Review: China Southern Premium Economy Syney to Guangzhou with kids

Review: China Southern Economy with kids

You get what you pay for right? So, we really don’t expect much when we fly economy. I mean I figure as long as we get where we’re going in one piece, the job is done. That was until our first date with China Southern, the biggest airline in Asia by fleet size. We’re flying […] Read more…

Ladies in traditional costume at Guanzhou Flower Market. The 25 best things to do in Guangzhou with kids

The 25 best things to do in Guangzhou with kids

Gorgeous Guangzhou is a clean, green and super smart city that’s marching boldly towards the future, without losing sight of its incredible 2000-year history. China’s third largest city with a population of almost 16-million, it’s one of the world’s fastest growing tourist cities. And, I’m ashamed to admit, a few short months ago I didn’t […] Read more…

Take a longboat tour through Bangkok's Klongs

39 things to do in Bangkok with kids

Hailed as the “Venice of the East”, Thailand’s boisterous Bangkok offers visiting families a chaotic but cool combination of fast-paced city life and ancient culture. It is a city for all the senses with dazzling lights, the fragrant scent of street food, sprawling shrines to consumerism, and the cacophonous honking and tooting of tricked-up tuk-tuks. […] Read more…

Raffles at East Coast Lagoon Food Village -A glutton’s ultimate guide to Singapore dining

A glutton’s ultimate guide to Singapore dining

Given Singapore’s national sports appear to be eating and drinking, it’s hardly surprising that, as a card-carrying glutton, it is a destination that has wormed its way into my heart, via my fickle stomach. Without doubt one of the best food cities on earth, traders and settlers from Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Europe have […] Read more…

Gotokuji, The Waving Cat Temple in Tokyo

Gotokuji: The Lucky Cat Temple in Tokyo

  From Sanrio’s sassy Hello Kitty to ancient Edo cat literature and cat art, cat cafés, cat islands and even an unofficial cat holiday – Nyan Nyan Nyan Day – held each year on February 22, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan is utterly smitten with kittens. So, it turns out, are Raffles […] Read more…

Magic moments at Ta Prohm

He said, She said: Siem Reap by kids

Cambodia is a place I first explored pre-parenthood. You know, back in the days when I was still spry and wrinkle-free. To this day it remains one of the few countries I’ve explored that has exceeded my expectations in every possible way.  But I was a little nervous about returning all these years later with kids […] Read more…

Dinosaurs galore at The Morian Hall of Paleontology at Houston Museum of Natural Science

How to spend 48-hours in Houston with Kids

With United Airlines launching flights direct from Sydney to Houston, an already popular hub that connects travellers to America’s Southeast, Midwest, East Coast and Latin America, Australians are wondering what the city, America’s fourth-most populous and most diverse city, might have to offer visiting families. I discover, after a few days of the city’s extreme congeniality, […] Read more…

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu with kids

Japow Wow: Skiing Hoshino Resorts Tomamu with kids

It’s sooo fluffy” declares Raffles happily as he leaps out of our coach into the nearest heap of fresh snow, disappearing somewhere into its powdery depths. We’ve arrived at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, just a 90-minute drive from New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, to flurries of snowflakes dancing in the sky like frosty fairies. I’m so entranced […] Read more…

Flying with kids

8 tried and tested tips for flying with kids

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, travel for Mr Eats World and I meant finding a bargain deal for a random destination, chucking a handful of clothes, a camera and a toothbrush in a backpack and buggering off. But when two became three, booking a holiday suddenly required actual thought and planning, and to […] Read more…

Dubrovnik Old Town Harbour

Croatia with kids: Pirates of Dubrovnik

“Land Ahoy” shouts Raffles, between a volley of “Arrhhs’ and “Yo ho ho’s”. As you do when sailing in to Dubrovnik’s Old Town on a timber galleon. The tiny traveller is convinced it is a real life pirate ship and, in a strange twist, it would appear the skipper concurs – proffering my small swashbuckler a feathered pirate […] Read more…

Worst travel advice - Don't talk to strangers . Here's Raffles ignoring that and making loads of new friends

The worst travel advice for families

Travel means different things to different people. When you’re flying solo, it may be for the chance to discover the world, or to discover yourself. And when you travel with kids, you might view it as a chance to bond or an opportunity to raise globally aware humans. No matter how or who you travel […] Read more…

There are a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes at Canton KItchen in Castlecrag including these tofu stacks

Raffles reviews: Canton Kitchen, Castlecrag

Pop! Canton Kitchen has just opened in Castlecrag. I’m excited too because Head Chef Jason Chan is from Queen Chow, so it’s gotta be good! The restaurant itself is like a Cantonese pop art explosion of cool with retro posters papering the walls. I was in  the birthplace of Cantonese cooking, Guangzhou, just a few […] Read more…

The secret is out Tokyo DisneySea is fab for families ©Disney

He said, She said: Tokyo DisneySea by Kids

Whether you speak Japanese or not, that special Disney Magic won’t need translation at the extraordinary Tokyo DisneySea ®, a unique Disney park with seven exquisitely themed ports inspired by the myths, legends and lore of the sea.  Said by some to be the very best Disney Park in the World, Tokyo DisneySea is a completely […] Read more…

Edinburgh by kids Calton Hill

He Said, She said: Edinburgh by kids

It was wizardry that brought us to Edinburgh or at least my son’s obsession with them. And while the Scottish capital more than delivered in Harry Potter inspired thrills, there’s so much more to love about the historic, and famously festive, city. For starters there’s all that gorgeous Georgian architecture, cobbled alleyways, and its famous looming […] Read more…

Bottle dungeon at Dalhousie Castle with kids

Castle hotels in Edinburgh: Dalhousie Castle with kids

Imagine if you will a magnificent 13th century fortress, set within acres of wooded parkland on the banks of a picturesque Scottish river? Then imagine storming it with two rampaging small people! Dalhousie Castle, 20 minutes’ drive south of Edinburgh, was once the stronghold of the chieftains of Clan Ramsay and is Scotland’s oldest inhabited […] Read more…

essential family packing hacks

17 Essential family packing hacks

The whole world appears to be in a sorting, folding frenzy thanks to Marie Kondo, which surprises me because I thought her methods were kind of obvious. Though admittedly back when my mum taught us this stuff, 40 years ago, we didn’t call it KonMari, mum simply called it being organised while we called it anal retentiveness […] Read more…

Queen Chow Manly Mushroom Dumplings

Raffles Reviews: Queen Chow Manly

Written by Raffles – Aged 10 I love Chinese food. Well, technically I love all food, but Chinese is definitely in my top five. And don’t even get me started on dumplings. I live for those plump little packages of awesomeness. And while I’ve been shovelling dumplings down my neck all summer long, I was […] Read more…

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