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Uncovering the best family holidays

Christmas

  • 29 Christmas Gifts For Travel Addicts In 2016

    29 Christmas Gifts For Travel Addicts In 2016

    Nov 25, 2016 Travel Tips

    It’s that time of year again. Retail sale season is about to hit the Internet and the Christmas shopping binge begins. But if you know an avid traveller you will recognise they are the hardest to buy for. They don’t want stuff taking up precious room in t…

  • If I Could Spend Christmas Anywhere But Here…

    If I Could Spend Christmas Anywhere But Here…

    Dec 15, 2015 Travel Experts

    I asked 29 expert travel bloggers a tough question about Christmas, and their answers might surprise (or inspire) you.

  • The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    Jan 28, 2015 Finland

    How many kids want to run off and join the circus? Or perhaps go live with Santa? Well my child almost did! And for nearly 15 minutes I was convinced he had been kidnapped by the big red jolly man himself. Fortunately this particular Christmas crisis had …

  • Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    Lapland is THE destination for the ultimate family Christmas holiday. We finally made it to the most northern point of our travels ever - Rovaniemi in Finland. And we knew the hometown of Santa Claus was all about the winter experiences. In fact, our expe…

  • Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    This has got to be a Christmas fantasy for any child, let alone for me. Leading up to our trip to Finland, I couldn’t tell who was more excited. Reindeers, huskies, and snow! But the most frequent question we heard was, “when do we see Santa?”. All questi…

  • Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Dec 27, 2014 Finland

    'Traditions Of Christmas' program at Joulukka in Rovaniemi was the perfect introduction to our ultimate family Christmas. A fun afternoon of cute elves, cookie decorating, ornament making and tree decoration plus much more. But something unexpected happen…

  • Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    I couldn’t feel the cold. The predominately white landscape whooshed by me in unadulterated purity and secluded frostiness. Paradoxically, I felt complete stillness and unrestrained speed at the same time. It was the ultimate family Christmas. A Lapland …

  • Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    We’ve celebrated Christmas in Australia, the South Pacific, New York and Bethlehem. What could possibly top any of those? Well I heard about one place. A very, very magical place. And like a dog gnawing on a juicy bone, I became fixated on a dreamy Christ…

  • Top 15 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Adults

    Top 15 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Adults

    Nov 21, 2014 Travel Tips

    Here is a list for my Mum, Dad, family and friends or perhaps your family and friends, that will help them give you the right gifts this Christmas. One that will be helpful in your suitcase or, at the very least, fit!

  • Top 11 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Kids

    Top 11 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Kids

    Nov 20, 2014 Travel Tips

    With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to start buying presents. It’s the hardest time of year for us as our families seek to spoil our children with wonderful, fabulous, giant gifts that… don’t fit in our suitcase.

  • Christmas Eve in Bethlehem: Everything You Need To Know For This Once In A Lifetime Experience

    Christmas Eve in Bethlehem: Everything You Need To Know For This Once In A Lifetime Experience

    Nov 6, 2014 Palestinian Territories

    There are some things in life that just sound right. Peanut butter and jelly. Sunlounge and cocktails. Christmas and Bethlehem. And who could resist celebrating Christmas Eve where it all began some 2000 years ago. A small, unassuming town where a baby w…

  • It's Good To Have Fabulous Family in New York

    It's Good To Have Fabulous Family in New York

    Jan 9, 2013 Northeast, USA

    A shout out to the relatives we stayed with in New York who were generous to the max and whom my kids still talk about. Plus a few Jewish Kosher food tips you might not have known.