I had been meaning to take the children to a lively carnival for a while. Turns out, we never made it to the streets of carnival on Tobago because we were too busy doing everything else. What a winter treat this island was, like an unexpected little candy: sweet, colourful and a bit rough on the edges. Long but easy flight from London (stopover in St Lucia, only 4h time difference) or direct from the US, budget-friendly with un-resort-type accommodations. Add to this the fact that Tobago was unaffected by hurricane Irma last year, and that it only gets about 30,000 tourists a year (compared to 500,000 in Barbados!) and you have the recipe for a perfect family getaway, summer in winter.