When you’re trying to cater for everyone, it can become an impossible task to find the perfect holiday destination that will keep all the family happy.

We thought we’d put a stop to the family disputes and come up with a few family-friendly holiday ideas to get you inspired for your next summer break abroad!

  1. Explore to Your Heart’s Content

A family of adventurers should head to France to experience some of the stunning sights that the country has to offer people of all ages.

From the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris to the lessons in World War II in Normandy, France is iconic. If you don’t mind the cold, head to the snowy French Alps for some skiing lessons, whilst enjoying the stunning backdrop of Mont Blanc. Younger children can toboggan down the slopes and there’s a waterpark and mountainside restaurants to keep you busy on your holiday.

If you prefer to have your feet on more solid ground, head to Dordogne in central France for a huge variety of things to see and do for the whole family. Medieval castles overlooking the river, adventure parks and old cave paintings are all things to add to the itinerary.

  1. For Foodie Families

If food is what bonds you all together, Italy is the place to be for your next family holiday! Tuscany, Sardinia, Florence, Sicily – these Italian paradises offer hearty food made from the freshest ingredients, along with a delicious glass of wine or prosecco to wash it down with.

Head to the coast for some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever find, such as the charming city of Portoferraio, which is perfect for food-lovers of all ages!

  1. Accommodation That’s Fun for Everyone

When looking for spots that will keep the whole family happy, how about camping? But not camping as you might know it – a luxury mobile holiday home in a Eurocamp holiday parc in various destinations in Spain, France and Italy.

With shops, restaurants, water parks, BBQs, kids’ clubs, zip wires, climbing walls and many more activities, there’ll certainly be something for everyone when you book holiday accommodation like this, and it’ll all be right on your doorstep! What could be easier?

 

If you’re stuck for ideas for your next holiday, keep all the family happy with one of the fun destinations above. Whether you’re looking for good food, adventure or relaxation, Europe has it all, and you can experience the best of it with our holiday tips above.

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When you can’t open your Instagram app without stumbling across dozens of food pictures from the most popular lifestyle bloggers, it’s easy to see how far the phrase “you are what you eat” has come. In the social world, you are truly what you eat, or at least what you put on your plate _ there is rarely photo evidence that Instagramers indeed eat what they post online. Maybe the colourful and healthy breakfast they showcase with the neon-green kale smoothie is only for the camera, and in reality, they gorge on pop tarts and microwaved crumpets. It’s impossible to know. But as the entire profile popularity can be constructed on your ability to display the food you claim you eat in the most elegant and stylish manner, it seems that our social choices of food define who we are and whether we’re worthy of social approval, aka of a like. But aside from the social media world, in real life – #OutsideofInstagram – the food you eat make you the person you are. And here’s how it works!

You Are What You Eat

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When the wrong food hurts you

If you think that food should be a pleasure, you’ll immediately sympathise with the constant pain of people who suffer from IBS. According to patient.info, the irritable bowel syndrome is a medical condition in which certain types of food are painful to digest. Patients experience stomach cramps after eating, and they often struggle with bloating and constipation. Unfortunately, the only solution to tackle this disease is to change your diet. The sensitive guts of people with IBS means that they need to reduce their intake of onions, pulse, apples and fruits that contain stones, milk and dairy food, fatty meals, alcohol and caffeinated drinks. In other words, you can avoid most restaurants and nights out because IBS doesn’t want you to have fun. Having said that you could usefully look into a Specific Carbohydrate Diet for IBS and see good results for your wellbeing.

When a little bit of the right food can turn your mood

Thankfully food isn’t always your enemy. If you’re experiencing high stress, sometimes a little treat can go a long way. For instance, a lot of people, can worry about money or maintaining a healthy work/life balance. But when you feel that you need a break from your stress bubble, it’s time for comfort in caloric but homeopathic doses! A square of dark chocolate can help to improve your mood visibly as it increases the production of serotonin, aka the happy hormone. If you need something warm, have a large cup of tea or homebrewed coffee to help you relax. There’s a comforting feeling in holding a warm mug between your hands.

The food that protects you

Finally, if you want to stay healthy and avoid colds and infections, you need to find ways to boost your immune system. Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and helps to promote healthy gut flora. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and help to keep infections from entering your body. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory which helps to get rid of toxins. And don’t forget your dark leafy greens that are rich in vitamin C!

Are you really what you eat? The answer is yes. While you may not want to draw a personality report from the food on your plate, you can certainly decide on your health when you choose what to eat.

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Winter isn’t just for ski holidays. In fact, it could be the perfect time for escaping to the beach. Here are just a few reasons to go away in winter rather waiting until summer to get your vacation in.

Winter Sun

Many places are still hot

There are lots of places to catch some winter heat. The likes of the Caribbean, South East Asia and Central America are hot all year round. Then there’s the entire southern hemisphere, which is currently in it’s summer as we’re having our winter. Those wanting a European holiday may struggle a little bit more – the likes of the Canary Islands are your safest bet.

Your body is craving the sun

A mixture of cloudy weather and reduced sunlight hours makes it harder for us to get our healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun. Many of us that work 9 to 5 jobs may not see the sun at all during the week. Vitamin D is important for our skin’s health. It’s also been linked to good mental health – too little vitamin D can lead to seasonal affective disorder and make many people depressed. A trip to a sunny location in winter could be just what your body and mind needs.

