Africa holds a very special place in my heart and after travelling through almost every other part of Southern Africa, Namibia has to be my favourite. Its ruggedness reminds me of the harshness of my own desert state, yet it has everything else that the rest of Africa has in terms of wildlife and a rich culturally diverse nation, but more importantly I felt completely 100% safe. On this trip I went solo, but it’s a place I would not hesitate to take young children or teens. It’s easy to hire a car and stay in cheap accommodation or hire a 4WD with all the camping gear and hit the road. The following top 5 places in Namibia are in my favourite order.Continue reading →
Following on from the haphazard adventures of my last April school holiday post, “A Mother’s Survival Guide”, where the very word camping still finds me in the foetal position rocking back and forth, I have become the very proud owner of a 1986 Viscount caravan called Lillian. Low cost cheerless camping has now morphed into low cost captivating caravanning capers into the Stirling Ranges, Chevy Chase style… Continue reading →
Whether you are transiting through Perth or simply a local wanting to play tourist and only have a day in Perth then ambling around the CBD and surrounds can be an enriching experience especially with kids in tow. Continue reading →
Born With a Suitcase is specifically aimed at enabling ordinary families to travel on a budget which means going to your destination fully independent. An organised tour will cost you double the price and you won’t have complete control over where you go and what you do. An independent trip is fully customisable however, the planning process can be daunting, not to mention arduous, yet hugely rewarding and exciting. Continue reading →
How to Tell if you are Addicted to Travel: A Travel Tragic
Eating baked beans to afford a luxurious breakfast at The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!
When doing the family budget, the holiday has first priority, food and household bills are second and third respectively. If we eat baked beans every week until we depart, that will pay for two nights accommodation somewhere.
When buying clothes all you can think of is how well it would pack and how long it will take to dry.
When buying that new couch, you look at the price tag and think ‘that’s a return airfare to London,’ you walk out empty handed and tell yourself the ‘black hole’ in the old sofa really isn’t that bad after all.
When your inbox has at least 50 emails a day advertising specials from all the airlines that fly out of your nearest international airport.
Wrestling with your conscious about taking the kids out of school again, but the devil always wins.
When you are three years behind on all the holiday photo books you are ‘gonna’ make.
When you know the exchange rate of all the major currencies off by heart.
When you have visited at least ten countries in the last week….online.
When you own no less than 5 cameras and 10 suitcases and backpacks of varying sizes, shapes and designs.
When you can count to ten, ask for a toilet and a train ticket in at least ten different languages.
A mother embarks on an adventurous four day mini camping in Pemberton trip and explores a plethora of National Parks in the South West of Western Australia with her intrepid two teenage sons in a bid to keep them off the XBOX and to keep active. A humorous approach to her mishaps into the mundane will delight anyone who dares to read on… Continue reading →
If your are seriously into independent travel then having a car ‘to do what you want when you want’ is paramount. This will often mean it’s more cost effective than going organised tours especially when travelling as a family and often cheaper than the cost of airfares in getting to your destination if you are travelling as a group. Whenever I am in need of car hire I always explore the best option to match the occasion. Continue reading →
I just love exploring this great state of ours but every now and then, the urge to go beyond the borders and venture further into this great nation of ours becomes too much, especially when there are some great deals out there from a variety of budget airlines. Continue reading →
Crossing the Nullarbor via National Highway One is the quintessential experience of the outback and crossing it is a rite of passage for any self respecting Australian, yet it is a path few Australians follow. The Nullarbor Plain is famously known as the longest stretch of straight road in the world. Consequently, it also has the nickname Nullar-boring so when the few Aussies and international tourists who do make the journey, they consider it a chore and something to be achieved as quick as possible. Contrary to popular belief, if you have the time explore, then it’s as interesting as you are prepared to make it as I have outlined in the following facts and details. However, with my recent experience of the crossing, it is infinitely more interesting on the way over than it is on the way back.
Nevertheless, the Nullarbor crossing is a once in a lifetime drive which is recommended to road enthusiasts worldwide. Road trips in Australia are just as popular as they are in New Zealand or the USA and crossing Australia through the desert to experience its total vastness and awesomeness should be on everyone’s bucket list. Continue reading →