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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.

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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!

 

The World First Wander: preparation, coeliac disease and sunburn.

July 31st, 2015

The World First Wander: preparation, coeliac disease and sunburn.

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Eating healthily abroad isn’t always easy for those with special dietary requirements

Welcome to another instalment of the World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in travel writing and blogging. This week we look at health, fitness and travelling with a medical condition.

When you travel it can sometimes be tricky to stay fit and healthy – especially if you are eating fast food, not getting as much exercise as you’d like or are struggling to get to grips with local health issues. However, a few of our favourite travel bloggers have some great advice for doing exactly that, no matter where you roam. Let’s hit the road with them…

Sometimes preparation is everything, which is where we begin this week with @Englishmum and her top five tips for travel health. She has some interesting facts about the amount of sun protection we need – it’s more than you think! Have a read, it’s well worth a look.

If you need more on practicing safe sun then you only have to check out our own blog and a couple of recent articles. Check out our World First guide to sun protection: Do you practice safe sun? and The sun has got its hat on. But have you?

Another blogger who is all about the preparation this week is @travelhack. She has some fantastic tips for getting fit for travel before you go. It doesn’t have to be ‘beach body fit’, just fit enough to be well and stay well during you r stay. Check out Easy health and fitness tips to get holiday fit.

Rick Steves is another blogger who knows how to stay healthy whilst on his travels. So we hand over to Rick Steves Europe now for some really great Tips for healthy, happy travels. Some really good advice there, especially the section on drinking water.

When it comes to official advice there is only one website to visit, and that’s The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s site, Know before you go – staying safe and healthy abroad. Read it before anything else!

Here at World First we insure 1000s of people who travel with 1000s of different medical conditions. Gout is among them, so when we spotted Traveling abroad with gout from Lisa Stollman we wanted to include it here. Have a read if you are one of the many who suffer.

Another common condition we insure is Celiac Disease. If you travel with coeliac disease – we know it’s not easy – then you will pick up some great advice from Roger Elliot who runs the Celiac Travel website (US spelling!). Have a look at his Gluten Free Travel Stories for more brilliant tips on travelling gluten free.

Having specialist dietary requirements can cause problems for travellers. It often means having to plan a little more than your average traveller. Yoga teacher and avocado lover Alex from Delish Knowledge has some tips and tricks in her recent post ten easy tips to stay healthy while travelling.

Feeling good? Great. Have a good trip.

Until next time.

Tristan

P.S. Got any tips for staying healthy while travelling? Let us know!

5 of the world’s best cycling holidays

July 30th, 2015

5 of the world’s best cycling holidays

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You don’t need a yellow jersey to have a great time on a cycling holiday.

Missing the Tour de France already? If you have been inspired by the gruelling feats of Chris Froome and the swarm of svelte cyclists behind him, it’s time to swap two feet for two wheels and see the world from your saddle. Here are five of our favourite cycling holidays – somewhat more leisurely than anything you’ll find on the Tour. Mostly.

A tongue-tingling tour of northern Italy

6 days

Italy is a foodie’s paradise. New flavours are revealed around every corner on this leisurely 6-day exploration of Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Veneto. You will dine at traditional restaurants serving authentic local favourites such as radicchio and taleggio risotto, pumpkin-stuffed ravioli and clams from the Venetian lagoon. Is your mouth watering yet?

As for the cycling, you will be guided on a 135-mile journey through World Heritage Sites, countryside orchards and pretty Italian villages – ending in the romantic city of Venice. Lofty prices reflect the fact that your overnight stays take in the best hotels in the region, perfect for well-deserved R&R. The package also includes bike hire, a cycling jersey, accommodation and food.

£2,575 | ciclismoclassico.com

Midnight sun beside beautiful fjords in Norway

8 days

The quiet stillness, invigorating icy air and stunning beauty of the Lofoten Islands is ideal for two-wheeled exploration. This narrow chain of islands is studded with imposing mountains – more per square mile than anywhere else in Norway – rising dramatically from glassy fjords. Get a scale for the epic beauty as you cycle gentle routes between traditional Nordic fishing villages.

Accommodation is a mix of hotels and traditional lodges beside the icy waters of the fjords. Jump in for an invigorating dip before thawing out in the sauna with a cockle-warming glass of akevitt. Luggage transfers are included in the price and you can choose between a guided tour or taking in the islands at your own pace with a map and directions. Either way, you won’t want to forget the camera.

£2,035 | skedaddle.co.uk  

Escape the chill of Blighty in Andalucia

8 days

From midnight sun in Norway to winter sun in Andalucia, where January temperatures regularly top 20oC. Saddle up and pedal along quiet countryside lanes, passing olive groves and vineyards, stopping for tapas in the definitive white villages of the Grazalema National Park.

