and almost any other animal you can think of. It’s always worth doing research as they can be quite costly for a large family however.

Have any of these given you a bit of inspiration for a family day out? Let us know what you’re up to! If you’re heading off on a long journey, don’t forget to check out our blog on: Packed Lunch Ideas for Day Trips

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Top Five World Destinations For Kids

Summer is just around the corner, so if you’ve not planned a family getaway yet, now is the time to start thinking about where you’re going to whisk your family off to. But with so many amazing countries to choose from, and of course young children to think about, it can be difficult to pinpoint a place where you’re going to all enjoy and where everyone is going to be safe.

Luckily for you however we’ve documented the top five destinations around the world for children.

Puglia, Italy

Puglia, Italy

Located in the heel to Italy’s boot, Puglia is the perfect choice for a family getaway. The area boasts numerous pristine beaches, quaint towns ideal for exploring, friendly locals and an open countryside the whole family will love. The weather in Puglia is relatively consistent, so anytime from April to September will almost guarantee you sun, but the peak times are very hot, with some days seeing the mercury rise to 30°C. But with a flight of less than three hours, you’ll soon find yourself exploring the rustic charm of the area.

 

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Japan is one of the most kid-friendly places in the world. Full to the brim with child-friendly activities, there’s more to do than many think. Just walking around the bright, tech-heavy city will leave children and adults inspired, but if you’re looking for something a bit more cultural, the Ghibli Museum and Odaiba are great for families. The city is also full of interactive museums to capture attention, while Tokyo Disneyland, Kamakura and Nikkō – which are packed with nature and history – are all just a short drive away. The best time to go is in the summer as the weather if favourable, but June can be rather wet, with average rainfall hitting 181mm. The flight time can be tricky with small children – at 11.5 hours from London, but to experience the unique culture – both modem and traditional – is worth the long flight.

 

Reserva Monteverde, Costa Rica

Reserva Monteverde, Costa Rica

A world-leading eco and adventure tourist location, Reserva Monteverde is perfect for adventurous families. Around half of the protected area is conserved as the Bosque Eternal de los Niños (Children’s Eternal Rainforest), and provides large areas of lush rainforest, cloudforest, evergreen forest, and of course mountains for tourists to adventure through. Offering incredible wildlife-spotting opportunities, a trip here is one the family will likely never forget. Boasting a tropical climate, the weather can be unsteady, but the average temperature year-round is over 20°C, with the warmest months being between March and May. Flights to San Jose lie at around 11 hours.

 

Florida, USA

Florida, USA

With flight times of around 8.5 hours, Orlando is the ultimate destination for families. Plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied in the state, whatever time of year you go, you’ll see the sun. Obviously we all know how exciting Orlando is with its plethora of thrilling theme parks and water parks, but there’s much more to the Sunshine State than Orlando’s theme parks. There’s fantastic beaches, such as Daytona Beach for a traditional seaside day, the subtropical wonderland of the Everglades National Park, the Crystal River in Tampa Bay where you can swim with manatees, and of course Kennedy Space Centre for the an out of this world experience.

 

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Awash with kid-friendly activities, Toronto is the perfect destination for families. The striking skyline that’s become iconic around the world will leave kids of all ages in awe, while the streetcars that dart around town provide a fab holiday treat. There’s also the famous CN Tower to explore to those who love heights and the Royal Ontario Museum, which features native Canadian headdresses and dinosaur bones. If this isn’t enough, Toronto Islands are a short ferry ride away, while the bucket-list inducing Niagara Falls lie just to the north. The summers are humid and the winters are icy cold in Toronto, so choose your time wisely depending on what you’re after. Flight times are less than many expect, with flights from London arriving in Toronto in less than 8 hours.

Have any of these exciting destinations inspired your family holiday this year?

Exciting Children’s Luggage for Exciting Holidays

It’s not just us adults that crave stylish luggage. Kids too love fun luggage to whisk their belongings along in. At Kids Travel 2, we’re experts in travel (and fun luggage), so we’re perfectly placed to help you find the best luggage for your kids.

Let’s start with young boys

Star Wars Ultimate Upright

 

Go over to the dark side with this epic, 3D Darth Vader suitcase. Expertly designed with a matching interior lining and themed zips, this case comes with extra padding and reflective detail for dark nights. Coming with two wheels and a pull handles, it’s ideal for young kids who love the Saga.

Samsonite Spiderman Ultimate Upright

 

Bright and bold, this case will get spidey senses tingling. Coming complete with reflecting eyes, themed zips and two wheels with a tough pull handle, this case is designed to be seen – even when the city sleeps. Inside there’s plenty of space for clothes (and superhero get-up), while the inside mesh pocket will keep everything neat and tidy.

KT2 Children's Suitcase Robot

 

Doubling up as a backpack and a trolley case, this fun case ticks all the boxes for young children. With bright colours that attract young children and a recognisable design, this case will stand out in crowded places. The hard shell and inner straps will keep toys and electronics safe on long and short journeys. But the real selling point is the light-up wheels which give this case added pizazz!

What about girls?

 

KT2 Children's Suitcase Owl

 

With all the features of the Robot case, the Owl model is perfect for little girls. Bright pink and inherently attractive, the owl’s robust structure and light up wheels make this case striking and attractive for girls.

 

KT2 Children's Suitcase Pink Pop

 

Vibrant 3D stripes make this case one of the most attractive on the market. Instantly recognisable, this pink pop suitcase will grab young girls’ attention and ensure they enjoy dragging it along behind them. Add that together with light-up wheels and a lively yellow handle, and the case really does ‘pop’!

 

Samsonite Disney Ultimate Princess Classic Bundle

 

What would a little girls’ countdown of the best luggage be without a Disney-themed bundle? This Disney Princess set has a number of features that will keep parents and kids alike happy. Coming with a suitcase, backpack, school bag, pencil case, and handbag, this pack is perfect for a getaway suitable for a princess.

JetKids BedBox

 

A ride-on case, a carryon, and a bed, the JetKids BedBox is the Swiss Army Knife of the luggage world. With ample space for a cuddly toy, a jumper and a few toys and games, the BedBox solves the age-old problem of getting children to sleep soundly on a plane. Turning into a bed with fully-fledged mattress, the BedBox makes light work of flying with small children. Coming in a neutral colour, the BedBox is unisex so can be used by al children.

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Packed Lunch Ideas for Day Trips

So, you’re getting ready to set out on a fun-filled trip for the whole family. The good news is you have a lot to look forward to. The bad news however is that little hungry tummies will undoubtedly be rumbling almost as soon as you’ve set off. At Kids Travel 2 though, we’ve got you covered. We put together five great packed lunch ideas for long day trips so you can rest assured you’re prepared for any eventuality.

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Wraps

A twist on a traditional sandwich, wraps are much better for bodies than two slices of bread. With less calories and carbohydrates, they won’t leave gentle tummies feeling as bloated – especially if you pick the wholemeal or seeded ones. If you’re unsure whether picky eaters will devour them, make sure you fill them to the brim with their favourite filling, such as Cajun chicken strips and salad, or thick sliced ham and mayo to give them a balanced mix of carbohydrates, fat and protein to keep them going all day.

Fruit and veg pieces

If you have time the night before you’re due to set off, chop up your kids’ favourite fruit and/or vegetable slices and pop them in a handy Tupperware. Apples, pears, kiwis, oranges, and grapes are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack to ward off hunger pangs between breakfast and lunch. Carrot and celery sticks and cherry tomatoes and are also great little nourishing treats that can be gobbled up en route. If you want to make this a bit more interesting, why not add a bit of yogurt over the fruit or pop in a treat size snack pot of hummus or refreshing dip for the vegetables?

Pasta salad

Most kids love pasta. So why just leave this as a dinnertime treat? Pasta is just as tasty cold, so cook up some pasta, add in a tablespoon of pesto, two tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of capers, a tin of tuna, and three sundried tomatoes for a Mediterranean-inspired feast. Tasting even better the day after, kids will love this scrumptious feast!

­Grain and lentil salad

This may sound very un-child friendly, but believe us, your kids’ will go mad for a cleverly made salad. Simply cook bulgur wheat, quinoa or cous cous in a pan with stock, add in cooked lentils, some chargrilled vegetables, like sweet peppers, courgettes, tomatoes and caramelised onion, and stir. Pop in a container with some ready-cooked chicken or falafel, along with a dip, and you’re done. It’s a great way to get children eating vegetables as they’re sweet and delicious when mixed with the protein-packed lentils and flavoursome grains.

­Chocolate drizzled popcorn

Popcorn shouldn’t just be saved for the cinema. It’s always advised to take a sweet treat or two with you when you’re off on a day trip to reward good behaviour. But if you want a break from traditional chocolate bars, try sweetening up some popcorn with a delicious drizzle of chocolate. Simply pop the corn as normal, melt your kids’ favourite chocolate and swirl it onto the freshly popped corn the night before. Leave it in a Tupperware once cooled, and the next day you’ll have a sweet treat that ticks all the boxes – without being overly sugary. You can even add some orange flavouring or mint to suit your kids’ tastes!

It’s also wise taking a few bottles of water and a carton or two of orange with you, as otherwise you’ll be stopping every half an hour for a drink.

Do you have any top packed lunch ideas for families?

Theme park Days out KidsTravel2

Theme Park Days Out

Keeping kids entertained during the holidays can be stressful. Knowing what to do and where to go to break up the long week or fortnight can result in you not actually doing that much at all. Luckily however theme parks provide a fantastic failsafe option.

Ideal for kids of all ages, theme parks provide a fun and friendly family escape. Whether you choose to go for one thrilling day, or stay overnight in one of the fabulous hotels on site, theme parks are fanciful for the whole family.

So where should you whisk your family off to over this half-term break?

Legoland, Windsor

Legoland, Windsor

Packed with kids’ favourite Lego characters, Legoland is the perfect theme park for younger children. With 12 colourful lands to explore, including Miniland, the home of model scenes from Europe and the USA, Pirate Shores, where scallywags can be transported on a swashbuckling adventure, and the ever-popular Lego City which features Lego cars for white knuckle riders to get their thrills, Legoland has it all for the Lego-lover in the family.

For the cheapest tickets, you’ll need to book online seven days prior to going. During the school holidays, the prices do increase, but expect to pay anything from £30 to £45 per person for a one-day advance ticket. If you’re planning on staying for a few days, Legoland offers a short break deal which includes an overnight stay and park tickets. Advertised from £82pp based on a family of four, this does shoot up in the holidays.

Gulliver’s Theme Parks

Dotted all around the UK, Gulliver’s Theme Parks have become the go-to for families with children. Catering specifically for small children, the three Kingdoms in Milton Keynes, Matlock Bath, and Warrington are packed full of wondering furry friends, thrilling rides and a myriad of events throughout the year, so Gulliver’s certainly won’t disappoint smaller children.

Prices vary at each theme park, but with tickets for adults and children coming in at less than £20, little ones under 90cm getting in for free, and concession discounts available, the Gulliver’s Theme Parks offer great value for money. It’s also worth buying tickets online before you go to make sure you get the best price. Short breaks are also available at Warrington and Milton Keynes and offer flexible short breaks with fun, themed rooms.

Alton Towers

Probably the most famous on our list, Alton Towers provides a thrilling day out for all the family. Perhaps most suited to teenagers due to the adrenaline-pumping rides on offer, there are still a handful of rides to keep little ones amused too. Cbeebies Land for example is a great choice for those not big or brave enough to take on Oblivion. The resort also features a splashing waterpark for families not keen on heights or fast rollercoasters.

Tickets for Alton Towers can be expensive, so it’s best to do your homework. There’s generally offers giving away 2-4-1 tickets on food boxes, in newspapers, and on the back of receipts, so keep hold of these if you see them. Online tickets for those ages 12+ are £32 (compared to the £52.80 on-the-day price) – although these must be purchased five days in advance. Child tickets currently stand at £27.50. Waterpark tickets are infinitely cheaper, coming in at £15 when booked in advance, and £17.50 when purchased on-the-day.

Short breaks are also available at the resort, with a number of hotels offering something a little bit different. Those looking for a more rustic experience can choose to stay in one of the themed enchanted wood lodges or a village treehouse. Prices vary depending on the time you go, but do include park tickets for each day you’re there.

 

If you are planning on taking the kids to a theme park you might find our blog on keeping children safe in crowded places helpful.

Top Easter Trips Around The UK

Top 4 Easter Holiday Trips Around the UK

Easter Holiday Trips

Easter is here which means you and your kids have some much deserved time off to spend together, with lots of bunnies, chicks and chocolatey treats, we’re sure!

If you’ve left it too late to head abroad this Easter, or want to have huge amounts of fun without spending large amounts of money – don’t panic! There is still plenty to do in the UK this Easter and we’ve rounded up the best events from all around the country. 

 

Where is Peter Rabbit? Treasure Trail, The World Of Beatrix Potter, Lake District, 12 April

What is it? Easter wouldn’t be complete without an Easter egg hunt! There are hundreds of local hunts planned across the UK, but our pick is this fabulous Peter Rabbit treasure trail, located in the beautiful Lake District. Families use their smart phones to guide them across the stunning north-eastern landscape and straight towards the 100 collectable ceramic eggs. Other special prizes to be won include overnight stays in many wonderful hotels for you and your family!

Where to stay? The World of Beatrix Potter recommends the Matson Ground Holiday Cottages and The Bowering luxury self-catering apartments on its website. However, the Lake District is the perfect place to camp! This area is packed with many sites to explore, choose your favourite online.

Transport Unless you live in the area, this treasure trial may be a little far away for a day trip. However, if you do decide to come just for the hunt then it’s best to come by car due to its beautiful but rural location.

 

Moomin Adventures Easter Trail, Kew Gardens, Surrey

What is it? Fun for all the family, with the help of the friendly Moomins! Hemulen, a plant loving Moomin has woken up from hibernation to learn that his favourite plants have been stolen! This trail enables you to explore the famous Gardens, discovering new species and learning about botanicals as you help to rescue the stolen plants.

Where to stay? Kew Gardens is located in Richmond, Surrey, which is on the outskirts of London. It is accessible by tube, train and bus from the centre however, for a slightly cheaper and less busy trip, why not stay in Surrey itself?

 

The Royal Yacht Britannia, Kids Go Free, Edinburgh, 1-21 April

What is it? If your child brings along their favourite cuddly toy, then they’ll be invited on board The Royal Yacht Britannia for free this Easter. As your youngsters enjoy imagining being royalty and sailing the seven seas, there are prizes to be won at the Cuddly Corgi treasure hunt – can you spot Clarence the Corgi hiding in the ship?

Where to stay? There are numerous options for accommodation in the bustling city of Edinburgh. From hotels to B&Bs, book your perfect stay online.

Transport Edinburgh can be easily reached by train from all over the country. The closest station to the attraction is Edinburgh Waverly. From there it is a 15 minute car journey, so a taxi will be cheap, or there are many bus routes to take you there. Find out more online.

10% Off Forest Holidays, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, Up To 23rd April

What is it? This Easter, the Forest Holidays team are offering 10% off their cabins, located deep in Sherwood Forest. Why not take advantage of this great deal and spend your Easter surrounded by nature and of course, the story of Robin Hood! There are many fun activities planned for your little ones – pick your favourite online.

Transport The nearest train station to Sherwood Pines is Mansfield Station. Once there, it is easy to get a taxi to the site. Print out the directions here.

Wherever you head this Easter, keep your adventuring and exploring kit safe with one of our many fun, character backpacks. View the full range online.

Easter Egg Hunt

Top 5 Easter Egg Hunts

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter signals new beginnings and the departure from the cold, wintery weather towards the warmer, longer spring days. However for kids, Easter is mainly about the chocolate. For young ones, Easter egg hunts are the highlight of the season, with sun-drenched trails and bright adventures awaiting those with a nose for chocolate. So which are the best Easter egg hunts in the UK?

National Trust Cadbury Egg Hunts

There’s more than 250 hunts taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so it shouldn't be hard to find one of the UK’s best loved chocolate’s hunts near you. Everyone who completes the hunt will be rewarded with a Cadbury treat, so it’s well worth getting your little ones involved. To really make a day of it, there’s also carnivals, face-painting, arts and crafts, and family games to keep everyone entertained.

