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BUCKET LIST TICKING IN NIAGARA FALLS

Everyone has a travel bucket list, right? Mine includes Vietnam, Samarkand, Ludlow and the Moon. I suspect it may be some time before I can tick the last one off. The reason I mention bucket lists is that sometimes, when you are part of a family, you end up helping tick off items on someone…

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RYANAIR AIMS TO WIN OVER FAMILIES

Parents travelling on Ryanair can now take a buggy and car seat in the hold free of charge after the no-frills carrier unveiled a range of improvements aimed squarely at families travelling with young children. Launched under the banner, Ryanair Family Extra, parents travelling with kids are now offered: • Two free pieces of infant…

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NEW SENSATORI RESORTS FOR 2015

Thomson has announced it is to open more of its luxury all-inclusive Sensatori resorts in the Mediterranean for 2015. The new resorts will be in Ibiza and Fethiye in Turkey and will open in May 2015. Bookings for the properties have now opened. The Ibiza resort will be in Cala Tarida and have five a…

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RAIN DAMPENS ENTHUSIASM FOR UK HOLIDAYS

A rising number of people are planning to have a foreign holiday rather than one in the UK this year, according to new research. The Holiday Trends 2014 report from BDRC Continental reveals that 78% of respondents to its survey are planning a holiday abroad, up from 73% in 2013 and 66% in 2012. The…

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CHANCELLOR CUTS COST OF LONG-HAUL HOLIDAYS

Families will pay less for long-haul holidays from next year after the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans to reform the unloved Air Passenger Duty (APD) scheme from 1 April 2015. George Osborne said that although rates of APD would rise this April in line with inflation, the top two levels of duty levied on…

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LEARNING TO CLIMB TREES IN WALES

As you might have read recently in my blog post on whether kids should be taken out of school for holidays, you will know that I believe that they can, at least for short periods that do not clash with the important run-up period to exams. I cannot be alone in being the only parent…

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SHOULD YOU TAKE THE KIDS ON HOLIDAY IN TERM TIME?

A warning to all those about to dive into this article – it is long and ever so slightly geeky (graph alert). However, the issue of parents taking their children out from school during term time in order to take a holiday has become such a topic of conversation that I hope you will find…

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NEW CENTER PARCS UNVEILS FIRST LODGE

Center Parcs has revealed what the lodges will look like at its fifth park, due to open later this spring near Ampthill in Bedfordshire. The Woodland Lodge, show in the picture, is the first of 625 lodges to be opened at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, a few miles from junction 13 of the M1 and…

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THE FIVE BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY ADVERTS

Holiday firms are becoming more and more creative with their adverts, with many now shooting mini-epics to fill the gaps between the two halves of Corrie. These are my top five of recent years. So You Wanna Take a Holiday? First Choice’s reworking of the classic Bugsy Malone track So you Wanna Be a Boxer…

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FAMILIES WORLDWIDE: TEN COOL NEW ADVENTURES FOR 14/15

A visit by train to an underground cathedral carved out of salt in Colombia is one of the highlights of 10 new trips added to the 2014/15 programme from Families Worldwide, which specialises in holidays for adventurous parents and kids. The salt cathedral visit is part of a 12 day Journey to Colombia itinerary, departing…

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