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The World First Wander: here comes the summer!

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.

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