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

Jungle theme kids room

A Scandinavian Style Jungle-Theme Kid’s Room

Remember our travel-themed nursery for Otis? Well that’s where baby number two will be heading, and in the meantime, we created a whole new room for Otis – and this time it was even more fun as Otis got to be involved in choosing what he wanted. After deliberating over the galaxy, travel and animals, … Read more

Watergate Bay Hotel - Best Cornwall Family Holiday

The Most Beautiful Luxury Family Hotels in Cornwall

Cornwall is the perfect destination for a UK family staycation, feeling just as special as further flung destinations, but without the cost and added bother of a flight. In fact, driving along the rugged Cornwall coast reminds me of Big Sur and our gorgeous California road trip. For places to stay in Cornwall, there are … 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

Road trip in Italy itinerary

An Italian road trip: from Florence to the Amalfi coast

How to spend a perfect 2-3 weeks in Italy, road tripping from Florence to the Amalfi Coast via Tuscany, Rome and Naples. From the food to the country’s expertise in living la dolce vita, Italy is one of my favourite places to visit. Steve and I go back time and time again, and it was … Read more

South US Road Trip - Savannah

Road Trip: Southern USA – An Epic Deep South Itinerary

The allure of southern USA has been calling me for years. I wanted to experience that famous Southern charm, the music, the moss-laden trees, the accent, the mountains, and all the colourful cities and quirks that make up the southern states. It’s a big area y’all, so coming up with a south US road trip … Read more

Road Trip Portugal - Porto-Santa Cruz-Lisbon

Road Trip Portugal: Three Epic Portugal Road Trips

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

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