Category Archives: Travel

Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

With my family’s annual family holiday to Europe coming up in less than 2 weeks, I thought now might be a wonderful time to write about how to plan the perfect vacation.

Cannot wait to be back in Dubrovnik Croatia soon

Family vacations can be full of excitement and adventure; however they can also be rather stressful if you do not plan adequately beforehand. This means carefully considering a number of important aspects regarding your trip before taking the plunge. It is worth remembering that, regardless of your children’s ages, organising a family vacation that will keep everyone happy is indeed possible by following a few simple rules. With this in mind, here is my guide to help you and your family plan the perfect vacation.

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Gruž Market – Dubrovnik Croatia

Local fruit stand at the Gruž Market

Being on holidays in a foreign country can be, at times challenging to eat in the way that you are accustomed to in your own environment. Whether you have health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, or dietary restrictions like not eating meat or being gluten-free, you can never be 100% sure of what really is in the foods from supermarkets, cafes or restaurants.

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The Little Red Semi Submarine – Dubrovnik Croatia

Little Red Semi Submarine about to pick us up in the Old City!

I have traveled to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the last 4 years on our annual family summer holiday. My father-in-law was born in Croatia and raised here in Dubrovnik, so we have been fortunate to be able to stay here “local knowledge” style each time we visit. This means that we never really explore the tourist attractions, more so we visit local restaurants, hang out at the beach and spend time at the house we rent with extended family.

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Banje Beach ain’t you Grand — Dubrovnik Croatia

Banje Beach,in the the Old City of Dubrovnik in Croatia

Banje (pronounced Ban-ya) Beach in the city of Dubrovnik, in the country of Croatia where I am visiting at the moment on a family summer holiday, reminds me of Bondi Beach (without the surfers or the big waves) in Australia where I grew up. Perfectly located close to the masses in a thriving city community, crystal clear waters which offer a bevy of activities for young families. Not to mention the beauty… well, you just cannot take that away from Bondi or Banje can you?

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The Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground — London

If you are inclined to the Commonwealth of England, you will probably remember without a doubt where you were on August the 31st 1997 when the beloved Princess Diana passed. I definitely do. I was in Hollywood, California (where I was living at the time) with my ex-fiance former pro-skateboarder Jason Ellis.

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The 4th Annual Maya Tulum Mexico Yoga Retreat 2013 – Guest Blog Post by Sarah Willis Founder of SVARA Yoga.

Yoga on the Beach

Hi my name is Sarah Willis. I am a Mother of a 1-year-old Son, and an advanced certified Yoga teacher. I host a Yoga retreat in the beautiful Tulum Mexico every year. I have traveled to the Yucatán in the South Eastern part of Mexico since the 90s, and the magical beauty of this ancient paradise captivates me and draws me back again and again.

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ParaSailing, and realising that it is not just about me anymore — Turks & Caicos

Babes & I para-sailing on Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies.

A few years ago while Honeymooning with my husband in the beautiful Fijian Islands, we both parasailed – meaning we were towed behind a speed-boat, high in the sky, across a gorgeous sea, in a parachute, for a considerable amount of time! We both went up individually, without a worry in the world and no questions asked. I admit it seems crazy looking back now and it may sound scary to some, however I remember LOVING it! It was one of the most awesome, awakening experiences I have ever experienced, and I very much looked forward to doing it again.

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From a Blizzard to Surf Beach in a New York Minute.

Today, the 28th of December we left our Country House upstate in NY in Rhinebeck in the middle of a snowstorm, where around 8 inches of snow had fallen. Being the first major downpour for this season, Miles Storm loved being in the cold. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of the cold, and I default that back to my Australian roots. Most Australians do not experience the snow often, and we are more-so brought up spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun and on the beach. However, my husband, is a native New Yorker and was more than happy to show Miles Storm the ropes and help him build his first snowman. Grateful for that!

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I did it all by myself – 9000+ miles/26 hours in the air with a 17 month old.

Wow, have me and Miles Storm been on a journey! It all started Monday afternoon when we missed our flight to visit my family and friends in Australia. Not sure how it really happened but we thought we were flying out on the Tuesday, not the Monday. Thanks to my husband, we managed to get on a flight the next afternoon experiencing SO MUCH STRESS to accomplish that.

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