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A family road trip in California was high on our bucket list and in February 2020 we finally managed to get out to L.A. and explore this amazing part of the world. In a nutshell, we started in L.A, drove up the Pacific Coast Highway including Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Carmel by the sea, Monterey Bay to San Francisco, then…

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Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach

The last few nights of our memorable 3 weeks family road trip around California we spent at Hermosa Beach, L.A. The accommodation we stayed in a family ocean front room at Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach, a beautiful boutique hotel boasting an enviable position on the beachfront of Hermosa Beach. With miles of white sandy beaches, sunsets, surf, volleyball, dining,…

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Recently we embarked on an amazing family road trip around California. It had been a trip we’d always thought of doing and now our boys being eight and ten, we thought what a great time to live the dream and do it. It was February and we were escaping the winter storms and cold weather back in Cornwall, England in…

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We arrived in Los Angeles airport on a lovely warm evening mid February to begin our three weeks family road trip around California. After our eleven hour flight from London Heathrow, we wanted to stay relatively close to L.A. airport on our first night so we chose Venice Beach. Our two boys, Dylan (10) and Harry (8) had their first…

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February 2020 we took an epic family road trip around California. One big draw for us as a family is that we could have sea/beach and mountains in one trip. So ten days into our trip we arrived at Heavenly Mountain Resort, south of Lake Tahoe and around a 3 hour drive from San Francisco. Heavenly lives up to its…

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How to keep your children entertained during long car journeys

During the bank holidays, lots of families decide to pack their car up for a long weekend away. Whilst most adults are content driving in silence for a few hours, younger passengers can kick off a bit of fuss. It’s important to find engaging ways to pass the time during the car journey, otherwise you may have to endure a…

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isles of scilly - mark shaw photography

As a travel blogger and photographer, I love remote scenic places and one of my favourite trips the past few years was our family weekend stay on the beautiful island of St Martins on the Isles of Scilly. Wild landscapes, white sand beaches, turquoise waters – the Isles of Scilly feel like a world away but in fact, they’re just…

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Regardless of where you are planning to go on vacation, it makes sense to buy a good travel insurance policy. Getting stranded because your flights were cancelled is tough enough, but it is ten times worse if you are travelling with children. You really don’t want them to be stranded in the airport for 24 hours because the travel insurance…

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Time that you spend together with loved ones is important, but it’s not always easy to find the best countries and destinations that offer easy access to childcare and all-round fun things to do with kids. We’ve been on various types of family holidays with our two boys including villa holidays in the Mediterranean (still our boys favourite holiday -…

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