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Top 20 Family Travel Bloggers – 2015

Let’s face it, going on holiday with children can be a little challenging at times so the prospect of travelling internationally, and on a regular basis, can be even more daunting. If you’re putting off a family trip to avoid hearing “Are we nearly there yet?” and worrying about packing everything apart from the kitchen sink, then worry no more: our top 20 family travel bloggers are at the rescue.

They’ve been there and done that with children in tow and have lived to tell the tale. In fact, they’ve found that travelling with children offers a whole new perspective and, with careful planning, is as easy as ABC.

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The Family Adventure Project

Stuart, Kirstie and their three children have a passion for adventure. Their mission is to spend quality time together as a family while exploring the world. From ideas on where to go hiking and sailing to practical advice such as choosing the right cycling gear for kids, The Family Adventure Project is a great place to start. @familyonabike

World Travel Family

Having completed a year of non-stop round-the-world travel, the authors of World Travel Family blog offer a fantastic insight into what to expect when travelling full time with children. You’ll find ideas and tips on the practicalities, and advice on how to adapt your travel style to accommodate your kids. Find out how “seeing things through children’s eyes is magical.” @worldtravelfam

Family Rambling

Jody and her family have been rambling since her two daughters were infants, so they’ve learned a lot about travel over the years. They share their family tips, info on how to make flying with children look easy and destination advice. Family Rambling’s focus is on inspiring others to enjoy fun family travel. @JodyHalsted

Mummy Travels

Mummy Travels aims to shed light on the reality of travelling with “a bump, baby and now, a single-minded toddler whirlwind of energy”. Cathy Winston of Mummy Travels has visited 55 countries and her award-winning writing has been published in a string of national papers and magazines, including the Independent and National Geographic. From travel checklists to destination guides, Cathy’s valuable advice and sense of humour make for a great read. @mummytravels

Family Road Tripping

If you don’t mind travelling in the car with children for long periods of time, Family Road Tripping is for you. Molly Thornberg, her husband and four children are experienced road trippers and their blog has heaps of advice, including how to keep children entertained with car games and how best to pack. @FamilyRoadTripn

Family, Food and Travel

Combining Kerrie’s passions for food and travel, this blog offers travel info such as hotel reviews and where to go for days out, and recipes including hearty soups and healthy Mexican dishes. Kerrie’s dream is to take her boys to every continent – she embraces the challenge and shares her tips on travelling with twins. @BusyMomofTwins1

Jetlag and Mayhem

 Nicola’s love of travel didn’t end when she had children. In fact, it’s her mission to introduce her children to the travel bug and “turn them into mini jetsetters!” Nicola has loads of advice on planning your trip and her handy printable packing checklists help you get organised. She also blogs about the latest travel gadgets and has a catalogue of destination guides. @JetlagandMayhem

Mums Do Travel

From family volunteering holidays to Bushcraft courses, Gretta Schifano shares her experiences of family travel with much humour and knowledge. On the blog you’ll find holiday ideas, recommendations for attractions to visit with kids and honest opinions on accommodation. And to top it off, her competitions page is regularly updated. @grettaschifano

Traveling Canucks

Canadian new parents, Cam and Nicole Wears, are the brains behind Traveling Canucks. Their aim is to show that it’s possible to balance family and a career with travelling the globe. They started off with backpacks but swapped them for luggage on wheels after their two sons were born. Their blog is packed with advice and tips on travelling with children and how to save for the next adventure. @travelcanucks

Where’s Sharon?

