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.

The Best Travel Movies

The 40 Best Travel Movies to Inspire Armchair Wanderlust

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There are so many movies about travel but here are the best films about travel that should inspire your wanderlust and are lovely to watch during times when you're unable to travel there in person. Whilst a lot of these movies may not be about travel per se, we have included them because of the beautiful cinematography which will give you a lovely glimpse of the landscape and maybe also the culture of a country.
safari game drive with kids

All You Need to Know About Taking an African Safari With Kids

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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.
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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.
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!
Packing Cubes: All You Need to Know to Pack Like a Pro 1

Packing Cubes: All You Need to Know to Pack Like a Pro

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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.
10 Essential Holiday Packing Tips You Need To Try 2

10 Essential Holiday Packing Tips You Need To Try

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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 3

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.
15 Awesome Travel Gifts for Men (That He Will Actually Use) 4

15 Awesome Travel Gifts for Men (That He Will Actually Use)

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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?
An Insider's Guide to Help You Find Cheap Flights Online 5

An Insider’s Guide to Help You Find Cheap Flights Online

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.
binoculars for safari

What To Take on Safari with Kids: 10 Essential Items To Pack

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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 6

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.
Kids spotting the little things

The Mental Health Benefits of Travel for Children

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 7

Our Top 5 Benefits of Family Travel

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? 8

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.
From Backpacking Couple to Flashpacking Family 9

From Backpacking Couple to 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.