I’ve joined the British Guild of Travel Writers, an eclectic group of talented and friendly travel journalists. The group’s collective experience is mind-boggling. There are specialists that have traversed Egypt, tried kambala racing in India and searched out Europe’s best cycle cafes. What everyone in the group has is common is the love of travel. If you put […]
Going to San Francisco? Then you MUST set aside a few hours to walk over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (which is painted red, btw, not gold). It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. You can walk or bike ...
Lucky you! Hopefully if you’re reading this you’ve decided to go to my favourite Caribbean island, Antigua! It’s perfect for families who want to minimise travel time – it’s the closest Caribbean Island to the UK and takes roughly ...
Driving down the c-32, the main motorway that hugs the Costa Barcelona coast, I’m reminded of California. Oaks trees line the rolling golden hills and terra-cotta coloured houses dot the landscape as we pass the upscale town of Llavaneres. We pass an ...
Going to San Francisco? Then you MUST set aside a few hours to walk over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (which is painted red, btw, not gold). It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. You can walk or bike across the 1.5 mile art deco-inspired bridge and enjoy sweeping panoramic views to the Pacific, Marin Headlands, […]
Lucky you! Hopefully if you’re reading this you’ve decided to go to my favourite Caribbean island, Antigua! It’s perfect for families who want to minimise travel time – it’s the closest Caribbean Island to the UK and takes roughly 8 hours via plane. Plus many of the resorts are with 30 minutes – 1 hour […]
Perhaps he sensed my apprehension. “Don’t worry – you can modify any of this.” Super Dave, on Elite Island Resort’s activity staff at St. James’ Club in Antigua, is wearing a fluorescent pink sports shirt and black Lyra gym shorts. His Antiguan accent oozes enthusiasm and I’m instantly reminded I’m on holiday. He looks over my Lands […]
We started the year with a trip to Brighton, staying at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront as part of the Holiday Inn You’re Welcome campaign. I wasn’t entirely sure how the girls were going to react to going away (it was a busy term time weekend – tennis, 11+ exams, and lots and lots […]
Come with the Modern Family to Antigua! In October we stayed at The Verandah Resort and Spa as guests of Elite Island Resorts. We made the most of the week trying to keep fit as a family – kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming and hiking to historic Devil’s Bridge. Come join us! Read […]
I knew we’d be back! After visiting last year, Antigua is now one of our favourite holiday destinations. Minimising travel time is a key factor for us and Antigua is the closest Caribbean island from the UK (less than 8 hours flying time). Plus if you pick a resort near the airport, you can save a couple of hours […]
Driving down the c-32, the main motorway that hugs the Costa Barcelona coast, I’m reminded of California. Oaks trees line the rolling golden hills and terra-cotta coloured houses dot the landscape as we pass the upscale town of Llavaneres. We pass an agricultural area and our tour guide points out tiny red dots that are strawberries! There’s […]
Just 20 minutes from Barcelona-El Prat airport lies the region of Costa Barcelona. The name is not as familiar as its northern neighbour Costa Brava, but that should be exactly why you want to visit! Costa Barcelona is one of three new tourist brands that encompass the Province of Barcelona. Collectively they market themselves as “Barcelona […]
“I’m Chardonnay and I’m from France!” I yell out, doing a half turn and then a majestic bow. My fellow bloggers do the same. We’re on a press trip organized by Costa Barcelona, and our first stop is the Alta Alella winery. It’s the closest vineyard to Barcelona, located 2 km from the Mediterranean […]
A text pings and I can’t decide. Feathers or foam? I tap my 14-year-old on the shoulder. She’s dozed off, summer reading strewn to the side, wearing one of the 7 bikinis she packed for our trip. We’ve had a hard morning. Up before 7 to get on a 64-ft catamaran to sail to the Molokini […]
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach is a good choice for families. It’s location – right on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches – is a major plus. The resort also have a 5-swimming pool complex with water slides which makes it very popular with kids. It’s a bit busy, and […]
A day out with the whole family can be challenging: The kids want to be entertained, grandma gets tired easily and the aunt has very specific dietary requirements! The newly transformed and extended San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turned out to be a big hit for The Extended Modern Family. With three times more gallery space […]
Join the Modern Family on Day 2 of their Hawaiian adventure. There’s a tropical rainstorm, a tour of the Westin Maui Resort and Spa and lots and lots of pineapple! IF YOU GO The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761 +1 (808) 667-2525 http://www.westinmaui.com Go Hawai’i int.gohawaii.com/uk Whalers […]
The Modern Family loves snorkelling. With minimal instruction, even kids can enjoy colourful underwater life. If you can swim, you can snorkel! In Maui, be prepared to see lots and lots of sea turtles! Here’s our list of our favourite places to snorkel in Maui. 1. Black Rock The very first time I snorkelled – […]
Check out the Modern Family in our blog of our first day in Hawai’i! We go surfing on Kaanapali Beach, forget our towels, burn our feet on hot sand, rent a cabana on the beach and eat pineapple! All in a hard days work! IF YOU GO The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali […]