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The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

October 2nd, 2015

The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing from around the globe. Each week we scour the internet to bring you the definitive “what’s hot” in travel blogging, compiled by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

There are so many good writers out there that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start! But this week is easy. We’re kicking off with a demon at the airport… why ever not…?

Are you a demon at the airport?

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Does flying turn you into a demon?

Travel blogger Tara from Where is Tara is! Airports are stressful, we all know that, but Tara has opened up her personal Pandora’s Box and exposed the demon inside in this first post. She has compiled a list what gets her mad before takeoff.  A lot of these ring true, especially No Free Wi-Fi at number 6 on the list. It’s something that drives us mad too and should be at the very top of the list. So what annoys you? Have a read of Tara’s 10 reasons why I turn into a demon in the Airport and tell us what would be your number one.

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside

Brighton next. It’s a fantastic place to spend a weekend away. But if you have yet to sample the delights of England’s favourite seaside resort, it may pay to check out our latest post from  Hand Luggage Only. They have compiled a great list of  7 fun experiences you need to have in Brighton. These guys always write great stuff so give it a read.

Sending your mum packing

How long is it since you treated your folks to a weekend away? Has it been a while? Well, this next post from Katie, who is also known as Tatty Travels, might make you feel guilty, or at least give you some ideas! Check out Planning a city break for my mother. Where would you send Mum and Dad on a city break? Suggestions please.

Loving the City of Love

Oh Paris, the City of Love! And love it we do, with 83.7 million visitors to the French capital recorded last year. As a destination it was only surpassed by The USA, with the UK limping in at a mere 32 million. If you are thinking of travelling to the French capital this autumn and are not sure what might be in store, then we will send Kash Bhattacharya to the rescue! Kash runs the Budget Traveller Blog which has featured here quite a few times before…why? Because it’s a great blog. Check out Things to do in Paris this fall (OK, he’s forgotten he’s British and really means autumn).

Please do stray from the path

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Seek out the lesser known and you will surely find gold. Paris.


While the well beaten path often leads you to the best, or most popular stuff, the path less travelled can offer some of the greatest rewards. Sometimes you will stumble upon pure gold, even in a well visited place like Paris.  That’s what this next post, from Emily Luxton, is all about. Paris off the beaten path is all about digging a little deeper to find the really good stuff. Fancy a trip to the sewers?

Is travelling with asthma possible?

Of course it is. We have been providing travel insurance for people with Asthma for years. Our next blog, from Amy Trumpeter’s  Globetrotter  Guru Travel Blog, says it’s should be no problem, but don’t forget to declare asthma to your insurer. It’s all in her post Travelling with Asthma. Incidentally, we wrote about declaring medical conditions and why it’s so important in our blog a while ago. So if you want clarification, check it out.

Rome with a disability – yes you can!

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The cobbles in St Peter’s Square (and in Rome in general) don’t make it easy for wheelchair users, but not impossible.

Carrie-Ann Lightley featured here  back in 2011. She is from our friends at Tourism for all and has also written for Disability Horizons, a disability lifestyle magazine. She recently visited Rome and has written about it in her post Disability and Travel – Navigating Rome. She says that although the cobbled streets make it tough for wheelchair users, it’s no reason not to visit. And it’s definitely worth it!

Well that’s it for another week. I hope you like some of the blogs I have selected for you.

As always finding new travel blogs to follow is part of the joy of writing The World First Wander, so if you want your travel blog to feature here, tweet me a link @WFTristan or leave a comment in the box below.

Until next week.

The World First Wander: travel guides and travel tips

September 25th, 2015

The World First Wander: travel guides and travel tips

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Being independent: a travel life lesson.

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing from around the world. This week we are looking at travel guides and tips from some of our favourite travel bloggers.

How about a few life lessons to get us started on our journey this week? Ok then. How about some words to the wise from Heels in my Backpack? This post is all about growing as a person while travelling.  Have a read of 7 life lessons you learn whilst travelling.

Talking of lessons learned, next we head off to Florida with Cathy Winston of Mummy Travels . From surviving Jet lag to chicken tonight it’s a great blog about – well – travelling in Florida. It’s a popular destination so if you are planning a trip soon, Cathy’s Florida Travel Lessons Learned is essential reading!

