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Laura Rawlings

Family Expert

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A former English teacher and now a proud stay-at-home (when I'm not off somewhere more exciting) mum of three boisterous and ridiculously entertaining children, I'm an enthusiastic, forty-something traveller and blogger in search of new adventures for me and my energetic, wander-lusting family.

As an avid reader and confessed serial-traveller, I blog about my travel experiences, with child-specific recommendations and handy tips for parents as well. Trying to find the perfect balance between family fun and relaxation, with some time off from my sometimes physically draining and spiritually exhausting family duties, is my ultimate goal when jetting off somewhere.

Between running around after an energetic five-year old and keeping up with the ever-changing moods of my 13-year-old teen whilst not losing track of the mischief my 10-year-old constantly gets up to; all my free time is devoted to dreaming about escaping to a thrilling new destination and planning my next family getaway.

Finding the perfect mix of attractions for every member of the family in any of the destinations we visit is a priority that's always reflected in my choice of destination, location and accommodation. Read my articles for inspirational travel stories, top tips and essential family travel advice.


Laura's Been There Done That

  • Eaten fried scorpions from local vendors in Beijing (yum!), and yes the little ones had somet too!
  • Watched the elusive Northern Lights in Scandinavia during a Christmas-themed holiday
  • Climbed Rincon de la Vieja in Costa Rica, with two children under ten and a one-year-old riding on a backpack
  • Managed a 21-hour-long flight with two young kids and a newborn in tow – no mean feat!
  • Enrolled my kids in a small village's arts and crafts project with Peruvian children

Recent articles by Laura

  • 18 Oct 2016
  • Travel Advice
To travel is to live

A traveller's guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, but each November the emirate hosts the final race of the Formula 1 World Championship. This makes a holiday in Abu Dhabi particularly special for sport enthusiasts or those or just want to experience something a little different.
  • 23 Jul 2016
  • Travel Story
To travel is to live

Abu Dhabi: the unexpectedly exciting destination

In very rare occasions do we get to mix business with pleasure but this was one of those rare times where due to work reasons I got to indulge in the lap of luxury and enjoy a destination often overlooked in favour of its bigger, brighter, louder and more famous neighbour. Whilst Dubai might quadruple Abu Dhabi in size, it can't beat the capital of the UAE in terms of subdued sophistication, unique cultural attractions like the Guggenheim and Louvre museums, amazing constructions like the Formula 1 circuit, Ferrari World or the manmade Yas Island, plus authentic adventures with thrilling desert safaris and natural mangroves. To round it all off there are excellent hotels to enjoy it all from - and I got to sample quite a few. Read on how to enjoy a truly exciting off-the-radar emirate that has plenty to shout about!
  • 10 Jul 2016
  • Travel Advice
To travel is to live

Simply beautiful: What makes St Lucia stand out from the crowd

The beautiful island of St Lucia is one of the Caribbean's true gems. Remote and petite, it possesses a host of attractions that make it unique in the region. From drive-through volcanoes and outdoors adventures to picture-perfect beaches and a beautiful climate, St Lucia has something to offer everyone.
  • 16 Dec 2015
  • Travel Advice
To travel is to live

AMResorts launches "Live it up" campaign and announces new hotel openings

Planning to start 2016 with a big bang, the exclusive collection of Caribbean hotels and resorts managed by AMResorts are kick-starting the New Year with a very tempting new offer for those planning their getaway at either of their luxury all-inclusive properties. The new Live it UP campaign will see them slash their room rates by half when guests upgrade to higher categories across all of their resorts.
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