Book review – A New Map of Love, Abi Oliver

Why this book? How can you pack for the journey of a lifetime? The book’s character, George and his faithful dog Monty lead a comfortable and predictable life as an antique’s dealer. He finds himself somewhat lost after his wife of 26 years dies. Contemplating his love for his wife and could he love again…

How to get major relaxation this summer

With 6-8 weeks to go until the school holidays we need to make plans for if you haven’t already to get some relaxation time with the family. My top tips for some major relaxation this summer will make sure you are fighting fit for the year ahead. It’s the end of the year and before…

Surviving Movieworld with two age groups

‘I want to go here Mum’ whilst the other can’t or won’t go there and vice versa. If only you could clone yourself for the day and divide and conquer. Meeting the needs of two different kids or age groups is not easy at a  theme park. One child wanted to go on rollercoaster after…

How to enjoy the Hunter Valley with kids

Yes, yes visiting a wine area with kids does not sound fun right but for many of us we cannot justify a trip to a wine region and leave the kids behind. My husband and I have travelled to the hunter for the weekend for a concert and what it cost us in babysitting fees…

Surviving flight delays and finding entertainment in an airport

Oh gawd I hate delays and cancelled flights. There is not much that makes me angry in life, but delaying me from getting home to my babies kinda gets me wound up. Regardless, you have time to kill, and you’re stuck at the airport. Not feeling inspired as you cart around your bags is not…

What is wellness travel?

What is wellness travel? Wellness tourism is defined as travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being though physical, psychological, or spiritual activities. Getting down to it, that’s most travel no? Do we not travel for the purpose of getting away? That would be psychological travel reasoning no? Regardless of my summary it is a…

Australia’s best snow for families

Sun is my thing, so it seems silly to be writing about a snow holiday. Fortunately for us in Australia we get such beautiful sunny days it is possible to experience both snow and sun for your visit to the snow. Read on for our view of where the hot spots are for families. Snow…

Voluntourism, creating family memories.

Voluntourism is one of the new reasons for travel. As an Australian we are some of the most affluent people in the world. There is little wonder we seek out a higher purpose or the desperate desire to do some good. Regardless of whether it makes you look good or you feel less spoilt by…

A guide to planning your babymoon.

Babymoons have become a ‘thing’ in recent years. We live such hectic and busy lives that the chance to get time together before the little person arrives is very popular. In my mind, it’s a chance for a couple to relax and discuss their dreams now that they will very soon be parents. With the…

Starwood Hotels & Resorts family programs

  Starwood Hotels & Resorts includes the following brands; Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, Four Points by Sheraton, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, Ritz Carlton, Renaissance and Aloft amongst others. Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched a Family Travel Program in 2008. The family program was designed after reading guests comments. The initial ‘Love your…

Over tourism and detourism

Detourism is currently a campaign being run by the City of Venice designed at encouraging tourists to see more of Venice than the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. The campaign is promoting a more authentic experience by seeing the real Venice, the Venice away from the tourist trap. Detourism is a…

Book review – Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

The book of choice Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng Why this book? INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and AMAZON’S BEST NOVEL OF 2017 Need I say more? The book is set in the authors hometown of Shaker Heights in Cleveland. It is a neat and tidy town. The book discusses a perfect Stepford Wive-type family…