About Tin Box Traveller
Welcome to Tin Box Traveller! I’m Claire – a mid-30s mummy to a busy primary schooler and smiley toddler, and wife to a Royal Navy Officer.
Tin Box Traveller is a UK family travel blog that I use to share our adventures and inspire others to explore new places.
It is currently #1 in the Top 10 UK Family Travel Blogs as ranked by Vuelio and #3 in the Tots100 top UK family travel blogs of 2018. We’ve also made the finals of a few of awards: the Flight Centre travel blog awards 2018; and the 2016 and 2017 Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) Awards by Britmums. Check out the badges in our sidebar.
As well as writing Tin Box Traveller, I am an editor on the family cruise blog Cruising With Kids.
Between us, the Tin Box family has had our passports checked in 28 countries over the years. In 2018 you’ll find us travelling all over the UK the UK, as well as to Italy, Portugal and Spain in Europe. We are also cruising with Royal Caribbean. Some of our trips will be as family of four, plus I’ll be doing a smattering of trips as a solo mum with kids, and as a multi-generational group.
Meet the Tin Box Traveller team
Tin Box Traveller – thats me, Claire
I’ve been a wanderer from the day dot. Some of my earliest memories are from living in Hong Kong while my dad was working there until I started school. Back in the UK my weekends and holidays as a pre-teen and teen were spent caravanning all over the UK. So it’s no surprise that exploring the great outdoors and new places are two of my biggest passions. Oh and I love to write, which is how Tin Box Traveller came about. These days I’m happiest while sharing new experiences with my young family, with the promise of good food and maybe a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Mr Tin Box
If it involves a physical challenge, Mr Tin Box is often first in line. In 2015 and 2016 he trained for and completed a 100 mile bike ride along the South Downs Way and the London Marathon. Not only that, his day job with the Royal Navy means regular visits to Wales for weeks of mountain biking and hill walking. Mr Tin Box is the brains and brawn behind our adventures, acting as trip advisor and pack horse for getting our stuff (and the kids) from A to B. He makes a pretty good partner for this family travel blogging malarky.
Tin Box Tot
Our five-year-old whirl-wind loves adventure play grounds, beaches and treasure trails. She’s always talking about our recent adventures – not necessarily in context – and asks ‘what are we doing tomorrow, mummy?’ before closing her eyes each night.
Tin Box Baby
This happy-go-lucky two-year-old is just starting to form an opinion about the world and is more than capable of telling us ‘no’ if something doesn’t meet with her approval. However, she’s also willing to give anything a go once; be it new foods, water slides or climbing structures that would make my legs wobble.
Tin Box Dog
Our lively yet well behaved Labrador Retriever is happy to go anywhere as long as Mr Tin Box is close by. They are best buds. We like to take Tin Box Dog on holiday with us as much as possible but on those odd occasions when she can’t be accommodated she’s always a welcome house guest with Tin Box Grandma and Grandpa.
How Tin Box Traveller began
I launched Tin Box Traveller in 2012 just as I was starting my first maternity leave from my job in public relations. Words are one of my passions, so I couldn’t imagine being without a writing project – even if nappies and baby grows have had to take priority from time to time.
A few years later, I’m still enjoying writing about our adventures. As a family we’ve travelled the length and breadth of the UK, as well as into Europe.
If you’d like to get in touch you can find my details on my contact page. I also welcome approaches by PR companies looking to collaborate. Check out my work with me page for more information about my blog stats. A media kit is also available on request.
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