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Lessons learned in Florida? It’s pretty amazing!

Of course you don’t always spend a week or fortnight away.  There are times when the quick break has to satisfy the wanderlust! You make the most of every opportunity. Even stopovers have their uses. This next post is all about making the most of 48 hours in Singapore, a ‘popular’ stopover choice. It’s from The Travel Hack and it’s another ‘must read’. Check out A 48 Hour Singapore Itinerary.

If you are in Singapore then it’s highly likely that you are en route to Australia, so that’s where we are heading next, with Caz and Craig of Y Travel Blog. Our destination? Coober Pedy! No, we hadn’t heard of it either but as Caz and Craig say in their post, it may look familiar as its been used as a location in lots of films. It’s so hot that people live underground! Have a look at Coober Pedy – the Quirky Jewel of The Australian Outback.

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Paris in the spring – or anytime – is just 2 hours from London

Moving a little closer to home now with Polly Allen and Paris. The city is amazing at any time of year, and with the added benefit of being just  over 2 hours from London St Pancras, so it’s perfect for a mini break or day trip. If you are planning a trip to Paris and it’s your first time then this is for you!  Paris Trips for First Time Visitors

Staying closer to home now with a blog from Jersey. It’s just 14 miles from France  and has an awful lot to offer. Never been? You need to take a look at our next post and feel the luxury….A Luxury Itinerary in Jersey from A Bird in the Hand will give you a taste of the good life in a place that’s like a home away from home.

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s round up. If you are a travel Blogger and would like to get your travel blog featured here add a link in the comments box below.

Until next week.

Childhood cancer. How CLIC Sargent help make it better.

September 18th, 2015
Childhood cancer

Isn’t life beautiful? Maggie in the Pyrenees – thanks to CLIC Sargent, the NHS and a cancer travel insurance policy from World First.

Imagine being told your child has cancer. It simply doesn’t bear thinking about does it? But this is the reality faced by thousands of parents every year here in the UK. According to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading childhood cancer charity, 10 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer of some form or other in the UK every day.

This month they are asking anyone and everyone to get involved with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to raise valuable funds to help those families, to help raise awareness of the issues of childhood cancer and to campaign for better support and understanding from the government about childhood cancer.

Why tell you this? Because my family are survivors. And we are also World First customers, happy travellers and life lovers, who like nothing more than to celebrate the time we have been given by seeing a bit of the world.

So, if it’s ok, please let me tell you about the things that CLIC Sargent did for us, and why we’ll be supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Maggie, my daughter, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), an aggressive form of leukaemia, just after her first birthday. Shortly before she was diagnosed she was whisked away in an ambulance to a specialist hospital 100 miles away in Bristol and didn’t come home for six months. My wife went with her, and stayed by her side almost constantly for the whole time, unless I was there to take over. I should point out that Jo was 3 months pregnant with our second daughter at this point too.

After the diagnosis it was like the world stopped turning. All we wanted to do was focus on hospital, on Maggie, on chemo, on dealing with this horror. For that we had the NHS to turn to, who provided a room for Maggie and no end of love, knowledge and skill to treat the disease as best they could.

But, of course, while we were dealing with the shock of this terrible news, the world was still turning. Time didn’t stand still. And that meant life was still going on around us. Life’s laundry, which at first seemed so unimportant, still had to be done. We had no idea how we’d cope with being so far away from home, with the mortgage, with work, with being in hospital, with the fallout from six months of intensive treatment. We had absolutely no clue what to do.

That’s when CLIC Sargent stepped in. CLIC Sargent gave us a place to call home for the duration of Maggie’s treatment. They gave us a family room in a warm, caring house near the hospital that we had, rent free, for six months. They provided a play specialist on the ward so that Maggie could have some time away from her bed and Jo and I could have a little time away from the ward. They helped me with my fuel costs so I could travel to and from work (200 mile round trip) and not give up our only income. They provided specialist nurses to teach us how to do some of Maggie’s basic care. They provided us with a social worker to help us cope and to offer us support. They provided our second daughter Charlotte with her first home after she was born at the hospital in Bristol. They provided a care worker for us when Maggie came out of hospital so that Jo could spend a little time with our newborn. They also provided us with a local nurse who watched over us for the first five years after Maggie came out of hospital and still watches over us, even now, 11 years later, albeit from a distance.

