Just one of Christchurch’s many playgrounds © Nadine Maffre

For our final round-up of 2017 we’re featuring two blogs which remind us that travel is not always a bed of roses, two blogs which give us loads of amazing ideas for Antipodean family travel and – last but not least – one blog that teaches us how we can travel sustainably with our family in tow.

20 tips for sustainable travel – Joss Hooren

For this post Joss asked fellow travel bloggers for their top tips to travel sustainably and together they came up with this interesting post. It is full of practical ways you can help the environment while travelling the world and is definitely one to consult if your family has resolved to be more eco-friendly in 2018.

Joss blogs at littlegreenglobetrotter.com. She aims to show readers that you can travel sustainably with a young family.

Dealing with the terror attack in Barcelona – Corey Cook

Being involved in or near to a terrorist incident is the stuff nightmares are made of so we found it insightful to read how Corey’s family responded to being in Barcelona at the time of the Las Ramblas attack. This post is a good reminder for us and our kids that we cannot let terror change the way we behave, and that includes how we travel.

Corey’s blog fifiandhop.com covers all kinds of adventures from day trips to international vacations and travel mishaps.

The realities of Nomadic travel – Erin Bender

If you follow the many nomadic families sharing their travels online it’s easy to get envious of their lifestyle. Erin’s two-part post on the realities of continually travelling with your kids is essential reading for any families contemplating a permanent life on the road.

Formerly part of Travel With Bender, Erin now blogs on travel, food and lifestyle at explorewitherin.com.

Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand, with kids – Nadine Maffre

New Zealand doesn’t often get covered by our family travel Pathfinders but it’s a country on most people’s bucket lists, so we like this rundown of child-focused things to do in Christchurch. The playgrounds – all 300 of them! – particularly caught our eye.

Discover offbeat places on Nadine’s blog at lelongweekend.com.  

Things to do in Tasmania with kids – Jessica Palmer

Continuing the Antipodean theme, Jess gives us plenty of excellent reasons to want to explore Tasmania with kids. We liked this post because of its focus on the outdoors and the free, and also the mix of attractions for both kids and adults. Afterall it’s our holiday too!

Jessica believes travelling with kids teaches them tolerance. Follow her blog at travelwithjess.com.

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