In hindsight, planning our global travels pre-kids was rather straight forward. After deciding on a country (generally somewhere new, unqiue and cheap), we would head to Waterstones to pick up the latest Lonely Planet guide, then head home with a bottle of red and a Chinese takeaway to start planning. With kids in the picture, we’ve come to realise that our travels require a bit more research and the guidebooks don’t provide the all information we need.
So where to we now go for our research? Family travel blogs.
Since starting this blogging journey over a year ago, I’ve come to know and love some fantastic family travel bloggers and become part of a wonderful UK blogging community. So I wanted to share with you some of my favourite UK family travel blogs to follow in 2018, covering everything from weekends away in the UK to adventurous travel to the far flung corners of the globe.
Monkey and Mouse
Jenny is a Scottish mum of two who has loved travelling since she herself was a child. After many years of travelling the globe with friends and on solo trips she now enjoys showing her children the huge variety of cultures and natural wonders in the world. As Jenny home educates her children she has plenty of time throughout the year to visit other countries. From husky sledding in Finnish Lapland to swimming in the Mediterranean and exploring the nearby Scottish islands, Jenny and her family love home educating through family adventures.
In 2018 Jenny is planning to travel somewhere different every month of the year and even getting the children to join in choosing destinations. Photography has become a real passion if Jenny’s and she has built up a large Instagram following who love to engage with her travel photography and advice. She’s definitely a travel blogger to follow in 2018!
Flying with Baby
As an ex-international flight attendant, Carrie has visited over 60 countries (not counting airport stops!) and uses her industry knowledge to help and inspire parents to travel all over the world. Her two young daughters have shared the families travel bug since they were weeks old – with numerous ultra long haul trips, with many different airlines to a multitude of countries at various ages.
Flying With A Baby covers everything from preparation to arrival, family holiday destination guides, family friendly hotel/resort reviews, travel gear recommendations, airline reviews, holiday tips, and local activities: a family travel resource for busy parents. Carrie has provided travel advice for parenting magazines and also writes content for brands.
Tin Box Traveller
Tin Box Traveller specialises in family holidays and days out in the UK and Europe with a healthy dose of outdoor fun. The blog is written by Claire, a mum of two young girls living in Devon. During the past five years their adventures have ranged from caravan road trips, to a Mediterranean cruise and luxurious cottage breaks. They’re always seeking new experiences and rarely sit still for long in their mission to inspire others to explore new places.
2018 is going to see the family’s travels enter a new phase with lots of solo and multi-generational trips for Claire and her girls while Mr Tin Box is deployed with the Royal Navy. It’s either a recipe for great adventures or travel fails of epic proportions…you’ll have to follow them and see which scenario plays out!!
My Travel Monkey
‘May you all find a marvellous adventure’ is the ethos behind My Travel Monkey which is all about inspiring families to travel both at home and abroad, offering tips, reviews and guides to make travelling as a family that little bit easier, as well as showcasing exciting destinations and attractions.
With a young baby in tow, who has already been abroad three times before his first birthday, My Travel Monkey seeks to put paid to the belief that you cannot explore far and wide with a young family – their adventures so far have included South Africa, Iceland and Thailand. And 2018 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for exploration!
Ting Dalton is an experienced journalist with over 17 years in the publishing industry and she was recently crowned Best Travel Blogger at the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2017.
Katja is a travel writer and mum of three who has recently returned to the UK after nearly 12 years living abroad in Australia, India and, most recently, Mexico (with a child born in each country!). Having previously written for publications including Lonely Planet and Mr & Mrs Smith, Katja established globetotting when she saw a gap in the market for adventurous family travel. Since then she has trekked in Nepal with toddlers, learned to cook in Guatemala with kids, taken the family skiing in Finnish Lapland and much more. 2018 is the year of new adventures in London, the UK and beyond. Follow along to see why Katja believes that children make the best travel companions…most of the time!
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