June 11, 2015

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Win a First Aid Travel Pack

Check out our competition on Twitter, for the chance of winning a First Aid Travel Pack from KoolpakUK

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May 22, 2015

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Baby products checklist: what to take on holiday!

Here is a useful reminder for you. Some items maybe provided by your accommodation or might need to be reserved in advance.

  1. Lightweight buggy (one that you can easily fold)
  2. Child car seat
  3. Travel cot
  4. Baby carrier/sling
  5. Chair harness (from 6 months) (try the useful ‘Totseat’ which fits most, if not all chairs)
  6. Travel bottle warmer
  7. Travel steriliser
  8. Formula Milk
  9. Disposable nappies
  10. Blackout travel blinds (try the very practical ‘Grow Anywhere Blind’)
  11. Toys
  12. Duct tape (for temporarily baby proofing a room)
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May 1, 2015

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Your chance to win a Norwegian log cabin break for four

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Sainsbury’s Bank is offering you the chance to win a three-night stay in a rustic log cabin located in the Amli region in southern Norway.

Norway is a beautiful place with breath-taking scenery, where mountains dip into the sea and glacier-carved fjords stretch for hundreds of kilometres. Stunning!

Flights and transport to and from the cabin are included in the prize. They will also be including spending money to the equivalent of £500 worth of Norwegian Krone!

The prize draw will end at 00.00 on 22nd May 2015 ! So Hurry!

For more information go to http://www.sainsburysbank.co.uk/money-matters/norway-cabin-break.shtml

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April 27, 2015

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4 Free Best Travelling Apps for Kids under 5

Peppa’s Paintbox

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Recommended Age: Kids 5 and under
Free App

This is a free and fun game. A drawing application which toddlers will find amusing! There are 7 paintbrushes, 7 paint tin colours, 6 magical drawing tools and a lot more. You can either draw straight onto canvas or choose a background or character to colour in. Peppa and George will pop in from time to time and at the end you can display your exhibition at Peppa’s school.

There are many more Peppa Pigs’ applications for such us: Peppa Pig’s Holiday and Peppa Pig’s Party Time, so have a look as they are great fun for toddlers.

The Gruffalo and the Vanishing Wood

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Recommended Age: Kids 5 and under
Free App

This is all about saving the deep dark wood, helping planting trees before they all vanish! A fun and educational mini-game with the enchanting Gruffalo character.

Peekaboo You™Baby-Barn Animals

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Recommended Age: Kids 5 and under
Free App

A fantastic educational application with clear and responsive interactivity. It helps toddlers to develop early literacy skills while having fun playing this beautifully illustrated game. Simply add your baby face or familiar faces from photos in your camera roll and they will star in their very own storybook game!

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer

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Recommended Age: Kids 5 and under
Free App

Baby and toddlers will love Fins the fish! Guide Fins through the water to discover new adventures: treasures, monsters and and even an ice cream stand! Easy to use and yet very entertaining. A must!

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April 20, 2015

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Usborne-Travel Activity Pad (Age 6+)

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Another indispensable travel book from Usborne! If you are going on a long journey, this fun Travel Activity Pad is a must! It includes over 200 tear-out pages of puzzles, do-to-dots, colouring and much more.

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Paperback £5.99
http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/book/1~AB~ABHT~7192/travel-activity-pad.aspx

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April 20, 2015

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The Usborne Little Children’s Travel Activity Book (age 4+)

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If you have children aged 4 to 7
I wouldn’t start your car trip without this clever book.
It has a great selection of write-in activities such us: puzzles, word searches, dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, mazes and stickers, to keep children well entertained. An ideal travel companion for little ones!

Paperback 6.99 http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/book/1~AB~ABHT~7288/little-childrens-travel-activity-book.aspx

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April 14, 2015

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Travelling to Europe with Small Kids

By Travel Expert Suzette Mack

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Many families hesitate to travel to Europe with young kids, even seasoned travelers, because it seems too daunting of a task. Yes it does require more planning, but here are some tips to help a family get started.

