Is the Blue Lagoon suitable for kids?

When we started planning our trip to Iceland, the first destination we wanted to visit was the Blue Lagoon. It is the perfect destination to visit either to or from the airport as it is just a 20 minute transfer aboard a coach and they offer a separate secure Luggage House in the carpark, where you can store your luggage securely for a small extra charge. We opted to pre-book for the day we arrived, with our swimming stuff carefully transported in a cabin bag and boarded the transfer bus at the airport. Our bus tickets also included transfers from… Continue Reading “Is the Blue Lagoon suitable for kids?”

Opal Apartments Iceland – Review

Reyjavik-Harbour

When travelling with the kids, we prefer to stay in a apartment or cottage as it gives us more space and the chance for the kids to have their own space. During our stay in Iceland, we stayed at Opal Apartments which are situated on the main Laugavegur Street – one of the oldest streets in Iceland’s capital. Although it is the main high street, Opal Apartments are situated at the end and apart from the occasional bus rumbling past, we found them very quiet and peaceful. The apartment had an open plan kitchen and living area, with all the home comforts… Continue Reading “Opal Apartments Iceland – Review”

Top Tips for surviving an early flight with kids

River Thames

When choosing flights, unless we are flying long haul, we tend to pick early morning flights so we can make the most of the destination we are flying to. Flying early, however, can bring up some challenges, especially when flying with children. Top Tips to surviving an early flight with kids Preparation Get everything ready and packed the day before you are due to travel, that way you are not stressed in the morning, which the kids will sense and cause them to play up. We also ensure the car is packed up the night before, so, with the exception… Continue Reading “Top Tips for surviving an early flight with kids”

What to pack for a holiday to Iceland in October

Aurora Borealis or northern light above kirkjufell mountain in iceland

Visiting Iceland has been at the top of my bucket list for a few years and we have finally booked to go and are counting down the days now. Visiting Iceland in October gives you a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, however, it is also their wettest month of the year so you need to be prepared for rain and cool temperatures. Average temperatures for Iceland in October range from 2 to 7 so it won’t be quite as cold as when we packed for Lapland, however some of my tips still stand and we will be using… Continue Reading “What to pack for a holiday to Iceland in October”

Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope

Hotel-Alteora-Futuroscope

When researching our recent holiday to France, I wanted to stay as close to Futuroscope as possible. The area around Futuroscope reminded us of Milton Keynes as is surrounded by a business park and hotels, so there are plenty to choose from, including one on site, but we opted for Hotel Altéora Futuroscope, just 500m from the main entrance. Situated opposite the Palais des Congrès, the hotel does offer a free shuttle bus service to the park entrance, but we chose to walk along the tree lined road as it is just a 10 minute walk. With five of us… Continue Reading “Where to stay when visiting Futuroscope”

Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou

La Citadelle

When I visited Puy du Fou for the first time last year, I stayed at Îles de Clovis, which is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that were eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period. There are five themed hotels to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis. When we… Continue Reading “Staying at La Citadelle at Puy du Fou”

What to do if someone dies on holiday

Parasol Beach

It doesn’t bear thinking about really, you have booked and planned your holiday and are enjoying the fruits of all your hard work, but what happens if your travelling partner dies when you are away on holiday? If you are overseas with the person when they die, the best advice is to contact the nearest British embassy, High Commission or consulate, who will be able to give you advice on what to do and contact your insurance company as soon as you can. If you’re on a package holiday, you should tell your representative as soon as you can. Some… Continue Reading “What to do if someone dies on holiday”