Aloha Hawaii: 9 Days in Beautiful Kauai with kids

Here we go: our first international trip as a family of three. Hawaii, Miss (nearly) Two’s first country; as we have travelled to the US regularly since 2009.

We have two weeks to spend in Hawaii: the first nine to be spent exploring Kauai before we return to Oahu to chill on the shores of Waikiki. Kauai, aka The Garden Island, is a short 45 minute flight from Oahu. Our hearts race with excitement as we embark on the 45 minute drive from the airport to our holiday home. Ahead of us we have beach exploration, dinner discoveries, coffee on the lanai, and plenty of kid-tastic chaos.  We are holidaying here with dear friends: they’ve travelled from New York City with their Miss 5 and Mister 1 to join us in Hawaii. The destination is ten hours by air for all of us; we’ve just arrived from different spots on Earth. Read More »

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Ocean views from Harrington, Manning Valley, NSW

Unmissable Manning Valley: 5 Fave Family Friendly Things To Do Near Taree

Three hours north of Sydney’s outer fringe lies the magnificent and peaceful Manning Valley: brimming with scenic countryside views, pretty beaches and friendly locals. Mr Travel Tales’ family hail from this region; as such we have spent many weekends relaxing and recharging here away from our city life.  

Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourite things to do as a family when we visitRead More »

The view near Mount Banks, Blue Mountains National Park

Back in Bilpin: A Farm Stay Weekend in the ‘Other’ Blue Mountains

When I write Blue Mountains, you might think: Echo Point. The Three Sisters. The Scenic Railway. Leura Cascades. The mountains are all of those (well known) things; but there is so much more to see, do and experience amongst the eucalypts.

It was an unplanned weekend camping trip in 2013 when Mr Travel Tales popped the question here. A misty and moody weekend in 2015 when Mr Travel Tales and I tied the knot here. On our third anniversary, we return to our favourite nook of the mountains for an autumnal getaway (Miss Toddler In Tow), enjoying those moments we’ve had before and making new memories along the way. Read More »

Three winter jackets for family travels

How We Travel With A Baby

It’s true: the spontaneity of going on a trip with a baby brings a whole new level of unpredictability. But unpredictability brings adventure. Kids get the most out of every moment they’re awake, and therefore as a parent, so do you. I’ve seen a lot more sunrises across Australia than I had before travelling with a tiny tot.

So, after 12 months of travelling with our baby girl, we’ve learnt a quite a few things. Expectations about how I thought we’d travel as a family have been tested, strategies for how to travel best as a family have been tried, but every trip we’ve undertaken has been an adventure. And most importantly, we’ve continued to travel and had a load of fun doing it! Read More »

Welcome to Melbourne sign, Victoria, Australia

48 Hours Living Like A Local In South Melbourne

When in Melbourne: eat, drink and … go shopping. Right?

We’ve visited cosmopolitan, cultured, coffee-crammed Melbourne a number of times as a couple. Graffiti lanes? Check. Chapel St? Check. Queen Victoria Market? Check. Eat cake and wander the pier in St Kilda? Check. This trip, it’s our first citybreak with the kiddo and we’re keen to explore a whole new (non-touristy checklist) side of it; whilst remaining true to its charm. Read More »