Nau mai, haere mai-I need your travel advice!


I am beginning to get withdrawals.  

It’s true, I am addicted to travelling and without a trip to plan, I feel lost.  Not that working full time, with 2 young children doesn’t keep me busy, but this is what I love and I ALWAYS have a trip planned.

Problem is, my husband and I are off to Melbourne (watch this space for the next post) for my sister’s 30th in 2 weeks time but after that…the deep dark black hole of traveless time beckons.

That’s where you step in. What I want to know is where should we go next? The only catch is, this trip is to be a family trip, kids are coming along too! They were unable to come to Melbourne as its only for 2 nights and its a 30th party…I’m sure there is no need to explain further! I want the next trip to be for all 4 of us, so here’s the brief:

  • Somewhere warm and sunny
  • Not going to break the bank
  • Kid friendly (2 girls, ages 2.5yrs and 1yr)
  • Most likely to take the trip early to mid next year

Here is an idea of what I have been considering so far:

  • Flying to Auck and taking a campervan around the Northland hotspots, Coromandel, Bay of Islands
  • Heading to a Pacific island – Fiji or Samoa
  • Thailand!

Thailand is number 1 on my must visit hit list.  The only trouble is it is quite a distance, flights can be expensive-although cheap food and accommodation once you are there, and the big issue is the time difference travelling with 2 young children. I keep thinking that maybe it should wait until they are older, or perhaps make it a Mum and Dad only trip.

What I now need from you is feedback-please let me know your thoughts. What, if any, of the options I’m considering are worth doing, do you have any advice or experiences from having done a similar trip yourself, or where would you go and why if you were me?

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Rugby World Cup had me thinking-travel for sporting occasions

Enjoying the ABs v France game in Paris, 2004

With the Rugby World Cup currently heading into semi final weekend right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand it seems timely that I discuss a common reason for travel and that’s to head away for a sporting occasion.

My experience with travelling for sporting reasons has predominately been for rugby.  During my younger years I went on several trips within New Zealand for netball and rugby tournaments.  But being a huge rugby and All Blacks fan, it was inevitable that I would make a trip to support them whenever I could.

Christchurch is my closest town, 30 minutes from where I live and seeing the All Blacks play there is always a grand event.  However, travelling around the UK and Europe for a Grand Slam tour is number 1 on my sporting trip bucket list, attending an Olympic Games a close 2nd!

A Grand Slam tour is one in which a touring national team from New ZealandSouth Africa or Australia plays Test matches against the four Home Nations of theBritish IslesEnglandWalesIreland, and Scotland. If the tourists win all four games, they are said to have achieved a grand slam.  Wins against all four Home Nations in the same tour have been achieved South Africa (4 times), New Zealand (4) and Australia (1).

I came close once, when I was living in London in 2004, my Dad came over and some of my friends joined us and we travelled to Rome, Cardiff, Paris and London for the ABs games v Italy, Wales, France and the Barbarians.

By far the best match was against Wales for several reasons.  Wales are as crazy about rugby as Kiwi’s are and for that reason the banter and analysing of the game with the locals was top notch!  Millenium Stadium is a must see, with the singing and cheering at an all time deafening roar due to the covered top.  Even better is the short stroll to the numerous pubs and clubs, over flowing with beer, people and rugby tales.  But what truly made the experience in 2004 was that the All Blacks only won by 1 point, 26-25!  The game was nail biting and the atmosphere electric. What made me a Welsh fan for life was that even though they lost, every Welshman that we spoke to after the game was so pleased to come so close and such fans of the All Blacks, that they would buy us a beer and sit and talk rugby with us anyway.  Does it get any better?

Dad, Fraser, Chris Jack, Rueben Thorne and me in Paris, 2004

Dad, my flatmate Jo and I enjoying the Cardiff pub scene after the Wales v ABs game

Richie McCaw and me hanging out, 2004

Well maybe it does, having a chat with Richie wasn’t too bad either!

For the record-I’m picking a Wales v All Blacks World Cup final next weekend?  How about you?  I would love to hear where you have travelled to for a sporting event as well. Please feel free to comment!

Hello world!

travel wordle pic

Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to my family travel blog.

I love to travel and as a young 20 something, I travelled extensively through out the world.  My husband and I have also spent a lot of time travelling together and now our family has grown with the addition of 2 girls, we are keen to do more trips as a whanau/family.  That’s where you come in!

This blog is for

  1. Sharing – I want to share tips, ideas, plans, information, photos, advice, reviews etc about our trips both in New Zealand and overseas…and I want you to comment and share yours too
  2. Learning – I want to learn from others so it can  help inform our travel plans, destinations and ultimately improve our family trips
  3. Networking – I also hope to provide a network where either like minded travellers can communicate and hopefully travel together or swap houses, providing a much cheaper and easier family holiday in each others homes or holiday houses

So as you can see I need you to get in here and make the most of it.  Please follow my blog, add comments and share with your own networks.  Life is short, great holidays and memories are the stuff that makes it all worthwhile!