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.

self drive safari in Kruger National Park

How to plan and book a budget African safari

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African Safari holidays are big business but while they were once the domain of the very wealthy, the good news is that they are now much more affordable, especially with our helpful tips on how to plan and book a budget African safari. If you've ever sat daydreaming of an African safari, picturing the huge African sun rising over the plains as you watch majestic beasts grazing but thought a luxury safari with a price tag to match was your only option, think again.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

The 15 Best Kruger National Park Accommodations for Families

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Finding the best family-friendly Kruger National Park accommodation can be tricky. There are just so many options out there and this may be a once in a lifetime holiday so you want to get it right. Having taken the kids on safari, we know what to look for when choosing a property and have narrowed the selection down to give you the 15 most family-friendly properties.
safari game drive with kids

Taking kids on an African safari: All you need to know

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Taking kids on an African safari will be one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have and yet some people are still unsure whether to take young kids on safari. Our FAQs will answer everything you need to know about a safari with kids.
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.
Hire care 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 13 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.
The Treasury in Petra

Visiting Petra with Kids: The Ultimate Guide

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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 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.