Prices vary depending on where you are, but entrance fees are generally between £1.50 and £3.

Horniman Easter Fair

An extravaganza of a weekend, the Horniman Easter Fair is packed full of art and craft stalls, a farmers’ market, puppet making, face painting, screen printing, tea cup rides, bouncy castles, dance workshops, and a storytelling performance inspired by none other than Alice in Wonderland. Entry to the fair is free, with tickets to the storytelling costing £4.

Wynyard Hall, Durham

Wynyard Hall in Durham is hosting numerous fun-filled sessions on Easter Sunday for little ones. Set to be the home of a whole host of activities, including singing and storytelling, games, arts, and crafts, there’s something for all ages. There’s also set to be a competition for the best Easter bonnet – so get creative.

Tickets are £8 per child, with accompanying adults getting in for free.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Dinosaur lovers look no further! This egg hunt is dinosaur-themed from start to finish, so will please those looking for something different. On until Sunday 23 April, the museum will hide a sequence of dinosaur eggs among its Jurassic Gardens exhibition for eager hunters to find. There’ll also be a few surprises too, in the shape of dinosaur models nestled in-between lush vegetation.

Admission to the gardens is free, but the Easter trail does cost £2 per child.

Church Farm, Liverpool

Open from Good Friday until Easter Monday, Church Farm's Easter egg hunt starts with an adventure-filled a tractor ride into a magical forest, before the real hunt begins. Kids search for clues and play games to complete a puzzle page. Once they’ve figured it out, they’ll receive a certificate – and of course a delicious chocolate gift.

Pre-booked tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £8 for children – with kids under one year going for free. This price includes the egg hunt and a special Easter Bunny meet, as well as farm park admission which is home to animal feeding sessions and thrilling tractor rides.

If you’d rather take advantage of the predicted sun and stay at home, you can always do your own egg hunt. You can buy packs of mini eggs from supermarkets and chocolate shops. Ideal for hiding in gardens and nooks and crannies around the home, add together with a few decorations and it will transform your home from plain to Easter-chic in no time. So invite your childs’ friends over and make a day of it. If you really want to get into the swing of it, you could also dress up as the Easter bunny!

Camping

The Best European Camping holidays

When the Easter holidays or half-term comes around, many parents are keen to take their children away on a fun family holiday however, the prices of many hotel resorts can be expensive – especially at this popular time. We’re a big fan of camping here at Kids Travel 2, and these days it holds many more possibilities beyond simply sitting in a tent in a field. If you’re stuck on what to do during your next family break, why not explore Europe with one of these fun, exciting and often luxurious camping holidays?

Campsite Valkanela – Croatia

Camping

About the campsite: Croatia has been rising in popularity as a holiday destination in recent years and it’s not hard to see why once you take a look at its clear, sparkling seas, luscious green landscapes and idyllic beaches. The Valkanela campsite gives you and your family the opportunity to take advantage of these breath-taking natural surroundings. Located in a peaceful cove between Vsar and Funtana, it is surrounded by water and safe, smooth pebble beaches for the whole family to enjoy, with a newly opened swimming pool for those that prefer not to swim in the open sea! It boasts a busy schedule of planned sport and entertainment activities, as well as many pubs, bars, restaurants and even a nearby nightclub for young adults to head to on an evening.

Easter events and offers: This Easter, the Valkanela campsite is offering nature loving families the chance to enjoy a gloriously green getaway, from the comfort of a luxurious mobile home. A traditional Easter breakfast is included, with a fun welcome package and creative workshops offered for children. Find out more online

Weather forecast: Known for its Mediterranean climate, heading to Croatia in Easter will certainly be warmer than in the UK, with average temperatures of 12 - 14°C . However, the months of July and August can reach up to 26°C.

Camping Eden – Lake Garda, Italy 

Lake Garda, Italy

About the campsite: A family-run campsite, using this experience to create a wonderful environment for other families to enjoy. It is located by Lake Garda, famous for its incredible beauty, in a peaceful, sheltered complex. Adults will enjoy soaking up the panoramic views while basking in the sun as kids explore the tennis courts, three exciting pools (complete with waterslides) before tucking into the local delicious delicacy at the on-site pizzeria-bar.

Easter events and offers: Camping Eden doesn’t take reservations until the end of April, so it is not an Easter destination. However, if you book a getaway out of season, from 23rd April until 1st July, it offers a 15% discount making it a great option for a low-cost getaway later on in the year. 

Weather forecast: If you do head to Camping Eden a little later on, you can expect glorious weather! In May, it can reach up to 22°C, with an average temperature of 17°C.

Durrell Wildlife Camp – Jersey

Durrell Wildlife Camp – Jersey

About the campsite: One for the animal lovers! Durrell Wildlife Park is home to a plethora of exotic animals such as monkeys, parrots, bears, flamingos and more, housed in a stunning, natural environment. With a selection of luxury ‘pods’, the whole family can sleep, live and play amongst these animals! Each pod has a safe stove for burning logs, alongside a private shower and WC facility. Families can either cook in the kitchen that is provided, or enjoy the other dining experiences such as the BBQ on offer.

Easter events and offers: Durrell Wildlife Camp is offering a 10% discount this spring that can be used for bookings of 3-6 nights. This offer is not valid for July/August, making it perfect for those last minute Easter getaways.

Weather forecast: Hailed as the ‘sunniest spot in the British Isles’, the average temperature in Jersey this April is predicted as reaching highs of 11 °C, with 6 hours of sunshine a day.

I Pini Family Park – Rome

About the campsite: This dog-friendly campsite has a range of comfortable mobile homes, located in peaceful surroundings to make it a memorable holiday for all of the family. After relaxing by the pool as the kids are entertained by the friendly reps, heading to the capital city is essential! Rome is just 25 miles away from the serene campsite, giving you easy access to the best pizza and ice cream in the world to enjoy as you explore the area’s history! If you’re travelling with teenagers, we recommended Rome as a great place to explore in our previous blog post.

Easter events and offers: We haven’t spotted any specific Easter offers however, this website has reduced its rates in the run up to Easter!

Weather forecast: Rome is famously sizzling in summer, and in Easter it’s still warm enough to encourage lazy days by the pool. Highs of 20°C can be expected, although lows of 8°C may also occur.

 

Image Credit: https://www.durrell.org/wildlife/visit/hospitality/camp/

Adventure Holiday

The Best European Adventure Holidays

Adventure Holiday Kayaking

 

If your family is full of adrenaline junkies who love getting in touch with nature, you’re not going to be happy laying on a beach for a fortnight. You’ll be looking for a holiday that plays to your interests. However when you’ve got a family with varying ages, it can be difficult to find a getaway that will suit all of you.

Luckily for you however there are some amazing companies out there designed to take the stress away for you.

Explore is an incredible holiday company. Starting out in 1981, they organise small group adventure holidays for people of all ages. However they specialise in finding fun-filled getaways for families. You can split your search criteria into region, activity type and age range to really drill down and find the right adventure for you and your family.

Family Adventure Company is another great company for helping you organise your annual family escape. Just like Explore, you can find the perfect trip for you by browsing destinations and selecting the holiday type. Subjects include active, cultural and wildlife so you can search by your interests.

So what are the best destinations and activities in Europe for families?

Dalguise, Scotland - Ideal for children of all ages

Perfect for families not wanting to venture abroad, Scotland really does have it all when it comes to adventure. And Dalguise really backs this theory up. The 18th century mansion is home a number of thrilling activities that will keep the blood pumping around the body from dusk ‘til dawn. Set in Scotland’s Big Tree Country you’ll find zip wiring, tree climbing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, and canoeing, which are ideal for long summer days, while the indoor sports dome is perfect for the more rainy days that Scotland is known for.

Pyrenees, Spain and FrancePerfect for children aged six and up

Sitting on the France-Spain border, the Pyrenees offer a tremendous action-packed holiday for the whole family. You can choose to walk or cycle the mountains, with rafting also an option if you cross the border into Spain. The peninsula itself offers a bit of every climate; snow-capped in the north and middle, lush and green in the west and dry and warm in the east. Therefore heading off on an adventure around the mountain range will be as educational as it is fun.

Safaris in Norway – For children aged three and up

According to Lonely Planet, Norway is the last refuge for some of Europe’s most intriguing wildlife, so there really is no better place for your animal-loving family to adventure to. Organised safari trips are often the best idea for families as they take the stresses away from what can be a busy getaway. If your family loves everything related to the sea, you can choose to venture out for a whale safari where you’ll be treated to displays by sperm, pilot, minke, humpback, and killer whales, as well as dolphins and king crabs. If you like to keep your feet firmly on solid ground, Dovrefjell National Park is a must-visit for animal lovers. One of the few places on earth where you can see the mighty musk oxen, you’ll be treated to a true spectacle of nature by these furry beasts. As well as musk oxen you’ll also find reindeer, wolverines and golden eagles.

Best Sun Creams

Best Children's Sun Creams

Sun Protection

Although we all need some sun exposure to get our recommended allowance of vitamin D – the vitamin which helps our bodies absorb calcium and produce stronger, healthier bones – the fact is that it doesn't take much time in the sun for the majority of people to get the vitamin D they need. And repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can cause skin and eye damage, suppressed immune systems, and of course can contribute to some types of skin cancer.

As a result, it’s so important for parents to teach kids how to enjoy the sun safely to ensure their sensitive skin is protected from the harmful sun’s rays. So if you’re heading off on a fun-filled family holiday this summer, you’ll want to make sure you pack all the essentials to keep you going for two weeks, and one of those essentials is of course sun cream. So which are the best sun creams for little ones?

Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion 30

With 97% UVB protection (the rays that cause burning) and high protection from UVA rays, this paraben-free sun cream contains 78% organic ingredients so is ideal for sensitive skins and kids suffering with prickly heat. Boasting a water-repellent, moisturising and non-greasy formula, it is perfect for active kids – and active parents alike. And what’s more, Green People supports the Marine Conservation Society, so donates 30p from each sale to the society.

Ladival Kids Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+

An advanced INFRARED-A protection system and having been clinically proven to protect against UVA, UVB and Infrared-A rays, there’s no wonder this has become a favourite for parents looking to protect their kids’ skin. The preservative, perfume, colourant, fat, paraben and PEG emulsifier-free formula has been expertly created to be non-greasy and suitable for sensitive skin (even those suffering with eczema).

Soltan Kids Dry Touch Lotion SPF50+

A light, non-sticky formula, this cream dries in just 60 seconds. Offering extra water resistance, the hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested formula has a maximum five-star rating against deep skin damage caused by UVA rays. The perfect solution for beach holidays when kids will be in and out of the water and rolling around in the sand, parents and kids love this sun cream in equal measure.

There are of course many other ways you can help keep kids safe in the sun. Staying in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm – when the sun is at its hottest can help to cut down on the chances of getting burnt, while making sure they wear a hat at all times and a t-shirt when they go in the pool or sea will help protect them against sun stroke and severe burning.

Do you have any tips for parents heading off on a summer holiday with their kids?

Top 5 Easter Holiday Trips Around the UK

Top 5 Easter Holiday Trips Around the UK

The Easter holidays can often leave parents struggling for inspiration. With the great British weather not one to be relied upon, planning ahead can be tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s plenty of things you and your children can get up to over the Easter break to help break up the long two week stint.

Head to London for a day or two

Tower Of London

The buzzing capital has plenty of activities going off over Easter to keep children entertained – and away from the chocolate. Between Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th of April a fleet of over 30 grand vessels will sail along the Greenwich and Woolwich riverfronts at the Tall Ships Regatta, while Kids can find themselves smack bang in the middle of Jurassic Park between Saturday 1st and Monday 17th April with more than 30 life-size models embark on Osterley Park. For something different, the Southbank Centre has a number of activities taking place between Saturday 1st and Monday 17th April at the Urban Festival.

Rent a narrowboat in Norfolk

Narrow boat

For something a bit different, narrowboats offer a great family-friendly alternative to traditional hotels and rented apartments.  Something the whole family can get involved in, it can be a real educational experience for younger kids, whereas older children can help out when it comes to driving the boat. The Norfolk Broads is great for animal-lovers, with Norwich having plenty for kids to do, including a magical Down The Rabbit Hole event on Friday 14th April.

Waterways Holidays offers dedicated boat trips for families so can take away the stresses of organising this quirky getaway way for you.

Hire a log cabin in Snowdonia

Snowdonia

Snowdonia is always packed full of great events – and Easter is no different. But if you want to make it truly unique, rent one of the incredible log cabins on offer to get the great outdoors experience, with a little more comfort. From Friday 14th to Monday 17th April is Easter Weekend. There’s a Mad Hatter’s Party in Portmeirion’s picturesque piazza, complete with fancy dress, magic potions and a fairy-tale afternoon tea, while a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will take place in nearby Plas yn Rhiw between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th April.

Get beneath the stars in the National Forest

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If you’re looking to brave the weather, you could dig out your tent and head to the National Forest. There’s loads of camping sites for families, with all the amenities you could ask for. In Swadlincote, Derbyshire, three fun-packed weeks of activities will be taking place during the Forest’s Easter Half Term Fun between Saturday 1st and Sunday 23rd April. Alternatively you could try Family Bushcraft Day on Thursday 20th April in Coalville, Leicestershire.

Embrace your inner child and hire a wigwam in Stirling

Wigwam

Wigwams are perfect for families who don’t fancy sleeping under nylon quite yet. Cosy, warm and truly unique, they offer excitement for the whole family. Mains Farm Wigwams is a child-friendly site that has all the mod cons, but with a rustic edge. There’s an onsite play area for under 5s, and is located within close range of a number of amenities. On the doorstep, you’ll also find The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway & Museum of Scottish Railways and Falkirk’s annual pirates and princesses’ parade – as well as a whole host of special Easter-themed activities! And what’s more, Away with the Kids can sort it all out for you!

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Top 5 Pieces Of Luggage Teens Will Love

Hands up if you’ve struggled to find the coolest carry-on or sassiest suitcase for your teenager? We thought so! it can be incredibly difficult to get the balance right between getting something grown up enough they’ll be proud to wheel it along, and a bag not so boring they’ll leave you do to all the fetching and carrying. But never fear! At KidsTravel2, we’ve got you and your teens covered for any trip.

 

If your teen loves Star Wars then this is the ideal piece of luggage for them to jet off with. A real showstopper complete with comic-strip artwork, it surely won’t get lost in transportation. Large enough for a two week jaunt to the other side of the world, this case is made from ABS and Polycarbonate so is one of the most robust on our site. It also includes a handy zip pocket inside and straps to keep all clothes neatly packed, as well as four smooth-rolling wheels and an easy push-button handle to ensure easy manoeuvrability. We’re sure your teen will want to be seen with this in the airport! If your teen is more of a Marvel fan, we’ve got something for them too!

 

 

This geometric cabin sized case really does press all the right buttons. Bright and bold but bang on trend, this case is one of the best for protecting all the tech that teens love to take on flights. With enough space for a laptop, tablet and earphones – as well as a handy front pocket for a book – this one is certain to keep your teen happy!

 

One for the older teen, this Quiksilver case will never go out of fashion. Understated yet incredibly useful, this smaller case is ideal for a week away skiing or in the sun. The practical design of this case has made it the go-to for teens looking to store important documents – such as a passport – in the front thanks to numerous zip pockets, however that’s not where it ends. Inside you’ll find two main sandwich compartments for easy organisation, while the padded handle and wheelie design makes it easy and comfortable to move even when it’s packed solid!

 

Monochrome never goes out of style. And this gingham stripe carry-on is testament to that. The ideal travel companion for any trip, it features a double deck main compartment with two zips and plenty of space to keep things in place, as well as an accessible hidden front pocket for travel documents. The padded handles and smooth running wheels make zipping through the airport or cities easy, while the soft polyester material means it can be folded down flat when not in use.

 

If your teen would rather keep their hands free, a backpack is the ideal partner for travelling. Made from lightweight polyester, this universal backpack offers up 16 litres of space – so plenty of room for all the ‘essentials’. The main zip up compartment can easy fit in tech equipment, a spare jumper and reading material, while the front zip pocket is the perfect place to store snacks and drinks.

