Child-Friendly Portugal: Exploring the Algarve

The Algarve is an incredibly popular destination for families and with cheap flights to Faro, year-round sun and more Mateus Rose than you can shake a stick at (if it’s good enough for Cliff Richard, it’s good enough for us) it’s easy to see why. For families, Portugal also makes good fiscal sense; it’s one…

Stress-free Disney: How to do Disneyland, California with young kids

If you’re in California and in two minds about visiting Disneyland, let me help you make a decision. You should go. Bite the bullet, take the hit on the wallet and go. Because, despite the prices, the queues, the out of control materialism and folks wandering around inexplicably gnawing on overpriced turkey legs (really) – there is something surprisingly charming…

Child-Friendly LA: Family fun in La-La land

Having close family in California means we have been regular visitors to Los Angeles for the last decade or so. A huge, sprawling city -busy and crazy and full of cars – LA might not be an obvious choice for a child friendly trip. It hasn’t got the greatest reputation in the world either meaning some people visit…

Child-Friendly UK: How to (and how not to ) camp with kids in England

Camping with kids can either be utterly wonderful or completely hideous – a triumph or a tragedy. Having had both types of camping ‘experiences’ including one where things got seriously Shakespearean – think A Comedy of Errors meets The Tempest – I know from experience that when camping goes wrong, it can go very wrong. A bad anything can put you…

Child-Friendly Mallorca: Beautiful Fornalutx and Soller

Although Mallorca has managed to shake off most of its ‘Boozy Brits behaving badly in the Balearics ‘ image, if you have young children and are planning a family trip to the island, you might have a touch of the heebie jeebies about where to base yourselves. The last thing anyone wants when they’re trying to gently…

Child-Friendly Iceland: A weekend in super-cool Reykjavik with the kids

With its glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and wild beaches, Iceland is a magical place to visit. Aesthetically, it’s a combination of the moon, Middle Earth and the Highlands of Scotland making it uniquely other-worldly looking. Just the journey in from Keflavik airport to central Reykjavik gives a tantalising glimpse of the mysterious landscape; lava fields and hazy mountains in the distance, plumes of steam…