Tag: family travel

3 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Christmas markets have always held such an allure for me. When I was in Berlin reviewing the 25 Hours Hotel, we visited the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, overlooked by the stunning Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. As we sipped gluhwein and ate gingerbread in cosy wooden huts it was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit.…

By travelyoutopia November 8, 2022 0

Top 3 low cost European ski resorts

Autumn is a time when thoughts turn to skiing and searching for the best places to ski in Europe. Every year I go through the same process: look for a snow sure resort that’s close to the airport (or around eight hours from Calais if we’re driving), research the cost of ski passes and cost…

By travelyoutopia November 2, 2022 0

Best places to see the Northern Lights

The lure of witnessing the elusive Aurora Borealis is strong, particularly as winter approaches. I’ve always wanted to travel to Scandinavia for a chance to see them but still haven’t quite made it – one day. But I have found the best places in Europe where you might just glimpse them. Inari, Finland The Northern Lights are…

By travelyoutopia October 16, 2022 0

Paris Rediscovered

OK, I’m going to say it. I’ve never particularly liked Paris. I’ve always found it a little over rated. But as I wandered the streets in the sunshine last week, going nowhere in particular I discovered a newfound love for the city. I also uncovered parts of Paris I didn’t even know existed, maybe because…

By travelyoutopia July 26, 2022 0

Postcard from Folkestone

Most people who live in the south of England have probably been to Folkestone. Either to get on a ferry or take the Eurotunnel to France. But how many have ever actually stopped off to explore? And what are the best things to do in Folkestone? There’s been a lot of investment in Folkestone in…

By travelyoutopia March 1, 2022 0

London like a local

Whenever I visit London I usually end up going to the same old places. Drinks in Soho, meet friends in Balham, shop with the kids in the West End, walk along the South Bank, meet a client at Kings Cross. There are so many parts of London I’ve never explored, despite living there for years…

By travelyoutopia January 16, 2022 0

Edinburgh with kids

Before this summer I’d never visited Edinburgh. Shameful, I know. So with foreign travel still too uncertain, August was the perfect time to go. I was all set to go solo but managed to persuade my daughter to come with me on a three day mini break. Thankfully, Scotland’s capital didn’t disappoint. This beautiful city…

By travelyoutopia November 3, 2021 0

The future of travel

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the freedom to travel is precious. With flights across the world grounded, hotel doors shut and most global destinations out of bounds, the way we travel and our right to travel has changed. And that’s set to continue into 2021. I’m a huge advocate of road trips. Since…

By travelyoutopia November 30, 2020 0

Paris in four hours – Why not

After an epic summer road trip from Brighton to Croatia and back again (taking in seven countries and 3,000 miles on the way), we took a wrong turn off the Périphérique on the way to Rouen so ended up taking the kids on an impromptu four-hour tour of Paris. Now, Paris isn’t my favourite European city…

By travelyoutopia November 1, 2020 0

Sagres – Wilderness discovered

The last time I visited Portugal was back in 2004 when I lived in Amsterdam with my boyfriend (now husband). At the pre-kids stage of our relationship, our two-week road trip of the Alentejo region of Portugal involved stays in chic, boutique hotels, late night bar crawls in Lisbon and lazy days soaking up the…

By travelyoutopia September 27, 2020 0