Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal

Over half term we were lucky enough to spend a few days in Lisbon, Portugal with Martinhal Resorts. We split our time in Lisbon between two of their family friendly resorts, Martinhal Cacais on the coast and Martinhal Chiado, the world’s first city centre Family Hotel, situated in the old town. As you might expect, the two resorts offer very different breaks, but both were perfectly suited to family travel and offered all the home from home comforts that you need when travelling with children. Martinhal Cacais was our first port of call on our holiday and is perfect for… Continue Reading “Martinhal Cacais – the perfect location for a family holiday in Portugal”

Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts

Lisbon, Portugal

The weeks between Christmas and the February half term holiday always feel miserable weather wise, and this year is no exception. As I write this storm Georgina has blasted into the UK and is doing its best to batter our house and garden, with our just repaired fence looking a little precarious already. Last year we headed to Angus, Scotland in February and had the most amazing time, playing in the snow in Glen Doll, exploring Scottish Castles and sampling the delights of Edinburgh but this year we have tempted away by some winter sun and are heading to Portugal.… Continue Reading “Spending Half Term with Martinhal Resorts”

My 10 Top Tips for when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Planning a visit to Walt Disney World in Florida takes lots of planning to ensure you get the best out of your time there. There is no doubt that Disney does magic in bucketloads, but depending when you travel, it can also be extremely busy so it is important to book some of those must visit attractions before you get there. My Top Tips when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World 1. Download the My Disney Experience App As soon as you have booked your holiday, download the My Disney Experience App which is available on iTunes and… Continue Reading “My 10 Top Tips for when you have booked a holiday to Walt Disney World”

Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland

Santa's Lapland

There is no doubt about it, a holiday to Lapland is pricey, but it is a once in a lifetime trip. I found booking a Lapland holiday a minefield as there are so many different options available, and my biggest tip is to do your research thoroughly before you make your decision about where to visit. Top 10 Tips for Booking a Holiday to Lapland 1. Book Early Lapland holidays are released in September for the following year and this is the best time to take advantage of free child places as they disappear very quickly and to get the… Continue Reading “Our Top 10 Tips for booking a Holiday to Lapland”

Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland

Saariselka

The final day of our visit to Santa’s Lapland was a nice relaxing day in comparison to the busyness of the Search for Santa day the previous day. Check-out time at the Saariselkä Inn is 10am, so we got up, dressed and packed everything up before we had breakfast so we could make the most of the time we had left. We had been given a coach time of mid-afternoon and were able to leave our cases at the pub, where we have breakfast, where they would be looked after until it was time to leave. The first thing on our… Continue Reading “Day 3 – Our Final Day at Santa’s Lapland”

Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland

Searching for Santa at Santa's Lapland

Day two of our three-day trip to Saariselkä was our Search for Santa day. We were given our coach times the day before we left and we were one of the first to arrive for our day that promised to be packed full of fun. Tucked in our pockets were our magic tickets (the kids letters to Santa, that we had “posted” a few weeks previously) and the timings for our husky rides, the only set time given on the day. The rest of the day we could do whatever took our fancy. We arrived to a covering of fresh snow… Continue Reading “Searching for Santa at Santa’s Lapland”

Our Journey to Lapland with Santa’s Lapland

Small Planet

When I booked our holiday to Lapland, the plan was to keep it a secret from all the family. The plan worked at first, but when it came to Hubby booking his holiday from work, I gave in and told him what I was up to. However, we both agreed it should be a surprise for the kids. Thankfully, now all the kids are at school, researching and buying everything we needed to pack for Lapland was fairly simple and even when the cases came out of the loft the night before we were due to travel, they didn’t raise… Continue Reading “Our Journey to Lapland with Santa’s Lapland”

Staying in Santa’s Saariselkä Inn with Santa’s Lapland

Saariselka

We have just got home from a magical break with Santa’s Lapland and we had the most amazing time. Going on a Santa break is not cheap, especially when you take into consideration that you are only actually on resort for around 48 hours and I priced up lots of options before I made our booking last year. In the end I opted for the cheapest option which was staying in the Saariselkä Inn. but I have to admit this was the only part of the holiday that was slightly disappointing. The hotel itself is built in a traditional Lapland style… Continue Reading “Staying in Santa’s Saariselkä Inn with Santa’s Lapland”

Packing for the family holiday: 5 medical essentials

First Aid Kit

Family holidays are always guaranteed to be a bundle of fun, so long as you’re guaranteeing your health and safety are on top form. Here are five medical essentials to keep in mind before heading on your travels. Pack a basic travel kit Depending on where you’re going, you’ll want to bring a basic kit that includes all of the essentials. Consider everything from plasters to a thermometer, so that no matter what predicament either you or the little ones land yourself in, you’ll always be well equipped to deal with it. Remember to include sufficient medication, too. Things such… Continue Reading “Packing for the family holiday: 5 medical essentials”

Holiday Tips for Parents

We all know that family travel can be stressful, but a little bit of organisation goes a long way and came take the strain off. This summer online voucher code and money-saving website www.myvouchercodes.co.uk are sharing their top travel tips for families. They have created a video packed full of helpful tips for families heading out this summer and are working with Thomson to offer parents the best deals. Want to get involved, then you can share your tips with #MVCxThomson on Twitter and Facebook. Travelling with young children isn’t easy, however www.myvouchercodes.co.uk and have banded together to share their… Continue Reading “Holiday Tips for Parents”