Mansfield Victoria … more than just a ski town
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Mansfield is more than just winter sports. It’s the perfect holiday spot for families, whatever the season. It’s renowned for its national parks, mountains, lakes and rivers. The Howqua and Delatite rivers outside Mansfield are popular with canoeists and white … Read More

Things to do with kids in Geelong
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Looking out at the view from your suite at the Quality Hotel Bayside, you’d be excused for thinking there’s no place you’d rather be. A bay view apartment might be difficult to leave, but then you’d be missing out on … Read More

Itchee Feet & Choice Hotels Australia
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Lots of wonderful things are happening here at Itchee Feet. Our kids book, The 47 Ronin was printed in Japan and was a massive hit with the expat kids over there. We have something big brewing in India at the … Read More

Tips for Travelling Light with Children
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Have you been dropping my Mumslounge and reading my blogs there? Travel light… a way of travelling, not a lamp. In my opinion, the word “essential” and “travel” rarely go together. Yes, it’s essential to have your passport if you’re … Read More

Flying With Kids – A Pain in the Ear
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Here’s my latest blog for the fabulous Mumslounge.  I was on a flight last week where a toddler screamed hysterically from the moment passengers were told to turn off electronic devices, to the moment the plane hit the tarmac. His … Read More

Divorced families—when your kids go travelling with the ex
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I’ve just signed new passport forms for my kids. I think it’s my older son’s third passport, my younger son’s second. They’re off to Japan and Austria next month with their dad. I’m jealous. I want to go too. I … Read More

Singapore’s Changi Airport: in transit with kids
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In life there is real time, and then there is transit time… those hours you spend in an airport trying to entertain your kids between flights. I was once (actually it’s happened twice) stuck in hell… I mean Frankfurt airport … Read More

Convicts, Castles and Champagne tour… with a kid
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I took my son on a Convicts, Castles and Champagne tour. It was his 9th birthday and he’d asked for a fun experience instead of a present. He’s not an adrenaline junkie like some kids. He’s quirky, obsessed with history—Greek … Read More

Experiences for kids, not things…
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If there is one thing I want for my kids, it’s for them to value experience over possessions. I believe that to live fearlessly, and to be balanced, you need to let go of desire for material things. Things don’t … Read More

Great Travel Toy #2
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  When my kids were young I travelled everywhere with a pocket Etch-a-sketch. It came out of my bag when we were waiting in lines, for appointments, in the car, on the plane… It was quite simply the best money … Read More

Great Travel Toy #1
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AWESOME TRAVEL TOY!

Added passengers—travelling while pregnant
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Perhaps a roller bag would be better… My kids travelled a lot before they were born. They were both conceived overseas, and racked up countless miles before their entrance into the world. Son number two was conceived in a small … Read More

Toddlers aren’t all feral travelers. Look!
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I was looking through some old pre-digital pics yesterday and came across these delightful snaps of my now nearly 14-year-old. Here he on his way to Japan. He was about fourteen months old. Not long after this pic was taken, … Read More

Top five attractions in Northern Wales… for the whole family.
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Guest Blogger, Inga Batur writes about a recent trip to Wales. This is the second time Inga, who lives in Slovenia, has written for us. Hopefully you’ll see her around her some more too.   We recently went to Wales. … Read More

Qantas… changes to routes, schedules and stopovers
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Got this newsletter from Qantas. I’m not sure how I feel about the whole Dubai stopover/codeshare arrangement.   Changes to our Asian network Qantas is making changes to its Asian network from Australia that will generally deliver better timings, particularly … Read More

Ballina NSW… paradise for families
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Ballina, in northern NSW, is not as fashionable as its neighbour, Byron Bay. It is better known as home to the world’s largest prawn than for its trendy boutiques and alternative lifestyle. But with its endless array of beaches and … Read More

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