Sharon’s blog about her adventures with her family is proof that travelling with kids can be even more rewarding than travelling without. Sharon’s aim is to reassure parents who are thinking about taking the plunge and offer a new perspective to seasoned family travellers. The family has travelled the globe, blogging about “the good, the bad and the ugly of family travel.” @WheresSharon

Gone With the Family

Lisa’s mission is to show her kids the world. She’s been travelling with them since her eldest daughter was four months old – she’s now 17 so the family have plenty of experience under their belt! As Lisa says, “I believe that travel is one of the most educational experiences a child can have and I delight in traveling with my children and seeing the world through their eyes.” @GoneWithFamily

The Talking Suitcase

Dana and husband have been travelling with their two energetic children since getting out of debt and saving up. The Talking Suitcase is all about how to travel with two children while sticking to a budget. Dana has practical advice on how to make funds go further without sacrificing comfort, covering everything from keeping kids entertained to getting cheap flights. @suitcasetalks

We 3 Travel

Tamara of We 3 Travel has a clear philosophy when it comes to family travel: “the more you involve kids in planning the trip and prepare them for what you will visit, the more they will get out of the experience.” From city stays in Barcelona to zip-lining in Costa Rica, We 3 Travel  offers advice on planning ahead plus first-hand experiences of what it’s like to travel with children in tow. @tgruber

Travel with Bender

The Bender family left Australia in May 2012 and have been travelling the world ever since. The family have visited dozens of countries and stayed in over 100 hotels and apartments, so they’ve got heaps of first-hand experiences to share when it comes to travelling with children. Their award-winning blog aims to show other families thinking of open-ended travel that, if they can do it, you can do it too! @TravelwitBender

The Q Family Adventures

From camping to cruising to skiing, The Q Family Adventures blog has advice on where to stay, what to see and what to pack. The Q Family has been travelling all over the world ever since the children were babies, and their reviews of hotels and travel gadgets are an invaluable resource. @Theqfamily

Jet with Kids

For the past decade, Anya has been testing out her travel parenting skills on a global scale. With her son, she has travelled to 5 continents, 32+ countries and circled the globe on an around-the-world tour. And as a published author of a guidebook about flying with children, Anya has the answer to  all of your questions about taking to the air. @JetWithAnya

Family Travel Times

If you want to read about travelling with children from the perspective of a child, the Family Travel Times is the blog for you. That’s because the whole family contribute, including the two children, Jess and Robert. Join them on their travels from days out in the UK to adventures around the rest of the world. @sarahjebner

The Vacation Gals

The Vacation Gals are three professional travel writers (and mums) who share their ideas for family trips, but also blog about travel without children. Their award-winning blog covers outdoor adventure holidays, travel gadget reviews, romantic escapes and “girlfriend getaways”. @TheVacationGals

The Mum Blog

London-based British Mum Liz Jarvis has been travel blogging since 2009. Since then she’s won a host of accolades and been featured in many top family travel blog lists. Liz has many interests from travel and gaming to movies and chocolate, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained. @LizJarvisUK

Baby Routes

Combining parenthood, travel and a love of the great outdoors, Baby Routes is a fantastic resource for any parent who loves walking with their children. Kate founded Baby Routes in 2012 and since then she’s been reviewing places to go walking, putting outdoor gear for kids through its paces and sharing her tips for successful walking with children. @babyroutes

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Top 20 Urban Travel Bloggers – 2014

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Life is all about balance and holidays are just the same. A bit of downtime spent relaxing on a far off shore or cosying up in a quiet cottage in the depths of the countryside are great ways to recharge the batteries. But what about appealing to your sense of urban adventure?

We’ve scoured the web to find inspiring urban travel bloggers who’ll bring out your inner culture vulture. From hidden gems to popular city hotspots, these bloggers have got it covered.

Urban Travel Blog

With contributions from professional and amateur travel writers from around the world, this collective blog has compiled over 50 city guides full of hot tips for their favourite breaks, from Amsterdam to Yerevan. They report on urban trends, eco-tourism, nightlife and more. @UrbanTravelBlog

Travelling Ted

Ted Nelson is an outdoor adventure travel writer and blogger. Ted chronicles his adventures hiking, canoeing and skiing in the United States and around the world. He also reports on the cultural side of travel; meeting people from around the world, eating their food and learning about their history. He aims to inspire others and provides tips for budding travellers. @travelingted

