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 »
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 »
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 »
First impressions? Silence. The good kind: punctuated by the swell of the sea, the ‘whoosh’ of the wind in the leaves, and the twitter of birds. It envelopes you (if your baby’s snoozing in the car seat, that is) as you descend from the car ferry onto Kangaroo Island. Read More »
Are there more kangaroos here than people? We mutter this between us as we unpack our things at our AirBNB self-contained cottage a short walk from St George’s Basin. There’s at least six ‘roos lazing out just over the fence in the backyard. It’s a picture-perfect winter’s day: the skies are sapphire, the sun is warming and the outlook is olive green the way only the Australian bush can be. But back to the nation’s famous marsupials. We actually feel a bit outnumbered. Read More »
It’s a little state with a great, big heart. As soon as our sneakers hit the airport tarmac, we find our Tasmanian zen. Like a long, slow exhalation, the pace of life in the south immediately relaxes us. Leaves crunch under foot, the air is crisp, and the skies are clear. Let the eating, meandering, outdoor escapade begin. Read More »