Our family travel essentials

Packing it: Our family travel essentials

This post was written in collaboration with Vision Direct  I am what one would call a ridiculously light packer. Whether I’m travelling with the kids in tow or flying solo, I hate lugging luggage. So much so I’ve been known to rock a fortnight-long holiday with nothing more than a carry-on. The kids on the […] Read more…

Intha fisherman on Inle Lake

Myanmar with Kids: Fast boats and slow food on Inle Lake

We’re leading a small flotilla of long boats across Inle Lake, the machine gun rat-ta-tat of their engines shattering the silence in this serene water world, almost as much as the squealing “woohoos” coming from Raffles as we rev up and race our way across the freshwater lake. Strewn with marshes and floating gardens, and skirted by teak stilt-houses and pretty […] Read more…

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Oman with kids

Oman with kids: May the forts be with you

Traipsing through a foreign airport with two small people at 4am, after ten hours in transit, is the kind of behaviour that I’d ordinarily suggest parents be given some pretty intensive therapy for. But on this occasion (and with little choice in the timing) the tiny travellers are doing us proud, having pretty much snoozed […] Read more…

24 tricks to sleep better in the sky

24 tricks to sleep better in the sky

So you’re planning to sleep your way to your destination ready to hit the ground running on the other side? With the kids in tow? Yeah, listen, about that…. 10 minutes into your flight and the baby in 6D will have been howling for nine and a half. Your own kids will be whining because […] Read more…

He Said She said. Japan By Kids

He said, she said: Japan by Kids

Imagine, if you will, a child so completely fanatical about Japan that he was well versed in the history of feudal Japan before he understood basic addition, attempts to create DIY samurai armour from paper plates and egg cartons, has his heart set on a career as a ninja and swears he has ramen broth […] Read more…

20 absolutely essential family travel hacks

20 absolutely essential family travel hacks

Before Raffles and Sugarpuff completed our merry travelling circus, holidays were mostly about picking a random destination, finding a super cheap deal, chucking a bikini and a camera in a backpack and hitting the airport ready for adventure. But that was then and this is now and travelling with two kids in tow requires a lot […] Read more…

stunning Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, Karon Temple, Phuket

Phuket with kids: Novotel Phuket Karon Beach

What are the key ingredients to a perfect beach holiday? It turns out that for my kids it is curry spices, fresh seafood, slithering serpents and selfies with Spiderman. Wait, what?  No, the kids are not having acid flashbacks. And neither am I. They’ve just fallen more than a little in love with the unique offerings of the […] Read more…

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

Why we said no to riding elephants in Thailand

It’s hailed as Phuket’s must-see spectacular and as soon as my kids see the flashy video of Phuket Fantasea’s dazzling Thai dancers, acrobats, and magical illusions, they want a piece of the action. At least they do until they spot the chorus line of tarted up elephants balancing precariously on each other like giant trunky dominos. It’s […] Read more…

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