Jetting Around

Pola of Jetting Around is a Chicago-based blogger originally from Krakow, Poland. Travelling and ‘jetting around’ since the age of three and blogging since July 2010, Pola’s posts range from off-the-beaten-track experiences to exploring cities and their cultures. @jettingaround

Urban Swank

Based in Houston, Texas, Urban Swank is a lifestyle blog providing a new perspective on all things related to food, fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. From restaurant reviews to the latest travel trends, Urban Swank have got it covered. The blog was founded by Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan in September 2011. @UrbanSwank

WildJunket

Wild Junket is written by husband and wife team, Nellie and Alberto. They’ve been travelling around the world since 2003, experiencing over 70 countries on seven continents. Wild Junket’s focus is on adventure travel, inspiring others to get off the conventional trail and seek out extraordinary experiences.  @WildJunket

Adventurous Kate

At age 26, Kate quit her day job to travel the world alone and spent six months in South East Asia. She turned her blog into a full-time business and today travels full time. Kate goes “anywhere that sounds wacky, beautiful or interesting”. Her goal is to show other travellers that they too can see the world alone; easily, safely and adventurously. @adventurouskate

GlobalGrasshopper

Becky and Gray are the UK-based duo behind global magazine and resource for independent travellers: Global Grasshopper. They’re joined by a team of “self-confessed travel snobs” and are on a mission to discover the world’s most underrated and beautiful places. @globalgrasshopr

Travels of Adam

Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in 2010 and embarked on a trip around the world for over 15 months. He visited places such as North Africa, the Middle East, India and South East Asia. Travels of Adam explores the world from the “quirky to the amazing”.  @travelsofadam

As We Travel

As We Travel is a comprehensive travel site full of the latest advice, city guides and videos from around the world for first-time travellers to well-seasoned enthusiasts. Founded in 2010, As We Travel have blogged from over 45 countries and is one of the top ranked blogs in the industry. @AsWeTravel

Continental Breakfast Travel

Travelling to Europe on a budget? Continental Breakfast Travel documents cheap, part-time travel. The brains behind the blog, John Pilkington, has travelled extensively throughout Europe. His aim is to visit every country in Europe before his 30th birthday (9 May 2020). Join John on his adventures and “read posts about my own personal experiences, including advice, guidance or simply a story or two”.  @jpilkington09

The Quirky Traveller

The Quirky Traveller Blog is packed full of articles about interesting places to see and do in the UK and abroad. Culture vultures will enjoy the added history, art and literature aspect and foodies will appreciate the reviews of cuisine from all over the globe.  @quirkytraveller

Wild About Travel

Travel addict Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel in 2009. With a passion for adventure, the outdoors, art and culture, Simon’s posts are an inspiring read. Her articles are illustrated with impressive photographs of the many places she’s visited on her travels.  @1step2theleft

501 Places

501 Places was recently listed in The Times list of 50 Travel Websites You Can’t Live Without. Even more recently, it was listed in the Independent’s 50 Best Travel Websites. 501 Places is a collection of travel articles, photos and opinions written with a dry wit and an engaging flair. @andyjarosz

Velvet Escape

Amsterdam based blogger Keith Jenkins shares his enthusiasm for travel through his writing and photography. Velvet Escape is a multiple award-winning travel blog and has been featured by The New York Times, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveller, to name but a few. @velvetescape

Vicky Flip Flop Travels

This blog is aimed at those who want to make the most of their annual leave and weekends by travelling. From days out in London to two-week itineraries for some of the most popular long-haul destinations, Vicky Flip Flop Travels blogs about it all.  @VickyFlipFlop

The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack is all about stylish yet affordable adventures such as hiking in the mountains followed by a luxurious day in a spa. Travelling in style doesn’t have to mean 5* glamour: affordable luxury and unusual experiences are the order of the day at The Travel Hack. @TheTravelHack

Hecktic Travels

Pete and Dalene Heck, a Canadian couple with a passion for adventure, are the 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year. Their blog is all about getting the most out of life, enjoying every moment and embracing new travel experiences. @HeckticTravels

