6 of Becky’s once in a lifetime destinations

November 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Becky Goddard-Hill's Passport

Becky Goddard-Hill’s passport

HomeAway.co.uk have a fabulous microsite open at the moment that can map all your future holiday plans! All you have to do is upload your age and a photo and pop in your birthdate to make a virtual passport. Then you check off what kind of holiday you fancy e.g. romantic/beach/active. The site then generates a list of places for you to visit before you die and tells you at what age you should visit them at!

Staying together: European capital city breaks

September 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Last week we launched our new series here on the HomeAway blog, ‘Staying together’, where we look at holidays spent with your nearest and dearest. We began with Becky Goddard-Hill looking at cottage holidays right here in the UK. Whilst autumn might be a bit rainy, it’s still a good time to holiday close to home.

This week however, Rebecca Winke whisks us across the continent, showing us the best Europe’s capital cities have to offer for family breaks. From tips on keeping the children entertained and activities that the whole family will enjoy, to where to go when you need a bit of chill out time, Rebecca will guide you through the best of Europe in the autumn with some hands on practical advice.

Bicycles parked on a bridge in Amsterdam

Bicycles parked on a bridge in Amsterdam

Though Europe’s cities are often bustling and frenetic, I’ve found that they can also be a fantastic family friendly destination for anything from short breaks to longer stays. Offering both the high-brow history and culture that we parents crave and tons of kid-pleasing sights and activities, Europe’s most cosmopolitan capitals are a perfect backdrop for a memorable vacation for travellers of all ages. Here are a couple of tips to help you plan a visit that will satisfy everyone in your family:

Fabulous and free: Europe’s budget-friendly attractions for families

September 10, 2013 at 7:09 AM
Kew Gardens is free for children 16 years and under (Photo: Laura Nolte)

Kew Gardens is free for children 16 years and under (Photo: Laura Nolte)

Traveling in Europe as a family can get expensive, especially when you add up all the admission fees you pay to see popular attractions. Thankfully, there are some superb European attractions that are free for kids. Here is a selection of just a few of my favourite European attractions where kids aren’t charged any admission fee:

Shop ‘til you drop on the streets of Europe

August 30, 2013 at 7:23 AM
The streets of Europe are a shopper’s paradise (Photo: Dimitry B.)

The streets of Europe are a shopper’s paradise (Photo: Dimitry B.)

Warning: If you are a recovering shopaholic, you should stop reading now. Reading this article may lead to a relapse.

From the bric-a-brac of Camden market to the ostentatious Haute Couture of Paris, the streets of Europe are a shopper’s paradise. Whether you’re attracted by the glitz and glamour of fashion houses like Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, or whether you enjoy wandering through the delightful chaos of street markets, Europe has it all. For all the shameless shopaholics, bargain hunters and discerning buyers out there, here is a list of some of Europe’s fabulous shopping streets.

International Picnic Day: beautiful places to spread your picnic blanket

June 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Find the perfect spot to celebrate International Picnic Day (Photo: Graham)

Find the perfect spot to celebrate International Picnic Day (Photo: Graham)

It’s time to dust off the picnic basket, find a blanket and grab a bottle of wine. The 18th of June is International Picnic Day, a day when people around the world will be heading to local parks and gardens, with baskets filled with appetising delights. Whether you’re planning a romantic picnic with a bottle of champagne and somebody special, or a fun-filled picnic for the whole family, here are some fabulous places to spread your picnic blanket this summer.