Camping Destinations

Outdoors Holiday Destination For Grandparents Travelling With Children & Teens

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Have you ever considered planning a getaway for your children to enjoy with their grandparents? Travelling with grandparents is a great alternative to the conventional family holiday, giving children quality time with their elders while releasing you from the dreaded annual leave battle that occurs during school breaks! With Easter just around the corner and subsequent half-terms in sight, there is no better time to pass the holiday baton over to your parents, helping them plan a trip together with their grandkids.

Amongst the other holiday options with grandparents, camping or ‘gramping’ is a fantastic way for families to get together, enjoying the great outdoors while sharing a tip or two about outdoors survival! From camping to caravanning, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoors holiday destinations for grandparents travelling with children or teens:

 

Beech Croft Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Where: Blackwell in the Peark, Derbyshire

What you should know: Located close to the Peak District, it is a great chance to show children one of the most picturesque locations in the UK!

Why you should do: Head to Bakewell, a nearby village and show children the origins of the much loved treat, the Bakewell tart! Visit the animals in the many surrounding local farms, including the one where you are staying or get active and head to the Monsal Trail- a newly opened cycle facility.

When should you go: From 7th June onwards there are many local events such as the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, the Peakender Festival and the Chatsworth Country Fair. Learn more on its website.

 

Clippesby Hall Camping

Where: Norfolk Broads National Park

What you should know: This camping and holiday destination is nestled within wooded wilderness, yet is a stone’s throw away from Norwich and Great Yarmouth if you fancy some more ‘urban’ entertainment! With eight camping areas to choose from, this is a large and well-equipped holiday destination!

What you should do: Packed with facilities for all ages, there is plenty to do including tree-houses to explore, tennis courts to enjoy and zip-wires for action-packed adventures. This campsite also produces its own guide to days out in the surrounding area, giving the entire family plenty of fun, free options to choose from.

When should you go: It opens in Easter until October, making it the perfect choice for a last-minute getaway during the Easter break, or to round off the long summer with a camping trip in September. 

 

Hill of Oaks Caravan and Lodge Park

Where: Windermere, Lake District National Park

What you should know: There is no camping at this site however, touring caravans and motor homes are welcome. For a little more luxury, self-catering accommodation, holiday homes and lodges are also available.

What you should do: This Park is conservation orientated, meaning there is lots of wildlife to discover. Test children’s bird and floral knowledge while you take in the scenery around the park or for something more fast-paced, there is an abundance of cycling trails to enjoy. Of course, a trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter, bringing the local wildlife to life! 

When you should go: If you don’t mind a spot of rain when hiking in the countryside then Hills Oaks Caravan and Lodge Park is the perfect destination, all year round.

 

Fallow Fields Camping

Where: Kent

What you should know: With fun bell-tents or a ‘glampervan’ for hire, this is a campsite with a comfortable difference!

What you should do: Hire a fire pit, toast marshmallows and tell spooky tales around the campfire, while teaching children the basics of how to start a fire with wood in the first place! If you don’t fancy cooking your own food, there are many fun catering activities hosted at this site such as chicken rotisserie nights and Kentish afternoon cream teas. Kids can also watch a movie under the stars with the outdoor cinema nights on offer.

When you should go: This campsite is only open during August, so save this one for summer!

 

Have your children been ‘gramping’?  Where did they go? Share your experiences of holidaying with grandparents online! 

 

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Day Trips With Grandparents

Day Trips With Grandparents

Family holidays can be very exciting for everyone involved, enabling parents to explore somewhere new with their children. Sometimes, it can be fun for grandparents to join too as an additional treat, sharing the family fun. However, more often than not, planning these getaways can prove difficult and expensive.

For working parents, there is often large competition from other colleagues with children to have annual leave requests accepted during the school holiday period and even when this leave is granted, prices on travel, hotels and many holiday destinations rocket to unbelievable prices to meet this demand. 

To combat this, many families are ‘breaking out of the mould’ by holidaying with grandparents, without a parent in sight!

The benefits of taking grandchildren on holiday without parents

While you love your bundles of joy very much, letting your children travel with grandparents gives you a day, a weekend or even a week to enjoy all to yourself, enabling you to undergo those projects or tasks that you’ve always been putting off. What’s more, ‘peak’ holiday times are no longer an issue, as grandparents can take children away without having to battle for annual leave requests!

Of course, practicalities aside, holidaying with grandparents gives your children the chance to bond and spend time with their elders – something which is invaluable to small children, all the way up their teens!

 

Types of holidays for grandparents travelling with children

Now you’re convinced, here are some great ideas for holidays that grandparents can enjoy with their grandchildren:

  1. Family resort abroad

For some easy-going fun in the sun, booking an all-inclusive resort abroad means that there is little to worry about, with only sun-filled entertainment and relaxation to enjoy! To make the journey even smoother, be sure to pack a Jetkids BedBox, keeping children comfortable while their essentials stay safe!

If children are young, grandfathers can teach their grandchildren top tips for building sandcastles while grandmothers relax in the pool with the older kids. Choosing a resort with a kids club or other activities means that if grandparents get tired, children will still be entertained, ready to share their excitement with the grandparents after the day is done.

  1. Self-catering UK breaks

This is a simple but fun way for grandchildren to spend quality time with their grandparents. Booking a cottage in a picturesque location that children have never visited before gives them the chance to ‘slow down’, listen to tales from grandma and granddad, and maybe even pick up some cooking tips every evening! Packing plenty of arts, crafts and stationary also means that any rainy evenings can be made fun with creative activities!

  1. 'Gramping'

For those who like to experience nature, ‘gramping’ is a great option! Whether you choose a tent, holiday park or caravan, camping always provides plenty of entertainment, also giving grandparents a great opportunity to share their wisdom and camping tips and tricks, to be remembered for years to come. And with plenty of hikes and nature trails to explore, bringing a fun backpack is essential for all young outdoors explorers.

 

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Easter Getaways for Families

Top 5 Easter Getaways for Families

After the long winter months are over and spring time begins, it can be tempting to book a getaway to sunnier climates during the Easter holidays to soak up some rays before summer begins. However, it is important to keep your family safe on your sun-filled retreat – we wrote a blog post covering everything you need to know! Armed with this knowledge, here are our top 5 getaways to enjoy with your family this Easter:

 

Where: Malta

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Weather:  The island of Malta is known for its hot weather, yet in April it is warm enough to enjoy without your winter coat, without constantly searching for shade! High temperatures are 20 °C, with lows of 16 °C and there are eight hours of sun to safely enjoy.

What to do there:

 

Where: Tenerife

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Weather: Slightly warmer than Malta, Tenerife can reach 22°C in April, with mild lows of 15°C. There are eight hours of sun yet a small chance of rain, so umbrellas are essential!

What to do there:

  • Get up close and personal with parrots (over 350 species) and other animals at the Loro Parque
  • Make a splash at the Siam Park – the biggest theme park on the island!
  • Let local character, Georg, show you how traditional porcelain dolls, teddy bears and other toys are made at the captivating Artlandya museum

 

Where: Prague

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Weather:  With highs of 14°C but lows of 4, the weather is a little unpredictable in Prague but the magic to be found in the ‘city of castles’ certainly makes up for a spot of grey clouds!

What to do there:

 

Where: Paris

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Weather: Spring brings with it warmer weather for Paris as the chance of rainfall lowers, making way for high temperatures of 16°C and lows of just 11°C.

What to do there:

 

Where: Mallorca (Majorca)

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Weather: Like Tenerife, Mallorca can reach up to 19°C during the Easter break, with lows of 12°C. It has around 10 hours of sunshine to enjoy, so make sure to read our sun safety blog post before you go!

What to do there:

  • Take a dive at Hidropark, a bustling water and amusement park in Port d’Alcúdia
  • Spot an eerie gargoyle at the picturesque Cathedral, located in Palma de Mallorca
  • Enjoy a bike ride around the Parc Natural de S’Albufera, and spot some birds while you are at it!
Mother's Day

Plan a perfect day out for mum this Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Are you looking to spoil mum this Mother’s Day? Whether she’s an adventurer always keen to explore, or a more homely character, we can all agree that mums everywhere need pampering on Mother’s Day. So how can you help your kids plan a fabulous day for mum?

The first thing to consider when planning a day for Mother’s Day is what she would like to do. We’re sure that she’d love anything with thought behind it, but to really make a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget, you should put yourself in her shoes. So to help you make the right choice for that special mum, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you.

If you think she’d like something all for her:

Get creative

Handmade gifts and cards are always more special than those that are bought, so if you’ve got a free afternoon with the kids, why not get crafty and make a lovely card to surprise her with on Mother’s Day morning? All you need for a card is coloured cardboard, tissue, glitter and some pens and paints. If your children are even more creative, a homemade gift will make this Mother’s Day even more memorable. A dreamcatcher, a bouquet of flowers that will never die or even some homemade cakes and biscuits say so much more than a shop bought present.

Think outside the box

For a day she’ll never forget, try thinking outside the box – the chocolate box that is. Chocolate workshops are great for sweet-toothed, crafty mums, allowing her to learn something new while sampling the fruits of her labour as she goes along. Chocolate workshops have popped up all over the country, so we’re certain you’ll find one close-by.

Make it truly relaxing

Spas are great for recharging the batteries. But busy mums don’t always get the chance to get away and fully relax. Why not treat mum to a luxurious day at a local spa and allow her to get pampered from dusk ‘til dawn. Many spas boast special Mother’s Day packages for this time of year, complete with massages, facials and even afternoon tea.

Or if mum would like to celebrate as a family:

Grab a bite

Afternoon tea has become one of the most popular treats in recent years. And Mother’s Day should be no different. We’re certain you’ll be able to find somewhere to enjoy a sunny spring afternoon tea close to your house, but look out for special packages that will give mum a glass of bubbly to really make it a day to remember for her and the whole family.

Hit the shops

Often mums are never out of the shops. But supermarkets and kids’ shops don’t exactly scream luxury. If mum is always too busy looking after the family to treat herself, why not head out as a family to the local shopping centre or city and treat her to something special? Whether it’s a new dress for the upcoming family holiday, a new pair of shoes or a piece of jewellery that she’ll keep forever, we’re certain it’ll bring a smile to her face. While you’re out, you could also pop out for a family dinner to round off the day.

Enjoy the spring weather

Mother’s Day is often the first signal of spring for many, so there’s no need to let it go to waste. If mum is a keen adventurer, head out into the great outdoors for a country walk as a family. The fresh air will do everyone the world of good, while mum will just enjoy being outside with the family. And you can of course top it off with a traditional Sunday lunch at a local pub – it’s always wise to book on Mother’s Day!

What have you got planned for Mother’s Day?

Family Friendly City Breaks

Short City Breaks Where Toddlers Are Welcome

Busy streets, pollution and an array of un-family friendly eateries often leaves families with young children fleeing for the safety of a beach break or all-inclusive resort. But city breaks don’t just need to be for adults; they can be a cultural learning experience for toddlers too. However we do understand the worries around taking young ones to cities. So if your family is in the mood for a bit more adventure, why not try packing up your young family and heading to one of these incredible family friendly cities for a few days?

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Locals in Iceland welcome children of all ages with open arms, so you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere that can entertain children better without jetting off to Orlando. Aurora season lasts from October to March in Iceland, but if you decide to head there out of Northern Lights season, there’s still plenty to keep young ones occupied. The Blue Lagoon is amazing for children, while many of the local geothermal pools boasts children’s pools, paddling pools and waterslides.

Hotel Ódinsvé is one of the best family-friendly hotels in Reykjavik. Just three minutes’ walk from the city’s main street, the triple and family rooms are perfect for kids, while the in-house restaurant will keep hunger pangs down. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is also another favourite amongst families. Located within walking distance of the city centre, the modern hotel comes complete with nautical-themed rooms with views that include the water and marina. However the hotel’s real selling point is the screening room, complete with multi-coloured seats and a varied schedule that includes kids' movies on the weekends.

London, UK

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If you fancy staying firmly in the UK, you can’t go far wrong with London. Steeped in history, it has plenty to grab toddlers’ attention. Plenty of green parks open up London for small, fast legs, while its huge range of museums and historic attractions make it a hit with inquisitive young minds. The Changing of the Guard, the Tower of London and London Zoo are all great places to take small children and get them learning. There’s also LEGOLAND a short drive away in Windsor, too!

The Ampersand Hotel in Kensington is ideal for children, thanks to an incredible games room jam-packed with children’s books, trinkets and board games. In here kids will find all the most popular games from both today and days gone by – and even a full-sized ping pong table for the adults! Located not far from the Ampersand Hotel is the Royal Garden Hotel. Featuring multiple interconnecting rooms, it is ideal for larger families. However what will really get kids going are the free micro scooters offered for kids and parents to jet around Hyde Park in, as well as the dedicated children’s entertainment (Sharky and George) who organise treasure hunts and tours and the countless food-themed fun actives, such as the ‘make your own’ ice cream sundae, children’s afternoon tea, and the free milkshakes that are available every day. There’s also a ‘flicks and food’ option that’s ideal for Britain’s traditional rainy days, and includes unlimited films, pizza, coke floats and popcorn for 24 hours.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is essentially a children’s playground. Full of old world charm, the city is one of the prettiest in Europe. There are of course the usual historic trips around Lisbon to keep the whole family entertained, and if you’re going to go down this route, we recommend taking the amphibious bus and stopping off for one of the famous pastéis de nata (delicious custard tarts) mid-way.

For something a bit more interactive, the Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe’s largest aquarium, is a must-visit. Toddlers love gazing at the range of sea life and learning about some of the most impressive aquatic creatures in the world. Lisbon Zoo is another must-do for those with toddlers. With a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, it features one of the largest collections of animals in Europe. Giraffes, elephants, rhinos, birds, dolphins and penguins all blend seamlessly together to provide an interactive day out for all ages.

With numerous family-friendly perks, including kids' welcome amenities, kids' toiletries, kids' menus, complimentary cribs and rollaway beds, and a babysitting service, you’d do well to find a more family-friendly hotel than the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz. The NH Liberdade is another family gem. Kids aged two and under stay free in parents' rooms, while one child up to 11 gets a free breakfast when sharing a parents' room.

Which is your favourite toddler-friendly city?

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Exciting European Cities For Teens

The Easter break can never come soon enough for busy parents, offering a chance for a last-minute getaway to enjoy before the longer summer holidays begin! City breaks are perfect for this, providing plenty to do over the long Easter weekend. However, if you have teenage children then it can be difficult to get them excited for family holidays, especially when they have a hectic schedule of ‘hanging out’ to enjoy instead!

To combat this, here is our pick of exciting European cities for teens, to ensure that the whole family are happy this Easter.

Which city: Barcelona

Barcelona Shops

Why you should go: This vibrant, arty city really does have something for everyone. Forget about ‘boring’ old buildings- the architecture seen throughout Barcelona looks like it came straight from the future, although much of it was designed as long ago as the 1800’s by visionary architect, Gaudi. In-between a busy weekend of visiting his creations at touristic destinations such as Parc Guell or the Sagrada Familia, foodie teens can enjoy experiencing tapas, the local ‘finger-food’ style of eating that is prevalent in Barcelona, while La Boqueria Food Market will open their eyes to a plethora of fresh produce to make their mouths water. Did we mention that it is also home to many incredible hot chocolate cafes such as Escribà and Petritxol? An instant sell for any sweet-toothed teen!

What about the weather?:  Average temperatures are around 13 °c, with some rainfall expected throughout April. Plenty of layers and a thin waterproof jacket should prepare for all possibilities!  

 

Which city: Rome

Rome Colosseum

Why you should go: With gladiator battles, indulgent feasts and fascinating fashion, the Romans are often the most exciting ancient civilisation to teenagers at school. Visiting Rome makes these lessons a reality, with stunning buildings and scrumptious cuisine to please every traveller. Step straight into the shoes of a gladiator with a visit to the Colosseum, before browsing the fashion capital’s boutiques and shops and staying ahead of the trends. Whether your teen prefers ice-cream or pizza, Rome is filled with numerous cafes and restaurants to try out at the end of a busy day exploring.

