Posts Tagged ‘holidays for families’

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…

Chilling on the breakwall at Nobbys Newcastle

A family escape at Crowne Plaza Newcastle

“Mum, this place kinda feels like home,” declares a smiling Raffles within minutes of checking into the harbour front Crowne Plaza Newcastle. And while our actual home may not boast a marble-clad foyer, an army of friendly-staff or stunning views over Newcastle’s working harbour, he’s right, this place does radiate a special “at home” kind […] Read more…

Raffles and Pauline Nguyen talk about a refugees, a positive attitude, giving back and DreamTrips

Raffles chats with author, entrepreneur and international speaker, Pauline Nguyen

Raffles has been privileged to interview some exciting people. But I don’t even know where to begin in introducing the incredible force of nature that is Pauline Nguyen. One of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Pauline’s accomplishments are even more inspirational considering her less than fortunate beginnings. Pauline Nguyen and her family escaped Vietnam in 1977 via boat and were […] Read more…

Hindu Temple Art SIngapore

Art and about in Singapore with kids

When I ask Raffles and Sugarpuff if they would like to spend the afternoon visiting an exhibition at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, the answer is a definitive, “no”. And I get it, I really do. I mean, with so many epic activities to be found when travelling in Singapore with kids, like wakeboarding at Singapore Wake Park, mountain biking at Ketam […] Read more…

Thai Street Food

12 tips for a safe street food experience with kids

Travel has proven an amazing way of introducing our children to a range of new and exciting foods. But so many travellers, especially those with kids, refuse to bypass fast food chain burgers and the limp pizza at the hotel buffet to wrap their lips around the local cuisine. Sometimes it’s due to a fear of flavour but more often its […] Read more…

Snuggling up for movies at the Novotel

Oh, my Darling: A Novotel Staycation

The winter blues make the best of us over-sleep and over-eat.  But rather than fighting it we’ve decided to embrace the over-indulgence with a weekend away, at home. As the school holidays approach, the kids are getting a little tired and crabby. And so am I because a couple of whiney-arsed kids will do that to […] 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…

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