Explore the world - it keeps you young! 

As a family we make it a priority to travel.  Travel opens the mind, nurtures the heart, feeds the brain, awakens the spirit and helps us to feel younger.

This page provides a quick reference point to some of my most recent travel destinations.  Feel free to browse the links and view the photos.  It may just inspire you to undertake some travel of your own!

Travel really does help us to age positively.

Tips and tricks

With all this travel we definitely tend to learn a thing or two about how to make the best out of our holidays. Here are just a few of the tips and tricks we've picked up along the way

How to make a 3 day get-away feel like a 10 day vacay


My son was selected to play soccer for an under 13s Australian Coerver team in April 2016.  It was with much excitement and pride that I accompanied him on his trip. Singapore is clean, tidy, green and beautiful. It is also very hot!

Visit Singapore Zoo
Adventure Cove Water Park
Sentosa Beach
Singapore Duck Tours 
Universal Studios Singapore
Gardens by the Bay 


Aruba is not normally a spot that Aussies would visit, but my husband's work was sending him there, so I wasn't going to say no!  Aruba is literally a desert island and has the most turquoise water I have ever seen. I can see why the Caribbean is so popular with Americans.

Staying at the Ritz Carlton in Aruba
Snorkeling in Aruba
The language of Aruba
Aruba - the land of the lizard


We love jetting off to the Hawaiian Islands during the Aussie winter.  When the timing is right you can get to Hawaii and back for around $1000 per person and I've found some cool tricks on getting cheap beach frontage accommodation.  The problem is that once I get there I'm so relaxed I forget to write about it, so even though I've been there 6 or more times, the blog is a bit empty.  I'd better go back and remedy that!

Hanauma Bay


We only got to spend two nights in Miami but we made the most of it with some exercise around South Miami Beach and a lovely tour of the BIGGEST art gallery I've ever seen.

Miami South Beach
The Wynwood Walk in Miami


New York City has got to be one of the most exciting cities in the world.  It's a personal favourite of mine and it seems my daughter shares the love.  Here are some of our NYC highlights.

Go New York Tours
The Rockettes Christmas Spectactular
Central Park New York City
American Museum of Natural History


We spent Christmas 2015 with my bestie in Pennsylvania. The best part of this trip was not only getting to see how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world (especially in a winter climate) but to become immersed in their Christmas culture.

Christmas trees in Pennsylvania
Blue Mountain Pennsylvania
Baking in Pennsylvania
The Lehigh River Pennsylvania
Christmas food in Pennsylvania
Christmas paintings in Pennsylvania
The Golden Corral Buffet
Macy's Discounts for International Visitors


We're often in LA even if only to switch flights to head somewhere else.  But there are times when we stay for a few days to soak up the LA vibe and get our Disney fix.

Santa Monica Pier
The ESPN Zone Anaheim
California Adventure Park - Disneyland
Disneyland Breakfast at the Plaza Inn.
Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Sunset Boulevard and the Saddle Ranch Chop House! 
Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, Hollywood Boulevard 

For more about Disney check out the Deep Fried Highlights page where I take you on a press tour of Disneyland during the opening of Cars Land in 2012.  You'll get all the details. FUN!!!


Las Vegas has become a favourite of my husband's.  Mainly because he associates it with a parental get-away.  I've been to Las Vegas six times and we're still counting.

Packing for Las Vegas - combining business with pleasure
Gilley's Saloon and Restaurant - Texas Barbecue - Treasure Island
Retro Las Vegas - the Peppermill bar and restaurant
The Marc Savard Show - comedy hypnotist 
TopGolf Las Vegas - so much more than just a driving range
The Pioneer Saloon - take a drive to the desert
A touch of Russia - Red Square bar and restaurant - Mandalay Bay
Premium Shopping Outlets - North Las Vegas
Premium Shopping Outlets, South Las Vegas
Fremont Street Las Vegas
Rehab Pool Party at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Cirque du Soleil - the Beatles 
Las Vegas in photos
How to get the most out of a Las Vegas Buffet
24/7 Cocktails in Vegas
The European Pool at the Wynn
New York New York in Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
The Licensing Expo - Licensing University
The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas
How to  maximise your time and get the most out of your last day in Las Vegas


Sydney is a regular spot for us, especially now that my daughter is modelling and her agent is based up there.  Sydney surprises me regularly with its hidden pockets of beauty and its fun eateries.

