Yes, I went to Australia for a week!

Surprise, surprise The beauty of air travel is that it makes the world a much smaller place.  A couple of months ago, I was scrolling through flight deals when I saw a deal for Australia.  I put the bug in Mr. Yoder Toter’s ear that I’d like to surprise my Aussie bff, Briony, for her birthday and also catch up with my host family.  Just a couple of days later, the flights were booked and a secret mission began! Initially, only …

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Traveling to Australia? Things to know before you go

10 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia Australia has been near and dear to my heart since I spent a year as an exchange student Down Under. Since my time on Exchange, we’ve traveled to the country three times, this last time with our small children.  During my time as a travel agent, I shared my knowledge of Australia with many, and here’s my advice on things you must know before visiting Australia. 1. Australia is bigger than you think …

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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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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 Walking Tour of Melbourne- with kids

Oh, Melbourne.  When we began planning our family trip to Australia the husband made one condition- if we were spending the big bucks to take a family of five Down Under, we’d 1.) Go in summer and 2.) Go to the Australian Open.  Knowing those two stipulations, we knew we’d go in January and we’d have to make a stop in Melbourne.  Here’s our guide to a walking tour of Melbourne with kids.  Taking a walking tour through the city is …

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Four Family-Friendly things to do in Port Stephens, New South Wales

A well-known escape for those from Sydney and the Hunter Valley- Port Stephens is a tropical oasis about 2.5 hours north of Sydney.  The Port Stephens region is a haven for local travels, but caters to the overseas visitors as well.  It’s the perfect family-friendly destination with no lack of things to do! “The Bay” is actually 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour.  It’s a much shallower harbour, so it’s perfect for dolphin-spotting and kayaking.  You could easily visit …

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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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