A stroll down memory lane

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In April 1980, one small girl child was born to a couple of teenagers in the small town of Rushworth, Victoria. Ok, the mum (who was married, just in case you're thinking she was Teen Mom-ing MTV-style) went into labour in Rushworth, had the baby get stuck millions of hours later, had a caesarean in the next big town, and went back to Rushworth in … [Read more...]

My Travel Essentials

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I'm heading off in a week and I love this pre-travel period. The countdown is on, the whole holiday stretches out before you full of excitement and fun, and everything has that "I'm going away in a week" feeling. Soon enough it will be all over and I'll be in the depths of post-holiday blues, scrubbing the toilet and scaling a mountain of washing. … [Read more...]

An April Retrospective

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I have a calendar on my wall that is made up of pictures of our travels to New Zealand last year. I have been looking at it lately, remembering it was Easter Sunday the day after we arrived and we barely registered it. I did eat a chocolate egg though, never fear. I looked back over my posts from that week, and found the one I wrote on this day … [Read more...]

Six tips for taking your tikes to Tokyo

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If you've been reading here for a while, you most likely have a fair idea that I don't shy away from travelling with toddlers. Or babies. I like to think it can be survived, nay, enjoyed, and it's like my personal mission to shake people by the shoulders and say "IT'S REALLY NOT SO BAD, I PROMISE, JUST DO IT!" (or maybe that's just lack of sleep … [Read more...]

My favourite travel snacks for kids.

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We're a humble bunch, we don't want a great deal. Nothing really... except world travel. Well, that and popcorn. (Priorities, man.) Although our eldest is only two and a half, we have not been afraid to get started on our world-domination plans. So far we have been to Japan, New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney, The Whitsundays, and a bunch of little … [Read more...]

What have you done to me, New York City?

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Oh god, it's SUCH a cliche, but this city gets under your skin. In a way I'm not quite sure how to explain. I have never forgotten it since I went this time three years ago. June 25, 2010, we headed first to LA, Vegas, and Vancouver on our way to New York City and then Washington, DC. While I remember the other places fondly from time to time … [Read more...]

7 things to remember when travelling with a baby

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I remember the first time I took Abby to the shops by myself. It was super-early on because I figured learning how to navigate that was best done sooner rather than later, and it wasn't long before I was cruising aisles like the best of them. Then came two tiny guys to cart around, and I learned to be a shopping ninja. Get in, get your stuff, get … [Read more...]

VM vs NZ Day Six: Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

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Our last day driving was very laid-back. Pepper woke fairly early so she and I went upstairs in our apartment and hung out for a bit while the other two slept. Daybreak is late where we were, so I managed to capture this beautiful sunrise at about 7.30am. I got up when it was still completely dark and was treated to the most spectacular … [Read more...]