This is my guide to easy planning for Santa Claus Lapland. When to go? Where to go? How to travel? Where to stay?
We are very fortunate to have organised our life in such a way that, for now, we can spend most of the winter months in the mountains. There must be other families out there who would love to spend the ski season indulging their passion. These are my musings on how to do a ski season as a family, based on our experiences so far…
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I always have trouble finding snow clothes for a toddler. In the UK you can find ski wear for 4 year olds and upwards without too much trouble. But the winter clothes for younger kids generally won’t cut it in deep snow and minus temperatures The things called ‘snow’ suits are generally rubbish for actual snow as they are not waterproof enough.
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I am beginning to plan our winter trip. So have been researching travel-friendly crafts for a toddler. We will be travelling by car, so have some space to take some compact activities. But certainly not the heap of plastic she tends to play with at home. I am completely not crafty or creative, so need some inspiration. I normally leave this kind of stuff to nursery. Here is my list so far.
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We’ve been camping a lot this summer. East Devon, South Devon, Camper Calling… So I thought that my camping with a toddler packing checklist would be good to share. I like to pack light, but with camping have tendency to shove everything we might need in the car. Even though it is a big car, it can reach bursting point! And then without a list I tend to forget something important. Like the stove…
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This is the second in a series of reviews of books about family travel. This book review of One Year Off by David Elliot Cohen will give you an outline, but hopefully not any spoilers. Similar to the first book I reviewed, this documents the travels of an American family. But of course their story and their experiences were entirely different…
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We recently had a long road trip with our toddler. All in the trip would take about 14 hours. In our pre-baby days we would have just driven it in one stretch. But with a toddler we opted for an overnight stay. And two days driving of around 7 hours. Along the way we picked up 5 tips for a road trip with a toddler.
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I have recently made some mid-length train trips with my toddler Daisy. These train trips were for around 3 hours. So long enough to need a bit of thought about how to keep her entertained. From what I learnt, these are my 5 tips for train travel with a toddler.
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I thought it would be a great idea to turn our drive back to the UK from Austria into a road trip. I had all sorts of plans. First we would be organised and be ready to leave on time. We would head off early and stop for breakfast by the scenic Lake Bodensee (Constance in English). Then drive for 3 hours or so to our lunch stop at Wildpark Pforzheim. We would then have time for an afternoon break at one of the fab looking playgrounds in Luxembourg. Before stopping for the night on a farm near Arlon in Belgium. On the second day, we would then have a simple, short drive to the coast to catch the ferry. However, a road trip with a toddler does not always go to plan. Here is the reality of day one…
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This post features a book review of 360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham. I have always enjoyed reading travel books. I particularly like the type that tell a story about an epic overland trip. To give you an idea of the type of book I mean, two of my favourites are Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux and Blood River by Tim Butcher. Yes, I know they are both about travel in Africa. But there is something about that continent that grabs my imagination. Both books share a healthy balance of history and personal experience. Since starting my blog it occurred to me that there must be some family travel books out there. I have been searching for stories of family travels that provide inspiration for adventures.
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