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Jump straight to a city or country to view blog posts from that region. Below is a list of places we've visited with the most recent at the top.

  • Central Australia

    Central Australia

    This region encompasses the Northern Territory and South Australia.

  • Midwest, USA

    Midwest, USA

    The Midwest includes 12 states in the north central region of the United States including: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

  • Eastern Australia

    Eastern Australia

    Victoria is home to the city of Melbourne and the birthplace of Australian Rules football. Find out what else we got up to.

  • Langkawi, Malaysia

    Langkawi, Malaysia

    Langkawi is an island about an hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. It's actually closer to Thailand, but makes up part of Malaysia. It's tropical with warm waters and white sandy beaches. Come and see.

  • Eastern Canada

    Eastern Canada

    Our first time in Canada was on the East side. Eastern Canada is generally considered to be the following provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia. You can find all the information on our visit to any of these provinces in here.

  • Western Canada

    Western Canada

    Western Canada is generally considered to be the following provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. You can find all the information on our visit to any of these provinces in here.

  • Alaska


    The final frontier. Ice, snow, salmon and glaciers. Just a small piece of this beautiful region which deserves it's own category on our blog.

  • Anguilla


    One of the most luxurious Caribbean islands, lined with sandy beaches and swaying palm trees.

  • Hawaii, USA

    Hawaii, USA

    This region of the US includes the Hawaiian Islands.

  • Japan


    The Land of the Rising Sun is home to an enchanting mix of ancient culture, unique foods, and technological marvels.

  • Romania


    We stopped in Romania for a week in winter and discovered some hidden jewels in scenic Transylvania.

  • Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka

    A part of Asia most people forget to visit, but believe me when I tell you Sri Lanka is about to take off and you should visit before it does. Elephants, temples, delicious curries and genuine friendly people. You will not be disappointed.

  • Croatia


    Crystal clear waters, beautiful islands, stunning sunsets - there's not much you can find to dislike in Croatia. It's cheap, it has a wonderful expat community and we totally enjoyed our visit to this beautiful country.

  • Austria


    Austria, home to some pretty special mountains, delicious food and the Sound of Music. We enjoyed the time we spent in Salzburg and Vienna

  • Switzerland


    Well known for it's expense there is so much more to Switzerland then money. The Alps, the adventure, the lakes, the lodges. Training through Switzerland is nothing like actually staying in Switzerland and we fell in love at first sight.

  • Germany


    Germany is so much more then punctuality, cars and a sordid history. It is family friendly and delicious and so beautiful. Join us as we discover areas in Germany that you may not have even known existed.

  • Luxembourg


    This tiny land-locked country in Western Europe is full of surprises. We were only here for a couple days but found heaps of activities to do and things to see - from one of Europe's largest fairs to underground medieval tunnels.

  • Finland


    Land of a thousand lakes. This Scandinavian country has been consistently recognised for their exceptional human development, in particular - the world's most liveable city (Helsinki), best education system in the world, least government corruption and highest number of heavy metal bands per capita. Find out why this is the considered by many as the best place the live.

  • Belgium


    There are a few things we know about Belgium - it's the home of fried potatoes known as "chips" (or "fries"), and they have awesome chocolate. Now we have to find out what else is going on in Belgium.

  • Netherlands


    Birthplace of my mother and home to many relatives we are very excited to be visiting the Netherlands. The Netherlands is in Western Europe, but also includes three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest. I am keen for some Dutch food and Dutch culture.

  • Hungary


    In the South-East of Europe sits Bulgaria. Often overlooked and rarely read about. We decided to change that and are attempting 6 weeks of family travel in the 14th largest country in Europe.

  • Poland


    This country may not be on the top tourist destination lists, but we were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful family-friendly cities. Oh, and the food here is amazing too!

  • Bulgaria


    In the South-East of Europe sits Bulgaria. Often overlooked and rarely read about. We decided to change that and are attempting 6 weeks of family travel in the 14th largest country in Europe.

  • Greece


    Everyone recognises Greece. From it's gods, to it's ancient architecture, to it's scenic and beautiful islands. We managed a quick stop on a cruise last year and decided we had to head back and discover more of Greece.

  • Malta


    A small little island in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily. We didn't know much about Malta, but it's increasing popularity meant we knew it was a spot for us to visit. And it was stunning.

  • Western Australia

    Western Australia

    Western Australia is our original home. We built our house here, had our kids here and some of our family still live here. Will we ever see WA as the tourists do? Or was it just my old hometown, filled with the mundane lifestyle of being “home”?

  • United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates

    The UAE is a federation of seven emirates. We spent a week in Emirates hubcity of Dubai. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. It has the largest population in the UAE and the second-largest land territory. It's super modern, always under construction and one of our favourite destinations.

  • Czechia


    A landlocked country in Central Europe, most people have heard of at least one of it's cities - Prague. We got to stay in Prague for a week right before Christmas and enjoy it's unique individuality.

  • United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom is made up of so many cities, but as we were heading to it's darkest and coldest days we only managed a small visit before heading back to the warmth of our eternal summers.