What about the weather?: With highs of 19 °c and lows of 14 °c, the weather in April is warm enough to facilitate long days adventuring but is mild in comparison to its sweltering summer heat, with temperatures reaching up to 32°c!

Which city: Berlin

Berlin Cathedral

Why you should go: Like Rome and Barcelona, Berlin is packed with rich history, alongside a fine helping of urban culture to make it a go-to destination for many young, trendy adults. A visit to the Berlin Wall gives you chance to learn about the incredible story behind the border divide, while artsy teens can appreciate the famous graffiti that adorns it. While they might not be old enough to venture into the many clubs that the city is known for, there are other alternative sources of entertainment, such as the ‘black light’ Schwarzlicht Mini Golf to keep the whole family amused! For food, amongst themed restaurants such as the Clärchen’s Ballhaus, a mirror ballroom, the Berlin kebab found from many street vendors is a delicious version of England’s takeaway classic, and a ‘must-eat’ dish for every tourist!

What about the weather?:  Ranging from 7°c to 11 °c, it won’t be particularly warm, with some showers expected. However, there’s something exciting about roaming around this concrete city with grey skies overhead!

 

Whichever city you decide to head to this Easter, help the whole family travel in style with our selection of luggage, including our latest fashionable range from Eastpack.

Top tips for travelling with toddlers in the car

Top tips for travelling with toddlers in the car

So, you’ve decided to forgo an aeroplane and take the car on holiday with you. Taking your car on holiday, whether in the UK or further afield, provides you with an incredible amount of freedom that you simply wouldn’t have otherwise. However the big challenge doesn’t come should you need to drive on the other side of the road or indeed finding your residence for the next week or fortnight. The biggest challenge is in fact keeping your little ones entertained for hours in the back of a car.

Here at Kids Travel 2, we like to think we’re experts when it comes to travelling with children. Throughout our many years of experience, we’ve perfected the craft of travelling with children and toddlers. Therefore we know exactly how to ensure you get to your destination feeling relaxed and refreshed – ready for your well-deserved break. So here’s our top tips for travelling with toddlers in the car:

 

Car travel with toddler's

 

Plan ahead

As a parent, you’ll know that there are plenty of times when you simply can’t plan ahead. But when it comes to travelling, this is one of the times when you can take pride in planning – and actually pull it off. Every child is different, with varying interests and needs, so think about your children and what you know they’ll need during a car journey. One may be happy playing games, while another might want to have your undivided attention. By thinking ahead about each child’s needs, you will be fully-equipped to deal with their demands.

Pack essentials in a separate bag

Packing is no mean feat for families – especially ones with toddlers. Make sure you have all the essentials, such as nappies, healthy snacks, drinks, wipes and a change of clothes to hand to help prevent any meltdowns, drama or accidents. The Diono Baby Organiser is great for keeping all the essentials to hand. Coming complete with five various sized pockets and an insulated bottle holder, it attaches to the back of car seats, but can also fix to pushchairs for portability. The Stow n’ Go is another great option for in the car. It boasts seven full sized pockets and two drinks holders to keep everything to hand. Simply fastening around the headrest and bottom of a car seat, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

Take advantage of technology

One thing most toddlers have in common is their love of TV. Although we would never advocate using television as a primary source of entertainment usually, when travelling for long periods of time, making the most of technology can be a lifesaver. Load up your tablet or phone with their favourite videos and TV shows to keep them entertained for a few hours. Even if it doesn’t last the whole journey, it’ll certainly break up the boredom. It’s also worth investing in a portable music player which you can fill with their favourite tunes to keep them singing along for hours – without you needing to hear the same songs on repeat.

Encourage sleep

Travelling at times when your toddler normally naps is a great way of breaking up a long journey. However it can be difficult to get them to settle if they’re excited about going on holiday. To encourage sleep, pack comforters, such as their favourite blanket or teddy, and ensure they’re in soft, comfortable clothes so they’re comfortable at all times.

Make the journey comfortable

No matter how comfortable your car is, after a few hours, you will all get restless. Investing in a few pieces of handy equipment however will make the whole journey much more pleasant. The Diono Solar Max will block out the glaring sun and allow kids to sleep easier, while the Seat Belt Pillow will guarantee maximum comfort and minimise neck pain and moans.

Are you driving on holiday this year? Share your top tips with us!

Hiking in England and Wales

Hiking in England and Wales This Spring

An active day out can be just as exciting for the whole family as a break away at the beach – if not more so. Hiking escapes provide families with a fantastic opportunity to explore the area and keep fit at the same time. In the UK, we are lucky enough to have some of the most stunning scenery seen anywhere in the world, right on our doorstep.

Aside from providing an entertaining day out that gets the blood pumping around the body, hiking also provides kids with the perfect opportunity to learn some vital life skills. Learning how to adapt to different situations, that hard work pays off and that leaping out of comfort zones can lead to wonderful experiences are all essential life lessons that they will take with them and use into adulthood.

So where are the best places in the UK to hike with kids?

 

Hiking Trail

 

Tramway Trail, Cornwall

Cornwall is nothing if not beautiful. If you live in the region, or find yourself there on holiday, why not don your comfiest boots and take to the Tramway Trail? It starts in the coastal town of Portreath and follows the line of two horse drawn railways to the coast of Devoran. Spanning 11 miles, it is popular with ramblers and cyclists in equal measure, and also provides an invaluable opportunity for young ones to learn about Cornwall’s history.

Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Home to the tallest chalk cliff in Britain, there’s no wonder Seven Sisters has made it onto our list. The coastal path stretches 13.8 miles, starting in Seaford, and follows along the chalk white cliffs which provide stunning views across the Channel. Finishing in glorious Eastbourne, there’s plenty of things to keep kids entertained along the way. Seven Sisters itself is a section of rolling hilltops between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap that provide the perfect place for a family photo. There’s also a number of summits along the route which also brings walkers right down to the shoreline in places.

Mam Tor, Peak District

Stretching just three miles, this route is perfect for an afternoon adventure. This circular walk in Castleton stretches over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors, circulating the famous Mam Tor – or Mother Hill – and back again. The walk itself offers breath-taking views over the surrounding area no matter what the season, and of course provides children with the opportunity to learn about the famous Blue John Cavern along the way and the rare mineral after which the cave is named.

 

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Kerry Ridgeway, Welsh Borders

This ridgeline walk is one of the most spectacular in the whole of the country. Steeped in history, this 15 mile jaunt begins at Cinder House Farm and ends at Bishop’s Castle. It tracks the route farmers from across Wales would take their sheep, cattle and geese to delivery agents who would transport them to England. If you’re lucky enough to choose a clear day, you’ll be treated to around 70 mile views of Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Shropshire hills. The route is also close to a red-kite breeding and protection programme, so if you’re on the ball, you’ll almost certainly see a few of these magnificent creatures soaring above.

Machynlleth to Llanbrynmair, Wales

At 18.2 miles, this walk isn’t for the faint-hearted – but it is one of the best in the whole of Wales. Luckily the walk is fairly flat, so is great for families. It offers striking views across Dyfi Valley to Cadair Idris’s brooding hulk, as well as acres of farmland that surround the path. There’s also a pub around the halfway point to catch your breath, fill hungry bellies and keep the whole family going to the end.

If you’re looking for an active day out with the family, all of these walks provide something that little bit different for you to make lasting memories as a family. However it’s important you don’t forget the essentials when going on an outdoor adventure. Sun cream is one of the most important essentials – especially in the summer, while a small first aid kit will always come in handy for those little scrapes. And don’t forget the most important thing; food and drink!

Where are your favourite family hiking destinations?

Kids Travel 2 Cabin Luggage Dimentions

Cabin Baggage: Will my suitcase fit?

Travelling with Kids can be fun, it can also be a little nerve-wracking especially if you're taking a flight, the rules on what what size your hand luggage needs to be, and what you can and can't take in it can be confusing.

Here at KidsTravel2 we get calls form anxious mums worried that their children's hand luggage won't comply with the Cabin Baggage rules. Panicked they ask, "What will I do if they don't let [child] take their bag on board???"

Although the IATA (the International Air Transportation Association) wants the standardisation of cabin bag requirement across all airlines, at present we still have to deal with differing size and weight restrictions depending on who you're flying with.

To help here is a table detailing the airline and their cabin baggage allowance, dimensions and weight restrictions.

Kids Travel 2 Cabin Luggage Dimentions

Top tips for keeping children safe in crowded places

Top tips for keeping children safe in crowded places

Here at Kids Travel 2 we are constantly looking for innovative ways to make travelling with children that little bit easier and a lot more fun. However, as parents ourselves we know that travelling with children can be stressful and keeping them safe is always at the forefront of our minds.

To help you keep your family together and safe when out and about, travelling and in big crowds here are our top tips:

 Before you leave the house:

 1) Your phone number The first tip has been circulating the internet recently. The Clovis California Police Department posted the following advice for when you take your young children out in crowds:

Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with [spray plaster] liquid band-aid, in case you get separated. The spray plaster will prevent the ink from rubbing off .

Temporary Tattoo

2) Take a photo of your child on your mobile the morning of your travels so that you have an up-to-date photo, including what they are wearing and their hairstyle should you need it.

3) Assign a child with an adult. It is so easy to think that they “other person” was watching the child. Assign an adult to a child before you go out. If you need to switch make sure you communicate with one another. It is important to make sure the children are being watched at all times.

4) Dress Brightly. Dressing your children in bright colours or even matching outfits can make it easier to keep an eye on them but actually your outfit is as important . Choose and accessory or brightly coloured piece of clothing that will make you easy to spot. Before leaving the house tell your your children about the item so they will remember to look for it and they can also tell another adult that you are wearing it.

 

When you’re at the event

5) Who’s Who. When there are lots of people about it can be hard for children to distinguish who can help them if they get separated from you. Take time to help your child understand who can help them when you get to an event. Pointing out event staff if they are easily recognisable will help. Where this is not possible instruct them to seek help from other mummy’s and daddy's with children. It is important to ensure your childs approaches a safe person for help if they are lost.

6) Give them their ticket. If you are at the cinema, theatre or a football match give them their seat ticket to keep in their pocket. That way security guards / event personnel can bring children back to their seats if they know where it is.

7) Create a meeting spot; if your child id old enough discuss a place to meet in the event you get separated. If your child is too young for that tell them to stay where they are and that Mummy and Daddy will find them.

8) Take the buggy or hire one. For younger children this is great way to keep them safe and makes navigating through busy crowds a lot easier. However, we know that toddlers like do things their own way and so maybe a...

9) Child Safety harness is a better option. No you’re not a bad parent. When you are at the event this is a great way to keep them safe and near with out them running off and getting lost.

 We’d love you to share your advice and tips on keeping your children safe when out and about so get in touch.

January Days Out: Chinese New Year Celebrations

January is the dullest time of the year. The weather is grey and cold and we’re all back at work and school counting down the days to the next holiday. But, it doesn’t have to be gloom!

With Chinese new Year celebrations starting around the UK as early as the 26th January, there are some fun filled, bright and noisy weekend family days out to welcome in the year of the Rooster. This is great way to get your children to experience, see , hear, smell and learn about a different cultures right on their doorstep.

London (Sunday 29th Jan, Free)

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest outside Asia with festivities in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and the West End on Sunday 29th January between 10am and 6pm. All festivities are free to attend and there is lots to see and do starting with a colourful parade through China Town and the West End, followed by stage performances in Trafalgar Square including Martial Arts by the Shaolin monks, puppet shows, acrobats, Chinese opera and dances and ending with a fireworks display.

For more information and to plan your journey see: VISITLONDON.COM 

Magical Lantern Festival (19 -26 Feb Ticketed), London

In its second year at Chiswick House & Gardens the Magical Lantern Festival is back to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017 and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event. The theme for this year’s festival is: ‘Explore The Silk Road’. Discover magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China.

The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.

There is also an entertainment area where you can experience an international range of food, take photos with lanterns, try to solve Chinese bamboo lantern riddles and visit the mini funfair.

For more information and to buy advance tickets see: Magical Lantern Festival http://www.magicallantern.uk Children under 4 are free, family tickets available (2 adults + 2 Children)

Manchester (Sunday 29 Jan, Free)

Celebrations kick off at midday with a The Dragon Parade in Albert Square which will head down Portland Street and into Chinatown. They is also a funfair from midday until 8pm.

In Greensgate Square, Salford there is a Giant Chinese Golden Dragon and the spectacular internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors will be on display in Exchange Square. The 40 illuminated replicas of the original Terracotta Warriors, the famous clay statues which guard the Emperor of China in his tomb are each more than two metres tall, and have travelled the world since being created for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

There is also street food to enjoy, shopping, live music and fireworks.

There are 5 China Towns across the UK and Chinese new Year Celebrations will also be taking place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Liverpool. For more information about what’s on and to plan your journey click the links below.

Newcastle

Birmingham

Liverpool 

We would love to see pictures of your family days out celebrating Chinese New
Year, to share them with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Fly LegsUp

Fly LegsUp: Fly The Family First Class In Economy

Here at Kids Travel 2 our passion is bringing you innovative products that make travelling with children easy for you and fun for the kids. In 2016 we became proud stockists of JetKids BedBox, an innovation which re-wrote the rules on how babies and young children sleep while travelling in the air. See our blog JetKids BedBox vs Trunki for more information.

This year we’re excited to announce a new partnership with patented Fly LegsUp which will help you and your children travel more comfortably when flying economy. After all, “ You’ll be happier at your destination if you enjoy the journey.”

Fly LegsUp has been recommended in the Telegraphs Travel Advice column  as one of the top 10 ways to help make you feel like you’re flying first class – when you’re actually flying economy. The ‘flight hammock’ comes in two versions: Adult and Child. The Adult version comes with 2 pillows and suggested positions for adults and the Child version comes with 3 pillows and suggested positions for children. The hammock fits onto the seat in front of you on a plane. It is designed to support your legs and feet and allows you to move into many different positions so that you can fly long distances more comfortably.

Fly LegsUp for children has been designed for ages 2+. As mentioned above, this version comes with 3 inflatable pillows 2 x large and 1 x small. The additional pillow enables you to create a bed type platform for your child as an extension to the aeroplane seat. For younger children this makes it more comfortable and easier for them to sleep and gives them more room to play, just like their bed.

For older Children, the 3 pillows provide leg support at variable heights so they can choose the most comfortable position for them. One of the larger pillows can also be used as a head or armrest which means they can continue to use Fly Legs Up as they grow.

Fly LegsUp for children helps make flying with children easier and less stressful as they can sleep and play more comfortably in their economy seat. For adults it makes the journey more comfortable by enabling you to elevate your legs and move into different positions. This helps to reduce the pressure on your back and if you're prone to leg and foot swelling when flying, elevated foot and leg positions can help reduce this swelling.

Both Adult and Children’s Fly legs up are now available to buy from Kids Travel 2. Prices from £50.00

 

 

 

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  2. Can JetKids BedBox Be Used On Your Airline?
  3. How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively.
  4. Keeping Kids Happy During The Flight.
  5. Flying With Kids Part 1

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JetKids BedBox In Use- KidsTravel2

CAN JETKIDS BEDBOX BE USED ON YOUR AIRLINE?

Since the bed/leg-rest feature of BedBox® is not intended for use during taxi, take-off, turbulence or landing, it does not require a specific approval from the aviation authorities or airlines. BedBox® is a premium hand luggage-dimensioned ride-on suitcase designed to make the travel experience better and more comfortable, and the bed feature should only be used during the cruise portion of the flight. BedBox® is developed by a former aircraft engineer, pilot, parents and frequent travellers, in cooperation with one of the best design agencies in Norway.

The FAA (US), EASA (Europe), CASA (Australia), GCAA (UAE) and so on, all base their regulations on ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, so that most of the regulations are standardised. BedBox conforms to all these regulations as long as it's limitations are respected. These limitations also applies to other products like e.g. FlyeBaby, which is a very popular product for the smallest infants, as well as most baby bassinets which is provided by some airlines.

