• Royal Garden Hotel: Exploring London with the family

      Have I told you about how Mr. and Mrs. Modern started dating? Back in the height of the dotcom boom when we were mid-level executives living on separate continents and working for Silicon Valley startups? Well … I was ...

Fujifilm X-A3: Beyond the smartphone #ad

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  I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m not a photographer! I’m a travel blogger that likes taking photos and up until recently relied mainly on my smartphone for images. Start talking metering with me and my eyes glaze over. I just want amazing photos! Relying solely on my smartphone for images can be problematic: 1) it […]

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Royal Garden Hotel: Exploring London with the family

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  Have I told you about how Mr. and Mrs. Modern started dating? Back in the height of the dotcom boom when we were mid-level executives living on separate continents and working for Silicon Valley startups? Well … I was in San Francisco in corporate marketing at a software company. Mr. Modern was in sales for […]

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Postcards from February halfterm in London!

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  February half term is a hard one.  What do you do? Skiing is obvious. The only issue with that is a) it’s very expensive and b) it’s very crowded! This year UK and France school holidays collided – with resorts experiencing the biggest crowds ever. Thank goodness I skipped that! 😀 If you want/crave sunshine you […]

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Holidays: Tips for staying safe in the sun

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  I love how the sun makes me feel while I’m on holiday – warm, alive and happy! But I don’t love that it can be a health risk. My uncle died of melanoma more than a decade ago, and I’m keen to protect my family from harmful rays. I was introduced to Ultrasun a couple […]

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3 days in La Champagne

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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 […]

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Guide to walking over the Golden Gate Bridge

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    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, […]

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Antigua: St James Club or The Verandah?

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  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 […]

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Trying out floatfit® CARIBBEAN aquabase® at Elite Island Resorts!

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  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 […]

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The Modern Family: 12 months, 12 trips!

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  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 […]

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VLOG: Our review trip to The Verandah, Antigua

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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 […]

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Antigua: The Verandah Resort and Spa

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  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 […]

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Postcards from Costa Barcelona

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  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 […]

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12 reasons for families to visit Costa Barcelona

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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 […]

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Costa Barcelona: Bring the kids to the vineyard!

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  “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 […]

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Maui’s South Coast: Fairmont Kea Lani

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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 […]

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa: 7 tips for families

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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 […]

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