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Destination guide: Mauritius

Mauritius is a long way away from the UK and the thought of a 12-hour flight with babies and young kids is enough to send most parents running. But …

Destination guide: North Norfolk

<b>Why we booked</b><p>Quite simply, we love it and need little excuse to go back. The major draws for us are Holkham Beach – one of our favourite places in …

Over the sea to Skye (with kids): destination guide

This post from <i>Trunki Files’</i> Scotland expert Linda Hull has managed to elevate Skye from nowhere to the top of my must-go list. Maybe I’m seduced by …

Easy Caribbean winter sun: Barbados destination guide

Barbados. You just have to say the word and you’ve said it all. Long-established as a ‘paradise’ destination, the charms of this Caribbean Island are …

7 ways to spend 7 days in North Cornwall… and 1 lovely place to stay

Storms clouds gather – get used to it in Cornwall<p>The minute you have your first child, you know you will be spending one, if not all, of your summer …

Have baby, will walk: Northumberland destination guide

Let’s face it: anyone with kids over the age of two knows that the ‘walking holiday’ is a contradiction in terms. Sure, my wife and I still take our …

Skimming stones, diving birds and the original Loch Fyne oysters: Argyll destination guide

I admit it. I am woefully ignorant when it comes to holidays in Scotland. Having only been there twice myself (neither time with kids), I am the last …

The Trunki Files does…the ski chalet experience

The best cure for the doldrums that follow a return from holiday is to plan another escape. For this reason, 1 March is a red letter day in my …

Can’t ski, won’t ski (but not missing out!): Linda Hull’s Christmas in Montchavin-Les-Coches, France

Chalet de la Vanoise<p>Ready for ski-school<p>Montchavin Les Coches, France<p>Charlotte demonstrates the snowplough<p>View from our bedroom balcony<p>If you have …

haul winter sun: Canary Islands vs Egypt!

So the days of getting home from work in the light are over. There are puddles lying all around, your local park is beginning to look like …

Hang TripAdvisor, let’s just book it! My first family holiday, by Kerry McIlhatton

Sometimes, too much holiday research can be a bad thing: rather than helping you to make the right choice, it can leave you feeling bamboozled and …

Lazy (and lively) days: Loire Valley destination guide

by Linda Hull<p>We have been holidaying in the Loire for at least ten years, encompassing life BC (before children) and after. There is no doubt our …

Easy winter sun: a first-timer’s guide to Tenerife with kids

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>My husband and I first went to Tenerife in March 2000, our first holiday as a couple. Back then we were looking …

Sitges destination guide: city break with a beach

We have written before on <i>The Trunki Files</i> about the joys – and perils – of city breaks with young children. They can offer new and surprising …

Down under (and left a bit)

Linda Hull’s been busy again. Here she shares her experiences of travelling round Western Australia with a 5 month old baby. As we always say here at …

Dare to be different (just beware the donkeys): Marrakech destination guide

‘Casper, where are we going on holiday?’ ‘Coco!’ came the enthusiast reply. Marrakech, the jewel in Morocco’s crown, might not be the most obvious …

The Trunki Files guide to Disneyland Paris

About 18 months ago we took our two boys (then aged 6 and 2) to Disneyland in Paris. I’d done some research into prices and looked at the usual …

The Exotic East (Coast of Scotland): Fife destination guide

Although as a general rule I would recommend the West Coast every time for a true taste of Scotland, there is plenty to enjoy on the ‘other side’ and …

Destination guide: Yucatan, Mexico

This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p><b>Why we booked it</b><p>We wanted to go away for some guaranteed heat/sun during peak season – leaving between Christmas …

5 reasons to take baby to… Bartolomeus Klip, South Africa

The scenery around Bartolomeus Klip is stunning; flat paths make for easy evening walks in the sun with baby and the lake is good for a dip.<p>To all …

Woodhey Hall, Cheshire: accommodation review

In August 2012, we descended on wonderfully rural Cheshire for an Anglo-Dutch get-together for my dad’s 70th. After weeks of searching, I stumbled …

Birdforth Hall, North Yorkshire: accommodation review

by Linda Hull<p>Family gatherings on a large scale can be interesting, particularly without the glue of Christmas to hold them together. However a great …

Cotton Bay Village, St Lucia: accommodation review

The beautiful pool. There is a separate paddling pool for kids.<p>Cotton Bay<p>Raking up the weed, an endless task<p>Our bedroom, Cotton Bay Village<p>The …

Villas Martinhal, Portugal: accommodation review

This week, I am thrilled to introduce a new contributor to <i>The Trunki Files</i>, Rachael. An expert in boutique travel with whom I am forever swapping …

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada: accommodation review

Spice Island Beach Resort, on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada, was somewhere I’d had my eye on for a long time. Copious research had led me to this …

Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados: accommodation review

We went to the Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados in December 2012 for a week of winter sun, arriving the day after Boxing Day. As ever, I spent a …

Living Room Treehouses, Machynlleth: accommodation review

by Helen Finney<p>In May this year we went to stay for two nights in one of the fabulous Living Room Treehouses in Machynlleth, Wales. My husband had …

The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea: accommodation review

The Crown Hotel has great family rooms, with a separate bedroom with bunk beds for the children<p>We love Wells-next-the-Sea (find out why in my guide …

Princesa Yaiza, Lanzarote: accommodation review

Here at <i>The Trunki Files</i>, we are huge fans of Lanzarote. Under four hours’ flight away, no time difference, great beaches, kiddie-safe resorts and …

Periyali Villas, Zakynthos: accommodation review

The stunning, protected Gerakas Beach – soft sand and incredibly calm, shallow waters – is just 10 minutes’ walk from Periyali<p>“Having or showing an …