Category Archives: Uncategorized

Baby’s First Summer Holiday Ideas – June – August

There are so many firsts to treasure with your new baby – Christmas, Birthdays, food, smiles. One of the firsts I was most looking forward to was taking baby on her first summer holiday! But where is the perfect destination for baby’s first summer holiday? Here some of our favourite  family travel bloggers tell you about our favourite places to go for Baby’s first summer holiday.  So whether you want city breaks, beach breaks, European holidays or something more exotic we have you covered  with some great global suggestions for baby’s first summer holiday ideas. Continue reading Baby’s First Summer Holiday Ideas – June – August

Fearless family travel #5

Hello and welcome to another #fearlessfamtrav linky. We had a lovely May – we took a lovely weekend trip to Dubai where we stayed at the beautiful Conrad hotel and enjoyed a trip to the amazing Dubai aquarium. I also attended my first bloggers event at the Arabian travel market. You can read about my bloggers event tips here.


June is going to a difficult month for us. The weather in Doha is getting unbearable hot and this year it is also Ramadan. We are looking forward to getting away to Singapore for our Eid vacation. What are your plans for the upcoming month? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve picked my favourites links from last month purely for selfish reasons – they are all places we are travelling to soon

The great Bali tips by love arts Berlin

Fun in Dunedin by jetlag and mayhem and

I couldn’t resist this super helpful high chair roundup by baby can travel

This month, I’m linking up with my post on reasons why you should cruise with a baby complete with some top tips by other fab family travel bloggers! I can’t wait to read your posts.

So what is The Fearless Family Travel linky?

#fearlessfamtrav is the place to come and link up all your favourite family travel posts. From days out and holidays, city trips to beach breaks, top tips, accommodation and product reviews. If it’s about family travel then we want to hear about it!

The rules 

– Please share the linky love and comment on the host post and at least two others! Please add the #fearlessfamtrav hashtag to all comments!

– Tweet me your links @wandermustfam along with the #fearlessfamtrav hashtag and I will retweet to all our followers.

– Please follow me on all my social media channels as I’ll be sharing the posts on there too! I also have a #fearlessfamtrav Pinterest page so message me to be invited!

– The Fearless Family Travel will go live on the 1st of every month and stay live for the whole week ending on 7th.

We can’t wait to read your posts!

 


An open letter to the Daily Telegraph – Why you SHOULD take your children on foreign holidays

Last week I read this article – the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! It really irked me on the first read but the more I have thought about it and on second read it has annoyed me even more! So I wanted to pen a response to why I think you should take your children on foreign holidays. But first I’m going to dissect why this article really irritated me. 

The title! The title states – the science behind why you shouldn’t take your child on foreign holidays! So what scientific research has been conducted to generate this article. NONE! This piece admittedly was written by Oliver James, a UK based child psychologist! However the evidence put forth in this article seems purely anecdotal with little empirical basis beyond his own family who took nine years of holidays to Cornwall before going to France! It seems his children hated France and therein lies the science why you shouldn’t take your children on foreign holidays! This is not science! I am sure there are many factors why this was the holiday his children didn’t like, not simply because it was the one foreign holiday they took! How can an trained, professional psychologist make such an outrageous claim with no empirical evidence to support it! 

For James, what children need is familiar and unadventurous holidays! This to him means repetition, reasonably warm and ice cream nearby! Why – because apparently until children hit near teens they are completely unequipped to deal with foreign travel! From my limited experience of travelling with my one year old and from experiences of people around me, I have only seen positive effects of travel! 

Admittedly not all of our travel experiences have been successful but without doubt our worst experience was a UK based holiday! Not because it was a ‘home’ holiday but because he accommodation was not what it billed to be! Does this mean I should tell people not to do uk travel – of course not that would be as absurd as James claim that foreign travel is bad for children! 

Now, surprisingly given the title of my article I am not advocating for only foreign travel. I actually thing that any travel, be it a day out with the family to a country park, or a 2 week holiday in the sun is beneficial to children and even more importantly the quality time families spend together! 

But for me, and I think many others, foreign travel with children is something they cherish! 

