Category Archives: Travelling with Kids
How to plan a responsible holiday Do you know how to plan a responsible holiday? As a traveller, you will certainly have an impact on both the culture and environment of the place you are visiting. So here are some useful rules of thumb to make your impact a positive one: Avoid short-haul and indirect flights whenever possible A flight will dwarf all other elements of your holiday in terms of carbon emissions. Use online calculations such as Climate Care to learn...

Four Seasons, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: The Red Sea Riviera Hailed as the Red Sea Riviera, Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Egyptian coastline at the very tip of the Sinai Desert – a small triangle of land linking Asia to Africa via the famous Suez Canal. It is a land of many biblical references, such as Moses’ journey to and from Israel to Egypt. It has an unforgiving landscape of dramatic arid peaks, granite outcrops and dusty dry roads leading to remote sounding ...

Round Hill, Jamaica: Pineapple Perfection It was with a certain amount of trepidation that I booked my trip to Jamaica but my worries about safety were totally unfounded. It appears that we’ve been swamped with misinformation – the island and its people are a showcase for the Caribbean at its best. Our first tastes of Round Hill were delicious. Blissful tranquillity, twenty-first-century comfort and luxury without pretension, combined with privacy and that precious...

The Fortress, Sri Lanka: The Irresistible Island Sri Lanka is a crazy country but I love it. The island is caught in the classic paradox of where there’s good there’s bad. Despite the politically charged war that has raged in the north-east for thirty years, the rest of the island sees Singhalese, Tamils and Christians living and working together in harmony. And this provides Sri Lanka with an atmosphere of calm – just one of the teardrop-shaped island’s many c...

Horrid History - A slice of British past in St John, Bay of Fundy 'In May 1783, 'Seven ships lie anchored in the Bay of Fundy, off the mouth of the St John River. The passengers aboard are a curious collection of refugees - they are farmers and doctors, carpenters and lawyers, craftsmen and soldiers - people of every age, from all walks of life. As they gaze grimly upon the rocky peninsular and the Fundy mud flats sprawling before them, they share a common longing for th...

Minister’s Island, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick New Brunswick is all about space.  Huge wide open swathes of untouched forest, lakes and coastline.  The Canadian stretch of the Bay of Fundy stretches from the Tantramar Marshes in the north to St Stephens in the south; protected from the harsh Atlantic elements by the block of land that is Nova Scotia. There are also dozens of islets tucked into this area – I find myself picking out my island, plentiful as are they ...

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Hacienda el Porvenir, Cotapaxi National Park  Adventures in the Andes Ecuador sits astride the equator. Its relatively tiny size belies its staggering geographical diversity, from the luscious Amazonian rainforests to a battalion of snow-smothered Andean volcanic peaks.  One such peak is the Cotopaxi Volcano, which sits in the centre of the Andean region.  The Andes are wide open to those visitors looking to take part in outdoor activities, visit local communitie...

One&Only Reethi Rah, The Maldives: Happy As A Sandboy. At last count, the Maldives had 1,900 islands, 200 inhabited by locals and about a hundred colonized for the sole activity of holidaying. We’re all agreed they look like a honeymooner’s paradise but just how suitable is such a tranquil clime for your brood, however well behaved? Well, in truth the majority of islands are best left as an exclusive domain for cooing couples and if children are not explicitly ...

Island Hopping in The Caribbean The Caribbean was traditionally considered a romantic escape destination for couples only. Recent years, however, have seen both the quantity and quality of family friendly options fly off the scale. It’s no longer an adult-only domain. The islands offering the best facilities tend to be those with direct air access, namely Barbados and Antigua, but if you’re happy to take a secondary flight the rewards can be great. What’s interesting...

In the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, there lives an eccentric and adventurous man called Jan.  Many thought that the Biking Dutchman, as he is known locally, was missing a cell or two when he pioneered mountain biking along the Avenue of Volcanoes more than twenty years ago. Mainland Ecuador is compact and easy to get around.  Roads are almost invariably scenic, journeys comfortably short, domestic flights affordable and a recently refurbished railway makes movement easily ...