What They Say About Us: Takethefamily.com in the Media

MENTIONS AND REVIEWS

The Mail Online, 25 July 2013
"Take The Family. Easily the best family travel website pitched at UK holidaymakers."

Pocket-lint.com, Website of the Day, 1 February 2012
“Clear, no-nonsense advice and a search engine that won’t spit out any nasty surprises, and naturally, kids of all ages are catered for. This will take some of the sting out of the summer holiday, that’s for sure.

The Independent, The 50 Best Travel Websites, April 2011
“From taking weekend breaks and round-the-world trips as a couple to starting a family and figuring out what to do with children on holiday can be utterly baffling,' admits Pat [Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller]. 'Take the Family offers help, ideas, hints, inspiration as well as ways to save money’.

Sainsbury’s Magazine, November 2010: ‘50 Really Useful Websites’
“takethefamily.com is designed for parents by parents. Search more than 1,000 kid-friendly holidays, find tips and chat to other parents.

News of the World, ‘It’s Kids’ Stuff!’, March 2010
“Adventurous types should explore takethefamily.com, which was set up by parents who were bored of being told they couldn't take kids along, or hearing there wasn't a high chair, or that kids had to be quiet. The site admits it won't change the world, but it will help families see more of it. They do short breaks and days out as well as holidays but, under the tagline 'family holidays that last a lifetime', they get really excited about far-flung places. Campaigns are a speciality too — like Kids In Museums, after one mum was chucked out of London's snooty Royal Academy when her young son shouted at a statue. As they will."

Families Online, January 2010
“TaketheFamily is a one-stop no-nonsense shop for family holidays, from worldwide adventures to home-grown havens, for every budget, for every family […] Why spend days looking for the best family holidays and latest deals, when they've already done the leg work? Take the Family provides all the information you need in one place!

Frommer’s London With Kids, 2010
“See also takethefamily.com, a very professional family vacation guide with a London section that includes hotel booking, plus a blog and a ‘Talk the Family’ info-swapping forum including online debates led by Dea Birkett.

The Independent, March 2009, The 50 Best Travel Websites
“Like babygoes2.com? Try [also] takethefamily.com.

Daily Mail Travel Online, Oct 2008
“Website of the week”

The Guardian, March 2008, Family Holiday Websites
“Daily online discussion on topics such as skiing with kids, flying to Australia with a baby, plus objective travel features and special offers.&rdquo

Frommer’s Paris and Disneyland Resort Paris with Your Kids, 2008
“More general family-oriented sites [include] takethefamily.com, with tips, destination guides (including hotel and serviced apartment accommodation in Paris), and a discussion board.&rdquo

Times Online, March 2007, ‘Best Baby Travel Websites’
With lively writing and bags of humour, this is definitely the best read of the lot. But it is its exclusive offers that make it really stand out. Ten per cent off many exciting Imaginative Traveller holidays (fancy a trip to China anyone?), and other deals with many more run of the mill family stalwarts such as Thomson, Sunsail, Simply Travel, The Mediterranean Experience and Siblu. It also has a meaty discussion forum. A recent thread touched on the best tour operator for new families: Mark Warner v. Powder Byrne. Clearly a much more relevant topic for new parents than the Tony Blair v. Gordon Brown debate!&rdquo

Travel With Kids, William Gray (Footprint, 2007)
Listed in ‘Five of the best family travel websites’

Herald Scotland, June 2007, How to Enjoy Eight Family Holidays a Year for Just £3000
“The website takethefamily.com […] has tips on family travel of all sorts, plus links to websites and tour operators.”

Frommer’s Mediterranean Spain with Your Family, 2007
“takethefamily.com allows you to book your holiday after browsing a selection of special offers for everything from mini-breaks to adventure holidays all at family-friendly resorts available to British travellers.”

Times Online, Dec 2006, Your Favourite Travel Websites
“This family travel site […] provides useful information for hand-picked family holidays. There's a discussion forum too.”

Independent on Sunday, Sept 2006, ‘Hey Mum, let’s go somewhere eco-friendly’
“Eco-friendly family holidays are here to stay: research carried out by holiday website takethefamily.com shows that people with kids are more likely than anyone to book low-emission escapes.”