Plan your dream itinerary, then take stuff out – “If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium” doesn’t work with young kids, you need to slow down the pace. Schlepping kids on & off trains and through airports multiple times is no fun for anyone. Kids really like soaking up the ambiance, and I think they have more appreciation for the sights than we give them credit for. They help parents experience the destination like a local, since they don’t have a checklist of sights to see. They think it’s cool to visit a neighborhood gelato shop or to hunt for gargoyles, and they notice little things in everyday life adults might overlook.

My rule of thumb: spend at least 4 nights in any destination. Trust me, you won’t run of out things to see or do with the kids.

Get out of town – Combine time in the city and the country side, such as Paris & Provence or Rome & Tuscany. It not only provides some variety but it slows things down on the back end of the trip when you are tired. You’re also more likely to find accommodations with a pool and spacious grounds for running around, which the kids will appreciate.

Room for four (or more) – Often most frustrating for families is finding accommodations that don’t require the family to split up. Family suites and connecting rooms are available, but are often not shown on a hotel’s website. The most efficient way to book is through a hotel rep company, or through a travel advisor who specializes in families. They already have a list of “go to” properties for families in popular destinations, or they have an in-country contact that can help.

Many families automatically assume a private apartment or home rental would be best, since it gives them space and the comforts of home like a kitchen. That is true, but you have to be aware you are trading off other benefits such as a convenient location, and support of an on-site staff (front desk, concierge, etc.).

Also pay attention to location, it’s worth paying more to be centrally located so you can get back to your hotel easily during the day. And it’s a bonus if you find a place near a park that has soccer balls & scooters for young guests.

Don’t overschedule – Plan to see half as much in a day as you would if traveling alone. For kids, being on vacation is hanging out (with no homework), swimming, playing in a park, just being somewhere new. When you do book activities, throw in some that are just for them: a kids’ cooking or art class, or Roman gladiator school.

Splurge on private drivers – Especially when arriving at your destination with kids and luggage in tow. When you’re tired and “hangry” from a long flight or train ride, you’ll think it was worth every Euro when your English speaking driver meets you, takes your bags, helps you find the restroom, ATM, a snack, etc. then whisks you to your hotel in a comfy and clean vehicle.

And on good tour guides – Yes, you can take small children to the Louvre or the Vatican, but I don’t recommend doing it on your own. Hire a guide who specializes in families, as they know how to engage kids and help ward off a meltdown triggered by crowds and the heat of summer. And that allows parents to spend their time enjoying the exhibits, rather than having to manage the kids.

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Bio: Suzette Mack is a Family Travel Specialist and Travel advisor based in California. She has travelled with her children since they were babies and fully understands the needs of families.

http://www.family-treks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FamilyTreks
http://www.brownelltravel.com/suzettemack.html

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March 9, 2015

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Looking to go on a Family Holiday? Finding the right travel products to take, can be difficult and time-consuming. Here you will find an essential shopping list on our favourite products.  If you would like to recommend a travel product, that you think is just brilliant let us know:

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March 3, 2015

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Ryanair

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With Ryanair Family Extra, families can enjoy:

50% allocated seating discounts on children’s seats*
50% off checked-in bags for children*
Discounted priority boarding*
50% off travel insurance for children
Reduced infant fees (now just €20/£20)
A free 5kg infant bag allowance
Bottle warming and baby changing facilities on board
Two free pieces of infant equipment (buggy, booster seat, car seat or travel cot, carried in the hold)
Bringing an approved car seat on board when a seat is booked
A Fly & Save bonus – get 20% off your third family flight when your family fly twice.
(*when booked by an adult)

– See more at: http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/news/140617-ryanair-launches-ryanair-family-extra/?market=en#sthash.MWg8msdS.dpuf

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