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About Take the Family

Founded in 2003 to bring outstanding offerings from family holiday, breaks and days out providers to the attention of UK-based mums and dads looking for great value and inspiration, we’ve been described by the Mail Online as: "Easily the best family travel website pitched at UK holidaymakers” – and who are we to disagree?!

10 Ways in Which our Trips Last a Lifetime

There are times in most parents' lives when we just need a fly-and-flop holiday. But our main mission here at Takethefamily is to offer families genuinely life-changing experiences. Among our portfolio of family-friendly offerings, we have holidays that give you and the kids the chance to:
• Enjoy precious bonding time as a family, away from domestic pressures and chores.
• Learn something new, whether it’s a foreign language, a watersports activity, a survival skill or how to cook local dishes.
• Make a difference socially – whether by supporting local economics, or directly, by helping out on environmental project or raising money for local schools.
• Support the environment, by choosing a eco-friendly holiday.
• Improve your health and fitness through fun and challenging activities.
• See extraordinary wildlife and mind-blowing landscapes.
• Discover other cultures.
• Make lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
• Find new interests that you’ll want to go on to develop.
• Gain new perspectives on your life.

Meet the Team

Andy Cook, Director

With extensive travel industry and management consultancy experience and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Andy has lived, worked and travelled across the globe. In 2002 he was unable to find ideas for family holidays in one place on the web – less than a year later, Takethefamily was born. Andy has three sons who can’t wait for their next adventure.
Best Ever Family Trip: Venice, Rome and the Naples area by train.
Favourite Destination(s): Northern California
Top of Bucket List: Whistler
Hottest Travel Tip: Get kids excited about other cultures by showing a strong interest of your own in your destination. 

Sam Cartmell, Director

Following four years in journalism, Sam moved to Hong Kong, where he became an advertising copywriter and helped relaunch Cathay Pacific Airways worldwide. Back in England and dad to three girls, he is now Deputy Executive Creative Director at the Ogilvy advertising agency.
Best Ever Family Trip: Northern California and Kenya.
Favourite Destination(s): San Francisco or a safari holiday.
Top of Bucket List: New Zealand.
Hottest Travel Tip: Take plenty of extra snacks on long-haul flights – but beware expanding crisp packets due to cabin pressure! In England, don’t miss the Lake District – fantastic scenery, and all the mountains and walks are free! 

Rhonda CarrierRhonda Carrier, Head of Content

Rhonda has contributed to a wide array of prestigious national and international media including The Guardian, the National Geographic Traveller Family supplement, Condé Nast Traveller and Prima, as well as edited and/or written for every major British guidebook publisher. Based in Manchester, she travels frequently with her three sons and novelist husband Conrad Williams. Read more about Rhonda.
Best Ever Family Trip: Iceland, for the in-your-face natural wonders.
Favourite Destination(s): So hard to choose, but I have a big thing about Scandinavia.
Top of Bucket List: Japan, which I’m saving for when all my boys are teens.
Hottest Travel Tip: Let the kids have as much gadget or screen time as they want while you’re en route – by the time you get there they’ll have it out of their system and be happy to go without for a while. 

Pauline StonemanPauline Stoneman, Travel Consultant

Our highly experienced travel agent Pauline has travelled far and wide to find the best family holiday destinations over a 40-year career. Committed to excellent customer service and with an incredible attention to detail, she is also a spa aficionado and a volunteer for the National Trust – as a vegetable gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. In her spare time she studies interior design.
Best Ever Family Trip: Mauritius when my son Jack was 12 and had just gained his PADI diving licence.
Favourite Destination(s): St Lucia, where I stay at a wonderful resort called The BodyHoliday, and Cornwall, at the St Moritz Hotel near Rock on the north coast.
Top of Bucket List: New Zealand – you need at least three weeks to do it justice, so it's something I've waited to do for a long while!
Hottest Travel Tip: Get out the clothes you plan to take on holiday then halve the amount – you need so much less than you think. 

Stephanie SparksStephanie Sparks, Account Manager

With a varied career in travel including organising school tours to France, airport transfers and hotel contracting, multi-talented Steph is a former ice-skating star and a flautist who once played at the Royal Albert Hall. As well as enjoying yoga and zumba, she is addicted to soaps and shopping.
Best Ever Family Trip: The north Norfolk coast as a child and an adult, and a Marrakech city break.
Favourite Destination(s): Any Greek island.
Top of Bucket List: To make my way around the best of European cities, with Lyon top of the list for the food!
Hottest Travel Tip: Try local cuisines wherever you go.

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