It’s cheaper

With less demand in winter, holiday companies often slash their prices to try and get more customers. You can save a lot of money on flights and hotels in winter as a result. Not only that, but you may be able to find deals on holiday items such as swimwear. Christmas is usually a little costlier, as people may be flying home to see family or spending the festive period on vacation. However, January through to March is always a lot cheaper. If you want to plan a budget holiday, save up for this period of the year rather than saving up for summer.

It’s less crowded

Less demand also results in many attractions and resorts being less crowded. This could mean not having to fight for a sunbed in the morning or not having to queue for hours to get on a theme park ride or being able to take a clear photo of a famous landmark or natural wonder without other people blocking the way with their selfie sticks and tablets. All in all, winter could be great for getting more done with your holiday. You’ll also have a more peaceful stay as there won’t be as many people crowded around the pool.

There are less pests around

In winter, you may not have to worry about pests like wasps and ants as much. These bugs generally only come out in the summer after long heatwaves. This could make eating out in the evenings a whole lot more relaxing as you’re not having to constantly swat away wasps or keep sugary snacks contained from ants.

There are still things going on in winter

The biggest downside of going away in winter is that certain facilities may be closed. Whilst some resorts and hotels are open all year round, restaurants and theme parks may be closed in certain areas. You may not get famous DJs touring the party islands and certain tours may not be operating.

That said, this is very much dependent on where you go. You’re always going to be able to enjoy the theme parks in Florida, just as there will always be restaurants to go to in Barcelona.

Besides there may be other things that you can only take advantage of in winter. February is carnival season in many Catholic countries, which can be a great experience. There may also be special Valentines attractions on running all the way throughout February. Visiting at the beginning of January may even allow you to experience some of the late festive cheer without having to pay full price as you might over the Christmas period.

Why Winter Is The Perfect Time For A Vacation In The Sun

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New drivers can’t wait to purchase their first car and join the roads, but it is important that you take your time to find the perfect car. For new drivers, reliability and affordability are huge factors as you will want a car that does not let you down and won’t require expensive repairs, plus you will want to keep costs down and particularly when you factor in how expensive insurance can be for young drivers.

 

With this in mind, here are three excellent cars for new drivers in terms of reliability and affordability:

 

Vauxhall Astra

The Astra from Vauxhall is one of the most common cars on the roads in the UK and this is a testament to its greatness. The Astra is their flagship car and one that has been in production since 1979 – this means that it is very well-built and reliable, even if you opt for an older model. The Astra is also affordable as it is a small family hatchback, so you can find it for very low prices from places like AA Cars. On top of this, the Astra is cheap to run too, which makes it an appealing prospect for budget-conscious drivers.

 

Hyundai i10

The Hyundai i10 is a small hatchback but also one that is very practical thanks to its 5-doors, so it is a good choice for your families or drivers who will regularly take a few passengers. It also provides a decent driving experience, it is very well equipped and has low running costs. Due to its small size, the i10 has a low price tag too and especially if you shop in the used car market. Another appealing aspect is that this can comes with a five-year warranty, so you should be able to find one still covered second-hand.

 

SEAT Mii

Although very small, the SEAT Mii is bursting with character and is a great choice as a first car. This is because its small size and the fact that it does not have a particularly powerful engine, but it is still good fun to drive and is able to return up to 64.2 mpg to keep running costs down. It also features a five-star Euro NCAP rating, so you know that this is a safe car that you can rely on too.

 

Choosing your first car is an exciting period, but it is important that you take the time to choose one which will not let you down and not break the bank. In terms of reliability and affordability, you cannot go wrong with the above three.

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Have you heard of the Aussie flu? This outbreak has hit the UK as many readers will already know.

It’s a timely reminder that prevention is better than cure and looking after yourself and your family is so important.

Are you sure your bodies are getting the right nutrients?

How you can protect yourself against Aussie flu?

Babi Chana, Nutritionist and Biochemist for Wiley’s Finest, has explained why Omega-3 is the essential nutrient to help our immunue system.

“Omega-3 fatty acids help our immune system and fight infections such as colds and flu. They build healthy mucous membranes – the delicate skin that lines the airways and digestive systems, which act as a first line barrier, guarding against entry of germs into the body.”

“Omega-3 EPA produces ‘eicosanoids’ that produce beneficial effects in the regulation of inflammation, immunity and blood clotting.”

Wiley’s Finest Giveaway

I have an exciting giveaway where 1 winner will win a 4 months supply of Wiley’s Finest for themselves and their child consisting of 2 bottles of the Orange Burst Liquid and 2 bottles of the Beginners DHA Liquid.

The Orange Liquid is great as you can incorporate it into juices.

Protect Yourself Against Aussie Flu

The Beginners DHA is great for toddlers. It can easily be incorporated into yoghurt, smoothies and baby food. It also comes with a little syringe so you can easily put it into your child’s mouth (and adorable little stickers).

Each of these bottles contains 50 servings. The total prize value is £95.56 and I am appreciative to Wiley’s Finest for their generosity.

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