Guardian Unlimited, Sept 2005, ‘The Best Sites: Families and Children
Covering family-friendly resorts available to British travellers, Take the Family does pretty much what it says on the baby-bottle. [It holds] a solid mine of basic information, arranged in simple, easy-to-navigate pages (seemingly designed to resemble a jolly village crèche) that never threaten to flood the busy parent with superfluous detail. The site is uncomplicated without being under-informed, and lighthearted without being frivolous. Look, book, go - all from one place. Recommended.”

Independent, April 2005, The 50 Best Travel Websites
“[…] this family-focused site matches the IT skills of the big company with the skills of a small organisation to meet the holiday needs of the parent. The site points out that city breaks can work even with young children, and suggests ‘the wonderful restored carousel’ in New York's Central Park. It also provides advice on dealing with jetlag on the way home from America, suggesting you opt for a daytime flight. […] For destinations elsewhere, the offers - and prices - are so enticing that I almost took my test bookings a stage too far.”

The Good Web Guide, Jan 2005
“Take the Family's website is excellent and the place to book your holiday in the sun or snow. Five stars. The pages are uncluttered with good sound advice on resorts, accommodation and what to do. It's honest and up front with an easy reading style. If you are looking to book a night in London with a show, a cottage hideaway or a two-week blockbuster holiday in the sun, Take the Family will have plenty of ideas. Affiliation with some top travel agents, Lastminute.com ranking amongst them, has Take the Family's finger firmly on the button and being able to offer some fairly exclusive deals. Monthly newsletters keep you informed of good deals and the hot places to be seen with babe in arms.”

Global Magazine, Aug/Sept 2004
“The site has stacks of good ideas.... it's well laid out with a clear and simple design.”

Web User Magazine, Aug 2004, ‘Our Favourite New Website’
“5/5 stars. Get ready for a day of family fun with the help of this excellent site - full of ideas for parents and children. When Nasa recruits technicians to work at mission control for manned space expeditions, it's stipulated that they must have children. After all, if they can organise a trip for their family, a journey into space is a cinch by comparison […] Worthy of a gold star and a rusk, not least because the site has vital holiday preparation tips for mums and dads that could save the kids from boredom and the parents from stress overload, the essential songs and games for peace and harmony should prove useful indeed.”

The Daily Express, July 2004, Website of the Week
“EVERY mum and dad who dreads the words ‘Are we there yet?’ when the car is barely out of the drive should log on to takethefamily.com. The new site, designed by parents, features suggestions on how to prevent toddlers and teens from getting bored. Download songs and games, plus tips on how to cope on a long-haul flight, car trip, train journey or ferry crossing. Users can also book holidays worldwide, and the Where To Go section lists pros and cons of various destinations.”

Website of the Month, Handbag.com, July 2004
"If the prospect of summer holidays is already starting to cause panics, help is at hand from a new online travel service. […] Supported by travel and leisure expert lastminute.com and award-winning family-holiday specialists Real Holidays, the new site includes a wide range of things to do, from adventure holidays in the Far East to family musicals in the West End. It even recommends ‘Swallows And Amazons’ for the kids to read before their trip to the Lake District."

For Parents by Parents
"Another site worth a look is takethefamily.com. Whether you're looking to take the family to an island in the Far East or skiing in Canada, they offer exciting ideas, good value and good old-fashioned human advice.”

Which? Travelling with Children’
“[takethefamily.com is] a travel agency website specialising in family holidays [with] sing-along song lyrics and games suggestions, as well as discussion forums where parents pass on their tips and advice.”

Direct Line ‘Travel Insurance: Family Holiday guide’
“But perhaps the best place to have your first scout around for great family destinations is online at sites such as takethefamily.com. This comprehensive website covers it all: from the best destinations for young kids, to ways to cope with long-distance travel to keeping the family healthy when you get there and cost comparisons for types of family holidays.”

Day-tripper.net
“[takethefamily.com is a] nicely produced site.”

Playtime
“For top tips on family holidays, take a look at takethefamily.com. Written by parents for parents, this website has information on a wide variety of destinations, UK and worldwide, features, special offers and reviews.”

Kwikguides
“Small people get excitable and bored very easily so ensure you have plenty of activities to keep them happy, especially on long journeys. Check out takethefamily.com for family travel games, as well as information on family-friendly destinations in the UK and abroad.”

TaketheFamily experts are also regularly asked to provide family travel tips, advice and holiday suggestions for the national media including The Observer and the Guardian travel supplements, on topics such as Can We Afford to Go Away in the School Holidays? and What’s Your Favourite Theme Park?