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Carnival Vista: our 8 day family cruise

I can’t remember the last time I got teary at the end of a holiday. But as we disembarked Carnival Vista that’s what happened. It surprised me a little. But after 48 hours to reflect on our eight day Mediterranean cruise on Carnival’s new flag ship it has dawned on me that this was a totally natural reaction. In just over a week we had experienced so much as a family, visited some iconic European destinations…

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Health travel checklist: be prepared on holiday

Collaborative post Holidays are meant to be all about recharging your batteries, seeing new places and spending quality time with your family. However, accidents happen. It’s life. That’s why it’s best to be prepared on holiday. There are a few things you can do to give you peace of mind that you’ve got your family’s health covered while away from home. Here’s our health travel checklist that we tick off before each of our trips:…

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Adventures, Camping, glamping, caravanning, Devon days out, Family days out, UK, UK

Holidaying in South Devon: a caravan staycation

We landed on our feet, or steadies, when we came to live in Devon. It’s a county with 300 miles of coastline, two national parks, an array of family attractions and hundreds of beach resorts, holiday parks and camp sites. The latter means we are spoilt for choice when planning caravan staycations in Tin Box. This August was the perfect opportunity to play tourists in our own backyard, having spread our wings and had a…

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Tin Box Tot running around an amphitheatre in Pompeii - How not to see Pompeii with kids
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How not to see Pompeii with kids

Pompeii has always been on my travel bucket list. So when we had the opportunity to visit this UNESCO heritage site earlier this summer I couldn’t wait. However, had I known what I do now, I might have held back or at least managed my expectations. To say we did not have the best experience at Pompeii would be fair. In fact, I feel more than qualified to tell you how not to see Pompeii…

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View of Ladram Bay beach from the cliffs
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A long weekend at Ladram Bay, Devon

Last weekend we were invited to Ladram Bay Holiday Park in East Devon. It’s a static and touring caravan site on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with all the facilities you need for the perfect family staycation. You can check out a short film about our stay on YouTube or read on to find out about our lovely long weekend at Ladram Bay. About Ladram Bay Holiday Park Ladram Bay has its roots in farming. In…

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Tin Box girls and wooden bear at The Bear Trail in Devon
Adventures, Devon days out, Family days out, Reviews, UK

Muddy fun at The Bear Trail, Cullompton

Last week we had the pleasure of being invited to try out a brand new Devon day out, The Bear Trail. It’s a children’s assault course near Cullompton, north of Exeter, where kids can do what they love best – get dirty! About The Bear Trail This outdoor family attraction is the brain-child of Ben – a former Army man – who was inspired by his military days to create a place where families can be active…

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Myfox key fob on keyring being used at a front door
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Myfox home security review: peace of mind on holiday

Six years ago, our house was broken into. I was at work when it happened and Mr Tin Box was half way through a six month deployment with the Royal Navy. Thankfully the burglars were tidy and only took our television. But it left me feeling very vulnerable. As soon as he got home Mr Tin Box went about making our home more secure. He fitted an alarm, door snibs and added a lock to…

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Family travel inspiration: destinations, accommodation and tips from bloggers in the know
Adventures, Europe, Family accommodation, Family travel, Holidays, Travel tips & gear, UK, UK

Family travel inspiration: destinations, accommodation and tips

One of the great things about being part of the family travel blogger community is that I don’t have to look far for inspiration when it comes to destinations, places to stay and advice. If I want to find first-hand accounts of holidaying in the Ardeche with kids, what it’s like onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, or the best castles to explore in the UK, I can usually find what I’m after. Here are a…

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Four deck chairs lined up on a beach - staycation secret destinations
Adventures, Family travel, Travel tips & gear, UK

The best-kept staycation secret destinations in the UK

Brexit, eh? I’m still a bit dazed and confused about what it means for the UK. On the plus side – I always like to look for positives, however hard that might be – the slide of the pound has eased for now, and our currency has steadied somewhat over the last couple of weeks. But if you’re a holidaymaker looking to travel abroad, the result of the referendum vote on 23 June hasn’t been great…

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Le Petit Train Merseille - a fun road train through the city
Adventures, Europe, Family travel, France, Reviews, Travel tips & gear

Le Petit Train Marseille with kids

If you are visiting France’s second city with kids then one of the best ways to see the sights is on Le Petit Train Marseille. We visited Marseille during our Mediterranean cruise in June. It was an extremely hot day so we wanted to look around with minimal effort. The fun train was the perfect answer. About Le Petit Train Marseille The Le Petit Train is a road train that runs three routes around the major…

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Close up of Tin Box Baby in Rockin' Baby sling
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Going places pushchairs only dare with a Rockin’ Baby sling

It doesn’t matter how good your pushchair is at weaving through the crowds or negotiating rough terrain, sometimes here are places it just won’t go. We quite often come across these situations during our adventures and our in every day life. The solution? A baby carrier. We’ve had a couple of wraps and structured baby carriers, but never a sling. That was until Rockin’ Baby got in touch to ask whether we would like to…

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