I recently wrote about why we have and we will continue to travel with our baby ! And I stand by them! I love travelling with out baby – in fact the whole ethos of our blog is inspiring other parents to travel with babies! Now do I believe travelling stays the same when you have babies – absolutely not! And it would be selfish to think it could but it can be adapted. We travel at a much slower pace! And in fact we love this new slower pace. 

We also as I am sure James will be happy to know, keep a structure to our travel days to make sure baby enjoys our travel too! We also make sure we plan activities and meals that we know our baby will love. It takes a bit more research but is well worth it! Also I want my daughter to grow up with a curious, accepting and flexible soul! Foreign travel can certaintly encourage this! 

If you are an expat like us, travel is the only way in which we can connect with and let our baby bond with family! 

I think all these reasons show why – if you want to, you should take foreign holidays with children and not feel guilty about it! 

So in future Daily Telegraph – if you are going to publish “scientific” articles make sure there is empirical, peer reviewed science actually in them! And perhaps accept that holidays, whether day trips at home, holidays in the U.K. and/or foreign travel can all be beneficial to children if you do them right! 

 Part of #marvmondays 

Speed dating bloggers event lowdown

Last week I attended the Arabian Travel Market. As part of this four day long event, on the last day a speed dating blogger event was held. This was my first speed dating blogger event, actually it was my first blogger event. I was really nervous before the event about what to take and what it would be like so I thought it would be worth writing down what I found out and what I think you need to know

Elevator Pitch

This is essential. Know what you are and what you can offer and be able to explain this as precisely as possible. The maximum time allotted per meeting is 5 minutes, though I found towards the end you had much less than this as people tried to talk to as many people as possible.

Business Cards

Remember to take them! I was the idiot that got distracted by her baby while packing and left her business cards on her bedside table. Make sure you have a plentiful supply but even more important remember to get other peoples.

Importance of Instagram

I am starting to understand the spectrum of uses for each of my social media channels. What I learnt at the speed dating bloggers event is that Instagram is king at these events. During my meetings, I was surprised that as I was talking how many people checked my instagram feed rather than my website as we chatted. If I were going to another speed dating bloggers event I would make sure that my top nine squares were really on brand and matched perfectly my elevator pitch. Luckily, just before my speed dating blogging event I had been to the Maldives so my Instagram feed was really on point. I would do this more deliberately next time.

Don’t feel like you have to be the right fit for everyone

I spoke to some really lovely people at the speed dating blogging event however not all would work well with my niche. While I love Rwanda for instance, going on a cultural tour of Rwanda with my one year old is not the right fit for me. There is no point wasting either of your time so make sure you are clear about who you are and what you can offer and don’t be afraid to say that you aren’t the right fit. However if you know someone who would be a good fit why not recommend them? The brand and the blogger will be pleased and who knows in the future you may get a referral back.

Network with bloggers as well as brands 

One of the most useful things for me at the event was speaking to other bloggers. An offhand comment by another blogger who is familiar with your site can make you rethink your blogger worth and help refine your brand. It is also great for sharing hints and tips. Therefore don’t only focus your attention at brands.

Follow Up

Don’t treat the end of the meeting as the end of the conversation. Email thank yous for meeting with you and reaffirm your brand and offer and continue the dialogue about future collaborations.

 

Have you ever attended a speed dating blogger event? What are your best hints and tips? 

 

Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans 

There’s always that moment before you go on a trip where you wonder if you have misjudged your plans – this is even more true when you are traveling as a family. I remember sitting on the plane before doing our big med trip last year and wondering if it was going to be as successful as we hoped. I’ll admit there were some hiccups along the way – I’m looking at you earthquake – but our trip in particular our experience in Rome inspired us in our future travels (you can read about our big trip planning here). So here is a low down of places we’ve been and how they have inspired us for future travel with our baby contrary to what people have told us!  Continue reading Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans 

5 best cruise ports for architecture 

We at Wandermust family love cruising, everything from convenience of onboard food to simply watching the sea go by. But our favourite thing about cruising has to be the ports. This list is for all you architecture lovers out there – from all of our adventures by cruise these are what we think are the top five ports for seeing different architecture

Santorini

There isn’t a Greek yoghurt pot in the world that doesn’t have a picture of santorini of. The island is home to the archetypal white buildings with blue domes. The beautiful town of oia is not to be missed.

Archetypal Greek architecture
Continue reading 5 best cruise ports for architecture