The family travel show

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A few weeks ago I made the journey to London to visit the family travel show. I was excited to visit as giving the girls new experiences and creating memories is the main focus of this blog, travel is obviously one way to achieve this.

We love visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures and as a family are keen to see what the world has to offer. I left the drizzly and windy streets of London and ventured into the Kensington Olympia. Panasonic stand stood in the entrance and I was keen to discuss an item top of my Christmas list, a new lens for the camera. Photography is one aspect I am keen to improve and chatting about new lenses for my Panasonic camera was a great way to start the day.

Yum yum fudge tempted me in with their free samples of fudge, their double butter is to die for. I even came away with 3 bags (although if my husband reads this only 2 as one got eaten on the train home). There were plenty of seminars and talks to listen to and the one from Carnival cruises was one of my favourites.

The team at Crewe photos were showing their range of photo books. Photo books are a way I store our family holiday photos. I was drawn in to the stand by Efteling, Netherlands best kept secret. A theme park with a fairy tale theme but in their own words more Hans Christian Andersen than Disney. I must admit it sounded fantastic and would certainly look at taking the girls there in the future.

I had a wonderful catch up with the team at Carnival cruises and introduced them to Thing 3. Their ships have a Dr Seuss themed kids club so taking Thing 3 there when they are older has to be top of the list! Martinhal have some beautiful parks in Portugal and with both girls desperate to visit Portugal again I could not pass up the opportunity to visit. I was impressed with the promise of a stress free holiday and the amount of childcare facilities available. It sounds like the perfect place to take Thing 3 when they arrive.

Tots too tempted me over to their stand with a jar of sweets, I wonder how many was in there? They offer travel tailored for families and the youngest of travellers, something we will need when Thing 3 arrives. Luxury travel was on offer from both Luxury holidays and Zambezi Safari and travel, and stress free French travel from family twist.  Hands up travel also offered something a little different and got families involved in local communities on their holiday.  Thing 3 was starting to make me feel a little tired and the kind gentleman at Villa Select gave me a seat to sit on. While there I took the opportunity to have a chat about villa holidays and was impressed with the range on offer.  We will certainly be looking at booking a holiday with them in the future.

I had now entered the main part of the show. Every stand seemed to have a giveaway on offer and the choice of holidays ranged from luxury, adventure, exotic to beach and villas. Everything you could think of. There was even holidays to Belize with Naturally Belize, which is on the top of my bucket list. As a diver one of my dreams is to dive the blue hole.

The family adventure company offered perhaps the brightest stand I had seen all day and the staff were as lovely too.  We love new adventures and I spent some time on the train on the way home looking through the brochure.  Families worldwide had me counting chameleons to win a holiday and another brochure with some great alternative choices.

There were lots of fish to count on the Turquoise holiday stand, I am still seeing fish when I close my eyes.  After visiting many other travel companies stands and talking to them all about the fantastic travel opportunities, I ended my day visiting Esprit Ski.

Esprit Ski are the No1 company for family skiing, but what drew me to the stand was the holidays to Lapland.  I have written several times on the blog about a desire to take the girls to Lapland.  Last time we visited 9 months later my eldest was born, I truly believe you need to be careful what you ask Father Christmas for!  It would be amazing to take the girls and there were some amazing deals on offer.

As well as travel companies there were also brands exhibiting that relate to travel.  The Buddy tag system sounded fantastic.  My youngest often wanders in her carefree way and the Buddy tag would alert me to her movements and if she went to far.  Baby case I met at a baby show and they provide a great solution to travelling with a baby.  Travelling in comfort is also something TravelSnug pride themselves on.  

I could not visit the Family travel show without stopping and saying hello to one of my favourite brands Sunuva.  We reviewed some of their range when we went to Portugal but seeing the whole range in person was simply amazing.  

I left the Family travel show bursting with ideas.  I sat on the train home looking through all the brochures and planning our next adventures as a family.

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