Ethical elephant encounters

Elephants are an integral part of Thailand’s history and culture, and a major drawcard for tourists – in fact, elephants have been employed in the tourism industry since the late 1980s, when logging was banned and mahouts and their families, elephants included, looked... Read More

Bali comes to Hobart, for one night only

You’d be forgiven for wondering if you were in the right city this winter solstice in Hobart. Apart from the obvious difference in climate (ie: several degrees cooler) it felt like being part of a Balinese festival. Because actually ”“ it was. This year thousands of... Read More

Adults only – 7 Fijian resorts NOT to take the kids to

Adults only beach clubs, over-water bures, infinity pools, private islands and glorious sunsets ”“ if you want to pop the question, or simply add a little more romance, here are a few great ways to spice up your love life in Fiji. 1. Sofitel Fiji’s Waitui Beach Club... Read More

Tawali, Papua New Guinea – world’s best place to dive?

On the eastern-most point of the world’s last wild frontier, Papua New Guinea, lies an untouched paradise: Tawali Dive Resort. Whether you’re a diver or a snorkeler, you won’t believe what you’ll find just underneath the surface of the water, right outside the resort.... Read More

Tokyo for teenagers

So “What’s Cool for Teens” in Tokyo? Pretty much everything in Tokyo is cool, according to my 16-year old son, so this story shouldn’t be very hard to write. Shinjuku is a good place to start. Bright lights big city and all that ”“ this is the Tokyo that most people... Read More

California’s Catalina Island

Catalina Island, where leopard sharks mosey and buffalo roam. California’s Anaheim Orange County is of course more famous for Disneyland and well, The OC. But did you know you could see wild buffalo on a small island off the coast of Anaheim? Or blue whales, leopard... Read More

Taipei with kids – a Top 10

Taiwan has a rich culture and fascinating history as well as some incredibly quirky attractions and delicious (also at times unusual) food. Here are 10 reasons to make it your next family holiday destination. 1. Taipei 101. Only a few years ago (2010) this was the... Read More

Exploring Sydney’s Blue Mountains

We actually managed this weekend to explore three of Sydney’s Blue Mountains magnificent valleys in just two days. Well, not extensively obviously with four kids in tow, but by different means we did cover a fair bit of ground. The journey to the mountains in... Read More

Argentina: from Buenos Aires to Bariloche

Argentina is imbued with a rich culture ”“ at once both Latin American and European. Which makes it a lot more interesting than Disneyland in my book ”“ and certainly more educational for the kiddies. Buenos Aires. The best place to start exploring this city is in the... Read More

7 reasons to plan a family holiday in The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands could well be the next Fiji. Solomon Islanders are friendly, welcoming, great with kids ”“ and the place has that same ‘Fiji Time’ quality to it. The pace is a bit slower, and there is a general chilled feeling that makes you forget your... Read More

Sonaisali Island, Fiji’s handiest island resort

Sonaisali Island Resort is only 30 minutes drive from Nadi Airport, so it’s easily one of the most convenient resorts in Fiji. No ferry trips or lengthy transfers, and you still get the exclusivity and privacy of an island resort. Bonus. It’s also a very convenient... Read More

Club Med with kids in the Japanese snow

I’m told that once you’ve had a Club Med holiday with your family, you just keep coming back. A rather passionate mother tells me this as we chatter in ski school. This is my first time ”“ I’m a newbie. While the all-inclusive package concept is becoming... Read More

Exploring Australia’s Red Centre with kids

Deborah Dickson-Smith is a family travel expert having explored the world with her lovely children in tow. See more of her tips for travelling with kids at  Exploring Uluru Uluru is one of the most recognisable Australian landmarks. Ask anyone. Which... Read More

Touring for turtles in Australia’s north

Bundaberg, in Queensland’s north, is known mainly for its sugarcane harvest and the rather famous bi-product of that, Bundaberg Rum. If you want to go local and try a ‘Bundy-and-coke’ then the distillery is probably worth a visit but this family is more... Read More

Sydney summer holidays with kids.. on a budget

When it comes to travelling with kids we decided to call in the experts. Welcome our newest regular guest contributor Deborah Dickson-Smith who has been traversing the world for years with her own family of seven, has lived in Asia and Europe, and now from her base in... Read More