The baby bassinets provided by some airlines will on the other hand be subject to a specific approval since it is a part of the aircraft inventory, but that is another story.The BedBox is a hand luggage dimensioned ride-on suitcase, and will fit perfectly under the aircraft seat. The bed/leg-rest feature is an in-flight comfort feature, and to comply with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, these are the limitations and recommendations for using it:


• Not to be used during taxi, takeoff, turbulence or landing. (regulation)
• Should be used on window seats on narrow body aircrafts. (recommendation)
• Should be used on window seats or middle seat of middle row, on wide-body aircrafts. (recommendation)

JetKids BedBox - KidsTravel2

An aircraft is a private property owned by the airline. They have the right to deny whatever they want on board. Even your shoes! However, all airlines operate under license from their local aviation authority, which again makes their regulations in accordance with ICAO standards. If an airline for some reason wants to deny something which is in general allowed, they usually have to specify this in their operations manual. It is very unlikely that they will ever do that, as long as people use the bed feature with common sense, and respect the limitations.

So far, there has only been excited cabin crew that loves flights where children are able to make up a comfortable seating. Happy children = Happy passengers & crew. However, there are many unexperienced and young cabin crew out there. And if the BedBox for some reason is presented as a children restraint device or similar, which is not the case, they might be very confused. The BedBox is primarily a ride-on suitcase, and the bed/leg rest feature is a comfort feature.

There are of course many ways to facilitate the use of the area between two aircraft seat rows, and one common known solution is to use a regular hand luggage dimensioned suitcase with some pillows on top of it to make up a comfortable leg rest/bed area. We used to do that ourselves, and it doesn’t require a certification to do so ;-) However, with the BedBox, we wanted to do this a little bit less complicated. So we created a stylish aviation inspired ride-on suitcase for children, that is produced in limited quantity, and with a unique comfort feature that we hope the travelling families appreciate :)

 

If you enjoyed this blog here are some related blog you might also like:

 

  1. JetKids BedBox vs Trunki
  2. Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?
  3. How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively.
  4. Keeping Kids Happy During The Flight.

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Children's suitcases

TOP 5 FIVE CHRISTMAS PICKS FOR YOUNG TRAVELLERS

We’re on the countdown to Christmas and here at Kids Travel 2 we’ve got some great gifts for young travellers this Christmas. Whether you’re planning a trip across the globe or a family weekend away look no further for children’s suitcases.

 

Here are our Top 5 Christmas picks:

5. Cars Racing Bundle

Recommended for ages 0- 7

 

This cars bundle is the perfect hand luggage essential for your little traveller to keep all their bits and pieces in when travelling. 

This suitcase comes with 2 wheels and comfortable, push button wheel handle, to travel the world in ease and comfort. It also includes top carry handle for easy grip and easy lifting as well as adjustable back and sternum straps.

This fun children's suitcase with pencil case is great as an overnight bag, cabin bag or short stay bag.

RRP TBC 

 

  1. Disney Princess Bundle

 

Recommended for ages 0- 7

This bundle has everything your little princess needs for her travels. This bundle makes the perfect Christmas gift and features:

  • Children’s Suitcase (50 cm/27 Litres), suitable for cabin luggage with adjustable handle to fit comfortably to any size traveller.
  • Backpack (7 Litres) with top handle for easy grip and lifting, adjustable back strap.
  • School bag with adjustable straps with reflective details
  • Pencil case
  • Handbag with adjustable shoulder strap/ mirror on inside.

 

RRP £182.00 / KT2 Price £99.00

 

  1. American Tourister Spinners

 

Recommended for ages 8+

 

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The American Tourister Spinners are perfect for young travellers age 8+ . These are great gifts that will last as your young travellers grow and explore the globe.

 

The Spinners are available in 2 sizes:

  • small (55cm) which is great for weekends away and is also suitable for cabin luggage
  • Medium (65, 66 or 67 cm – depending on style) which is great for longer holidays.

 

Amongst a range of sturdy thoughtful features including fixed 4 double wheels for effortless maneuverability with a smooth and comfortable rolling, Fully extending, multi stage handle, 3 digit combination lock and lockable zippers, divider pad in top compartment and ribbons in bottom compartment, the spinners feature a variety of timeless designs suitable for all ages.

 

RRP Starting from £84.99

 

 

  1. The KT2 Children’s Suitcase Collection

 

Recommended for Ages 0-8

 

This year our stand out Christmas pick for young travellers is our own Kids Travel 2 range of children’s suitcases. This fun collection of suitcases will have you debating which one to buy! Choose from a robot, ladybird, owl, bee and penguin.

 

These cases have some unique features: the suitcase doubles as a trolley case on wheels and a rucksack so when you want to use the case as a rucksack just slide the handle down and pull on the straps to release them. The cases are all fully lined with material and have useful dividing flaps and pockets for easy storage of clothes, books and toys. They are perfect as an overnight bag, cabin bag or short stay bag.

 

But, we’re going to be honest here… The best part…. THE WHEELS! The wheels have lights in them to brighten every journey! Designed to be both light and strong, these suitcases will be a hit with both parents and kids… Trust us. 

 

 

RRP £39.99

 

 

  1. Jet Kids

 

Recommended for ages 0-7

Our top pick for young travellers is the Bed Box by Jet Kids. Developed by a former airline engineer and captain and his wife this children’s ride on solves many of the problems of flying with young children

 

Bed Box is the perfect travel gadget for babies and children up to 7 years old. It is your child's hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and in flight bed, in the very same box.

 

The bed feature can be used for children all the way up to approximately 4 years, and the ride-on suitcase can be used from when they are able to sit safely on their own, all the way up to around 7 years. The bed feature is designed for use on-board aeroplanes, but can also be used on-board trains.

 

For more information on our best selling BED BOX fares against other competitors read our blog JetKids BedBox vs Trunki.

 

Bed BOX comes in 2 colour options blue and red as well as these smart features: swivel wheels in front to allow excellent manoeuvring, machine washable mattress which can also be used as a changing mat, and it universal design means it can be used on trains as well as aero planes so travelling with your little ones just got easier.

 

RRP £120.00

JetKids BedBox Vs Trunkie

JetKids BedBox vs Trunki

As far as Toddlers luggage is concerned, Trunki is the best that is out there. Kids love them, parents love them, they are a great way for tired tots to rest their feet. But what else is out there? It’s not hard to be number 1 when there is limited competition. KidsTravel2 would like to introduce JetKids’ Bed Box to the UK.  As the name suggests this amazing piece of luggage features an inbuilt bed so your tired tots can rest on the long flight to paradise.

JetKids BedBox

 

Once in the air, and the seatbelt-sign has been switched off, you simply do 2 things; first get out the mattress (which is included and machine washable), second turn the lid around and you’re done. The BedBox is designed to be used during the cruise portion of the flight, and is easily stowed away before landing. Whilst it’s recommended for use on a window seat to avoid obstructing passengers and waking children up whenever someone needs to get by, it can be used on all seats. Besides it is universally known that a sleeping baby is better that a crying baby!

JetKids BedBox

In order to see which ride on offers everything you need, we have compared the key features of the 2 suitcases and left it for you to decide:

 

Trunki

Score

BedBox

Score

Dimensions

L 46 x W 21 x D 31 cm.

0

L 42 x W 20 x D 39 cm.

1

Capacity

18 Litres (approx)


0

20 Litres


1

Weight

1.7kg.

1

3kg which includes the mattress.

0

Max Ride On Weight

50kg which is quite substantial for such a small suitcase.


1

30- 35 kg recommended weight limit.


0

Material

Flexible plastic (2mm approx)

1

Rigid plastic slightly thicker (3mm)

1

Wheels

Fixed wheels which does not allow for easy turning.


0

Swivel wheels at the front allow for steering and gives fantastic maneuverability.


1

Ease of Opening

Opens like a normal suitcase (butterfly opening).


Great for packing.


Butterfly opening can be difficult during the flights.




0

Top opening which is ideal when flying.


Uses very little space


Fits neatly under the seat of the plane.


Easy to get into if needed.




1

Functionality and Design



Perfect for children to rest their feet when queuing in the airport.


Allows kids to take their favourite toys with them.


Great range of characters.





0

Perfect for children to rest their feet.


Unique bed feature allows children to sleep through the cruise part of the flight.


This is a great feature as tired children on long haul flights.





1

Longevity

Recommended age 3- 6 years old.


The playful designs are great but, definitely for younger kids






0

More mature feel.


Comes with a sheet of themed stickers that kids can use to “customise” their suitcase.

Bed is recommended for ages 0-4 years.

Ride on feature is recommended for  2-7 years.

1

Value for Money

Trunki offerers a variety of playful designs, that kids love.

Small and Light.

Not practical when in flight.

Cheap £35.99(approx).

0

Only 2 variations

Comes with sticker sheet.

Can be used twice as long as a trunki before kids grow out of it.

Includes a feature which is invaluable to families who love to travel.

Cost is higher £129.99

1

Score

Trunki

3/10

BedBox

8/10


 

 

Both products are primarily used as ride on suitcases, which are perfect for kids to rest their feet. However BedBox really has the upper hand with its dual functionality, both as a bed and a suitcase the design of the BedBox was clearly built with traveling children in mind. While Trunki has some fantastic designs, that is simply not enough to warrant the hassle it takes to use once in the air.

To see parents review the BedBox click here!

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  2. Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?
  3. Can JetKids BedBox Be Used On Your Airline?
  4. How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively.
  5. Flying With Kids Part 1

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      Keeping Kids Happy During The Flight.

      Flying with kids can be a great way to spend time with them, but you have to prepare for it. Here are a few tips on how to keep them entertained, and how to deal with travel related sickness. Kids love to learn if you are willing to teach.

       

      Entertainment.

      Teach them about the destination.
      • This is a great way to get eat up time, get your child to become an expert on continents, countries and cities with Lonely Planet’s Amazing World Atlas app. It costs £1.91 but it’s worth it!
      • learn the language: teach your children to say “hello”, “thank you” and “goodbye”. Again the technology is your friend with plenty of free language apps out there it’s great for all ages. Duolingo is a great app to start with.
      • Teach them about local foods, and encourage them to try new things.

       

      Take photos

      • Children love to take photographs, so let them have their own camera. Some of  the best holiday photos come from a child’s eye view.

      Music & Books

      • Load an mp3 player, iPod, or phone with your child’s favourite songs and audiobooks.
      • Remember to get child suitable headphones with low volume specifications to protect their ears.

       

      Tablets, apps & electronic games

      • Electronics can be a real lifesaver when on the plane, you can download TV episodes, films and games to make time fly by.
      • Make sure any apps you download are available offline.

      Tips if your child is a first time flyer.

      • Before you leave for the airport talk them through what will happen at the security line, including going through the scanner.
      • Talk to them about how to find their seat on the plane and when to wear a seatbelt.
      • Tell them about what will happen on takeoff and landing.
      • Give them a book about aeroplanes so they can learn more about the wonders of flying.

       

      Dealing with travel sickness.


      Motion sickness

      • Is common in children between 3 and 12 years old. There are a variety of treatments suitable for children that include: tables, diluting salts and wrist bands.

       

      Dehydration

      • Flying causes dehydration and this happens faster in children and infants. This is due to the low humidity on planes.
      • While you can’t take more than 100ml through security you can buy healthy drinks in duty free, try to avoid fizzy drinks as they could add to travel sickness problems.
      • Water or fruit juice is usually a safe option.

      Ear pressure

      • Ear pain on aeroplane is caused by a change of pressure in the Eustachian tube. Adults learn to equalise the pressure “popping” ears by yawning or swallowing.
      • You may want to avoid flying if your child has a cold as this will block the Eustachian tube and could make the flight uncomfortable for them.
      • You should always check with your doctor before flying if your child had a cold or ear infection.

      What to do if you can’t avoid air travel.

      • Make sure that children drink plenty of water, as dehydration will make things worse for them and you. The swallowing motion when drinking will also “pop” children’s ears.
      • For younger kids dummies, or feeding during landing will also help equalise ear pressure.
      • Ensure children are upright when eating or feeding. Yawning is contagious, so you can always try yawning at your little ones.
      • Try to teach older children to yawn, swallow or sucking on a hard boiled sweet can help ease the pain on the ears during takeoff and landing.
      • Teach older children to hold their nose and blow to manually “pop” their ears.
      • Remember this can be painful so always be gentile.

       

      In case your child gets lost. 
      • Airports can be confusing places for children and there is nothing worse than a lost child.
      • To reduce stress, consider a few things like a GPS tracker this can be worn either on their hand luggage, or as a bracelet or watch.
      • You can track the signal using your mobile phone.
      • For older children arrange a meeting point and provide them with the flight details so they will be able to ask for directions.

      If you enjoyed this blog here are some related blog you might also like:

      1. Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?
      2. How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively.
      3. JetKids BedBox vs Trunki
      4. Flying With Kids Part 1

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      Flying With Kids Part 1

      If you are a parent flying can be stressful, not just for you but also for the little person flying with you. So here at Kids travel 2 we have answered a few of the common questions and included some tips and tricks to help you help your kids have a stress free flight.

      First things first!

      Q. Can my child fly?

      A. This depends on the age of your child and the airline.  While some airlines allow children as young as 2 days old others won’t fly with infants younger than 2 weeks. You might also need to get a letter from your GP to prove your baby is fit to fly.

      Tips:

      • As a general rule each infant has to be accompanied by an adult. 2 Kids = 2 Adults.
      • Check that your travel insurance covers newborns and infants.
      • Check that your baby can be vaccinated if you are flying to exotic locations; babies under 2 months can’t take malaria tablets.
      • Children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated against yellow fever.  
      • Don’t forget your little one will need their own passport! Passports normally cost £46 and take 3 weeks to arrive.


      Q. Will my child need their own seat?

      A. There are a few different answers to this but here is a general guide

      * Babies must fit the airline’s bassinet restrictions

      ** Check with your airline to see if your car seat/carrycot/harness or bassinet fits the requires specifications.

       

      Q. What can I take on the plane?

      A. Each airline has different allowances so always check before flying. As a general guide

      Infants up to 2 years traveling on your lap or in a bassinet, you can take one bag full of the things that you little one will need during the flight.

      You might also be able to take:

      • One fully collapsible push chair
      • One car seat
      • A small fully collapsible push chair can be wheeled to the aircraft door, then stowed in the hold (check with your airline).

      Children over 2 that have their own seat have the same luggage and checked luggage as you do.

      With this in mind here are a few essential items every parent will need.

      • Nappies – at least one for each hour of the flight and some extra just in case of a delay.
      • A disposable changing mat or a travel mat, plus some wet wipes and nappy sacks.
      • Blankets to help comfort your baby or if the plane is cold.
      • Some spare clothes in case of spills.
      • Expressed milk or formula, boiled water in a baby or baby food for the journey. This may be over 100 ml although airport security could ask you to open or taste this as a security measure.
      • Lastly your child’s favourite toy for comfort if they are nervous or tired.

      Here are a few holiday essentials you will need for kids of all ages.

      • Child pain relief.
      • Hand sanitiser.
      • Teething gel.
      • Thermometer.
      • Insect repellent.
      • Factor 50+ sunblock.
      • Rehydration powder.
      • Soluble anti-sickness relief.
      • Bite and sting relief, calamine lotion.
      • Microwaveable sterilisation bags or pre-sterilised bottles.

      If you enjoyed this blog here are some related blog you might also like:

      1. Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?
      2. How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively.
      3. Keeping Kids Happy During The Flight.

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      Will My Suitcase Fit EasyJet Cabin Rules?

      When Easyjet changed it’s guaranteed cabin bag size to 50cm x 40 x 20 it caused some anxiety, I think the confusion arose over the word guaranteed.

      You can still take bags up to 56cm x 45 x 25 but on a full flight you may be told it has to go in the hold.

      Many people were concerned that they would be asked to pay for this but it will be done free of charge- the only cost to the passenger is the extra time waiting for baggage retrieval.

      When we travelled to Portugal on a full flight we were fine and no one questioned or even looked at our hand luggage.

      I had a long conversation with a very worried Mother who had bought one of our Vaude Bags for her young daughter which was 1 cm too high. She was really anxious that it would be taken away from her daughter at the gate which would have caused much distress! Particularly as it was stuffed full of things to occupy her on the journey.

