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Ever since I travelled around NZ solo, I have wanted to rent one of those green and purple RV'S! They were everywhere in NZ when I visited eight years ago. At the time, I thought it would be epic to do it with friends. Little did I know, nearly a decade later, I would be [...]

By | 2017-10-08T02:01:11+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Tried and Tested, USA|10 Comments

Portland with kids

Portland, Oregon's largest city, is all about parks, cycling, breweries and museums. We travelled down from nearby Seattle and there are distinct differences between the two cities. We found Portland to be cleaner with many eco-friendly initiatives going on. I almost felt like I was in Amsterdam, everyone cycles! We didn't know much about Portland [...]

By | 2017-10-02T06:32:03+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|USA|0 Comments

48 hours in Seattle with kids

The reason we came to the US was predominantly to visit the national parks close to the West Coast. In honesty, we were trying to avoid the cities since there not so much 'our thing'. So when we spent 48 hours in Seattle with kids, we were completely taken by surprise when we enjoyed it [...]

By | 2017-09-28T07:42:43+00:00 September 21st, 2017|USA|0 Comments

The Ultimate Nature Stay with Glamping Hub

People often ask what our motives were for taking two young kids on a family gap year. We always say we want to maximise time together and create adventurous and fun childhood memories. I feel experiencing nature is a big part of that. The hikes, swimming in rivers, lakes and oceans, the nature trails, in forests [...]

By | 2017-10-24T20:11:17+00:00 September 18th, 2017|USA|0 Comments

A Canada road trip Itinerary – Calgary to Vancouver

Canada has been high up on our agenda for just as long as I can remember. Having spent the last three weeks in this incredible country, I don't know why we haven't made it a priority sooner. Glass mirror lakes, lush forest, rolling blue mountains, intriguing wildlife and adventure activity galore, it was the best [...]

By | 2017-09-15T06:44:03+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Canada|5 Comments

Whistler with kids

Whistler is a cute village an hour and a half north of Vancouver. Famous for being the largest ski resort in North America, and home to the winter Olympics in 2010, Whistler most certainly feels like the adventure capital! As we visited in summer, we had a completely different perspective. Nonetheless there was plenty to [...]

By | 2017-09-27T05:22:10+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Canada|0 Comments

Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Vancouver was the final stop on our three-week Canada road trip. We knew we were going to be tired and needing to relax, so we were really excited to be staying in one of Vancouver's best hotels, The Westin Bayshore. Based on the waterfront, the hotel is in prime position for some of the most stunning [...]

By | 2017-09-13T04:25:07+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Canada|0 Comments

Tigh-Na-Mara, Vancouver Island

I've heard so many great things about Vancouver Island, I felt we couldn't miss it on our Canadian itinerary. As usual, we didn't allow enough time on the island to see all of the highlights. At a guess, I would say four to five days would be a good period of time. We stayed at [...]

By | 2017-09-12T05:34:54+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Canada|0 Comments

Kelowna with kids

I completely underestimated Kelowna before visiting. I hadn't realised it was a city and only allowed two days. That was a big mistake because there are so many great activities we missed out on. I blame our hotel for being too nice to leave! Realistically, the area deserves at least four nights to fit in [...]

By | 2017-09-10T06:16:10+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Canada|1 Comment

Revelstoke with Kids

Revelstoke is a cute little town in Canada's, British Columbia. Being only a few hundred kilometres between Vancouver and Calgary, it's the perfect place to stop and explore for a few days. Better known for it's skiing, Revelstoke with kids is equally as enjoyable in the summer. We spent three nights exploring which was the [...]

By | 2017-09-06T04:16:00+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Canada|0 Comments