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Cruises, Europe, Family travel, Holidays

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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Tin Box girls on a carousel horse - glamping at Crealy Meadows in Devon
Blogging, Family travel

Tin Box Traveller Diaries: September 2016

I get post-holiday blues badly and after the summer it seems even worse.  In September, we eked out every last moment of the UK holiday season. We continued a bit of the vacation vibe that we enjoyed in August by spending a week away from home but working from Tin Box. Sadly the real world caught up with us mid-September. Thankfully the holidays made a resurgence at the end of the month with a trip to Cornwall. More…

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Travel blogging essentials you should not leave home without
Travel tips & gear

Travel blogging essentials you should not leave home without

Writing about family travel, holidays and days out means I’m always blogging, wherever we go. Don’t worry, I’m not about to launch into a ‘woe is me’ post complaining about all the amazing things we do and the opportunities we have. I adore it! However, it wouldn’t be possible for me to keep on top everything that goes hand-in-hand with being a digital nomad (I use the term loosely) without a few travel blogging essentials. Here’s…

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Florence Duomo - - Florence with toddlers what to see in 4 hours
Europe, Family days out, Italy

Florence with toddlers: what to see in 4 hours

Florence is a city brimming with art, architecture and Renaissance atmosphere. Visiting for anything less than a long weekend would be a crime against the great artists themselves. But alas, it’s a misdemeanour of which we are guilty. During our call in the city we had just four hours to explore. So how did we make the most of our short time in Florence with toddlers? We could have gone on a guided tour to…

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Devon days out, Family days out, UK

17 awesome Devon family events this autumn

Devon may be one of the UK’s most popular summer holiday destinations but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit the south west as the days draw in. We’ve compiled this list of some awesome Devon family events happening this autumn to inspire your days out and short breaks before the end of 2016. Devon family events this autumn Fall food festivals in Devon Exmouth Mussel Festival, 24 September Exmouth Beach and Gardens, East Devon….

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Monday Escapes blog linky with Tin Box Traveller, Extraordinary Chaos, Mini Travellers and Travel Loving Family
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 43

Welcome to, or welcome back to, Monday Escapes. For those of you who didn’t link up with My Travel Monkey or Packing My Suitcase, Monday Escapes is a place to share your travel memories. Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family (who is hosting today) and myself, Claire, have taken over the mantle from Ting and Allane who started Monday Escapes back in 2015. We hope to continue to grow the…

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Devon days out

Visiting Killerton National Trust with children

Legend has it that there’s a dragon at Killerton in Devon. It lives on top of the Iron Age fort overlooking this National Trust house and estate. Last month we went in search of the dragon with our two pre-schoolers and their grand parents. Numbers are important in this type of situation! About Killerton National Trust in Devon Killerton is one of the largest estates looked after by the National Trust – 10 square miles…

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The Tin Box girls on the veranda of the safari tent - glamping at Crealy Meadows
Camping, glamping, caravanning, Family accommodation

Glamping at Crealy Meadows in Devon: safari tent review

I’m often reminded by my parents that my first camping experience was when I was still in nappies. So holidays under canvas are nothing new to me. However, something I haven’t experienced before is glamping. A couple of weekends ago that changed when we were invited to review a safari tent at Crealy Meadows in Devon. Crealy Meadows is a camping and caravan site attached to Crealy Adventure Park & Resort in the South West of…

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Jo from Wander with Jo standing in front of a sulphur lake in Indonesia
Travel Timehop

#TravelTimehop series edition #26 – Wander with Jo

Hello there Travel Timehoppers! Welcome to another guest post from a fellow blogger with a passion for adventure. This week it’s Jo from Wander with Jo. First, I have a teaser for you…I know Travel Timehop has only been back for a couple of weeks after its summer break but I’m going to start running the feature less regularly from now. The reason is I have a very exciting project coming up with some of…

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Lower cottage at Bosinver Farm Cottages - baby-friendly cottages
Family accommodation, UK

Baby-friendly cottages perfect for family celebrations

I know it’s only September but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you where we’ll be celebrating our Christmas this year – the baby-friendly cottages at Bosinver Farm in Cornwall. We’ve had a special invite from Nanny Pat and Farmer Dave to become blogging ambassadors for Bosinver and it was an offer we couldn’t resist. Mr Tin Box and I had already been talking about a winter holiday and Bosinver Farm near St Austell…

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A view of Powderham Castle
Devon days out, Family days out

Powderham Castle: a fun-packed family day out

There aren’t many days out where you can combine touring a historic castle, joining a pirate crew and going on safari. But that’s exactly what we did when we were invited to review Powderham Castle in the South West of England. The 600-year-old family home of the Earls of Devon commands stunning views of the Exe Estuary and has a rich history stretches back to the 1300s. However, as I’ve already eluded to, a day out…

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