Tell us a little bit about your tribe and your holiday style.
My partner Wesley is a big traveler and having travelled for over 15 years and has seen most continents. Now we have kids, aged 6 & 4, we all join in on the adventures. We all love the great outdoors, so although we live in central London but we try to go camping every other weekend. We never stay at campsites, we freedom camp; we find the perfect location in the forest, overlooking the sea, a spot with great views and we stop there for the night. We have VW which we adjusted a little to accommodate us all and I can tell you that these trips are the most exciting.
What has been your favourite family holiday and why did you love it?
This recent South Africa trip was incredible. We stayed in so many breathtaking locations off the beaten track that we got lost so many times trying to find them, but we saw so much on the detours that we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We also spent so much time with the locals, where they showed us their way of living, that we found it was very educational for the kids who were missing 3 weeks of their school term. It was so rural and beautiful and we were the only tourists out there. We discovered secret beaches, stunning villages, friendly locals and so much greenery – it was just priceless!
Our favourite places on the trip were:
Freedom o’clock backpackers mdumbi – Transkei wild coast – a family run location, private rooms and African hut to rent in an absolutely mind blowing location.
Bulungula-eco resort – Transkei wild coast. An African eco village made out of 5 huts located right by the beach. It was run by locals and the fab outdoor rocket showers were the kids favourite nightly experience.
Stairways pottery – Hogback mountain. A beautiful little log cabin in the centre of Hogback. Absolutely amazing mountains, waterfalls, labyrinth, fairies and goblins, great hikes, easy for the kids and so green and fresh.
What 3 destinations are top of your family travel bucket list?
- Sri Lanka
If you had to pick one travel item that makes travelling with kids easier, what would it be?
Pen and paper. If they ever got bored I gave them a pad and let them draw and they also they had so much fun using them to communicate with locals.
What’s your best piece of family travel advice that you can share with the Our Tribe Travels community? Try not to plan your trip down to the final detail. We found that opportunities came up or changes happened which could be stressful if you want everything to go to a specific plan. Instead, pick your first place and then go with the flow, listen to locals and other travelers. If you like the place- stay day longer, don’t get annoyed when you get lost, you might actually end up seeing see more. We also didn’t follow the maps, we listened to locals and followed the signs. Enjoy it!