As we are discovering travelling with kids is a little different than travelling solo or a family, although our kids are good, they travel well used to trains, planes and buses without making a fuss although a lot of “Are we there yet” I know that kids are not always welcome and in fact part of our honeymoon way back in 2007 before we had kids one of my requirements was there was a time where I knew no kids would be around (the teacher in me needed a break from seeing them). So hunting out trips and destinations that we can’t just pick up a brochure in the travel agents is a case of many hours searching on the internet and social media finding exactly what we want. But this year it’s going to change and the Family Travel Show in Olympia, London is going to make all the difference.
Whether it’s luxury travel, adventure, beach, discovering the world from the information I’ve been reading and browsing it looks like everything will be under one roof with the opportunity to talk to the people in the know and ahead of the game finding the perfect trips for your family.
Now we’re slowly coming out of my husband’s safety zone – he will admit that villa holiday’s were never on his radar before he met me, and the fact that a month ago I got him to spend 2 nights in a tent says it all. As he gets more confident with the safety net of a full board or all inclusive resort gone we are starting to think of more interesting places that we can head to – but how do we find tours, hotels, companies that are happy to work with families with kids. So this is why I am over the moon that there is now a travel show just dedicated to families.
Growing up travel formed a big part of my life – my parents worked as teachers and we were lucky that that meant we always had them around during the holidays, we were also lucky cause it meant that we saved for travel. Skiing in the winter and exploring new parts of the world in the summer – I don’t think we returned to the same place twice during our childhood seeing new things and discovering history, nature and the world around is. They did it through investigation and discovering without the use of the internet and even when we stayed in a “holiday destination” very little time was spent doing beach days and I have never been one to lie by a pool.
The Family Travel Show takes place in London’s Olympia on 31st October – 1st November 2015. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door, under 16s are free. For full details and to book tickets please visit www.familytravelshow.com
About the show
As well as meeting with an excellent range of travel companies and taking advantage of their exclusive show-only offers, visitors are also invited to enjoy the show’s interactive features for all the family including an Explorers’ Corner, the Family Holiday Workshop, a Winters Escapes Theatre and an Around the World Theatre. The highlight of the show however is set to be the Family Travel Auditorium – bursting with travel ideas and practical advice from celebrity speakers, travel writers and bloggers, journalists, and family travel experts.
With children welcome as well my little ones will love it – exploring the world within a room and creating their own family travel bucket lists that I hope in the years to come we can fulfil.