Holidays abroad


How to choose a family-friendly villa in Bali

How to choose a family-friendly villa in Bali is paid collaborative post. So, you’ve got your tickets booked – you are coming to Bali this next holiday and you are bringing the kids along. Wonderful! Want your family island stay to be fun and relaxing for all of the family members? What you need is a private pool villa – a place that you can call your home for the whole duration of your stay on this beautiful and exotic island.


Family Friendly Mallorca – A fab place for all the family 9

As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard.  We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family.  Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much.  MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool.  Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!


Mallorca – Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas 12

Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday.  Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat.  It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.

Mallorca - Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas

The World’s 8 Best Waterparks for Summer 11

With tentative glimpses of sunshine on the horizon, our thoughts turn to summer holidays. Aside from generous helpings of ice cream and hours a day spent on the beach, there’s really only one thing that makes a holiday truly special for little ones – waterparks. Inspired by an article recently posted on travel comparison site dealchecker, here are the top 8 waterparks of summer 2016!

The World’s 8 Best Waterparks for Summer 2016

A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France

A Family Holiday at Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France 14

We recently spent a week over the may half term Domain de Mathevies, Dordogne, France.  Domain de Mathevies is a beautiful site situated in the Perigord Noir region of The Dordogne with a selection of accommodation from a Gite, Mobile Homes to luxury cabins.  You can also pitch a tent, camper or caravan too.  We stayed in a Mobile Home.  As a p[arent the key to the perfect family holiday is often found in keeping the rest of my family happy.  But Domain de Mathevies manages the holy grail – a family holiday that fitted each and every one of my family. The Perigord Noir region of France around Sarlat is more »


Orlando with eight and nine year olds (not Disney) 17

Can you believe that it is nearly a year since we all went on holiday to Orlando.  We spent 2.5 weeks in Florida with my Brother, Sister in Law and Niece and I just realised that I never actually shared anything about our holiday! We had an amazing time and the boys loved every minute of it.  So what apart from Disney did we do!


Tips for Driving in the USA

We are off to Florida shortly with my brother and his family for our holiday of a lifetime.   We will be hiring a car in the USA for the duration of our holiday, so like when we were in France, I thought it wise to put together a tips for driving in the USA. Make sure you drive on the right. You have to come to a complete stop at a stop sign even if the roads are deserted Make sure you check the driving rules of the state you are visiting  Have your driving license and passport ready, you may also need your booking reference that the travel company gave you. more »


Things to do at La Croix Du Vieux Pont (France) when you are eight 5

Details: 7 nights accommodation in a Vivaldi Mobile Home at La Croix Du Vieux Pont, which sleeps 6 and Eurotunnel Crossing for one car costs £1214 for 2 adults and 3 children on August 17 2013. Special offers and discounts are available at certain times of year, see the Al Fresco website for details. We received free Eurotunnel crossing and accommodation for the purposes of this review. You can see more photos of our trip over on Facebook.


Driving in France Checklist 1

Unlike the UK the use of child car seats is not determined on height but on weight. Under French law, children up to the age of 10 must travel in an approved child seat or restraint.

Group 0: < 10 kg Rear-facing child seat placed either at the front passenger seat or at the back seat (if placed at the front, the airbag must be switched off). Babies can also travel in a carry cot (this can be placed at the rear seat only). Group 0+: < 13 kg Child restraints in this category are slightly bigger versions of those in Group 0. They must be installed under the same conditions as those in Group 0. Group 1: 9 - 18 kg Child seat with a harness or a protection tray. Group 2: 15 - 25 kg Booster seat or cushion with an adult seatbelt. Group 3: 22 - 36 kg Booster seat or cushion with an adult seatbelt


Do you go all inclusive?

MadDad and I have been on plenty of all inclusive holidays BC (before children), we enjoyed some fantastic experiences and the thought of icecream on tap really appeals to my children! I was discussing this with a friend today and we said that if we could guarantee the summer weather we have had here in the UK we would never go abroad again, but are scared that this year will be a one off.

Now both my boys are competent swimmers they look for a holiday with a pool more than anything else and they also want sports activities.

I want to be able to sit and actually read more than the first page of my book on repeat and that keeping the children happy makes me happy.


Things to do for families in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a place that we usually associate with gambling and casinos, but there is far more to the place than that. Casinos are very important but you can also enjoy a family holiday there which doesn’t involve Mum staying with the kids while dad plays slots in Caesars Palace. Here are a few things for families to do.

Hire a car and take a trip to Death Valley. In many ways it is one of the most exciting places on the planet and the kids will just love it. Just driving across the Mojave Desert is a thrill of a lifetime, and visiting the valley is an unforgettable experience. Badwater Basin is 86 meters below sea level and Furnace Creek has the record for being the hottest place on earth. You will see some amazing sites and make sure that you visit Zabriskie Point and view the Badland Formations; truly amazing.

Keep that car and take another trip, this time to the Grand Canyon. This is one of the world’s natural wonders and another very remarkable and unforgettable destination. The canyon is 277 miles long and up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide. This beautiful and unique place is home to many Native Americans whose tribes have lived there for thousands of years. You can take an aeroplane or helicopter trip into the depths of the canyon too for some unparalleled views.

Another fascinating place to visit is the Hoover dam, but the kids might appreciate its reservoir Lake Mead a little more. Boating on Lake Mead is very popular ad are swimming, water skiing and fishing. The lake is huge, up to 112 miles long, and there are numerous beaches, marinas and resorts.