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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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What comes to your mind when you think of Portugal and its capital, Lisbon? Perhaps its colonial past, fortified wine, Fado music, seafood, or those beautiful pastel-coloured properties? While you will find all of those in Lisbon, there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful and cosmopolitan European city. There are a lot of things worth…

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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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You’ve hunted high and low for the best hotel deal, whether it is in Tunbridge Wells or somewhere else in the country, and you’ve finally put together a holiday package that isn’t going to break the bank. However, when you come home, everything has been spent. You’ve come back penniless and quickly discovered that a lot of your budget has…

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America is home to miles and miles of trails that wind through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery – no matter where you live you’re likely to be within a day’s drive of some outstanding options backpacking. If you just purchased one of the Knoxville houses for sale, the over 2,180-mile-long Appalachian Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine…

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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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