They made the impossible possible. But that was only possible with the help of people like you – who go out and do amazing fundraising stuff or offer their support or buy Christmas cards or wear golden ribbons to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Without your help our lives would have fallen apart. It’s as simple as that.

So thank you.

Finally, you know by now that our story has a happy ending. We got our daughter back from the brink and have been making hay ever since, even though the emotional after effects haven’t been all that easy to cope with. While the last thing on our minds was travelling when Maggie was undergoing treatment, Jo and I promised ourselves we’d travel if we survived. We promised ourselves some time together as a complete family, away from the worry.

In 2012 that dream came true and we hit the road on an extended 10 week trip to see Europe. A World First travel insurance policy helped us make that happen. They didn’t see Maggie as someone with a tainted history that made her a bad risk like other insurers. They saw her as someone who wanted to go out there with her family and explore, despite her previous health issues, and were able to offer us an affordable policy to cover any eventuality while we were away. It gave us the peace of mind to hit the road and have the time of our lives.

So there you have it. That’s why we support CLIC Sargent’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks for listening.


*Martin is a freelance writer, a World First policy holder and a big fan of CLIC Sargent. His daughter Maggie is now 12 and has been cancer free for almost 11 years.

The World First Wander: reading, UK road trips, motion sickness and secret London.

September 11th, 2015

The World First Wander: reading, UK road trips, motion sickness and secret London.

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing from around the world. It’s a mixed bag this week as we are looking at motion sickness, travel reading and some secret spots of London.

Golden hour: taking great travel photos means staying out late or getting up early...

Golden hour: taking great travel photos means staying out late or getting up early…

We start off this week with motion sickness. For those who suffer on planes, trains, boats and automobiles it can be really debilitating. However, with a little advice from Jodie Young you may be able to make the crossing without feeling green. Check out Jodie’s 25 tips for dealing with motion sickness. Incidentally, we also wrote about motion sickness on our own blog recently, with the post How to avoid sea sickness this summer.

If motion sickness is a problem then you could always stay closer to home and explore the UK, which is exactly what Tara of the brilliant Where is Tara? travel blog did recently. She started in Bristol and then headed for Scotland on a good old fashioned road trip in the UK, taking lots of great shots along the way. Have a look at The beauty of a UK road trip. Incidentally we just voted for Tara in the 2015 Blog Awards Ireland, so if you like her road trip post and would like to vote for her too, click here to vote Tara.

Talking of photography, we found a great post recently in the Independent about making the most of the golden hour when you are travelling. And in case you weren’t aware of it, the golden hour is the hour before sunset (or just after sunrise) when everything looks better. If you like taking pictures then Travel photography: Making the most of the golden hour is a must read.

From photography to reading now. For some people, the only time they have time to read is on holiday while they are sitting on a beach with a pina colada in hand (and why not?). What would be your favourite way of skimming the pages? With an ebook or a good, old fashioned paper version? But for others keeping the reading habit on the road can be tough. Annemarie over at Travel on the brain has written a great article all about reading on the move. How to keep your reading  hobby while on the road is a good read… give it a go.

If you like reading and fancy a long journey to finish that novel from cover to cover, then maybe you ought to consider the UK’s longest train journey, from Penzance to Aberdeen. And while you are there (or before you go) you could do worse than break the journey in Ayrshire (if that’s geographically possible). Anyway, we found a blog, Top things to do in Ayrshire and it’s certainly whetted the appetite for a trip up to Scotland.

Say you decided to take that journey? What will you read?  If you are stuck for ideas then let Sabina over at Girl Vs Globe help with her brilliant list of Inspiring female travel memoirs. From climbing Kilimanjaro ( we can insure you for that ) to Eat Pray Love (the film of is truly brilliant according to  our social media man Tristan) to getting lost on three continents, there are some great reads here.

Let’s do some sightseeing now. This next blog is brilliant. It’s from our friends over at Hand Luggage Only who always manage to pull it out of the bag (or should be suitcase) when it comes to brilliant travel blogging. This one is no exception. So if you want to go to London but don’t want to hit the usual tourist traps then 15 secret spots you have to see in London will be right up your alley. And who’d have thought there’d be a cockney cash machine? Would you Adam and Eve it?!

