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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 …

My first reaction to the idea of going on a cruise was, “Earggggh, no thanks!” I thought they were just for retirees and travellers who were more interested in buffet dinners and onboard bingo than actually, you know, travelling. But how wrong I was! Cruises have changed the way I travel forever and now I’m …

I’m sure you’ve heard it from your neighbour or colleague, but if you still haven’t experienced it for yourself, Fiji is truly a piece of paradise – and it’s so accessible. I recently took a five-day Fiji break with my husband and our five-year-old (a just-over-three-hour flight from Brisbane) and we didn’t want to leave. …

The idea of taking your kids on a long-haul flight might make you think about having your family holiday closer to home. Like, in the lounge room. But it’s not that scary – we promise! The secret is in clever carry-on packing. Sure, there are the obvious essentials, like a water bottle, a change of …

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 …

Family holidays and big events like Christmas were chaotic when we were young. They were loud, fun, and everyone got together, including all the cousins. Sure, it was nice to see everyone – grandparents, aunts and uncles. But let’s face it, we were most excited about seeing the cousins. It was like seeing old friends, …

If you’re anything like me, travel is a true passion – something you do as much of as you can. So when I had kids, I really wanted to pass that love of travel on to them – to take them to places I had visited (and loved) and discover new ones together. But you …

School holidays are coming up here in NZ and they’re the perfect time to make some amazing memories with the family. North Island, South Island, wherever you may be, this country is beautiful and it’s just waiting to be explored. So, here are 10 of the best family-friendly activities in NZ. 1. Kelly Tarlton’s SEA …

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 …