Five years of travel for my favourite young traveller

My wonderful little man turns five this week, and it seems like a good time to reflect on his travels over the first five years of his life, in happy combination with Instagram Travel Thursday. I'm thrilled and proud to say that he's a keen and curious young traveller who talks about other countries … [Read more...]

6 ways the Courtyard Seminyak helped me enjoy Bali

Bali, hey? I was never really planning to go there but when the chance kind of fell into my lap, I finally thought it was worth a shot. The Courtyard Seminyak was a new Marriott hotel, they were looking for bloggers to enjoy a few days there, and who was I to say no to an intriguing way to help the … [Read more...]

How to travel with young children and stay slightly sane

So, parents. Let's talk frankly about travelling with kids. There are no two ways about it: it is MUCH harder than travelling without kids! I have done a lot of both, and I can assure you that anything that I thought was tricky about travelling before having a child along for the ride was actually a … [Read more...]

Do young children remember trips – is it worth travelling with your kids?

It's quite a common search term for visitors ending up on my site: "do young children remember trips"? and I really fervently hope that when parents land here while thinking this question that they realise YES, children can remember enough of a trip, and more importantly learn enough from a trip, to … [Read more...]

Abingdon Miniature Village, Mandurah: Kids choosing the destination in Western Australia

Edit:In 2015 the Abingdon Miniature Village closed - but in 2018 it reopened as Amaze Miniature Park! I have a theory about encouraging kids to love travel and if you let kids choose the destination - or at least make lots of choices as part of a bigger trip - then they will be a lot more … [Read more...]

5 reasons Penang is a great place to take a three-year-old child

My destination choice since I had my son has been a lot more conservative than when I was travelling in my twenties and childless thirties. Pre-child, my strategy was pretty much only to avoid war zones; but now that my precious son is coming along for the trip, I see things differently. So while … [Read more...]

Are you afraid to travel? It’s not always safe at home, either!

Are you sometimes afraid to travel? I've talked about my travel anxiety and pre-trip nerves before but earlier this year I had such a big reminder of why getting over those fears is not only important but utterly sensible.   I admit: I was afraid to travel with my son to … [Read more...]