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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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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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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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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Australia Day in Sydney

What we did + tips for if you go Ever since returning from my year as an exchange student, I was kicking myself for not attending Australia Day in Sydney!  Australia Day is regarded as a party day for Aussies the same way Americans regard the 4th of July.  Being in Sydney for Australia Day is truly a Bucket List experience. One added benefit of going to Australia Day in Sydney was that for the past few years, the date …

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