|The Babygoes2 team
BabyGoes2 is an entirely independent website for baby friendly holidays UK founded, developed and staffed by parents. Launched in April 2001 and featured extensively in the national press, radio and TV since then, BabyGoes2 has become the definitive (and essential) guide for anyone travelling with baby.
Where did the idea for baby friendly luxury holidays come from?
Being a new mum is wonderful but exhausting, and a break away with baby was soon top of the wish list - but it was hard to find out where to go. Ideally the break would be the same kind of relaxing, interesting holiday enjoyed before children, but in places which were safe and welcoming for them as well. Unfortunately the luxury of hours spent sipping wine while scouring favourite brochures for the perfect holiday was a thing of the past. But persistence paid off and first-year trips included Malta, Mallorca, Stockholm, Barcelona, Portugal and Corsica. Baby came too - and it was a lot of fun.
So travelling with a baby was child's play?
Well, not exactly - there was a LOT along the way. How to keep within the
luggage limit when even a 30-minute trip down the motorway meant a car
stuffed to the gills with everything to keep baby happy? What about pushchairs and car seats? Were they necessary? Could they be checked in? What about food and doctors and heat and creepy crawlies? The list of
questions was endless but answers were thin on the ground.
How did BabyGoes2 come about ?
As time went on, research produced an amazing range of child-friendly
escapes - from the most luxurious hotels in far-flung corners of the world,
to the simplest of cottages in the UK lus a great variety of baby friendly holidays with
a childcare element - house parties in Italy, nannies in the Caribbean,
crèches in Corsica, the list grew and grew. So all this research and
practice was put onto one stylish, user-friendly web site, where parents
have quick and easy access to the kind of baby friendly luxury holidays UK they want (and need) -
whatever that might be. A case of have baby, still travel.(and in style!).
And has this baby grown?
Definitely. Over the years the babygoes2 website has grown considerably - it now offers comprehensive recommendations worldwide from an increasing number of high quality tour operators and individuals - and grows daily.
The information and editorial and review sections have expanded and now
provide a really comprehensive and detailed guide for parents on the move -
and the essential shopping pages now offer a really varied range of baby friendly holidays
essentials (and luxuries!). Again, all these sections are added to on a
regular basis, as we research new locations/holiday types and new prodcuts.
The site has been so popular and received so many visits and bookings for baby friendly holidays UK, that we've been able to negotiate with top tour operators and individuals to
provide more for families travelling - whether it's free babysitting, nannies, equipment, or special offers and discounts. Our first babygoes2 family friendly travel awards (featured in the Mail on Sunday) this year saw
exclusive offers from the winners - including savings of up to £800 on
holidays even for peak dates.
The site continues to develop and grow - we are constantly researching new baby friendly luxury holidays options and services, and continue to negotiate even better offers and discounts for our visitors and members. And of course,there are plenty of new sections and babygoes2 services in planned which will make the site even more of an invaluable resource than it is already.
Contributions from our visitors are invaluable to the development of the
site - so that we can provide the information and services that you really
need. Our team of baby friendly holidays UK genuinely enjoy helping our visitors to find the right holiday for
their family. So if you have something you'd like to share with us or see on
babygoes2 - Let us know!
So, who are we?
Babygoes 2 is fortunate to have a team of contributors who work with us
regularly - from published journalists to advertising and business
specialists. However, the permanent team includes:
Director and mum to Roman - now 6. Started off as an academic, now with 16
yrs experience in marketing and business within the travel industry.
Babygoes2 has been a challenge, but it's been very exciting to see the site
develop and grow, and to be so popular with visitors. Debi focuses on business and site development - but also deals with visitor enquiries and bookings worldwide, particularly luxury, longhaul and tailormade enquiries.
Anne Marie Francis
Anne-Marie studied International Business Studies in Sheffield and then
escaped to the Austrian Alps to manage a small hotel for a ski season. She then worked for a travel company in London for two years and moved to Amsterdam with the same firm for 4 years. Two children (Marlon and Phoebe) later she moved back to the UK and started working at babygoes2.com. She has since had twins (Stella and Henry) but still continues her work with babygoes2.com for her love of the job and her love of travel. She oversees baby friendly holidays UK and France business development and edits much of the site
With a strong PR background - having worked in New York, Hong Kong and London for high profile organisations including for the Princess Diana
Memorial Fund, Amanda co-ordinates Press and PR for babygoes2, as well as writing for the site and press and overseeing advertising for baby friendly luxury holidays UK. Based in Brighton, Amanda is mum to Henry age 4.