Until next week.

The World First Wander: back to school, books and Icelandic baking

September 4th, 2015

The World First Wander: back to school, books and Icelandic baking

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing from around the world. It’s a mixed bag this week looking at how reading can inspire travel, summer travel, backpacking with a 66 year old, baking in Iceland and surfing the world’s most exciting wave…

The World First Wander: back to school, books and Icelandic baking

Harry Potter in Yorkshire: how reading inspires kids to travel

Well it’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school. For working parents it can be a time of joy, especially after the wet summer we have had.  No more entertaining bored kids for weeks on end! For us, here at World First, the ‘back to school’ season normally sees us get really busy as many travellers wait until the summer is over before booking holidays.

However, there are some kids who have been lucky enough to go travelling with their parents during the summer holidays. Rory Moulton is one such parent who has enjoyed a summer of reckless travel with his son. Have a read of 15 back to school confessions from a dad who took his son travelling all summer and say you aren’t going to book up for next year!!!

If you want inspire children to want to travel then getting them to read about all the far away wonderful places they can visit is a great place to start. This next post, from Keryn Means who runs Walking on Travels, is all about just that. It’s entitled 5 young adult fantasy fiction series to inspire your kids to travel and is an interesting read in itself! And anything that makes them read more can only be a good thing.

At the other end of the travel spectrum we are seeing lots of older travellers hitting the road now. And who said you were too old to hit the road? We insure people up the age of 100. We have even insured a 92 year old who was going rock-climbing, and if that doesn’t prove age is just a state of mind we don’t know what does. It brings us nicely to Annie Sparks, a 66 years young backpacker who has been travelling South America  and has written about her experience over at  2 Monkeys Travel, which is a great travel blog run by Kach Medina and John Howe. Have a read and get inspired with A 66 year old womans solo backpacking in South America.

So you are inspired to travel, bags are packed, ticket is booked and you have even bought some travel insurance. What now? What type of traveller are you going to be? We thought this next post was quite thought provoking as it made us think about the types of travellers we are. It’s from Travelingmoms   and is entitled How to be the type of traveller you’d want to travel with.

Deaf travel next. We love finding new travel blogs to follow and were excited to find Deaf Wanderlust from California on the Two Scots Abroad blog. They have written an excellent article all about deaf travel entitled Deafying Stereotypes. It’s a great read. Find them on twitter and also over at their blog Deafinitely wanderlust. Well worth following.

The team here at World First are avid followers of the Great British Bake Off.  You too? You’ll love our next post then, even if Mary berry has never asked anyone to bake anything in a geothermal spring. Intrigued? Read on and find out in this next post from The Travel Bunny, a site run by Suzanne Jones from Sussex. Thunderbread – A geothermal Bake off in Iceland is fascinating stuff. The name alone makes you want to scoff it down!

Once you’ve had an experience like that it can be tough coming home. Scottish Emma, it seems, may be the same. But she’s written a  blog post to avert the crash and it’s really quite lovely. Check out Things to enjoy when returning home after travel and think of your pets and pillows. Homesick yet?

Our last post this week takes us to Teahuppo with Matador Network . We have been insuring surfers for years and occasionally (and it is very occasionally) our MD Martin and his brother, our social media man, Tristan, can be seen taking to the waves in Devon or Cornwall. It’s not much like the waves in this video, a spectacular drone film of surfing in Fiji.

Until next week.

The World First Wander: Notting Hill, fish festivals and travelling with tots

August 30th, 2015

The World First Wander: Notting Hill, fish festivals and travelling with tots

Welcome to another installment of the World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in travel writing and blogging. This week we’re looking at travelling, Notting hill carnival and a fish festival in Cornwall.

We start off this week with the youngsters. Quite a few of the team here at World First have babies and toddlers so we thought this first post might provide some handy to know information for them – and you, if you have kids yourselves. So if you have ever winced at the thought of packing for the little ones, this post from TotstoTravel is here to help! Check out their brilliant Complete packing list for baby and toddler holidays.

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After lunch? A snooze, of course.

