Family travel with flair

10 British gifts to give Americans for summer

Mention the British summer and you’re sure to inspire a downpour of jokes about the cold weather and rain. Never mind. In my experience there is something quite special about summer in the UK. Perhaps because the traditional hot-temperatures-and-unending-sunshine thing is a rarity, Brits do summer with a bit of flair. If you’re visiting during the summer, it’s an ideal opportunity to pick up...

Activities when flying: My new favourite kids’ activity book

Sometimes we love to chat with our kids when we fly or go out to eat while travelling. Other times, we’ll be deep into grown-up talk (the economy, house prices, pension plans) and the kids just need something fun to do that hasn’t been acquired at the App Store. My mother-in-law discovered this great little book from www.2littleboys.co.uk, called Something to keep you happy when the grown-ups are being...

Jewelry that tells your travel story

I’ve always liked the idea of charm bracelets — a piece of jewelry that tells a story. You add to it over time, each element significant in its own way. I begged my mother to buy me one when I was young, imagining the small icons that would rattle on my wrist. These days, a bracelet with little dangling Eiffel Towers or four-leaf clovers is no longer my style. But when I met up with Becki Backpacker at...

Wish You Were Here Wednesday: Times Square

Every place I go, I love to buy postcards (like most people) and inevitably I end up not sending them because I can’t get organised enough to buy foreign stamps. So I carry the cards home in my backpack and then wonder what I should do with them. After moving a stack of postcards around my desk for the 10th time, I decided to buy a proper organiser box (I got a stack of them from Paperchase) and at least keep...

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