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

Watergate Bay Hotel - Best Cornwall Family Holiday

10 reasons this is the best luxury family holiday in Cornwall

I always thought you had to sacrifice style when opting for a family hotel, but since having Otis, I’ve been repeatedly proven wrong – and never more so than when visiting Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Every detail of the hotel exudes style, comfort and ease, which are my top three ingredients for a luxury … 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

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