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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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Looking through binoculars at Trelissick National Trust
Family days out, UK

Eye spy at Trelissick National Trust, Cornwall

A year ago we visited our first National Trust property for years and haven’t looked back. The combination of children’s treasure trails, wide open spaces and houses packed full of curiosities has been a winning one as our girls start to explore the world around them. At Christmas we couldn’t resist a visit to the estate not far down the road from where we were staying at Bosniver Farm Cottages – Trelissick National Trust. Like…

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Monday Escapes travel blog linky
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 16/01/17

Hello happy travel fans and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. This week it’s the turn of Lisa and I to host the linky. Hop on over to Lisa’s blog where you’ll find the InLinkz tool to add your travel-related posts, old and new. Since last time, we’ve been exploring locally and enjoying a bit of time catching up with family. One of our days out…

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Tin Box Traveller and Dog at Golitha Falls - Stunning walks on Bodmin Moor for active families
Family days out, Travel tips & gear, UK

Stunning walks on Bodmin Moor for active families

We had such a good time staying at Bosinver Farm over Christmas that we hardly felt the need to leave our cosy Cornish hideaway. But with a glorious day of winter sun, and Tin Box Dog needing to stretch her legs, we ventured out to explore a small corner of Bodmin Moor. It was also the perfect opportunity to try out some outdoor clothing Mr Tin Box and I had been sent by the travel experts at…

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Top travel bloggers share their secrets for Instagram success
Blogging, Family travel

Top travel bloggers share their secrets for Instagram success

I don’t really believe in New Years Resolutions as I usually break them by the second week in January (don’t ask how giving up wine has gone!). However, I do believe in setting goals and one of mine for 2017 is to improve my Instagram feed and engagement. I follow lots of top travel bloggers posting inspirational pictures every week, so I decided to ask a few to share their secrets for Instagram success. Happily…

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Muddy hands - A perfect winter holiday with children at Bosinver, Cornwall
Cottages, Family travel, Holidays, UK

A perfect winter holiday with children at Bosinver, Cornwall

Top of my wish list for Christmas was that we could relax. This time last year we were in the middle of a move from Hampshire to Devon. Part of this involved bed hopping for three weeks until we got the keys to our Dartmouth house. There were moments festive cheer was in short supply. Jump forward 12 months and we have just returned from the perfect winter holiday at Bosinver Farm Cottages in Cornwall. What…

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Bibione on the Adriatic Sea - reasons why you'll love a family holiday in Bibione
Europe, Family travel, Holidays, Hotels

6 reasons why you’ll love a family holiday in Bibione

Whenever someone mentions Italy my head fills with the sights and sounds of the iconic cities. The bustling piazza, the Renaissance art and the aroma of freshly ground coffee wafting from street cafes. We were lucky to experience the delights of Palermo, Florence and Pisa in 2016, so all of this is still very fresh in my mind. But Italy isn’t just about urban breaks. There’s also the fabulous cypress tree-lined countryside and the dramatic…

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Monday Escapes 49 - a travel blogging community and linky
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 02/01/17

Hello happy travel fans and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. This week it’s the turn of Karen to host the first linky of 2017. Hop on over to her blog to link up your travel-related posts, old and new. Since last time, we’ve had a Christmas break in Cornwall. We were invited to stay at the wonderful Bosinver Farm Cottages where kids can do all…

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Mr Tin Box and Tot looking at view of Marseille
Europe, Family accommodation, Family travel

Our ultimate wish list for an awesome family holiday

There’s nothing more exciting than planning your next holiday, especially in that lull after the buzz of Christmas and New Year. January is the peak time for families to start thinking about their travel plans for the year ahead. But what to do and where to go? For us, thinking about our must-visit destinations, what we want to do there and the type of places we’d love to stay makes up our ultimate wish list…

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Postcards from 2016: a year of amazing family adventures
Family days out, Family travel, Holidays

Postcards from 2016: a year of amazing family adventures

2016 was quite a year for us. Our girls turned three and one years old and I feel we’ve really started to explore the world with them. That’s not to say we didn’t travel in the proper ‘baby days’, but this year we took it up a notch. During 12 months we took 22 trips, spending 71 nights away as a family, plus quite a few more during solo trips for Mr Tin Box and…

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9 wonderful UK destinations to banish New Year blues
Family travel

9 wonderful UK destinations to banish New Year blues

After the excitement of Christmas, the first few months of the new year can feel like an anti-climax. Many people use the winter as a good excuse for a foreign holiday. I can’t blame them for wanting to feel the warm sunshine on their faces – who doesn’t love that? But what about a staycation? Here’s just a few places where you can banish New Year blues in the UK. 9 wonderful UK destinations to…

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