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Suitcases and Sandcastles is an award-winning family travel blog that inspires its readers to make every moment count by slowing down and looking for more meaningful travel experiences. The focus is on finding fun cultural activities and inspirational places where the whole family can have a good time.

We’re always looking for the magic in travel, to find the hidden gem rather than the tourist trap even when you’re visiting a well-known city. We love sharing unique cultural experiences and weaving stories out of places. We’d rather spend time getting under the skin of a place than just scratch the surface.

suitcases and sandcastlesClare Thomson has been writing about travel ever since she wrote a column for her local newspaper while backpacking around India. As part of the editorial team on Telegraph Travel, she wrote numerous city guides, features, round ups and a weekly hotel column for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

Her travel writing has also been published in angels & urchins, the Mail on Sunday and The National.


We have a highly engaged audience on both the blog and social media channels. We believe that well researched, inspirational writing and beautiful photography, backed up with a strong social media presence, is the best way to showcase a destination or activity.



  • Brand Ambassadorship
  • Writing
  • Custom Content Creation
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Press Trips
  • Hotel Reviews
  • Trip Reviews

We do not accept guest posts on the blog.

Please contact me by email on clare.s.thomson@btopenworld to discuss your requirements and to ask for my media pack with testimonials and latest stats.


  • #2 UK Family Travel Blog 2018
  • Top 20 UK Travel Blog 2018
  • Regularly featured as one of Lonely Planet’s Best Blog and Instagram posts of the month
  • Stubborn Mule Travel – Favourite Family Travel Bloggers
  • Vuelio Top 10 Family Travel Blog 2016