Benedict Smith is Editorial Assistant at Family Traveller. He is bilingual, having lived in South America and Spain, and once got chased by Highland Cows on the Isle of Mull.


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Is this the ultimate tablet for families?

Responsive touch screen, hands-free assistance, child-friendly features - the Kindle Fire HD 10 has earned its status as the ultimate holiday companion

Epic London Resort set to open in 2024

A sustainable theme park resort - dubbed 'UK Disneyland' - has unveiled plans to open in 2024 after nearly a decade of planning

How UK climbing centres are safely welcoming back families

Following government guidance, climbing centres across the country will once again be welcoming back families from 25 July

Natural History Museum: How to book FREE tickets for 5 August

London's home of life and earth sciences in South Kensington has marked 5 August down as the day on which doors will finally reopen to the public

University Arms Hotel: A luxurious slice of quintessential Cambridge

Benedict Smith reviews University Arms Hotel in Cambridge, luxurious accommodation for families on the edge of the famous Parker's Piece

Open for summer: Malta welcomes back British families

The Mediterranean islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino have reopened to British tourists, with new rules in place to ensure a safe return for visitors

Where’s sunny this October half term?

While many families have decided against going abroad this summer, there are still lots of reasons to get excited about what’s in store this October half term

Single parents call for reduced prices at UK attractions

Research suggests that single parents are overpaying for a number of attractions in the UK, from royal gardens to Harry Potter World

Where can British families visit from 6 July?

The UK has relaxed its travel restrictions by creating 'air bridges' between certain European countries, putting a holiday abroad back on the table for British families. But which countries have been deemed 'safe' by the government? Britain will lift its blanket travel restrictions from 6 July It was the announcement…

Why the UK is the best country in the world for a staycation

Family Traveller puts forward five reasons why the United Kingdom is one of the best countrie in the world for a family staycation

Dubai set to reopen to tourists from 7 July

British families may soon be able to return to Dubai on holiday after the Emirati city announced its decision to welcome tourists back from 7 July

Is it safe to take my family on holiday to Spain?

With the announcement that Spain would reopen its borders to British tourists from 21 June, Family Traveller advises families to follow FCO advice

The countries that will pay tourists to visit after COVID-19

Planning a holiday during lockdown is the perfect tonic to being stuck inside. And with a number of beautiful destinations offering to subsidise travel costs, as well as opening up dozens of attractions for free, organising the next family escape will be more fun than ever

New Zealand declares itself ‘COVID-free’

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has declared the country 'coronavirus-free' and will lift all restrictions after reporting zero active cases

Which European countries are reopening to tourists?

As countries in Europe slowly begin to ease nationwide lockdowns, we take a look at where you and your family will be able to visit in the coming weeks

6 best places in London to stretch your legs

Running through the six best spots in London to get out and stretch stiff legs while maintaining social distancing, from Richmond Park to Clapham Common

Bingham Riverhouse: A cosy riverside retreat in Richmond

Cosy fires, river views, superb location and delightful seasonal food make Bingham Riverhouse an excellent choice for families visiting the capital

Billie Faiers: Marbella has changed a lot since I was a kid

Family Traveller sits down with TV star Billie Faiers to discuss family holidays, packing suitcases and the launch of her new clothes collection

Turkey scraps visas for UK tourists

Turkey has announced its decision to scrap visa requirements for UK tourists, meaning families could save over £100 on their holidays

Flygskam: what is it and can it save the environment?

The Swedish term flygskam entered the British mainstream amid a rising tide of sentiment for action against climate change. But can it save the environment?

Pound sees boost just in time for February half term

A boost to the value of the pound against the euro is good news for families with plans to visit Europe over February half term

Eurostar takes on airlines with new London-Amsterdam route

Eurostar offers families an alternative to flying with the launch of a new direct route between London St Pancras and Amsterdam Centraal

Brexit: How will February half term be affected?

On 31 January, the UK ceased to being a member of the European Union, 47 years after joining. Find out how this could affect February half term travel plans

Coronavirus: How is travel being affected?

As the WHO declares the outbreak of coronavirus a global health emergency, find out how your travel plans may have been affected

New South Wales bushfires: How to help

New South Wales has been one of the regions most affected by the Australian bushfires sweeping the country since September 2019. Here's how to help

UK’s top counties for a family staycation revealed

In response to rising concerns about the impact of flying, the AA reveals its list of the best counties to visit in the UK in 2020 for families

2020’s greatest sustainable holidays for families

Family Traveller runs through the best sustainable family holidays in 2020, from UK glamping trips to travelling around Europe by train

Could family holidays improve school performance?

John Kinnear from Family Holiday Association discusses the benefits of family holidays, from improved school attendance to higher parent-child transparency

What’s new for families in 2020?

From new hotel openings to a David Walliams-themed attraction, Family Traveller runs through the exciting things to look out for in 2020

Review: Sleeping Beauty at Watford Palace Theatre

Sleeping Beauty arrives to Watford Palace Theatre for a fresh musical pantomime, packed full of singing, clapping and family festivities

New Zealand bans swimming with dolphins as numbers plunge

Tourists in New Zealand have been banned from swimming with bottlenose dolphins in an effort to save the struggling species. Ben Smith reports