      They called on their return and said it had been absolutely fine- Phew!! Since then Vaude have reduced the size of the bags by 2 cm- so no problem

      We have a large choice of cabin bags for children and adults alike! All of which can be found here

       

      Suitcases In The Airport

      How To Pack Hand Luggage Effectively

       

      Choosing what to take away on a summer holiday (and what will actually fit in a suitcase) can be a tough process. Potentially more stressful is managing to squeeze everything needed into the regulated size of hand luggage for aeroplanes, especially if travelling with young children.

      “The key is to start with a list of what you want to take and then start packing with what is really essential, followed by less important items” says Fay Watt, Managing Director of NatraSan.

      Here, Fay shares her top hand luggage essentials to ensure stress-free packing and a smooth journey.

      Aeroplane Cabin

      Fully charged phone/tablet/kids tablet and headphones for everyone – this one is self-explanatory and the easiest form of entertainment.

      Books and toys – If you’re travelling without children, a flight is a great time to catch up on your favourite novel. However, your chances are slim if travelling with young kids! Bring along a couple of their favourite books, a few toys – children have amazing imaginations for play – and perhaps colouring books or a puzzle.

      Multipurpose sanitiser – Research has shown that the average tray table on a plane harbours nearly 20 times more bacteria than a toilet flush!* NatraSan’s 100ml Travel Buddy multipurpose spray is 100% natural and kills 99.9999% of germs and bacteria. The hypochlorous formula can be used to sanitise hands and plane tray tables safely as well as being a refreshing face spritz and first aid spray.

      One spare outfit for everyone – if your hold luggage gets delayed or lost, at least you will all have a clean outfit to wear!

      A multi-balm that can be used to hydrate your face and lips – the air conditioning on
      planes can really dry your skin out. Equally, you can end up feeling a bit clammy too so baby wipes can help for a quick freshen up (as well as being useful for almost anything!).

      Hard sweets or lollies – back in the day, sweets were handed out on take-off and landing. Nowadays, I always keep a packet of hard sweets handy to prevent ears popping. Lollies can be easier for young children to suck.

      If travelling with children, remember that they usually get their own hand luggage allowance too so take full advantage of this, even if you have to carry it yourself!

       Natrasan Sanitiser

      NatraSan costs £10.00 for 250ml and the Travel Buddy is £7.00 for 100ml. Available at www.natrasanuk.com  

      Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?

      We are asked quite a lot about whether our suitcases fit Ryanair Cabin Baggage allowance.  Ryanair are pretty strict with their guidelines – they even specify smaller sizes than the standard UK hand luggage guidelines drawn up by the Department for Transport:

      Ryanair Cabin Baggage size:

      Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted. (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.

       

       

      Trunkis on Ryanair?  No Problem

      We recently travelled to Barcelona on Ryanair and my daughter took her Trunki on as hand luggage.  We even spoke to Trunki who confirmed that although the measurements are slightly over they have never heard of a Trunki being refused as hand luggage by Ryanair.   Trunki can also personally vouch for this as the team flew to Ibiza last year with Ryanair and they all had Trunkies. We would also like to introduce JetKids BedBox which is amazing if you are flying longer distances. 

      If in doubt get a Ryanair approved size cabin bag

      There’s something to be said for taking the worry out of travelling via Ryanair by choosing a bag that fits within their size guidelines and sticking with that.  We've shown you suitcases for children and our range of cabin luggage is a perfect one stop shop for both adults and kids.  It's really is worth checking out the selection if you’re going to be travelling Ryanair frequently.

      How do Ryanair check the hand baggage size?

      You’ll have to slot your suitcase, holdall or bag into one of Ryanair’s measuring cages.  If it fits you’re through and on.

      What happens if my bag is bigger?

      Ryanair will refuse extra/oversized cabin baggage at the boarding gate.  You can place it in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of £40/€40. If you are unsure, check at the Bag Drop desk before going through security.

      Avoid this hassle by checking our top tips here:

      1.  Battle of the bulge.  

      Be aware that unless your suitcase is a rigid, hard case it is liable to bulge out of the specified dimensions so take care not to over fill it.  There is some lea way with the box and cage check but you don’t want to push your luck too far!

      2.  Keep it light

      Don’t forget about the weight allowance  and be sure to make sure you don’t exceed it.  You can always wear heavier or bulkier items that you want to take like jeans, jackets or boots.

      3.  Share

      If you’re travelling as a group and all want to take hand baggage then don’t double up on things you can share like toiletries and hair dryers.  If space is a premium you can always buy cheap items when you arrive at your destination

      4.  Use your child’s allowance

      Children under the age of 2 are classified as infants and do not qualify for a cabin baggage allowance.  Older children do so make the most of this by giving them their own trolley suitcase, holdall or rucksack to carry on.

      5.  Use straps

      If your luggage has straps, buckles and belts be sure to use them to hold things in place and keep your luggage within the guideline dimensions set by Ryanair – don’t overfill external pockets and pouches to push your baggage over the limits.

      You can see our selection of Ryanair Cabin Baggage including suitcases, rucksacks on wheels and holdalls.  For details of what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage if you have a baby or toddler see our article on Flying With Kids.

      Holiday First Aid

      First Aid Kit Essentials.

      Planning a trip with a little one in tow can be a challenging experience, especially if you’re travelling long distances, but the experiences and memories are well worth it. Planning ahead can help give you peace of mind before travelling, preparing a first aid kit before you set off can ensure your well prepared even if an accident does happen.

      It's always a worry that there might be accident or illness while on holiday, the different temperature, cuisine and local insects all have the potential to affect all holidaymakers, especially children. The excitement of being somewhere new and trying different things can mean that kids are more likely to be running around, potentially leading to trips and bumps. A first aid kit filled with the essentials that you can keep close at hand ensure that you’ll be ready for every eventuality.

      Plaster, Band Aid

       

      Here is our list of First aid essentials:

      1. Infant painkillers in one dose sachets of painkillers containing paracetamol or ibuprofen are perfect for lowering a temperature of easing pain while on holiday
      2. Antiseptic is a must for helping to prevent infections
      3. Platers, gauze, sterile dressing and bandage tape for covering cuts or grazes
      4. A traditional glass thermometer will work but you may find a digital or forehead strip variety easier to use and read on children
      5. Antihistamine cream to sooth insect bikes
      6. Sunburn treatment such as calamine lotion
      7. Insect repellent and bite treatment
      8. Tweezers and scissors can help remove splinters and prepare dressings
      9. Ice or gel packs to use on bumps and bruises


      If you’re travelling abroad via plane, you’ll need to consider airline restrictions. If the first aid kit will be stored in your hand luggage all liquids, including gels and creams will need to be in containers of no more than 100ml. 

      Exemptions can be made for essential medical purposes but you will need supporting documentation from a medical professional for this to be allowed. Tweezers and small scissors that you would include in a first aid kit are typically NOT allowed through in hand luggage.As well as the essentials you’ll also need to ensure you’ve packed any prescription medicines that your child may need, including inhalers if they are asthmatic. Make sure you've planned ahead and have enough to last the whole holiday and a few days extra just in case. This should be done well before you leave as extra medication may require a check-up at the doctors.

      Even if you’re checking in luggage it may be a good idea to take keep a first aid kit with you to deal with any mishaps or accidents while you’re travelling to your destination. Just the essentials:

      1. A small pack of wet wipes
      2. Pain killers
      3. Plasters
      4. Alcohol gel to keep hands clean, remember this must be less than 100 ml or it won't be allowed though security.

       

      Travel Journals

      Travel Journaling for Kids: How To Get Started

      If you’re taking a trip with older children, you can almost guarantee there’s going to be some long periods where they’ll need some entertainment. Colouring books, puzzle games and smartphone apps can only go so far – sometimes children need something that’s going to demand their full attention when they’re waiting out an airport delay or sitting on a long train ride.

      personalised travel journal

      Travel journaling is a fantastic way to keep older kids happy during long journeys or waits – and it doesn’t take much to get started. Keeping a journal provides plenty of educational opportunities, and it gives them a great souvenir to take into school for ‘show and tell’ when they return to class. Here are our top tips to help your little ones get started with their own travel journal:

      Buy or make the journal itself

      There are a multitude of fantastic kids’ travel journals out there to buy – head to Amazon or Etsy to browse the collections. The Journey Journal by Etsy user ‘crackeddesigns’ is a great option and Sukie from notonthehighstreet has a personalised travel journal packed with cute illustrations.

      The Journey Journal

      Alternatively, you can make your own! All you’ll need is a notebook (make sure it’s a durable one so it can withstand all of the travel) and some pens or pencils. Many prefer to leave the notebooks totally blank to encourage their children to come up with their own content, but if your little one is struggling, you could write some prompts on the first page for them. 

      The best prompts to use

      Using questions as prompts helps keep little ones inspired and ensures they don’t miss anything out. Here are some of our favourites:

      • What is the date today?
      • Where are we today?
      • What did we do today?
      • What was your favourite / least favourite part of the day?
      • What did we eat today?
      • Did you learn something today?
      • What was the weather like?

      Of course, there are a multitude of other things to write about, but these are just helpful prompts to get children started.

      Other tips

      Encourage your little ones to save little souvenirs that they can stick into their journal when they get some downtime, or when they return home. Travel or attraction tickets, receipts or napkins from restaurants, postcards, stamps and other small collectibles make great additions to any journal.

      Pencil and Paper journal

      You could also include a map of your destination in the front of the journal, and ask your child to mark off the places they’ve visited. This helps with their geography skills (especially if you’re travelling between countries or cities) and it might also help them to understand why they have to spend so long sitting on a train or waiting in an airport!

      Pirates Village Majorca

      Cool Themed Hotels That Are Perfect For Your Family Holiday

      If you’re a parent to young children, you’ll know that holidays are all about the little ones. Forget fancy dinners and long days sightseeing – your family trips are now about water slides, sandcastles, theme parks and evening entertainment with a holiday park mascot. Why not take it one step further and book a themed hotel room that your kids will surely love? Here are our top five themed hotels and suites that are just perfect for your next holiday.

      Pirates Village Majorca
      If your kids would love an adventure on the high seas, they’ll adore Pirates Village, a hotel on the family-friendly island of Majorca. This entire hotel is themed like a pirate ship, with plenty of skull-and-crossbones motifs, treasure maps and even rigging hanging from the ceiling in the restaurant! There’s a weekly pirate show with stage fights, fireworks and lights, and the central location means there’s plenty to do if you want to get out of the hotel for a while. Self-catering and all-inclusive options are available.

      Pirates Village Majorca


      Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel – Orlando
      If you’re pushing the boat out and going to Orlando for a Disney holiday, you simply must stay in this hotel, where all of the rooms are themed. The regular rooms have a Little Mermaid theme, the larger suites are based around The Lion King and there’s a Finding Nemo family suite which sleeps up to six people. The pools are themed, too, and the hotel regularly holds outdoor screenings of all your Disney favourites on an enormous screen.

      Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel – Orlando

      Alton Towers – England
      Some families prefer to have a ‘staycation’ instead of going abroad, and Alton Towers offers the perfect UK destination. Their collection of themed hotel rooms has something for everyone – you’ll find rooms based around Postman Pat, Charlie and Lola, Mike the Knight, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tree Fu Tom and many other current kids’ favourites. Alternatively, opt for the Chocolate Room or the Sleepover Suite for a truly special occasion!

      Alton Towers – England

      Gulliver’s World – England
      Gulliver’s World is another great UK destination for a family getaway, with plenty of themed rooms for little ones. The Princess Room is ideal for little girls who love to dress up, while the Western and Pirate Rooms are great for little boys and girls who seek a bit of action.

      Gulliver’s World – England

      Legoland Hotel – California
      The Legoland Hotel in California features three different theme rooms: kingdom, pirate or adventure. There are giant Lego people on the walls, amazing LEGO cityscapes in the grounds of the hotel, and even a waterpark, aquarium and theme park on-site!

      Legoland Hotel – California

      frogs travelling with luggage

      Forget ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ Now The Journey Is One Of The Best Bits Of The Holiday!

      DisneyLife

      Whilst millions of parents might feel anxious about travelling with their children during the big summer getaway, new research from DisneyLife suggests it no longer needs to be stressful. Six in ten parents feel that kids today love travelling, more than previous generations, thanks to fun digital entertainment. With entertainment on trips proving so successful, the nationwide research revealed that more than one in ten children have actually complained when a journey finally ended.

      With parents mixing traditional and modern tactics – Games like I Spy (66%), singing songs (48%), watching movies and cartoons (35%), and reading books together (23%) – proved some of the most popular routes to keeping kids entertained. Another approach saw one in five parents finding success by telling endearing stories to keep their children entertained, engaged, and on their best behaviour whilst travelling. Top stories revealed by the research, included:

      Telling kids to get ready to see a bear, whenever the family’s Sat Nav said 'bear left’ or ‘bear right’

      Telling children to help by leaning forward when going up steep hills, as otherwise the car wouldn’t make it up:


      Encouraging children to smile at the traffic lights to make them change quickerTraffic Light
      The biggest cause for kids’ tears and tantrums during travels was revealed as
      restlessness and boredom (57%) followed by lack of entertainment (41%). To relieve boredom, the most essential items recommended by parents on long journeys included books (45%), music (43%), toys (42%) and tablets (40%). However, with backseat boredom in check, the study revealed that it now takes almost an hour and a half before every parent’s dreaded question ‘are we nearly there yet?’ is asked.

      Behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings comments: “The key to stress-free travel with young children lies in planning, preparation and not applying the same rules as you would at home. Playing traditional games, singing songs together and letting them watch movies and cartoons are the most successful ways of keeping your little ones from getting bored. Along with having enough food, drink and toys to keep them occupied – and a realistic sense of how long the journey is likely to take – these activities will all help eliminate travel anxiety and get you and your family to your destination with the minimum disruption.”

      With journeys now one of the best bits of the holiday, DisneyLife has asked behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings to reveal some of the top Travel Hacks for parents to use with their kids this summer.

       

      Travel Hacks


      1. Provide a surprise bag for each child with some small stocking-filler type gifts.
      This will provide both a welcome distraction and make the journey go quicker, especially if they are allowed to open a small gift every half hour (or every hour on longer trips).

      Teddy Bear
      2. Let each child pack a travel bag
      Limit them to 5 or 6 small items, or they’ll probably choose to take everything! And if it’s their choice, it will help avoid discussion around forgetting a special plaything.

      3. Travel at night
      Think about driving, flying or going by train to your destination at night when your little ones are much more likely to sleep for most of the journey.

      4. Think streaming apps and portable entertainment devices
      In fact anything electronic that will play games, music, e-books, TV and movies. Preferably with headphones for your own sanity! And if you’re travelling abroad, make sure you download any games/films before you set off. The research revealed that 40% of parents view tablets as essential when travelling with their children.

      5. Singalong
      This is a great way to keep the whole family entertained. You could have your own ‘car-aoke’!

      6. Reuse your bean-bag trays
      Losing bits of toys or dropping food in the back of the car can be a major cause of frustration when travelling with little ones. If you have any of those cushioned bean bag bed trays, they are great for both playing on and catching any stray toys or food before they fall on the floor.

      7. Clean away game
      You can buy – or make – containers that hang over the back of the front seats. Kids can be encouraged to throw any rubbish away in these, so that you don't end up with a mass
       of bags/cartons and food crumbs on the car floor. You can also buy special pocketed net toy bags, which if within easy reach, can be hung over the front seats to make a toy tidy and provide easy access to a new plaything.

      Here are a great collection of car accessories, that are essential for any travelling family!!

      Chiara Cipriani, Vice President and General Manager, DisneyLife EMEA, said: “The holidays are such an exciting time for all the family. This research has revealed that travelling to your destination – be it by plane, train or car – simply doesn’t have to be something families merely endure – it can be a holiday highlight, as long as you plan ahead with enough entertainment!”

      The nationwide UK study of parents, conducted by DisneyLife to celebrate the launch of its latest TV campaign ‘Are we there yet?’ polled over 1,000 British parents about the behavior of their children when aged 10 and younger.

      DisneyLife offers Disney’s biggest collection of entertainment, including movies, books, music and Disney Channel TV box sets, all in one digital membership service. Visit www.DisneyLife.com, the App Store or Google PlayTM for more information on DisneyLife or to sign up for a free one month trial and continue your membership for £9.99 a month after your free trial ends. There’s no annual contract so members may cancel at any time.

