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Bubblebum Competition Winner

Bubblebum2Thanks to all those of you who entered our competition to win a Bubblebum.  We asked you to name your child’s favourite song to play on long car journeys, and what a mix of answers you gave.

Your children’s favourite song by a long way was Wheels on the Bus; followed by Gangnam Style as the second most popular and Old MacDonald the third.

Clearly some of you are being driven nuts by your cbeebies compilations and have “encouraged” your children to adopt your favourites; with your kids rocking out to the Rolling Stones, Queen and Robbie Williams.

And there are some strange likes out there too;  Ellie’s kids love Copacabana by Barry Manilow, Ben’s kids love Biggie Smalls and Laura’s son loves anything by Nickelback! Continued…

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BubbleBum Competition!

Bubblebum3Hello family travellers.  We have a fantastic competition for you this week.

Win a BubbleBum inflatable booster seat

You may well have read our review of our the BubbleBum inflatable car booster seat here on the BabyAbroad Blog.  If you did, you would know how much we rate this fantastic travel product.  Two years on from that review, we are still using ours regularly.  Being, able to deflate it to put in your hand luggage, makes it great for travel especially for use in taxis, hire cars, etc. and in our day to day use if we have extra kids in the car, it comes in very useful then too.  And so, we are super pleased that BubbleBum have given us one of their funky new Black and Silver boosters to give away to one lucky BabyAbroad reader. Continued…

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Berlin with children: A fab family city break

Going to Berlin with children, was probably my favourite city break we’ve done as a family.  There’s so much to see and do that the children can be kept entertained at the same time as you getting a closer look at Berlin’s history.  Here are some of the things we did with the children in Berlin, where we went, ate, etc and some of the things we ran out of time for!

Things to do with children in Berlin.

Fat Tire Bike Tours.

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Wet but happy on a bike tour of Berlin

We were recommended the Fat Tire Bike Tour in Berlin and we loved it. I exchanged emails and telephoned Fat Tire beforehand to check out the options for our children (they’re 9 and 5 yrs old) and on each occasion found them to be very helpful. We wanted to do the All-in-one tour, a 5-6hour 10km cycle around the main tourist sites. Continued…

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Can you switch off from work on holiday?

Are you tempted to check your twitter feed on the beach or catch up with your email inbox by the pool? Apparently lots of us do: according to Tots To Travel, more than two thirds of parents (69%) work during their family summer holiday.

Mum On Beach WorkingThe family travel specialist carried out a survey of parents after experiencing increasing demand for wifi in its holiday properties. While 82 per cent of the mums and dads* that work on holiday admit they would rather relax with their children, the survey shows they work because, in the main, they believe it is necessary for their business or because they are under pressure from their employer or are afraid of losing their job.

A large percentage (41 per cent) work five or more hours a week while ostensibly on holiday and more than two-thirds (68 per cent) say they or their partner take work calls while on holiday.  A whopping 78 per cent check work emails. Continued…

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Guide to Flying with Children: Free Ebook!

Flying with children: Baby Sleeping in Aeroplane BassinetThe lovely folks at flight comparison site, cheapflights.co.uk, have shared with us their fab free Guide to Flying with Children (click to download).  We’re all for sharing tips on coping with a flight with young children, and their guide is packed with them.

The guide is split into handy sections to cover all aspects of flying with children; pre-flight, at the airport, and then by the age, focusing on the under 2s, 3-6s, and 7s and above.  There also are sections on preparing for the flight, how to simplify your life at the airport, and a section on useful tips and inspiration from famous mums and dads. Continued…

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Bargain Travel Toys: ELC half price sale

We see that the Early Learning Centre have a half price sale on at the moment.  It’s a perfect time to grab some bargain travel toys ready for summer.  Here are our favourites from among their offers.

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From the writer of the ever popular ‘Dear Zoo’ is this Baby Animals buggy book!

You can clip it onto the buggy, or your aeroplane seat belt to ensure it doesn’t hit the floor every 2 minutes!  Down from £4.99 to £2.49, we think it’s a bargain!

 

Wild Animal Set

We take a pack of animals on holiday and this wild animal set is great!  My girls constructed a zoo in the sand for their animals last summer.  It was complete with sunken bucket pond too!  Of course the animals easily wash off afterwards for play back at your holiday apartment or in the bath, or for some role playing on the journey!  They are down from £25 to £12.50. Continued…

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Our review of family friendly Javea, Spain

Rock pooling on family holiday in JaveaWe’re going to bring you a range of family holiday ideas over the next few months. So whether you are planning a get away for this summer, or planning ahead for next summer, we’ll have a holiday to whet your travelling appetite.  First up is the very family friendly Javea in Spain.

Family friendly Javea

Why take a family holiday to Javea, Spain?  It has a great beach, with plenty to do for the children, some great Spanish food but with restaurants that have opening times to suit British families eating with children. Continued…

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Our first family holiday with our baby

Beautifully Serene Sea at Puerto Pollensa, perfect for a first family holidayOur first family holiday with our baby will always stand out for me from all the travels we’ve done since.  We weren’t really intrepid explorers before having children, just enjoyed visiting new places, taking time out from busy work schedules to relax and sampling the local food and wines.  And we wanted the same kind of thing again.  And so, where to go with our 18 month old and when?

Choosing a first family holiday

When was easy, as we were determined to take advantage of being able to book for time outside of school holidays and as our daughter is fair, we chose October so it wouldn’t be too hot.  We had enjoyed Spain a few times, and so plumped for Puerto Pollensa in Mallorca.  It turned out to be a perfect choice for our first family holiday.  It’s family friendly restaurants, safe beach and great climate were perfect for us. Continued…

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Your essential self catering holiday packing list

Don’t forget the corkscrew!

Take a peep at our self catering holiday packing list to help with your next family holiday.  We’ve listed out some of life’s little essentials and some nice to haves that make catering for your family easier on holiday.  We’ll leave the toiletries and clothing suggestions down to you!  And do please let us know if we should add anything else.

Cleaning products.

When you’re on a self catering holiday, unfortunately, you still have to clean up after yourselves, but taking your own means not having to buy excessive amounts when you get there

  • 2 x dishcloths
  • 1 x scourer
  • 2 x tea towels
  • Bin bags
  • Small bottle of washing up liquid
  • Dishwasher tablets (1 a day, plus a few)
  • Clothes Washing tablets (we prefer not to be doing the washing on holiday, but with kids, there’s a good chance of some spillage)
  • 2 x toilet rolls

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“My Holiday…” Competition prize winner

My holiday boy reading a Love2read bookThank you so much to all those of you who entered our competition to win a “My Holiday…” personalised reading book from Love2read.

We loved reading all your entries and have giggled at some of your funny book moments.  There is a clear winner when it comes to kids favourite holiday books.  It’s somewhat unsurprising that the most popular author was the fantastic Julia Donaldson, with 20% of you writing that one of her books was your child’s favourite to take on holiday; the Gruffalo being the most popular choice. Continued…

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