House swapping: 7 reasons we love to home exchange

Two summers ago we set off for a holiday in the Loire Valley with more trepidation about our accommodation than usual. We had booked a beautiful three bedroom home in a converted farmhouse. It had a lovely large garden with a little pop up swimming pool to cool off in. So why the nerves, you might ask? Because it was…

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Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Eyebrows were raised when I told people our main family holiday this year was a house swap to Amsterdam. With its infamous cannabis cafes and Red Light District, the city is often associated with sex and drugs rather than family activities. Those who had visited had invariably gone for just a weekend, and couldn’t imagine how we would fill one…

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Museum Mum Travels: 2018 plans (on a budget!)

How things change! This time last year, I was working full time and as detailed in my 2017 travel plans, we had a number of BIG holidays in the pipeline. This all came at a price, albeit a reduced one – I shared more details in our post on six ways we saved thousands on our family travels last year. Twelve…

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6 ways we saved thousands on our family holidays (and how you can too)

*This post may contain affiliate links.  Back when I published our travel plans, one of the questions I was asked was ‘How can you afford so many holidays?’ Make no mistakes, 2017 was a BIG year for travel, for our family at least. We had a 10 day stay in Belgium, a short break to Hampshire, a two week summer…

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Climbing St Rumbold's Tower, Mechelen with young kids

My best family experiences are those where I’ve learnt something new about ourselves. Our recent trip to Mechelen in Belgium gave us one such experience – in the unexpected shape of a very high tower! St Rumbold’s tower, part of the Cathedral of the same name, is one of the highest church towers in Belgium. It was impossible to miss on our…

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