I love it when I hear of a place that has never crossed my mind before: São Tomé and Príncipe, off the coast of West Africa. Have you been? It is a country made of two small islands, at the same latitude as Gabon. They are an independent nation previously colonised by the Portuguese, safe and stable politically, seldom visited and classified as a Unesco biosphere. I hear you, saying Stop it Vanessa! It’s too stretched for a family trip. But keep on reading and you might change your mind. I bet the children would love it 1000 times more than watching a reality show set on a remote island.