Welcome to our family travel blog!

Welcome to the Flashpacking Family travel blog. We’ve been a travel family since Ernie – our eldest – was three months old, but only started this family travel blog five years later. We’re playing catch up and have lots of great content coming soon (Jordan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Canada to name a few). Have a browse around our posts below for some inspiration and be sure to check back regularly to see more great family travel-related content.


Diamond Beach in Iceland

6 days in Iceland: the best Iceland itinerary

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If you're planning a trip to Iceland, we have pulled together the best 6 day Itinerary which can easily be adapted for stays of different lengths and covers the very best highlights of the south and west of Iceland. The best thing is that the vast majority of these highlights are completely free!
northern lights at Kirkjufell iceland

All you need to know about the Northern Lights in Iceland

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Seeing the Northern Lights is high up on many people's bucket list. These days you can book Northern Lights holidays to give you the best chance of seeing this natural yet elusive light display, but even these Northern Lights trips can't guarantee a sighting. Our top tips will give you the best chance of seeing the lights while saving you money too.
Car rental in Iceland

Everything you need to know about hiring a car in Iceland

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You might wonder why there are so many articles out there about hiring a car in Iceland. Maybe you have hired countless cars during your travels and wonder what all the fuss is about. We certainly felt like this but having hired a car ourselves in Iceland, we can confirm that Iceland car rental is not quite as straight forward as your average car rental experience. Read our tips and advice on renting a car in Iceland to avoid any costly mistakes.
Icelandic Horses

Visiting Iceland for the first time: 13 things you need to know

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Visiting Iceland is an incredible experience but there are things we wish we'd known before we went. Read our guide on the 13 things you need to know before visiting Iceland that will help with your trip planning.

The 13 most magical things to do at Christmas in London with kids

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Christmas is such a magical time of year, especially for children and it's when London really does excel as a child-friendly city. Of course, there are always great things to do in London with kids, but London at Christmas is very special. We've listed 12 great things to do in London with kids this Christmas so that you can enjoy the most magical festive season in London.
Christmas market in Tallinn

The best Christmas markets in Europe

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Christmas is such a magical time of year and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than visiting one of the best Christmas markets in Europe? With so many to choose from, it can get confusing, but our comprehensive guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe will help you choose the right one.

The best things to do in Banff with kids

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If, like us, you are a family who loves the great outdoors, then you will find so many things to do in Banff National Park with kids. Banff is one of those places of incredible outstanding natural beauty. Even if you're not normally an outdoor loving family, it will make you want to get outdoors and explore.  You have to just go and see it for yourself to believe it.

Visiting Petra with kids: The ultimate guide

Have you ever considered visiting Petra with kids? Whilst it is undoubtedly the number one highlight of Jordan and firmly on many people's bucket list, many people still don't think of visiting Petra with kids. For us, it was the absolute highlight of our family trip to Jordan and we want to share all of our tips and advice so that you can experience this magical place too.
London with kids London phone box

Free things to do in London with kids

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Visiting London with kids is an insanely cool thing to do. It can also be insanely expensive if you visit all of the major London attractions.  But did you know that there are also an incredible amount of free things to do in London with kids? This guide to our top 15 free things to do in London will help you plan your days well and keep your daily spend on sightseeing to a minimum.
Wadi Rum visit with kids 4x4 jeep

Wadi Rum: Everything you need to know about visiting with kids

Wadi Rum desert was one of the highlights of our Jordan itinerary. It was almost up there on a par with our long-term bucket list destination Petra which is really saying something. For the kids, it was number three on their kid's guide to Jordan behind meeting Gladiators and hiking around Petra and that is saying something too!
Visiting Jordan with kids: camel riding in Wadi Rum

Things to do in Jordan: A kid's guide

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We wanted to write a guide to kid's guide to Jordan because our boys loved it. Jordan is one of those places that they still talk about so it obviously made a great impression. This kid's guide to Jordan includes information on the best places to visit in Jordan from the perspective of our kids. We've also included a little helpful information from the parent's perspective.

Packing Cubes: Everything you need to know to pack like a pro

If you want to make packing for your family trip a WHOLE lot easier, packing cubes are the way to do it. If you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon and joined the ranks of insanely organised packers using packing cubes, this article will tell you everything you need to know about them and convince you that you now can't travel without them.