4 FREE things to do around Hobart

Once you’ve just invested in an airline ticket to cross the Pacific, or maybe just one across the Bass Strait, you’re probably looking for some free things to do around Hobart.  While getting to Tasmania can be quite the journey, there are many affordable things to do once you arrive! Here are 4 free things to do around Hobart.  And a bonus, all of them are family-friendly. #1 Cascade Brewery  The restaurant and gardens at Cascade Brewery are absolutely free to …

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Three Generations Roadtrip: Hobart to Port Arthur

A three generations roadtrip from Hobart to Port Arthur is not one you’ll soon forget.  Port Arthur Historic Site is one of 11 historic sites in Australia that together form the Australian Convicts Sites World Heritage.  However, while the history of Port Arthur is engaging for the entire family, the drive from Hobart is just as exciting. Getting there Traveling to Port Arthur from Hobart is easy.  We rented a GPS unit from our rental car agency, but signage was frequent …

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City Travel Guide: Hobart with Kids

I read so many things about Hobart before we visited, and truth be told, it did not disappoint.  Hobart’s population of  218,000 people makes it a small, desirable place.  Hobart is easy to navigate, traffic is light, and while our accommodation and rental car were by no means cheap, Hobart is worth the trip! Here is my guide for travel in the city of Hobart- with kids. The main tourist centers in Hobart are Battery Point, Salamanca Place, and Franklin …

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What to consider before booking an Airbnb

How families can use Airbnb – plus tips for renters Booking an Airbnb has become our favorite way to travel. We’ve stayed in 10 Airbnbs in the past few years and they can offer so many amenities that hotels can not.  However, there are some things you should know before booking an Airbnb. Searching for your Airbnb rental When searching for the best Airbnb rental for families, I recommend using two filters.  #1 – After entering the number in your …

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Melbourne, Australia – Family-friendly daytrips plus tips for your stay

Melbourne, Australia is a family-friendly city often overlooked by overseas visitors emblazoned with the images of Sydney.   Unfortunately, we only had three full days in Melbourne and it’s hard to “do a city right” in such a short time.  With that in mind and the fact that my parents and I had been in Melbourne in 2006, I wanted to do a few things differently.  Here’s more information on what we found to do in Melbourne, plus tips for if …

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A recap of our trip to Australia

How did the kids do?  What worked well? What would I change? It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back from Australia for 6 weeks.  Time travels quickly!  While things are still fresh in my mind, I thought I would review our trip in the hopes that it would help others planning a trip Down Under, but also to serve as a future reference for myself! How did the kids do? Despite the jokes before our departure that we were …

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2016 Travel Plans

New year, new places Continuing on with my 2016 goals, I’d like to share my travel aspirations.  The first two are for sure BOOKED, the others are wishful. 🙂  As with everything, timing and finances will play a role.  Since we’re taking a big trip to Australia to start the year, Brian’s time off will be limited – and because we have some big financial goals, travels we do take will be “beans and rice” in nature! International Australia We’re crossing off …

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Yoder Toter children to meet the Land Down Under

It’s only 6 months til we are “wheels down” in Australia. If you’re new here, you may not realize that I was an exchange student to Australia.  Actually 15 years ago (this Friday) I took my first ever flight to Australia for what would begin a year away from my family and friends.  It was a fantastic time and I as much as I loved the scenery and the FOOD (secret- I weighed less after baby #3 than I did …

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