After a day of pedalling, relax by the pool in your self-catering villa or farmhouse. Daily tours are fully supported, with guides who adapt their pace to suit your ability and preference. Bike hire is available too. If there’s a better way to see this beautiful part of Spain, we have yet to find it.

From £320 | andaluciancyclingexperience.com

Find your exotic side in Costa Rica

12 days

It doesn’t take a wild leap of imagination to conclude that they must have been talking about the abundance of beautiful scenery when they gave Costa Rica – the coast of riches – its name. Take in the volcanoes, lush forests and incredible biodiversity on this leisurely 12-day adventure through one of the world’s most vivid and varied countries.

The alluring scent of coffee plantations should be enough to spur you on as you cycle through wildlife-packed forests to spectacular golden-sanded beaches. The package includes accommodation in top hotels, one night’s camping and most meals, where you will tuck in to tasty local cuisine – mild, flavourful dishes focused on rice, beans, tropical fruits and vegetables.

£1,745 | skedaddle.co.uk

Become King – or Queen – of the Mountains

8 days

Something more challenging? Follow in the tyre treads of the Tour de France’s heroic riders with Le Domestique Tours. You will take on the most gruelling climbs in cycling, including the legendary Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez. The organisers call it an opportunity to challenge yourself against the Tour de France’s most infamous climbs. And who are we to argue?

The support you will receive is of a professional level and includes a support car carrying spares and extra clothing. You will also have your own resident chef, dishing up carefully balanced energy-rich food to make sure you are properly fuelled for those lung-busting ascents. Half-board accommodation and transfers are included. It’s the ride of a lifetime. But rather you than us.

From £1149 | ledomestiquetours.co.uk

Get bespoke (sorry) cover for your cycling holiday with World First’s failsafe sports travel insurance.

The World First Wander: here comes the summer!

July 24th, 2015

The World First Wander: here comes the summer!

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Wild camping on the Isle of Arran. A magical time and place for the 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 are going to take a look at keeping the kids amused, camping, the national parks and planning for summer…

By the time you read this the school summer holidays will have begun. 6 weeks off for the lucky kids while mum and dad are left scratching their heads for activities to keep them busy. Well, read on brave parents, we are here to help! This week’s World First Wander is all about great ideas for summer.

We start close to home in Exeter, with a great list of Top things to do in Exeter from Tripadvisor. Exeter has it all, rock climbing on the quay to exploring underneath the city in the underground tunnels – a unique attraction that’s rain proof.

If you are planning to get away from it all it’s always handy to get a few tips from the experts. The Telegraphs’ Nick Trend, who knows a thing or two about travel, has some great suggestions for dealing with traffic jams, delayed flights the dreaded service station stop, as well as a few other holiday nightmares. Read his School Holidays – Tips for pain-free travel this summer for more.

Of course, people who don’t have kids still need to get away from it all. Making things run smoothly is all about the planning, which is something this next post from Global Mouse is about. Planning ahead for the perfect summer holiday contains some great advice. Especially number 2: Get the right Travel Insurance.

Camping is always popular with children, whether its in the back garden, out in the wilds or at a campsite. Fresh air makes them sleep well! This next post from the Travel Tester has a free downloadable camping checklist so it’s worth a look just for that alone! Check out Beginner Camping Tips: What to bring camping and how to enjoy it.

If you are in need of a few ideas of where to camp this summer then look no further than the UK’s amazing national parks. They include the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and the Yorkshire Dales and all are truly stunning. Some even allow wild camping in designated areas. Whether you visit for the day or stay overnight there’s information on it all at on their website at www.nationalparks.gov.uk. Or follow them on Twitter here.

Another place where you can wild camp legally is Scotland, as long as you follow the rules and leave it nicer than it was when you arrived (ie pick up and remove ALL litter).  Do it right and camping in Scotland can be magical. Visit Scotland’s downloadable guide to camping in Scotland is invaluable.

Talking of going north, how about the Shetland Islands? These really do look stunning. Rachel Davis, also known as Vagabond Baker, has been writing a diary entitled Shetland in Midsummer and it is very appealing. The photos are stunning (as are the cakes by the looks of it).

Back to activities now, with a few lists. Let’s begin with 21 Activities to do with kids in the summer holidays from Truly Madly Kids. We love number 10, the scavenger hunt. Check out the link to Pinterest for some brilliant scavenging ideas. It’s guaranteed to keep them amused and beats a video game any day.Next is the very useful 28 fantastic days out to keep the kids entertained from The Independent. Great ideas there, from coastering at the Lizard to the Alice in Wonderland Garden Trail in Essex and the Welsh Cake Trail.

Food for thought? Go get ‘em!

Until next week.

