Early in 2013 a small group of BritMums travel bloggers gathered together in a London hotel to discuss family travel blogging. Joining us were Steve Keenan and Mark Frary, two experienced travel journalists who run an online consultancy, Travel Perspective. Some weeks later members of the group travelled with their children to Costa Brava on a trip organised by the charismatic Jaume Marin of the Costa Brava Tourist Board.
Our group have continued to meet since then until, in November this year, they made the whole thing official and issued a press release to tell the world about Family Travel Perspective. The group hope to share practical travel advice through their own established websites but also serve as a powerful think tank and resource for travel destinations and brands. As some of the group now have grown-up children, they are able to use their knowledge to advise on family travel from tots to teens.
The founder members in the group are:
Trish Burgess: Mum’s Gone To
Sarah Ebner: Family Travel Times
Jennifer Howze: BritMums and Jenography
Mark Frary: Travelling with the Kids
Selena Jones: Oh, the Places We Will Go!
Steve Keenan, Travel Perspective
Kirstie Pelling, The Family Adventure Project
Gretta Schifano, Mums Do Travel
Susanna Scott, BritMums and A Modern Mother
Marianne Weekes, Mari’s World
It would seem that collaboration in travel blogging is the way to go at the moment as this month also sees the launch of Space in Your Case, a fresh, new travel site aimed at parents. Bringing together the blogging expertise of Alison Perry (Not Another Mummy Blog), Helen Wills (Actually Mummy), Katie Ellison (Mummy Daddy Me) and Penny Alexander (A Residence), the team hope to provide inspiration for family trips and child-free breaks for all budgets. They would love to hear from you if you would like to share your own experiences through their regular ‘A Postcard From’ feature.
I have heard on the grapevine that there may well be more collaborative travel blogging in the offing. I think this is a great thing – we can’t be on holiday all the time so it’s great to share our experiences, particularly within the family travel niche.
Finally, it’s always good to hear about new family travel blogs so I was pleased when freelancer Zoe West contacted me to tell me of her blog, Stylish Family Travel. Do pop over and check out her site for inspiration at the top end of the market.
Next month I will showcase as many of your recent travel posts as possible, including ones you have already sent me. Hope you don’t mind if I hold them over to January for a bumper New Year round-up. Have a great Christmas and, if you are off on your travels, even if it’s just a day trip to a local attraction, I would love to hear about it.