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.

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.
4x4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum: Everything you Need to Know About Visiting with Kids

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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.

Packing for a holiday: 10 easy ways to get it right every time

Packing for a holiday can seem quite daunting. It's hard to judge what you need to take. You don't want to take too much and end up lugging heavy bags through airports. You don't want to pack too light in case you run out of clothes. You don't want to forget essential items. With our helpful guide, we help take the stress out of packing so that you can focus on enjoying your holiday. No matter where you're going and how long for, these general tips will help you save time and space when packing for your family trip and ensure that you don't forget the essentials.

Vancouver to Calgary Road-Trip - All you Need to Know and More!

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A 1500km Vancouver to Calgary road-trip through the Canadian Rockies has to be on your bucket-list. The scenery between Vancouver and Calgary is breathtakingly beautiful but is that enough to convince you to attempt this with kids? We aim to show you how this road-trip with kids is not only doable but also enjoyable, even with a few 5am starts thrown in! Our boys were 6 and 4 when we did this trip and they described it as epic!

What you need to know about visiting Lake Louise, Canada, with kids

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A visit to Banff National Park would not be complete if you did not take in the beauty of Lake Louise. With easy family-friendly hikes and stunning views, along with the option of taking the famous red kayaks out on the water, it is a must do highlight of your Banff trip.

Top tips for eco-friendly travelling

With people travelling more and further these days we are seeing an increased carbon footprint which is harmful to the environment. But we are not just talking about carbon emissions from your flight. The increase in travel is harmful to the environment in so many ways that people are not always aware of. Here are our top tips for reducing your carbon footprint while travelling.