The food and drink of Madeira warranted an entire blog post of its own. Whilst there are many amazing things to see and do in Madeira, the cuisine is equally impressive. This was our first trip to Portugal, which started with 48 hours in Porto, so we were eager to sample the local specialties. After all, trying all of the food and drinks is one of the wonderful things about traveling. Keep reading for the low down on all of the food and drinks you need to try whilst in Madeira, as advised to us by the locals. And to finish off the blog post I have included a couple of noteworthy venues which I recommend you visit whilst in Funchal.
Following on from our family trip to Porto, we visited the small island of Madeira, Portugal. When I mention that we travelled to Madeira, the common response from my British friends is, ‘isn’t it an old people’s place?‘ Such a reputation could not be further from the truth. Madeira is a picturesque island with so much to offer from adventure activities to delectable cuisine. Not to mention the subtropical climate, meaning the weather is appealing year round. The landscape and vegetation remind me of Hawaii whilst the colonial buildings in Funchal echo those of Singapore from the same era. Madeira was elected “World’s Leading Island Destination” by the World Travel Awards for the past 4 years and I can’t believe it is not a more popular destination for tourists. To help inspire your wanderlust, here I have compiled all of the amazing things that you need to do on your trip to Madeira (either with or without the kids!)
Porto, Portugal – a gorgeous city with cobblestone streets and a contrast of old and new buildings. It is a city like no other that I have visited previously and I struggled to draw a comparison. Blue and white tiles decorate the outside of buildings creating a beautiful landscape contrasted against the terracotta roofs. Whilst I had wanted to visit Portugal for such a long time, I actually knew nothing about Porto as a city itself. When our family mentioned that they would be traveling to Porto, we jumped at the opportunity to meet them there for a 48 hour whirlwind tour. We had an absolutely brilliant time and I couldn’t wait to share our adventures with you. Discover all the fabulous things we did and enjoyed whilst we aimlessly let the family guide us around the unique city.
Last month I was lucky enough to enjoy 24 hours in London with my sister – the ultimate girls trip. The top priority was to see Magic Mike Live, followed by enjoying food, coffee and cocktails at the prettiest places we could find. We successfully completed our ‘London Bucket List‘ and had a wonderful time exploring and taking photos together. Let me share with you our itinerary for our girls trip to London.
I want to let you in on a little secret – the hottest travel trend this year! Be Right Back is the world’s first travel subscription service and is the most exciting travel experience this year. Hailed as the Netflix for Travel by the Telegraph and with substantial backing from Founders Factory and the founders of Lastminute.com and Made.com, Be Right Back is set to transform holidays forever. I sat down with one of the co-founders, Greg, to talk all things travel and this fabulous concept they have created.
A trip to Paris with kids is a very different vacay compared to one sans children. However it makes for a wonderful and memorable city break all the same. Recently our family traveled to Paris for a long weekend. This is the 6th time that I have visited the city of love and I think I am finally starting to get the hang of it. I must say, Paris can be a difficult city if you don’t speak French and don’t know your way around. But there is so much culture, romance and food to indulge in that it is worth the challenge. Keep reading to hear my insights, tips and tricks for enjoying a holiday in Paris with kids.
Sure, I don’t blame you for not thinking of Santorini as your first choice of holiday destination with your young family. What with all the incredible infinity pools, sunset sails, cobblestone lanes and local vineyards. Sounds like the idyllic spot for a honeymoon and the worst scenario for a baby. Santorini had been on my travel bucket list for an eternity, so when we started planning holidays for 2018 I put this straight at the top of the list without giving much thought to the fact that we would have a 9 month old in tow. However, our trip was INCREDIBLE and my favorite one thus far this year. So here is why I think you should do Santorini with a baby!