Island Inspiration (Part 1 of 2)

“Meet me where the sky touches the sea” – Jennifer Donnelly

*A TWO-PART EAST COAST ISLAND SPECIAL*

As we travelled Australia’s east coast, it became clear that some of the best days out are a short ferry ride away to nearby islands. Enjoying an island day out doesn’t have to be an expensive or time-consuming option. In this 2-Part Special, read about the wildlife you can experience so close to large cities, a cost-saving itinerary for your day out and our preferred place to stay back on the mainland. This is Part 1: Continue reading “Island Inspiration (Part 1 of 2)”

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A Pristine Paradise

Our romantic multi-beach break in the Whitsundays.

“Let the waves hit your feet and the sand be your seat” – Unknown

The Whitsundays, Australia

Considered to have some of the most stunning beaches in the world, the Whitsundays are nothing short of picture-perfect. On Queensland’s east coast, this region consists of many mainland must-dos and 74 idylic islands. No visit to Australia would be complete without time to explore and marvel at the natural beauty held here. This Christmas, we enjoyed 7 nights of Whitsunday magic as part of our road trip from New South Wales. Here’s what we loved and why we recommend this location for every style of traveller. Continue reading “A Pristine Paradise”

Sangria and Superclubs

My guilty travel pleasure and why I can’t get enough of Ibiza.

“Ibiza is always a good idea” – Unknown

The Balearic Island of Ibiza, Spain

There are really no words to capture how I feel about this destination. But I will try to explain it.

Ibiza was the first destination I chose for myself at age 17. I went with a group of friends for the nightlife and 4 of us loved it so much we returned the following year too. It was that year that I remember being in awe of Spanish go-go dancers from Eden nightclub who I saw enjoy breakfast in the small hours of the morning. In their flamboyant costumes with feathers and glitter, 18-year-old Karen was thinking ‘one day, I want that to be me.’ And that dream stuck. Continue reading “Sangria and Superclubs”

Fears and Fun

Get the big kids outside and overcome challenges together in Bournemouth.

“How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives” – Judy Blume

*A TRAVEL-WITH-TEENS SPECIAL*

Bournemouth, England

Finding things to do with teenagers can be challenging. When children reach that age where they are more withdrawn, experience mood swings and find the thought of hanging out with you suddenly extremely uncool, how do you still enjoy holidays? In my opinion, it’s the most difficult stage, the transition between childhood and adulthood and many relationships are tested. It’s vital to still create time together, even if that means fighting off resistance and struggling to think of activities that you can enjoy with teens. Teenagers are still children and need guidance and support more at this age than any age before. They need adults they can talk to, laugh with and who remind them to be children. So what type of breaks allow them to be children but present challenges for them as young adults too? Continue reading “Fears and Fun”

Havaianas and Hammocks

A romantic beach destination in Brazil.

“Life is better in flip flops” – Unknown

Armação dos Búzios, Brazil

Last month, I spoke about the first part of our trip to Brazil Sequins and Samba which was simply too incredible to compact into one post, and I only went for a week! I saw next to nothing of the beauty this country has to offer, yet I can’t stop going on about it. Having crammed as much as possible into lively Rio de Janeiro, and after an 11.5 hour flight from the UK, I ended our holiday in Brazil with a relaxing beach break. This was very much appreciated after all the early starts of city exploring and late nights of street dancing. A friend who used to live in Rio recommended Búzios, roughly a 3 hour drive from the capital, for a wind-down and rest-up in a stunning location. Continue reading “Havaianas and Hammocks”