The Archibald Exhibit
Coogee Salt Cafe
The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Coogee to Bronte Walk
Titanic the Exhibition
Bronte Beach
Bondi Beach
Sydney Park, St Peters.
The Tea Cosy, teahouse, The Rocks
The Boat House Shelly Beach, Manly
Manly Shores Holiday Apartments
A tourist day in Sydney - IMAX, Darling Harbour and Sydney Tower. 
The Argyle Bar, The Rocks, Sydney
Swissotel Sydney
Carriageworks Sydney NSW 
The Tea Salon, Westfield, Sydney
Little Bay Beach, Sydney
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney
Kings Wharf, Sydney
The Rendezvous Hotel, Sydney


Noosa is a family favourite.  It's warm, tranquil, friendly, hidden and it's my dream retirement spot.  Until then though we'll just have to be happy with our regular visits to this sunny paradise. 

Scenic Walks through Noosa National Park
Noosa Beach and the Sebel on Hastings Street
Noosa Surf Club
The Anzac Dawn Service at Noosa Beach
The Mantra French Quarter Noosa
More Noosa Beach
Noosa National Park
Hire about and cruise around the Noosa River 
Paddle boarding in Noosa

Far North Queensland

Exploring Port Douglas
A day in the Daintree National Forest


Exploring Coolangatta in just three days 
Garlic Kiss cafe, Kirra 
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club bistro 
The Marriott Resort and Spa


Melbourne is a relatively new experience for me.  It's only been in the last few years that I've recognised it as an achievable travel destination for weekend adventures and fabulous shopping.

Royal Children's Hospital
Bounce Inc - Melbourne trampoline park
The Mantra South Melbourne
The Aus Mumpreneur of the year awards 2014
Wandering around Bourke Street 
The National Gallery of Victoria 
The Crown Metropol


I live in Canberra and I often take this wonderful city of ours for granted. Did you know that the OECD listed it as the best city in the world to live in? The world!

OK.  So why is this city so fabulous?  Well, my new Showcasing Canberra series will have us taking a wander around our nation's capital to find out.

62000 crocheted poppies at the Australian War Memorial
Sonoma Artisan Sourdough Bakery, now open in Braddon 
The Cartier Exhibition - National Gallery of Australia
The official opening of Vapiano Canberra
Canberra 80s night club - 88MPH
The National Arboretum
The Bridge to Bridge scenic walk
The Enlighten Festival, March
Fedra Olive Grove and Grandma's At The Farm, Collector
Places to picnic with dogs and kids
The Black Opal Race Day
The Dress Me Up Fashion Event - for charity
Sweet Chari-tea
Melbourne Cup Day in Canberra - Thoroughbred Park
Bush walking in Canberra
Ronald McDonald House Canberra
Canberra Olympic Pool
Fash n Treasure Clothing Markets
Big Boys Toys Expo
Centenary Womens and Childrens hospital in Canberra
Corin Forest in Winter - take your kids to see snow
Skate in the City - winter activities for kids
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Canberra Wine Region
The best view of Canberra - Mount Ainslie
Taking Cheer Chick Charlie to Skyfire
Eateries: Ciscos Mexicano Restaurant in Kingston
Eateries: Kindle Cafe and Catering
Eateries: The Green Herring Restaurant Gold Creek Village
Eateries: Cupcakes by Jade
Eateries: Ricardo's Cafe Jamison
Eateries: The Drawing Room at Crace
The Canberra Show
Interesting facts about Canberra
Happy 100th birthday Canberra
The Canberra Christmas Markets
The Canberra Christmas Lights
ACT Regional Cheerleading Workshops
ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition
Bungendore Country Muster
Rodney's Nursery for plants and a cuppa

Regional NSW 
Gerroa, Illawarra region, NSW
Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Jamberoo Action Park
Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens
Bundanoon and Morton National Park

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