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About Tin Box Traveller

Our family stood in front of the Mabim Waterfall in Wadi Tiwi.

Welcome to Tin Box Traveller – an award-winning UK family travel blog written by myself, Claire Hall, a full-time travel blogger, mum to two and military wife. I’m from Devon in the UK but am currently living in Oman in the Middle East.

I use this website to share our adventures and inspire others to explore new places. Coverage ranges from camping and caravanning to city breaks and cruises. You can find an overview of everything I write about on my family travel resources page.

Tin Box Traveller is currently ranked no. 2 in the Top 10 UK Family Travel Blogs as ranked by Vuelio.

I’ve also been recognised in the following awards:

  • 2016 and 2017 Britmums blogging awards finalist
  • 2018 finalist in the Flight Centre travel blog awards
  • 2018 winner of the Brilliance in Blogging Travel Award by Britmums – the UK’s largest influencer network
  • British Travel Awards Travel Blog Award nominee 2019 and Most Adaptive Travel Blogger and Best Staycation Blogger nominee in 2020
  • Listed in top 20 international family travel blogs by Host Reviews.

Our story

Tin Box Traveller sprung to life in 2012 – just before we started our family. I’d spent a decade in media and PR jobs, and suddenly found myself on maternity leave without a writing project.

So I created one. I couldn’t imagine being without a writing project – even if nappies and baby grows have had to take priority from time to time.

Tin Box was one of the UK’s first caravanning blogs. It has evolved over the years as we have tried out different kinds of holidays and activities with our growing kids.

We love the freedom of self-catering holidays and all the different shapes and sizes they come in. Camping, glamping and cottage breaks are totally up our street. Less so are package holidays – we find it hard to hang out by a pool for more than an hour without getting itchy feet.

Having said that, we love the bite-sized destination and luxury travel experience offered by cruising. Since 2017 we have sailed with CarnivalRoyal Caribbean and P&O Cruises to destinations including Spain, the Caribbean and Turkey.

In 2019 we switched our caravan for a camper van. This took us on trips in the South West of England during the pandemic, as well as days out on the coast to indulge in our love of paddle boarding.

In 2022 we switched things up with our biggest adventure yet: moving to Oman – a perk of military life!

Take a look at my post about our first big adventure: our Oman road trip.

Meet the Tin Box Traveller team

Tin Box Traveller – that’s me, Claire

Claire Hall - award-winning travel blogger - holding phone and mug while sat in camper van

I’ve been a wanderer from the day dot. Some of my earliest memories are from living in Hong Kong. My family lived there for a few years thanks to my Dad’s job in the Royal Navy.

Back in the UK my weekends and holidays as a pre-teen and teen were spent caravanning all over the country.

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 family, with the promise of good food and maybe a glass of wine at the end of the day.

As well as writing Tin Box Traveller, I also have a blog dedicated to our home county in the UK: Devon with Kids.

Favourite trip? Our two-week Caribbean cruise.

Mr Tin Box

Man in wet suit on paddle board

If it involves a physical challenge, Mr Tin Box is often first in line. In recent years he’s completed a 100 mile bike ride along the South Downs Way and the London Marathon, as well as training for an Iron Man.

Not only that, his day job in the Royal Navy sets him regular challenges at sea and on land. It’s a career that means we have to chop and change our plans a lot. But it also comes with great opportunities, like our move to Oman!

Favourite trip? Campervanning in Jersey.

Tin Box Tot

Child stood on cruise ship balcony with seascape behind

Our tween 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.

Favourite trip? Cruising in the Mediterranean

Tin Box Baby

Child climbing wall at clip n climb centre

The happy-go-lucky Baby in our family – not so much of a baby these days – is willing to give anything a go once; be it new foods, water slides or high ropes that make my legs wobble.

Favourite trip? Also, cruising in the Mediterranean

Tin Box Dog

Tin Box Dog at Land's End: Land's End with kids

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.

Favourite trip? Anywhere with plenty of interesting sniffs.

Find out more

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.

I love hearing what people think about my blog so feel free to leave a comment below or browse around. You can also find me on FacebookInstagramPinterestYoutube, and LinkedIn.

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