Where To Next?

Travelling with teens and hurtling through my mid-lifestyle.


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Berowra Waters Inn: a weekend away in a day.

Beetroot and liquorice cream cheese dessert, Berowra Waters Inn.

Everyone needs time out, even if it’s a for a few measly hours, and if (like me) you’re a bit time poor, here’s a great way to get away from it all: lunchtime degustation. INDULGENCE!

I like to think of it as a weekend away in a day. That’s just what lunch at Berowra Waters Inn feels like anyway, especially if you arrive by seaplane. Continue reading


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How to avoid single-use plastic on holiday: 6 Top Tips

Plastic pollution, Cocos Keeling Islands.

Plastic is choking our oceans, killing marine life and polluting our beaches. Most places you travel you’ll see evidence of plastic pollution and yet most people don’t even realize that we’re all responsible for this.

We live in a disposable age. We eat takeaway food, drink takeaway coffee, sip freshly squeezed juice from plastic cups with plastic lids and plastic straws.

So why don’t we ever think about how all of this single-use plastic is disposed of? We feel good about ourselves for remembering to pop our disposable plastic in the recycling. We probably feel good about ourselves for drinking freshly squeezed juice.

But how often do we think about what happens to this plastic when it’s thrown away? Do many of us actually know how much is actually able to be recycled?

And why the hell do we need to drink bottled water anyway? In a country where water is; a) safe to drink, b) FREE.

When you’re travelling sometimes it’s harder to avoid disposables, so here are my Top 6 Tips to help you consume less single-use plastic while on holiday. Continue reading


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Snow monsters, sashimi and thigh-deep powder: reasons to ski Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen, the view from Mt Yokoteyama

The view from the top of Mt Yokoteyama is spectacular. At 2307m, this is the highest peak here at Shiga Kogen, Japan’s largest mountain resort.

As it’s taken me roughly an hour to get here via various chairlifts from my hotel, I’m inclined to take a break before I spend half the morning skiing down it. It’s actually quite dizzying looking down the path of the chairlift we’ve just ridden up here on.

I take the obligatory selfie by the sign that says 2307m before heading into the warm and cozy “Highest Starbucks in Asia” for a coffee that tastes…

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A whistle stop at the Whitsundays

Hill Inlet Whitsunday Island cropped

I’ve never been to the Whitsundays before. It’s been on the list but I never quite got round to it, and last week I had my first opportunity.

TigerAir has just introduced direct flights to Airlie Beach from Sydney – so not only are there cheap flights, it only takes two and a half hours to get there.

The town of Airlie Beach itself has undergone a substantial facelift recently, and while I’m pretty sure its popularity on the backpacker route was never in doubt, there are few additions to the town now that may appeal to a wider audience. Continue reading


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Where to next? Indeed.

So this is my new blog. With part time kids (and those kids hurtling towards adulthood) I have decided to move on from family travel and start blogging about my midlife.

It will still involve travel obviously, but a different type of travel.

My midlife of course still involves kids. Two of them full-swing into teenage-hood with hormones raging, mood swings, rolling of eyes and deep sighs… and one approaching 20 and back from the Dark Side. Then there are two not-quite-teenagers who still accept cuddles.

An invitatio to the Royal High Tea at the Langham Hotel in Sydney.

Where to next? In travel or life…

So I’m now on the search for travel ideas to keep teens happy. And of course I’ll also be on the look out for travel ideas JUST FOR ME. Continue reading