Staying with the young travellers now, we’re moving on to breast feeding and travel. If you are going to be travelling with a baby and plan on breastfeeding then this next post from Caz and Craig from Y Travel Blog  might help you make some important planning decisions. They have put together a list for breastfeeding mums who are travelling with and without their little ones. If you’re nurturing your little ones, Tips for breastfeeding mums who travel will be a must-read for you.

DELHI INDIA - MARCH 26: Indian shop on March 26 2012 Delhi India. Small shops like this are the most common in poor region of Delhi. Tourists can see the color of India in them.

It’s tempting, but where will you put it all?

Once you have done the packing, reached your destination, had your fun and frolics and are thinking about heading home, your thoughts might turn next to what souvenirs to bring back. Kim in the office collects fridge magnets so she’s always on the lookout for them. However, an element of self control is required when souvenir shopping to avoid coming home with the kitchen sink as well as a whole collection of other tat. Sorry, souvenirs. Have a read of the latest post from London-based travel blogger Heels in my backpack, who has written about the plight of the souvenir hunter in The self control required when buying souvenirs.

Food is a big part of travel. Sampling local cuisine is one of the joys of travel for us, but sometimes you don’t have to travel too far to experience great food. Just 42 Miles from our Exeter office is Dartmouth, a truly stunning place and well worth a visit. But why tell you this? Well, because our next blogger, Emily Luxton, has given us her Top 3 reasons to visit Dartmouth food festival this October.

Talking of food festival, here’s a tip for the bank holiday if you are short of something to do. On Monday it’s the fabulous Newlyn Fish Festival. My brother, Martin Rothwell (World First’s MD) and I grew up near here and can highly recommend it as a day out.  Martin also recommends the Swordfish for a pint.

A short hop from Newlyn you’ll find The Isles of Scilly. Going there is like visiting another continent and most people are blown away by it. Cathy Winston from Mummy Travels was particularly taken with the journey itself when she went. Travel to the Isles of Scilly is the story of her trip.

Portobello Road sign in the street market at Notting Hill, Kensington, London, England, UK

Portobello Road is cool and hip and a great place to visit. And this weekend it sees London’s biggest party.

August Bank Holiday see’s one of London’s biggest events, the Notting hill Carnival. If you are planning to go you may want to take along a guide in the form of Monica at The Travel Hack, who has posted Elle Croft’s blog  The Ultimate Guide to Notting Hill as precursor. Just remember that it’ll be rammed with partygoers this weekend. Not always a bad thing.

Travel sometimes doesn’t go the way we planned it. And we aren’t just talking about the need for travel insurance here.  From time to time you might land somewhere only to find that it just won’t click for you. A lot of people write the place off but some get that niggling feeling that they should have another go. Some palces need time to grow on you. It’s something that Brenna Holeman, who is from the Battered Suitcase Travel Blog, has experienced. She writes about it in our last post, Countries I need to give a second chance. An interesting read.

Until next week.

The World First Wander: solo travel, Paris and the best apps

August 23rd, 2015

The World First Wander: women travelling solo, Paris and the best apps

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing from around the world. It’s a mixed bag this week looking at safe travel, travel style, Paris and the world’s best travel apps.


Going solo? Make sure your destination is safe for female travellers before you go.

We insure a lot of female and solo women travellers here at World First, which goes to show that there are many thousands of you who aren’t afraid to travel alone or with female friends. Quite right! But, of course there will always be places where it’s unsafe or unwise to travel solo. Thankfully there are lots of female bloggers out there with lots of sound advice. So let’s crack on with a post from  Christy Woodrow who, along with Scott Calafiore, runs Ordinary Traveller, a blog fuelled by extreme wanderlust. They have written a great post entitled 10 safe destinations for female travellers. It starts in Wales and includes a great list of places where it’s safe for women to travel.

Staying with solo female travel now, with New York’s Jessie on a Journey, the travel blog that takes you beyond the guidebook,  the unofficial official solo female travel manifesto. So get inspired and get that solo journey booked!

Hands up who gets stressed when they travel? It seems like it’s all out to conspire against you: delayed flights, annoying fellow passengers, missed connections or just bad weather. Well, thanks to  As We Travel  we can now benefit fro0m the experience of one who knows how to let it all wash over you. If you feel your blood pressure rising have a read of 10 ways to stop stress when you travel. And relax.

