About MumAbroad

MumAbroad was founded in 2007 by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant and Carrie Frais, a journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives on the Maresme Coast, just outside Barcelona and is a mum of two children. Rebecca now lives in Oxfordshire in the UK and has 3 children.

“We were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first children” explains Carrie. “With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents and their children. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants.

After extensive research and the help of hundreds of mothers, ‘Barcelona Mum’ was born, offering a comprehensive and personalised guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months we changed the website to ‘MumAbroad Spain ‘ to incorporate the whole of Catalonia and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, Valencia & the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated.

Rebecca Laidlaw

Carrie Frais


We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our blog, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living in Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section we’ve discovered some inspirational women, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our facebook pages give parents a forum to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and meet in an online community.


We hope you that you will find the information on our sites useful, and that you can also help us with our goal to constantly improve them by continuing to send us your comments and recommendations”.


Best wishes


Carrie & Rebecca

For collaborations & advertising please contact Carrie Frais


or Jane Mitchell, Associate Director