I always really wanted to go to the Algarve with my family. It had been on my bucket list for a long time. Why, because I was always dreaming away with the image of its beautiful beaches with imposing rock formations, the sunny weather and, of course, the charming coastal towns.
One is Carvoeiro, a picturesque town where the houses are all painted white, just a 50-minute drive west of Faro. And that’s less than a 3-hour flight from Amsterdam, so just perfect if you want to go on holiday to Portugal with small children, because it takes no time at all to get there.
We lived in Carvoeiro for 3 months last winter and in this blog I will give you an insight into our life in Portugal, where we stayed and how incredibly beautiful the beaches there are.
Before Vincent and I had children, we were more often abroad for longer periods of time. A few months a year we lived as digital nomads abroad. I was mainly working for my own website Stylish Travel Tips and Vincent was already working on his international projects by then. It was a beautiful and free life in which we could decide where to go and for how long. Even when I was pregnant with our oldest we were in Asia for long periods of time and secretly dreamed of traveling around with a little baby.
How ironic our life looked when Sofie was born (crying baby) and we were suddenly confronted with the phenomenon of “rest, cleanliness and regularity”. Our house became our permanent home and after 2 years Sofie got a little sister and with that our family was complete 🙂
Fortunately, some more space opened up after Emma’s babyhood and we were able to go on distant trips again. Since late 2020 we have been living and working abroad for a few months every winter and our children go to school there temporarily. After 2 winters in Curaçao we stayed last winter for 3 months in Portugal and to be more precise in the Algarve.
In this blog I will take you through exactly where we stayed for a longer period of time, which school our daughters went to and what your life looks like when you go abroad with school-age children for a longer period of time. Every time it’s a great adventure for us where we not only have great memories as a family, but where we also see how the kids develop in a positive way and move easily and freely internationally.
Mexico is a popular winter sun destination. Why? Because in addition to its wonderful climate, white beaches and azure sea, it has an amazing cultural hinterland with beautiful sights. In addition, Mexico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, especially along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Not for nothing is this destination high on our list to spend 3 months during the winter there.
Floor and her family went before us and had been traveling the world for 1.5 years when they descended on the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula at the end of their journey. Here they share their experience on Isla Holbox, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The result, an array of delicious vacation photos with their best tips! Want to know what their most favorite destination was? Then be sure to read on.
Where is the best place to go during winter holidays in Europe? In my search for the best climate with the best chance of sunshine hours, I quickly ended up in the Algarve. We are here for an extended period and during the Christmas holidays friends also came over for a winter sun holiday, and how lucky we were with the beautiful weather!
It feels a bit like spring here almost every day. The air is fresh but with the sun, it is soon 18 degrees and that almost every day if you’re lucky. If you ask me, the ideal destination within Europe and less than a three-hour flight away.
In this blog, I will give you all my tips on where we stayed and what trips you can do. Believe me you will run out of time, because there is still so much to discover in the Algarve. One advantage in winter, it is not so crowded and too warm. So no crowds of tourists in the popular villages and you often have the beach almost all to yourself.
It is spring, spring is in full swing and we have been back in the Netherlands for a while now. It’s nice that everything is open here now and that all measures have been lifted (for the time being) and that we can enjoy all the freedom of the pre-Corona era again. I think everyone was also ready for it. Two years ago our world was turned upside down when Covid-19 entered our lives.
Within 2 weeks Vincent lost 70% of all his customers. It was an uncertain time, for us as well, but it did bring us a lot in the end. The Netherlands became too small and Vincent decided to go international with his websites and to focus on that for the coming years.
A good move, because it gave us another dot on the horizon on which we could focus so that we became less dependent. The stifling measures of the Netherlands and the school closures “forced” us to travel to Curacao for 3 months in early 2020. From here Vincent could further develop his international websites and more importantly, our daughters could just go to daycare, while in the Netherlands everything was locked up. We even made it to the Dutch newspapers (Tubantia and AD) and it was the “start” of our new (working) life.
Mexico, land of pearly white beaches, azure sea and Mayan temples. My ultimate holiday destination, because the people there are very nice, you can eat delicious food and there is almost always a lovely breeze blowing at the sea. Mexico is very large and my favourite destination is the Yucatán peninsula in the south east, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Central America and in particular Mexico is a land steeped in history with landmarks and archaeological sites that shape the culture and people inhabiting its offerings. Experience now this unique part of the world and the beauty of Yucatan with unforgettable excursions for you and your kids specially compiled by Kay Tours.
Most people who go on holiday to Curaçao usually book a stay at Mambo Beach or at Jan Thiel Beach. The hotspot spots of the island, but did you know that the beaches on the West coast are also one of the most beautiful of the island? If you like unspoilt nature, white sandy beaches and you don’t want to be lumped together, you should explore the other side of the island.
Last year I made a call online to see who would be the perfect ambassador for Stylish Travel Tips to review 5 star hotels, to which I received many responses. I also like to give other people a stage who make a special trip and visit beautiful places and one of them is ”The Travelicious Family”.
They can be followed on Instagram @thetraveliciousfamily and have been travelling full-time and indefinitely since January 2020. Who are they exactly? Wouter (45 yrs), Rinkje (38 yrs), Laurens (5 yrs) Sophie (3 yrs) and the youngest child Louise, now 1 year old. Born on Curaçao and already a little world traveller.
They have decided that the Netherlands will no longer be their home and that they will emigrate to Curaçao. On their way to a free life, a life in which their children can grow up without fear and restrictions around Corona. And that is exactly what I wish for my own 2 daughters as well. A life in freedom!
Do you remember them, the Feel the Breeze Family who in 2020, the year of COVID-19 took off in their Land Rover to drive to their sailboat which was parked in Turkey with which they want to sail over the world? Last year, as exclusive ambassadors for Stylish Travel Tips, they stayed at the 5-star TUI BLUE Jadran hotel in Croatia, but not much later the travel advice was tightened and holidays to this beautiful country were advised against.
Fortunately, Croatia is back on yellow for a while and, with a health pass in your pocket, you won’t have to go into quarantine on your return. I would say, what are you waiting for, make a great roadtrip along the beautiful coast of Croatia and stay halfway in this super nice and stylish 5 star hotel. Gerben and Rianne tested it out for me and shot some lovely pictures to dream away with. Look and judge for yourself.
If you are going to Curaçao on vacation or like me staying on the island for a longer period of time then a day trip to Klein (Little) Curaçao should absolutely not be missed. Klein Curaçao is a small uninhabited island of about 1.7 m² off the coast of Curaçao. It is less than an hour by boat and highly recommended if you want to book a super fun day trip where you will be completely taken care of by Miss Ann boat Trips.
Besides being a special little island with history, it has a beautiful long sandy beach on one side and a wild rugged rocky coast on the other. Here you will also find a huge shipwreck, an oil tanker that ran aground in the 1980s. I went with a bunch of friends for a whole day with the crew of the Serendipity yacht and we had a super nice day that I can really recommend to anyone. Check out the photos below and if you have any questions let me know!