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If you see me at the airport, I’m the person that seemingly has this travel thing down pat. I check in online to save queueing, I pass through security like a boss. I travel light, I board early, I never crowd the carousel. If you see me travelling with my mum, however, you won’t recognise …

Being a full-time working dad means I always look forward to spending time off with my wife and daughter. So I was thrilled to take our first big trip to Hawaii with our 2-year-old in tow. I was one part excited, one part terrified – but I can safely say that, since coming home, I …

Before I had kids, I thought maternity leave was like an extended holiday in itself. I imagined myself fitting in plenty of exercise, tackling that long-awaited family photo project, and perhaps even writing my brain-bound novel. Ha! Maternity leave ended up being the most memorable, epic and treasured time of my life, but a holiday …

I lumbered down the stairs, half-carrying my husband’s 192cm frame while he clung to the rail on the other side. Never assume anything. This was one of the first lessons I learned after my husband developed a medical condition that transformed his strong, fit body into an emaciated version of itself. Here are five things …

Mum travel advice

There’s an old saying, “A change is as good as a holiday.” And I get it. I really do. But sometimes you just need an actual break! And that’s okay too. It wasn’t until I was two vodkas deep, swinging in a hammock with a book in hand, listening to my kids scratching in the …

When it comes to awesome travel jobs, it looks like Mark Fitz has got it made. He’s a photographer, writer and social media influencer who specialises in promoting travel and outdoor experiences (read: He gets paid to visit and photograph some of the world’s most incredible destinations). We sit down with Mark to get his …

I don’t think my family will ever use a holiday kids club again. It’s a big statement, I know, but hear me out. Before we start, a little disclaimer. I used to be at home with my kids a lot more and back then, I lived for kids club. In fact, if you’re a full-time …

Bali? Why would I go to Bali? Sure, it’s gorgeous, with amazing beaches, markets, and cultural experiences. But with all the partying, binge drinking and spot-you-from-a-mile-away Aussies, I could just go to the Gold Coast, right? These were just a few of the thoughts I had when my partner suggested that he and I go …

I was young, stuck in a country town, and desperately missing the coast. To save our sanity, a couple of friends and I decided to take a road trip to Coffs Harbour. That was more than 25 years ago, and that trip began a love affair with a town that boasts one of Australia’s iconic …

One of the most frequent questions I get asked these days is “Where’s your next trip?” It seems to roll off the tongue of my friends and family right after “How are you?” and I love it! I know how lucky I am to be able to pick up and take off as I please …