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Adventure Ideas: Surf Woolacombe Bay, Devon

Body Boarding

Adventure Ideas: Surf Woolacombe Bay, Devon There are many reasons to visit Woolacombe in Devon. And yet there is really only one. The Surf. OK, the Devon swell might not have the panorama of Hawaii or Bondi, but it does have the drama. It may not be hot, but it is without doubt, cool. And […]

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A Most Rewarding Summer of Japanese Adventures

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima near Hiroshima

A Most Rewarding Summer of Japanese Adventures This summer we discovered Japan, thanks in part to a partnership with the InterContinental Hotels Group.  If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll know our travel style isn’t usually at the luxury end of the spectrum but this summer, thanks to IHG, we were able […]

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Barcelona Travel Tips – from those “In the Know”

Barcelona Travel Tips – from those “In the Know” Barcelona is a classic weekend getaway. But it’s also a huge and busy city, so where do you base yourself for maximum enjoyment? In this post, brought to you in a collaboration with Apartment Barcelona, we offer some guidance as to what’s in the different districts you could […]

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Shooting Stars: Bivvying by a shrine

 Shooting Stars You can’t beat a good night of bivvying out for heightening the senses. Especially an unplanned one. With kids. By a small roadside shrine. Not far from a police border control. After you’ve already been warned you may not be allowed to pass. But what’s a family to do when the sun goes […]

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Cheap ways to stay: Top 10 alternatives to a hotel

In the Room, Water Tower, Movenpick Hotel, Hamburg

Top 10 alternatives to a hotel How addicted are you to Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy towels? Does room service and a mini bar make you feel secure? Or are you tired of paying through the nose for a hotel room with the personality, human warmth and value for money of a bedpost? I’ve written […]

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Everything Organic at Ljubljana’s Posestvo Trnulja

Farm under full Moon at Posestvo Trnulja

Breakfast with donkeys? Hemp linen? A five star organic breakfast? This was no ordinary Slovenian farmstay. Posestvo Trnulja, on the Ljubljana marshes, is a farm on a mission; to teach the world about hemp and health and another way of living and eating. Organic Food and Donkey Therapy Hemp farmer Ursa Kunz has a long […]

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Propeller Island: Not a hotel, an art exhibition

Propeller Island City Lodge Berlin

Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin isn’t your normal hotel. It doesn’t always have staff, or indeed guests, it doesn’t promote itself and you can’t book online. But it does have coffins, and cages and upside down rooms. You see it’s not really a hotel at all; it’s a work of art, a living installation, a temporary exhibition space. And you can […]

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Surviving the sliming at the Nick Hotel Orlando

Slime Time Nick Hotel

Do you love or hate theme hotels?  I’m on the fence, so wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Orlando’s Nickelodeon Hotel. As colorful as a graffiti artist’s palette, and with a guest list of larger than life cartoon characters, spending a night there is a bit like stepping into the TV channel itself. It wouldn’t […]

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Sleeping at The Palace – a Royal Visit

Buckingham Palace at night

Sleeping at The Palace Our post Jubilympic London mini break begins at Buckingham Palace, with a visit to The Queen. Well not an actual visit. We don’t see her, but we know she’s there. As I tuck the children up in bed just down the road at The Rubens at the Palace hotel, I tell them […]

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Children in Charge: A Visit Cornwall Birthday?

Sunset Lands End Cornwall

Children in Charge: Let’s Visit Cornwall It’s a double birthday week in the house this week, which makes for some crazy goings on with everyone trying to make cards, hide presents and plan birthday surprises. With the teenage years rapidly approaching and in an effort to encourage greater responsibility I asked one birthday boy if […]

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