A quiet moment on the Amazon © Eric Stoen

Our family travel Pathfinders were super busy in June. With their families they’ve explored the Amazon, attended the Sonoma County Hot-Air Balloon Festival and found a great new way to explore Paris. They’ve also collated two inspiring lists to keep you daydreaming: unique places to stay and family-friendly hikes around the world.

Amazon rainforest with kids – Eric Stoen

Visiting the Amazon is something that’s on many people’s bucket lists but it’s not something we often see written about from a family perspective. Eric’s day-by-day post really brings their trip to life (helped by his excellent photographs) but also provides all the nitty gritty details such as finances, health and recommended operators.

Eric wants to inspire other families to take their kids to crazy places too. Follow his adventures at travelbabbo.com.

Hot-air balloon festival with kids – Emily Jenks

Taking kids to festivals requires military-style planning and different festivals require different approaches. There’s something magical about hot-air balloons so it’s a very positive thing to see a blog post dedicated to the practicalities of taking small people to see big balloons (including how to prepare for if the balloons don’t take off!).

Based in San Francisco, Emily and her family love to travel and love to eat. Read more about their adventures on henryandandrewsguide.com.

Paris by tuk-tuk – Marcie Cheung

City breaks can be tough on the energy levels whatever your age but particularly so when you are small. We like Marcie’s idea of giving little legs a rest and exploring a city using an unusual form of transport; this post is full of ideas for helping your family make the most of Paris by tuk-tuk.

Marcie blogs at marcieinmommyland.com where she shares tips and tricks from her travels with her two boys.

Family-friendly hiking around the world – Kate Lewis

If you loved hiking before you had kids and think that all the world-famous treks are now out of reach until your kids are older, it’s time to think again. Kate provides a family-friendly take on 10 different walking routes around the world. It’s pure inspiration but even just looking through the ideas might pique your kids’ interest to get walking.

Kate blogs for adventurous parents at thesmallerexplorer.com, which covers the fun for kids AND parents.

Kate suggests Tenerife for world-class family-friendly hiking ©John_Walker/Shutterstock

Unique places to stay as a family – Dawn Nicholson

Many travellers love unusual and interesting places to stay but for kids sleeping somewhere completely different to their normal bed takes a trip to a whole new excitement level. In this post Dawn has gathered suggestions from her fellow family travel bloggers to create an awe-inspiring list of accommodation options for your family’s wish list.

Canadian Dawn is currently based in Melbourne and shares her family’s travelling adventures at 5losttogether.com.