Travel Tips

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Lonely Planet Kids Let’s Explore giveaway

“You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads”, said one of my literary idols, Ray Bradbury. It’s a message both of the kids have taken to heart… especially the crazy bit. It’s fairly obvious that we’ve passed on […] Read more…

Rocking their yukata in our Arashiyama ryokan

6 tips to rock a Ryokan with kids

The former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is a tranquil alternative to the frenetic pace and energy of Tokyo. While the sprawling metropolis does boast all the mod cons and signature flashiness that one expects from a Japanese city, Kyoto is also heaven for history nuts. Especially small samurai obsessed ones. Home to almost a quarter of […] Read more…

Worst travel advice - Don't talk to strangers . Here's Raffles ignoring that and making loads of new friends

The worst travel advice for families

Travel means different things to different people. When you’re flying solo, it may be for the chance to discover the world, or to discover yourself. And when you travel with kids, you might view it as a chance to bond or an opportunity to raise globally aware humans. No matter how or who you travel […] Read more…

There's nothing quite like a family road trip

17 tips for family road trip bliss

Before the advent of offspring I zipped around town in a two-door rally car and swore that I would never own anything bigger, like a wagon or SUV. I mean, they were the kind of things my parents drove. And I’d never be THAT old! Fast forward two kids and still I resisted the pull of practicality […] Read more…

SUgarpuff could do with a little Kids First Aid training by the look of this bandaging job

4 first aid essentials for travelling families

So you’ve booked your flights, packed the sunscreen and swimmers, and invested in that must have inflatable flamingo. But before you get close the zip on your suitcase, there’s one holiday essential you’ve probably forgotten! And it is, without doubt, the most important item a parent can pack. That item is knowledge. Or more specifically the knowledge of exactly what […] Read more…

Raffles idea of good and bad packing

15 Tips for Travelling with Parents

When it comes to travelling with kids, there’s not a lot of advice that hasn’t already been covered at length. Thank goodness! Having flitted around the world with our children since they were compact travel size tots, we know that travelling with young kids is not unlike herding cats. And we also know that, for the first […] Read more…

Raffles takinga breakon the carpet of our Venetian hotel

10 hacks for child proofing holiday accommodation

A recent hotel stay with Raffles and Sugarpuff shocked us into the realisation that just because our kids are no longer toddlers, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t still be child proofing holiday accommodation. You see, Sugarpuff decided to hide under the bed (because hotel room hide-and-seek is one of her all-time favourite pastimes) and what should she […] Read more…

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