Cruising

Cruising is such a huge portion of the travel industry and one we as a family had yet to experience. I expect it’s because we prefer to roam and discover at our own pace and the thought of sticking to someone else’s itinerary seemed a nightmare. Cruise Line International Association’s State of the Industry Outlook…

A Weekend in Hobart

Friday 2 February, 2018 We are flying this morning from Sydney to Hobart on Jetstar, it’s easy and quick, just 90 minutes in total. The kids and I agree to leave the screens at home and instead spend our time playing cards, working Sudoku and word search puzzles. The airport in Hobart is super small…

Little Nippers

I’ve heard many a parent chatter about their kids attending Nippers and had no idea what they were talking about. One day a friend was sharing her experience with me of their Sunday mornings at Greenwich Baths and I knew my ex-pat kiddos had to have a go at this. A Surf Lifesaving History: As…

Thanksgiving

We almost didn’t “do” Thanksgiving this year. Between a hectic schedule and no holiday time, the summer heat and the lack of friends/family around I thought no one will even notice if we skip it. Perhaps, I thought, we could do it next July when it feels like the right temperature. Then I came to…

The Small World of Aussie Retail

A colleague and I were discussing Amazon’s imminent arrival here in Australia and the numerous articles about the impact it will have on local retailers.  Some observers have predicted significant losses for Aussie businesses, whilst others insist that the threat is overblown. The colleague, an Aussie and former Amazon employee grinned and said, “they have…

What I Miss About London

I recently read an article written by a Sydney native describing what she missed most from home after having relocated to London. It was truly informative about local Sydney and Australian culture. I really enjoyed her insight and used it as a sort of guide for things to try as expats in Sydney (like sausage…

Exploring the Newcastle Area

We woke up later than we wanted and there was a moment when Stephen and I looked at each other and wondered whether we should drop our plans and just do something local. It was fleeting. We regrouped, made brekkie for everyone and then loaded them into the car. A two hour drive north of…