Welcome to Smudged Postcard!
Hi, I’m Annabel and I’m using this site to share my knowledge of family travel gained from over 10 years working in the travel industry. I also have plenty of practical experience, travelling with my other half and our two sons, aged 7 and 4. We’ve been travelling as a family since our first child was 6 weeks old. If you start travelling from the beginning of parenthood, neither you nor the kids will know any better!
Pre-kids, travel highlights included camping in the Kimberley region of north west Australia and road-tripping through Chile along with countless work trips to Italy to research the best hotels and Italian travel experiences. With children in tow, I’m continuing with the adventures but tailoring them to suit the whole family.
I’m particularly interested in slower paced holidays and travel which has a positive impact on the destination visited (even if the mode of travelling there doesn’t…) Wherever possible, I try to stay in properties which are family-run or independent. I run a monthly link up called Family Friendly Stays which focuses on finding low-key and off the beaten track places to stay.
On Smudged Postcard you’ll find family travel tips and ideas for family holidays along with reviews of our travels and days out. I have spent quite a bit of time in Italy so it features quite frequently on here as does our home county of Hertfordshire, just north of London. I like to drag my kids out on a walk or bike ride whenever possible so I record some of our favourite jaunts on the site.
I hope that some of the information here might prove useful to other families looking for holiday inspiration. I’d love to hear back from other parents if they have ideas or suggestions for fellow families.