Posts Tagged ‘travel with kids’

Oh! The places she will go with her gooie trolley bag!

Luggage love + a gooie giveaway

My kids have an obsession for luggage rivaled only by Kanye West’s for himself, and can often be found packing their bags in preparation for their next imaginary trip to wherever has taken their fancy that day. But while Raffles has already managed to acquire more luggage than the average touring drag queen in his short life, my […] Read more…

past posses of  cows eyeing us off suspiciously, to Old Bara - a sprawling working cattle farm and the guesthouse which will be our home for the next few days.

Moo Much Fun in Mudgee // Old Bara

Raffles and Sugarpuff love a road trip, and when that road trip comes with the promise of a farm stay at the other end, their excitment is off the scale. The only catch is that this particular driving holiday coincides with the youngest of said kids announcing that, “I’m never wearing nappies again”. Now let me tell […] Read more…

travel crazy kids

8 secrets for family holiday savings

*sponsored post Raffles and Sugarpuff have been getting their nag on quite a bit lately because it’s been six whole weeks since they’ve been on a holiday. While I’m thrilled that my tiny travel bugs love visiting new destinations and time on the road, as I’ve mentioned before, they don’t quite understand the logistical nightmare […] Read more…

Executive Chef and Izumi chef with Raffles on Radiance of the Seas

A floating feast // Radiance of the Seas

Our little sailors have taken to cruising like seagulls to chips. Speaking of chips, the food on board Radiance of the Seas is fantastic. All 70 tonnes of it. Which incidentally is about what I’ll weigh after our cruise! There are so many dining options to choose from, it’s easy to find something to float […] Read more…

Raffles Ioves Radiance of the Seas this much

High seas hi-jinks // Radiance of the Seas

“Avast me hearties, let’s commandeer the ice-cream machine” squeals rapscallion Raffles, as soon as we board Radiance of the Seas. His swashbuckling sibling, Sugarpuff, hearing only the words “ice” and “cream,” draws her imaginary cutlass in readiness to storm the soft-serve station with her roguish brother. I suspect my small scourges of the seven seas […] Read more…

Carnival Spirit docked at Circular Quay

Cruising with kids on Carnival Spirit

Raffles, Sugarpuff and I are sitting by the Harbour waving our old friend and resident megaship, Carnival Spirit, out of Sydney. It’s been a wee while since our clan of clowns ran away to join her cruising circus but watching folk frolicking merrily on deck as she sails gracefully away has us reminiscing about our own […] Read more…

Huangpu River, Shanghai

Family fun in Shanghai

Raffles has just started learning Chinese at school and all that scholarly Ni Hao-ing has brought with it a touch of Mandarin melancholy for a boy who has a bit of a crush on China. A fab family break in Shanghai last year was more by accident than design, the high flying capital of commerce being the […] Read more…

Heart reef, Whitsundays

Whitsunday wingman

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. I am afraid of flying! Well I’m not so much afraid of flying as I am of crashing, but let’s not split hairs. Either way it proves a little awkward given I make my living out of travel and spend quite a bit time […] Read more…

Te Vaka on Aitutaki Lagoon.

Cook Islands // Aitutaki with kids

Long before Captain Billy Bligh and his crazy crew of mutineers in the making visited Aitutaki in the soon to be barbecued Bounty, legendary Polynesian warriors were succumbing to the spectacular sight of a lagoon so beautifully blue that it appears to have been painted. In fact, I’m left gaping like a slack-jawed idiot as our […] Read more…

Happy kids in Raro

By Hook or by Cook – Cook Islands with kids

The best place, in my humble opinion, to start uncovering the real spirit of a new destination is via its local markets and we’re lucky to have arrived in Rarotonga early enough on a Saturday morning that we can join the locals for a stroll around Raro’s weekly Punanga Nui Markets. It is here that Sugarpuff thirstily […] Read more…

Whole lotta fun in Thredbo

Thredbo: Breaking the ice

Athletic is a word that I’m almost certain has never been used in a sentence that also contains my name. You see, I have all the sporting prowess of lichen and the agility of the average barnacle. Can I catch a ball? Not if the future of mankind depended on it. Swimming, you ask? I’m […] Read more…

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