Style next. Do you travel in style or go for the ‘well travelled look’? It might be tough to look your dapper best when you travel  (although World First Customers are always a stylish lot) so it’s handy to get some style tips from time to time. Enter Elle Croft, who’s blog ‘A Bird in the Hand’ offers a stylish guide to London and beyond. Elle has put together a great list of the 10 most stylish travellers to follow. Check them out and get some ideas.  We thought the name The Glamourai  was brilliant.

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Get the inside track on travel in Paris – for less.

One of the world’s most stylish cities in the world is Paris. There is something ‘je ne sais quoi’ about the whole city.  If you have never been it’s a must. For a bit of help on how to “do Paris” whilst saving a few pounds then it’s time to enlist the help of World First Wander regulars, Hand Luggage only. Check out How to organise a perfect weekend in Paris for less.

Staying in Paris now let’s turn to Kash Bhattacharya who is also known as Budget Traveller. We have followed his travel blog for a long time as it’s a brilliant resource to help save you a few pounds when travelling. Kash has put together 10 free apps for planning the perfect trip to Paris to help you in your Parisian adventures.

Smartphone - woman hiker using smart phone app on travel hike living healthy active lifestyle by waterfall in Yosemite National Park, California, USA.

Let your phone show you the way with the best travel apps.

Travel Apps are amazing and have definitely changed the way we travel. How did we ever manage before technology? Answers on a postcard!

There are 1000’s of Apps to choose from that are both free and otherwise so it can be a minefield for those who don’t study the latest lists carefully. However, help is on hand! We have covered Paris so let’s cover travel in general with Timeout’s list of the world’s 50 best travel apps, which has been  divided them up into easy to navigate sections.

There are some great apps there, of course. But for our take on the world’s best, check out our own post from the World First travel Blog, 14 of the world’s best travel apps and let your phone guide you on your next trip.

Until next week.

The World First Wander – the kids edition

August 17th, 2015

The World First Wander – the kids edition

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Have you packed it all? Travelling with kids…

Welcome to another installment of the World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in travel writing and blogging. This week we look at travelling with kids without losing your mind.

Travelling with children can be tough. There may be tantrums, travel sickness, tears and even, God forbid, lost toys. So, if you are one of those parents who dreads travelling with the tots, this week it’s all about (and for) you.

Let’s pack first. It is hard enough for most of us but add a baby into the mix and you suddenly find yourself with a whole heap of extra stuff: sterilisers, nappies, changes of clothing, car seat, Baby Bjorn etc etc etc… and we should know. Social media man Tristan now packs for 10 week old Nancy and admits it’s difficult to know where to start. Another new mum, The Travel Hack, has been out and about with 4 month old George (AKA The Tiny Travel Hack) so in a great position to suggest What to pack for baby’s first summer holiday.

Despite the drawbacks of packing, travelling with Children can be hugely rewarding for everybody. It’s all about filling those memory banks! Exposing children to different cultures from a young age can only benefit them in a positive way, which is why we really like this next post from Hippy Happy Mama entitled What really happens when you travel Europe with Kids.  Their top tip sums it up perfectly.

Keeping them amused for the journey is half the battle and its always a good idea to have a few ideas up your sleeve to avoid the dreaded “are we nearly there yet?” If you are looking for ideas, check out pinterest for Kids Travel Activities.

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Want to know how to travel with teenagers? Ask them!

Teenagers next. Eeek. Sometimes it can be a struggle, but help is at hand from Mums do Travel in the form of two posts, one from the mums and dads,   Travelling with teens – tips from parents, and the other from 17 year old Izzy, who asked her friends what they thought might improve a holiday. So if you want the inside track, here it is in Travelling with Teens – Tips from Teens.

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Team spirit is strong! Camping with kids can be… amazing!

Camping continues to be a really popular summer holiday activitiy. It can also really help to build your family’s team spirit – especially if you face adversity (like the British summer)! However, if you need a few tips then check out  25 tips for camping with young kids  from BabyRoutes from Henley on Thames. Take their tips and it’ll all be plain sailing – just don’t forget extra loo roll.

