Creative family travel guides

We’ve travelled far and wide since having Otis in 2018 and Arlo in 2020. And we’ve put together plenty of family travel guides, including itineraries, things to do with kids, and tips for travelling with a baby, toddler and beyond.

These are perfect if you’re keen to travel as a family but don’t want to sacrifice style and creativity. We think happy parents make for happy kids.

What’s creative family travel?

Parenting may have changed us in some ways, but our love for good food, indy bookshops, creativity and all the wonders of travel remain. And our trips have the same essence as when we were a couple – just with more family-friendly elements too.

Yes, we do visit classically kid-friendly places, like theme parks and children’s museums. But we also make sure to stay in the cool part of town and soak in those vibes too.

We go on wine tastings, but we seek out the ones with playgrounds. And we try incredible restaurants – just opting for lunch instead of dinner. For us, it’s all about balance between ours and the kids’ needs.

Essentially, we still look for style, creativity and beauty in everywhere we go.

And the places we stay as a family tend to be places we’d have stayed even before we had kids. You’ll still find hip hotels, charming guesthouses and glamping in our itineraries. Plus we’ve also found some wonderfully stylish family hotels along the way. So long as it has passion and creativity behind it, we’re in.

Our top family travel tips

We think the key to successful family travel is to adjust your expectations, and create a good balance between what makes you and the kids happy. Don’t try to pack too much in, and travel in a way that suits you personally rather than the way you think families “should” travel.

We’ve put together a guide to travelling with a baby with plenty of tips for making things run as smoothly as possible.

And here’s a guide to where to stay when travelling with a baby or kids. We particularly love doing home exchanges.

How to survive flying with kids

One of the things people worry about most when travelling with kids is the flights. See our survival guide to flying with a baby, which will help make things easier. Although, remember a lot of it is luck!

Family travel packing essentials

It can be pretty mind boggling knowing what to take on your family trips abroad and it’s tempting to overpack. Our golden rule is to remember that so long as there are kids living in the place you’re travelling to, you’ll likely be able to buy anything you forget. In other words, don’t bring two weeks’ worth of nappies!

We have packing lists for travelling with babies and toddlers, and here are some of our top family travel gear recommendations.

Storksak carry-on baby luggage

Storksak carry-on luggage

Our favourite carry-on luggage for travelling with a baby.

Robyn Babymel nappy bag

Babymel Backpack

Stylish diaper bag that doubles as a carry-on rucksack

Eagle Creek packing cubes

Assorted packing cubes

Packing cubes are the secret to successful packing!

Baby Bjorn travel cot

Baby Bjorn Travel Cot

A lightweight cot that’s super easy to put up and down

Babyzen YoYo

Babyzen YOYO stroller

Lightweight stroller you can take as carry-on baggage

Ergobaby Omni 360

Ergobaby Omni 360

Our favourite baby carrier – comfortable and easy to adjust

Is it worth travelling with kids?

On every trip we do, there’s a moment practically every day, normally mid-tantrum or sibling quarrel, where we ask ourselves if the travel is worth it. And while there’s no doubt it can be hard work, the answer for us is always yes. The highs are too good to miss.

Parenting is hard work wherever you are, and we’d prefer to be doing that while out exploring the world, rather than back at home.

Our top family travel destinations

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to family travel, and different destinations and styles will suit different tastes. We’ve done everything from month-long road trips to city breaks and package holidays.

See our itineraries and travel guides by destination below.

We also teamed up with other bloggers to create a bucket list of family trips. And here are five stylish family holidays in Europe that make travelling with little ones easy.

UKBirmingham with kids | Bristol with kids | Cornwall with kids |London with toddlers Edinburgh with kids | Manchester with kids UK family Christmas trips

Europe: Barcelona with kids Barcelona with a baby | Majorca (Puerto Pollensa) family holiday | Croatia (Sibenik) family holiday | Best luxury toddler holidays in Europe | Caserio del Mirador (near Alicante)

USA: Boston with kids | California with kids | Charleston with kids | Chicago with kids |Florida with kids | Hawaii with kidsLos Angeles with kids | New York with a baby | Orlando with kidsPortland with kids | Sacramento with kids | San Diego with kids | San Francisco with kids | Savannah with kids | Tuolumne County with kids |Disneyland with toddlers and preschoolers | Universal Studios California with toddlers

Asia: Koh Lanta with kids | Phuket with kids | Thailand family holiday ideas

Family road trip itineraries: Boston to Maine road trip | California road trip |New England road tripPacific Coast Highway road trip | Southern USA road trip | Portugal road trip | San Francisco to Seattle

Cool kid-friendly hotels: Chicago family hotels | Charleston family hotels | Koh Lanta family hotels | Los Angeles kid-friendly hotels |Maine family resorts |New England glamping |New England family resorts | Phuket family hotels | San Diego kid-friendly hotels |Savannah kid-friendly hotels | Seattle kid-friendly hotels | Vermont family resorts

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