Category Archives: Family travel

10 best things to do with the kids in Berlin

Berlin may have a reputation for night life but don’t be put off. This is a city full of culture and history and some great child-friendly activities making one of Europe’s coolest cities a top family city break destination.

Our Top 10 Child-Friendly Activities:

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Kids Guide to Rome – 9 things not to miss

Rome is chaotic, noisy and sometimes unbearably hot. During all of this, it teems with whizzing vespas, honking horns and busy streets.  City break with kids?  Tell the parents at the nursery or school and they’ll probably think you’re mad.  But you’re not.  Taking kids to Rome does take a bit of planning, it’s not going to be a repeat of the trip you made 5 years ago sans kids, but it is going to be fun.  Here are our top tips: Continue reading

What you need to check when choosing a family friendly hotel

When you’re away with kids you’ll bound to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room. It becomes the family hub with visits back, sometimes incredibly just minutes apart for another item of clothing, a snack or a favourite teddy, you might be returning during the day for nap time or just some time to relax. So what makes a hotel family friendly at any budget level? Here’s what we look for and the questions we ask:

Choose a hotel that specifically states it caters for families and children. If your toddler throws a tantrum or you need warm milk at the end of the day, you’ll be far more relaxed if you’re staying in a hotel that makes you and your kids feel welcome. Continue reading

What to pack for a family holiday

Sometimes the thought of packing everything for your impending family holiday can be quite daunting. The list of stuff that is needed just keeps on growing and at the same time, the size of your suitcase seems to shrink in front of your very eyes. So here are our recommendations on what to pack for a successful family holiday.

• Find out what weight restrictions apply to luggage. Most airlines will take a buggy and car seat with no charge but do you know how many bags can you check in or their maximum weight – and how about the number and size of hand luggage pieces. Once you know, stick to the limit as going over it can be expensive. Continue reading

5 tips for preparing for a family holiday

You’ve researched your destination, booked your flight, found your family friendly hotel and have an itinerary the size of a small novel. Hooray, it’s time to go on holiday! Hang on, not so fast. Even a well-planned family trip can hit some unexpected roadblocks along the way so here are our tips to try and avoid those stressful situations that crop up, often entirely unannounced. Continue reading

6 steps to planning a perfect family holiday

We’ve boutique hotels to suit every age and budget but sometimes travelling with the family can seem a little daunting – we know, we’ve our own pint sized pootler!  So here, in a series of blog posts are our top tips for travelling en famille starting with 6 steps to planning a perfect family holiday.

Research your destination. If you’ve school age-kids then get them involved, look at it as a geography lesson with a real destination at the end. Consider the weather, time zone changes, whether you’re after something relaxing and poolside or an activity-based break with cycling and hiking. Continue reading

mypootle: our best pick of family friendly hotels & WIN a trip to Marrakech!

Toddlers, tweens or teens, travelling as a family poses some quite interesting challenges. Ever since the mypootle HQ increased its headcount with a pint-sized pootler, trips away have become really rather complicated; once dreamed of havens of stylish tranquility we realize are actually adult only retreats with their doors and swimming pools firmly shut to anyone under the age of 14, no matter if the suite is huge with a claw-foot bath for we now seek inter-connecting rooms so that we don’t tiptoe around our slumbering mini-explorer in the dark and whilst the restaurant may come with all sorts of stars, can we please have a kiddy meal at 6pm. Continue reading