The Family Travel Show Review

Dear Mummy, just before Christmas we visited The Family Travel Show in London. With the madness that was Christmas, we’ve only just sat down to go through our goody bags and have a look at some of the holiday brochures we took away with us. Now is the time to start looking at a holiday for us!

Family Travel Show Review

The Family Travel Show is the UK’s only event totally dedicated to helping families discover their travel adventures together. It’s the first time they’ve held a show like this in the UK and we had a fabulous time browsing the stands. It’s great that it was kiddie friendly too and every stand was geared up to welcome little folk like me!

Family Travel Show Review

It was held at Olympia in London, a large exhibition space and it took place over the last weekend in October.

We were invited down to see what it was all about and gain some inspiration for a family holiday this year. But we came away with more than that! We came away feeling more positive about travelling as a young family. You see, like most parents, the thought of travelling with a toddler fills us with dread and anxiety. But there are loads of family friendly tour operators out there that make travelling and reaching your destination easy and enjoyable….and most importantly stress-free!

Family Travel Show Review

We chatted to some of the best family holiday providers in the world. Some really quirky destinations too! Not just for the seasoned Travel Blogger – the world is our oyster! We stumbled on Efteling Theme Park Resort, a magical fairytale land in The Netherlands which we would love to visit.

Family Travel Show Review

We joined in with loads of competitions to win holidays and came away with oodles of exclusive show-only holiday offers. I was fascinated by the fish tank on The Turquoise Holiday Company stand and enjoyed chatting to them about their exotic family holidays.

Family Travel Show Review

Throughout the event we were enticed by all-inclusive luxury getaways, exciting cruise voyages like LeBoat, action-packed resorts and family friendly villas, the great ski holidays from Esprit Ski and incredible wildlife safaris. We just wished we had the money to go on all these holidays in my lifetime! Better start saving now!

Family Travel Show Review

We stumbled on some innovative travel accessory companies too like Travel Snug and Nipper Skipper. Travel Snug design a range of practical carry-on cushions and blankets to help children get comfy on flights (or for trains and coaches). As you can see I tested one out while we were at the show and got so comfy I nearly fell asleep in demo seat!! You know I’m ready for a nap when my thumb goes in my mouth!

Nipper Skipper produce a range of fashionable outdoor clothing for kids, we loved their little sailor togs and wet weather gear! Really practical for our outdoor adventures! They were friendly on the stand and helpful when we were asking about recommendations.

The Family Traveller Magazine girls who were handing out magazines during the event were really nice and stopped to chat with me while I was colouring in. We find their magazine invaluable now and it’s a great source of inspiration!

Family Travel Show Review

The Family Travel Show had some cool attractions too, like the giant hidey-holes from podsplay. I spent ages hiding away from my folks and looking at all the pretty colours which gave them time to talk to people of the stands. They were great sensory pods!

Family Travel Show Review

One item which caught my daddy’s eye was the Buddy Tag, he’s always concerned that I’ll run off out of sight and something will happen to me, so this product was like buying a little piece of mind. We tried it out straight way during the event and it worked a treat. It’s basically like a tracker that a child wears on their wrist to keep them visible to their parents. It transmits a signal to my Daddy’s phone via an app, and he can see where I am and set perimeters which trigger an alarm if I leave his side or wander off more than 2 meters etc. (you can change and set the perimeters as you wish via the app) We though it was a genius idea and will be testing it out at this years festivals – so watch out for the full review.

Family Travel Show ReviewSome of the travel activity holidays were for families that had children a little bit older than me, so we took away brochures for future inspiration.

Family Travel Show Review

There were free talks from a range of speakers like travel writers and bloggers, to journalists and family travel industry experts. We listened to other parents quiz the experts about their family adventures and hurdles they might encounter. It was very informative and we enjoyed the tips and troubleshooting.

Family Travel Show Review

We had fun talking to brands at the event and joining in with some of the activities to keep children amused while parents browsed.

Family Travel Show Review

We headed straight to the Explore stand and spoke to a lovely guy called Steve. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. He put our mind at ease about travelling with little ones and showed us some great destinations from the Explore catalogue.

Family Travel Show Review

Explore seemed like a funky, modern and friendly company and we wouldn’t hesitate to travel with them in the future. Maybe when I’m a bit older, as I’d love to go on a safari!

Family Travel Show ReviewMy folks spoke to TotsToo and were handed a luxurious catalogue full of travel ideas. We had heard of these guys before and they had been recommended to us.

Family Travel Show Review
I had fun on the Carnival Cruises stand dressing up and taking pictures while my daddy enquired about family friendly cruises. We have never thought about a cruise with a toddler, which is shame really considering how near we live to Southampton and the home of Carnival and P&O. On looking at their range of packages it’s really tempting and we’d love to explore one of their ships when it’s next in port.
Family Travel Show Review
Family Travel Show ReviewWe stopped by the Lonely Planet Kids stand and read some of their books and asked for advice on travelling with kids. They were really nice and helpful, again putting our mind at ease about travelling out of our comfort zone.
Family Travel Show Review
All in all we had a fantastic day out! We can’t believe there are so many ‘quality’ family friendly tour operators out there (not just high street ones Thompsons and First Choice) These companies offer so much more for the intrepid traveller and young wild explorer. My folks hope to expose me to much of the world as possible and find fun off the beaten track.

January is a great time to think about booking holiday, especially as companies are offering new year deals at cheaper rates!

Family Travel Show Review

As a result of visiting the Family Travel Show we are now considering visiting Portugal this year as well as a couple of funky staycations.

…..The wild safari will just have to wait, as I need to save more pocket-money, maybe next year!

Love Bella xFamily Fever

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18 thoughts on “The Family Travel Show Review

  1. what a lovely idea! We aren’t huge travellers, mainly due to our complete lack of knowledge how to haha so maybe we should pop along to one of these and find someone to do it all for us!

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  3. This looks like a fantastic show and brilliantly geared up for little people. I used to work in travel (10+ years ago) and there was nothing like this. I’ve always fancied Efteling, and I might also have to have a look at a travel snug. It looks so comfy I think I might need one too! 🙂

    Dawn x
    #fartglitter

  4. Fab post – I like all of the pictures…so many! Before children, my holidays consisted of laying on a sunbed and reading, reading and reading. We have only travelled abroad twice since becoming parents and have yet to go as a family of four. There are some great ideas and companies here. Is it selfish to want to lay on a sunbed and read and read and read again…? X #fartglitter

  5. Oh wow it looks like so much fun and you crammed a lot in! Those pods looked awesome, I bet Bella loved hiding in them 🙂 I know what you mean though, it’s so lovely to find out about holidays but finding the money to afford them is harder ha. PS LOVE your ankle boots 🙂 Mim x #twinklytuesday

  6. Oh my goodness how did I not know about this show it sounds fabulous. We use to travel a lot but its been put on hold for the last few years – I could do with getting some confidence and bumping it back up our list. Will keep an eye out for this. The sensory pods look brilliant!! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK. Hope to see you again next week xx

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