18/07/2012 07:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

The Best Of The MAD Blog Awards: Around The World

The best of the MAD Blog Awards: Around the world Rex

Tempting isn't it, to pack up and fly off to somewhere where the climate is slightly more appealing than the overcast skies we've been experiencing here in recent weeks. Anywhere at all without the constant rain would be nice, don't you think?

It turns out that our MAD Blog Award finalists, sponsored by, are pretty well travelled, and they are here to tempt us with a little sunshine and sightseeing. From Thailand and the Bahamas to beautiful Venice, join us on our around the world journey. We've included plenty of travel tips too if the thought of travelling with kids seems more than a little daunting.

If you're keen to get active after an afternoon on the beach, why not opt for a holiday with a watersports package included. All Baby Advice did exactly that in the Bahamas where she tried waterskiing for the first time. There's video evidence in her post to prove it.

We love this video from Mummy Tips. Her daughter Biba gives you more than enough reasons to holiday in Phuket, Thailand, although she does embarrass her mum in the process by disclosing a screaming incident involving the local fish!

You can't beat a French campsite as Red Ted Art's post from the Loire Valley shows. With a range of on site facilities there's something for everyone, and it's the one place where you're never too far from a vineyard and that relaxing glass of wine at the end of a busy day.

Bavarian Sojourn is tempting us with Venice where you can take a gondola trip through its vast networks of canals. After a little sightseeing at St Mark's Square and the Basilica you can explore the city's thoroughfares of brightly coloured shops and restaurants.

We love the photographs The Fashion Detective took on her visit to the former fishing village of Bodrum in Turkey. It's a place bustling with shops, restaurants and bars and there's even a castle. And you can't leave without buying those compulsory holiday bangles.

And if you choose your holiday destination based on what you think the kids will like, Actually Mummy shows it possible for kids to survive an adult-friendly holiday too. They explored the vineyards of Catalunya.

No travel round-up post would be complete without mentioning Disney. This Mummy Loves took the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris with her family to enjoy their Christmas festivities. Judging by her stunning photography, it was well worth their rather long journey.

Speaking of journeys, travelling with kids can be particularly hard work and it's all too easy to arrive back home from your holiday exhausted after enduring several hours in a car. Throw in an overseas flight too and it's easy to wonder if it's actually worth all the hassle.

Thankfully our bloggers can offer us a range of travel tips, including these 30 useful tips for travelling with babies and kids from This Mummy Loves.

Transatlantic Blond has some excellent recommendations on what to take if you are travelling with a toddler. And if you are travelling whilst pregnant, Mummy Travels has some advice on what to expect.

If you're travelling on a plane with kids This Mummy Loves has lots of helpful advice and tips on what to pack for pre-schoolers and older children, including checking out the onboard entertainment and catering before your journey. And don't forget to take the correct size of hand luggage as Adventures of an Unfit Mother discovered to her cost.

Mummy Limited provides us with some great tips on how to keep kids entertained on long car journeys. And if all else fails, read this post from Kiddy Charts on how to stay sane before stepping on that plane.

If you are not travelling anywhere at all this year then all is not lost as Bangers and Mash is offering us a culinary world tour. Over the school holidays she aims to cook a range of dishes inspired by some of her favourite holiday destinations. They'll be featured on her blog just to give a little taster of what it would be like to actually be there.

And if you have some bug-lovers in your house, you could grab a pillowcase and magnifying glass and pretend you're on safari, thanks to this post from Thinly Spread.

If you'd like to find out more about our finalists, please visit the Mad Blog Awards website.