      Sun Cream At The Beach

      Protecting Your Skin

      Keeping your children safe is high on the agenda but many parents often forget to protect themselves, from the sun. Rates of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer have doubled in the last twenty years, with 14,000 cases and over 2,200 deaths registered last year. Exposure to sunlight is attributed as a high risk factor with number of UK residents travelling abroad having doubled from 1980 to 1989.

      The UK’s leading skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK, have provided their top five tips for staying protected in the sun:

      Slip, slop, slap

      An average body needs a full shot glass size of sun cream to covers themselves adequately, around 20 minutes before you go outside. Apply sun cream again after going into water and reapply every 2 hours.

      Sun cream heart

      Bin the base tan

      The idea of a base tan protecting skin is a myth. The process of acquiring a tan damages the skin, with the skin turning a brown colour to protect itself. Short, sharp sessions on a sun bed can be up to 15 times stronger than the Mediterranean mid-day sun.

      Avoid the lobster look

      The early evening sun can still be dangerous, especially in countries with warmer climates. Sun cream should be applied again after showering or utilise an after sun that offers sun protection.

      Woman in Sun hat



      Getting those vitamins

      You only need a brief period of exposure of around 10-15 minutes in the sun to give your body its daily dose of vitamin D.

      Check yourself, before you wreck yourself

      Keep a check on our skin and make regular checks, using pay day as a guide, if you notice anything unusual always seek medical advice.

      Doctor Check Up 

       

       

      For more information please check out the links below:

      • Melanoma UK http://www.melanomauk.org.uk
      • Link to ONS data: Click Here
      • In 2014, skin cancer was the second most common type of cancer diagnosed for 15 to 49 year olds.
      • Males are more likely to get skin cancer.
      • Male skin cancer rates have increased at a greater rate than for females over the twenty years from 1995.
      Finding Dory

      Where To Find Dory and Friends

      Finding Dory, the hotly anticipated sequel to the beloved Finding Nemo, is released on 29th July but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting in the mood for this eagerly awaited film. Set one year after the original, Finding Dory focuses on the forgetful blue tang’s hunt for her parents. With plenty of new friends but also some old ones too, this is set to be the kids film of summer 2016. Even in the UK you can go and meet this exotic gang of fish.

      Blue Tangs

      The star of the film is one of the most popular fish of all time and there are endless places to find them in the UK. Take a trip to The Deep in Hull where there is an incredible array of tropical fish. Not only will you see Dory, you will also be able to see plenty of other creatures from the film too.

      Clownfish

      The last film was all about Nemo, while he takes a slightly smaller role in the sequel many kids will still love to see him. Sea Life London has one of the most impressive marine collections in the UK and you are sure to see some playing among the coral.

      Octopus

      Hank the grumpy octopus who’s missing a tentacle is Dory’s greatest ally in the new film. All he wants is a peaceful life of solitude but has to save the day first. Blue Reef Aquarium’s branch in Newquay has a beloved octopus who plays with a Mr Potato Head. Well worth a visit!

      Beluga Whale

      One of the newest character additions, Bailey has a flair for the dramatic. Beluga’s are extremely rare and we can’t find any aquariums in the UK that actually have them. However, they have been spotted in British waters. If you want the chance to see these majestic creatures, they were most recently spotted off the coast of Northumbria.

      Sea Lion

      Two more characters new to the film are Fluke and Rudder, a pair of sea lions who help Dory find her way. Some reviews are claiming these are the best supporting characters in the whole film and luckily they are plenty of places to visit them in the UK. At Woburn Safari Park you can actually go behind the scenes and meet these majestic creatures.

      Spotted Eagle Ray

      Mr Ray the jolliest, most exciting teacher makes a return too. In the film he moves a little too quickly but luckily you’ll always be able to see him in an aquarium. There are some aquariums that will let you touch a ray but the best spotted eagle rays are at Plymouth Aquarium, where they form a key part of the tropical display.

      Will you be visiting any of these colourful characters before the film is released? Share your pictures with us.

      Bradgate National  Park

      Spectacular National Parks To Visit This Summer

      This week is National Parks week! This week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain's breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.

      The theme for National Parks Week 2016 is adventure. With diverse landscapes, activities and events there's an adventure waiting at whatever scale suits you!

      To celebrate this here are a few of our favourite parks from around the UK.

      Richmond Park- The largest Royal Park in London (1,000 hectares/2,500 acres), and home to herds of Red and Fallow deer. This pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands set amongst ancient trees, with plants, animals and butterflies, offers a peaceful respite to visitors. The beautiful Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge can also be found on site. For more information visit: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

      Sunset at Richmond Park London

      St James Park – Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James's Park, the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and covers 23 hectares (58 acres).

      The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for spectacular pageants including the annual Trooping the Colour.

      The pelicans are fed every day at 14:30, and there are water birds, plus owls, woodpeckers and bats. There's a children’s playground, and deckchairs from April to September. Changing the Guard occurs daily in summer and alternate days for rest of year; The Queen's Lifeguard changes daily at Horse Guards Parade Ground.

      For more information visit: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park

      St James Park London

      Bradgate Park
      - was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago!

      Extending to 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside the Park has a wild and rugged aspect that you do not expect to find so close to the city with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. If you do not fancy tramping over the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible with a tarmac driveway running through the middle that is mainly traffic-free and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The River Lin runs through the Lower Park and is a popular spot to sit and picnic or just sit and watch the deer while children paddle in the shallows.

      For more information visit: http://www.bradgatepark.org/

      Bradgate Park Leicestershire

      Swithland Wood
      - is an attractive and atmospheric area of Ancient Woodland, covering 155 acres and rich in history and wildlife. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Swithland Wood is an important habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species.

      Swithland Woods Leicestershire

      Northumberland National Park - Get away from it all in the least populated of the UK’s National Parks. There are 700 miles of paths and trails to explore for the connoisseur outdoor enthusiast, or simply enjoy our enchanting wildlife and landscape, with all that nature has to offer. The locals will give you a warm welcome when you stop by for a hearty pint or slice of delicious cake. There is fun to be found in museums, at historic sites, houses and gardens across the National Park.

      Our lack of light pollution means we officially have the darkest skies in England. In this Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, you can stargaze at the Milky Way, just as Hadrian’s legionnaires did.

      For more information visit: http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/cat/what-to-do/#sthash.NsmhfT8B.dpuf

      Northumberland National Park

      For more information on national parks week Please visit: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week 

      Travel Gadget Trunki

      Five Gadgets That Make Travelling with Children Simple

       

      Travelling with children is rewarding. Seeing them explore new cultures and experience new tastes and smells is wonderful. But it can also be extremely hard work. Constant checking and double checking, making sure they are fed and watered and keeping them entertained can mean a relaxing holiday is far from relaxing. However thanks to the wonders of technology, going away with little ones has been made infinitely easier.
      Try these nifty little gadgets to make going away smoother, simpler and much more relaxing.

      Ride on suitcase

      Flying with children is one of the hardest parts of going on holiday. Aeroplanes are, by default, not comfortable. However many of the stresses can be eliminated thanks to the most innovative ride-on suitcase/in-flight bed. The ultimate travel companion for kids, the BedBox is a revelation and a saviour for parents all over. Seamlessly converting from a piece of great-looking hand luggage come ride on case to a handy inflight bed, the suitcase is perfect for children from 0 right up to six years old. Allowing kids to get a blissful night’s sleep and parents to get some rest before landing, the BedBox is great for parents and kids in equal measure.

      JetKids BedBox

      Toilet finding apps

      When you’re in an unfamiliar place, finding the nearest public toilets can be a nightmare. Thankfully there are some great apps to make getting caught short a thing of the past. Toilet Finder is a great app that allows you to locate all the toilet facilities around you in an instant. Providing you with information such as how far away they are, how well they are rated, and whether they have wheelchair access, the app is a must for both domestic and international travel. The app is currently available on the iOS and Android stores.

      Toilet Finding App

      Wireless headphones

      We all know that tablets and phones are perfect for keeping little ones entertained for hours. You can load them up with their favourite films, games and music. But sometimes you want a little respite from the Frozen soundtrack. These wireless headphones from LilGadgets are perfect for little ones as they come in a range of colours, are super comfortable over sensitive ears, and are wireless, meaning you won’t have to fight with wires constantly.

      Wireless Headphones

      Portable charger

      As mentioned above, mobile devices are the perfect entertainment for kids. But playing games or watching a film for an hour and a half can drain batteries. Investing in a portable charger such as the EC Technology 2nd Gen Deluxe External Battery will make sure you don’t run into that problem. Small and compact, it holds an astonishing 22400mAh of power. You simply charge it up and plug your device in using its USB connection. And considering an iPad Air holds around 8600mAH of battery, and an iPhone holds 1,810mAH of battery power, the nifty little charger will keep your kids plugged in for hours. It also comes with a handy LED torch for when you can’t find your keys in your bag.

      Portable Charger

       

      Baby carrier

      If your little one is still too young to walk, investing in a baby carrier is the best way to minimise tired tantrums but still explore all that your holiday destination has to offer. The Bebemon Music Baby Carrier with Built In Speakers is ideal for trips away as it folds down almost flat, yet still packs a powerful musical punch when it comes to keeping your baby entertained, or soothing them off into a blissful sleep. Coming complete with an audio jack, it can be connected to any audio device.

      Baby Carrier

       

      Have you tried any of the above? Let us know your tips for travelling with children.

       

      Family Day Out At A National Park

      The Formula To The Perfect Family Day Out

      Family day out – planning for things to do for babies, toddlers, tweens and teens

      With the school holidays on the horizon, families are set for six weeks of summer activities, attractions and fun days out together – but how do you craft the perfect day out?

      Working with respected child psychologist Sarah Minder, North London shopping centre Brent Cross has compiled the ultimate guide for parents planning their family days out and activities. Should a good family day out be cheap or expensive? Should the kids be involved in the planning? Should it be things to do, or just one thing to do?

      By grouping certain principles together, Brent Cross have created a formula that could help your family day out be something memorable, rather than a stress-filled outing.

      Family Days Out – The Essentials

      When planning a family day out with kids, a number of different methods and factors can be taken into account.

      I for Involvement – It might seem like an idea designed to create a parental nightmare, but getting your kids involved in the planning stages is the first step to creating a great family day out. Spending some time together brainstorming ideas is the first step, being sure to include turn taking and taking everyone's needs into account as a great way of teaching compromise from the off.

      This planning stage can help overcome differences in gender and age too. By working together as a family unit, you can choose an activity that works for all kids – boys and girls, toddlers to teens. This early planning helpfully leads into another key factor…

      TA for Time Allocation – Even if it's just one child and one parent, time allocation is essential to ensure everyone has a good family day out. If the activity is all about the kids, a parent can feel drained. In a multi-child family, if everything is geared towards one age bracket or one gender, the other party can feel alienated and their enjoyment could turn to despondence. This counts for parents too – make sure that it's not a 'Kids Day Out', make sure you take steps to make it a family day out. For example, pick a good restaurant for adults that also serve food for kids…rather than the other way around!

      TU for Teaming Up – Closely related to time allocation, teaming up is a great way of making the most of your family day out. Pair mother and son, daughter and dad and other variations to ensure everyone can have time together and, if necessary, time apart from each other too. This is especially important for older children who are striving for extra independence and responsibility and parents too. If the kids are of appropriate age, options for sibling together time – allowing the parents some respite – should never be actively discouraged. Equally if dealing with children that need a lot of supervision, parents can work together to create some solo time, ensuring that parents aren't just parenting outside – it's a proper family day out.

      Cr for creativity – It's important not to be too rigid when you are on your family day out. A family day out is meant to be fun and occasionally some parents fall into a trap of turning things to do and activities into a 'mission', rather than leisure. Break up travelling time with fun games such as 'I spy', 20 questions and alike is a great way of keeping enthusiasm levels high in natural lulls that may occur on a family day out. Creativity can also involve diverting from the plan. You may have listed out your things to do beforehand, but if something unplanned suddenly appears – don't be afraid to redesign your family day out just because it was not in the schedule.

      T for Tech (negative) – As everybody knows, kids with tech can lead to kids not talking…and it's true of parents too! Whether playing Angry Birds or checking work emails, engaging with tech likely means you're not engaging on your family day out. One of the best ways of managing this is to ensure that all members of the family agree a 'pact' to limit tech use on the day. That said, there can be tech benefits, as the next factor indicates…

      C for capture – Don't hold back on photographs and films to capture your family day out. Not only do they create good memories, they add a sense of occasion to your activities, rather than feeling like 'just another day out.' Capturing images and video to document the day adds fun…and kids always make great content and enjoy being part of the production.

      E for expense – Whether it's a free day out for the family, or some paid for things to do, expense can add an unnecessary burden to proceedings. Overspend and parents could find themselves exerting pressure on kids to enjoy themselves and if the kids aren't enjoying every minute, resentment can build on both sides. Equally, being overly stringent could lead to the day feeling restricted, or being viewed as a standard day out, rather than a fun family day out. The key here is balance, planning and setting expectations. Budget well, funny doesn't have to mean money and communicate, especially with older kids, to outline what is and is not in budget for the day to prevent disappointment or frivolity.

      So with these factors outlined, Brent Cross have worked out the perfect formula for the perfect family day out;


      PFDO = (I + TA) x (TU + CR) – (T/C)

      E


      While this is a good formula to follow in general, how does it apply to kids of all ages? We now show which bits of the equation you want to dial up and dial down depending on ages.

      Babies – 0-18 months
      It goes without saying that babies require less involvement in the planning stages, but there are some other aspects of the equation you should dial up and dial down – most notably time allocation and teaming up. A child of this age will spend most of their time in a buggy or pram, so will always need to be supervised…and time may need to be allocated for a nap too. This could provide parents with a chance to enjoy more adult time, both by going solo (one parent with the buggy of course!) and together.

      At this tender age, the family day out doesn’t necessarily need to take into account concepts such as tech, creativity and expense. Put simply, the kids are too young to care!

      Dial Up: Time Allowance (TA) and Teaming Up (TU).

      Dial Down: Involvement (I), Creativity (Cr), Tech (T) and Expense (E).

      Neutral: Capture (C).

      Toddlers – 18 months – 5 years
      Arguably the trickiest age to deal with, but the same lessons apply. The general equation should be followed, but with more emphasis on a few key elements.

      At this age, creativity is key as the kids will get bored more easily than both younger and older groups. Time allowance is very important to this age group – spend too long doing one activity, especially if it's weighted towards a particular gender, you may find yourself dealing with a public tantrum.

      As with the previous group, maturity – or lack thereof - will restrict the need to address costs, tech and pre-planning involvement.

      Dial Up: Time Allowance (TA), Teaming Up (TU) and Creativity (Cr).

      Dial Down: Involvement (I), Tech (T) and Expense (E)

      Neutral: Capture (C)

      Tweens – 6-11 years
      This age group represents the sweet spot for the equation, as each element can be applied with ease. When it comes to nailing things to do, kids at this age can be consulted on the activity and will appreciate being part of it. Similarly, they are also responsive to image capture…but more likely to be distracted by phones and tablets, so the need to guard against negative tech usage increases. Many alterations can be made as you go up and down the age scale and gender variations should also be considered.

      Dial Up/Dial Down/Neutral: As you were equation, as you were!

      Teens (12-16)
      At this age, there is a lot more dialling up than dialling down! More involvement is essential and shows a level of respect and accountability this age group will yearn for.

      Time Allocation can be dialled down as the need for strict military planning can be lessened with this age group. More emphasis can be placed on Teaming Up, as siblings of similar ages can spend time together, but apart from parents. Despite these liberations, when family time is announced – the need to manage tech with this group heightens. It's not a family day out if half the family have their heads buried in a phone or tablet.

      However, some tech leeway can be given in relation to capture. This age group live for sharable content…and they know how to use it! Making a teen 'official photographer' for the day is a great way of keeping them engaged, whilst also contributing to a great family day out.

