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To travel is to live

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Because all of our lives are enriched by experiencing new things and learning from new places and cultures, this blog space is dedicated to all kinds of travel experiences that enrich or touch your life in some way or another.

As a family traveller with kids in all age ranges, I see travelling not only as a great tool for family bonding and relaxing but also as a fantastic way to teach my children about other cultures and historical riches.

Apart from the obvious fun element of any holiday abroad, I also try to look at any getaway as an opportunity to engage my family so that they can soak up the amazing educational value.

Read my posts to see just what makes a family holiday an amazing experience that could be potentially life-changing for your young ones, as well as for yourself and any other adult in your travelling party. Because travelling is living, experiencing, and ultimately, learning – as long as you travel, the discovery and learning process never end.


Laura Rawlings's Been There Done That

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

Recent articles in To travel is to live

  • 23 Aug 2018
  • Travel Advice
  • Laura Rawlings
The finer things in life

St Lucia's trendiest nightlife hotspots - from Rodney Bay to Soufriere

More widely known for the beauty of its pristine beaches against the lush backdrop of the iconic Pitons mountains, St Lucia evokes the picture or romantic tropical perfection and peaceful relaxation. For long favoured by couples and honeymooners, not many think of this Caribbean nation as a top hotspot for vibrant nightlife. Yet there is some good nightlife to be enjoyed in St Lucia if you just know where to go.
  • 31 Jul 2018
  • Travel Advice
  • Laura Rawlings
Practical advice

Top 25 experiences to capture St Lucia's essence

Saint Lucia may be one of the smallest Caribbean nations in terms of size but that shouldn't be taken to mean it lacks in variety of fun pursuits and leisure options. This blog post explores the many ways you can get to know this beautiful island beyond (but not excluding) its pretty beaches and how to get the most of a St Lucia holiday, depending on your interests and inclinations. From active pursuits to pampering and romantic ones, here are 25 ways to experience St Lucia.
  • 18 Oct 2016
  • Travel Advice
  • Laura Rawlings
Practical advice

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
  • Laura Rawlings
Unforgettable experiences

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!
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