We’ve teamed up with some big names to help make organising your Big Trip an even simpler experience. Booking flights and accommodation, buying travel insurance and ordering travel books and DVDs through our affiliate partners is easy – just follow the links throughout lijoma.com to the relevant landing page. We may (fingers crossed!) receive a small commission for any purchases made through these links, but at absolutely no extra cost to you.

Although our site is geared up to empower families to travel independently, we know that some parents just don’t have the time or the inclination to book everything themselves, so we have our own affiliated agency, Travel Counsellors, who can do all that for you if you require.


Simple, quick and free to use, Skyscanner is the best place to search for cheap flights. The site compares dozens of airlines, hundreds of airports and thousands of routes to find the flight that suits you most – you can search by exact dates or look for the best fare in any particular month and then order your results by cost, duration and departure times.

Our Essentials sections include details on flying to each destination and direct links to Skyscanner so you can easily book your flights there and then.


Booking.com is the world's largest hotel-booking service. It’s very easy to use, and you can quickly find what you’re looking for with their range of handy filters, from property type and location to family rooms and swimming pools. What’s more, there are no booking fees and, in most cases, your reservation can be cancelled free of charge. 

Our detailed reviews of the best places to stay with children include direct links to the hotels’ pages within Booking.com, so you’re only a click away from reserving your perfect holiday pad.


Travel insurance must be the only thing we always buy but hope we never have to use. World Nomads are specialist travel insurers who provide excellent cover and 24-hour emergency assistance; they’re flexible, too, so you can add to your policy whilst you’re away – handy for when your eldest suddenly decides that they do want to go ice climbing after all.

You can find out more about family travel insurance and buy comprehensive cover for your trip here.


In each of our Insights sections, we’ve highlighted a few books and/or films that will help give you a deeper understanding of the country you’re about to visit – tribal tales from Morocco, for example, or a novel set amidst the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, or a cookbook that explores the importance of food in Thai culture.

They’re all available on Amazon, so you can just click on the titles to buy them.


We’ve teamed up with the award-winning Travel Counsellors so we can better help parents who would like to take one of our Big Trips but want someone else to book it for them. As our affiliated agency, they share our passion for providing the best family trips possible, so you can be sure that they’ll put your Big Trip itinerary together with the care and attention you deserve. Families using our bespoke trip-planning service can also book their tailor-made itineraries through Travel Counsellors. Every booking is 100 percent financially protected, and you’ll also have access to “myTC”, an app that collates your itinerary and travel documentation together in one place.

To find out more about how we work with Travel Counsellors, click here.