      Finally, expense can be dialled up. Kids of this age will know when too much or too little has been spent, but can also be placated with a separate budget. 'Pocket money', a pre-agreed amount paired with responsibility on how it's spent, is a great way of navigating this element.

      Dial Up: Involvement (I), Teaming Up (TU), Tech (T), Capture (C), Expense (E)

      Dial Down: Time Allocation (TA), Creativity (Cr)

      Things to do in North London / Brent Cross this summer holiday

      So with the equation for the perfect family day out secured, where to go? Brent Cross has the following to offer this summer holiday:

      The Beach at Brent Cross, London's largest urban beach will be open from 1st July until the 4th September. Tickets cost £3 or free with the PLUS app.
      There are a range of rides and slides at The Beach at Brent Cross the whole family can enjoy; from the daring Thriller Coaster to the feel good Merry Go Round. For the first time, the Beach at Brent Cross will also be screening this years' sport highlights for sporting enthusiasts; from Wimbledon to all the Olympic action from Rio.
      There will be a range of exciting performers visiting the beach; with Brazilian dancers, stilt walkers and fire artists.
      BeWILDerwood Curious Treehouse Adventure Park Family Fun Bridge

      BeWILDerwood The Curious Treehouse Adventure Park.

      Minty’s Whizzy Windmill Garden Parade - Sat 16th Jul til 4th Sep. Having fun outside is a top priority at BeWILDerwood, the curious treehouse adventure park near Wroxham.

      BeWILDerwood, the curious treehouse adventure park
      With lots of awesome structures to explore and magical, mystical woodland areas to find and play within the boggy bogs and marvellous marshes, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

      And that’s not all, due to the success of last year’s event, Minty’s Whizzy Windmills, Minty (the smallest Crocklebog) is putting on a full Whizzy Windmill Garden Parade! Taking place every day, all summer long!

      BeWILDerwood Curious Treehouse Adventure Park Girl In Tree House

      Everybody is welcome to join in the witty and wondrous daily variety of creative and captivating activities, from art and craft making to storytelling and face painting and it’s all included in the ticket price! That’s right, there’s no extra charge for any of the fantastic events at BeWILDerwood.

      BeWILDerwood Curious Treehouse Adventure Park, Face Painting
      Better yet, if you want to avoid any queues at the gate you can book online to ensure speedy entry into the park. We advise that you do so, but booking is not essential!

      BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads. BeWILDerwood is located in woodland off the A1062 near Wroxham, situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Norfolk Broads.

      For more information about BeWILDerwood and all the events in 2016 visit www.bewilderwood.co.uk or call 01692 633033

      Photo credits: Bewilderwood & James Robinson

      Top 10 DIY Family Activities for Rainy Days Featured on Kids Travel 2 Blog

      Top 10 DIY Family Activities for Rainy Days

      With the British weather proving to be as undecided as always, it’s good to have some fun games the whole family can do easily when it starts to pour or if you just fancy a creative day.

      The ideas below are from Hape, a company who specialise in toys that are environmentally friendly and help children develop keys skills.

      The 10 games are all free and easy to make at home, perfect for on the go parents!

      Top 10 DIY Family Activities for Rainy Days
      If you would like to know more about Hape please click here
      Night Before The Holiday Top Tips.

      The Night Before: Your Pre-Holiday Checklist

       

      Going on holiday is something we all look forward to. A time to spend time with loved ones, relax and explore new cultures, holidays create unforgettable memories for the whole family. However getting ready for a holiday can become somewhat stressful – especially as it creeps ever closer. But in order to make the most of the time you have together, follow these simply tips to ensure your holiday goes swimmingly and you get a good night’s sleep the day before you jet off.

       

      The Night Before Holiday. Top Tips And Tricks

       

      Check all your holiday documents are together and pack them at the top of your hand luggage

      The last thing you want to be doing is searching for a passport 10 minutes before you leave your house, so make sure you have all your documents together in a wallet before you go to bed. That way, you can minimise the stress the next day and ensure you’re in full ‘holiday mode’. By putting them at the top of your hand luggage, you’ll be on track to hand them over to the desk straight away, meaning you can head through security quickly and sit back and relax while waiting for your flight.

       

      Make a list of the last-minute items you still need to pack.

      You can be as prepared as you like, but there are some things that you just cannot pack until the morning. Items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries are prime examples of this. Making a list of the things you need to pop into your suitcases before you leave will help to minimise the 3am wake ups.


      Confirm which toys will be making the trip.

      There’s nothing more heart-breaking – or frustrating – than having to explain that not every toy can go with you on holiday. However doing it the day before will help to minimise tantrums and avoid early morning meltdowns.


      Double check the luggage allowance and weigh it.

      Over packing and being stuck with hefty fines at the checkout desk can really kick your holiday off to a bad start. Luggage allowance can vary greatly between airlines, so it’s always worth double checking before you go – even if you have flown recently. Investing in a portable suitcase scale is wise as you can take it with you and weigh your cases on the way back too – perfect for families who like bringing back souvenirs and memorabilia.


      Check what facilities your hotel offers.

      You’ll probably have checked this when you booked, but it’s always worth checking again to put your mind at rest – particularly when travelling with babies or very small children. If there’s not a shop nearby that sells nappies for example, you may need to think about taking enough to last you – at least for a couple of days.
      We appreciate that going on holiday, particularly abroad can be stressful, however by following these simple ‘night before’ steps, you can rest assured that you will be prepared for any eventuality, leaving you ready to make the most of your time away together.

      Do you have any tips for families about to jet off?

       

      Avoid a wasp disaster this summer kids travel 2 blog

      HOW TO AVERT A WASP DISASTER! 5 TIPS TO SAVE YOUR SUMMER

      One minute everything is idyllic. It's a wonderful summer day in the park, or round the barbecue... the food is spread out on the grass, the kids have got their ice creams, the drinks are poured - and then the screaming starts! YES, THE WASPS HAVE ARRIVED!

      Suddenly the children start batting wildly round their heads, drinks are spilled, bowls are knocked over! Where did they suddenly appear from? What to do? Well, you might hit out with a rolled newspaper - but don't! Frantic hitting is a sure way to get the wasps angry and the children running scared.

      Keep Wasps Away This Summer

       

      HERE ARE 5 TIPS ON WHAT TO DO TO KEEP YOUR COOL.

      1. First Things First
      Set up a competition amongst the kids… whoever spots the first wasp will win an extra ice cream. it's really important to watch out for the FIRST WASP to arrive on the scene. This is known as the "Scout", and scouting is exactly what it does. It will find the food, assess the scene, and report back to Headquarters.
      2. Keep calm
      You need a strategy here. Once the first wasp has arrived, get the children to stand back, put caps on bottles, move really spill-able things away. Then calmly let the wasp choose something delicious to settle down on. Your aim is not to disturb the wasp, but to … trap it.
      3. Take It Prisoner
      Trap it … before it's gone off to get the other gate-crashers. Best method for trapping the first "Scout' wasp: let it settle on, then trap it with an upturned glass, and keep it there, weighing down the glass if necessary. (This sounds like a good Father's task to me). That way you don't kill the wasp - which may alert and anger others. It will probably nibble away calmly, and it's worth sacrificing one dish to stop fifty more arriving.
      4. Keep Food Safe: our ‘Edible' Spray keeps the Wasps Away
      Most important of all - keep the wasps away with a good repellent. Trouble is, most of them are full of harsh chemicals, some are toxic, and they all taste foul. That is why The Lemongrass Trading Company (www.lemongrasstrading.com) has had this brilliant and unique idea for a spray that's safe, edible and pure:
      LEMONGRASS 100% NATURAL "EDIBLE" WASP SPRAY
      All the ingredients we use are from edible plants, some absolutely delicious, like Lemongrass, so it is SAFE and PURE, with no added chemicals - and it doesn't spoil your food or drink (in fact, we think it adds a certain zest!).
      5.Wasp Stings and Allergies
      Stung? If the worst happens, try to pull out the visible ‘sting', soothe with an effective pain-easer like Wasp-Ese. Applying ice can help.

       

      Allergic? A wasp allergy can be serious: if any one is susceptible, always pack a pre-loaded adrenaline syringe.

      Now, have the greatest picnics, BBQs and outdoor drinks ever!

      New ‘edible' Wasp Spray made from Lemongrass,with no added chemicals.So it's safe Lemongrass Sprayfor your family, your food, your drink - there are other Anti-Bug Sprays for Midges & Mosquitoes too.
      Price £7.95 (
      50ml )post free.

      Click here:

      http://www.lemongrasstrading.com/products/anti-wasp-spray

      Fussy Eaters On Holiday Top Tips and Tricks

      Managing Fussy Eaters on Holiday

       

      Refusing to eat anything green, raw or anything with tomatoes in, is an all too common occurrence that parents the world over have to contend with once or twice. Many children go through phases of being fussy eaters. And although a nuisance at home, when going away on holiday, it can cause you to run into problems. If your little one is being somewhat less adventurous with food, follow these simple steps to make going away on holiday that much more pleasant.

      Fussy Eaters On Holiday


      Let them choose where you eat once or twice

      Even if you have gone all-inclusive, the chances are there will be more than one restaurant on site. Giving your child the option to choose where you eat, either at lunchtime or at night, is a great way of helping them to feel like they are included and they’re not being punished for not eating certain foods. It also means that the whole family will be able to eat a good meal together at least once a day.


      Let them see you enjoying your food

      It’s no secret that children copy their parents, so if they see you enjoying your food, they are more likely to try it and enjoy it too.

      Embrace buffets

      Buffets are standard on holidays – particularly in hotel resorts. Offering a huge variety of foods from around the world, buffets are certain to cater for fussy little eaters. Buffets are also great for allowing kids to choose how much they put on their plate and getting them used to portion sizes.


      Take some snacks with you

      Taking snacks you know they like, such as cereal bars and dried fruit bags are perfect for warding off hunger pangs in-between meals. Although it may seem excessive, there’s nothing worse than a hungry child that can’t find anything to eat that they like.


      Keep to a routine

      Although on holiday it can seem lovely to ignore the rules of everyday life and be free and easy when it comes to mealtimes, if you have a fussy eater or two in tow, sticking to mealtime routines is often the best way to avoid arguments about food. Eating late at night will only result in children being tired, hungry and grumpy, meaning they are less likely to eat what is in front of them.


      Don’t stress too much about it

      We all want our children to be healthy and eat a varied diet, but sometimes – particularly on holiday – we have to be a little less strict to avoid ruining the time away together. As long as they are eating, going a little bit ‘slack’ won’t matter too much. Just make sure to focus more on the healthy foods they like to make up for the not so healthy items.

       

      Exotic Holiday Destinations - KidsTravel2 Blog

      Exotic holiday destinations that won’t break the bank

       

      Travelling the world to far-flung destinations can seem scarily expensive but by picking the right spots, it can be done at penny-pinching prices. New research has revealed that couples can now jet off to holiday paradises including Thailand, Mumbai and Abu Dhabi for under £1,000.

       

      Exotic Holiday Destinations That Wont break the bank


      The money saving gurus at VoucherBox.co.uk have picked out long-haul destinations that can be ticked off the bucket list at a bargain price. For no more than £1,000, a couple flying from London Heathrow in the middle of June for one week can holiday in Malaysia, Delhi, South Africa, Thailand and Indonesia.

      Further cheap destinations include Jordan, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Jetsetters can now travel and see the world without years of saving just by picking the right long-haul destinations. Researchers looked at the costs of a one-week holiday from Saturday, June 18, to Saturday, June 25 – with return flights from London Heathrow and a double hotel room at a four-star hotel included.

      The best money-saving resort this year is Dubai, with research showing that a couple could holiday for one week in the hotspot, including flights and hotel for two, for only £718. That means it would cost £291 each for a return economy flight, and £136 for a week’s hotel stay.

      Fellow United Arab Emirates destination Abu Dhabi is also a cheaper option, costing a total of £811 for a holiday in the sun – with flights priced at £303 each and a hotel room costing £205. If the kids are fans of swimming and adventure, Abu Dhabi

      Yas Waterworld

       

      Travelling even further afield, a week’s holiday to the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, can be done on a budget too with a low costing of £834 found. This includes return flights for two from London Heathrow at £720 and a double hotel room in the midst of the buzzing city for only£114.

      If you’re looking to spice up your summer season this year, jet off to Delhi, in India, for £865 for two people – with flights for £644 for two people travelling and a double hotel room at £221. In comparison, staying within India but choosing a holiday to the west-coast city of Mumbai can still be done on the cheap, but coming in at just under £1,000 – in total, £944. 

      The gateway of India Mumbai- KidsTravel2 blog

       

      It seems that a number of South-East Asia favourites can also be holidayed on without worrying about money. A trip to the bustling city of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, will set you back only £914 – with flights available for £394 per person and a four-star hotel costing £153.

      This is as well as the historic but modern city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and Hong Kong, in China. A visit to Kuala Lumpur will cost from £959 for two, whereas a week’s vacation in Hong Kong will put you back £970.


      And if you’d prefer a spot of safari during the week, why not look to South Africa for some holiday inspiration. Johannesburg, the capital of the country, is within driving distance of the Pilanesberg National Park – and a week’s holiday within the city can cost only £869. In detail, this includes flights for £351 and a week’s double hotel room for only £167.

      kruger national park


      There’s even something for the most adventurous of people – how about a visit to Jordan, otherwise known as the “jewel of the Middle East”. A flight and week’s stay in Amman, the capital city, can cost only £937 for two people and gives you the perfect chance to see Petra, the famous city of carved tombs and one of the seven wonders of the world.

      Shane Foster from VoucherBox.co.uk said: “The summer season is here and now is the perfect time to start booking your holiday, but this year, why not look a bit further afield and discover your adventurous side.

      “Nowadays, more people are wanting to travel that bit further and see the world and by finding the right deals and places, it doesn’t have to be too expensive.

      “There is a feeling that you have to spend months of saving to visit long-haul destinations but that isn’t the case.

      “We hope that our customers take inspiration from our useful research and get the chance to go on a trip of a lifetime.”

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly

       

      A city break isn’t just for couples or groups of friends looking to explore new cultures and see some of the world’s greatest wonders. Families can enjoy all the best bits of cities just as much, safe in the knowledge that their little ones won’t come to harm. Here are five of the best European cities that are family-friendly.

      Barcelona

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly Barcelona

      The capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona is a colourful and vibrant city that eludes pleasure and entertainment. Offering everything that is most delightful about Mediterranean cities – months of endless sunshine, a relaxed pace, unbeatable food and the inimitable benefit of having a metropolitan city lining one of the most glorious beaches in the whole of Spain, Barcelona really is one of a kind. Eternally family-friendly, the city is packed with welcoming hotels and restaurants for those of all ages.

       

      Reykjavik

       Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly Reykjavik

      The Icelandic city is one of the safest in Europe. And as a consequence, it’s not unusual to find Icelandic babies sleeping in their prams outside shops in Reykjavik. Outside of the city centre, the once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as thermal hot springs – many with children's sections and the ever-stunning Northern Lights never fail to disappoint. Neither does the myriad of adventures with Icelandic horses, whale watching and hiking.

       

      Munich

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly Munich

      The Bavarian capital is awash with everything little ones would need to be entertained. From the Toy Museum to the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest and oldest science museums in the world, you’ll find a plethora of child-focussed activities in Germany’s most eclectic and historical city. For Disney fans, the Neuschwanstein Castle will leave them in awe. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's home, the Castle is one of the city’s highlights.

       

      Dubrovnik

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly Dubrovnik

      A walled city that overlooks the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and as such, is one of the world’s most glorious cities. The stunning city caters to all needs and interests, thanks to its unique culture and history and as well as the incredible activities on offer, such as kayaking, diving and incredible boat trips.

       

      Rome

      Five European Cities You Never Realised Were Family-Friendly Rome

      The capital of ancient history, Rome is intriguing and striking in equal measure. Offering fantastic cuisine, glorious weather and a laid-back and friendly haven, Rome will leave even the youngest travellers feeling inspired. Kids love exploring the ancient ruins and learning about the history of the fantastic European country. But obviously not as much as they love sampling the gelato and pizza the city is most famous for.

       

      A Family Guide to Anglesey

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