  • Ireland


    This little country stole my heart with it's multiple shades of green, it's roaming animals and charming accents. What started out as a week stop for a travel conference became a month of craic!

  • Spain


    We didn't have much time in Spain, but what we did have we packed in. From running with the bulls in Pamplona to viewing ancient architecture by Gaudi in Barcelona.

  • France


    The French countryside has some of the most amazing scenery in the world. We also found some crazy cool caves, not what you'd expect in France.

  • Italy


    When I first visited in 2001 Italy was my favourite country. Could it live up to this standard on my return? Visiting Italy with my kids and my parents. We hope you enjoy!

  • Turkey


    We were so close we couldn't bear to skip this wonder of a country that everyone raves about. 4 destinations in less than 3 weeks.

  • Israel


    The land of my husband's ancestors and his parent's homeland. We are on a mission to see everything and to do nothing at the same time. Can it be done?

  • Jordan


    Cheap, wonderful Jordan. Neighbouring country to Israel and home of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra.

  • Palestinian Territories

    Palestinian Territories

    Separating "Palestine" as a separate country on our blog won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we needed some sort of objective benchmark and used Wikipedia's "list of sovereign states" as a guide.

  • Northwest, USA

    Northwest, USA

    This is our journey across the Northwest of the USA. Our first taste was in a Campervan and we spent two weeks driving the trails of the Pacific Northwest. The second time we did it by car. There is so much to see - one road trip is not enough.

  • South, USA

    South, USA

    South USA includes Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico

    Excited to be headed back to an island. We are spending our first week cruising the caribbean and then two weeks to check out the rest Puerto Rico has to offer.

  • The Caribbean

    The Caribbean

    7 nights on the Carnival Valour visiting St Thomas, St Kitts, St Maarten & Barbados. A dream island vacation get away.

  • Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    We decided to take a 3 night break out of Antigua to make new friends, visit the beautiful lake villages and maybe even check out Central America's Largest Waterpark.

  • Antigua, Guatemala

    Antigua, Guatemala

    On our way to Antigua we stopped in Flores to check out Tikal for a few days. Then we spent one month in this beautiful colonial town including the famous Semena Santa

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize

    Ambergris Caye, Belize

    A tropical island surrounded by aqua caribbean waters. We have nearly 3 weeks to spend in paradise.

  • Mexico


    So you want to go, but people tell you not to? We found Mexico to be filled with beautiful people, the most gorgeous beaches and no fear for our life.

  • The Bahamas

    The Bahamas

    A 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Carnival Sensation. What can you expect on a cruise? Where can you go on Freeport & Nassau? Check out our answers here.

  • Northeast, USA

    Northeast, USA

    What started out as a few weeks in New York, ended up in a road trip down the whole East Coast of USA. You can read all about our 2.5 weeks in New York celebrating our first white Christmas & ball drop New Years Eve followed by visits to Philadelphia, Washinton DC, Virginia Beach, South Carolina, North Carolina & Florida. Got questions? Ask us.

  • Southwest, USA

    Southwest, USA

    On everyone's dream list. A trip to California, USA. Follow our journey as we struggle with jet lag in Hollywood, spend 3 birthdays & 3 days at Disneyland and then live it up in San Diego. A destination not to be missed!

  • Johor, Malaysia

    Johor, Malaysia

    A quick getaway to visit the brand new theme park Legoland. Surprise visits to Big Little Club & Hello Kitty and the most wonderful stay at Pulai Springs Resort. We want to go back to Johor, it's a little KL with a big kid friendly heart.

  • Ipoh, Malaysia

    Ipoh, Malaysia

    A road trip to Ipoh for a two night stay proved to be well worth it. Only 2.5 hours from Penang by car over the bridge we found a Malaysian abnormally set in the most rugger terrain.

  • Penang, Malaysia

    Penang, Malaysia

    Everyone needs to visit Penang. We were lucky enough to spend 2 months on this beautiful island, northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca.

  • Thailand


    Thailand is known as the "land of smiles" for very good reason. Every year millions of tourists flock to the tropical beaches, nightlife and culture that is uniquely Thai.

  • Hong Kong, China

    Hong Kong, China

    I've been very excited about revisiting Hong Kong for the first time in 12 years and introducing it to the family. We jam packed this visit with as much as we could and hear you can read about where to go, what to see and how much it costs here in the land of the Hong Kongese.

  • Boracay, Philippines

    Boracay, Philippines

    Voted Asia's most beautiful beach, we have to agree. Join us for our new favourite place.

  • Manila, Philippines

    Manila, Philippines

    Not quite a month, but three weeks to explore and feel the life of the Filipino's here in the Capital City of the Philippines. We love the challenge of finding fun, kid things to do in a giant city.

  • Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

    Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

    Our gorgeous week in Kota Kinabalu. East Malaysia, NorthWest coast of Borneo. Affectionately known as KK, it is a major tourist destination. One we enjoyed unravelling.

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    One month in Kuala Lumpur, here's all the blogs about it. Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2012. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.2 million. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the country, in terms of population and economy.

  • Singapore


    Our 3 days in Singapore can be found here.