Family Travel Tips

When planning our trips we devour the relevant Lonely Planet or Rough Guide (whichever is the most up to date – watch for their publication dates!) and scour Tripadvisor for reviews, in conjunction with mini-blogs on Instagram which may be more up to date. We’re always looking for top tips on the destinations we’re planning travel to, particularly relating to travel with kids. Here are some of our top family travel tips from our own travels.

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.

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.

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?

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.
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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.

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.

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.