I love planning our family vacations but I know how overwhelming it can be.
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Favorite family travel resources: accommodation
For accommodation, we rely on several booking systems:
One of my favourite travel sites ever, it offers a wide selection of hotels and apartments in a huge array of destinations, catering for all budgets. They have a super handy system that allows you to cancel most rooms up until few days before travelling, making it perfect for people travelling with kids, when flexibility is a must!
Home exchange websites
I am an avid home swapper and my providers of choice are Homelink.com and PeopleLikeUs. I have written extensively about them and they are the reason why we can take summer holidays in far flung places without breaking the bank.
Click here for my full overview of the system.
For apartment rentals, VRBO is excellent. They have a vast selection of accommodation options in many destinations and a good interface that makes you book with confidence.
Favourite Family Travel Resources: tour providers
Get Your Guide
For day tours, tickets and day trips our favourite provider is Get Your Guide. They are a one stop shop for tours and showcase offers from different providers: you can see at a glance the tours available in your preferred destination and they offer a handy booking system so you can secure the one you want and get confirmation straight to your phone. Most have very good cancellation options and ‘skip the line’ tickets are often available: an incredible time saver! I find them excellent especially for tours and activities in Europe.
Another excellent tour booking site is Viator. You can easily compare and book tours available in your location of choice and get a booking voucher straight on your phone. Compared with the one above, I find they have a better selection for activities in North America.
Travel Resources: flights
I usually book flights directly with the airline. However, I do find some online agencies and flight comparison sites useful, so have a first idea of what combinations are available and what price trend I can expect on a specific route.
Favourite Family Travel Gear
Our go-to place for travel gear is Amazon. We buy a huge amount of stuff from them and are avid users of one of their most amazing things: the kindle!
These are our favourite brands:
- Favourite luggage for adults: Osprey Fairpoint 40 (carry on travel backpack)
- Favourite luggage for kids: Trunki ride on suitcase
- Favourite Guidebooks: Lonely Planet
- Favourite Camera: Lumix
- Favourite travel stroller: Maclaren Quest
- Favourite baby carrier: Ergo baby organic cotton
Favourite Family Travel Resources: Family Travel Products Reviews
At present, we have written specific reviews about:
- Travelove City Kits
- Cozyphones kids headphones
- Deuter Kikki
- Trunki children luggage
- The Adventurous Mailbox
- Omy Colouring Rolls
- Bike first aid kit
- Lava Brightsounds 2 portable bluetooth speaker
Favourite Family Travel Resources: Family Friendly Attractions Reviews
- Dublinia museum, Dublin, Ireland
- Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
- Explora children Museum, Rome, Italy
- Japanese Gardens, Co. Kildare, Ireland
- Greenan Maze and Farm, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
- Dublin Bay cruise, Dublin, Ireland
- The Ferrari experience, Florence, Italy
- Thomas Land, UK
- Macaco Tour Treasure Hunt, Venice, Italy
- Wanderjack, Venice Tour, Italy
- Rome 4 kids, pizza making class, Rome, Italy
- Rome 4 kids, Family Tour of the Vatican Museums, Vatican city
- Tapsy family tour of Rome
Favourite Family Travel Resources: Family Friendly Accommodation Reviews
Family friendly, local accommodation ideas
- Campo di Carlo, agriturismo, Tuscany (Italy)
- Pucci Country House, Umbria (Italy)
- Eco- camping Inch Hideaway, Cobh (Ireland)
- Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth (UK)
- ME Reina Victoria Hotel Madrid (Spain)
- Paradu Eco-Resort (Italy)
- Brooklodge Hotel (Ireland)
- Hilton Garden Inn Dublin hotel (Ireland)
- Hilton Templepatrick Hotel (Northern Ireland)
- Hilton Diagonal Mar, Barcelona (Spain)
- Martinhal family hotel, Lisbon (Portugal)
- Martinhal family resort Cascais (Portugal)
- Mon Repos Avenir, Taormina, rental apartment
Family Travel Resources: websites we trust
Additional family travel resources can be found on:
- Wiki Ezvid Travel Resources for families, which features excellent family travel sites with tips and deals
- Little City Trips: has all you need to know to plan the ultimate city break with kids
- Mama Loves Rome is the ultimare guide to Rome with kids
- Mama Loves Ireland has all you need for your family vacation in Ireland
- Tin Box Traveller is a gret reseorce for UK travel
- Global Munchkins is an excellent resource for Disney travel, resort and large family travel
- Globetotting is a great resource for adventurous families and off the beaten path travel