Fancy going to Ireland with the family? The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland © honster / Getty Images

Fancy going to Ireland with the kids? © honster / Getty Images

This month our family travel Pathfinders share tales from Finland, Ireland, Australia and Vietnam – plus a Lonely Planet-inspired activity for creative young minds.

Five reasons to visit Santa in Lapland’s off-season – Kirsty Hill

Kirsty proves that the magic of Christmas exists all year-round in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. We loved the video snippets and photographs that depict the awe of her kids – and who needs snow when you can meet huskies, reindeer and Santa himself?

Kirsty and her partner aim to teach their children by example. Follow their blog at travelwithmeraki.com

The ABC of visiting Ireland with kids – Marta Correale

Expat Marta distills her top tips for visiting Ireland into an entertaining A-Z read. Learn about fairies, famous castles and family-friendly activities – and be inspired to plan your own trip to the Emerald Isle.

Marta explores the world with her husband and two kids. Follow her blog at learningescapes.net

A surfing adventure at Rainbow Beach, Australia – Nicci O’Mara

Surfing. How hard can it be? In this fun but informative blog, Nicci braves the waves in Queensland with her husband and two boys to see if she can master the board…

Nicci wants to show her readers how worthwhile travel with boys can be. Follow her blog at travelwithboys.com

10 reasons to visit Vietnam with kids – Jessica Palmer

This list piece does what it says on the tin. Jessica highlights what makes Vietnam such a wonderful place to explore with little ones. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s still pretty convincing!

Jessica believes travelling with kids opens their hearts and minds, teaching them tolerance. Follow her blog at travelwithjess.com

Tearing up the Lonely Planet to inspire kids – Carl McIver

While we don’t usually condone tearing up Lonely Planet products, we have to admit Carl’s rainy-day travel activity is genius. All you need is a copy of Lonely Planet Traveller, some scissors, paper and glue, and your imagination!

Carl believes happy travels make happy families. Follow his blog at travelbetter.co.uk

Find out what else the Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Travel Bloggers: your stories forum on Thorn Tree.