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.

A weekend in the Peak District with kids

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The Peak District is the perfect family-friendly destination if you want to get out and try some easy walks with the kids. There are some absolutely stunning views to be enjoyed along these walks and you don't have to exert too much energy to be able to appreciate them!

The 10 best family-friendly pubs around the Suffolk Heritage coast

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The beautiful rural county of Suffolk is the furthest East you can go in the UK and has a gorgeous 50 mile stretch of heritage coastline. It is glorious in the summer months and with so many traditional British country pubs with fabulous beer gardens and great local produce, your inner foodie self will be spoiled for choice .

Fun things to do in Suffolk with Kids

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The 50 mile stretch of the Suffolk heritage coast is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the UK and great for families to explore with many family-friendly activities, seaside towns and great fish & chips!

13 Gift Ideas for a Travel-Loving Dad

Do you struggle with gift ideas for the father who has (according to him) everything? Well, help is at hand if said father is a travel lover! If you have a travel obsessed dad in the family, how about considering some of these gifts which have been so useful on our travels?

A Fairytale Weekend in Alsace with Kids

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The region of Alsace has been passed back and forth between French and German hands over the last couple of hundred years. Today, you would probably find it hard to tell whether you were in France or Germany. The colourful architecture has a strong German influence, the language is French and the food is a mix of both. Read more about our whirlwind 3 countries in 48 hours!
Arrival by seaplane

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives - A family-friendly Maldives resort

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When you think of the Maldives, you may think of super-luxury accommodation, beautiful clear waters, white sandy beaches and adults only. You’d be right about everything except the adult-only part. We now consider the Maldives one of our top family destinations and would go back in a heartbeat.
visiting Petra with Kids

An Epic 10-Day Itinerary for Jordan with Kids

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We visited Jordan during the Easter holidays and had 10 days to play with, which turned out to be a good amount of time to see the highlights. We were surprised that Jordan turned out to be such a family-friendly holiday destination...

The comprehensive guide to finding & booking cheap flights

Travel can be expensive, but there's good news! It doesn’t have to be if you follow certain tricks that we have learned over the years. We've spent a great deal of time researching and testing ways to get the best airfares to enable us to travel as much as we do, and we’d like to pass on some of our tips for seeking out these cheaper fares, as well as other ways to save on flights.

The Best Family-Friendly Safaris in South Africa

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Having been on safari in quite a few countries across eastern and southern Africa, we know that South Africa is a great place to go on safari with your family for a few reasons. South Africa has it all. From the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – to antelope, zebra, hippo, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of bird and marine animals...

The perfect 14-day itinerary for your family-friendly Sri Lanka holidays

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There are so many beautiful sides to Sri Lanka. What makes it special is primarily the friendliness of the Sri Lankan people, but also the rich culture and diverse topography - all within a relatively small island. 14 days will give you a good amount of time to do a loop of the south coast, taking in pristine beaches, animal encounters on safari, colonial tea country and all while sampling delicious Sri Lankan food.

Top Family-Friendly Activities in South Africa

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South Africa is easily one of our favourite places to travel with kids. It is vast with an incredible variety of landscapes and wildlife, so it is somewhere we can go back to again and again and still find somewhere new to visit or something new to do. It is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful with the sun-soaked white sandy beaches of Cape Town overlooked by Table Mountain, the wild and rugged beaches of the Eastern Cape...
family friendly wine tasting in South Africa

The best family friendly wine tasting experiences in South Africa

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The wine regions of South Africa are truly stunning and worth a visit for that reason alone, but of course you shouldn't visit without popping in to one or two of the gorgeous wine estates. Wine tasting has moved with the times and become a family friendly activity. We'd put it near the top of the list of fun things to do in South Africa as a family.