Family travel with flair

Review: Hollie & Harrie Sombrilla sun shade

I wouldn’t venture out for a day at the beach without major sun protection: a rashguard for my shoulders, surf shorts to protect my blue-white thighs, zinc oxide for my nose and my trusty cowboy hat. (What can I tell you? It’s a look.) Plus, when we hit the beach, we like to bed in, with sandwiches, fishing supplies, body boards and sand-castle tools (bucket, plastic fork). Sometimes we use a big,...

Gwithian: A great place to surf in Cornwall

I’ve always thought there was something sweet and a little deluded about British surfers. Sure, this is an island and there are loads of nice beaches. But when it comes to waves, it’s not as if we have the big surf of Hawaii or the iconic breaks of Australia. And yet, surf aficionados like me can find some very nice beaches for learning. I’ve tried several spots with varying success, but...

Travel news: An in-ocean scuba course for 8-year-olds

I’ve written about (and loved) travel for years, so today I’m launching a new feature on my blog, Travel Fridays. I’m going to be writing about travel news and cool ideas for family travel. Look for regular posts every, er, Friday. For kids, learning to dive is a big leap, usually into an unglamorous cement swimming pool, to learn the basics. My stepson, who’s now mad for diving, took classes in...

When it's time to leave the beach

Given the old choice of mountains or beach, I'll choose beach every time. The sun, proper surf for wave-jumping, bodyboarding or surfing, and sand in places my doctor's never seen. Bliss. Every year we visit the same resort in Texas, Port Royal in Port Aransas. I hestitate to even mention it by name. As unlikely as it might seem that a bunch of Brits would turn up on this lightly developed section of...

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