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.

Tea Tasting & Tea Estates in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

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No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without spending a little time in the Hill Country where you will see rolling hills blanketed in luscious green tea plantations. And it is all the more exciting if you’re a tea lover. Hill Country (or Tea Country) is arguably the most scenic part of the island and is also quite a bit cooler than the coastal areas due to its elevation.
Vergelegen wine estate

The 5 Best Family-Friendly South African Wine Estate Picnics

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When in South Africa, enjoying a picnic or two at one of the many beautiful wine estates is a must-do activity to keep both the kids and parents entertained. We've listed our top 5 recommendations based on the food, activities for the kids and the location.

Half-day safari in Udawalawe National Park with kids

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Udawalawe National Park is famed for its elephants and has the largest population of Asian elephants of all of the national parks in Sri Lanka. With around 500 resident elephants, if you want to do some elephant-spotting, Udawalawe would be a good choice with sighting all but guaranteed.
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What to Take on Safari with Kids

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A safari holiday may have been on your bucket list for years, but have you ever actually considered what you would need to take on a safari with kids? Of course, there's the usual family holiday paraphernalia, but if this is your first time on safari, there may be items that you haven't considered. We've pulled together a list of our top 10 recommendations of what to take on safari with kids so that you can concentrate on enjoying your bucket list holiday without the worry of forgetting an essential item.

All you need to know about a Yala National Park safari with kids

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The two most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka seem to be Udawalawe and Yala and it is well worth including one or the other in your itinerary. They are very similar, especially in terms of the wildlife you may see, although Yala has the highest density of leopards in the world. It really depends on the route you are going to take as to which one you choose. If you love safaris, maybe you will have time to squeeze in both!

7 Top tips for spotting wildlife on safari

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Going on safari is all about wildlife spotting. With our boys it is also a competition to see of who can see the most animals or who spots such and such animal first. To have a successful safari in terms of animal spotting, doing a little research is a worthwhile investment of your time – especially on a self drive safari when you don’t have a guide doing the hard work.

Best family friendly beaches of southern Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has 1,340km of coastline, most of which is made up of sandy beaches. Many of Sri Lanka’s beaches have quite rough surf, however, and whilst this is great for surfers or strong swimmers, they are not particularly child-friendly. Here are our recommendations for the most family-friendly beaches in southern Sri Lanka.

The benefits of travel on children's mental health

Whilst writing a post on the benefits of family travel we realised that there was so much more to say about one benefit in particular: the positive impact that travel has on the health and well-being of our children. We feel this is a vitally important benefit, especially in this day and age when our lives are so busy and we may not be able to give our kids the focus they need.

Our Top 5 Benefits of Family Travel That Will Convince You To Book That Trip!

Travelling as a family is certainly different to our travels pre-kids (we take a lot more stuff, and plan ahead more!), but what we have learned from our travels with Ernie and George is that there are a whole host of benefits that come with travelling as a family.

So what exactly is flashpacking?

Given the name of our website (and Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts!), and the fact that the term ‘flashpacking’ isn’t that widely used, we get asked a fair bit; ‘what is flashpacking?’ Here's our take on flashpacking and why we think it's the perfect style of travel for families today.

How we became the flashpacking family

We’ve deliberated and cogitated a lot over what our first post should be about, and then this radical idea hit us. We decided our introductory post should introduce us! More specifically, it should give a little background on us when we were a backpacking couple and how we evolved into the Flashpacking Family.

The ultimate guide to the best Sri Lankan food (with recipes)

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Sri Lankan Food is hands down some of the most delicious food we have had on our travels. EVER! In fact, BBC Good Food has said that Sri Lankan food is its No.1 trending food in 2019. Everything is so fresh and tasty with some cheeky heat from the chillies!