Normally we only include recent posts but this next one was so good that it had to make the cut. How should we teach our children to travel from Travelettes is a really lovely post with ideas on how to teach our kids to travel responsibly and with an open mind. After all they are the travel bloggers of tomorrow.

This one from Christine Gilbert is brilliant and refreshing too. Practical Matters – Travelling with Small Children is a real world, warts and all account of travel with kids. We particularly like Christine’s rule of ‘only one major disaster at a time’!

On to travelling without children…. and child free flights! We loved reading about the parents that handed out ear plugs to the other passengers on their flight back in December 2014 but it did raise important issues – that not everyone likes to have children on their flight. Hence we look to Mummy Travels for a slightly different take on why we should have child free sections on planes.

We hope you enjoyed this kids edition of the Wander. Let us know if you have nightmare stories of travelling with children or a top tip you would like to share. You can do it in the comments section. If there are enough we’ll put them together for a separate blog post.

Until next week

How often do Brits have accidents on holiday?

August 10th, 2015

How often do Brits have accidents on holiday?

Trouble in Paradise? How the FCO helps Brits out each year.

Trouble in Paradise? How the FCO helps Brits out each year.

How likely are you to lose your passport on holiday?

How often are Brits arrested in foreign countries?

What are the most dangerous countries for Brits to visit?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has released a new report into the incidents British nationals encounter on holiday.

We’ve summed up the stats.

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The World First Wander: here comes the summer

August 10th, 2015

The World First Wander: here comes the summer

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Nantes: take a trip to the city on its now famous art trail.

The World First Wander: here comes the summer

Welcome to another instalment of the World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in travel writing and blogging. This week we are looking at things to do this summer holiday.

The internet has really changed the way we make our travel choices. From getting inspiration for the next holiday to getting the low down on the next destination, it’s brought the world ever closer for all of us. And, forgive me if I seem a little late to the party with this, but it continues to astound me just how much microscopic information is out there. You just need to know where to look!

So this week we’ve been looking under a few stones to find you travel inspiration and information in equal amounts.

First up we start with some travel advice for the journey itself. Love it or hate it, the long haul flight is a part of world travel. IF this year is your first time you might want to read a bit of advice from one of our favourite travel bloggers Annabel Candy. Ease yourself into it and learn to enjoy the ride with Annabel’s 21 Long haul flight tips for travel virgins.

If you are like Annabel and are about to send your dearly beloved off on their first gap year you might like to revisit an article on our from a little while ago. It may help you to wave them off with a smile. Take a peek at Advice for parents sending kids off on a gap year and wipe away those tears!

So, you did your prep. What about once you hit the ground? That’s when we turn to the mobile phone. That thing in your pocket you can’t live without offers so much for travel lovers: instant uploading of photos, connection with everyone back home, local news and information and, of course, the travel app.

A great place to look for the best travel apps is Johnny Jet’s Travel App of the week. We spotted his recommendation for a great app, Global Tipping, which helps you work out how much to tip in countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Very useful.

What next? Make it “epic”, of course!

How do you go about doing that? Enter Charlotte and Ben, also known as WanderlustersUK, who have written a 7 step guide to help you plan an epic Adventure. We really like the idea of creating a feed of inspiration in Instagram or pinterest. There is nothing more inspiring ( or depressing if you have the wanderlust and are stuck at home) looking through 100’s of stunning photographs of people having the time of their lives. Oh well.

The internet is chock full of lists of things to do to make your travel ‘epic’. But don’t worry. We’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. Ready?

Marrakech first with Globetrotter Guru. With an average of 316 hours of sunshine and only 1.2 days of rain it’s a good bet for August. Take a peek their Top 5 things to do in Marrakech.

A mere 14685Km journey now to Perth, Australia accompanied by Caz and Craig from YTravel.  From Rottnest Island to the Little Creature brewery in Freemantle you won’t be short of something to do with them. Beach in the morning followed by culture in the afternoon? Why not!  Have a read of The Top 15 things to do in Perth (take a look at those photographs!) and  don’t forget to check out our quick guide to travelling to Australia before you go too.

Back to Europe now with France’s 6th largest City, Nantes, which looks truly stunning. According to Nick and Nienke’s What to do in Nantes the city is a hotbed of arts and creativity and, as always in France, great food.

Food for thought? We hope so.

Let us know where you are off to next!


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