Twenty-something Travel

Twenty-Something Travel believe “that your twenties are some of the most valuable and transformative years to travel the world”. Their blog aims to encourage other twenty-somethings to find a lust for adventure and offers practical advice, tips and guidance. @20sTravel

Urban Backpacker

If you’re looking for artful travel reviews of hidden budget gems to five-star destinations, Urban Backpacker has them. They aim to help you plan your own travels and review hotels, restaurants, shopping and “fun things to do” in cities all over the world. @RochelleCarr

Caroline in the City 

Caroline’s blog is all about throwing caution to the wind and following your passion for adventure, even if it seems scary at first. She aims to help others who might have concerns about taking the plunge by offering an insight into her own experiences and giving practical advice. @cairinthecity

 

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Welcome to my diary of a homeowner!

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Holiday homeowner, Rowena, will be regularly sharing her experiences with us on managing and running a holiday let. Read on to find out more about her and why she decided to invest in a holiday home. 

As both a journalist and a holiday home owner I was absolutely delighted when the team at Holiday Lettings approached me to write a regular blog about my experiences of letting my holiday property in Cyprus. I’ll be writing about topics and issues that affect holiday home owners and I’ll also keep you up to date with our successes – and our trials and tribulations too! It’s good for us holiday homeowners to share tips and advice so please let me know what you think, if there is anything you would like me to write about in particular or if you wish to share any views and experiences.

A bit about me: back in 2007 when the economy was still thriving my other half and I took the plunge and bought an off-plan property in Cyprus. To say we had a few hiccups along the way is probably a bit of an understatement, but five years on we find ourselves the proud owners of our very own place in the sun. Although when I say our very own, that’s of course not strictly true – we share it with our guests too!

We bought the property with the idea of looking for a long-term investment, but if truth be known we really bought it because we fell in love with the area and the concept. And we haven’t been disappointed, it’s everything we had hoped it to be and although there are many times when I wonder why we did it, I just have to look at our photos and it instantly takes me back there – to our little slice of paradise.

We finally took ownership of our holiday home in August 2010 – a newly developed townhouse on a small resort called Anarita Chorio, set next to the beautiful Cypriot countryside and close to the Med. Our initial thoughts were to look for a long-term tenant but unfortunately we didn’t have much interest and the returns from long-term lets were unlikely to cover our costs, let alone our mortgage.

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So we had a rethink and as such we went back to Cyprus in March 2011 and set up our home for holiday lets. Our sole intention was to create an environment that would be friendly and welcoming to all our guests, we wanted them to feel that our home was their home and the perfect base for them to relax and enjoy their holiday. This is my ad – I hope you like it!

We’ve tried various ways of getting bookings – some more successful than others! We’ve found that holidaylettings.co.uk has delivered many enquiries and is our main source for rentals. 2012 was the first full year since we’ve marketed the property and we’ve managed to get quite a few bookings with guests telling us that they’re planning to return, which is always rewarding. With that in mind we’re very much looking forward to the new year ahead!

All the best,

Rowena

Using blogs to market your holiday home

A blog is a form of online diary (originating from web log). Think about having your own blog where you can prominently display your quicklink and document your experiences as a holiday home owner.

You don’t have to be a computer expert – there are plenty of templates available on the internet, such as Blogger and WordPress. All you need to do is think of a name and create your content.

In order for your blog to be effective, you need to attract readers. Before you start telling people about it, make sure you have already published several entries. As with Twitter, if all people see is an empty page, they’re not likely to visit it again, even if you have great content later on. Add new content regularly to avoid the risk of losing readers as time goes on. If you also use Twitter, invite your readers to follow you there as well.

Get into the habit of visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs. Once you’ve established some good content, find blogs written by people you want to attract. Most people invite readers to comment on their posts and you can often embed a link to your own blog in your profile name – if you don’t have a blog then add your quicklink instead.