Swim Safe this summer with the RNLI

July 22nd, 2015

Swim Safe this summer with the RNLI

Keep them safe this summer with the RNLI and ASA Swim Safe

Keep them safe this summer with the RNLI and ASA Swim Safe

Are you worried about your little ones swimming safely at the beach this summer? It’s not unusual. IN fact, a study by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) recently concluded that one in five parents won’t let their children swim in the sea because they feel it’s too dangerous.

Well they are right, the sea can be dangerous. But it can also be enjoyed safely, with the benefit of a little bit of knowledge. Most people get into trouble at the seaside because they don’t know anything about local conditions, how to read the sea and what to do if they get into trouble. That kind of knowledge isn’t that easy to come by unless you have expert tuition.

The great news is that the RNLI, in partnership with the ASA, are holding a series of FREE sessions for all children between 7 and 14 at resorts around the UK this summer. The sessions, which take place at safe swimming locations around the coast, last about 40 minutes and include a 10 minute talk from lifeguards and then a 30 minute water session with instructors.

The sessions will give kids an insight into what they can expect when swimming in the sea and how they can keep themselves safe. It is a fantastic chance for your children to experience swimming in a non-pool environment in a safe and fun way.

So, parents! There’s now no excuse for not letting your kids enjoy the sea safely! And it’s FREE! Book your kids into a session now and save yourselves a bit of worry.

Book online CLICK HERE.

SOME SUMMER SAFETY ADVICE

  • Remember to swim at lifeguarded beaches only if you are unsure of safety.
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Do not enter the water if a red flag is flying.
  • If you get into trouble and swallow seawater, seek help.
  • If you see people in trouble alert the lifeguards. DO not enter the water yourself. Most drownings happen when people try to perform rescues. The rescuers are often those who perish.

The World First Wander: Crohn’s disease, surfing, tots and tats.

July 17th, 2015

The World First Wander: Crohn’s disease, surfing, tots and tats.

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Learning to surf. Best fun ever.

Welcome to another installment of the World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in travel writing and blogging. This week we are going to take a look at Crohn’s disease, surfing and passport photos for tiny tots. Oh, and tattoos.

We start off this week with a great post on Crohn’s disease.  If you were unaware of it, it is a long term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. It can affect any part of the system and results in ulcers, pain fatigue, pain and diarrhoea. Living with Crohn’s – and a similar condition, ulcerative colitis – can be difficult. Travel, even more so. For some getting Crohn’s Disease Travel Insurance can be difficult enough. Happily, as medical travel insurance experts, we can help. Get in touch.

In the meantime, if you are one of those 100,000 or so people in the UK living with Crohn’s – or would like to read more about travelling with the disease – then our first post is for you. It’s from @misslizzybarlow and is entitled Travelling with Crohns disease.

With the summer holidays just around the corner now is the perfect time to look for a new activity to take up. If you find yourself at the seaside it has to be surfing. We wrote a while back about some of the best surf spots in west Cornwall. Some say it’s the best surf in the UK. Whatever you think, taking the kids surfing is a brilliant activity for summer holidays. We promise you that nothing beats seeing the huge grins on their faces when they catch their first waves. Have a read of Learning to Surf from Challenge Sophie for an idea of what to expect from your first lesson.

A contentious issue next. Some people are so moved by travel experiences that they feel they want to commemorate it with something permanent. Yes that’s right, we are talking tattoos. While it might not be for you, there are a lot of people who love them and think very carefully about having tattoos that mean something to them. And that’s what this next post is all about. And if it’s any consolation, tattoos divide opinion here at World First. Some of us (me, Tristan) have more than the average number of tattoos, while others do not. And yet some of us (me, Tristan) say getting a travel tattoo is a no no, while other (the rest of the office) say they would. How about you? Read Travel: the ultimate tattoo inspiration from Travelettes for inspiration.

Baby Passports next. If you have ever tried taking a suitable baby passport photograph and really struggled to get it right then this one is for you. It’s from Tots to Travel which is one of our favourite family travel blogs. It is How to take a Baby Passport Photo. What is it they say about working with children or animals?

If you are travelling with children this summer then it’s always helpful to get some tips and ideas from other travellers who know a thing or two about family travel. With the next post,  40 Tips for Travelling in Europe with your Kids you will definitely find something for you that you may never have thought of.  A great travel post from @FlashpackerFam.

Next up is Toniwonitravels with some brilliant advice on packing.  If you have ever agonised over it – we have – then it’ll come as a breath of fresh air. Toni’s travel blog  Reclaiming my Future has had a recent revamp so it’s definitely one to add to your list. It’s on ours. Anyway, back to packing. Have a read of The ultimate packing List for everybody and start making plans.

Until next time.

Rothwell & Towler Tourism House Woodwater Park
Pynes Hill Exeter EX2 5WS

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