Road Trip Portugal - Porto-Santa Cruz-Lisbon

Road Trip: Portugal in 10 Days (Porto to Lisbon)

The wild Atlantic coast, sounds of fado and elegant tiled architecture are just a few of the ways that Portugal enchants and beckons travellers. It’s a place you can appreciate by just being there, soaking in its rich and varied history, from the Celts to the Visigoths, the Christians and the explorers, which means if … Read more

New York with a baby - DUMBO

How to Plan the Perfect Family Trip to New York with a Baby

New York might not be the first place you think of when deciding where to travel with a baby, but, for us, it was one of the best trips we took in Otis’ first year. By the time we went there, when Otis was 10 months old, we had already travelled with him to Barcelona, … Read more

Universal Studios City Walk

A Complete Guide to Universal Studios for Toddlers and Babies

Are you wondering if it’s possible to visit Universal Studios with a baby or toddler, and for the whole family to still have an amazing time? Before we went to LA, I thought the answer would be no, but after spending a brilliant day at Universal Studios Hollywood with our then 10-month-old baby, I can … Read more

Tips for doing a package holiday in style

Top tips for doing a package holiday in style

Can a package holiday be stylish? Our experience with Jet2 Holidays in Croatia, plus top tips for choosing a package holiday. Last week I wrote about why we loved our package holiday with Jet2Holidays to the Hotel Jure near Sibenik Croatia. In a nutshell it came down to the ease of the whole experience plus … Read more

Why our package holiday to Croatia surprised us

As you know, Bridges and Balloons is about finding special places and experiences around the world, especially unique and interesting accommodation. So when we were invited on a package holiday with Jet2Holidays, I wasn’t sure if I should accept. I used to go on plenty of package holidays as a child, so I had no … Read more

Plastic-free parenting

A plastic-free parenting challenge

You know the joke, “How can you tell if someone’s vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you”? I think you could probably extend that to all manner of moral/eco-behaviour. It’s pretty easy to feel smug and get a bit preachy when you’re doing something you think is good for the planet. But that’s a slippery slope … Read more

Travel to Barcelona with a baby

Barcelona with a baby – travel tips and advice

We did it! We took our first trip abroad with Otis and it turned out pretty lovely. He slept on the plane, enjoyed all the attention, and Steve and I still felt like we had a holiday, even with a baby in tow. This post is filled with all our tips for travelling to Barcelona … Read more

How to plan a babymoon

Babymoon ideas and tips for travelling while pregnant

It’s a bit of a silly word, but a babymoon refers to the final holiday a couple takes by themselves  before their baby arrives. When I heard about the concept, I didn’t need convincing to take one. Not only do I take any excuse to travel, but I also genuinely think it’s a great idea … Read more

Stylish baby brands

The best Scandinavian-style baby brands

I’d like to say I’m a minimalist or someone who makes all their own clothes, but truth be told, I’m a sucker for shopping for great design. And now that Otis is here, there’s a whole new world of temptation and all of it’s so cute! While dreaming of his arrival, I spent a lot … Read more

Travel theme nursery

How to create a travel-themed nursery

My passions are opposite. On one hand I love to travel and be free, and on the other I love homemaking and creating a place to call my own. Recently, I brought the two together for the decoration of our travel-themed nursery. Not only does it have a travel theme, but it also draws on … Read more